Dale's Pale Ale | Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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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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3.93
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22.39%
 
 
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Photo of DaggerEyes
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

very slightly hazy amber / orange colored brew with a one finger high slightly off white head, super sticky

fragrent, floral hops some sticky sap covered pine needles chillin in there with a buscuity caramel malt profile.

sweet malts well balanced by some floral hops with a bitter bite

creamy brew that still has a crisp slightly dry finish medium bodied with a small amount of carbonation.

a very drinkable beer

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Photo of BlindPig
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured a little head and got a thick bumpy off white head on a cloudy copper/orange body. Great head retention.
S- Pine and grapefruit hops, decent size malt back, and hints of lemon and orange.
T- Light pine, grapefruit, orange, and hints of lemon in the hop profile. Leaves a medium bitterness lingering in the middle of the tongue. Caramel and a light hint of toffee comes through and helps balance out the hops.
M- Medium body and low carbonation (almost tastes a little flat.
D- It is pretty good. Once again don't think it is anything amazing. So far this brewery has let me down.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark red with copper mixed in and a one-finger head that is sticky. A nice smell of citric hops as well as some sweet malt, although I can detect a little aluminum from the can. Nothing spectacular but pretty textbook: a medium-body, slightly chewey, has a good balance of sweet malts and citric/piney hops for a easy drinking beer with a crisp, clean backbite. Considering price and the fact that this is in a can this is pretty good.

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Photo of aforbes10
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours reddish/peach colored with a slight tannish head. Odor is caramel and malts with a vague hop spiciness. Taste is very refreshing. Tasty maltiness with hints of orange or grapefruit and a grassy bitterness on the finish. Maltiness is reasonably aggressive for the style. Medium bodied. Another good beer from Oskar Blues, but give me the Gordon everytime please.

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Photo of 5lat5ive
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from can into pint glass.

Dark orange/brown. Decent carbonation. 1-inch, quickly dissipating head, but lacing strong on glass.

Rich hop smell, spice and floral.

Strong floral hop, spice, and perhaps some honey and orange? Strong hop presence, but balanced well with malts. Only a hint at the slightly higher ABV. Nice bitter hops stay for the aftertaste.

Mildly sticky. Medium-strong body. Somewhat sessionable.

I've had this many times before. Great beer.

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Photo of clake
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can dated 8/5/15 poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Appearance is a dark, clear amber with a fluffy off-white head with some nice lacing.

Smell is a bit on the weak side. You have to really search what's going on to find its sweet, malty character with a hint of citrus.

Surprisingly, the hops come through a bit more on than the palate than what the nose would lead you to believe. The citrusy grapefruit note are more prevalent with the bready malt backbone. Fairly balanced.

Moderately carbonated with a nice, dry, peppery finish.

Overall, it's an average beer with a price point that makes it worth the occasional pick up.

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Photo of monkeybutler
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dale's Pale Ale: a beery exercise in rhyming.

I bought this 6 pack at Frontier Saloon, and I'm certain that it's fresh.

Pours amber-gold with good carbonation, a 1 finger head and moderate lacing. Sometimes I find that these smaller micros have difficulty in getting the carbonation right in the can, but this can turned out fine, even though the hiss when I opened the can wasn't very audible.

Smell is of Pacific NW hops: maybe cascade, maybe some Amarillo. Not much malt coming through in the nose.

Flavor is full, with the malt coming through alongside the appropriate hoppiness. A slight husky-graininess makes itself known in the finish, and it's not very appealing, but it doesn't detract too much.

Mouthfeel is thick and quite cloying for a pale.

I could definitely drink a whole sixer of this at once, but my palate would be in ruins for a while afterwards. Overall, it's a nice pale ale, and you can do a whole lot worse. The novelty of canned craft beer won't wear off soon either.

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Photo of Seanibus
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark amber with a light head that dissipated quickly. The aroma was weak, slightly malty. The flavor was surprisingly weak on the attack, but finished with an interesting peppery finish, with an unexpected hint of allspice. There is some hop bitterness but little hoppiness on the aroma. The mouthfeel is thin, but with a good sting of carbonation.

Not bad. Not revelatory.

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Photo of beersensei305
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On Tap @ World of Beer Dr Phillips Orlando:

A- Hazy Copper, nice retention white head

S- Smells like an IPA citrusy and hoppy

T- Even balance between malts and hops.

M- medium bodied average carbonation- really is like some IPAs I have had

D- pretty goof if your an IPA drinker or a Pale ale drinker try it out

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Photo of Cascade99
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours copper color - pushing slightly to an orange tinge. Nice, creamy white head that disappates - leaving lacing on the glass.

S - Spicey, slight grapefruit, maybe tangerine. Not much in the sense of a smell of malt, but more pulled towards hops, which is appropriate for the style. Smell is definitely not over-dominate.

T - Bit disappointed in the taste. The bitterness is slightly higher than I would expect for a pale and the hop. I could see this one being an IPA that lacks the hop aroma to the extent needed. The bitterness defintely takes over. Slight notes of oxidation, as noted through a paper-like taste. Not excessive, but definitely there.

M - Mouthfeel is medium-bodied. Appropriate for the style.

Overall - Not a bad pale ale, but definitely not one that I feel is a top five. I would drink again, but probably would not go out of my way to find. If there was slightly less bitterness and more in the aroma from the hops, this one could be great.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single can at Malt & Vine in Redmond, WA

Pours a dark, very slightly cloudy golden color. Started out with a medium head (maybe an inch) that faded quickly and laced nicely. Smells a little of honey and flowers.

Tastes fairly sweet, but with a rough finish -- doesn't seem like a very hoppy pale ale at all, or at least it doesn't capitalize very well on the hops that are there. Feels thick and almost gritty in the mouth.

Overall, not too bad a brew (better than I was expecting). I wouldn't shy away from it, but there's plenty of beers I would choose first.

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Photo of blackearth
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from Three Cellars in Franklin, WI. Pours a dark orange-amber body with a thick bubbly head that fades with good lacing in the glass. Strong malt aroma; oak and toast scents. Medium bodied with strong sweet flavors that give way to bitter hops in the finish. Decent drinkability, I'd give this another chance in the future.

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Photo of FleeVT
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. can poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours an extremely dark yellow / light amber, with a slight haze to it. Capped by white head that just covers the top.

S: Citrus hops dominate the nose with slight pine notes. Some mild malts provide balance in the form of caramel sweetness. I also picked up some roasted peanuts after it opened up a bit.

T/M : Again, the hops are in charge here. They dominate from start past the follow through, with an extra bit of bitterness that comes from a grapefruit like citrus bite. The hop oils remain in your throat for a while. This beer had moderate body for an APA with a lighter carbonation than I would have expected.

D: Not my favorite representation of the style, the bitterness was a bit too much for my taste. I love hoppy bitterness, not the grapefruit kind. Nothing wrong with the beer, just my personal preference.

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Photo of Ezone024
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a hazy dark golden color, nice head lots of lacing down the glass.
Smells of citrus and sweet malt.
The taste is refreshing but could be cleaner. the sweet malts drown out some of the citrus hoppiness and therefore doesn't make the mouth feel as good as other pales. it drinks O.K but has a high alcohol content for a pale ale so be cautious, it'll definitely keep you warm.

Overall Decent, not something i would go nuts about.

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Photo of Backer2004
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's great to see a craft brew Pale Ale in an aluminum can. The representative at the World Beer Festival gave me a six pack in a bag of ice for a presentation on Beers in the News for the World Beer Festival. Not sure why it was in the news but learned that a bottle versus a can is no different anymore . . . all of it should be poured in a glass. If I could find this in North Carolina, I would definitely buy it for parties, barbeques, etc. Not nearly as snobby if you bring your craft beer in a can. Don't let this one fool you, it's a very good choice.

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Photo of Maxwell
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The can is a patriotic blue red and silver with the nice Rocky Mountain layout in the middle. This is a similar design to the Deviant Dale’s India Pale Ale, just without the devilishness. It’s a cool old school, simplistic design, and I am still very much a fan of both fonts, though I feel like white doesn’t work as well as the main color for the beer’s name. It’s a cool can design with nice simplicity, but I would only display it if I had others of its ilk to display with it.

This beer pours piss brown and yellow with some slight oranging and a big thick creamy head that leaves good rings of lacing swirling in the glass, and has a mellow retention. Smell is an excellent mix of spicy piney hops and sweeter caramel malts. There is a surprisingly great spiciness to this smell which I am finding thoroughly intriguing. Its taste is light an almost caramelly, but with some nice spice hints and good hops-bite. There is a slight soapiness present from the hops taste, but it is not too bad here. I really was hoping for more of the spices found in the smell, but it kind of disappointed in that aspect. It’s cool and refreshing, just not as spicy and complex as the smell had me thinking. The mouthfeel is cool and crisp with a good carbonated tingle on the tongue that slides away quickly leaving a dryly wet hop feeling, if that makes sense… There are good amounts of saliva on the tongue, but it just feels slightly burnt and dry from the hops. It’s a feel I have come to expect in more hoppy beers I just have been unable to explain it so far. Overall, this is decent beer, but I’m a little disappointed after the amazing taste of Deviant Dale’s India Pale Ale. Dale’s normal pale ale is good it’s just nowhere near as good as the Deviant Dale.

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Photo of ATPete
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can

A- Slightly cloudy orange brown color with a one finger sticky white head. Some rising carbonation is visible.

S- Big spicy, dry hopped nose, good strong malt aroma and some sweetness that balances everything out.

T- Balanced and clean malts invade first leaving a plant-like hop flavor mid palate, simple spices.

M/D- Big chewy medium body, slightly syrupy, i don't think id say session-able but i find it very drinkable.

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Photo of Derranged
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass

A- Orange and golden

S- Good smell, citrus, hops pine

T- Sweet, hoppy and citrusy, with a suprisingly strong bitter finish, not what I'd expect from an APA

M- Twas kind of watery

D- Meh. I can put down six.

Overall its a decent beer.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a pint glass. The waitress mocked me for asking for the glass -- well, excuse my poor beer etiquette. Real hazy burnt orange appearance with a one finger head. Some lacing. Looks thick enough to stand a spoon up in it.

Big piney/citric hop aromas out of this one. Sure wouldn't have gotten that from just the can. Fishing for malt scents, just can't get them.

Big hops flavors, a hint of caramel sweetness from the malt, maybe a little fruit.

This one is fairly mouth coating. Lots of residual bitterness from the sip, but in a good way. Carbonation did not seem all that present.

Glad I tried it. Not a bad representation of the style, and there is a nice blend of flavors, but there are serious overshadowing spikes of dominant tastes here. Not the best balanced beer, but not bad either. Decent.

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Photo of Ohmmygawd
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pint can to glass.
It's a good looking pale ale. The floral hops smell hits you right away and complements the bitter pale taste wonderfully. I was a little worried it would be too thick and too much like an IPA but it's light and a pleasure to drink. Dale's Pale Ale works really well as a great beer to have with a burger and it's light enough to have a couple without feeling too full.

Great beer to have with friends.

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Photo of bstewyb
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Rich amber, slightly cloudy

S - Strong sweetness, citrus and melon. Good hop presence.

T - Bitter up front, smooths to hops. Citrus with a tiny amount of malt flavor.

M - Fair, slightly thin with little carbonation

D - Good, refreshing, balanced beer.

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Photo of aleigator
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a glowing, coppery-amber color with a great looking, big, froth head.

Smells of lemon zest and cakey malts with a whiff of kiwi added, showcasing a pleasant, thoughtful put together hop profile.

Drinks easy, with a higher carbonation to it, revealing a fitting balance between hops and malts.

Tastes of syrup coated malts, melting together with fruity hops, revealing orange and crisp lemon zest. Lemon invites a prominent dryness to the otherwise very malty beer, giving it an inviting hop character, which then results into a long lasting, lemony dryness. During its finish, the beer reveals a mineralic quality, carried to the tongue by the lively carbonation, while malts and hops are still there, providing an easy agreeable bitterness.

Well balanced and easy drinkable, while its hop profile is well integrated into the distinct malts and the higher, refreshing carbonation.

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Photo of Amalak
3.61/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A. It has a brown/red color, light shines through but it is hazy enough that it is not clear. It has a big white foamy head that leaves behind a good deal of lacing. Some bubbles here and there.

S. It has a malty and nutty scent.

T/M. There's a nice mild maltiness mixed with a nutty hop undertone. A bit of a dark fruit taste underneath. It is very smooth. I would say medium bodied. Some carbonation.

O. This is very refreshing and it is well balanced. Nothing is over the top. Very easy to drink, even if it lacks a great pale ale flavorful kick.

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Photo of Tonmeister
3.61/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Serving Type: Can into Goose Island Glass.

Apperance: light brown/amber with a thick white head and the lacing is consistently maintained when tilting the glass.

The aroma is citrusy, and hoppy with a sweet malted blend.

The taste was surprising for me because it's not as sweet as it smells. The hoppiness deffinetly stands out on this one! It's more present when drinking it from the can than when poured on a glass. It's bitter on the forefront, but has a nice sweet after taste as a result from the malt and the spices added.

The mouthfeel is thin, which was not expected at first, due to the thick head, but once the head relaxes, there is little carbonation.

Overall this is a great summer beer. It's refreshing and it goes down smooth. I wouldn't really consider this a Pale Ale by no means. It's darker in nature and it tastes and behaves like an IPA style beer. It's a great summer beer; I am definitely going to buy this one again.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.61/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 19.2 oz. "Stovepipe" can into a Russian River pint glass.

A: Deep gold, essentially completely clear. Forms a two finger white fluffy head with visible carbonation a bit on the low side. Head fades fairly quickly.

S: Pine, floral and a bit of citrus pith bitter hops on top of very light two-row malt aroma. Not a big nose though.

T: The light cracker malt flavor leads the palate. Some citrus pith/rind, pine and grassy bitterness takes over and leads through the finish. A bit of malt sweetness tries to stick around but is ultimately overwhelmed. Moderate hop bitterness in the hang. Some graininess starts to show up as it warms a little bit, which doesn't help the flavor profile.

M: Medium to heavy body for style (light to medium overall). Alcohol is noticeable but not overwhelming. Good carbonation sensation.

O: Nothing objectionable, but this isn't doing much to excite me. Hop aroma is lower than I'd like, and the alcohol presence should be lower for an APA (although the listed ABV is actually out of the style guidelines slightly). Overall, it's acceptable - but if I'm in the mood for an APA I can't see grabbing cans of this over Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.

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