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Dale's Pale Ale | Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Todd on 10-08-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,916
Ratings:
7,197
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
22.39%
 
 
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Photo of Rifugium
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Broad Axe Tavern, Ambler, PA

Pours a toffee brown with a finger of off-white head that laces well. Caramel malts and citrus hops on the nose. Hops up front, with distinctive citrus and pine notes, sweet malts and caramel following. Finishes dry and crisp with a little bitterness. Light-medium mouthfeel, and quite drinkable.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ahh, my first canned beer in years, I was a bit nervous how the taste would hold up versus a bottle. I was very happy with the results. First off I did not think the can would pour as well as it did. Beautiful rich orange color, with lots of haze, and visible streams of carbonation coming up from the bottom. Big white, frothy head slowly faded to leave about a half inch that stayed until the end. Big time sticky lace all down the glass. Smell was very crisp, lots of citrus flavors and some hints of grass or fresh leaves. As it warmed some more grain and earthy bread like smells became apparent. The taste was very light, crisp, refreshing. This beer absolutly screamed sessionable at me, could drink this year round anytime of day, was perfect with dinner(ham) and just very enjoyable. Taste was predominantly the hoppy side, grapefruit and pineapple as well as hints at some pine freshness. This was balanced out very nicely with hints at grain and yeast flavors. I actually detected a bit of green apple too which was very nice. Big dry finish with a long lingering bitter aftertaste made this a keep. I was very happy with this brew and will not shy away from the can. I actually think more beer could be in cans, as it seemed to make for a better pour, and shipping and storage were much easier. Overall a winner and looking forward to trying the rest of the line.

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

A: Pours a crystal clear light copper in color with light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall light tan head that reduces to an extremely thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a small thicker patch and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant lacing is observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of citrus and tropical fruit hops with lighter amounts of pale and caramel malts which contribute some sweetness.

T: Very similar to the smell, there is a lighter pale and caramel malt body that contributes some sweetness but the dominant flavor is that of the hops. I can taste both citrus (grapefruit and orange) and tropical fruit hops with just the slightest hint of pine hops. There is a moderate but not aggressive amount of bitterness that lingers for quite a while.

M: Medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Smooth and slightly dry in the finish.

O: Extremely easy to drink, enjoyable, and very sessionable. Slightly more hoppy that I expected for the style (might be right on the border of an IPA).

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Photo of Slatetank
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz can into a standard ale glass cold.

A - Not even a pssst as the pop top is depressed. A dark copper w/ a full 3 finger off white head. Lace is left in a haphazard array.

S - Citrusy hops and the sweet scent of pale malts. An almost lactic scent is noticed.

M - Citric, bitter w/ a hoppy oil feel. A medium bodied ale w/ a dry finish. Nice accents of hops and spice in the texture.

T - A sweet crystal malt taste that allows a very potent, but flavorful blend of hop tastes to emerge. Woody noble hops take presidence an late citrus is the focus. The malt balances out the bitterness well. A round creamy taste is noticeable up front. The dry and nutty character gets more noticeable when warm.

D - A fine pale ale, but a bit more bitter than I would prefer. There is plenty of flavor from malt and hops and this is above average as far as drinkability goes. It is potent for the style.

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

A: Poured from the can into my Russian River pint glass. The beer is clear and amber in color with a thin white foam that leaves some lacing on the glass.

S: The smell is a nice combination of citrus hops (with a mild piney quality) and quite a bit of sweet, bready malt. There is also a mild honey smell.

T: The taste is fairly comparable to the nose. The hops are certainly present, but not overwhelming. The citrus flavors are dominant in the beginning, followed by a sweet malt flavor, and a bitter finish.

M: The beer is fairly well carbonated and the body is medium, but on the fuller side for a pale ale.

D: A good example of a Pale Ale. Not overly hoppy nor malty, but a good balance of the two.

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Photo of russpowell
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I heard the recipe changes, so let's see what we see:

Pours amber with 4+ fingers of pillowy sand colored head. Insane lacing sticky white all over the top 2" of my pint glass! Head retention is good

S: Citrussy hops & bready malt & leafy hops as this warms

T: Orangey & tangerine hops along with biscuitty malts up front. Piney, leafy & grapefruitty hops along with honey malt sweetness as this warms. Finishes crisp with plenty of grapefruitty hops & honey malt sweetness with a kiss of caramel

MF: Medium bodied, with moderate carbonation & great balance.

Drinks great, the only discernible difference I see is less in your face. back of the throat hoppyness, but that actually works for me. A change for the better IMO for my go to camping beer

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Photo of smcolw
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours from a can, but pours beautifully. Excellent rocky three-finger head with lasting ring lace. The color is dark gold or light amber. No haze.

Lots of grapefruit smelling hop--fresh; slight metalic aroma. This would be the greatest flaw in the beer.

Some creaminess up front with good malty roundness that quickly gives way to the tart hop. The aftertaste is lip-puckering bitterness. Excellent body with an appropriate amount of carbonation.

I am willing to say that this is the best and most flavorful canned beer I've ever had. I've argued that canned beer would be better for the micro-industry for one major reason: The beer is preserved longer (no light-struck beer). I admire Oskar Blues for taking the chance with this.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

I hope Dale doesn't mind I take a few nips... Regardless, this stuff pours a clear sunrise amber topped by a finger of cream-white foam. The nose comprises orange zest, light flowers, light grass, and a version of sweet caramel that blends in quite well with the surroundings. The taste brings in more of the same, with a sharper sense of the grass and the rind of the orange. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, a very nice pale ale, straight up.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Lee for sending me a few cans of this for the summer!

A: Pours a clear orange/brown with a two finger, very stick/foamy head. Pretty good head retention, slowly reducing to a thin layer of foam on top. Thick lacing left behind.

S: Some light citrus hops with a good bit of caramel malt and a slightly grainy aroma as well. Right at the end there is a slight metallic smell.

T: A nice combination of light citrus and floral hops with caramel malts. Being a hophead, I need to temper my expectations for hops since this is an APA, but its well done. There is a sweetness on the finish.

M: Pretty smooth and crisp, pretty refreshing. Medium bodied with a nice carbonation level. Very clean.

O:

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Photo of billab914
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into my Southern Tier glass. Deep amber in color with a pillowy white head filling the top inch of the glass. Good head retention and lacing.

The aroma has a pretty nice American hop presence to it. It feels pretty juicy with notes of both citrus and tropical fruits. It's got a noticeable malt presence as well, adding a sweeter, slightly caramel like component to it.

The taste also shows a good amount of the hops, but it has a little more of a bitter citrus rind and grapefruit profile to it. The malts again add some needed sweetness with a touch of caramel.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall, it's a very good beer and a classic version of the style. It's got a nice hop presence to it and is very drinkable and flavorful.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear light amber color with off-white head. Aroma is quite malty and slightly buttery with some orange and earthy hops. Taste starts also slightly malty but then the hops kick in with earthy bitterness and lingers with grapefruit pith. Medium body and carbonation. Overall it's a really well made, classic pale ale.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.06/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My pour resulted in a finger's worth of thick, deep-tan head with good retention. The nose was lightly hoppy with a definite pine scent. The color was a beautiful deep amber with NE-quality clarity. The mouthfeel was thin-to medium with a tasty hops tang in the mouth. The finish was where the pine taste that I noted on the nose really asserted itself. There was also a gritty feeling in my mouth after the swallow, which I will attribute to the drying quality of the hops. It was not unpleasant, but it was notable. This was the first of their four canned products that I have tried, so I wish to reserve judgment on drinkability for an update once I have tried them all. As a pale ale, it was pretty average.

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

Appearance copper orange hue large fluffy off white orange beige tinted head, very good retention going on with thin lacing between sips a bit sporadic. Aromatics mild citrus upfront pine mild biscuit malt sweetness overall very nice, pale ale. Flavor holds up nicely in the can I'm liking the floral, pine, and citrus hop flavors with light malts giving a biscuit bread sweetness to balance it all out this highly drinkable pale ale. Mouthfeel is medium bodied even solid carbonation goes down really easy with some slight oily resin feel going on. Drinkability, is great get some for the ball game or concert good for an all day afair.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Here we go with the famed Dale's Pale Ale in a can. Pours a clear gold with a ruby touch. Good sized head that sticks around. Nose is very heavy on the hops with a strong sweetness. Flavor is *really* heavy with the hops. It's almost an overkill to me as it seems to be somewhat imbalanced. Too much in my face, I mean mouth. Just lacks a even flow. It's like the beer is yelling out, "Hey! I'm a micro brew in a can! Woo hoo!" Feel is a little lighter than I'd want. Overall I have to drop the drinkability down because the hops are too harshly over-pronounced and it lacks balance. Sure, they are "pioneers" of sorts by putting a micro in a can, but that is not enough to save the production. It's what's in the can that counts.

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Photo of stakem
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can into a tulip. The brew appears a hazed copper color with a finger of yellowish stained froth. As the cap slowly fades it leaves patches of lace sticking everywhere. A light swirl revives a finger back to the surface.

The aroma has hop quality smelling of citrus, fruits and a floral to rindy and herbal aspect. There is a light mineral quality behind the hops coupled with some caramel to toasty sweet malt inclusion. As it warms up, there is a mild cheesy aspect.

The taste is bitter and rindy with some citrus hops and herbal to rindy aspects. The caramel to toffee malt inclusion is present providing a contrasting sweetness. There is a faint mineral quality with some solvent alcohol that blends the malt and hops together. The aftertaste is a bit cheesy.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It has a warming alcohol inclusion and blends together nicely. I feel like this can is a bit dated as the hops dont really have that brightness you would expect from a solid american pale ale. Overall its a good brew that I would have again if i knew the cans were fresh.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can at America on Tap Saturday
I'm kind of surprised I haven't rated this before. Rich bready caramel earthy spicy citrus and pine hops to counter, just a great beer.

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Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale amber with an orange hue. There's about 1/4" of foamy head with great retention. Bready malt notes and earthy hop aromas in the nose. Biscuity malts with piny, earthy, and floral hop notes. Solid malt character and nice hop bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied.

A little hoppy for a pale ale, but damn delicious. And in a can it's perfect for the pool or tailgate.

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Photo of jwc215
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured orange with a creamy white thin head that left rings of lacing.

The smell was of citrusy hops - much more like an IPA rather than an APA.

The taste was, again, very hoppy. Citrus hops seemed like the only ingredient at first, but then some malt came in to back it up.
A tinge of metal emerged at times.

The feel was of full-bodied creaminess. The bitter hop flavor hung around.

Overall, it's not bad, especially for a canned beer. I'm wondering what it would be like in a bottle. Not a bad choice if you are in the mood for hops and/or only have a choice of canned beers.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
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 feloniousmonk
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have to tell you, the rhyming name reminds of the Preston Sturges classic film, "The Lady Eve", where Henry Fonda plays a herpetologist who also happens to be heir to a brewing fortune. In one scene, a waiter onboard the ocean liner "Hopsy", as he is nicknamed, is traveling on, dryly intones the following line: "They only want Pike's Pale, the Ale that won for Yale. Rah. Rah."

But how about Dale's Pale Ale, "A Huge Voluminously Hopped Mutha Of A Pale Ale", as the can reads...you said a mouthful, bub. Let's crack the snap-top, and dig in...
Hazy, crisp amber color, good chunk of cream-toned foam above.
Aroma, plenty of hops in there, the piney, juicy, grapefruity, zesty, tangy kind. Puts me in mind of Alpha King and others of that sort. Big citrus...I like it!
Taste: zing, zing! Nice, pungent hoppy taste in every bite, but not too bitter. Flavor slides along the mouth, with a neat resin-y edge, loads of alpha acids, abundant fruity flavor. This one is right up my alley.
Body is medium, but the flavor is full, and the finish is bitter, hoppy, fruity. Taste is long-lasting in the mouth. This would definitely be a regular buy for me, if it were available here.
tasty stuff, with plenty of hops...just what turns my crank.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Nice golden ale body, clean and inviting. Small foamy white head ontop, fading into some lacing.

S - Alot of rich hops in the nose and some sweet fruit notes. A little grapefruit/citrus in the smell.

T - Certainly tastes like an IPA. The hops arent terribly spicey tho, they are more sweet and subtle here. Nice citrus/fruit and woody tastes. A little alcohola nd hop warmth at the back end.

M - Super smooth and clean mouth with a nice light body, full of flavor. Easy drinking.

O - A really nice flavorful canned ale here. Alot more flavor than your standard pale ale, this beer has a nice complexity about it while maintaining high drinkability. Nice combo.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to paco for throwing this into a trade. Drank it out of a stein.

A - Great looking beer here. Intense apricot color, with generous two-fingered foam that dissipates slowly and leaves great lacing. Bubbles lazily float from the bottom.

S - Hmm...reminds me a little of Newbold IPA, with the sweet corn and mandarin combo, along with some floral notes. There's a mellow bitterness over top of a solid malt backbone. This is more of what I expect from an APA (as opposed to Alpha King). Smell doesn't really get out of the glass much.

T - Bitter and lemony, with a tiny bit of sweetness at the end. There's a bready quality in there as well. It's kind of disappointing compared to the smell - not bad, just kind of meh...

M - Tingly, creamy, good medium body. A little too carbonated for my liking though.

D - Drinks like a good summer front porch beer - the carbonation might leave me a little bloated after a couple of these, so points off in that regard.

Wow - just looked at my review of Newbold, and there's a lot of shared comments. I think I was a little harder on Dale's because I've reviewed quite a few brews since then. It's solid, and kicks the crap out of most canned beer (other than Surly).

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

So I am in New Hampshire for the Great Bay Half Marathon...its the night before a race and ....why not drink some....ok....alot of the local beer!!! Sitting at the Portsmouth brewering Co and ordered a Dale's thinking it was local...NOT! From Colorado....still quite tasty. This beer has was copper in color with thin white head and great lace. The smell has a subtle pine/citrus. This beer has a piney taste that tickles the tongue that has a nice balance in maltyness. The smell funnels into the taste of this beer. The light ABV leads to this beer being a Session...certainly worth a taste.

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

Poured from a can into a tumbler pint, the beer is a deep, vibrant, yellow-copper coloring with a one inch, thick, frothy, foamy head that settles quickly into a film covering that also coats the glass fairly well. Good, heavy nose of hops, with a resiny and tangy character, and some light citrus and malt blending. Flavors are hop forward, with a peppery and basil spicing, which is balanced by a buttery and toffee-like malt, as well as a slight citrus highlight. Very well blended. The aftertaste is tangy sweet and resiny hops bitterness, with a slight cloying effect to it. Slick, somewhat lingering finish, with a slow, steady withdrawal that dries evenly and subtly. Good, solid brew.

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

12 ounce CAN, yeah cans, a good beer in a can is a bonus, we need more decent canned beer, why? its lighter, more portable, many more fit in a cooler or fridge for that matter and Its just good for variety in packaging reasons. Anyway, enuf of my pro can ranting. This one pours a nice dark honey amber, clear and sports a nice long lasting off white creamy head. Leaves tons o' lacing to boot. Nose is citrusy hops. This is a better then average P.A.. Respectable hopping rate is evidence and in general, this one hits the note. Nice going Dale's, wish I could find this one regularly in the NYC area.

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Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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