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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of GClarkage
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

07/13/09- Purchased at Whole Foods in San Mateo, CA.

Presentation- 12oz can. Did not look for a freshness date. Poured into a random pint glass.

Appearance- Medium to darker amber colored pour. Nice larger one inch plus thick and somewhat creamy head. Good head retention and some nice lace sheeting and patches left behind.

Smell- A nice mix of both bready and earthy malt while also having a good whiff of grapefruit/pine hops.

Taste- Pretty well balanced with the hops leading the way by a bit. Bready, but not over the top. Hops have a nice crisp fruity flavor. Tastes very fresh.

Mouthfeel- Crisp, lightly chewy and a good bitter kick in the aftertaste.

Drinkability- One of the better APA's out there. Not blow you away hoppy as to mask as an IPA, but a nice balanced brew with a touch more on the hops. Quality! Also on sale for $4.99 a six pack...a steal at the time.

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Photo of ShanePB
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

You'd think after being into craft beer for a few years that I would have had (or remembered having) Dale's Pale Ale. To my best recollection, this is the first time. Served on draft into a standard pint glass at the Lucky Lab Tavern.

A: Golden honey/amber colored body with a fluffy white head. As it settled, a thin ring formed but did leave really thick patches of lacing on the walls. Nice looking beer for the style, the copious amounts of retention and lace surprised and impressed me.

S: Floral hops come out big on the nose, along with some sweet caramel notes, honey and grass. The hop varieties seem very wet in nature, and not as citrusy as I was anticipating. It's somewhat of a more earthy and resiny aroma. Bitter orange peel comes in at the back end when this warmed a bit.

T: Light touches of bitter hop flavors - piney and very floral. Not much citrus again, but a bitter citrus oil flavor is here, more orange and grapefruit peel than anything else. It's nicely broken up with a deep malt base, light and caramel malts. Not overly abrasive or under flavored, very nicely balanced.

M: Crisp, bubbly, clean with a suitable medium body for the style. Nothing is really wrong with it, and it makes this beer go down extremely smoothly.

Well, even for a guy who doesn't like Pale Ales, this was good. It did seem a bit more bitter than standard Pale Ales (and I've heard a troubled classification of this beer), but judging for what it is, it's pretty good. Easily one of the better beers I've had in the style.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Can courtesy of korguy123 poured in to pint glass. canned on date of 1-4-12.

A - Medium slightly hazy orange colour with half a finger of cream coloured head.

S - Citrus, light pine and sweet caramel malts.

T - Citrus and piney hops with a decent bitterness and a good sweet caramel backbone.

M - Light body, moderate carbonation.

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

Poured from a can into a pint glass. Appears darker than your average pale ale, clear amber with a white head and good lacing.

The aroma has a light toffee and sweet bread background with big, sharp grapefruit. The hops take over with a crisp, near ripping bitterness and citrus rind for a very full hops flavor that's more on-par with an IPA (this beer does have 65 IBU's afterall). The aftertaste is long lasting with the juicy, bitter citrus flavors. This isn't a beer you'd soon forget. A must-try for hops lovers.

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Photo of Tone
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of hops, pine, sweet malt, hint of alcohol, and a hint of caramel malt. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is also a noticeable bitterness. Tastes of sweet malt, hops, hint of pine, hint of caramel malt, and slight alcohol. Overall, decent aroma and body, a good APA.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

6-pack cans. Poured into pint glass (not all at once)
Smell hits right off the bat, nice hops..a bit of citrus.
Caramel/Amber color with a good head that persisted.
Taste was great, except a bit of metallic from the can lingered. Otherwise a nice beer. Good balance...6 didn't last long

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Photo of WesWes
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a hazy, dark gold/amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a very complex malt scent that boasts of pale, crystal, and bisquit malts along with a heavy hop aroma; quite bitter. The taste is awesome. It has a smooth malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes bitter and slightly sweet. It has a solid malt bill and hop character. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an excellent pale ale. It has complexity in both the aroma and taste; a good drinker. This has got to be the best canned beer I've ever had.

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

Appearance: clear orange in color with a short 1?2" head. Mild lacing develops. Nice carbonation levels.

Smell: floral hops and citrus.

Taste: nice malt backbone, but there is a bit too much graininess here. Orange citrus, flowery bitterness, and some hints of honey round it out.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp at the start, finish is smooth and a tad dry. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: decently drinkable from a glass, probably better from a can when you can't be drinking out of glass. Worth a try.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oskar Blues is relatively new in the California market (about 4 months now), but now I have found a single can of their flagship brew; Dale's Pale Ale. On to the beer:

Just as a pale ale should look. Creamy dense white head on top a shiny copper/orangish body. Definite eye candy. The aroma is very good too. Plenty of hops, but the sweet honey malt/bready/dry biscuit explodes underneath my nose with a good backbone of citrus zest. Mmmm, mm! That's the sound of my mouth after taking a couple sips. It's full of hops and malt (leaning towards malt). Similar sweet bready/honey flavors exist in the taste as well as the smell. Bits of diacteyl and caramel. Hops turn piney and sit on the palate in the aftertaste (the piney aftertaste takes some getting use to). Carbonation is low in this brew with a creamy feel.

Who needs frost brew can liners from the other Colorado brewery when you can drink Dale's Pale Ale? Go get this.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not sure how I have never rated this.

The beer pours a nice orange color with a white head. The aroma is orange citrus with some biscuit malt. I also get a little bit of grass in the aroma.

The flavor is more of the same and is very well balanced. I get a lot of citrus and bread notes. Low bitterness. There is also a little bit of toffee in the flavor. Very drinkable.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of stevoj
3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice and crisp pale ale, hops add mild bitterness and dry out the finish. Pours straw yellow with small head, but lots of lacing. Mellow aroma, sharper taste, and smooth finish. Good with food.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium coppery amber with a half finger white head that dissipates to thick patches leaving good lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, piney and lightly citrus hops. Flavor is caramel malt with a hint of biscuit, robust piney hops with grapefruit citrus, finishing with a mildly resinous piney and citrus rind bitterness. Medium bodied with great carbonation. A great malty and well hopped pale ale that moves into IPA territory, but still to style. Has my favorite combination of caramel malt and piney hop; well balanced and flavorful. Pale ales are a coin toss for me, even nice ones leave me wishing I had gone for the IPA gusto; but this one was left me happy and wishing for a bigger can. Well done.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.62/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Revist: 10 Feb 16
12 oz. Can
Canned On: 10/27/15

Poured into a pint glass a very nice clean/clear dark golden yellow color, very nice carbonation, with a HUGE two-finger plus thick/creamy off-white head, which leaves tons of thick/sticky lacing behind. The nose is very nice hoppy, with some nice malt notes, citrusy. The taste is very nice, hoppy, slightly malty, citrusy, there's a nice sweetness to it. Medium body, very nice dry/bitter finish. Overall, one of the best out there, and especially in a can. Recommended!

Thanks goes out to plaid75 for this brew.

Pours a cloudy golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice small creamy off-white head, lots of nice sticky lacing follows. The nose is very nice of hops, malts, citrus, and caramel. The taste is very nice for an APA, slightly malty, big on the hops, nice citrus touch, and a good dose of caramel, nice bitter/dry finish. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is a nice APA.

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Photo of tone77
3.23/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a caramel color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of hops. Taste is like it smells, quite a hop bomb. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall a pretty decent brew, however just a little to hoppy for my taste.

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

12 oz can into a pint glass. Fairly fresh canning.

A- DPA has a bold copper/amber color. A nice semi thich white head sat on top of the liquid for a bit before fading. A few swirls brings it back momenarily A nice pattern of lacing as the beer goes down.

S- A nice amount of hops(centennial) in the nose and malts backing them. Some caramel from these malts. Citrus scents as well.

T- Starts off with a mix of sweetness and some bitterness ending with more sweetness. Slight bready taste from the malts, caramel as well and grains. Nice hop bite with the generous amount of hops in the boil.

M- Great mouth on this as some bitterness stays for some time before leaving. The malts balance that out allowing for big gulps without killin your pallete. Feels like a pale ale leaning towards an IPA. Crisp carbonation and no alcohol.

D- Extremely drinkable and a little above sessionable but that won't stop me from drinking the hell out of this beer. Another great beer in a can.

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

Pours a bright clear copper color with a tan well proportioned head. An aroma of American hops (grapefruit, citrus, and pine) plus some un-recognizable weird aroma that quickly fades. A nice sharp pale ale that finishes with a nice bitterness and it has lots of hop flavor. Definitely hop dominated, though there is a bit of biscuity maltiness in here, as well as some sweet malt character. This is definitely a well crafted pale ale that I would be happy to take on a camping trip. As my palate becomes used to this beer I get a solid contribution from crystal malt. It starts in the middle and goes through to the finish.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can picked up at the Boise Coop for about $1.50.. shared with a friend... my half from a Derlirium tulip.. listening to Sasha Live at the Avalon.

Nice crystal clear burnt orange brew with a suprisingly sticky long lasting head.

Aroma is smack you in the nose hair citrus.. grapefruit ... floral hops.... a nice punch of toasty malts... actually the aroma reminds me of a fresh off the tap PNW IPA.

Flavor definately lends itself more towards the malts... caramel and munich.. but still a boat-load of hop flavors are there with just enough bitterness to balance. Oily hops lend well to the ample viscosity. Very very good all around.

I know it's been said a bunch of times in reviews for this brew.. but once more won't hurt.. Canned beer is the wave of the future. No oxidation.. no light concerns.. I hope there is going to be more of a canning revolution.
As far as Oskar Blues goes, I've had this one quite a few times with the Old Chub and Gordan... even having the Ten Fidy (mega karma Dan) for the first time (from a can) about a week ago, and I say it doesn't matter a bit if it is in a can... this brewing company rocks.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A. Poured from a 12oz. can into a pint glass. A orange body with a slight off white head that recedes to a thick layer of lace, which documents every sip/gulp.

S. Sweet malt/hop combination. The hops smell like pineapple mixed with the sweetness of the malt.

T. Seems like a battle between hop and malt, with the hop winning out. Herbal, spicy hop drops a line of pine. The malts are there mainly for balance, and do a fine job, but lack much character.

M. Perefect level of carbonation, very smooth overall. The definition of medium bodied. Full flavor.

D. This is a very enjoyable brew. Could prove to be a staple. Session away!

Notes: A fine example of the style, and a must try for beer enthusiasts.

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Photo of plaid75
2.78/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Average appearance for an American Pale Ale. The taste had a nice citrus hint and seemed to be well hopped. However, the aroma left a bit to be desired, as it was a bit flat and lacked the complexity that separates the superior ales of this style.

Overall it is a good beer, however I think much of its appeal is derived from the fact that it comes in a can. A good marketing ploy.

ABV is a plus.

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

About as pretty a colour you'll find in a pale ale, this one has a glistening mandarin orange body with light copper haze. A remarkably paper thin level of head, with a side fixing of bubbles, is of a grayish tinge and while permanent, fails to leave much in the means lacing.

Is this "a huge voluminously hopped mutha of a pale ale" based on smell? Well, I did have to think about it for a second, but yes, it is. Going in blind I might have guessed this as a DIPA past its point of freshness. Considering this is listed as a pale ale - a style that isn't typically on the same hop level - Oskar Blues again overachieves in this category. And I am quite happy they did.

The taste and smell both have blistered, sweltering citrus roasting above a fire of melted caramel and crispy toasted malts. Dale has found the formula for a great pale ale: one part biscuit/cookie like malts, one part pine resin, and one part exotic fruit (pineapple, mango, and coconut). Mix them all together and voila! Just about as tasty as tasty can get.

Not only do they have the hop-to-malt ratio right, they've also found the right level of carbonation and bitterness. The hops never become astringent although the bitterness they impart can be vinous and/or herbaceous. The acidity is accompanied by enough citric taste that it goes almost unnoticed. Carbonation will not interfere on the palate but ensures that every sip (or perhaps I should say every 'gulp') is quenching.

By the end of this review my fingers were sore attempting to type so fast in order to keep up with the pace at which this beer was disappearing! I ended up finishing the whole can in no time. Fortunately, figuring out what to say came easy because, quite simply, I could just as well write about what I think is my ideal pale ale - because this was just that.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. can,

A: Pours amber with a medium white head, good retention leaving a thin cap of foam, spotty but extensive lacing.

S: Sweet citrus juice, wildflower honey and treacle malt.

T: Light caramel maltiness, definitely has a sweeter sugary feel than in a lot of pales. Hops are full of citrus and pineapple, full-flavoured and very tasty.

M: Kind of light in body, I don't know if it's the can, but needs more heft, overall resiny and creamy.

D: Very good beer, bordering on IPA territory. Finally they came to CA, and their flagship product was certainly worth the wait.

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

Pours a clear amber colored Ale.

Smell is malty with a spicy cascade hops scent. Nice toasted grain scent.

Taste is malty and hoppy without either main flavor overwhelming the other. Mildly sweet brew with a bit of citrus tartness. The flavor profiles goes malt and sweet citrus at first and then the bitter backend and the clear taste of fresh cascade hops finishes it. Not super bitter, well balanced and flavorful.

Mouthfeel is good.

Nice drinkable pale ale, I suspect that the can preserved the original taste of this beer very well.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice amber with a big off white head that leaves some good lacing. The smell is of decent floral hops and a noticeable malt background that smells clean and slightly grainy. Great pale ale taste, but definitely a little hoppier and maltier than many. The hops and malt are soft however and preserve a pale ale flavor rather than the relative sharpness of an IPA. The hops are much more flavorful than suggested by the aroma- nice bitter hit here followed by a grainy maltiness and a light stone fruit flavor. The mouthfeel is quite thick and grainy for a pale ale, but its not unpleasant. This does make it a little more filling and less of a session beer than it might be. This brewers beers made me a believer in canning beers. Absolutely the best thing ever for backpacking.

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

Someone handed me one of these at a picnic in Park Slope Brooklyn over the weekend. I'd heard a good deal about it and it really delivered the goods. It was a broiling day but this was a really delicious pale that quenched the thirst beautifully. I can't say exactly what the beer looked like as I had to drink it from the can but the aroma is lovely, with citrusy hop notes noticeable, continuing nicely in the tasting, which was excellently balanced. Extremely drinkable beer! This may not be the ne plus ultra of pales but pretty hard to find fault with one of these on a hot afternoon. 12 packs going for 20 bucks up the road from me, think I may just pick one up this weekend!

Edit: Had a lot of these since my initial review. Yes, it really is an IPA. Still very balanced, definitely hoppy but not an overwhelming bitter bomb. Easy drinking with a decent malt backbone. Minimal sweetness. Just good clean drinkin' fun.

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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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Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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