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Dale's Pale AleDale's Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Colorado, United States | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Todd on 10-08-2002

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1,907
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7,137
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
22.39%
 
 
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Photo of devinoconnor
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've had Dale's Pale Ale from the can many times and always have found it incredibly enjoyable. So when I came across it on-tap, I was very excited. But could it be I like it more from the can?

Pours a citrus orange color with a nice foam head. Smell is a little bitter from the orange hints.

Taste is smooth, a bit hoppy, and full of flavor. It just didn't have quite as much character on-tap than I usually find in the can. Interesting. Still very good.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Can

Appearance - The beer pours a hazy amber colour with an average size frothy off white head. I can't make out much carbonation due to the haziness and there is some nice lacing on the sides of the glass. The head didn't last for very long before it was gone.

Smell - hops, grapefruit, lemon zest, caramel, pineapple

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and the beer feels very light and refreshing. Right away I can pick up on lots of hops, malts, citrus zest and a caramel sweetness. There is also a nice pineapple fruitiness and the beer finishes with a citrus/hop aftertaste.

Drink - I really enjoyed this beer and I plan on drinking a lot more if it. I also want to try the rest of this brewers lineup for sure. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of PreacherBrewer
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours an Orange/Amber color with an off-white head.

S - Fresh cut pine and bright citrus rind.

T - Pine sap and grapefruit-like bitterness dominate the taste buds. Some smooth caramel-like malt balances out this brew. Piney aftertaste lingers.

M - Almost creamy. Quite smooth for a pale ale. Moderate mouthfeel.

O - A tasty pale ale. I love that it's in a can. I can take this beer to the park or to the beach with no problem at all. It's well rounded and a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of JerseyKirk
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours cloudy with a straw golden hue with edges of orange. 1 finger eggshell white head. Nice tight bubbles.

S: Citrus, lemon, spicy, hop astringency and bready.

T: Bready, caramel sweet, hop bite, although not as bitter as what I encountered from the aroma and lemon.

M: Mixture of sweet beginning to a dry ending. Thin bodied and nicely carbonated.

O: I feel I tried Dale's Pale too late in my beer experiences. Although it is hop forward which I love in a session pale ale it is not the combination of hops that are my favorite. Still an epic classic that people love.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

After an old can of Modus Hoperandi tonight, I’m ready for some fresh hop goodness. Luckily, thanks to Stankonia’s recent LIF, I have a can of Dale’s Pale Ale to liven up my palate. Thanks dude!

Brewed less than two months before the date of this tasting (“CANNED ON 09-09-11”). “FEAR THE BEARD” is also emblazoned on the bottom of the can. I don't know what it means, but I like it!

A: Wow, what a shine! It’s a gorgeous crystal-clear orange, pouring bright and dazzling. Above is a minimal amount of tan, bubbly creaminess that gets to medium-fullness. It smoothes out to a thin film of silky retention that leaves oily lacing all the way down. I love the look – especially the color.

S: The malt character is big on this one: carrot-cake spice, sugary caramel, watermelon candy, and a hint of straw. Hops are limited, but a juicy fruit aroma is certainly evident. It’s all good apart from a tiny bit of vegetable scents here and there. A good, grainy nose.

T: Grainy as well, mostly straw and mild banana-wheat. The malts are pretty mild, otherwise featuring a slight metallic taste that thankfully leaves as soon as it appears. Good American hop sting to divert the tastebuds…quite piney. Yeasts come off with a helping of biscuit dough before the aftertaste, dry and bready, takes off. Nice tastes; I can see what they’re trying to do with the grain flavors, but it comes off as more mass-produced wheat than high-class barley.

M: Quite smooth, with just the slightest pop of carbonation. Slick and easy-drinking.

O: I like where this beer is coming from, but the execution is just a hair off. Pretty damn tasty, still; great example of drinkable canned craft.

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Photo of AustinBeerLvr
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 12 ounce can into a traditional shaker pint glass. "Canned on" date of 10-29-08 on the bottom.

A: Poured a decent head, but not quite the two+ finger one would expect for such a strong APA. That said, this brew has a nice, medium amber color, with excellent spider lacing on the glass.

S: Caramel malts with some alcohol esters as well as piney and citrus notes from the hops. Smells good, but the caramel malt seems to be a bit too potent, giving a slightly off scent at times.

T&M: Hit of sweet, somewhat chewy caramel up front followed by some nice piney and citrusy grapefruit flavors from the hops that nicely blend with some melon fruit, and alcohol esters. Although this brew is advertised as being heavily hopped, it is surprisingly not that bitter, and the hops do an excellent job of scrubbing the palate at the end, leaving you wanting another sip. Slight citrus and alcohol taste remain after the sip is finished. Mouthfeel would probably be my only complaint of this beer, as it's not necessarily thin, but could definitely use more body for such a big beer.

D&Notes: Although this brew is classified as an American Pale Ale, its IBU and ABV easily put it into the IPA category. In fact, their website even says it's between an APA and an IPA. For the most part, I like this beer, as it is a good drinkable, big brew. At 6.5% ABV, definitely more of a sipper APA, but indeed, a fairly complex, interesting big APA.

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Photo of WunderLlama
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Can poured into a pub glass

Reddish amber, not opaque but not entirely clear either, no visible carbonation, thick 2 finger foam that settles into a frothy lid with nice lacings.

Hoppy with fresh grass. Fresh beer aroma.

Hops, malt and sharp hop bitterness in the finish. The bitterness lingers on the tongue. Medium , medium heavy mouthfeel.

Nice beer, strong hoppy finish.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Canned 8 January 2014. Tasted 10 Feb 2014.

Pours a nice clear amber. Two fingers of off-white head, fluffy and pillowy. Good retention and excellent lacing. Outstanding.

Smell started out bright and hoppy, with vibrant citrus. But that's gone quickly, leaving a faint mid-level herbal hoppiness. Well supported by solid caramel malts.

Taste is up and down. At times, I find it chalky and unpleasantly bitter. At others, I find it relatively clean and smooth. Wish I could have more of the latter.

Feel is medium-light bodied. Carbonation is mid-low level, consistent throughout. Nice.

A solid pale ale. I get hints of something really good, but they battle with or give way to less enjoyable elements.

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Photo of crookedhalo
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours up a translucent pale copper color with a generous, creamy light beige head. Good retention and lacing. Light pine and citrusy hop notes with a delicate, toasty malt backbone. Crisp and a little too clean finishing, with a gentle hop bitterness along with a some residual maltiness. Slight wateriness mid-palate. Goes down pretty easily, despite a subtle medicinal phenolic presence after drinking a few. Overall, I'd say it's a pretty decent APA, but I can think of better examples.

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Photo of IPAcraig
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a pretty cool looking can into a pint glass.

A - Pours a semi-transparent orangish red, with a rocky two finger cream colored head.

S - Smell is very hoppy for a pale ale. Slightly grassy.

T - Solidly hoppy, hints of caramel and lemon grass. A great tasting pale, probably one of my favorites now; though still ont too much going on here. Gets hoppier as it warms, nice.

M - Slightly grainy, like its been dry hopped and there is still some hop particles in it. I like that about it though.

D - I bought a six pack of this the night before I head to Mississippi to see relatives. I am looking forward to drinking several of these lounging in the Bogue Chitto River. Very drinkable.

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Photo of RobbDogg
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap with a table full of BBQ. Poured from a can with a nice head, and a golden brown sugar color. Fruity hops on the nose, but the fruit is more subdued with the initial taste. We'll balanced with malt notes and a subdued bitterness. An enjoyable brew.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Okay, saw a forum post ranting about the stuff and happened to see it out. Served in a standard pint glass. Poured a honey-copper color. Half-inch head dissipated into a mere skim of foam; a little lacing, but not particularly abundant, although decent, thin adherence. Scent of hops and some citrus fruit. Taste similar to nose with a mellow, tart finish (citric acid perhaps) that lingers just a little too long leaving a bit of an aftertaste. Lively full mouthfeel. Pleasantly drinkable for a canned beer, but it is about at the end of my hops limit.

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Photo of BDJake
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- translucent, hazy light amber with nice hed that retains well and leaves excellent lacing

S- earthy, floral hops, balanced by a subtle maltiness

T- understandably metallic, coming from a can, but with decent hoppiness and somewhat sweet to balance it out

M- slick, creamy towards the end of the sip, low carbonation, with lingering aftertaste

D- the bite keeps it from being higher, but still not a bad choice- and paired well with habanero Cheetos, which somehow made it an even more enjoyable experience

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Photo of BWMKappaSig
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Golden-amber hue with a thin white head.

Smell: Hoppy smell, a little malt. Hops are a bit grassy and reminiscent of Sierra Nevada.

Taste: Bitter and grassy hops, a bit stronger than expected. More a West Coast IPA than a traditional pale ale.

Mouthfeel: The intital feel is pretty crisp, but I'm feeling a bit of a hop-coating in my mouth after.

Drinkability: I wouldn't session with this the way I would with a Bass or even Sierra Nevada, but it's certainly enjoyable for what it is.

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Photo of LuckySevens82
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz aluminum can courtesy of ppoitras.
Pours a coppery orange with a decent sized egg-shell colored head. Good retention and lacing.
Smell is light fruits (grapes, peaches, etc.) some hops and a lot of caramel or toffee.
Taste is pretty well the same as smell although the hop flavor is much more intense than I would have thought from the smell. A bit buttery in flavor.
Mouthfeel is a little thick for a pale ale, but overall a pretty good beer.

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Photo of ChiPool
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured can (dated 3/22) into Lagunitas mason jar.

Hard to offer a review that is very technical for this one. Pours a nice amber color, with an inch of cream colored head. Almost odorless. The first sip reminds me of cream soda. There is a bit of lindering bitterness.

I just kinda dig this beer. It's no Zombie Dust, or even Daisy Cutter, bur it's solid. Quite sessionable. No complaints.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

19.2 oz can partly poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a copper color with good clarity. The head is a three finger offwhite shade. I really like how much lacing it leaves on the glass in particular, not to mention the fluffiness of the head itself.

S: The aroma is what you'd expect, grassy/piny Cascade hops and caramel malts. Hoppiness is amplified when inhaled directly from the can.

T: This is quite bitter to start. The leafy, herbal hop bitterness really comes through, though perhaps with not as much actual hop flavor as I'd like. Bitterness seems to cool off near the back end, creating something that's pleasantly drinkable instead of oppressive.

M: While the opening bitterness suggest this could be resiny and harsh, the finish is crisp and dry enough to scrub it away. Nice body and carbonation here, though I still think the back end is a little rough.

O: You know you have something pretty good on your hands when 19.2 oz. seems like the right size for this one. Word of warning though - this one might be too bitter for newbs.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
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 copyguyadam
3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can into a Sam Adams glass.

A - Oh pretty beer
S - Nice light scent from this one
T - Subdued hops in a pale ale
M - This is an anytime, easy drinking pale ale
D - Could have 3 or 4 of these and feel good doing it

Good pale ale with a kick of hops to get you excited. A little more hop and this is an IPA.

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Photo of slusk
3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear copper with a dense white head. Great head retention and lacing.

S: Bright floral, pine and grapefruit hop aromas with a pleasant malt underpinning with notes of caramel and orange peel.

T: Hoppy bit in the beginning of floral pine, little grapefruit... somewhat earthy. Low caramel malt flavor, not a big part of the flavor profile. The malt is subdued, yet sweet on the tongue. The finish is dry and more toward the bitter side with little noticeable astringency.

M: Actually closer to a medium body beer, a moderate amount of carbonation. Not a biting bitterness, pleasant tingle, almost creamy.

O: Not a terribly exciting malt profile, more hop forward. Nice hop flavor but not overly complex. A good malt backbone and a very nice simple hop profile. It seems like a one trick pony... but it's a REALLY good trick. Definitely a great beer to cool down with.

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Photo of jgasparine
3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A- Poured from the tap with a thin white head, which slowly dissipated, leaving some touches of lacing behind. The body was a nice orange-amber color, with some course carbonation working its way up from the bottom of the glass.

S- Distinct hops from the nose- reminiscent of citrus rind, pine needles, and a touch of tropical fruit. Some evidence of a malty, marmalade-like backbone is evident as well.

T- Tropical fruit flavors com blasting through up-front (guava, mango and passionfruit), followed by some restrained citrus notes. The malt is somewhat hidden in the middle... somewhat crackerlike. And the finish is long and bitter with citrus-rind-like hops.

M- Medium body- nicely textured with unattenuated sugar. The carbonation is a lot softer than anticipated, but abundant nonetheless... overall a solid mouthfeel.

D- As this beer is consumed over time, the flavor of citrus rind begins to stick on the tongue, masking the tropical fruit and malt flavors... taking this from a 'multi-dimensional' beer down to one dimension... not good. From the drinkability standpoint, this puts it below par when compared to run-of-the-mill APAs (in my book).

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Photo of EricCioe
3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This pours bronze with a thin white cap with a bit of lace. On the nose there is caramel malt backing up a good deal of earthy bitterness. In the mouth those same flavors show up, perhaps with the caramel dominating a bit too much for me. The body is medium, easy drinking, with a nice medium finish.

Overall, this is a fine beer. I've had pales I prefer to this, however. I wish I could get this in cans, but to me it wasn't quite as good as the Bitter American I had earlier tonight.

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Photo of Strix
3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Smell nice and hoppy.

Impressive hop character for a canned beer. Nice grapefruit in the beginning, and but grows a bit grassy and buttery for my taste as it warms though.

Mouthfeel adequate.

Among the best beers I've had from a can, but I've had better APAs (or is it IPAs?).

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Photo of Thedaver4220
3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a pint glass

Poured a pale golden color with a about a finger of off white head. Slight bready fruity smell. Not a whole lot of nose on this one. Dale's has a medium, malty, biscuty, body with a lot of bitterness on the back end. It drinks very much like an IPA IMHO. It's not bad but not great, but is very drinkable. It just seems a bit unbalanced for a pale ale. If some poured it in a glass and said guess the style I would have said IPA, which isn't entirely a bad thing

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Photo of fastsrt
3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured can in a pint glass.

A: hazy golden, bone white head

S: Citrus, sweet, mild hops

T: mild citrus hops, there is a bit of an alcohol bite

M: does not finish dry like the pale ales that I am used to, there is a residual sweetness. the abv is a bit high for a pale ale.

D: not my first choice for a pale ale, i look for something that finishes crisp and dry,

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Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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