Dale's Pale Ale
Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

Dale's Pale AleDale's Pale Ale
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Style:
American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #487
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
87
Ranked #12,262
Avg:
3.9 | pDev: 11.54%
Reviews:
2,027
Ratings:
7,657
From:
Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
 
Colorado, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  194
Gots
  1,832
SCORE
87
Very Good
Dale's Pale AleDale's Pale Ale
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Reviews: 2,027 | Ratings: 7,657
Photo of EMV
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a tallboy can into a pint glass

L: Clear golden copper pour. 2 fingers of white head. Solid rim of lacing.

S: Caramel malts... resinous piney hops.

T/F: Follows the nose. Malty... more so than expected. Caramel and toasted grains. Solid bitterness... hop profile was pine, herbal, and mild citrus. A little bit of pepper. Medium to light in body. Well carbonated... with more malts and resin at the finish.

O: An old-school classic IPA. Nothing special and maybe a bit dated, but still an easy-drinking quality beer.

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Photo of spectru
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A clear coppery golden color with a creamy head. The aroma is subtle but nice. Mouthfeel is unremarkable. The flavor is smooth and robust, with a mild malty aftertaste.

The cans from my six are just like the photo here on BA except that in the red stripe at the bottom, they say Brevard, North Carolina instead of Lyons, Colorado.

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Photo of vikinggary28
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can into glass mug. Amber/copper colour with a tan head and some nice lacing. Smells hoppy and citrusy. Taste has a little biscuity malt but mainly slightly bitter malt and citrus rind. Mouthfeel is fine but the bitter hop does linger as an aftertaste. Not the best I've had but certainly not bad. Prost!

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Photo of Dmezzy
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As time has passed I’ve sorta moved on from this brew but, I’ll grab a pounder every once in awhile and I’m never disappointed. Its no Sierra Nevada Pale Ale but, it’ll do.

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Photo of TBDave
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a 12-pack of cans for $15. Has a nice citrus taste that’s bitter but not overwhelming. It might not be my favorite pale ale. But it’s enjoyable and easy to drink. I’ll definitely buy it again.

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Photo of Kavoom
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice beer, on tap at the Suds Hut in Helena, MT. Malt up front hops in back supporting the APA designation with an overall very good feel. Everything in balance with an excellent kick but not the alcohol bite. Definitely the Colorado approach vs the MT hopes forward take (IPA) that I am used to and Like. Very nice brew.

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Photo of tucson_brewson
4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into a pint glass.

L - Pours a clear copper-amber color with about an inch of foamy off-white head that leaves a decent lacing throughout the glass.

S - Citrus rind, caramel, and malty with some spice and floral hops.

T - Similar to the smell, starts sweet with biscuit-y malt and caramel, bitter citrus rind, pine, some cereal grain.The bitterness stands out from the sweetness but still a very good tasting beer.

F - Light to medium bodied, good carbonation, slightly sticky from the malty caramel, clean and slightly dry finish.

O - A decent, drinkable pale ale that isn't offensive or overpowering. A nice representation of the APA style. Very balanced and good for any occasion.

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Photo of andrewh995
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber with a white head. Smells of citrus, hops, sweet malt, and some fruits. Tastes of citrus zest, sweet malt, fresh mildly bitter hops, and tropical fruit. Medium in body and carbonation. Overall an incredibly good pale ale.

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Photo of PhilsPils
2.83/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

From a can at Busboys and Poets, Washington, DC
Pours a nice golden color with a pure white head. Faint aroma of pine, fairly subdued. The taste is bitter and off-putting with a bitter whang that doesn't seem to be hoppiness. Not much hops flavor, just thin and bitter. My second try at this beer...obviously not for me.

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Photo of briandschorr
3.56/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The look is a hazy amber. The head was a nice off-white one inch with mild lacing. The nose is mainly malt along with spices and fruit. Hard to nail down the exact fruit. The taste is well balanced but more hops that remind me of an IPA rather than an APA. The malts do blend well with the hop element. A nice medium body with a fairly clean finish. Overall a good APA.

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Photo of huthuty
4.29/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful Amber color but that head was a bitch,
Smells like malt and caramel notes with spicy hops detectable
Taste is balanced. It's stronger, and more hoppy than what you'd expect from an APA
Overall good but not my favorote

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Photo of csmrx7
3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dale's is an old favorite and a great beer to serve at parties and also pairs pretty well with food.

Pours a translucent amber with great clarity and a puffy off-white head with excellent lacing.

Smell is heavily malty with a hint of fruit character.

Flavor is intensely malty but not offensive and easy to drink for the hop shy.

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Photo of wejohnsn
4.51/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a mouthfull of amazing delicious awesomness!!!!!!!!! this is superb. beststuff to ever come out of Colorado! ignore thesiver can crap with a big mouth, this is all you need!

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Photo of gvickery
3.72/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a 19.2 oz can in a clear glass it has a slightly hazy golden color. A good hop smell up front followed by the sweetness of the malts. Decent carbonation and head. Good balance of flavors, nice hops but not overpowering. The malts are just sweet enough to tie it together. Very refreshing in this God forsaken heat and humidity of Harris county, TX. I'd buy it again.

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Photo of BJB13
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Canned 6/22/17
12 oz. can poured into a can glass.

Two fingers of off-white soapy foam sits upon a nice crystal clear copper body and leaves sticky lace on the glass with every tilt.

The nose is a little weak, consisting of light floral hops, a bit of orange and a malty bread aroma. It drinks crisp with good Hop bitterness front to back and the same malt and hop characteristics that I got in the nose. There is also a slightly sour taste of wood. Feel is light to medium in body with fairly high carbonation.

Middle of the road Pale Ale.

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Photo of Riff
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber color with a very thick, slightly off-white head. Slightly piney aroma with a hint of orange to it. Taste follows, primarily pine with a little orange and a touch of malt backbone. Pine flavor lingers a bit, medium to medium light body. Easy drinker, well balanced, solid APA.

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Photo of TR_Severance
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If there's a best value award, Dale's takes it. Are there better IPAs out there? You bet, but not for a 9 dollar sixer.
I'll walk into the shop, and if I see Dale's in there, I'm always tempted to pick it up. Always.

We had this beer at my wedding--best decision of my life!

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.32/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The appearance is somewhat hazy yet clear orange/brown body with a one finger foamy white head with some clingy foamy lacing. The smell has the hops up front with some light malts coming through once it warms. The taste is mainly sweet becomes slightly bitter once it warms. There is a sticky sweet aftertaste and finish. The palate has a light to medium body and is sessionable. Its carbonated just right. Overall, I’m glad I finally found it and tried it as this is good for its style and good for me.

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Photo of poisoneddwarf
4.19/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Backlog from 2009. On tap at the Knitting Factory. Excellent pale ale. Probably the best pale I’ve had since the last time I had a Sierra Nevada. Pleasant hop bitterness. Good til the last drop, flavor-wise and head-wise. Very piney in the aroma and flavor.

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Photo of bankboy66
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy amber orange with a nice frothy head. Not too hoppy....hints of orange peel and spice. An easy beer that I have revisited many times. Give it a try.

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Photo of Vader444
4.69/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

355ml can poured into 2/3 pint Left Hand Brewing glass.

A deep orange-amber beer with an impressive and long-lived head. Crisp bitterness balanced with malty sweetness and the standard pale ale array of tropical fruits with a fair bit of marmalade citrus. Pleasant lingering finish. Don't understand the negative reviews; for my money this is an excellent example of the style and the fact that I can buy it readily in the UK for a very reasonable price (£1.90 in Tesco) makes this a definite regular buy for me. Cheers!

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Photo of JackRWatkins
3.27/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: pours a reddish amber with a soapy, generous four finger head, nice lacing
S: crispy, fruity nose, with a pleasant, albeit understated hop bite and hints of the malt backbone, some soapiness
T: nice and clean, touches of citrus and pine with a nice clean malt backbone
M: nice and full, a tad watery on the tongue
O: I was at a bottle share and the topic of this beer came up, I mentioned that I had never gotten around to having it (primarly because I loathe the can design), and was sternly chided for not having partaken in what I can only assume they deemed to be a right of passage. Whatever, this beer is okay, nothing special, SNPA kicks the shit out of this beer and in my opinion that beer has held it's own with the changing of the times, however, this beer is a different story...ehhh.

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Photo of Vetbidder
3.56/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Nice copper orange look to this beer. Not a ton on the nose with a malty scent with a tinge of citrus hops. Hops a bit more overpowering and bitter than I would have expected. I'd call it slightly astringent. The bready malts come through on the finish. Medium thick mouthfeel with Slightly less than medium carbonation on this brew.

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Photo of EmeraldMist
1.92/5  rDev -50.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.25

Look - Poured a copper/amber color, two fingers of white head, minimal lacing.
Aroma - Tangerine, floral, ethanol.
Taste - Bitter up front, hops lean more towards citrus like the aroma, orange, vegetal note, alcohol is noticeable from start to finish, malt is thin and has a vague sweetness. The aftertaste is soapy, bitter and boozy.
Feel - Light-medium body, watery, ample carbonation.

Overall - I remember trying this a few years back and thinking I got an infected can. I guess not. This tastes exactly the same as it did back then. The solvent-like bitterness with the noticeable alcohol makes this one of the worst beers I've had. It really reminds me of a bad homebrew IPA mixed with paint thinner. A fluke from an otherwise great brewery.

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Photo of Impetuous
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Hazy copper colour with ok head that doesn't stick around for long. No real lacing to speak of.

Flavors are slightly tumultuous; the carbonation is right upfront. There is light grapefruit flavors and light pine resin. Malt is not really present; crystal malts are here along with light alcohol flavor.

Pretty good. Crushable.

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Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 7657 ratings