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

nice looking, somewhat coppery and mostly clear with a decent head and nice sticky lacing.

Smelled fruity, citrusey, and hoppy.

Tastes wonderful! Very boldly hoppy, with citrus and fruity flavors, great strong bitterness. Bolder and hoppier than most pale ales, somewhat IPA like but delicious in every way.

Feels great too. Amply carbonated, smooth, easy to drink, with a lingering bitter aftertaste.

Fantastic for a canned beer, this one shows that canning is a great way to package beer, and top notch beers are no exception. This is the best fishin' beer I have found in cans yet!

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

Poured from can into pint glass

A - Cloudy light amber color with 2 inches of light tan head that stays around and has some sticky lacing.

S - Fruity hops that have hints of sweetness. Little bread scents.

T - Light bitter flavor with fruit and hops. A tad sweet.

M - Smooth clean feeling with light carbonation and medium body.

D - WOW this is good stuff. Drinkable anytime and very tasty. Excellent out of a can or poured into a glass. Generally I prefer to drink it out of the can.

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

12 oz can into a pint glass. Canned on 6-7-11.

Pours a beautiful, clean amber with a 1" thick off-white head that laces nicely.
Nice piney, citrusy hops present from nose to finish. The bitterness lingers quite a while too.

As I'm sure others would say, it's quite similar to Sierra Nevada PA, but with a bit more hoppiness. That makes for an outstanding beer.

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

Appearance: Pours a clear, deep copper to amber color with a nice off-white head.
Aroma: Very in your face, hop-forward nose smelling richly of orange zest, grapefruit, and pine sap. There's a light backing of caramel and or biscuity maltiness, but, for the most part, the hops dominate aroma.
Taste: In the initial taste there is a hint of toasty maltiness with a crystal malt type sweetness. Great blend of citrus fruits and pine with a medium-high hop bitterness. Finishes a bit dry with a long, lingering bitterness and citric taste of grapefruit and orange. The malts come through as the beer's temperature rises.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, medium amount of carbonation and a relatively smooth mouthfeel.
Drinkability/Overall: Definitely not one of those mildly hopped, easy-going American Pale Ales you usually cross paths with. A very full flavored, boldly hopped pale ale, but it still remains rather drinkable. Definitely edging on a American IPA.
Food Pairings: Poultry. Good with earthy, nutty, and tangy cheeses. Also, salads that have nuts and a citrusy dressing in them.

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Photo of RyanC84
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Wonderful amber body with a boisterous fluffy white head. Leaves plenty of lace. Fantastic appearance on this one.

S: Plenty of fruity and piny hops in this pale with underlying sweet malt. Powerful nose for a pale. I'm impressed.

T: Wish the taste lived up to the smell. Plenty of hop kick balanced by caramel malt, but the nose implies so much more. While it's no Alpha King, it's still the biggest and most ambitious pale ale I can buy locally. Kudos to that.

M: Very big for the style. Love it. Chewy, sticky, and everything nice.

D: Always nice to have some of this in the fridge. I'll add some extra love for being available in a can. Perfect for frisbee golf or other stoner related activities.

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Photo of Lldeegan
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Pours a crystal clear orange, amber with a tight white head.
Malt and hops harmonize in the nose, dominance is continually changing with each sniff. Earth, citrus and resinous hop notes are partnered with sweet, grainy, caramel malt.
The same flavors dance on the palate. It is Sweet and juicy through the middle then slowly leads to a bitter and slightly mineral, snappy finish. The combination of sweet malts and earthy and fruity hops creates a delicious taste of toffee and tangerine.
The lively carbonation and light to medium body make this a really bright beer, but with outstanding aromatics and flavor.

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

Good looking beer. Clear copper. Thin ivory white head. Sticky lace. Nice hoppy aroma. Grapefruit, citrus, lemon rind and hop resin. This all carries over nicely on the palate. Bright citric tones of lemon zest and pink grapefruit pulp. Citrusy and a little bit piney. Malts are in the background, but they're there enough to provide balance and that's about it. IBUs are noticeable as the clean bitterness lingers nicely. Crisp and refreshing feel to this beer. Medium bodied and nicely carbonated. Easy drinking tasty APA. Ranks right up there with SN and Summit for everyday drinkers. Shall be good on the golf course.

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

Had this on tap at the mellow mushroom, I realize I am not getting the whole oskar blues in a can experience, but I just like the tap a bit better.
Pours a medium golden hue with a big white head and moderate lacing. The head disappeared a bit too quick for me though.
The smell is straight piney hops, this is a great pale ale smell.
The taste follows suit, very hoppy, like she should be, with a great strong profile, well balanced by the malt.
The perfect carbonation and medium body lend themselves well to this brew, making it quite drinkable. This is the go to camping/tailgating brew...along with some old chub of course. Another excellend job by oskar blues.

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

Pours a slightly hazy pale amber with a thin frothy head. The aroma is citrus hops and sweet malts. The taste is a great balance of caramel malts and earthy citrus hops with just a hint of pine. The beer is light, crisp and refreshing with mostly hidden alcohol. This is one of my favorite Pales.

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

I had this on tap at the Falling Rock. Hazy amber in color with a nice rocky white head. Smell is a little floral hops. The taste was not as hoppy as I remembered in the past. It was still very good with a very nice caramel malt taste.This is a very good beer.

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

Darker than you might expect from a pale ale, copper, with no head likely due to a wet glass and poor pour. Clear. Balance of malt sweetness and citrus hops. First taste is well balanced, more IPA than Pale Ale. Somewhat sweet but yet well hopped. Pepperiness in the finish.

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

A- golden straw with yellowish orange tint, two finger white head, awesome retent, settles to ring, lacing, bit cloudy

S- citrus, toasted malt, caramel

T- multiple hop flavors in there. starts off with orange like and caramel flavor, then hop bitterness takes over only to finish sweet w/ some citrus hop flavor. Grassy aftertaste. Awesome balance and flavor

M- smooth and silky, good body, somewhat viscous

D- Liked the balance and taste alot. Easy drinking, definetly a memorable pale ale in my book

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Photo of Jmoore50
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is not a Pale Ale. This is straight up an IPA. I cannot believe that Oskar Blues has the nerve to. . . oh wait, this is just a kick ass pale ale.

The appearance is good, amber, with a great head. Pours with big bubbles and has a off white color. Light lacing around the glass.

The smell is of hops, I swear this is an IPA. Great clean refreshing smell. Really impressed with this one.

The taste is great. Just a over hopped pale ale, and I love it. A great smooth crisp taste. Hops, not sure what kind but tasty none the less. Not quite a dry bitterness but a bitterness at the end.

Really great mouthfeel and drinkability. This pleasantly surprised me, with Gordons, this really makes me want to seek out other Oskar Blues stuff.


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Photo of DJED69
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally got around to reviewing Dale's Pale Ale. Have gone thru a sixer over the last few weeks (sprinkled in with many other brews) and thoroughly enjoyed each can. Now, let me address the can---I like it. Beer is fresh and takes up much less space in my fridge. Have yet to drink one straight from can, typically use a glass. So, poured the color is nice amber-orange with a light carbonation and 1/2" head that seems to last a good while. Compared to my fave, SN Pale Ale---Dale's is hoppier by a degree and seems a bit creamier. I would go as far as calling this brew an IPA lite. Very good tasting beer with a crisp, drier finish. Malt is dominant with a good spiking of piney, citrusy hops. The 6.5% abv isn't an issue as any alcohol is well masked. I can see this making an apperance at any time in my fridge. Well done Oskar Blues!

Edit: I wanted to revisit this review. Slightly bumped up nose an taste. After going through a couple sixes of Dale's this Summer, I really came to love it. Great out of the can. Perfect compromise beer taste wise. Just damn good. May knock Sierra out if 1st for my favorite US pale ale. That's something!

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

Beer in a can is making a comeback??

Poured this with a bright dark golden orange and clear. The head was medium and lace was forever. Nose is citrus and hops.

Taste is medium hops with citrus and a little sweet. Someone dry or astringent at the end. Very nice beer that is easy to drink.

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

On tap at Brass Rail Deli on 8/2/10.

A - Classic pale golden/amber body with swiftly moving carbonation bubbles and half a finger of off-white foam that produced some thick, decorative lacing around the rim of the glass.

S - Crisp grassy and citrus hop notes up front paired with a sweet, grainy malt profile suggesting toasted bread and caramel notes.

T - Just as the nose suggests, the flavor is a damn near perfect blend of toasted grain and bold citrus hop presence with hints of floral and grassy notes. Sweet caramel malt balances the hop presence, which is rather assertive for a straight-up pale ale. Finishes with a tinge of spicy, herbal notes to add some further depth to the overall flavor profile.

M - Medium bodied with lively carbonation that ultimately delivers a crisp, bristly mouthfeel. Refreshing and easy to quaff. Finishes with moderate lingering bitterness on the palate.

D - Nicely hopped pale ale that is clearly one of the top pales I've had. Not quite as awesome as Alpha King, but Dale's is definitely up there. Tasty and poundable.

Not sure why it took me song long to get to this one.

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

A - Clear copper with a one finger thick off white head that has good retention, and a bit of lacing down the glass.

S - Citrus hops up front, as soon as the can is cracked. Some floral notes there as well, with some sweet caramel malts in the back.

T - Some bready caramel malts up front, then a fairly strong hop blast considering they call it only a pale ale. Citrus and floral in character, and even somewhat spicy in the finish.

M - Light side of a medium body with medium carbonation, dry finish.

D - This reminds me more of an actual IPA than a pale. Well balanced with great range of flavors packed into this can.

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

This is a beer for hops fans! Color is a lovely dark honey brown with a nice thick head. Aroma is invitingly hoppy - one good whiff and you know this is no wussy brew. Flavor is strongly hoppy, and mouthfeel is zingy and tingly. I like hoppy beers, so I found this one to be very enjoyable.

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.31/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

It's so weird to open a can of beer and not expect swill to come out (or nitro crap for that matter). I had heard nothing but good things about this beer, and I was curious to see how much of it was hype. It is a damn good beer, however. If only I had access to it on a regular basis, at least during summer, since it is tough to find a good canned beer for recreational areas that don't allow glass. Thanks to dogfooddog for sending me this, along with a few others from the brewery. I am really looking forward to the old chubb now.

Pours to a nice clear amber color with a golden hue. A very healthy carbonation supports an equally healthy head. Lacing sticks quite well, allowing one to count how many drinks it took to finish the glass.

The smell is probably the least impressive aspect of this brew, but it is not bad by any means. Has a nice light floral hops bouquet. Smells like cream almost, which is very odd, but far from unpleasant.

The taste is very good. Has the same light bitter floral hops bouquet with a very nice balancing caramel malt. Has the same creamy taste found in the nose, almost like it was brewed with half & half. Has a lingering bitterness and a bready malt flavor.

The body is, as I expected, rich and creamy. Not really what I would expect from a pale ale, per se, though I really enjoy a nice body from any beer. Very easy to drink. One of the most interesting pale ales I've tried (which is kind of an unusual thing to say if you think about it), and not just because of its packaging.

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Photo of JMD71
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice copper, deep golden color. Samllish head when poured. Visible carbonation. Light penetrates the glass highlighting the fabulous color.

Smell: When the can is opened, your nose is smacked with the wonderful malty/hoppy aroma. Aroma reminds me of the smell of wort boiling. Makes you anticipate the first sip...

Taste: Excellent! Truly tasty pale ale. You can really taste the malt & hops with this ale. Beautifully balanced between the two. The finish is wonderfully hoppy, but not overly bitter.

Mouthfeel: This has a great mouthfeel all around. A smooth, crisp, clean pale ale. Leaves you wanting the next sip faster than the last.

Drinkability: I find this very drinkable for more than one. I think this would make a great session beer....

Comments: I give this pale a high rating & recommend to others. Very well balanced overall. Didn't know what to expect with being in cans & all, but truly paid off. Excellent flavor, no lingering bitterness & crisp finish. Wonderful all around....

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Photo of NJpadreFan
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dale's Pale Ale

Served up in an aluminum can. ($2.00)

Appearance- honey orange with a thick white head. Lotsa lacing.
Smell- Creamy malt with a robust earthy hop kick.
Taste- smooth creamy malt balanced well with the dirty earthy hops. No sugary sweetness and no adjunct!
Mouthfeel- An easy to drink smooth Pale Ale. Slight bitterness in the end and a little heavy on the carbonation.

Overall- A very good Pale Ale and even bigger thumbs up cause its in a can. A definite purchase for when cans-only will suffice!! This will be found in my backpack during hiking trips!

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Photo of GarrisWH
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very rich, clear amber color with a frothy off-white head that retains well and leaves nice, sticky lacing.

S - Very hop dominated fragrance. Quite floral with notes of pine and citrus coming through. There's a bit of sweet maltiness in the background as well.

T - Pretty intense pine and citrus hoppiness accompanied by ample amounts of sweet malty flavors. Definitely a VERY flavorful beer on both ends of the spectrum. Quite bitter, but this is well-balanced with the sweetness that the malts add.

M - Medium body with quite a bit of carbonation. Fairly resinous mouthfeel.

D - This is a very solid, drinkable beer in my opinion. Packs a nice hoppy punch, but the malts makes this a very smooth drink overall. A tasty APA that's full of flavor, and goes down nice.

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Photo of NODAK
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The aroma...whew...very strong citrus, grapefruit hoppiness. Every bit as strong as I'd expect from an IPA.

Pours a bit of an amber color in the glass....a nice rocky, off-white head.

Mouthfeel seems pretty thick for style. The taste is definitely full of flavor. One of the hoppier APA's I've had. The bright citrus hops are very evident from the beginning, but are met and nearly even matched by a sweet, biscuity malt....and this is what makes up the body and predominant taste of the beer. The finish sees more of the harmony of the two, with a cutting grapefruit bitterness continuing into the aftertaste with a bit more sweet malt lingering.

Of the APA's I've had, this is one of the best because I love the malt character it has without sacrificing the hops. Almost like a lighter version of DFH 90 minute.

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Photo of RickSawyer
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cherry pine color with a creamy amber-esque head that resides to a film across the top of the beer. Smell is sweet, bready, carmel, hints of finished by a piney, earthy hop presence. Taste is sweet, carmel, strawberry floral sweetness, hints of orange and a balancing floral hop that certainly accompanies the overall sweetness of the malt profile. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. I could drink these all night! Wonderfully put together. So simple that it might be lost in translation for someone looking for a bit more flavor, but definitely a very nice APA.

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Photo of Greggy
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a 1 finger off-white head over a clear bronze body. Nice white lacing rings the glass.

S- Nice and hoppy aroma, Notes of pine, some pineapple aromatics, and some great malty balance.

T- Starts out with a nice thick caramel malt, then transitions into some nice hoppy notes of pine, some dry hops while retaining a nice malt balance. The finish has some residual grapefruit notes, and some nice dry hoppiness.

M- Light carbonation and big mouthfeel. I really enjoy the dry finish.

D- This is an excellent Pale Ale. I would like to see a lower ABV as it'd be more sessionable. Still, I look forward to drinking this again.

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Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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