Dale's Pale Ale | Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

BA SCORE
88
very good
7,352 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good
Read the review
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:
7,352
Reviews:
1,957
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
11.48%
 
 
Wants:
185
Gots:
1,664
For Trade:
7
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 7,352 |  Reviews: 1,957
Photo of hlaus
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of amir
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of jbear68
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of crob3888
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the most beautiful beers there is. Deep burnt orange sunset color, like autumn in your glass. Fluffy eggshell off white head. Lots of lacing. Aromas and flavors are on the money for a pale ale: toasty biscuits, piney hops, a touch of citrus (Orange, and maybe grapefruit pith), and a spicy grain note that comes off a bit like a rye pale. Balanced with a lightly bitter finish. A classic, up there with Sierra Nevada for longevity, quality, complexity, and consistency.

 476 characters

Photo of cisteve
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of mocktm
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Jammies
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A-pours an orangish gold with about an inch of foam. great retention. foam is thick

S-citrus hops are evident, sweet odor

T-sweet, but just slightly flat

M-watery and thin

O-seems to be just a little bit light on the flavor. I remember having this one a few years ago and thinking it was better. Perhaps just a bad batch.

 325 characters

Photo of smutty33
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of rogerthegill
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of aztraz
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of DirtyPenny
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured with 1.5 inches of frothy ecru head. Beer is a hazy amber with tiny granules visible floating within.

S: Piney hops amid a sprinkling of malt so pale you might want to poke it with a stick to see if it isn't dead. Hop
odor is a bit strong. Sort of floor polish-y.

T: Sweeter than expected. Floral hops take point, distracting you so that you don't notice the delicious bread and caramel notes sneaking up behind you to hit your tongue on the head with a shovel. But instead of violence, love blooms on the battlefield, and tongue and malt are married that day. Hop bitterness lingers at the back of the throat for a while afterwards, but this relationship will last. Gets a touch harsher as it warms.

M: Smooth as a baby's butt run through a laminating machine. Not that I have ever tasted a laminated butt.

O: Well, ain't this something? An incredibly well-balanced and supremely refreshing pale ale. What other pale ales hope to be when they grow up.

Addendum: It occurs to me now that this beer advertises itself as "voluminously hopped" and yet it wasn't extremely hoppy. I checked the bottom of the can and, sure enough, the one I got was about 8 months old. Which makes me wonder if I'd like it less if it were fresh. I'm really not a hophead, so probably. Going to have to find a fresher can and give it a whirl.

 1,334 characters

Photo of Tpsauer
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
3.49/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Dale's pours a amber-orange with a powerful slightly off-white head. Nice carbonation.

Nose is mostly pine like hops, some grass and resin aroma also. A little hint of malt can be detected.

Well balanced on the palate. It starts off with some malt notes and finishes with a hop bite. Hops linger on the tounge, pine and resin. Nothing overpowering.

Mouthfeel is medium.

A refreshing pale ale. The hops and alcohol make it hard to imagine drinking a too many of these but it is still a tasty beer. The hop aftertaste is very pleasant.

 537 characters

Photo of JVan
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of bubbadorse
4.83/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow! I was expecting a great pale ale, but this really goes beyond. It could almost be an IPA, and lives up to its caption "huge voluminously hopped muttha of a pale ale".

Poured it into a pint glass from the can at a 45 degree slant and got a nice 1/2 inch head of foam. Color was a hazy amber-again, more typical of many IPA's I drink. from the hops initially. The hops perfectly greet the drinker with a Good waft of pine and then an refreshing astringent pop in the first mouth that quickly fades to a tartness at the finish. All this is washed with a medium to light maltiness. Tastes like real beer but refreshes like a something much lighter and sweeter. Refreshing, great flavor and balance.

A truly great beer without excess. How often do you find that? If you see someone drinking this after an afternoon working outside, you KNOW they know good beer! So good I want another!

 890 characters

Photo of dcbike
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of freshtojeff
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of ShamboWattsone
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of muskiesman
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of jamiesmithnc
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of IPAaron
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of HarmonMW
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of jojoluvsbeer
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours of clear dark orange with a white head. Goos amount of lacing and carbonation. Aroma of malty sweetness and minimal citrus hops is also present. Taste is strong caramel malt with well balanced light hop finish. Less bitter than I expected. Mouthfeel is medium.

 266 characters

Photo of gaffm
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of gleemonger
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
3.92 out of 5 based on 7,352 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.