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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Added by Todd on 10-08-2002

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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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Photo of jnn4v
3.61/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This used to be one of my default beers for frequent consumption. It was a long-overdue replacement for Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. (I've since moved on to Lagunitas Maximus as my year-round standby).

A: Lighter in color than I was expecting, but does have a bit of haze to it. You can tell something is going on here beyond a typical pale ale.

S: Some caramel malts and some minor alcohol. A very slight clean hop scent, but not particularly pine, floral or citrusy.

T: It's got a moderate amount of hops giving it a clean and slightly bitter flavor, although not much citrus or floral elements to be found. Good alcohol, good malt, and overall well balanced.

M: This is where this beer does best. It's got a mouthfeel that'd fit a super hoppy imperial IPA, yet is applied to a humble pale ale in a can. Nicely done.

D: Very drinkable with food. If on its own... depends on your mood. In any case, it's best served cold.

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Photo of ClammyClaude
3.61/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

WOA ! ... best beer I've ever had from a can. Very good. First thing I notice is that for being a "pale ale" this is quite hopped. I consider it more of an IPA, as it is quite bitter/hoppy.

It is very pinye. The color also strikes me. Very beautiful, hazy, orangeish/golden yellow, with a quite decent head. Laces good too, so the aesthetics are pleasing.

Drinkability is pretty darn good as well. There's some good carbonation, and the brew is quite refreshing.

Very, very solid ale. It's a step away from your usually pale and a bit closer to my concept of an IPA, but it is a very safe bet. Good stuff here. Very solid.

I would definitely recommend this.

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Photo of beerphan
3.61/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz can -> pint
no date, but there is a code on the can:
6 09 23 B1 BA ? could be 9.23.2006

Pours of clear dark orange with a huge rocky slightly off white head. Chunky lace all over. Carbonation is constant and robust.

Nose: Malty nose, caramel, little hop

Strong caramel malt, with a refreshing light hop finish, that by the end of the can is dominated by the malt. I think this must be an old can, 6 months being pretty old for a 'hoppy' Pale Ale. Will try again when i can find a fresh can.

Mouthfeel is medium.

Pretty sure i need to try this again from a different source. Not that it is all that bad, just not what i would expect from a "huge vohminoulsly hopped mutha of a pale ale" I slightly heftier hop profile would lift this beer into the excellent category.

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Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Understated pale, with citrus hop smell and citrus orange taste. Above average mouthfeel. Satisfying in a meal. Suitable carbonation. Decent for a beer in a can, but I still detected metallic in my glass. which subtracted from a good balance of bitterness and malt.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Golden with good lacing.

Smell: Refreshing mown grass balanced with caramel malt.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Nice balance of grass and caramel. Very dry, but a bit too flat.

Overall Drinkabiity: Seems like this is a cult classic, so I was glad to find this. I would definitely drink this again.

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Photo of jploving
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I first had this ole' jewel in 2005...or I think that was the year. It was the guest beer on tap at Breckinridge Brewery in Colorado. My good time friend and I had taken a trip to the GABF....God, that was fun...(sigh...)----but I did not contribute to Beeradvocate at that time...

Oskar Blues recently opened a brewery close to my home...Brevard, NC- and I saw on the can that it was brewed in Brevard....sweet!.
I do like this beer but to be straight up---it has a very average flavor----with the perfect accommodating body.
I have drank at least a half dozen beers with a similar flavor-big earthy, resin, piney with a touch of grapefruit citrus...
Body and mouth feel is great....but taste is pretty average...
If I were to learn that this was the first beer to achieve that flavor, I would give it a better rating for originality....like I say, I like it. But until I learn that fact, I will give it a 3.75...not a bad rating at all-but I expect more for$ 9.00 a 6 pack.

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Photo of Nedjimb0sTavern
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

really this tastes more like an IPA, the bitterness and alcohol content seem to point in that direction.

That's not a bad thing at all though.

beautiful pour, fluffy head (no fizz here), pale amber hue, crisp hop bitteryness kind of overpowers the malt but it still tastes good. No off flavors, no off smells, this is the best canned beer I've ever had, and it is generally a great beer in general.

Drinkability doesn't really fit for the style though.

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Photo of DontCallMeSurly
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a standard pint glass. It's pretty cool to see some breweries kciking back to the cans. I dig.

This pale pours a golden amber color and develops a nice one inch creamy head. It dissipates quickly but leaves a nice foam ring around the edges of the glass. Aroma is bready and hoppy, kind of enticing. The taste is much of the same only the hops take a much more prominent role. There is a slight metallic aftertaste which I presume is from the can. The mouthfeel is good with very light carbonation which makes me think this beer would go down very easily on a hot summer day.

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Photo of BadRockBeer
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving Type Sampled: 12 fl. oz. (355ML) brightly colored CAN. No date feature on the can but the 12 pack box was stamped with the date that it was packaged. Can reads “Rocky mountain pale ale” “A huge voluminously hopped mutha of a pale ale”

Appearance: Pours burnt amber in color, slight chill haze. Sticky off white head that slides down the glass. Great lace that lasts throughout.

Smell: Sour spent grains, piney hops.

Taste: Grainy, maybe some oatmeal. Heavy floral hops (Centennials.) Slight tannin harshness in the finish. Resiny hop aftertaste. Contrary to what Todd says “Notes of steel/metallic pull-thru” I do not taste anything of the sort.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body. Little carbonation. Slightly creamy with a biting finish.

Drinkability: Good, This is a great beer to pack into the hills or national park due to its packaging. Beware at 6.5 ABV, Ole’ Dale will sneak up one you!

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Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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