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 lordofthewiens
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was a fun beer to drink. It had an orange color and a small white head. I've had six of these (not all in one sitting), and even with an aggressive pour could not produce much head. The aroma was mainly floral, but there is a malt presence also. Wonderful taste, with a great balance between the piney hops and the malt. Will be looking for more of these.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours a beautiful brilliant amber under a 3” clingy white foam collar with a very fine bead.
S: Fruit, toffee traces of hops.
T: A malty start with traces of toffee seasoned with grapefruit rind, some cola and citrus.
F: Medium body, medium to medium low carbonation, creamy.
O: A refreshing, big flavored, fulfilling easy to drink ASmerican Pale Ale.

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Photo of ams4k
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Easily the best canned beer in America, and a contender for the best American IPA, especially in terms of the elusive drinkability-hop flavor combination. Similar to Dogfish 60 Minute but even crisper and more fun in the can. This is a true desert-island brew: the one you'd want, and a good way to introduce novice beer folks to the better stuff out there. Somehow they are less intimidated by a can than big bottles with champagne corks. It's a great summer thirst-quencher and also kicks ass with anything grilled or barbecued. I just made myself thirsty.

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Photo of bum732
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy burnt orange, nice creamy head with sticky lacing. Smells of citrus hops, grapefruit, juicyfruit, . Tastes of sweet slightly bready malt with a nice undercurrent of citrus hops. Lots of citrus and a touch of earthy hop flavor. Nice pronounced bitterness leads to a fairly clean finish with just a touch of hop resin. Good moderate carbonation and mouthfeel.

A really nice pale ale, bordering on being an IPA. I really like the hop combo used in this beer, very juicy while still bringing the bitterness. The malt profile matched beautifully, really enjoyed it.

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Photo of jal30
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Probably my favorite pale ale to date and definitely my favorite canned beer. I poured this one into the glass to switch it up and for sake of reviewing, but typically it seems appropriate to drink this sucker straight from the can.

Pretty orange color with little, but nice head. Left some great lacing. Nose and taste were both all grapefruity hop fantasticness for me. There is definitely a caramel sweetness in the malt, but it finishes dry and hoppy, and that is definitely the way I would have to characterize this one. As far as I'm concerned, this is an IPA, but I guess Dale's India Pale Ale doesn't have the same ring to it. In fact, it's bitter hoppiness is enough to make me only want a couple Dale's in one sitting. Great stuff from Oskar Blues, as almost all of their brews are, but I wish they could cut the prices a bit! Still, a phenomenal beer worth the money and definitely one with a cult following.

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Photo of JTahoe
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Amber honey with a slight haze. One finger sudsy off-white head settles down within minutes leaving a frosty layer with a slick oily appearance. A respectable amount of sticky lacing all over the glass.

S - Loaded with hoppy aroma, sweet oranges coated in brown sugar with a trace of pine sap.

T - A nice full pale ale with beautiful hop flavors; zingy but not bitter. Juicy orange with a twist of tangy grapefruit, with a resinous edge. Nice malty background showing some caramel. Not too complex, but there is enough going on to make this very interesting.

M - Medium-full feel (nearly chewy, interesting for a pale ale) with some slickness. Fairly low carbonation, just enough sparkle. A touch of dryness on the finish.

D - A pretty big pale ale... daddy like... very drinkable. I'm ready for sessions. Gonna pop me another can now.

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Photo of Blanco
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It pours a light orange color with small white head. Light and fruity hop aroma with a hint of sweetness. Taste is similar, with a bit of the sweetness coming through, though not overly sweet. The hoppiness is readily apparent, but not overtly bitter, and perfectly in balance with the malt. I've heard this considered as "more of an IPA" though I'm not getting that. The malt backbone is typical for the style, with just a touch more hops than most other APAs. Nice medium-bodied mouthfeel for the style as well. Overall, this is a great rendition of the American IPA.

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Photo of BuckSpin
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz can (production code of 7 04 24 B1BA???) in a Shaker pint

BAside: many thank to a fellow Maine BA (and overall great guy) for this opportunity!

Poured a little thick, slow, steady. Wow...great hoppy nose, rich, sticky with grapefruit, pine, dull orange rind and sweet pineapple. With some air the faintest bread quality emerges from the malts. A pencil's worth of tight, creamy, compact ivory foam graced the top, settling slowly to a thin blanketing with a clinging edge ring that laced in long sheets. Perhaps the most impressive color of any APA I've tried - a deep, clouded, unfiltered peach skin hue, both crimson and gold. It has a brilliance to it...very nice.

Damn....this is nice. Blindfolded I'd guess a mild IPA in a heartbeat. Creamy, yet sharp & bitter, a most pleasing compliment to each other. Hops are full of pine & grapefruit bitterness, yet a sticky sweetness also pervaded the initial taste, again providing a great ying & yang aspect. Its very nice to have a beer that uses such polar opposites to create balance.

Semi-dry with a dull, damp, back of the mouth crunch, the overall mouth-feel is thick, full, sticky. For all the peaks it has, its very even and full, for all its angular spikes of tastes its overall very rounded. Growing drier & lighter on the palate, it starts to really level out, growing amazingly even, sweeter, and finishes bittersweet, surprisingly clean, a little filmy & coating with a bitter, gritted aftertaste that is nice.

Damn...without question one of the best APAs I've ever had. I'm actually quite surprised that its even considered as such. It really drinks like a pretty decent IPA. This would be great with a good cheddar, simple fare like burgers, maybe a rubbed steak, zesty fish dishes, etc. And from a CAN to boot!! Highly recommended, would drink again in an instant.

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Photo of joecast
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Light clear copper. Low carbonation. Hardly any Huss as the can is popped open. Decent white head and lacing.

Nice resin pine aroma. Guessing the date on the can is canned on which makes this about five months old. Might have lost some of it's zip, but still nice enough. Well rounded with sweet malt filling the gaps.

Nice bitter balance to this 6.5% beer. Full flavored and does the style proud. Good finish and smooth mouthfeel.

Been looking forward to this and it lived up to (my internal) hype. Very nice and a fresher example would probably have been great.

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Photo of LittleBreeze
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dale's 12/8/2007

Alrighty then...I gave into peer pressure and tried this one.

Haze had me a little worried. Of course it cleared as the beer warmed. Good color. Nice head. The taste is - Clean. Crisp. Perfect hop/malt balance. Fruity. Earthy. Pretty light feeling beer. Outstanding mouthfeel.

This beer is very good. I'm glad I tried it.

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Photo of mirish72
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Easily the best canned beer I have ever tasted. Incredibly drinkable and tasty pale ale. Pours a bit darker than other APA's, but it also hoppier, almost like it is more of an IPA.

I haven't tried the other otherings from Oskar, but I need to test out the Ten Fiddy and Gordon.

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Photo of burnerfinger
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

poured from the 16 oz bottle into my new belgium goblet:
(sunday evening surprise courtesy of local "sprouts" market which carries a nice selection of craft brews:


nice show on the pour. SOLID, at laset 2 finger head, thick and creamy. GOOD lacing. dark amber, not the bright yellow of a standard Macro that the 18 oz bottle recalls (at least for me)
LOW clarity - a bit clouded up

S: hoppy but not the standard citrus/ piney hop of most IPA's that I frequent. this is something else again:

T: follows the nose: heavy maltiness with a definite hop bite. this is GOOD

M: not thick or creamy like the head - this pours well and sits well on the palate

D: go for it! good stuff, nice flavor, rewarding buzz, all good here!

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Photo of Quesadilla
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured the colorful can into a Tulip Pint.07-16-09 Date printed on it.

Appearance - Amber,like honey,it has that great head that usually comes with hoppier beers.Good retention throughout although a bit thin at first.

Smell - Hops upfront.Smells like an IPA.Slight malt under it,but surely hop-dominated.

Taste - Once again,hops.Pretty dry but refreshing and grapefruit-like.I like this.Enough malt to be noticed over this.This can easily be a pretty balanced IPA,but it's not.

Mouthfeel - Satisfyingly thin,easy to drink.This one's meant for a pint or two.

Drinkability - A little strong for your sessionable Pale Ale,but plenty refreshing and full of flavor.I like this beer.

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Photo of haems
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Really smooth for the ABV and for being a pale ale. Nice head when poured can to glass. Taste resides in the front of the mouth, moving to middle and upper palate on swallow. Aftertaste minimal, little lingering. Head seems to diminish quickly. Clean taste. Sessionable. Would buy again. Pairs well with a tobacco vape blend like Axiom's Honeysuckle Tobacco.

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Photo of prg1976
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned on 5/20/11

Not gonna lie, I drank it right from the can, so I'm going out on a limb and assuming that it looks like an APA should look.

Smells like citrusy hops. A little caramel maybe.

Tastes hoppier than I was expecting. Borderline IPA? Very citrusy and good bitterness.

Light to medium bodied, not overly carbed. It didn't explode all over me when I cracked the can.

Overall, it's pretty good. Better than I was expecting. Will definitely be picking up more of these in the future.

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Photo of bruachan
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

i've heard things, and now that i've had dale's i need to stop saying things like "i will never pour a beverage from a can into a glass", which s something i have found myself saying periodically

it's a more-robust-than-normal APA with plenty of malt flavor. biscuity and toasty up front with plenty of NW hops

it's a handsome beverage: crystal-clear amber with outstanding lacing. from the decent head comes an aroma to match (or perhaps preview) the fine flavors

my only complaint is that it seems a little stickybrownsugary, but that could be a hop byproduct, as well

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Photo of flagmantho
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz can into a pint glass.

Appearance: light orange hue with a bit of haze to the body. Head is two fingers of creamy rich ivory foam. I rather like it.

Smell: rich citrus hop aroma with a nice piney back. I dig the aroma of this beer a great deal.

Taste: light yet rich malt backbone; hard to describe but very tasty. On top of this is a rich, citrusy and floral hop character; the sweetness makes this taste kind of like candy. I really love this beer; what can I say, this stuff is great!

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with an OK level of carbonation. It's passable but not super interesting. Probably my least favorite thing about this beer.

Drinkability: super tasty and enjoyable. Man, I could drink this beer all the time. There are few pale ales I enjoy this much ... other pales pale before Dale's!

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Photo of tylerprince
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a fresh can purchased today at Argonaut in Denver, CO.

A: Pours a beautiful clear yellow copper with a two finger off white head. Head retention is decent, eventually fading into frothy lacing that clings to the glass in beautiful rings.

S: A strong aroma of hop oils with some pine, floral, and citrus notes.

T: Hits the tongue with a lemon/grapefruit citrus. Finishes clean with minimal alcohol notes and a nice bready malt. Lingering bitterness is mild and pleasant; a combination of rye and pine.

M: Crisp, clean, and drinkable. Just enough carbonation to foam slightly as it goes down. A filling yet highly drinkable beer.

O: I love this beer. While it may not be as tasty as Heady Topper or even some other Colorado IPAs (I consider this an IPA, sorry, BA), it's a phenomenal beer. And - a point that the BA rating system does not let me make - it's in a can. This makes it the perfect beer for the adventurous Coloradan, as well as the perfect go-to.

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Photo of BarrelO
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz can poured into a pint glass.

A: Medium amber with a nice two-finger head that leaves lots of lacing. The can sure makes for an easy pour.

S: Citrusy hops and caramel-honey malts together in perfect harmony.

T: Big rush of grapefruity hops in the front and bitterness in the back. In the middle, the biscuity honeyish malts make their presence known. Again, excellent balance.

M: Medium thickness, a bit syrupy.

D: More of an IPA than a pale ale, and definitely one of the better ones. I'd put it in the same league as Two Hearted and Racer 5. I guess I'll have to revise my review of Ten Fidy, because this is the best beer in a can I've ever had.

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Photo of crisis1290
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Oskar Blues Dales Pale is a great tasting beer for sure. This one has been reviewed almost 2000 times , so there is nothing new I can add to the mix. This is one of my all time favorite "go to " crushable beers. In fact , I would say, that this is one of the classic craft beers and could find its way on to the Mount Rushmore of craft beer. Great taste. Great smell. Wont disappoint !

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Photo of Stunner97
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- A golden brown beer with slight to moderate carbonation, very nice look on the head on the pour,

Smell- Lots of nice hops just jumping out at you off the nose, lots of citrus and bitter hop aromas, good smell gets you looking forward to first sip

Taste- Very tasty brew that is very very hoppy, lots of good hops in this one making it a very tasty beer with a great finish, full bodied and full flavored didnt disappoint at all,

Mouthfeel- medium bodied with moderate carbonation, nice smooth mouth feel

Drinkability- Very drinkable beer and tasty hop heavy brewski, more hops then even expected in a lot of pale ales, easily could be thought or considered an Ipa, this was my first time trying it I really did like it one I will surely visit again see if its as good as i thought on first try, could be my go to can beer in the summer when planning an outdoor day, worth a try from a good brewery

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Photo of josanguapo
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

From 32gp. Can. In Teku glass. Watching Los Soprano 4x04. Pretty oily, some caramel and piney hops. Ultra drinkable with a really long pleasant aftertaste. After one I want another. Abv well hidden

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Photo of sonicdescent
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky gold with two fingers of head leaving a bald-spot less crown. Carbonation is moderately active. It is really agressive as far as coating the glass.

Smells very fruity/citrusy, not in the tropical sense like say a Pliny, but the hops definitely jump out at you. A hint of malt is there but you really have to search for it to pick it out.

Taste starts off sweet and then gets more hoppy as it goes down, but never so much that I would call it a bomb. Actually fairly complex for it's style as the taste just keeps changing throughout the sip. I've gone from smooth to bitter to sweet and back again. Very nice.

Mouth is good, med body and the medium end of low carbonation. I prefer this to the thin body higher carb tendencies of pale ales, although that works great in some beers, I think they found a great combination here.

This is a great APA for a great price from a great brewery.

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Photo of Chsyhkr
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best beer in a can anywhere!

Why don't more brewers use cans? They are selling the hell out of this beer.

Pours a nice golden orange, a little cloudy, usually, but ok.

Wonderful hop aroma with some bready and caramel notes in the back.

A great APA-EPA beer. I think it is a more integrated grain bill like an English but using American hops.

Buy it whenver you can, give it away, don't let them go out of business.

A Backpackers Beer!

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Photo of BenwayPHD
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Pours a nice copper color with a one and a half finger head. The nose is mostly orange citrus with tropical notes. There's a good presence of caramel malt too. The flavor is nice. Very big malt presence, but it's balanced with strong hops. There is something peppery and a strong taffy flavor. Balance is the name of the game. Nice, thick mouthfeel. I could drink this all day.

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