Dale's Pale Ale | Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

Dale's Pale AleDale's Pale Ale
7,385 Ratings
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

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Added by Todd on 10-08-2002

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Photo of keeganfrank
4.16/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tea-colored ale with a thick, foamy head that retains well. Aromas of faint citrus and sweet bread with hints of berry. Flavors of sweet fruit and bread with a slight citrus rind tartness. Has a really complex and well-balanced profile. I can certainly understand all the hype behind this brew.

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Photo of Ngntjp
4.16/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of MarkGamber
4.16/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I scored a 19.5 oz can at Pinocchio's in Media, dated 6/23/2014 so it's pretty fresh. That having been said, I've noticed a few differences between the 19.5 and 12 oz cans. First of all, it has a darker complexion. Not much darker, but enough to be noticable. Second, it smells richer, like there's a little more to it then the 12 oz version. Third, my wife and I split a can so we each got about 10 oz and it had considerably more kick to it than a 12 oz can. Finally, there was way more malt and not nearly as bitter as the 12 oz version. I could see a couple of my "I don't like IPA" friends drinking this and enjoying it. Very good all around and if I could get it here regularly for less than $5 a can, this would be my go-to beer instead of the 12 oz cans or Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.

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Photo of Phranq
4.16/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Tms9000e
4.16/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Cjvailbn
4.16/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of shauun176
4.16/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MGoeltz
4.16/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kraty1
4.16/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of weazle1334
4.16/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jbarry3000
4.16/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of boudeysbigbrew
4.16/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LukeD23
4.15/5  rDev +7%
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 +7%
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 +7%
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 +7%
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 imbibehour
4.15/5  rDev +7%
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 +7%
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 +7%
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 +7%
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 safaricook
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Good looks this fellow and I am not talking about the iconic can. I am talking about the fluffy beige head and the copper clear body. Smell is piney and candied orange or in other words a classic northwestern hop profile and some nice caramel malts. Taste is rather bitter, grapefruit, but also pine. Clearly hop forward but some malt for balance. lingering bitterness. Spot on amount of body and carbonation. This is a classic, this is style defining. It does not compete with the newest fancy hop from New Zealand or whatever the newest trend is, but this is and will stand the test of time.

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Photo of jdg204
4.15/5  rDev +7%
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 +7%
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 +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheQuietMan22
4.15/5  rDev +7%
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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Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 7,385 ratings
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