Dale's Pale Ale | Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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Dale's Pale AleDale's Pale Ale

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

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of Dools9
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
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 +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of arizcards
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
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 +6.6%
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 +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Bone53
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
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 +6.6%
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.


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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
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 +6.4%
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 +6.4%
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 +6.4%
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 +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gunnerman
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
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 +6.4%
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 +6.4%
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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Photo of Umbra
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: I have no idea. I've only drank this cold and out of the can.
Aroma: Heavy citrus hops on the nose.
Taste: bitter citrus and pine come through with a hearty malt backbone. Can be bready or chalky at times, but the hops do a good job of cutting through that

Mouthfeel: Bittness sticks to the tongue for a bit afterwards. Medium mouthfeel is just right.

Drinkability: Smooth, drinkable, and in a can adds to maximum drinkabiliousity

Overall: This has been my go to brew for tailgating this year. It has the right price point and packaging to fit in with the various other goodies in the car for the Ravens. It isn't the best pale ale in the world, but is a fine session brew that has done quite well for me.

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Photo of rocko1992
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of the best (and probably only!) canned IPAs, at least in the Southeast. Many IPAs can end up tasting the same, but this one has a dry bitterness that makes it stand out. The foam head when poured in a glass is perfect. I highly recommend this beer.

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Photo of CascadeConan
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a clear orange with minimal head and moderate lacing.

The nose is huge due to it's "voluminously hopped" nature complete with all arrays of citrus and floral varieties.

Fairly bitter for a pale ale but at 65 IBUs it's a traditional American Pale Ale dancing on the boarder of IPA. Big hop flavors and a malt bill to bring it back to center.

Really smooth and sessionable, this is a great beer to take hiking or to the beach and it may throw a few people for a loop when they taste how good canned beer can be.

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Photo of psyphin
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A tad yeasty but a decent amber color with white head that leaves a decent ring of lace

S - Toasty malts and a whiff of american hops

T - A balance of malt breadiness and tangerine quality from the american hops. very nice

M - Medium body. I found the carbonation a bit low for the style but by no means was a big negative.

D - Fantasticly sessionable pale ale that is a staple buy when I go to a market its sold in. Top Notch beer.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Murky honey, off small off white head leaves fast. Some clingy webby lacing.

S - The pine and hops hit the nose simultaneously. Nothing overbearing on either, but nice.

T - Nice segue from smell. Nice small sweet caramel malt presence married with piney hops.

M - Medium bodied and thicker on the sides of the tongue. Nice balance, coating and carb.

D - This is the kicker. I could drink this stuff all night and not get tired. Took this, Old Chub and Maui Coconut Porter on a camping trip over the weekend. Boy, camping beer has changed!

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Photo of rjhaupt
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - This is a beautiful beer. Thick head that doesn't go anywhere and traces the glass from top to bottom. Deep amber color through which I can just see some tiny consistent bubbles working their way to the surface.

S - Kind of light on the aroma, keep waiting for it to warm up and give me something to smell but it seems like at the end of the day (or I guess the end of the can) there's just not a whole lot to smell but don't worry, it makes up for it in the taste.

T - With an ABV of 6.5% some might call this "high gravity." I think that's crap, I want a Pale Ale that packs a punch and this one totally does! This beer dances up to the line of how an IPA should taste and then stares at all the other weak-ass IPA's that barely made it across and makes them cry. The only thing that keeps this from being an IPA seems to be the extreme balance the hops ride along the tongue without ever hitting so hard as to dry you out like an IPA does. I can even sit here and enjoy the afteraste. The only reason this is staying at 4.5 and not 5 is that I've had the Gubna, and know just how much more intense a beer Oskar Blues is capable of producing.

M - This beer really dries the mouth out but the aftertaste is so nice that it doesn't bother me. Smooth, light, and dry. A pale ale you can actually feel in your mouth, which is a pleasant difference from many other lightweight pale ales.

D - I could drink this every day if I didn't appreciate the variety of all the other good beer in the world, even if I was only drinking Oskar Blues.

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Photo of hopflyer
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Canned 4/28/14 "best of times"

Dale's has been a go to for me the past few years and I'm surprised I haven't reviewed yet.

Medium pour yields 1 1/2 finger head. Honey golden and clear.

First whiff is pale malt initially and some earthy grass. Nothing overpowering here but the balance is already known.

Some caramel malt up front and a bit bitter backstage. Floral hop profile and a touch of grapefruit and pineapple. Again, nice balance the way an APA should be.

Medium carbonation and light to medium body. Great session brew.

I know a lot of BAs say this is an IPA but I don't think so. Its perfectly balanced between sweet caramel malt and floral hops. Its light, and highly drinkable. Its been my brew on many fishing and camping trips. Solid all around.

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Photo of Roman5150
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

this review is based on drinking one out of the can (recommended), but for certain aspects of the review, i compared it to one poured in a tulip glass, drunken side by side.

appearance: amber-orange with decent white head

smell: earthy hops, citrus, grapefruit, resin, malts

taste: hop character of an IPA more so than a pale ale, pretty bitter, strong earthy hop presence, very flavorful and well balanced. I really like this. Maybe i'm crazy but it almost has a hint of lemonade after the initial hop bite...

mouthfeel: decent level of carbonation, no cpmplaints

overall: I would call this an IPA before a pale ale, but that's just me. Great beer from Oskar Blues, never dissapointed, I would reccomend this to basically any craft beer drinker as hop heads will enjoy the complex hop character, an earthy bitterness combined with subtle grapefruit notes. I prefer it out of the can, as I do with most Oskar Blues beers.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It is so great to see canned craft beer in the US as this is a normal thing for BC beer drinkers. Opened up a couple of these watching the waves on the coast on the Olympic Peninsula( poured into plastic glasses). Surprised and happy about the great brewery smell on the nose and the goodly amount of hops used in the beer. Lots of complexity and still great drinkability for a fairly high ABV Pale ale. Much more fragrant beer than say Sierra Nevada and is still a bench mark beer in the rise of canned craft beer

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Photo of farrago
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Two finger plus head of airy foam, the surface dimpled even without too many larger bubbles, not that much lacing but what's there is super sticky. Light amber orange color with a vague gauzy translucency, more yellow at the outermost edges. The nose definitely has a "nip at your heels" quality, cut wet green grass alongside pink grapefruit, tangerine citrus as well as floral blossoms and some pine oil, the malts expressed as cocoa and chocolate powder, smooth in a non-showy manner. Medium-bodied, the carbonation is lowkey and firms up the mouth feel rather than add unnecessary flash. The pink grapefruit, tangerine, lime citrus drier but no less dominant. Grassy in a tickly way, like a blade drawn across the bottom of your foot. Any maltiness pretty much gets its lunch money taken at recess. Some pine and mint, pinch of white pepper too. Vibrant from start to finish, hyper-actualized pale ale which one might argue exceeds the category.

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Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
3.92 out of 5 based on 7,295 ratings.
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