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

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Photo of goochpunch
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a caramel colored iced-tea body with some scattered carbonation and a thinnish head. Aroma is of fruity esters, caramel malts, and piney/woodsy/earthy hops. Flavor is a pleasant mix of fruitiness and caramel/tofee up front. The hops kick in the middle and give a nice, balancing bitterness that lingers on a while but never go too far over the edge. Very earthy and piney. Mouthfeel is moderate in weight, not at all sticky (although there is some sweetness to the beer) and has a mellow but assertive carbonation. Solid drinkability.

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Photo of aubuc1
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Out of can into pint glass. Deep golden color with nice off white head that is pretty steady. Citrus smell primarily, but piney also. Sweet, hoppy, but malt also in there. Nice balance for a western pale ale. Dry finish, but full feel initially. I love this beer.

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Photo of Homerbag
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark orange/amber with thick pillow of a head.

Smells a little more hoppy that malty. Not much of a balance, but I have a feeling that this not what they were trying to achieve. Nice hop bite that dominates the malt. The malt is there, but this is a psuedo-IPA if I ever had one. In fact I have had IPAs with a weaker hop bite that this. Feels about average with texture and CO2.

This is a beer where it is hard to have just one. I'll say that it is a rich mans PBR.

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Photo of JJJ22
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Sort of coppery colored, but really hard to tell as I drank it as the brewers intended -- straight from the can.

S: Quite hoppy for not being poured.

T: Bitter to the point of almost too much so, but still quite refreshing.

M: Slightly chewy, without evidence of alcohol content.

D: I could down a sixer of this at the lake, no problem.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color of the beer is a hazy almost orange color with an off-white head that left decent lacing down the pint glass. The aroma is dominated by the hops, pine and grapefruit citrus are detectable. Medium bodied on the palate. A slight sweetness is followed by a nice wallop of flowery, piny hops, which sticks around after the beer is gone. I like this beer. It is drinkable and pleasant, and works as a session beer even with the strong hop character.

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Photo of joepais
3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to JVD for this one
Can poured into a pint glass produced a off white head on top of a clear pale orange body

Aromas of crisp malts and a light floral hops note

Flavors are the same as the nose malt up front followed by a hop bitter good balance on this brew. Medium body good carbonation on the tongue

Highly drinkable, I could see me knocking back a few of these. great brew all and all

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Photo of morimech
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A mildly hopped beer in both aroma and flavor. The malt comes out really well with just a hint of citrus flavors from the hops. Even with an aggresive pour the head was small but a nice amount of lacing is left on the glass. Has a nice slightly hazy copper color. Dale's Pale Ale has a nice fresh body and good carbonation. ABV is slightly elevated to prevent decent sessionability but the can allows drinking this brew where a bottle would be impractical.

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Photo of Big78CJ
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Murky orange color with hints of yellow and lighter amber around the edges of the glass. A thick, slightly off-white head is getting ripped apart by the cold hops and carbonation.

Smell is of spicy hops mixed with a balance of citrus notes. A bit of sweeter malt meets the spicy, cirtusy hop. Great smelling pale ale.

Biscuity malt washed right over my palate to the back of my mouth, creating a nice sweetness. This did not last long when the hops came into the game. Hop flavor is mildy citrusy but spicy and floral are the predominant characterstics.

Mouthfeel is a bit stickier than a typical pale but that may be due to the higher hop and malt presence.

I have always enjoyed this beer and it is one of my favorite pale ales. Old Chub and Ten Fidy are still my favs from Oskar but Dale's is a damn good beer and perfect for a summer session.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.52/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Popped the can, and poured into a 12 oz mug. The beer is a pleasing walnut color with a small frothy head. Nice aroma of sweet malt and grassy hops. Plenty of assertively tasty hops, grassy, citrusy, with a good malt backbone. Lightly fruity, with a dry finish. Medium body.

Very tasty! I'm glad an American brewer has finally made an excellent hoppy beer in a can, available in Texas. This will be my choice for pool- and beach-side beers from now on!

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Photo of stumac
4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

orange-amber color with a nice off-white head.

aroma of very apparent piney hops, citrus hops, maybe some grapefruit. i dont know. i got the wind blowin in my face.

taste of citrus, pine (just like the nose), nice decently apparent malt backbone. very much a floral hop taste

very smoothe taste rolls down the tongue and into the belly. low carbonation. not bad though.

great session american pale out of a mutha funkin can yo!

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Photo of Strix
3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Smell nice and hoppy.

Impressive hop character for a canned beer. Nice grapefruit in the beginning, and but grows a bit grassy and buttery for my taste as it warms though.

Mouthfeel adequate.

Among the best beers I've had from a can, but I've had better APAs (or is it IPAs?).

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Photo of beeragent
4.55/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Finally got this in Texas, and the wait was worth it. Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz. can. The beer pours a medium copper, forming a 1 inch creamy tan head, that leaves medium rings of lace along the glass. The aroma starts off with a piney hop aroma, but also contains a buttery malt aroma to balance it out. The taste is an incredibly smooth, well balanced mix of the hops and malts. The taste isnt the strong hop flavor that was expected, but more subtle citrusy notes, along with a creamy buttery malt flavor. Mouthfeel is much smoother, with the balance of malts. Not the harsh hop finish, but more of a medium smooth finish, but still with a hint of the sharp hops at the end. This is a highly drinkable beer, consisting of good ABV., well balanced flavor, and smooth finish. Overall, I really enjoyed this beer, and will definitely keep a sixer in the fridge.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to SuzyGreenberg for the trade.

Pours a deep clear amber, damn neer ruby color with a good white head. Decent lace. Nose is hops and some odd sweetness also found in the nose of Gordon, but obviously a bit more subtle here. Taste proves very good with awesome hop flavor and great malt balance. That odd resiny sweetness also found in Gordon appears here as well. The hops are mostly citrus and pine, but defenitely some spiced hop flavors in here. The malt presence is strong and profound, but defenitely does not outdo the hops. Very balanced, if anything I would say tone down the maltiness a bit to get rid of a bit of that caramely sweetness, but it is nice to see a pale ale that leans that way instead of the common west coast "hop the shit out of everything" mentality. Not to say that this brew is not generously hopped, because it is. Mouthfeel is good, quite viscous, could maybe be a bit thinner. Drinkability is fantastic, very sessionable. A solid and large pale ale from OB, one I would love to have available locally. Good beer.

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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 JonathanL7890
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz can into a british pint glass.
Honey / Amber color
2 finger dense head.
Nice floral / citrusy aroma.
Taste is creamy, slight hop bitterness.
Not much of a bitter aftertaste like I expect from APA's.

I can drink a lot of these.
Extra points for the can! best beer I've had from a can by far.

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Photo of turbine2475
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a nice honey color with a nice and dense white head that disipated leaving a ring and a good lacing.
S - Floral and citrus hops with some sweet malts hidden throughout
T - nice floral hops and a mild bready malt
M - Smooth with a lower then normal carbonation. Aftertaste is moderately metallic, but i believe this is due to the hops and not the can
D - nice beer made even more intriguing to due to the portibility factor of the can...would drink again

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Photo of Damian
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from a 12 fl. oz./355 ml can at Penguin Pizza, Boston, MA

Poured a slightly hazed, deep copper-amber with a two-finger, super tight and frothy, light tan head that deposited rings of lacing down the glass.

The aroma was quite hoppy. Piney and citrusy with ripe fruit notes and a touch of brown sugar.

The taste was all hops from start to finish. Super piney and resiny with strong notes of grapefruit and orange peel. A touch of caramel malt held the beer together. The finish was long-lasting, ultra hoppy and resiny. Quite bitter overall.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied, smooth and creamy with a fine, mild carbonation.

Drinkability was quite good. At 6.5% ABV, the alcohol was rather well hidden.

This was one of the hoppiest, alcohol rich (in numbers, not in flavor) and, overall, most intense pale ales I have sampled. In fact, many IPA's are not as extreme as this beer. Although I might have preferred a bit more balance, this beer was highly flavorful and refreshing nevertheless. I would definitely recommended it to all the hop heads out there.

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Photo of Rayek
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A really great Pale Ale that is super drinkable.

A: Very hazy gold color. Generous off-white head stays around and leaves nice lace. This would be a great looking beer if weren't so darn hazy.

S: Lots of grassy and floral hops with a hint of lemon. A little bit of sugary sweetness.

T: Biscuity sweetness up front. Citrus hops in the middle taste of grapefruit and lemon. Malt/hop balance is more even than the nose suggests. Faint bitterness lingers through the finish.

M: Substantial body is slightly slick and syrupy. Carbonation level is just right.

D: Very drinkable. I could drink a bunch of this in one sitting.

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Photo of lowbrau
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: hazy, deep amber color. Creamy head with very good retention.

Smell: strong, floral hops up front, with some citrus and rust.

Taste: the body was not enough to back up the hops, and tasted slightly hollow. Nice caramel notes in the aftertaste. I expected some tinnyness from the can, but

Mouthfeel: very creamy and smooth. left the palate clean.

Drinkability: very refreshing, but not as much body as I would have liked.

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Photo of Proteus93
3.18/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: A deep gold, topped with a nice creamy/frothy head. A decent looking pour.

S: A mild aroma of citrus hops... orange/grapefruit. A little malty backbone works its way into things, a touch of caramel.

T: A toasty malt grain, a bit a flowery herbal hops bitterness, followed by a dry tannin finish that is kind of unusual. Body was lacking any sort of expressiveness, with a very weak carbonation - I kind of expected more, considering the foamy pour. Kind of creamy, though, to make up for it, in a way.

D: This was okay, and I'd like to give it another shot some time, as it has some interesting characteristics. A part of me liked it, a part of me disliked it, so I'll have to venture into it again to try to do it some justice.

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Photo of TheodorHerzl
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recieved from Tayner in Week2 Powerball, Thank you!

It pours a clear golden amber hue with a thick and frothy white head. It leaves great lacing on the walls on my pint glass. I can smell the American C-hops as I pour this beer. The nose has good scents of grapefruit, pine, and orange peel. The flavor profile isn't quite a vibrant as the nose, but it still has balanced flavors of flowery (at sometimes pungent) C-hops and a sugar-cookie malt base rounds everything out nicely. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation that is crisp and refreshing. The drink ability holds up very well, and I would reach for this if it were available locally.

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Photo of soupyman10
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber color with a finger of head that dissolves down to lace fairly fast. Limited lacing. A slightly foggy brew. Nose is lots of citrus hops and caramel. A nice smelling beer, that just sets you up for the taste. Tons of cookies and sweet malt, and hops all over the place: citrus, pine, everything. Feel is surprisingly thick, with good carbonation. Overall, a very nice APA; one that I'll get again if I have the chance.

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Photo of Edgecrusher
3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Orangey brown in color. Moderate head with a decent lacing.

Smell: Smells like beer. No overpowering distinctive tones. Slight hop aroma.

Taste: Light on the flavor side. Slight hops come in on the back end, but fist sip is kinda mellow.

Mouthfell: Medium mouthfeel. Not heavy but not light. Very smooth however and not a lot of carbonation.

Drinkabilty: Very easy to drink-but cannot see myself having more than one or two in a row.

Overall a decent beer-kinda cool its in a can-but have had better in a can.

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Photo of edskirk3
2.79/5  rDev -29%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

1 12-oz can, poured into a pint.

Has a little viscosity to it and a gold-amber hue topped with a sticky off-white froth. Aroma is almost non-existent and consisting of sweet pale malts and wet hop leaf.

Upon first sip there's a moment of malt sweetness followed by a tsunami of hop bitterness which gets pretty rough at the end. It's brief and is followed by more pale malt flavor. There's little to no carbonation going on here and that to me is reminiscent of a cask-conditioned ale, especially as the beer is allowed to warm up a few degrees. But as I drink I learn not to take too big of a sip, as that hop bite is rather unpleasant.

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Photo of NCSUdo
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can

A: Deep amber under smallish white head. Good retention, little lace.

S: Smells of piney hop and a slight citrus twang.

T: Hop profile most of the same as the smell. Malt backbone holds up well.

M/D: Medium bodied, low carbonation. Really good drinkability on this one. A very solid pale ale.

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Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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