Dale's Pale Ale | Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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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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Ratings: 7,449 |  Reviews: 1,975
Photo of mrgrandefromage
2.67/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Great packaging! I drank this out of the can, so I didn't actually observe the appearance. The most impressive thing about this beer is the aroma. Even out of the can the smell of fresh northwest hops was intense. Unfortunatly the hops are completely over the top in the flavor of this beer, overpowering everything else. Don't know why they chose to call this a pale ale. It would be over the top for an IPA. The mouth feel was harsh, despite the light carbonation. Wouldn't drink another. A shame, because their Old Chub is outasight.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.29/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy orange color with a nice full beige head, decent carbonation, and nice lace rings. Awesome citrusy hop aroma. Hoppy citrusy flavors (grapefruit) dominate with a solid malt backing. Light-medium bodied with a "lightly metallic" dry bitter finish.

Amazing that this is from a can !!

Per can: "A huge voluminously hopped mutha of a pale ale"

Per O.B. website: Brewed with hefty amounts of European malts and four kinds of American hops.

($13.99 / 12-pack of cans)

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

The original canned micro! Well maybe not original, but you know what I mean. I won't pretend to be sampling this for the first time. Dale's is a staple for me, with cans in the fridge most of the time, cans in the cooler on ALL camping trips, a fugitive can or two in the backpack when space allows, and a not infrequent pourer at the brewery. Can't go wrong with this one, especially on draft, though the cans do a nice job as well.

Pours a nice amber color with a thunderous head that quickly dissipates. Nose is all citrusy hops -- nothing wrong with that. Taste is mostly citrus with hints of sweet malt and perhaps a tiny roasty edge -- very nice! Exceptionally drinkable for a 6.5% ABV brew. No wonder I drink so damned much of it!

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have to tell you, the rhyming name reminds of the Preston Sturges classic film, "The Lady Eve", where Henry Fonda plays a herpetologist who also happens to be heir to a brewing fortune. In one scene, a waiter onboard the ocean liner "Hopsy", as he is nicknamed, is traveling on, dryly intones the following line: "They only want Pike's Pale, the Ale that won for Yale. Rah. Rah."

But how about Dale's Pale Ale, "A Huge Voluminously Hopped Mutha Of A Pale Ale", as the can reads...you said a mouthful, bub. Let's crack the snap-top, and dig in...
Hazy, crisp amber color, good chunk of cream-toned foam above.
Aroma, plenty of hops in there, the piney, juicy, grapefruity, zesty, tangy kind. Puts me in mind of Alpha King and others of that sort. Big citrus...I like it!
Taste: zing, zing! Nice, pungent hoppy taste in every bite, but not too bitter. Flavor slides along the mouth, with a neat resin-y edge, loads of alpha acids, abundant fruity flavor. This one is right up my alley.
Body is medium, but the flavor is full, and the finish is bitter, hoppy, fruity. Taste is long-lasting in the mouth. This would definitely be a regular buy for me, if it were available here.
tasty stuff, with plenty of hops...just what turns my crank.

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

Presentation: 12 oz can.

Appearance: Bright orange color with a great sized head. Head faded to a thin lace on top, as well as down the sides.

Smell: Citrusy hops with a nice sweet malt aroma coming through as well.

Taste: Mmm .. nice hoppy flavor, with a slightly creamy mouthfeel. Citrusy flavor with a decent malt background - definitely predominately hops though. Nice and drinkable.

Overall impression: Wow - great canned beer. Perfect for camping trips, or just around the house. This should probably be an IPA though - definitely heavy on the hops.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This is a bright and clear orange in color with a very weak head.

Smell – The aroma here is a nice mixture of citrusy hops with just a touch of pine. The malt backbone is not prominent but can’t be missed by the thoughtful drinker.

Taste – Wow, this beer really opens up at the taste. The orangy hops are really big and bitter for an APA. The malts are definitely an afterthought.

Mouthfeel – This one is not big in the body, maybe between light and medium, but the lingering bitterness is huge and never-ending.

Drinkability – They’d call this an IPA in many parts of the country. I would have liked to have seen a bit bigger body to go with the massive hop bitterness, but if you like hoppy bitter brews you’ll enjoy this one. It’s probably the hoppiest beer that you can drink right down then crush the container flat against your forehead (all the while singing, “Louie, Louie,” of course).

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

Pours a lovely gold-bronze with a sparse head.

Nose shows a moderate piney and bitter hoppiness and maybe a bit of sweetness.

Medium bodied, prickly carbonation. Big hoppy pale ale, starts off with a moderate bitterness that becomes slightly woody. A faint husk flavor flashes but quickly passes. Finishes with a bitter/dry aftertaste.

A very nice pale, well hopped for the style and the can is a very nice novelty.

EDIT:My review says it was on tap, it was actually from the can.

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

Pours a clear amber colored Ale.

Smell is malty with a spicy cascade hops scent. Nice toasted grain scent.

Taste is malty and hoppy without either main flavor overwhelming the other. Mildly sweet brew with a bit of citrus tartness. The flavor profiles goes malt and sweet citrus at first and then the bitter backend and the clear taste of fresh cascade hops finishes it. Not super bitter, well balanced and flavorful.

Mouthfeel is good.

Nice drinkable pale ale, I suspect that the can preserved the original taste of this beer very well.

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

This beer won the Pale Ale category at a tasting I held Sunday. Just to allay fears, not a single person mentioned anything about metallic flavors in this blind tasting. It’s a light copper body with a good head. There’s a bit of caramel and citrus rind hops in the aroma. A touch of grass. Very fresh tasting hops. A bit of lingering bitterness in the flavor. Very good.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear bright copper. Incedibly thin white head. Quickly dissipates to nothing. No lacing to speak of. Smell is surprisingly hoppy. Assertive citrus and floral aromas. Also some sweet fruity maltiness in the nose.

Taste: Bitingly bitter up front, mellowing into a grapefruity hoppiness. A surprisingly substansial pale malt then takes over although it remains quite bitter throughout. Nice sticky maltiness that I wouldn't have expected. A nice bold body to go with the hops. Lightly chewy withthat bitter hops aftertaste.

Not bad at all. Certainly good enough for my next backwoods camping trip.

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Photo of alexgash
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brassy-orange body with a fluffy, vanilla-white head.
Subtle, sweet bread malt aroma; nice hop presence. Piney, almost scotch tape piney.
Sweet, solid, sugary malt flavors up front, followed by a balancing dose of spruce sap hops. Bitter finish with a touch of residual malt sweetness. More malt than a lot of pale ales I’ve joyfully encountered lately. A very good one too. Surprisingly big body, chewy malts, and an appetizingly bitter finish. More reminiscent of a good, malty IPA. The best beer I’ve ever had from a can? Probably so far!

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Photo of meathookjones
3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hmmm a canned beer that is supposed to be good? Definitely worth a try so I can have something to break to places that don’t allow bottles if it is indeed good. This poured out of the can a slightly hazy copper color with a tall rising rocky off white head of foam. Pretty good retention and it left big chucks of foamy lace around the glass as it was drank, very appetizing appearance. Aroma is made up of mainly a strong citric hop smell that is backed by slightly doughy malt. Not to complex but a solid nose. The grapefruit hop flavor is what comes through at the front of the taste with piney notes and a bitter finish. A bit of caramel malt peeks through as well when this warmed up a bit, add a touch of depth to the taste that makes for a balanced pale ale. Good medium mouthfeel with sufficient carbonation. I am fairly impressed with this beer, while not the best tasting pale ale it is all around solid and a great canned beer.

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Photo of beerinator
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Amber copper colored. Nicely retentive head.

Aroma: Malty breadyness with hints of caramel and nut. Solid hoppiness in the aroma.

Taste: Sweet up front, balanced very well. Quick finish and a smooth mouthfeel. Way hoppier than the aroma suggests. Bitterness is quick and proceeded by a slightly roasty sweetness.

Notes: Redeems the canned beer name. It would be a great six pack to take somewhere that bottles are banned.

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

Pours a bright clear copper color with a tan well proportioned head. An aroma of American hops (grapefruit, citrus, and pine) plus some un-recognizable weird aroma that quickly fades. A nice sharp pale ale that finishes with a nice bitterness and it has lots of hop flavor. Definitely hop dominated, though there is a bit of biscuity maltiness in here, as well as some sweet malt character. This is definitely a well crafted pale ale that I would be happy to take on a camping trip. As my palate becomes used to this beer I get a solid contribution from crystal malt. It starts in the middle and goes through to the finish.

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Photo of avylover
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Don't let the can fool you - this is a damn fine pale ale. Poured out a golden orange with a slight haze and a solid bubbly head. Aroma of floral & citous hops, perhaps a slight mango tinge to it. Taste is very clean & refreshing. The hop characteristics that dominate the aroma don't show up like crazy in the taste, rather we have a fairly citrousy, decently malted, very bitter brew. The grapefruity bitterness shows up in the finish, just where you want it. Mouthfeel is clean and smooth with a low carbonation factor. Drinkable? All day long. If you enjoy pale ale's or IPA's, don't pass on this one. A good, solid pale ale and immensly refreshing.

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Photo of bditty187
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear bronzy-coppery in hue, it is a lovely color; the white head reached a modest half a finger in height. The retention was decent, it turn to a soapy residue. The subsequent lacing was messy and webby. The nose is stereotypical APA, which is fine by me, the hops are soft but citrusy, some flowers too, the maltiness is soft with caramel notes and there is a pleasant hint of sweetness, ale fruitiness as well. I really like the bouquet on this Pale Ale, simple but very inviting. The palate is very respectable, good, crisp hops bitterness upfront that imparts a grapefruit flavor, it is a little raw and I’m digging that, flowery, the malt adds good balance and a bit of flavor, toasty-bread and caramel. I could also detect a note of brown sugar and leafiness. The finish is appropriately dry. This is a nice little Pale Ale here, ordinary but good. Medium in body with firm enough carbonation, the mouthfeel is a little too rigid but it is acceptable. I found it to be quite drinkable and on par with the countless middle of the road APAs. Maybe I bought this because I wanted to try a micro from a can, maybe it is a gimmick and I fell for it, maybe not. Maybe the future of craft beer is here! Anyway, I wish I could get it locally. Go ahead and buy it for the novelty but you’ll enjoy it because there is a tasty beer housed in that aluminum. I purchased a single can for $1.49 in Fort Collins.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured crystal clear deep golden. The head was white and creamy and fell slowly to lace the glass.

The aroma was fruity and hoppy. Excellent hop aroma with malt and caramel in the background.

The flavor was lacking a little. The bitterness and hop flavor are very restrained. The balance is toward bitter, but the flavor lacks complexity that is present in the aroma.

The finish was dry and slightly bitter lasting into the aftertaste. The body was medium.

12 ounce can. Not my favorite pale ale, but certainly the best one I have ever had from a can!

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

Pours a pale orange with a small white head. Good lacing on the glass. This is a nice looking beer.

There is a pronounced malt and hop character in the nose. Very nice olfactory balance.

The taste is pretty darn good for a canned beer. The taste is similar to the smeel, just not as balanced as I would like.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a dry clean finish. A good drinking beer.

This beer is really good and infinitely drinkable. I would try this one again.

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Photo of TinusTime
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a can as a sample from the distributor who is bringing it into the Virginia Beach market.

Pours a lightish amber colour with a minimal start white head that dissapates quickly. Smell is mainly floral and citrus.

Taste-- I took the first two sips from the can and noticed no metallic notes or off tastes.. Upon pouring into a glass the flavours open up a bit. To me this tasted like a bit less flavourful SNPA. Nice and hoppy with just enough malt to balance. The hops add a nice dry finish to the beer. Drinkability is good as this would be a pretty good session brew especially when outdoors where glass is not allowed. While some may question the practise of canning this beer, I think it's great. Finally a beer you can take out where no glass is allowed and not have to suffer drinking swill. Plus the cans look so different you could probably walk down the beach or street and not get a second look drinking out of it.

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Photo of Crosling
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Always being pretty fond of Dale's I decided to review the beer after I had one last night. It does bother me that they do advocate drinking their beer out of a can. I don't get it? What about appearence, head retention and aroma. Does it not matter to them or do they think it doesn't matter to us?

The beer poured a light amber with a nice white head that stayed throughout the session and left a nice lace.

The aroma was full of citrus hops and some nice floral aromas as well.

Flavors were modest. Tastes of sweet malts and very hoppy with flavors of grapefruits possible of other citrus fruits from the hops. Very dry and well hopped. Very bitter and not sweet like some.

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Photo of Gusler
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draught @ Papago
Having had this in the can version many times, my first opportunity for the draught version and I’ve always said that “Draught Beers” outshine their brothers and sisters in bottles or cans, and this beer is no exception.

The beer pours a translucent amber color with the head large, creamy and an off white color with the lace forming a tight skirt around the glass. Sweet malt nose reinforced by some floral spiciness from the hops, crisp, clean, fresh, “Marvelous”. Front is thick malt, sweet and pleasing to the palate with the top moderate in its feel. Finish is lenient in its acidity, the hops powerful in their bite, quite dry aftertaste that is semi-sweet and a real pleasure to quaff.

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

For a beer from a can, I was pleasantly surprised by this brew. It's always a little weird pouring it out of a can, mentally I think I am going to drink a Budweiser. The beer is nice looking, honey in color, with a little head. The aroma has some definite fruitiness along with the the floral hops and sweet aroma of malts. A thin feeling beer but it the taste of this beer is purdy darn good, the spicy fruit flavors accompanied by a not too strong sweet maltiness, and the good presence of hops leaves a little bite at the end. A very drinkable brew.

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Photo of TXHops
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well, since I was in a store that actually carries the stuff (in Tucson, not Texas), I had to buy it and taste for myself to see if it was metallic. The beer poured a perfect, clear amber color with a n eggshell colored head that offered a surprising amount of staying power. After 5 minutes, the white wisps still covered more than 75% of the top of my glass. A huge, fruity-hoppy aroma exploded from the glass after the beer glugged ungraciously from the can—I hadn’t poured from a can in a long time and it took me a second to reign in the flow rate… I quickly picked up not only PNW grapefruit, but other sweeter, less citric fruits as well, possibly pineapples in sugar? The flavor was much better than expected too: the crisp, hoppiness countered the fruity, malty sweetness wonderfully, leaving a lingering grapefruity/pineapple upside down cake flavor in my mouth long after the beer disappeared. No hint of metal (even though I was prepared to be very suggestible to it) and a nice, smooth, well carbonated body: not prickly and not flaccid. The only possible flaw I can assign this beer is that the mouthfeel may have been a little less full than I expected from 6.5% ABV. Still, this setback was so minor that I’d gladly overlook it for the opportunity to drink this beer more often.

Good Pale Ale—this is one I’d seek out again: the flavor created where pineapple pastry meets grapefruit was unusual and intriguing. I’m glad I bought two cans…

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

Pours with a creamy, barely off-white head that settles down over brilliantly clear golden liquid. Nose holds lots of malt and hoppiness (Cascades?) giving off crisp aromas. Taste has a depth of sweet maltiness ahead of a hefty dose of snappy hops that come together nicely. Finishes dry and pleasantly bitter...one of the best canned beers I can remember drinking.

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