Dale's Pale Ale | Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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Dale's Pale AleDale's Pale Ale
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3.88/5
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Dale's Pale AleDale's Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Colorado, United States
oskarblues.com

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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#8,183
Reviews:
1,970
Ratings:
7,425
pDev:
11.6%
Bros Score:
3.58
 
 
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Photo of Thedaver4220
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a pint glass

Poured a pale golden color with a about a finger of off white head. Slight bready fruity smell. Not a whole lot of nose on this one. Dale's has a medium, malty, biscuty, body with a lot of bitterness on the back end. It drinks very much like an IPA IMHO. It's not bad but not great, but is very drinkable. It just seems a bit unbalanced for a pale ale. If some poured it in a glass and said guess the style I would have said IPA, which isn't entirely a bad thing

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Photo of fastsrt
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured can in a pint glass.

A: hazy golden, bone white head

S: Citrus, sweet, mild hops

T: mild citrus hops, there is a bit of an alcohol bite

M: does not finish dry like the pale ales that I am used to, there is a residual sweetness. the abv is a bit high for a pale ale.

D: not my first choice for a pale ale, i look for something that finishes crisp and dry,

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Photo of lewk556
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of drseamus
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'm not afraid to say it, I prefer bottles to cans. I don't know the advantages or disadvantages of each specifically, but I do know that opening a bottle has a better sound than a can. Once I pour it into a pint glass though, it looks much better. There is a thick white head on a crystal clear amber body. There is a surprising caramel aroma that is actually more powerful than the piney hop aroma. The caramel flavor is very present in the flavor as well. The initial flavor is mostly caramel and biscuity and then the hop bitterness comes in to play. The bitterness isn't accompanied by any real hop flavor though, so the balance seems off and it is really bothering me. Also, according to the BJCP, APA's shouldn't have much caramel flavor. Going with the "Style be dammed" train of thought, I would have to say that the only thing I can hold against this beer is the hop imbalance, but I'm not crazy about it.

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Photo of cbak999
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up a six pack at the local liquor store - quite surprised and happy that Dale finally found his way to FL - I've been waiting! I heard a lot of positive things about this brew, which may have unfortunately raised my expectations. Seems too light for 6.5% - almost watered down. Also, the carbonation was too little for my liking - after about 5 minutes of pouring into a pint glass, there was no head or lace left. Seems almost flat. I thought maybe it was a bad can, but the entire six pack was this way...I still liked it though, and will probably buy more - but will have to wait until the $10.99/6-pack price comes down a little!

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Photo of MeowTom
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- It's very hazy and the head doesn't look very healthy. I don't want to judge a book by it's cover.

S- Mild hoppy aroma. It's mild but very pleasant.

T- Wonderful taste, makes up for the look. Big bitterness and wonderful maltiness to balance it out.

M- Medium thickness with a nice carbonation to it.

O- It works out to be just an average beer with some wonderful things and some not so good qualities.

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Photo of Nucleosynthesis
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ncbrewerbun
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a big philosophical argument with myself over whether you can actually pour a beer from a can into a glass. Some would say that a beer in a can is meant to be drunk out of a can...no glasses allowed.

On to the beer (poured into a glass). The beer poured a clear amber with a slightly off-white and long-lasting head.

Aroma was mainly malt for me with some citrus hops in the mix, but rather subdued. A little breadiness and some graininess.

Balanced, but the taste favors the malt side of the equation. Medium body and a bitter but not unpleasant aftertaste.

Overall a good beer and very convienient for tailgating, etc..

Now on to more pressing questions -- If a beer falls in the woods...

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Photo of Imsothirsty
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is translucent orange, rocky head, just a little lacing, bubbly

Smell, some citrus hops, a tiny bit of malt

Taste: Some decent citrus hops, coppery malt and a slightly dry bitter finish.

Mouthfeel, light body, quite high carbonation

Overall a pretty solid pale ale, well hopped for the style.

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Photo of dmsohyea
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2/28/11 Poured from can into pint glass

A: Light orange with 1 finger thick frothy white head. No sediment in the glass. Some lacing down the side of the glass.

S: Picking up mostly malts and hops my west coast nose can't disseminate. A lot of sugary sweetness and maybe some bread.

T: mild hop bitterness up front with bready malt character. Almost like eating a bitter piece of bread. Finishes with a ton of sweetness, maybe even too sweet.

M: Thin bodied with moderate carbonation. Very refreshing.

D: Very drinkable, I would love to bring these out on the golf course. Great flavor, but the alcohol is a little high to session more than a couple or three.

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Photo of devinoconnor
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've had Dale's Pale Ale from the can many times and always have found it incredibly enjoyable. So when I came across it on-tap, I was very excited. But could it be I like it more from the can?

Pours a citrus orange color with a nice foam head. Smell is a little bitter from the orange hints.

Taste is smooth, a bit hoppy, and full of flavor. It just didn't have quite as much character on-tap than I usually find in the can. Interesting. Still very good.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Can

Appearance - The beer pours a hazy amber colour with an average size frothy off white head. I can't make out much carbonation due to the haziness and there is some nice lacing on the sides of the glass. The head didn't last for very long before it was gone.

Smell - hops, grapefruit, lemon zest, caramel, pineapple

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and the beer feels very light and refreshing. Right away I can pick up on lots of hops, malts, citrus zest and a caramel sweetness. There is also a nice pineapple fruitiness and the beer finishes with a citrus/hop aftertaste.

Drink - I really enjoyed this beer and I plan on drinking a lot more if it. I also want to try the rest of this brewers lineup for sure. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of PreacherBrewer
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours an Orange/Amber color with an off-white head.

S - Fresh cut pine and bright citrus rind.

T - Pine sap and grapefruit-like bitterness dominate the taste buds. Some smooth caramel-like malt balances out this brew. Piney aftertaste lingers.

M - Almost creamy. Quite smooth for a pale ale. Moderate mouthfeel.

O - A tasty pale ale. I love that it's in a can. I can take this beer to the park or to the beach with no problem at all. It's well rounded and a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of JerseyKirk
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours cloudy with a straw golden hue with edges of orange. 1 finger eggshell white head. Nice tight bubbles.

S: Citrus, lemon, spicy, hop astringency and bready.

T: Bready, caramel sweet, hop bite, although not as bitter as what I encountered from the aroma and lemon.

M: Mixture of sweet beginning to a dry ending. Thin bodied and nicely carbonated.

O: I feel I tried Dale's Pale too late in my beer experiences. Although it is hop forward which I love in a session pale ale it is not the combination of hops that are my favorite. Still an epic classic that people love.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

After an old can of Modus Hoperandi tonight, I’m ready for some fresh hop goodness. Luckily, thanks to Stankonia’s recent LIF, I have a can of Dale’s Pale Ale to liven up my palate. Thanks dude!

Brewed less than two months before the date of this tasting (“CANNED ON 09-09-11”). “FEAR THE BEARD” is also emblazoned on the bottom of the can. I don't know what it means, but I like it!

A: Wow, what a shine! It’s a gorgeous crystal-clear orange, pouring bright and dazzling. Above is a minimal amount of tan, bubbly creaminess that gets to medium-fullness. It smoothes out to a thin film of silky retention that leaves oily lacing all the way down. I love the look – especially the color.

S: The malt character is big on this one: carrot-cake spice, sugary caramel, watermelon candy, and a hint of straw. Hops are limited, but a juicy fruit aroma is certainly evident. It’s all good apart from a tiny bit of vegetable scents here and there. A good, grainy nose.

T: Grainy as well, mostly straw and mild banana-wheat. The malts are pretty mild, otherwise featuring a slight metallic taste that thankfully leaves as soon as it appears. Good American hop sting to divert the tastebuds…quite piney. Yeasts come off with a helping of biscuit dough before the aftertaste, dry and bready, takes off. Nice tastes; I can see what they’re trying to do with the grain flavors, but it comes off as more mass-produced wheat than high-class barley.

M: Quite smooth, with just the slightest pop of carbonation. Slick and easy-drinking.

O: I like where this beer is coming from, but the execution is just a hair off. Pretty damn tasty, still; great example of drinkable canned craft.

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Photo of Brandonvlansdown
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AustinBeerLvr
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 12 ounce can into a traditional shaker pint glass. "Canned on" date of 10-29-08 on the bottom.

A: Poured a decent head, but not quite the two+ finger one would expect for such a strong APA. That said, this brew has a nice, medium amber color, with excellent spider lacing on the glass.

S: Caramel malts with some alcohol esters as well as piney and citrus notes from the hops. Smells good, but the caramel malt seems to be a bit too potent, giving a slightly off scent at times.

T&M: Hit of sweet, somewhat chewy caramel up front followed by some nice piney and citrusy grapefruit flavors from the hops that nicely blend with some melon fruit, and alcohol esters. Although this brew is advertised as being heavily hopped, it is surprisingly not that bitter, and the hops do an excellent job of scrubbing the palate at the end, leaving you wanting another sip. Slight citrus and alcohol taste remain after the sip is finished. Mouthfeel would probably be my only complaint of this beer, as it's not necessarily thin, but could definitely use more body for such a big beer.

D&Notes: Although this brew is classified as an American Pale Ale, its IBU and ABV easily put it into the IPA category. In fact, their website even says it's between an APA and an IPA. For the most part, I like this beer, as it is a good drinkable, big brew. At 6.5% ABV, definitely more of a sipper APA, but indeed, a fairly complex, interesting big APA.

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Photo of BJB13
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Canned 6/22/17
12 oz. can poured into a can glass.

Two fingers of off-white soapy foam sits upon a nice crystal clear copper body and leaves sticky lace on the glass with every tilt.

The nose is a little weak, consisting of light floral hops, a bit of orange and a malty bread aroma. It drinks crisp with good Hop bitterness front to back and the same malt and hop characteristics that I got in the nose. There is also a slightly sour taste of wood. Feel is light to medium in body with fairly high carbonation.

Middle of the road Pale Ale.

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Photo of WunderLlama
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Can poured into a pub glass

Reddish amber, not opaque but not entirely clear either, no visible carbonation, thick 2 finger foam that settles into a frothy lid with nice lacings.

Hoppy with fresh grass. Fresh beer aroma.

Hops, malt and sharp hop bitterness in the finish. The bitterness lingers on the tongue. Medium , medium heavy mouthfeel.

Nice beer, strong hoppy finish.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Canned 8 January 2014. Tasted 10 Feb 2014.

Pours a nice clear amber. Two fingers of off-white head, fluffy and pillowy. Good retention and excellent lacing. Outstanding.

Smell started out bright and hoppy, with vibrant citrus. But that's gone quickly, leaving a faint mid-level herbal hoppiness. Well supported by solid caramel malts.

Taste is up and down. At times, I find it chalky and unpleasantly bitter. At others, I find it relatively clean and smooth. Wish I could have more of the latter.

Feel is medium-light bodied. Carbonation is mid-low level, consistent throughout. Nice.

A solid pale ale. I get hints of something really good, but they battle with or give way to less enjoyable elements.

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Photo of crookedhalo
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours up a translucent pale copper color with a generous, creamy light beige head. Good retention and lacing. Light pine and citrusy hop notes with a delicate, toasty malt backbone. Crisp and a little too clean finishing, with a gentle hop bitterness along with a some residual maltiness. Slight wateriness mid-palate. Goes down pretty easily, despite a subtle medicinal phenolic presence after drinking a few. Overall, I'd say it's a pretty decent APA, but I can think of better examples.

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Photo of IPAcraig
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a pretty cool looking can into a pint glass.

A - Pours a semi-transparent orangish red, with a rocky two finger cream colored head.

S - Smell is very hoppy for a pale ale. Slightly grassy.

T - Solidly hoppy, hints of caramel and lemon grass. A great tasting pale, probably one of my favorites now; though still ont too much going on here. Gets hoppier as it warms, nice.

M - Slightly grainy, like its been dry hopped and there is still some hop particles in it. I like that about it though.

D - I bought a six pack of this the night before I head to Mississippi to see relatives. I am looking forward to drinking several of these lounging in the Bogue Chitto River. Very drinkable.

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Photo of Oakley
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of theIPAman
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap with a table full of BBQ. Poured from a can with a nice head, and a golden brown sugar color. Fruity hops on the nose, but the fruit is more subdued with the initial taste. We'll balanced with malt notes and a subdued bitterness. An enjoyable brew.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Okay, saw a forum post ranting about the stuff and happened to see it out. Served in a standard pint glass. Poured a honey-copper color. Half-inch head dissipated into a mere skim of foam; a little lacing, but not particularly abundant, although decent, thin adherence. Scent of hops and some citrus fruit. Taste similar to nose with a mellow, tart finish (citric acid perhaps) that lingers just a little too long leaving a bit of an aftertaste. Lively full mouthfeel. Pleasantly drinkable for a canned beer, but it is about at the end of my hops limit.

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Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 7,425 ratings
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