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Dale's Pale AleDale's Pale Ale

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Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Colorado, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Todd on 10-08-2002

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Photo of geexploitation
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the can, pours a very dark gold, maybe more of an amber, with a lacey collar for a head. Aromas of metallic hops, grapefruit, and molasses. Inviting. On the palate, brash bitterness first off, with the full citrus load exploding on the tongue. The malts come out toward the middle and end, mainly in the form of nutty sweetness. Big metallic notes from the get-go. Very mouthfilling, very big beer, with tons of bitterness for a pale ale, a lot of carbonation, and just enough sweet malts for a touch of balance (although it's swayed way toward hop bitterness). It's not until the finish that this beer shows any smoothness... but even after that the hops pop up for another go-round, lingering on the palate with spiky citrus notes. This is one helluva a big beer; it's a rash, impolite bastard. But man is it good.

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Photo of jhicks12
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this beer in Oskar Blues 12 oz can pour into a pink glass

Appearance: A hazy copper orange color.

Smell: Nice Evergreen, citrus, malt notes

Taste: Nice malt character followed by a charge of evergreen, citrus bitter hoppy flavor.

Mouthfeel: Good bubbly carbonation, and oily hop mouthfeel

Drinkability: Very solid and drinkable APA. Nice that it comes in cans. Certainly a nice beer for tailgating at a baseball game

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Photo of doppelmeup
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap in a bar in NYC.

Dark amber color with only a quarter inch thick head, but it is really thick, almost chunky quality too it.

Aromas are mild for a pale ale. Usual suspects, but fairly muted.

Taste is alright. Definite hop bitterness, some mild grapefruit and cut grass, but muted.

Slightly sticky mouthfeel with a certain amount of creaminess as well.

Overall, this beer is okay but not spectacular. I'd probably drink it again, but wouldn't seek it out.

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Photo of Homebrew63
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was a jump back to cans that I had not thought I would enjoy. I have read the ads in Ale Street and Yankee Brew News for a while and gave it a go.
Mildly hoppy and lacked much head. It reminded me of a homebrew in it's appearence being slightly cloudy. It did not have a metallic taste and all said it was not too bad. It had a side of the mouth bite that was unique. I would drink again.

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Photo of Minkybut
3.1/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Beer pourd from can into tumbler at 48 degrees. Beer was a strange cloudy orange color. Beer had a great big head that lasted forever that exuded a very hoppy nose. Beer was really smooth feeling almost thich in the mouth. A bit too hoppy for my taste, will not but again.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jeff Krenner for this one.

A: Crack goes the can. Pours a hazy cark pear with a bit of sediment at the bottle. Head is a full two fingers tall of creamy, light beige bubbles.

S: Watery grapefruit, lymon and a bit of caramel malt.

T: Begins with some sugary pink grapefruit juice and a nice caramel backbone. Almost a salty hoppiness, really reacts to the sides of the tongue with moments of tangy tangerine. Some pine and butter hits the back of the tongue while the swallow occurs. Finishes with a minor earthy bitterness and a pinecone personality.

M: Medium body, hard consistency with a thin carbonation.

D: Nice beer. Quite flavorful. Doing some crazy stuff to the sides of my mouth though.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice amber with a big off white head that leaves some good lacing. The smell is of decent floral hops and a noticeable malt background that smells clean and slightly grainy. Great pale ale taste, but definitely a little hoppier and maltier than many. The hops and malt are soft however and preserve a pale ale flavor rather than the relative sharpness of an IPA. The hops are much more flavorful than suggested by the aroma- nice bitter hit here followed by a grainy maltiness and a light stone fruit flavor. The mouthfeel is quite thick and grainy for a pale ale, but its not unpleasant. This does make it a little more filling and less of a session beer than it might be. This brewers beers made me a believer in canning beers. Absolutely the best thing ever for backpacking.

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Photo of markgugs
4.6/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured from a 12oz can into an imperial pint glass

A: pours a gorgeous orange/copper color and forms a very nice cream-colored, 2-finger head that instantly begins lacing quite nicely. This is a beautiful looking beer.

S: gives off a very nice balanced aroma of both juicy hops and sweet malted bread. I want to take a bite!

T: ahhh, glorious. Not as hoppy as Sierra's Pale Ale, not as malted as a strong ale, this beer is perfectly balanced IMO. I think "juicy" is the best word to describe it's flavor, I keep smacking my lips to savor every drop of its bready goodness. Did I mention it's perfectly balanced?

M: creamy and chewy, I love how this beer feels in the mouth, with just the right amount of carbonation ta boot.

D: this is my new go-to beer, it's a splendid combination of low-enough ABV to be able to session with it, it's a great value (I pay about $14-15 per 12 pack of cans here in NJ), and it's delicious. Perfect all-day drinker.

P.S. it's worth noting that this is NOTHING like any other canned beer you may be used to, you'd never know it came from a can.

Highly recommended.

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Photo of PEBKAC
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A strong, stiff pour, that leaves a hard, rigid top of white suds. Cloudy, caramel body. You could shake the mug, & the head would counter balance the movement of the beer. If you try to cut through it, it just comes back together like the T-1000.

Nothing overly strong in the smell. An edge of bitterness riding malt coattails, all dragging along an overgrown, but not unkempt, field of grass & dandelions. A lawnmower might be revving up & burning some fumes at the edge of the land, but, it's a lazy day & no one really wants to do any work today.

Very creamy, with a strong tingle of bitterness & pepper on my tongue. Malty, a bit salty, & close to balanced in my opinion. I like balanced. A little too heavy & thick to make an afternoon out of though.

Easy enough to drink for the seasoned veteran, almost even for first timers. I still think the bitterness would get to them. It took a couple sessions a few months apart to really appreciate this. Much easier with food. Pouring beer from a can is more then just a novelty now. A backyard barbecue favorite. :)

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Photo of jjboesen
4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This represents the beginning of canned craft beer (excluding the nitro cans from Guinness, Boddingtons, etc.) and it is worthwhile.
Pours with a thick, spongy head and long-lasting head and settles with minor lacing. Dales' has a mildly hoppy bite and leaves little aftertaste - due to storage, I think. Like any well-crafted beer, it gets better as it reaches room temperature. All-in-all, an exceptional quaff, though I do prefer Oskar Blues Scotch Ale "Old Chubb." Cheers!

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz aluminum can.

This pale ale poured a clear, amber color with off-white foam that persisted and slowly settled and clung to the glass. The smell was light malt with a hint of caramel and a light hoppiness. The carbonation tickled the nose. The taste was lightly sweet malt with a very light hoppiness. The mouthfeel was very smooth and creamy with medium body and good carbonation. There was a light hoppiness and maltiness in the finish. This was a good pale ale. Keep up the good work with the cans.

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Photo of Dewey0603
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber with a giant white foamy head. The head leaves great lacing,but the color of this beer is what grabs you.
I don't think I've ever seen an APA as dark as this,beautiful. The smell is very hoppy,citrus with floral undertones.
The taste has a perfect combination of bitter citrus hops and sweet malt. The crisp hops and mellow malt make this a great tasting beer.
The m/f is light with all the flavors mixing well making this one of the best APA's on the market. This is very good. Cheers.

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.31/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

It's so weird to open a can of beer and not expect swill to come out (or nitro crap for that matter). I had heard nothing but good things about this beer, and I was curious to see how much of it was hype. It is a damn good beer, however. If only I had access to it on a regular basis, at least during summer, since it is tough to find a good canned beer for recreational areas that don't allow glass. Thanks to dogfooddog for sending me this, along with a few others from the brewery. I am really looking forward to the old chubb now.

Pours to a nice clear amber color with a golden hue. A very healthy carbonation supports an equally healthy head. Lacing sticks quite well, allowing one to count how many drinks it took to finish the glass.

The smell is probably the least impressive aspect of this brew, but it is not bad by any means. Has a nice light floral hops bouquet. Smells like cream almost, which is very odd, but far from unpleasant.

The taste is very good. Has the same light bitter floral hops bouquet with a very nice balancing caramel malt. Has the same creamy taste found in the nose, almost like it was brewed with half & half. Has a lingering bitterness and a bready malt flavor.

The body is, as I expected, rich and creamy. Not really what I would expect from a pale ale, per se, though I really enjoy a nice body from any beer. Very easy to drink. One of the most interesting pale ales I've tried (which is kind of an unusual thing to say if you think about it), and not just because of its packaging.

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Photo of Bobikel
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours an amber/copper with a 1" head. Retention is very good. Lacing is very good.

Smell - Hops, hops, and more hops. Deep fruity, spicy, hop tones dominate with just a touch of sweet malt in the background.

Taste - Grapefruit lends way to a malty middle, which in turn, gives ground to a lingering hop bite.

Mouthfeel - Thick and creamy with little or no cloying aspects.

Drinkability - Smooth and easy, this is best enjoyed with friends on a slow all night drink, and bullshitathon.

Overall - This was one of my first hoppy beers several years ago. I fell in love with hops and havn't looked back. Still one of my favorites.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear copper color with a thick long lasting eggshell head that drapes the glass with continents of lace. The aroma is piney and spicey, very hop forward. The taste is richly hoppy but well balanced with a biscuity doughy malt. Hop flavors are very piney and ‘PACNorthwesty’. The finish is long and pleasingly bitter. The mouthfeel is kind of light and softly carbonated.

A very tastey canned ale, maybe the best Ive had. The brisk hoppiness and great balance. Make it dangerously drinkable. I highly recommend it.

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.2/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Wow - my second canned beer in 9 years! acquired via trade!

A - golden orange in color, very vigorous white head.

S - citrus hops, light malt and raw grain.

T - similar to smell. Nice but a bit grainy for me.

M - lightly bodied, smooth

D - 2 was my limit. a bit less grainy and it would be rated much higher.

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Photo of TheSarge
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew was sent to me in Korea. Many thanks to Chuckee in Alabama, who wanted to provide me an exceptional beer in a can, based off a previous Beer Talk topic.

Dale's Pale Ale gives off aromas heavily dominated by hops: A bit floral and piney. The taste is also heavily dominated in the same way, but I detected slight sweetness from the richly roasted malt.

This brew feels a little oily at first but finishes quite dry, and a slight bitterness is felt on the back of my tongue.

Overall I'm quite impressed with Dale's and I'd go out of my way to find some more when I come home to visit the States. I probably won't find this brew in Germany either, but hell; I'll be in beer heaven again.


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Photo of Riggo
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

appearance: handsome golden orange with a creamy, sturdy off-white head. good head retention. a sturdy attractive ale.

smell: citrus, pine, leafy hops. some slight smokiness. caramel? orange?

taste: fresh and lively, yet creamy and smooth. crisp hop bite balanced well by earthy, toasty malt. finish has a nice smack of spicy hops. definitely a little on the bitter side throughout but still remarkably smooth.

mouthfeel: great creamy, smooth mouthfeel.

drinkability: pretty high. you get alot of hops but it's all rounded out beautifully.

count me among many others (including the folks at oskar blues themselves!) who never expected a big hoppy american style pale ale full of character to come out of a can. once you pour it and taste it, there's just no denying it; this is one of america's finest pale ales.

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Photo of screws
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had half the beer in the actual can and the other half in a pint glass.

Aroma: To get the aroma of the beer you have to stick your nose right up to the opening. For a Pale Ale, the beer smells quite hoppy. Didn't smell anything else going on with the beer.

Look (once poured into a pint glass): When poured the head was nice. White, light and made of small bubbles. Through out the drink the beer bubbled (small bubbles) and the head stayed for the whole time (though it was thin). A medium orange-red in color (could not make out detail through the glass).

Taste: The hops are definitely there, but not over powering. The swallow was nice, with some floral mixed in with the hop, for a nice even drink. It is not a complex taste, though at the end of the swallow there was an extremely light butterscotch taste for me. Lighter to medium body for me.

Conclusion: Enjoyed the beer. I would consider this a session beer for a party or bbq. Good hop taste, but not over powering, and a clean drink.

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Photo of benito
4.56/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hands down this is the best American pale ale I've tasted. It pours a gleaming copper with a thick, sudsy white head that globs up and sits atop the pint almost endlessly.

Good hoppy aromas with lots of pine--and this is the only area where I think they could have done more with this brew. Dale's has a smooth and creamy mouthfeel overall that nicely complements the quick, hoppy start and biscuity middle of the brew. The finish is crisp and bitter. It's a textbook example of a tasty, well-balanced APA.

For a while, I lived in Colorado and thought Dale's was overrated. Far inferior to Old Chub and many of the states great IPAs. I don't know what I was thinking. This is a must have beer. And the fact that it comes in cans makes it only that much more appealing. I'm dreaming about all the ridiculous spots that I'll be able to take this brew.

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Photo of lehows
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap (even the tap-head is a can) and it poured a dark amber with a nice white head. I found this beer to be pretty refreshing and had a great scent. Strong aromas of citrus, pine, and good hops. The mouthfeel is pretty creamy and decent carbonation throughout. Overall a pretty good pale ale that I could see myself looking for now and then.

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Photo of athensbeermaster
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a pint of this at Taco Mac. A rich golden slightly orange color.
With a one and half inch head creamy tan color. Small bubbles that continue for a while. Good carbonation! nice even lacing all the way down the entire glass. Swell of rich caramel and oily pine.
Mouthfeel was full body and creamy. The midpalate had some tropical friut tones and rich caramel. The finish had more hops showing thru with nice grapefruit and oily pine taste. The only difference I noticed having it on draft than in the can was the oily pine flavor stood out more!

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Photo of foureyedgeek
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a pint glass.

This is a really great looking beer, a nice fluffy head tall and puffy that fades gradually to a constant topper of foam that lasts past the end of the beer and remains until you either suck it all out or rinse your glass. Quite clear amber body.

Smells full of hops, they're very noticeable for a pale ale, the nose here is almost as robust as a harvest ale, the hops are so abundant. Floral and fruit.

Taste is all hops, again making me think of a harvest ale, this beer's a good one for a hophead on the go. Slight malt balances it out, but really the hops dominate.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, drinks very well and makes for a nice session beer. The ABV on this one's well hidden, this is a drinkable beer and would be a great fridge staple.

This can makes this beer slightly novel, but its a great one for occasions when a bottle just won't do, and it really helps that its a tasty beer as well.

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Photo of taez555
3.38/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured an opaque dark orange/tan body with a small white head.

Fresh grain malt with some apricot fruit touches in the nose. Some mild alcohol with mild hints of citrus fruit.

Rich and malty with a medium to full body. Rich caramel base. The 6.5% alcohol gives it a nice warmth but again really gives this beer a nice backbone. hints of fruit; apricots, strong pineapple and even some pear. The malt base is immediately overshadowed by a dry metallic and leafy hop character. Not overly bitter other than to just give it some balance. It's really about the hop flavor. As it flows on into the finish the dry hop leaf flavor becomes almost annoying.

I really love the old chub, and was a little disappointed in this one, but honestly it's still really good. Big malt, the hops aren't completely to my liking as I think they don't balance perfectly, but honestly it doesn't bother me too much. Good beer.

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Photo of akahn
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful deep red-orange amber with lasting, sticky yellowish head.

As soon as you crack open the can, the aroma hits you -- sweetness and hops, that's what this beer's about. From the glass, you realize just how potent this sweetness is, and fruity, like an ESB. The hops are there, too, spruce-like, but take a back seat.

You can get lost in the flavor it's so cohesive. Sugary, caramelly pale malts, accented by bitter citrus rind hops. A resinous note melds with a faint vapor of alcohol, for an intriguing finish. This beer's got girth.

Rather full on the palate with a considerable prickle of hops and appropriate carbonation. Creamy.

This beer is no slouch -- it's big and bold enough that I probably wouldn't want to drink more than two of these. Nonetheless, this is an excellent beer and reminds me how good an American Pale Ale can be.

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Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 7,486 ratings