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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 xoqx
4.48/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a nice copper with an unprecedented foamy head with unreal retention and thick sticky lacing. The head on this beer is just phenomenal and remarkable. The nose is very malty, more then typical in a pale ale, but due to the abundance of barley used in this beer. The bitterness of this beer tastes high for an APA, but the huge malt proportion balances out the bitterness and results in a very big tasting beer. The hops have a piney character and the malt has a chewy sweetness, honey almost raisiny malt, similar to Dogfish’s 90 Minute IPA or Raison d’Etre. The mouthfeel is substantial, medium-fullbodied and chewy, somewhat creamy at the beginning due to the monstrous head. This is a tremendously drinkable beer, even at the 6.5% abv. It has very quickly become one of my favorite American Pale Ales.

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

A-Copper color body with a white thick head that went away after a couple minutes.Some retention on the glass.

S-This stuff smells heavenly as like other APA'S I cant get enough of the smell,smell of flowery hops and not much malt.

T-Flowery hops and no pine.I cant taste anything else in this beer.

M-Its creamy and goes down smooth.I like the tasteful it has to offer.

D-I could drink a 6 pack of this beer but I would have to be off of work the next morning.It goes down real smooth,almost too smooth and it will hit ya after a couple.Well done,my first beer from Dales. I like it alot Highly Reccomended

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Photo of Hortus
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in glass from the can.

Small but persistent head. Good lacing as beer is consumed. Some hop aroma at first but gives way to malt aroma as beer is consumed. Good mouth feel. Malty flavor with bittering hop finish. Overall a good balanced malt flavored pale ale.

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Photo of BBM
4.49/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Was lucky enough to find this fine beer on tap. It poured a deep translucent copper color with a light, foamy head. Good retention and lacing. The aural pleasure you get from this beer is reason enough to try it. It starts with a bready, buscuity scent, and as it sits the floral hops and citrus fruits really come out.

I had heard good things about this beer but to my surprise the taste is much closer to an IPA than your traditional American pale. This is in no way a bad thing. The floral hops, citrus hops, and others dance on your pallette in perfect harmony. There is a little malt to balance it out, which it does perfectly. Mouthfeel is full and dry.

The best thing about this beer is how smooth and drinkable it is. It goes down easy with no bitter aftertaste. I don't know how well the flavor translates in a can, but out of a tap it is quite a treat. It's an India Pale Ale trapped in an APA's body, yet still delicious in its own right. Highly reccomended.

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Photo of ByTor2112
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The whole Pale Ale in a can thing is just sweeping the nation. This poured a beautiful dark orange color. Very thin head, not much lacing at all. Aroma- Sweet citrus and fruit hop notes.
This PA gives a beautiful combination of malt and hops that is just thick enough to please the palate. I tastes great and the finish is clean. A good froth releases some more citrus. This could very well be a " go-to " brew. I love it, quaffable even.

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Photo of indy169
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dale's Pale Ale is a great brew and a perfect pairing to the can it's packaged in.
If Guinness had a hoppy American brother that was equally sophisticated but more utilitarian, it would be this one.
The beer pours to a deep amber and the head is like a cloud of creamy milkshakes. Mouthfeel is awesome. On first taste this beer is not near what it becomes after a little time in the glass.
This may be a new favorite. Let's just say Sierra Nevada should pay close attention to DPA.

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

a - poured a huge pillowy two fingers thick toffee colored head into a tumbler. clear amber color with significant lacing throughout.
s - the smell seems very faint to me. maybe a slight hint of vanilla.
t - floral hoppiness with a hint of yeast. the malt comes through as it warms.
m - smooth on the tongue with a medium body.
d - this beer starts slowly but seems to become more complex (and better) as it warms.

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Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Understated pale, with citrus hop smell and citrus orange taste. Above average mouthfeel. Satisfying in a meal. Suitable carbonation. Decent for a beer in a can, but I still detected metallic in my glass. which subtracted from a good balance of bitterness and malt.

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Photo of gonzo138
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-pours a nice copor color, white head that retained decently and laced well

S- simple strait forward floral hop smell

T-same as smell, simple strait forward hop bitterness, in a good way though, slight malt sweetness for balance

M- light in body, moderate carbonation

D- very drinkable, a nice session beer, I said this in my reveiw of the old chub, craft breweries need to start putting more of their product in cans

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Photo of FuzzyGuy84
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz can into a pint glass

A - Poured a deep and cloudy amber. Modest beige head. Impressive.

S - Nice fruity and hoppy smell.

T - Extremely hoppy. Great for a hophead but it's pretty much all you taste. Definetely good and tremendously strong.

M - Somewheat heavy and chewy. This is a big beer.

D - A wonderful drink for hopheads. Strong so you wouldn't want a ton. Definetely worth a try, particularly for fans of IPAs.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz can a hazy reddish gold with a large head of foam

The smell is all kinds of hoppy with notes of grapefruit and some grass. There's even a touch of sweetness from the malt in the nose.

The taste is big on hops up front with the grapefruit noted in the smell though the grassiness plays a minor role. Midway through there's a good caramel malt sweetness that offsets the hop bitterness nicely creating some really good balance but..the hops take over again near and through the finish.

Other notes: the body on this pale is really good and the drinkability, despite the 6.5%abv, is very high for me.

Bottom line: This is a great APA! 'nuff said!

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Photo of Buildscharacter
4.55/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I don't know why...maybe it's because it's from a can, or maybe because I just don't expect a tasty IPA to be IN the can, I just love this beer.

I often think that if I had to drink one beer for the rest of my life, this would be it. Aside from the packaging, this beer has it all.

It's light, but has great acute hop flavor, but goes down smooth and easy.

I don't really know what it looks like, because I really enjoy drinking it in the can, so I can't really comment on it in that regard.

As for the flavor, it's just smooth and tasty. Good balance between the malt and the hop. Reminds me of a more mellow Sierra Nevada.

I highly recomend this beer.

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Photo of PeatReek
3.69/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Alright, good beer in a can! Pours a solid amber color, quite hazy (not quite hefe hazy, but nearly). Rocky eggshell-yellow head. Smells cool & creamy and potently hoppy, like grass clippings and pine needles. The body is rich & smooth, not quite thick but definitely substantial, which I like. The taste is interesting; it hits you right up front with the grinding, aggressive hop taste and kind of buzzes along through the sip without mellowing out. Hmm. It's an earthy/dirty sort of hop flavor, but in combination with the beefy body, it works. Just enough bitterness to keep it well grounded and refreshing; I could definitely see downing a few of these ice-cold after a long hike. Excellent.

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Photo of ColForbin
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dale's Pale Ale puts to rest the notion that good beer can't come in cans. My can has a code of 6 02 09 A 2 B A, whatever that means.

In fact, it is probably my favorite APA right now. Pours a deep golden color with a thick white head with great retention. Aroma is piney and spicy hops, and lots of 'em. Taste is very bitter, but with some nice malty body to back it up. Some oily hoppiness in the mouthfeel, otherwise a medium bodied brew with a fair amount of carbonation. So drinkable, and bonus points for coming in an unbreakable container that I can take anywhere. I guess it is almost an IPA, but with a beer this good, why quibble?

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Photo of EPseja
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from a can at just above fridge temperature in a pint glass.

A - Pours a dark honey golden color with amber highlights. Lacing rises to two inches and sticks in great erratic crags to the sides of the galss as it subsides. Remains big and pillowy throughout the beer. Superb!

S - Piney hops with mild citrus undertones. Honey-like light malt sweetness. Refreshing and crisp.

T - Instantly bitter, with sweetness coming to the rescue soon after. As the beer moves to the back of the mouth, the bitterness rounds out and mingles nicely with the malts. As the beer reaches the throat, the bitterness comes back with great bravado, along with a metallic twinge that sticks. Finish is alcoholic and belly warming.

M - Decently crisp and carbonated, active and fluffy in the mouth. Swallow is a bit rough due to the crazy bitterness of the hop and the alcohol.

D - A very interesting experiment of quality craft beer in a can... overall, it's flavorful and pleasant, but the two detriments of alcohol and metallic bitterness keep it from true excellence.

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Photo of mntlover
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lightly chill hazed amber/copper color with a thumb sized beige head that falls slowly and laces well. Oh I so love amber pale ales.

Aroma is nice crisp citrus hops blended with pine resin kind of amixture no real winner. Nice caramel malt base on the one sweeet smelling, hell even some floral hops peeking out.

Taste is good an nice malt base light caramel sweetness with the right amount of hops. good hop flavors citrusy pink lemonade hints of grapefruit mingled together with the caramel malt. Finish in lingering caramel and citrus bitterness.

Mouthfeel approaching medium with good carbonation lively but not overly so.

Drinkability is great aided by the fact its in a can. It can go many places bottles are not allowed and its a good APA to boot. Hell what more could you want.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Can courtesy of Brentfeesh: Poured a slightly hazy deep amber color ale with a nice foamy head with average retention. Aroma of crisp C-type hops with a nice sweet malt base. Taste is a very well balance mix between sweet malt and some bitter hops. Body is above average and carbonation is just perfect. Well made example of an APA.

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

I first experienced Oskar Blues Old Chub in Philly. I was reluctant to consider a beer in a can. Man I am glad I took a chance on Old Chub. On a rescent trip to see the In-Laws in PA I came across Dales Pale Ale. So I scooped up a case of Dale's Pale Ale.

The beer was served in a pub glass. You may be tempted to drink this one from the can. I think this beer definately deserves a glass for proper consumption.

Appearance: The beer pours a clear amber coloration. The beer has a one finger biege head with good retention.

Smell: The beer has a very pronounced pine resiney smell. The beer has faint lemon citrus and earthy floral hop smell. The beer has a pleasing caramel malty backbone.

Taste: This beer delivers a good blend of lemon, grape fruit and earthy hops. The hoppy flavors are pleasantly oily. The beer has plenty of caramel malty sweetness supporting the hops.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: This beer is approaching medium bodied. The beer has a slightly oily mouthfeel. The oilyness makes the flavors linger in a good way. The beer is easy to drink. I could see drinking several of these in a row. This is a dam fine APA and I will buy this one again if I have the chance.

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Photo of johnniemarg
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a pint glass.

Pours a copper color with a huge 3-finger tan head. The head is very persistent. Sheets of lace.

The smell is all hops. Citrus and pine.

Starts sweet but then is taken over by a very piney hop flavor.

Medium bodied and oily mouthfeel.

A highly drinkable pale ale.

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Photo of Schwarzbart
2.72/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: A bright orange amber color with a pillowy white 1-1/2 finger head. Nice clarity with plenty of lacing.
Smell: Wet hops and heavy malt aroma. Similar to some barley wines that I have had, sort of a heavy wet grain nose. Fragrances of dark fruits and some caramel.
Taste: Much like it smelled, but the malts and grain really bite you. I thought this beer tasted much darker than it looked. The hops had a sticky dank quality and even though the hops and malts seem balanced there was a slight sourness to it all.
Mouthfeel: Smooth and slippery. Almost a lubricating feel to it.
Drinkability: I thought the taste was a little overboard and strong on the senses for a pale ale.

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Photo of sacrelicio
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Finally got to try this beer! I had heard that it was supposed to be a great example of a quality microcraft in a can and when I saw it at Chicone's I had to bite.

The beer pours a fairly typical but nice APA color--orange/amber--with a tight, solid, and creamy head with good retention. Very nice tight layered lacing.

The smell is a bit underwhelming, fairly faint generic fruity hop aromas and caramel maltiness with a touch of earth. Decent, but too faint to make much of an impression. I almost detect aluminum, which could be my imagination.

The taste is great, with hops showcasing big grapefruit, green vegetable and pine flavors. The malty backbone is significant, with an almost candy like sweetness that nicely compliments the hops rather than combating them. There are also some savory flavors in the very long finish. Lots of big flavor.

The mouthfeel is full and almost sticky with medium carbonation that cuts through the gumminess. Just how I like it.

The drinkability of this beer is phenomenal. Enough flavor to keep you interested but easygoing and unassuming enough to be indefinitely quaffable (assuming you love hops, like I do).

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Photo of waughbrew
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tangerine with a wonderful head. Smell has surprisingly-strong peaches, like the ones in a can. A little orange and grapefruit. Flavor is sugar-coated medium-bodied hop candy. Not sharp, since it is sugar-coated. Pretty nice flavor, actually, though I could go for less body and less sweetness. Fresh and smooth.

Overall tasty stuff, but too sweet and full-bodied to be a regular for me.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Crystal-clear amber-brown in color, with a large, coarse white head, thick broken lace, and slight carbonation.

Aroma: Very sharp pine tar hop presence, with a sweet malt undercurrent, very much to style.

Taste: Slightly sweet malt presence at the open, with a subdued, mildly bitter hop presence, and oddly, some toasted malts. The pine tar hops rise as the taste progresses. Towards the end of the taste, the hop bitterness intensifies, taking on a fairly pronounced pine tar note, and a lingering bitterness at the back of the mouth, possibly from tannins. This might account for the sharply dry finish.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, and quite full, little carbonation noted, finishes very dry.

Drinkability/notes:A nice example, very drinkable, at 6.5% ABV, a touch high for a session beer.

Thanks to HardTarget for sharing this rare example.

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I recently went to Lyons to visit Oskar’s and sampled Dale’s Pale Ale on tap. I’ve have in the past tried Dale’s in a can and I have to say that on tap is much better! (And thus another review of this beer).

The pour was the same with a light amber color with good clarity. Better head and lacing when poured from the tap then from the can.

The aroma was more noticeable from tap then can. The hops seem to come out more with a heighten citrus smell. The malt was more balanced and less of a syrupy smell. The taste is similar with a good bitterness from the hops that are all but non-existent from the can. The can Dale’s seemed well balanced, while from tap the beer seemed to have more of a hoppy flavor then malt. The malt seemed less syrupy in taste as well but more of a bready and less caramel taste.

The body is completely different between the two. The body from can is smooth while from tap has more harsh almost carbonic flavor to it.

Between the two, I would have to call it a toss up. But for sure they have different factors for sure.

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Photo of granger10
4.83/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer from a can. Nice. Copper color with a large egg white foamed head. Head maitains nicely, lots of lacing. Carbonation holds throughout. Smell is strong on hops. Lots of grapefruit and pine in the aroma. Somewhat acidic. Flavor provides more balance with a collection of malts to support the hop dominance. Kind of a rich caramel flavor at the top. A bit of a sweet biscuity base is there. But this is about the hops. They come out in full form. Never too much though. Nice fruity bitterness, nice grapefruit bitterness, and a nice bit of resiny pine in the finish. Malts never lose control of keeping the hops in hand though. Just a great beer all around. Even though the abv's a touch high, this might be my new session beer.

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