Dale's Pale Ale | Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

BA SCORE
88
very good
7,332 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good
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Dale's Pale AleDale's Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Colorado, United States
oskarblues.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Todd on 10-08-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
7,332
Reviews:
1,954
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
11.48%
 
 
Wants:
185
Gots:
1,657
For Trade:
7
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Photo of TMoney2591
3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

I hope Dale doesn't mind I take a few nips... Regardless, this stuff pours a clear sunrise amber topped by a finger of cream-white foam. The nose comprises orange zest, light flowers, light grass, and a version of sweet caramel that blends in quite well with the surroundings. The taste brings in more of the same, with a sharper sense of the grass and the rind of the orange. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, a very nice pale ale, straight up.

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Photo of Huffs
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had at a local establishment on tap. Appearance was a hazy amber to honey color with an of white head. Head held for a short time with some lacing. Aroma was light and of flower and malt. Taste was maly with a hint of pine and slight hop on the back. Mouthfeel was full and clean. Aftertaste was hoppy and lasted a bit. Something I could drink all night.

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Photo of TheLevi4000
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Mattyb79
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Cobrito
4.63/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

In the South, where I live, Dale's Pale Ale stands out as that craft brew from afar that a lot of places carry, and that proves time and again to be a superior brew over the locals and the typical non-local stuff that appears on drink menus here. It is clearly underrated here on Beer Advocate because it gets lost in the crowd of pale ales and IPAs that are out there. But in a place where there isn't so much of a crowd of those brews, Dale's absolutely kicks ass. I first had it on the rec of friends at Motorco and Geer Street Pub in Durham, NC, then had it at again at a Mellow Mushroom in Atlanta, and every time I thought, damn I'm glad the server recommended this. It's really more of an IPA than a PA, and for me that is just fine. It is cloudy, very flavorful and drinkable, and would be high on the list of beers I would offer to newbies wanting to get into hoppy craft beers. This review is based on my Mellow Mushroom order, which was the first Dale's I had drank in a year, and I was stunned by how good it was. A beautifully thick, cloudy brew with a nice balance between assertive, hoppy flavors and drinkability. I think it's a superstar in the craft brew world.

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Photo of Efay
3.66/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- Dark, honey colored body. Frothy foam with moderate head retention. Went from about two fingers of foam to one. There is some lacing.

S- Not that aggressive or complex. Smell some pine light amount of honey and biscuit malt.

T- Initial malt taste quickly subsides to a bitter taste. Same as the smell, not complex, just bitter.

M- Very crisp and smooth, but also has a bite at the end from all that bitterness. Not much carbonation and very light body.

O- It's a very highly drinkable beer, but i hate that it's just hoppy. There could be more added flavor.

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Photo of M1A2
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of beer2day
3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Can't believe I've never reviewed this before.

Poured from the stretched 19.2 oz can made at the new Brevard, NC facility into an imperial pint glass. Date on the can makes this two weeks old.

Light orange gold pour with a decent frothy off-white head. 2 fingers worth billows up atop the glass. Fades quickly. Light lace strands, but all around the glass.

Nose is light burnt caramel malt with a slight off-color metallic twang. Not from the can, mind you, just a tweak that comes from the malt. Grassy herbal hops come in underneath the malt, but play second fiddle.

Taste has that burnt caramel, but a significant orange presence with a touch of mango sweetness buried deep underneath. Nice malt balance against the hops with a good bitter twinge in the finish.

Feel is pretty darn nice. Maybe a touch heavy for the flavors, but not off by much. Crisp and clean.

Was waiting to taste this fresh from the new facility. I'm not disappointed.

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Photo of fosters9
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of DmanGTR
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of thegerm87
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of alexworsnip
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of JakeMorgan13
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of Mattias
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of CGAR
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of jaxray8
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of PJHOY
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of blake58
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of mkrass
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of shehateme
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Robdrinx
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of HattedClassic
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance:
Pours a decent white head. The beer itself is copper and leaves lots of lacing.

Smell:
Strong malt smell.

Taste:
Very strong caramel malts dominate the palate. The hops are surprisingly light but bitter enough to be noticed. A bitter hop aftertaste.

Mouthfeel:
Medium bodied with light carbonation.

Overall:
An okay pale ale.

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Photo of slim2043
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of Thedrizzle
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of hopandbarley28
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
3.92 out of 5 based on 7,332 ratings.
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