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Deviant Dale's IPA - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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Deviant Dale's IPADeviant Dale's IPA

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644 Reviews
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Reviews: 644
Hads: 3,227
Avg: 4.02
pDev: 24.13%
Wants: 129
Gots: 441 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Oskar Blues Grill & Brew visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 01-16-2011

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Photo of Wasatch
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz. Can
Canned On: 05/26/15

Pours a very nice slightly cloudy dark golden amber color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice one-finger plus thick/creamy off-white head, which leaves some very nice thick sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, nice little malt note, with some nice citrus, and slight pine note. The taste is very nice, hoppy, with a nice malt note, very nice citrus, and pine notes, slight sweetness. Medium body, slightly chewy, nice dry/bitter finish, ABV is hidden pretty well. Overall, this is a very nice brew for the ABV. Recommended!

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Photo of irrevjim
3.3/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from a 16oz can
look; nice golden amber with a 1-1/2" head, some lacing
smell; pine-sol, malt, hop notes, alcohol, not as bad as it sounds,
taste; medium roasted malt, piney hops, nice bitterness, a little boozy
feel; medium heavy, pretty smooth with some carbonation
overall; a piney iipa that delivers but doesn't quite come together as a well balanced, well put together beer. full disclosure - not my favorite style but some (i.e. dogfish 90 minute) come together better.

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Photo of JamesBondGA
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice copper color with a slight head and little lacing on the glass. Notes of grapefruit, pine and malts on the nose. Pine was very prevalent on the tongue, kind of overpowered the other flavors. not bad for an IPA....Alcohol all of a sudden KICKS YOU!!! YES!!!

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Photo of mickyge
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured 16 ounce can into a pint beer glass. nice beer, creamy head, malty not real hoppy though, sweet but not syrupy. low carbonation, but not to heavy

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Photo of soupyman10
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had this one before, but never reviewed it. Appearance is an amber beer, not unlike their G’Knight, a finger of white head, lots of lacing as the beer drains. Looks excellent, less copper than most IPAs, but excellent, none the less. Nose is big and delicious. Huge fruity, citrus hops presence. Sweet candy, some grapefruit. Salted toffee. Flavor is nice and balanced. Big, clean hops bitterness, Malt is there, but only to balanced - not much sweetness here at all. Some earthiness, but mostly a clean IPA. Body is medium, somewhat low carbonation, but works fine with the hops. Yet again, when Oskar Blues goes big, the results are excellent (the small stuff - their pils and session IPA - less so).

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Photo of ScrewBud
3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L - fairly dark, lots of head
S - only seem to get malt
T - very similar to their red imperial IPA, alcohol
F - alright, not as syrupy as the red
O - not enough hops

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Photo of Sound_Explorer
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I liked this but found it to be rather malt heavy in the beginning, especially for an IPA. I'd almost think it was a hoppy amber or scotch if it was a blind taste test. Aroma is good and finishes well. The hops to manage to come through at the end of the taste.

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Photo of Prasm
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a 16 oz can. Dark amber appearance, darker than your typical IPA. Balanced nose of hops and citrus - apricot, orange, and pear. Nicely balanced in the mouth also with citrus fruit flavors balancing out the 8% alcohol and hops. This is a well balanced IPA that has enough sweet citrus to balance out the hops and alcohol, well done Oskar Blue.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Some great floral notes. I'm getting an almost sweet-tart sort of aftertaste that takes a while to show up. On the border of being an imperial alcohol-wise, but doesn't taste like it.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours brilliant amber under a white 2” foam cap that dissipates to a thick, lacy film.
S: Big grassy hop nose, can smell it from a few feet away. Closer up citrus and fruit.
T: Big rich malt flavors seasoned with citrusy, fruity hops, big melon, and traces of pine, resin, and grass. Some underlying sweetness with faint iced tea notes in the background.
F: Nearly chewy with creamy fine soft carbonation.
O: Big flavors achieve a suprising balance.

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Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very cloudy deep amber in color with a moderate, quite dense cream-colored head. Thick and fairly coarse lacing coats the glass walls. The carbonation is abundant and fast-rising.

Aroma: Profound aroma of rich, dark caramel,sweet and spicy alcohol, and citric and pine tar hops.

Taste: Begins with substantial sweet caramel, soon countered by substantial pine tar and grapefruit hops. that, nonetheless, blend harmoniously, rather than clashing. The high ABV of eight percent contributes a spicy and warming note, but seems almost an afterthought, against the abundant malt and hop flavors. Finishes with a lingering flavor of pine and some residual caramel.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft and very full, with a consistency almost like as half-and-half.

Drinkability/notes: Very nice, over-the-top without being harsh or heavy-handed, while American IPA is not a favorite style of mine, nonetheless I thoroughly enjoyed Deviant Dale's IPA, and would appreciate having it again.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard sixteen-ounce aluminum can, served in a New Belgium chalice.

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Photo of 4thFloyd
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From notes. A golden/red clear color. A nice but light citrus and herbal aroma. The flavor follows and has a nice malt balance with a little sweetness. Good bitterness with only a little aftertaste, making it a smooth and drinkable beer.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deep amber pour with thin, white top that quickly disappears. Earthy and floral aroma is mouth-watering. Some of that comes through with a bite early in swallow, followed by almost balanced sweet from the malt. This is nearly a smooth finisher.

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Photo of Domvan
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Look - Golden colored, medium head
Smell - Nice sweet hoppiness
Taste - Sweet, malty and hoppy
Feel - Medium bodied mouthful
Another favorite from Oskar Blues

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Photo of TH28
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

16oz can. Appearance: Pours a ruby red amber, with small and quickly dissipating off white head. Aroma: Citrus and tropical fruit hop notes are strong. Taste: Sweet and rich caramel malt with hints of candy and citrus. Sharp but moderate bitterness ends with fruity pebble like flavors. Mouthfeel: Medium body with a light bitterness. Finish: Lingering bitterness and citrus hop flavors with a bit of woodiness Overall: Rich maltiness does well to balance the citrus and fruity hop flavors. Much more of an east coast IPA than west coast

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Photo of brentk56
3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a clear copper color; the head looks good, bringing two fingers, and retention is solid; a nice bit of lacing, as well

Smell: Very dank, with hop resins and somewhat of an oniony presence buttressed by a strong dose of caramel

Taste: Caramel forward, with building sweetness met, on the battlefield, by the resinous, hemp-laden piney hops; apricot fruit and onion elements appear, on the field, as well; the finish is rather bitter but with a significant amount of sticky malt presence

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I have drifted away from IPAs with this flavor profile over time but those who enjoy a big malt aspect and aggressive bitterness will like this beer

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Photo of Apellonious
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz tall boy canned on 5/8/15 Brevard style, poured into a tulip glass.

A - Dark ruby head, almost clear, one finger fluffy head that retains well.

S - Great aroma, citrus/orange, sugary malt and dark fruit, touch of booze.

T - Earthy hops, grapefruit/orange/pineapple, balanced nicely by caramel malts and fig/dark fruit.

M - Carbonation medium low, heft is on heavy/full side.

O - Came back to this one after what seemed like too long. Have always enjoyed it, was surprised that I had not rated it yet. Anyone who likes their IPAs on the red side with a good balance will enjoy this one.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.69/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Oskar Blues Deviant Dale’s IPA has a thick, frothy, overflowing, off-white head, a semi-clear, rust-orange appearance, some stray bubbles, and heavy lacing left behind. The aroma is of strong, somewhat turned, sweet fruits, white bread, and a touch of pine. Taste is of strong, bitter, slightly-turned fruit (apricot?), white bread, sweetness, and pine oil. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, and Oskar Blue Deviant Dale’s IPA finishes mostly dry, not boozy, and bitter.


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Photo of spoony
3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a 16 oz can (canned April 28, 2015) to a tulip. Reviewed from notes dated June 5, 2015.

A-The beer has a huge, sticky head of light-tan, yellowish foam. Retention is great. The beer is nearly clear and is darker than many IIPAs with a copper tinted amber hue.

S-The aroma is hoppy with suggestions of mint, orange, lime, and some onion. The malt balance is also here, however, with light honey sweetness and some bread-y body.

T-The taste is pretty much the same as the smell. I get some nice lime, orange zest, a little bit of earthy resin, and some light onion flavors from the hops. Malt balance is good with toast and caramel flavors providing a bit of sweetness.

M-The body is medium in heft with a little dank sticky character. Carbonation is milder.

O-I had not really considered it until now, but this really is a bigger, hopped-up version of regular Dale's Pale. It has a similar feel and flavor profile, just turned up a bit. I think my palate has moved mostly beyond Dales and Deviant Dales, but there is nothing offensive here and I would certainly drink more of this beer.

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Photo of DrStiffington
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not quite as "deviant" as I remember. Maybe it's my palate, but this was just standard IPA hoppinsess. Nice amber color, tastes moderate hoppiness, slightly bitter, bit of citrus. Solid IPA. Plus, I always enjoy 16 oz. cans.

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Photo of Kuaff
4.67/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

In my tulip 'round cellar temperature.

A really beauteous beer to behold, it is a rich, deep amber-orange and possesses a retentive, three or four cm of tight-knit tan foam.

Smells like sap, flowers, juicy, zesty orange, and this stuff fumes depths of dankness.. So yeah, it smells quite niiiiiccceee.

That dank aroma is fulfilled wonderfully in the flavor. I can taste the dank hops in all their glory, releasing waves of earthy yet sweet, herbacious, bitter plant matter. There is even an almost slightly vegetal, garlic-like kick in there, which I personally LOVE. There is indeed a citrus aspect, but this is secondary to the dank devastation and succulent, "dirty" (meaning not "clean" in finish) astringency. Masterfully done.

The feel is perfect. Substantial yet not overbearing.

Well, I am thoroughly impressed. This is one of the finest deliveries of unapologetic dankness in an IPA I have encountered. Those who dig the dank in their IPAs (you know who you are): seek this wondrous elixer.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can poured into shaker pint

A: deep amber color with great clarity laces the glass nicely good retention

S: faint hints of garlic and then lots of piney resinous hops with deep dark maltiness

T: huge amounts of resiny maltiness like drinking a Barleywine

M: medium to fuller mouthfeel slick on the tongue

O: I've had this beer before and don't remember the glaring similarities to Arrogant Bastard but this time it's wow. I'm digging this beer like a ditch love the taste love the rich maltiness and sharp resiny hops

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Photo of dmgeng
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I finally got this one after looking at it for the better part of a year.

A - Very nice light amber color. Very clear beer with big, rocky white head and incredibly strong lacing (like just tons of sticky lacing all the way up and down the glass).

S - Definitely hop forward aroma with citrus, orange peel, grapefruit hops mixing with some pine, dank, and resin tones. Some caramel and malt are second but still there. Coming in third is an ale yeast character that many of the Oskar Blues beers have.

T - Initially the sweet malt goes right with the grapefruit laden hops. The hops again have the orange, resin, and pine characters from the nose that is very good. In the middle there is caramel that tries to fight with the more abrasive hops. The finish has even more hops and that's where the resin and herbal hops really come through giving the beer enough bitter bite to overcome the candy like sweetness on the front. The ale yeast also provides a slight fruitiness and helps the hops give this full flavored beer a more well rounded profile.

M - Medium to full mouth-feel. Moderate carbonation. It finishes with quite a bit of body and some bite and is not one I could drink more than a couple before it's lights out.

Overall, I can definitely see where they got the name for this beer. Similar to Arrogant Bastard but more balanced and hop flavored it is a rich "D"IPA. It is very good with plenty of flavor, punch, and feel but not my favorite. I would recommend this if you like DIPAs or even if you are curious after trying Dale's Pale ale. This is really just a scaled up version with more everything.

Glass- Nonic Imperial Pint

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Photo of Stubbie1
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a amber color with an awesome off white head. Tightly packed and long lasting head that goes to the very end of the beer. Hops on the nose, fruity. Taste is a nice crisp bitterness up front with a tropical fruity finish on the end. Clean and crisp beer. The 8% is well hidden. Try it if you see it, worth the $$.

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Photo of Beric
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Serving: Sampler at Gordon's Fine Wine and Liquors in Watham, MA
Served: 1 May 2015

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber color with an off-white head.

Smell: Huge hop notes, especially highlighting the citrus/piney end of the spectrum. Noticeable malt sweetness.

Taste: Pretty good IPA here- some nice malt sweetness and a sizeable helping of American hops thrown on the top. The hops are carried well by the malt backbone without being carried away.

Mouthfeel: A pinch thinner on the palate than what I was expecting.

Overall: A good beer, and one of the best I've sampled from Oskar Blues yet. Definitely tallboy worthy, though at 8% it could mess you up pretty quick.

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Deviant Dale's IPA from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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