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Dale's Pale Ale | Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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BA SCORE
3.88/5
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7,408 Ratings
Dale's Pale AleDale's Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Colorado, United States
oskarblues.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Todd on 10-08-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#7,903
Reviews:
1,968
Ratings:
7,408
pDev:
11.6%
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3.58
 
 
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Photo of SportsandJorts
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: a copper hue. 1 and a half to two fingers of a white head that fades quickly and leaves a lacing behind. Pretty strong clarity

Smell: strong citrus and pine hops. Malts ranging from pale to toasty to caramelly

Taste: citrus and piney hops, hint of floral hops, pale caramels, breadiness, maybe some toasted malts.

Mouthfeel: nice and light, refreshing and pleasant drinking with just a bit of a lingering bitterness

Overall: luckily this beer is so readily available. I dismissed it as average the first time I tried it, but after having it on tap and a few more cans it has become a top tier, well brewed pale ale. Easy choice for when I want something in a can

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Photo of Jiness
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had a chance to have this on tap with Nitro...holy tastebud Batman, gimme another

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

A. Poured from a 12oz. can into a pint glass. A orange body with a slight off white head that recedes to a thick layer of lace, which documents every sip/gulp.

S. Sweet malt/hop combination. The hops smell like pineapple mixed with the sweetness of the malt.

T. Seems like a battle between hop and malt, with the hop winning out. Herbal, spicy hop drops a line of pine. The malts are there mainly for balance, and do a fine job, but lack much character.

M. Perefect level of carbonation, very smooth overall. The definition of medium bodied. Full flavor.

D. This is a very enjoyable brew. Could prove to be a staple. Session away!

Notes: A fine example of the style, and a must try for beer enthusiasts.

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Photo of sunsjammer
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Thanks to my wife's friend in Tennessee for sending this my way. He's enjoyed some midwest brews i sent his way and now he's repaying the favour.

Appearance
A very nice looking pale ale. A dark copper tinged amber ale with a nice pillowy two finger head resulted from the pour into my trusty Samuel Smith's pint glass. Mellowly and finely carbonated, and fully yet intricately laced, leaving a very thick and clingy spider web as i drain the glass.

Aroma
Toasted biscuit and a touch of caramel from the malts. A good dose of floral but mostly citrus hops, reminds me of Alpha King in that respect, which is a very good thing.

Taste
A damn fine pale ale. Very nice malts with toasted biscuit, a touch of caramel, and a mild creamy nuttiness. There seems to be a mix of the old and the new world in terms of hops, with floral and woodsy hops with a touch of astringency as well as the almost resinous grapefruity/piney hops, perhaps Cascade?

Mouthfeel
A very nicely balanced pale ale. Straighforward yet tasty malts give this brew an almost medium body. Even though the malts provide a solid backbone the hops more than stand up to them, with their floral, woodsy, and more bitter, almost to the point of stripping citrus and pine. A creamy mouthfeel yet finishes dry with a mild astringency make this a fine, somwhat complex, refreshing brew.

Drinkability
Incredibly easy to drink considering the 6.5% alcohol. Sessionable, although intoxication would certainly be the end result. A very tasty and refreshing hoppy pale ale. Would make a great stepping stone to the american IPA style, but certainly stands on its own as a solid example of the american pale ale. Looking forward to the chance to have more than one of these. Best beer ive had so far from a can, and Surly will have to be damn good to take that title once i have the pleasure of Bender or Furious.

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Photo of honestdave
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 12oz can into an ale glass.

A: Clear honey colored with a very nice 1" creamy head from a hard pour. Some lacing down the glass.

S: Some malty, grainy, light hop aroma. Not real aromatic though. More floral than citrusy.

T: Light caramel tasting malt flavors with a very decent hoppy finish. Good balance between a lightly toasty malts and piney hop bitterness.

M: Has a light to medium mouthfeel. Not real carbonated.

D: Very easy drinker. Tasty ale that would be easy to drink several in a row.

Summary: I was able to buy a sixer of this one. It is a very tasty ale. I will buy this one again if I get the chance.

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Photo of stephens101
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very pretty golden amber in color with a good sized airy tan head. A thick sheet of lacing is left behind. Smells hoppy and fruity with a little malt sweetness in the background. Tastes exceptional, with a good citrusy hop bite at first which is not at all overwhelming. Spice, malts and more light fruits finish things up. Body is light to medium, and this one's well carbonated. Really liking this one, as the hops are quite present but just subdued enough to make for great a great mix with all the other elements. Bordering on IPA territory.

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

A: Pours with a beautiful frothy three finger head the color of the inside of an orange rind. Body is golden orange. Looks just like what the "average" beer should look like. Lots of really thick lacing.

S: Very floral and natural smelling - lavender, grass, pine. Smells very clean. Citrus zest, primarily grapefruit which is actually most often not the strongest citrus scent I pick up.

T: Same hop profile as the nose, but the malts are more present Very bready, graham cracker and biscuit. Hops are more aggressive and sharp. Very well balanced, though all the flavors are somewhat muted. Pine makes its way in towards the end, and there's a great citrus rind bitter finish.

M: Very crisp and refreshing.

O: I think this is a fantastic representation of the style. Very refreshing and easy to enjoy, and extremely well balanced. None of the flavors in particular stand out or are extremely special in their own way, but that's what is making this become more and more of a staple in my fridge.

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Photo of jwinship83
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

can from yesac in trade. thanks!

A- a darker than i was expecting see through golden colored body under a finger of white head. many visible carbonation bubbles can be seen rushing to the top. solid lacing left on the sides of my glass, reminding me the levels of my previous sips.

S- sort of sweet and grainy with plenty of citrus smelling hops.

T- bready/grainy malts. a touch of caramel, and plenty of hops

M- light crisp clean and refreshing

D- very easy to drink, and the can makes it able to be taken anywhere. another solid brew from oskar blues. i really wish i could purchase this stuff here.

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Photo of Dools9
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Can dated 11-26-12 poured into a Opa-Opa shaker pint. Finally found a fresh batch of this.

A: Pours a clear, effervescent, copper amber color with a finger of white sudsy head. Gorgeous clarity, and very nice lacing left on the sides of the glass.

S: Not a huge hop explosion but a very subtle caramel sweetness mixed with light pine and grapefruit also some floral hop notes. Kind of mellow aroma on this one but still very nice.

T: This is very well balanced. Caramel, bready malt sweetness blends well with moderately bitter pine, herbaly grass, and grapefruit. There is a nice lingering hop bitterness on the finish, but this is very easy drinking.

M: Again, easy drinking. Smooth, medium feel, medium carbonation and actually drinks rather sessionable.

O: Reviewed this one out of a glass, but the others I enjoyed right out of the can. This is one refreshing, easy drinking APA. Bitter, yes, but also balanced and smooth as hell. If you can find this fresh its worth a try. A classic American style Pale Ale to the tee.

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Photo of Beervana
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of arizcards
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a can of this in late July at AJ's for $1.59.

Beer poured an orange color with a beautiful fluffy white head that is leaving a nice lacing in my glass. Nose is of a generous dose of citrusy hops. Taste is very good, the floral hop factor is not too much as it blends in well with the malt presence leading to a crisp and enjoyable finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and moderately carbonated. Drinkability is good. I could get very used to this APA in a regular rotation as this is one of the better ones i have had. I highly recommend this brew to APA fans.

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Photo of Beefeater57
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark peach, orange color. Little hazy. Creamy head that retains a while, then leaves solid lacing down the glass.

S: Some hop aroma, little herbal. Get a sweet smell that I can't place, but it is nice. Clean smell overall.

T: Very sweet malt character up front, and the bitterness of the hops balances it right away. The malt sweetness is delicious - some hints of fruit. The hop flavors that develop are nice too - some woodsy flavors there. Slight astringency in the aftertaste.

M: Great body, carbonation is fine.

D: Very drinkable pale ale. Has a strong hop character, but not overwhelming. Pretty good balance and a delicious beer right out of a can.

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Photo of bordoz
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Bone53
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First off I don't think BA gives this bad boy enough love, especially The Bros.

Poured from a bottle into a snifter at around 45°F

Appearance: Clear light amber color with a one finger off white head

Smell: Pine, citrus, sweet malt

Taste: Pine, citrus, bicuit from malts.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with substantial bitterness. Pretty full for an APA

Overall: If this was labeled an IPA I wouldn't have thought twice about it... Which is why this is one of my favorites APA's and I think is one of the better readily available beers in the style. Also light on the wallet (being found on sale regularly for around $26-$28 a case in my area) which makes for a great go-to. It's full bodied and the flavor is balanced. Can't go wrong with a Dales!

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Photo of woosterbill
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz can into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a rich amber-orange, slightly hazy body topped with 3/4" of off-white head that settles into solid cap and leaves abundant, fine lace. Nice looking APA.

S: Fairly subdued, but thoroughly pleasant: some spicy, piney hops backed up with a bit of sweetness.

T: Rich, balanced, and complex. Hops start things off, followed by a wave or chewy, caramel malt goodness. The hops come back assertively at the end, finishing things out with a delicious dryness. Hints of cinnamon? Delicious.

M: Fairly full-bodied, with some creamy carbonation.

D: I easily put back 4 or 5 of these last night - just great for the hoppiness and ABV.

Notes: The only other Oskar Blues offerings I've had were the Pils and the Gordon on tap, so Dale's Pale currently sits squarely on my pedestal of "Best Beer in a Can." Great APA.

Cheers!

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Canned 5/12/15 at 41 degrees into shaker
Aroma piney
Head large (Eight cm, aggressive pour), off white, frothy/creamy, diminishing to frothy ring and partial frothy layer – lacing left as head recedes
Lacing – very good - some partial curtains remain as the head recedes, others follow the dropping beer level.
Body medium orange, clear
Flavor very piney – more of an IPA than pale ale, finishes slightly bitter; no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, slightly oily,

Appearance 4.5, Aroma 4, Flavor 4.25, Palate 4, Overall 4.25

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Photo of Beaver13
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can. Pours a clear orangish-amber with a big fluffy off-white head that retains well and leaves some nice lacing.

The aroma is big piney/floral grapefruity hops with a little caramel malt in the background.

The flavor is a little sweet caramel, some fruitiness then a very nice piney/floral hop finish with a lingering bitterness. The finish is a little on the acidic side though. The mouthfeel is medium to light bodied, and slightly watery.

Overall an excellent pale ale, more towards IPA territory (and a good one at that). It has the excellent mix of fruitiness and piney hops that I love. Very well balanced.

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Photo of takusan1000
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clean and clear amber color, massive head that slowly dissipates. The smell is phenomenal, even after sitting around for 30 minutes--woody, piney, citrusy hops and with a hint of ammonia that oddly isn't unpleasant. Taste is crisp and dry, very very hop-forward with tree bark-like qualities of bitterness. Piney, bitter--and salty? It's not very balanced, but that's the point. Not sweet at all, a very dry beer. Good mouthfeel, medium body.

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Photo of mdunman
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear reddish-brown with a good head and plenty of linger

S: Hops, light maltiness and a bit of lemon

T: Started off with the light maltiness, then in the middle there was a massive hit of peach, which was washed away by the dry, hoppy finish.

M: Medium body, good carbonation and fairly smooth finish

Overall this was a very enjoyable beer, a good balance of flavors and a twist of peach to make this one unique.

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Photo of ltd4n
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gunnerman
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a can into a pint glass, pours a amber copper color with a head that leaves a bit of lace on the glass. Smell is pretty amazing very hoppy and sweet additioins in there smell, like warm bitter apple pie just tacken out of the oven. Taste is simply awesome very bitter and in your face just how I like my apa, very weedy and a bit bready I can taste a bit of candy in there as well maybe like lemon head. This is awesome that we finally got Oskar Blues in Florida and for 7.99 a sixer you can't go wrong.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

355 mL can from a sixer picked up over the border; packaged Sept. 18 2013. Figured it was about time I tried this one, as it seems quite well-regarded. Served slightly chilled.

Pours a lovely, clear golden-amber colour, topped with two fingers of frothy, billowing pearl-white head that slowly recedes over the next little while. Great retention, with lots of lacing - this is just a beautiful pale ale, and the aroma is similarly enticing, with highlights of orange peel and pink grapefruit alongside hints of pineapple, pine resin and grainy malts.

Very tasty stuff. There is a subtle, bready malt backbone that is quickly overpowered by citrusy notes of orange, grapefruit, and lemon peel. This is followed by a touch of tropical fruit, then by some pine resin which provides a mild bitterness into the finish, which is rather floral. Bitter, piney aftertaste that lingers briefly on the palate before drying it out. Medium in body, with a very smooth mouthfeel and restrained carbonation levels that offer a slight bite. This drinks as if it were 5%, but as usual the alcohol will hit you eventually if you rush this one. By why would you want to do that? This is just an exquisite pale ale.

Final Grade: 4.17, an excellent A-. Dale's Pale Ale is a testament to the superiority of the can - this particular one is over 8 months old and still drinking supremely well. It's a heftier APA at 6.5%, but it's still a very solid hoppy session-ish ale, and a brew that I plan to try fresh at some point in the future. No one satisfies the hopheads better than our neighbours to the south, and this is one of the benchmarks in its style for good reason.

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Photo of kindacold
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into one of the Sam Adam's glasses I was sent in the mail. Had a nice head which quickly disappeared. Color is exactly what one would expect in a pale ale.

Smell is hoppy and clean, very inviting during the summer in VA.

Taste is quite good. Hoppy, but not overpowering. Definitely a bit of tongue coating with the hops, so if you'll be trying other beers, I'd try them first.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp. The coating on the tongue grows as the beer is finished.

As far as drinkability, I could drink a few of these in a row no problem on a hot day. It seems to just slip down the throat.

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Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 7,408 ratings
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