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

Notes from 7/3/10

Dale's pale is not as pale as a normal pale. The pale is a hazy pale with some pale caramel orange tints. This pale's head is nearly non existant.

The aroma is quite malty with a pinch of citrus. I would describe the malts as bready.

This is definitely a malty pale with a mild grassy/lemony hop kick. I'm not sure if this is an old can or not, but I was expecting more hops.

Dale's moutfeel is medium and finishes surprisingly dry.

It is always fun drinking a solid beer out of a can. A perfect camping beer for someone who wants a decent beer while conserving space.

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

Had this on tap in a bar in NYC.

Dark amber color with only a quarter inch thick head, but it is really thick, almost chunky quality too it.

Aromas are mild for a pale ale. Usual suspects, but fairly muted.

Taste is alright. Definite hop bitterness, some mild grapefruit and cut grass, but muted.

Slightly sticky mouthfeel with a certain amount of creaminess as well.

Overall, this beer is okay but not spectacular. I'd probably drink it again, but wouldn't seek it out.

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Photo of horshack7
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Apearance: With about an inch worth of light frothy head that leaves behind very thick lacing. Below that is a bright copper colored beer.

Aroma: Rather citrusy hop notes lots of pine and grapfruit at the start. Light malts give it a brediness in the nose but not a dry one.

Taste: It starts off melow then the hops enter with a nice citrus pop and piney bits towards the tail end. Only a little bit of sweetness from the malts but the round it out well. The mouthfeel is definately smooth.

Notes: This one is a straight forward American Pale Ale with a good hop bitterness to it. Cheers.

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Photo of jscottku21
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Porter's Pub in Easton, PA. Having never heard of this beer previously, I thought I'd give this a try. Appearance is a dull copper and smell is that of citrusy hops. Taste is good, not overwhelming, but a nice floral nose with a mildly hoppy finish. ALl in all, not as good as the standard of the style, SNPA, but a very drinkable brew.

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

Over the years has sort of become the reference standard of pale ales for me. Dales can be enjoyed with a good steak, a hamburger, or a grinder. It's as good in your favorite haunt as it is on the boat or even riverside out of the cooler (which, to me, is when this ale shines).

The color is the amber you'd expect and the smell is hoppy and with some faint malt. Taste is hoppy with a nice malt foundation. I don't find much complexity about it. The mouthfeel is nice and full and the drinkability is damn good. A very balanced, well-made brewski.

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

From the can into my DFH snifter.

Nose is hoppy and well balanced with malt. Tastes like several types of sugar. The common beet sugar, turbinado, brown, rock. Nicely bittered. Pleasant. Nice easy feel. Soft carbonation. One of the best beers in an aluminum can. Great selection if no glass is allowed. (E.g. parks, NASCAR, poolside).

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

Had on tap at Fat Head's in Pittsburgh. The tap handle featured a can of this beer which was cool.

The beer was semi-hazy and an auburn shade of yellow. The aroma was nicely hopped, kind of reminded me of Alpha King (no side-by-side comparison though, and I was slightly buzzed at the time). The taste was well-balanced, but more hoppy than malty. Extremely easy to pound, chug-a-luggable. Very good gateway beer I think, but able to keep your interest deep into the "hobby" (addiction). Nice beer.

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

oskar blues flagship brew. now widely proliferated this beer pours a thick amber honey color with a one inch white head that lasts. smells more like an ipa than a pale ale, but has a defined malt strength that i guess qualifies it. taste is quite hoppy too, crisp and satisfying. has a pine and cut grass earthiness to it. mouthfeel is pleasant and smooth, but the heavier body can be filling. this is a versatile beer and a good every day drinker, but i find it works particularly well with spicy foods of the southwest.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.59/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is one of the few Oskar Blues beers that are available here that I haven't reviewed yet. I am just now getting the Pale Ales out of the way, and there are quite a few that I haven't done yet. Let's give their flag-ship beer a go:

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy orangish-yellow color with a small 1/8 head of off white foam after a very aggressive pour. The head was back into the beer just after the pour so that there was only a small ring left on top of the beer where it meets the glass.

Aroma: I initially got a healthy dose of fresh American hops giving mostly citrusy notes. There are lots of hops here and are coming out a bit oily even in the nose. There is minimal chalkiness so I think that the hops must not be aggressively reacting with the water. There are some apricot notes coming out as the beer warms up some.

Taste: The flavor is much milder and more approachable than I suspected from the aroma. The body is medium to light with low carbonation, so it comes across as a bit watery on the palate. If it weren't for the relatively aggressive bittering hops, there would be very little to the finish. There is a subtle light caramel sweetness and some toasty notes from the malt that come alive somewhere in the middle of the flavor profile, but then fade back into the hops to make the finish balanced firmly, but not stupidly, toward the bitterness. The alcohol is not noticeable.

Opinion: Overall this is a decent Pale Ale. It pretty much has all of the elements you expect, lots of hops in the nose, and a bitter finish, and there is some malt to partake in too. I imagine that this would be a different beer if the carbonation was at least twice what it is for this example, so on tap it would be a different experience and I may try it someday. As it is, I won't have a problem finishing the six-pack, but I will probably stick to others if I just want to enjoy a Pale Ale.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #44 (Sep 2010):

Froth turns to a dusting of white lace all the way down; bright copper color has a nice sparkle in the light. Quick nose blitz of citric and pine from the hops, with some maltiness and fruit in the back. Smoothness drops on the palate quickly, and then the other shoe drops with a crest of hops that rides strong with bitterness and citric, earthy, mint and pine flavors that push hard against a bready caramel malt. Alcohol kicks in late with some warmth and fruitiness. Blurring the lines of Pale Ale and IPA. Such an amazing canned beer.

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Photo of Soonami
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Bright amber orange with thin off-white head with little cling

S - Bready, hints of tropical fruit and a little spicy hops

T- Sweet malty, toasty bread, with little bitterness and harsh alcohol burn very present

M - Crisply carbonated with good bite, thick and creamy

D- A little boozy for this time of year. Being able to taste the alcohol just makes a beer too much for me in the summer heat. I tasted mostly toasty grain, not enough hoppiness to balance it out or to be truly refreshing

When I open the can, I didn't hear much of an audible crack,, but it was fine once I poured it. I bought this beer a couple months ago, so perhaps it was past its peak hop flavor window but there was not date stamp or label to be found so I can't say whether or not that is the case

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Photo of Roguer
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Two-finger quickly fading head, creamy and fluffy. Orange and copper translucent brew with slowly rising carbonation. Nice scattered lacing.

Citrus on the pour; strong caramel with weaker citrus and pine from the glass.

Follows the nose: caramel, honey, pine, and citrus, with a bit of a metallic aftertaste, as well as some dry astringency. Tastes exactly how an American Pale Ale should. Just enough hops to put it on the edge of an IPA.

A little dry on the finish, with some hop oil residue. Slightly syrupy with a medium to medium-light body. No sting or foaming.

This is a good brew, and makes for a great every day beer. It's neither as complicated nor satisfying as the more complex APAs or IPAs, but it's very smooth and drinkable.

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Photo of ShanePB
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

You'd think after being into craft beer for a few years that I would have had (or remembered having) Dale's Pale Ale. To my best recollection, this is the first time. Served on draft into a standard pint glass at the Lucky Lab Tavern.

A: Golden honey/amber colored body with a fluffy white head. As it settled, a thin ring formed but did leave really thick patches of lacing on the walls. Nice looking beer for the style, the copious amounts of retention and lace surprised and impressed me.

S: Floral hops come out big on the nose, along with some sweet caramel notes, honey and grass. The hop varieties seem very wet in nature, and not as citrusy as I was anticipating. It's somewhat of a more earthy and resiny aroma. Bitter orange peel comes in at the back end when this warmed a bit.

T: Light touches of bitter hop flavors - piney and very floral. Not much citrus again, but a bitter citrus oil flavor is here, more orange and grapefruit peel than anything else. It's nicely broken up with a deep malt base, light and caramel malts. Not overly abrasive or under flavored, very nicely balanced.

M: Crisp, bubbly, clean with a suitable medium body for the style. Nothing is really wrong with it, and it makes this beer go down extremely smoothly.

Well, even for a guy who doesn't like Pale Ales, this was good. It did seem a bit more bitter than standard Pale Ales (and I've heard a troubled classification of this beer), but judging for what it is, it's pretty good. Easily one of the better beers I've had in the style.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Crystal-clear amber-brown in color, with a large, coarse white head, thick broken lace, and slight carbonation.

Aroma: Very sharp pine tar hop presence, with a sweet malt undercurrent, very much to style.

Taste: Slightly sweet malt presence at the open, with a subdued, mildly bitter hop presence, and oddly, some toasted malts. The pine tar hops rise as the taste progresses. Towards the end of the taste, the hop bitterness intensifies, taking on a fairly pronounced pine tar note, and a lingering bitterness at the back of the mouth, possibly from tannins. This might account for the sharply dry finish.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, and quite full, little carbonation noted, finishes very dry.

Drinkability/notes:A nice example, very drinkable, at 6.5% ABV, a touch high for a session beer.

Thanks to HardTarget for sharing this rare example.

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Photo of stingrayvr6
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a golden brown with a thick white head but disappeared quickly. Smell was sweet and of oily hops. Taste started sweet then finished very bitter. Very dry finish after a fruity hop start. Similar finish to Stone IPA. Good beer, probably not my favorite IPA though.

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