Deviant Dale's IPA - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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Reviews by Gueuzedude:
3.84/5 rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Can date February 2012; Sampled April 2012
A solid pour into my Lost Abbey Teku glass produces a three finger thick, nicely tan head. The beer is a brilliantly clear, concentrated copper color with red highlights that shows bright, almost metallic sheened, copper hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells nicely dank with lots of pine, and herbaceous character, including a touch of chive character; this is backed by a tropical fruit character laden with lychee, kumquat and pineapple, but the dank herbal character is definitely the dominant note in the nose. While the aroma is aggressively hoppy, it is not over-the top hoppy as hints of cracker and biscuit like malt are just perceptible.
My first sip is bitingly bitter from the start through to the finish. The beer gets more herbal as it flows across my tongue and the finish has a lingering pine and perhaps hemp-like astringency and flavor to it. The body has some heft to it, it rests on the palate with some viscousnous, though it isn’t overly heavy. Bitter flowers, menthol, some garlic chive notes, a dense pine tar character, lots of dank dirty “hemp” notes, and softer notes of lychee, pineapple, and perhaps some kumquat form the dominant character in the flavor. There is just a touch of malt character noticeable underneath the hop onslaught, with touches of cracker like grain and perhaps a hint of biscuit like malt.
This is a little more dank and herbal / pine focused than I prefer in a hop bomb (I prefer them to be fruit-hop balanced), but this will definitely hit the spot for the hop heads out there (including me). If you are particularly sensitive to the chive / garlic / onion note found in some hops, then this may not be the beer for you; it doesn’t have too much of that character though, as I am able to enjoy it. It is likely that the aroma has dropped off a bit in the month and a half since this has been bottled, but the flavor is still scathingly hoppy.
Serving type: can
09-30-2013 02:32:32 | More by Gueuzedude
More User Reviews:
4.34/5 rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Born on date : 4/24/14 - Enjoyed 7/27/14
A: Honey colored with 1 finger of white head. The head settles relatively quickly. The can includes a very obvious, and readable, born on date on the bottom!
S: Piney and floral. There are mild hints of citrus. As it warmed I got more grassy smells.
T: Sweet on the front of the tongue. The finish is piney and grassy with just a hint of bitter.
M: Smooth and easy to drink. The carbonation is low.
O: Great overall beer. All of the parts play well together. Only a slight hint of the 8% ABV. This beer is complex and has lots of flavors going on. Also the bitterness is kept in check - which I like.
Serving type: can
07-28-2014 12:59:44 | More by fscottkey
Deviant Dale's IPA from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
90 out of 100 based on 2,565 ratings.