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

Thanks to Nick at Bauer for letting me crack this one open.

A: With a glug glug glug pours a cloudy peach color. Huge one and a half milkshake frothy off white head. Looks like a cloud or pillow. Good head retention and nice lace left.
S: Very decent amount of pine and grapefruit smelling hops. A bit of fruit in there also. Slight bready malt background, but the hops are the most dominant.
T/M: Very creamy and velvety in the mouth. Coats the entire way down. Good level of pine and fruit hops with a caramel malt background. Bitter hops are noticeable in the aftertaste on the tip of the tongue and sides of the mouth. Did I say creamy? Hell yeah! Slight level of carbonation leads right into a hop bitterness. Medium bodied pale ale.
D: Highly drinkable pale ale. one of the best ones I've had, especially because it's in a CAN! Very sessionable ale.

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

Clear orange amber in color with a firm, creamy head that leaves stringy lacing on the glass and retains well. Aroma is very pleasant - almost has an Alpha King thing going on...almost. Lots o' juicy citrus hops, some sweet fruit and an underlying toasted nuttiness. The flavor is full of hops as well, just about reaches the level of "IPA". Bitter citrus and floral - smooth sweet malts battle the bitterness. Pretty rich in the flavor department overall. Mouthfeel is medium and has a slight grittiness to it.

If you're into sweet, citrusy, hoppy pale ales, this'll be right up your alley. Pretty well balanced too and I sure didn't find any "off" flavors from the can. To be honest, I'm completely indifferent to whether my beer comes in a can or a bottle. A very good APA poured from a can, bottle, or otherwise...

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Photo of NiceGuyMike
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

a: Dark gold almost a brown ale. Healthy head with lacing all over the place.
s: floral and evergreen hops and roasted malts.
t: strong floral hops hit first that is quickly followed by lots of sweet maltiness. Hop bitterness finishes.
m: Full bodied, creamy goodness.
d: very enjoyable but a big heavey on the hoppy bitterness for my tastes. Tone down the hoppy bitterness and this is a great beer for me.

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Photo of bwyker
4.92/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from its classy aluminum can into my finest chalice.

A: Foamy thick head that stuck around for quite a while. Amber orange with lots of bubbles. Nice lacing around the glass.

S: Grapefruit, floral hops. Smells as hoppy as a double IPA!

T: Taste is consistent with the smell -- earthy, citrus hop bitterness with a subtle sweetness. There is something buried in the aftertaste that I would attribute to the can, but this could be in my head.

MF: Very smooth. Maybe a little drying from the hops bitterness, but not overwhelming.

D: Extremely drinkable. I really wish I didn’t know it came from a can, as I feel I was looking for an aluminum can taste. I honestly believe you would have no idea it came from a can if you didn’t pour it yourself. Skeptics put on your wifebeater, crank up the skynyrd and enjoy!

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Photo of scooter231
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pretty rusty color, great, great head. Foamy and sudsy. Stays for a while and leaves great lace. Smell is hoppy and, well, hoppy. Tastes quite hoppy as well, with a sweet, fruity thing going on in the background. Sure this isn't an IPA? Once again, like the Great Divide brews of Colorado, I taste a pot type thing going on. Must be something in the Colorado water... Mouthfeel is sudsy and surprisingly a little thin. Drinkability- pretty good, if you're in the mood for hops, otherwise, run away. And oh yeah- the can is the best, wish all beers came in cans.

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

Dale's Pale Ale in a can. Fun to drink a "good" beer from a can, but (and I don't care what anyone else says) cans taste different than bottles to me. Anyhow...

A: Pours a slightly hazy goden color with little head. Low retention, but decsent lacing.

S: Initial floral aroma and a bit of sweetness spice. Aromas disappear very quickly though.

T: Initially sweet and well hopped. Good bitterness that comes through as spicy. Becomes sticky sweet as the beer warms. Sweetness become more than I tend to like.

M&D: Descent mouthfeel. The sweetness translates into a heavier mourthfeel towards the end. Well (maybe overly) carbonated. Sweetness kills drinkability for me.

Overall, a descent beer. Having "good" beer in a can (which is unusual in my parts" makes this a good choice when bottles are out of the quetsion.

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

Looks like a pale ale!
Deep amber color with some white lacing on the glass and a head that doesnt hang around for too long.
Smells like a pale ale!
A pleasant deep maltyness intermingled with a nice herbal/floral hop aroma. A little bit buttery in the nose, as well.
Tastes like a pale ale!
A hoppy one at that. A pronounced, in your face raw pine hop attack that gets reigned in some by the malts. Dry, bitter, with a long, oily hop finish.
This brew has some balls to it. Flirts with the idea of being an IPA; reminds me of some EIPAs.
Not my favorite style but this is a good example of the style.
And I'm all over the idea of craft beer in a can.

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

Dale's Pale Ale
12 oz aluminum can
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass

I was beach bound this Saturday afternoon and decided to pick up a six pack. After months of hearing about Dale's Pale Ale, I was excited to spot this beer in the cooler. After sitting in a beach chair and listening to my ipod for most of the afternoon, I saved one in the cooler and now on to the review...

Pours a hazy orange with bronze highlights. Nice looking head on top that transforms to a thin lace leaving sticky lace patterns on the glassware.

Very hoppy aroma with whiffs of citrus, pine and sweet malts.

The sip starts off with a sweet, caramel malt profile and then quickly turns to an aggressive hop finish. The hop profile screams of grapefruit and lime twang with an earthy pine feel. This is a West coast style APA all day long and so enjoyable.

One of the best beesr I've had from a can. I love the convenience of the packaging and the quality of this beer; a rare combo these days. Could this be a sign of things to come? I hope so. Hats off to Oskar Blues Brewery.

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Photo of Suds
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From an aluminum can, this brew pours a beautiful, rich amber color with a solid foamy head. Very attractive. The aroma is packed with hops: citrus and pine. Also present is a notable caramel-like malt backdrop. The taste is moderately dry and slightly resinous. There’s some malt flavor as well, but it fades increasing into the background as you near the finish. The finish is dry, moderately bitter, and full of a citric hop flavor. Moderate carbonation and a full body. Clean, and very drinkable. I was very impressed with this beer.

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

Pumpkin orange hue pours with a great head and nice retention. Piney aroma along with grapefuit and maybe pineapple. Good hop flavor followed by excellent malt balance. Not a bitter pale along the lines of Sierra Nevada or the like. Along with everyone else who tries this I am amazed at drinking such a good beer out of a can.There are better pale ale’s out there but certainly not in a can.

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Photo of cbl2
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer in a can? Haven't had this since college. No best by date.


Pours a clear medium brown with an inch of tight white head on top.


Excellent grapefruit aroma imparted by the hops. This came from a can?


Damn! This is excellent!!! Beautiful sweet malts balanced perfectly with an intense bitter fresh grapefruit that is bursting with juiciness. Chewy mouthfeel, insanely smooth, this is phenomenal.


Brewed by two self-proclaimed hill-billy brothers, who refuse to bottle anything, this would appear gimmicky at first, but after opening, and consuming you realize this is the real deal. An excellent beer whether canned/bottled, whatever.

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Photo of riversider76
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber nice head, great retention and lace. Smell is of carmel malts, and piney hops. Body is fairly thick with some carbionation. Taste is smooth. Malty up front with a piney hop finish. This is a great beer!! Balance is malt and hops is excellent.

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

Had this at Bukowski's in Back Bay after I had heard so much about this wonderful Pale Ale in a CAN(ooohhhh). Yes, it is in a can, and yes it was pretty damn good.
It poured a deep amber color with a medium head and moderate carbonation. Nothing terribly impressive.
I expected more of that aluminum-canned taste but got little or none of it. Hoppy and floral, with deep roasted and caramel malts. Not as much fruitness as I had been told, but still packs a punch for a canned beer.
Taste was very hoppy and mildly malty. Bittersweet piney and floral hops dominate and although the can gives a little bit more subdued punch, its still a punch.
Mouthfeel was very much like an IPA, although less astringent. Bittersweet fades into a clean and crisp finish, mild buttery overtones on the back of your tongue but nothing very pronounced.
Overall I was impressed. Not the best APA I've ever had, but by far the best I've had in a can, for what thats worth.

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Photo of snilsen13
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

2017 update: Still delicious, straight out of a can. The malt flavors are very nice: rich and balanced with the bitters. The mouthfeel is perfect for this level of malt flavors. This is malt-forward without being under-bittered. It's well crafted and I should drink it more. (FWIW, Pinner is also delicious, the pils aint bad, and so the mixed 12 pk is a nice one. I'm looking forward to trying the new blue can variety too.)

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

My second review of this beer is much more favorable. Methinks the first time I tried it the can had gone through hell and back on it's journey East.

Deep amber pour with 3 full fingers of dense beige foam forming rocky peaks, plastering my pint glass with thick lace. Retention is epic, a great looker for sure.

Aroma is clean caramel and toffee malts, a touch of wildflower honey, and a wonderfully hoppy notes of citrus, pine shavings, and light fruit. Smells hoppy and fresh.

Taste is surprisingly better than the nose. A clean malt entry of roasty caramel and honeyed bread is perfectly balanced by generous pine and citrus hops. There's a distinct fruity componant that is supremely refreshing. It's as hoppy as some IPAs I've had.

Body falls just below medium, with average carbonation and a slick, smooth mouthfeel and crisp texture. Packed with flavor, yet light enough foe poolside refreshment. My new summer Go-To!

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Photo of SethB2
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a can into a Chalice.

Beer pours a medium amber color with an small amount of lacing. Smell of a sweet malts covering a yet to be discover hop profile. I like the taste. Malty and a tad hoppy, all at the same time. That said neither are really dominant. Just a well balanced, very drinkable beer. Probably the best beer I have ever had out of a can.

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Photo of jaluria
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Having read more than a few comments about this particular beer in reference to quality beer in cans, I immediately picked up a 6-pack of it when I spotted it at Whole Foods.
Poured a semi-translucent, rust-orange color with an eggshell colored head that left behind plenty of lacing (rings). Aromas of grapefruit, citrus, hops, and grass seemed to come out. The taste was quite hoppy with bitterness right upfront and a malt sweetness in the tail end. The finish was semi-sour with a hint of ginger. Nice texture, but perhaps not carbonated enough. Easy to drink and sip; I'll be looking at cans in a whole new way.

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Photo of ccrida
2.98/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Amber colored and fiercly bitter, this pale ale drinks like an IPA. The extreme bitterness of the hops was offset slightly by the balance in the body, malty but still crisp. A nice white head that disapated quickly and left little lace. A typical american micro pale ale in my opinon, meaning way overdone with the hop bitterness, which severely limits it's drinkablity for me, although I am not much of a hop head.

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Photo of wcudwight
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the Olde Hickory Taproom, previously reviewed from the can.
Pint was the color of a typical IPA. Amber in color with red, orange, and golden hues. 1" white head quickly receded to a filmy lace on top.
Smell is dominated by piney hops.
Man this is a good beer. I still stand by my assumption that this is more like an IPA. Citrus and piney hops with a dry finish.
Feels oily in the mouth. I like.
Extremely drinkable. This is no gimmick beer, it is a real fine, refreshing, crisp beer.

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Photo of ncbrewerbun
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a big philosophical argument with myself over whether you can actually pour a beer from a can into a glass. Some would say that a beer in a can is meant to be drunk out of a can...no glasses allowed.

On to the beer (poured into a glass). The beer poured a clear amber with a slightly off-white and long-lasting head.

Aroma was mainly malt for me with some citrus hops in the mix, but rather subdued. A little breadiness and some graininess.

Balanced, but the taste favors the malt side of the equation. Medium body and a bitter but not unpleasant aftertaste.

Overall a good beer and very convienient for tailgating, etc..

Now on to more pressing questions -- If a beer falls in the woods...

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

12oz. can. $7.49 / 6-pack at the local Kroger's.

Hmmm....canned IPA? Call me skeptical.

Pours a pale ale-ish hazy-chinky amber-copper in color. Tight layer of tannish-white head. Modest lacing of the glass. Aromas are really, REALLY pronounced citrus hop zest mixed with oily pine resins. Amazing. Flavor is snappy and brisk, starting off with a citrus splash followed by a puckering pine sap dollop on the tongue. There's an undertow of malt backbone that keeps this one in check. Hoppy? Heck yes. But not overtly so. Finishes dry, with a short-lived orange zest aftertaste. Right amount of carbonation. Decent body. Very drinkable. A sure-fire tailgating beer if there ever was one.

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

Poured from 12 oz can.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, dark amber, with a nice, thick, 3" head. Thick, foamy lacing lines the glass.

Smell: Plenty of citrusy and piney hops burst from the glass with an undercurrent of sweet, fruity malt.

Taste: Dale's begins with a rush of hop bitterness, very piney and citrusy the transitions to a middle consisting of underlying semi-sweetness, mild fruits come to mind. The finish is all about the hops again as their bitterness lingers long on the tongue. Not the slightest hint of aluminum can be traced.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel, slightly oily with hops and ample carbonation.

Drinkability: I stumbled upon Dales a few years ago when coming back from Rocky Mountain National Park and stopped in Lyons, CO for a beer. It was damn fine on tap, then when they said they had six packs to go in cans, I couldn't believe it. Anyway, move ahead a few years and I'm finally reviewing this APA. Dales is a hop heads APA, in fact, its more along the lines of an IPA if you ask me. Plenty of juicy, citrusy hops and that undercurrent of semi-sweet malts makes this an easy drinker for sure. No trace of metal can be found in the flavor profile. This is a beer that I highly recommend, and its even better that it comes in a can. Seek and enjoy, a great beer to take boating, hiking or on the beach.

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

this beer poured a very nice amber color with a big head that lasted throughout the consumption.

aroma is primarily hops but there is a hint of alcohol and bread as well.

taste is dominated by american hops with a nice amount of malt character as weel. very standard APA flavor profile, but good, however,as the beer warms an acute alcohol taste becomes present, not blending well with the other flavors.

mouthfeel is medium viscosity, feels good.

overall, this is a very solid beer, very convenient that it comes in cans, this would be a good one for camping trips and such when bottles are cumbersome.

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Photo of Naes
2.84/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a clear amber colored ale with a tall off-white head.
There is not much in the aroma department, other than a trace amount of hops.
The flavor is better than the aroma implies. There is an initial graininess followed by a nice bitter hop flavor. I however do detect a bit of metallic flavor.
The mouth feel is medium in body and is actively carbonated.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours to a copper color with off-white head and good lacing. Good floral aorma with hints of citrus fruits. Taste very hoppy with a pleasant aftertaste. Been a while since I’ve had beer out of a can, but this was a pleasant surprise over what you usually get. This would be a really good beer for a hot summer’s day.

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Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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