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 weazle1334
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jbarry3000
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of boudeysbigbrew
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LukeD23
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a Burnt Orange with a quickly disappearing cream white head.

Aroma is full zesty citrus and a touch of woody charecter, there is a backing of honeybutter and bread.

Flavor leans heavy on the hops up front with a punch of lime zest and tangerine then rolls into crisp and dry finish.

The mouthfeel is right on for the style to me. I love the medium body with a touch of creamy silky feel then finishes dry.

Good stuff, its a bit big for a pale ale. But I would say above average and well worth trying then buying again.

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Photo of mscudder
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served into a pint.

A - A transparent orange hue with a nice two-finger ivory head. Great retention and some nice lacing.

S - Rich wet hops coat the nostrils with traces of fruit: orange, grapefruit and lemon. Light malts in the back. Great stuff.

T - This is a huge pale ale... I can hardly identify it as such! A big caramel malts profile adds balance to the big hops. Personally I believe the malts are a bit overdone for this one. Good hop character and some light fruit follows from the nose.

M - Medium feel with a average amount of carbonation. Light chewiness and a neat sticky nature.

O - This is a crazy APA. Nothing like I have ever had and I will definitely revisit.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce can from a 6 pack at $8.99 at BevMo in Redlands, Ca., June 2008.

Pours a rich deep orange-amber, with a thin head. Chill haze keeps it from being as clear as it might be.

Aroma is a nice malt hops balance, a slight bit fruity, but also a sharp (but not overly harsh) hop tang.

Flavor is a follow on of the aroma, the dance of sweet orange and lime is quite interesting. Hop bitter/astringency at the end is noticeable, but the full malt base on the tongue keeps it from being overpowering.

I like this one!

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Photo of BeanBone
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A hazy, yet bubbly, carrot-orange body with a one-finger, white head that leaves good lacing.

Aroma: The can didn't lie, this is one heavily-hopped beer. The hops slap you in the face well before you even start pouring the beer into the glass. Grapefruit dominates in the hop department, with orange-peel and pine bringing in the rear. As for malt, there isn't much shining through. This really seems more like an IPA than a Pale Ale.

Taste: Very bitter, citrusy hops off the bat. Grapefruit is still very much the focus, with the pine and orange-peel only slightly more prominent than before. The malt isn't completely choked out by the hops, and has a clean, caramel character. I would have liked to see just a little more of a balance between the hops and malt here, but these hops are good enough to make up for it. The aftertaste is decidedly bitter and, at times, a little soapy.

Mouthfeel: Sticky and medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. The pleasantly bitter aftertaste lingers a long time.

Drinkability: Due to the bitter character and moderately-high 6.5% ABV, only committed hopheads are going to be chugging this all night long. However, this is certainly an easily drinkable beer for anyone who isn't allergic to hops.

Verdict: Dale's is certainly no slouch, but it's lacking just a little bit of malt to be perfectly balanced. To me, and apparently Oskar Blues themselves, Dale's clocks in somewhere between an IPA and an APA. One thing I can say for sure though, this is the hoppiest canned brew I've ever encountered, and that has to count for something.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dale's Pale dry hopped with Cascade out of the cask served into a tumbler at Pizza Paradiso Dupont DC.

A real nice light amber body, with a creamy off white head. There's quite a good chunk of head out of the cask on this one. I would actually describe the body as partly cloudy believe it or not, with nice brown hues. Some spotty lacing while drinking.

A very soft typical buttery cask sensation of dense pine like hop. Just dominant and pleasurable, it just feels thick on the nose.

Taste bring the same hop bent with warm mild buttery cask feel, and soft malts. Neat finish on this takes over on the swallow almost tasting kind of wodden, with that great cask sensation.

Had plenty of Dale's before but never like this. Felt like a real treat really dug it.

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Photo of bignick
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

6-pack of cans from Reservoir Wine and Spirits in Brighton for $8.

This is a seriously good pale ale, like better than SNPA good. To me the packaging is irrelevant (can or bottle) because I am going to pour it into a glass anyways. So long as it arrives fresh, and it tastes good, then I am happy. This beer pours an orangey amber color, with a bubbly head that doesn't ever completely recede. It is a classic APA: all hops. In terms of taste, it might be closer to an IPA, but the classification isn't really all that important because the styles are pretty much the same anyways. There is a strong, puckering hops taste that finishes with a delicious fruitiness that lingers. I would reccomend this beer regardless of its packaging.

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Photo of bultrey
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's true -- this is probably the best craft beer in a can you can find. Can opens with a lot less fizz than I would have expected, but maybe that's because I'm used to opening soda cans or beer cans that have so much carbon dioxide added the effervescence hits your face when you open it. Poured rather vigorously into a pint glass, this was a beautiful coppery color, with a modest but short-lived head. The taste is pure West coast pale ale, with storng citrus and pine hops supported by a delightful amber malty backbone. The mouthfeel is a little disappointing -- I actually wish it was a bit more carbonated.
An excellent beer that may end up being a pioneer in the movement back toward putting good craft beer in a can. Your Bud/Miller/Coors-from-a-can drinking buddies (if you have any), would probably find this has waaaay too much taste, which is one of the best things you can say about it.

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Photo of towersfall
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber/golden with an off white head that doesn't stick around for long but is profound when poured. A gorgeous example of an APA.

Smell: Hops up front, party in the back.

Taste: Hops with a touch of malt and barley. Very clean and crisp tasting. Definitely a thirst-quencher.

Mouthfeel: Leaves the crisp and tart taste of hops in your mouth which isn't a bad thing if you really enjoy hops. While not as intense as other hoppier beers I've tried, but those afraid of the mighty power of hops might wanna stay clear,

Drinkability: "Bartender fill me another/'Til I go crazy and turn my mind around/Just pass that bottle one more time/I'm slowly sinking down"

Solid brew that's good for anytime, but ideally it's a good summer quencher. Highly recommended to hop heads and fans of APA's in general.

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Photo of jdg204
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After some great advice from fellow BA's, I've been wanting to overcome my fear of cans. Always been of the impression that bottled beer gives off a bit more premium feel and a better taste. But I've been assured that's not true and Oskar Blues seemed like the best place to test the theory.

Appearance - Wonderful orange tinted color with a plump white head that was there for the duration.

Smell - Extremely robust citrus fruity and spiced aroma, this really got my pumped.

Taste - Very potent flavor for a PA, which pleased my palate. Pretty even balance with the strong orange, malty flavor being slightly edged out by the serious hops. Excellent stuff.

Mouthfeel - Very thick texture full of malty goodness and the bitter hops left an excellent aftertaste.

Drinkability - I'm officially cool with beers in cans and I'm pretty sure this is going to kick off a trend (cheaper prices and easier storage are bonuses), so Sly Fox here I come! Oskar Blues also made a great impression and I can forsee Ten Tidy in the future. This is an excellent APA and one you should definetly check out if you get the chance.

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Photo of zac16125
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz can into a pint glass

A: straw colored, 2 fingers of white head, good amount of lacing

S: soapy, piney and floral hops. Very nice

T:big piney bitterness, floral hops, citrus zest. Really good

M/D: medium body, heavy carbonation, good drink ability

O: really good pale ale, well done

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Photo of midnightcowboy818
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheQuietMan22
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Serving type: 12-ounce can. The “CANNED ON” date printed on the bottom of the can is “03/25/2013 @13:25.” Now that’s how you do it!

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass. The color is pale copper. A finger of buttery, light tan head settled quickly, leaving a thin and bubbly skim, a ring around the edge, and short lacing along the sides.

Smell: The aroma is a tad faint but it is malty and hoppy at the same time. Caramel and toffee on one extreme, and pine resin, grapefruit, and tangerine on the other. The bitterness is really gritty and earthy.

Taste: The mouthfeel is full and dry. Much like the smell, the malts and hops are fused — at least at first. Eventually the hops take control. Lots of pine; the grapefruit from the aroma takes a backseat. Unlike the smell, though, I do not think there is any tangerine. Underneath the spice and citrus are caramel and lightly toasted malts. The bitterness strikes at the end, coating the taste buds and lingering long after each sip.

Drinkability: Hmm. Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is my definitive pale ale and I think it will retain the crown. I like Dale’s hoppiness but think it is too aggressive; I think Dale’s is more of an IPA. Semantics aside, it is still a very tasty and drinkable brew.

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

pours amber with a thick head.

smell is very mild, light on hops and malt aroma to me.

taste is good, Dale's Pale Ale is a staple. nice malt and hop balance, clearly a pale ale rather than an IPA. smooth drinker, easy to put away.

i've had this dozens of times and is always good. nothing special but always solid.

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Photo of Deuane
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A--Orange/copper with a thin white head that leaves some lacing behind

S--NIce piney, citrus scent. Little malt smell comes through.

T--A wonderful hop bite with enough support from the malt to keep things balanced. None of the much mentioned metallic taste...the advantage of drinking beer from the tap.

M--Refreshing and light with relatively low carbonation...maybe a little think for my liking

D--A lovely, easy to drink hop attack. I really like DPA and hope that those who have it before and was not happy with it give it another chance....hopefully on tap.

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Photo of dougbassett
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

One of the "1001 Beers You Must Taste Before You Die" -- #36 of the ones I've reviewed here.

I've recently been going through a "microbrew in cans" phase, and apparently Dan's Pale Ale is the grandfather of 'em all, the one that started the trend. It's a pretty good example of the style. Pours a bronzey brown that throws a fluffy, swiftly disappearing head. Typical American Pale Ale nose of biscuits and grapefruit peel, with maybe a hint of spice lurking somewhere in the background there, like the grapefruit peel had been pureed and mulled somewhere along the way. Very creamy, almost "chewy" mouthfeel, again I think typical of this sort of style. Hits you hard up front with an aggressive shot of grapefruit peel and spice (maybe a little grapefruit juice, actually), with a bitter lasting finish at the end.

Quite nice. This is a style that it's easy to get mediocre with, there's a lot of "okay" American Pale Ales out there. While I wouldn't call this a timeless classic or anything, this is certainly better than "okay".

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Photo of andreasmwatt
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4






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Photo of seetrider
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a can of this last night at Little Big Burger in Portland, OR. I was surprised to find that it was a very good beer, especially for beer in a can. It's hoppy, but not bitter at all, and has a sweet finish- all in all it's a very well balanced beer and is very drinkable. At 6.5% abv it's got a nice kick and would be a great session beer, considering the can.

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Photo of Viggo
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single can of this at Premier Gourmet in Buffalo.

Pours a hazy orange/brown, thick off white head forms, tons of lacing, great retention. Smell is very malty, caramel, citrus, floral, flowery sweet hops, maybe a bit old, hops are pretty subdued, smells like a hoppy brown ale. Taste is similar, super malty, caramel, grains, citrus, flowery hops, very assertive bitterness, nice and grassy in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, medium carbonation, very thick flavour, easy to drink, don't taste the 6.5% at all. Nicely done!

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Photo of bjohnson
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Nick at Bauer for letting me crack this one open.

A: With a glug glug glug pours a cloudy peach color. Huge one and a half milkshake frothy off white head. Looks like a cloud or pillow. Good head retention and nice lace left.
S: Very decent amount of pine and grapefruit smelling hops. A bit of fruit in there also. Slight bready malt background, but the hops are the most dominant.
T/M: Very creamy and velvety in the mouth. Coats the entire way down. Good level of pine and fruit hops with a caramel malt background. Bitter hops are noticeable in the aftertaste on the tip of the tongue and sides of the mouth. Did I say creamy? Hell yeah! Slight level of carbonation leads right into a hop bitterness. Medium bodied pale ale.
D: Highly drinkable pale ale. one of the best ones I've had, especially because it's in a CAN! Very sessionable ale.

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Photo of hmf05
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours an orange/gold with a rocky three finger head.

S- Smells like hops wrapped in caramel.

T- Nice fresh, clean hops. I don't get grapefruit, but i get other citrus like orange and lemon. There is a sweet and creamy caramel presence that keeps the brew balanced.

M- Medium carbonation and a thin to medium body. There is a slightly dry aftertatse.

O- An extremely sessionable pale ale. Not quite as intense as an ipa, but it is a stand out for the style. If I were offered this or Sierra Nevada, I would demand a Dale's Pale Ale!

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Photo of hopphead31415
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Pale Ale by Oskar Blue’s has 6.5% ABV and 65 IBUs making it a sort of 65 Minute Pale Ale.

Look-It pours a mild haze wrapped in amber orange blossom honey with flecks of gold in the right light. The head is bready and frothy.

Smell-It smells of citrus orange and orange peel zest with plenty of hops, but tampered with some rich malts.

Taste-The flavor is bursting with orange and citrus and ample bitter hops rich in piney resin and hoppy goodness. The malts come through as a caramel and honey type flavor. Medium-bodied.

Overall-It is a great go-to beer and I’ll definitely try it again!

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Photo of Travlr
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draught at Pizzeria Paradiso in Dupont Circle. Clear amber with a medium white head and nice lacing. Aroma of black pepper and lemon. Flavor is a very nice balance between the subtle hoppy bitterness and the malt. Not over the tops as some American IPAs are. Nicely done.

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Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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