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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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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

3,079 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 3,079
Reviews: 630
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 112
Gots: 367 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Oskar Blues Grill & Brew visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Jason on 01-16-2011

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Ratings: 3,079 | Reviews: 630
Reviews by TempeBeerMan:
Photo of TempeBeerMan
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can into a nonic pint.

A - Pours a slightly hazy orange marmalade color with a thick, two-finger white head. Excellent head retention. Sticky rings of lacing. Looks amazing!

S - Strong aroma of citrusy hops and butterscotch like malt.

A - The sweet honey-like malts present in the nose surprisingly take center stage. Hops are extremely lush and fruity, with pineapple, grapefruit and papaya like esters, and mild bitterness. Rich. Pine, Maui onion, and even a hint of cannabis dankness in the finish. Not your average IPA flavors by any means. Very tasty.

M - Full bodied and medium carbonated. Very smooth feel, not oily or acidic, almost velvety. Coats the mouth. Interesting.

O - Everything about this beer is different and unusual, and I really enjoyed it. Call me crazy, but almost a cross between an old ale and an IPA. Definitely one of the sweetest IPA's I've ever had, and the mouth feel is DIPA/IIPA all the way.

More User Reviews:
Photo of RyanK252
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint can poured into a nonic pint glass

A: Pours hazy deep orange amber with a creamy light tan head that settles and laces fairly well.

S: Dank, citrus and light tropical fruit, some pine, a bit of herbal spice, and a little caramel malt sweetness.

T: Citrus hops, grapefruit, light tangerine, a little tropical fruit, mango, some spicy herbal dankness, a touch of pine, all backed with caramel malt sweetness.

M: On the fuller side of medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Very solid, very dank IPA.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Canned on 2/24/12.

Pours a clear copper color with a 1 inch puffy orange-white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. A latticework of small dots and streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of herbal and vegetal hops. There is a slight onion/garlic aroma but nothing like Gubna. Taste is of herbal and vegetal hops with a slight malt presence. There is a medium amount of bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good IPA but the vegetal hop aromas and flavors aren't my cup of tea.

Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the can a deep rich copper color with a large fluffy off white head atop into an imperial nonic.Sharp grassy and piney hops in the nose,alot like Gubna,I actually picked up some sweet onion in there like the Gubna.Herbal and big grassy hops over top of a toffee based malt base,the hops are the main component but again it reminds me too much of GUBNA wich is not a really bad thing.Love the looks love the hop profile,it's a really good beer but it is alot like the GUBNA,whatever it is it's a really good DIPA.

Photo of tectactoe
2.93/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

After Oskar Blues' excursion onto my great state of Michigan, I was excited to finally grab some Deviant Dale's IPA, especially after really enjoying the lighter Dale's Pale Ale. I've had this both extremely fresh (two weeks old) and a little bit older (10 weeks old) and noticed almost no appreciable difference over this course of time. Beyond that, I can't tell you, but within 10 weeks, there is really no "drop off" at all.

Although I enjoy drinking canned beers straight from their vessel, I figured I'd pour the first one into a glass and see how it looks. It's a solid amber color that's mixed with some sun-burnt and burnt orange along the sides. It's pretty hazy and cloudy, though far from being completely opaque. The soapy-ish, off-white head drops some sticky webbing on the glass.

The aroma of Deviant Dale's is extremely pungent, almost to an excessive degree. Insanely piney and resinous, bursting with hot hop oils and a sharp injection of booze. It's "only" 8% ABV, but the booze has a somewhat abrasive fusel character that stings the nostrils maybe a bit too much. Some more mild grapefruit joins in the finish, along with a toasted-bread (but not quite caramely) malt bill, but the overly-pungent, dank ass hops steal the show, and that may not exactly be a good thing here.

Unfortunately, the taste follows through even more than the nose does, complete with incredibly spicy and pungent hops, hop oils, and pine notes. Bitter, resinous, and dank. The alcohol is, again, far too noticeable for this type of brew, especially when I've had plenty of 9-10% ABV brews where the alcohol was a mere afterthought. Some light onion and vegetal notes throw my palate for a whirl, as well. The malt shows a bit of caramel finally, as I would expect given the darker hue of the beer. Even at its strongest, though, it doesn't really put a dent in the dense hop flavor.

I'm all for resin, pines, hops, dank, etc., but in this capacity, it's almost far too much to thoroughly enjoy. Maybe I got a bad batch or something, but I can't believe this stuff is rated so highly. Unless people really enjoy oily pungency beyond belief, which I have a hard time believing. Coinciding with the flavor profile, the mouth feel is expectedly sticky and coating on the palate and teeth; medium-thick in body with medium carbonation.

Blah, I was sorely let down by this one, especially after having tried and liked the Pale Ale. I don't know what could have went wrong here, but the shear potency of the pines, resins, and oils were just too much for me to handle. The heavy fusel alcohol burn didn't help the drinkability at all, either. Just a weird brew that I don't exactly understand the love for. I know that palates are indeed different, but mine can't be this far off, can it? Perhaps sometime in the future I'll give it another whirl and see if it was a possible bad batch, but if my cans were in spec, then I just don't "get" this brew.

Photo of MadScientist
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's a might fine looking beer that pours a fairly clear medium amber with a highlights of orange and red. An slightly assertive pour produces a finger of of long lasting off-white head.

Oh buddy this smells like hops candy with an intense hops aroma and a clean malt sweetness. The hops are thickly layered aromas citrus, pine, pineapple, mango and something else I can't name but I'm loving it. There is a light grass/herbaceous note in there as well. How is that at 8% no alcohol aroma can make it thought all the hops?

There is a huge bitterness and tons of hops flavor but the malt sweetness keeps the first sip from being overly aggressive; so it's got balance. The hops flavor has a lot of pine with tropical fruit flavors of pineapple and mango followed by some citrus. It has a fairly dry finish with a hops bitterness that just lasts and last.

This beer is smooth on the palate with a medium body, moderate carbonation and a slight creaminess. There is a light warming sensation from the alcohol not that I smell it or taste it.

Wow, an outstanding and potent hop bomb of an IPA; this could be in my top 5 IPAs. The high bitterness and flavor are slowing me down which is good because I hardly notice the alcohol in this one.

Photo of diesel59
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

just poured from a 16 fluid ounce can... into a traditional guinness style pint glass... a nice head is obtained by vigorously pouring the last 3rd of the can...decent lacing with lots of citrus and grapefruit in the nose... the taste is eveything you would yearn for in an IPA and more.... leaving your mouth just dry enough to crave more of this deviant, deviant ale.... at this point the only thing the finish is telling me is to open another can.... WOW!!! all this and not to mention from a CAN! this has certaninly changed my opinions on cans...Enjoy..

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #66 (July 2012):

LOOK: Faintly hazed, orange amber, killer lacing

SMELL: Hop forward, slightly dank, passion fruit, caramel, floral, orange oil, leafy, bready

TASTE: Very hoppy, semi-pungent, slightly spicy, leafy, bitter middle, biscuity, grapefruit rind, black tea, hemp seeds, estery, warming, bitter, drying finish

Bam! Hops front to back, very intense. Tallboy can presence is a plus for us, so thankfully it delivered—not that we were worried. Very well done. Sip to sip, it becomes more drinkable. A lot of talk about this beer, and it certainly lives up to the hype.

Photo of Dmann
3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A pretty good beer but not my favorite type of IPA. Nice pour with a inviting dark amber color with a nice off white head. Smell was pretty malty and dark with less hops than I was expecting. Taste had a musty malty flavor that was a bit off putting before the hops kicked in and saved the day, but still a bit too much malt for my taste. mouthfeel was thick and not too inviting. Overall a decent IPA but not one I'd rush out to get again.

Photo of jose_alehouseSD
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

SD California

Photo of andyfrancis
3.64/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I've developed a semi-subconscious radar for detecting when a beer is likely to get me drunker and more quickly than expected. The deep amber-copper color combined with the name Deviant Dale has the alarms going off. Nice clump of condensed foam settling on one side of the glass, revealing a clear crescent moon of the beer below.

Robust pine hop aroma followed by some sweet biscuity malt. Almost smells astringent if that's possible.

Hmm. Very little flavor up front. Harsh, flat boozy hop finish. Tastes like a homebrew.

Somehow watery and syrupy at the same time. No carbonation to speak of. Alcohol is noticeable.

I don't know what it is. Ten Fidy is one of my favorite stouts and one of the best beers available in a can so I really want to like Dale's and this along with it, but a few times now I've been disappointed. Not likely to buy it again.

Photo of Beaver13
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

16oz can. Pours golden copper with a big fluffy off-white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is piney, resiny, slightly catty Summit hops and Columbus with some caramel malt.

The flavor is bready caramel malts with a big piney, resiny bitterness that lingers in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, a very nice IPA. I've heard it described as a mix of Dale's and Gubna. It's definitely not as over the top Summit as Gubna.

Photo of Fcip78
3/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured the 16 oz. can into a pint glass to a hazy orange-amber with little head. The smell of piney hop resin was very strong and indicated a hop-centric flavor profile. First couple of sips indicted pungent hop flavors, but little to no malt backbone. Frankly, this is hop juice; very one dimensional.... the taste was not what I expected...

I finished about half of the can and chucked the rest. I felt very unsatisfied, so I wanted to something to verify my opinion of this beer. Therefore, as a comparison, I immediately poured myself a Sierra Nevada Torpedo. Torpedo provided that balance and spicy hop flavor that I enjoy with IPAs.

Overall, Extra IPAs or IPAs are one of my favorites, but like a Jimmy Rollins at-bat it is a frustrating style to enjoy (Phils fans will understand what I mean). If I had to sum it up, Hop Wallop is perfect example of what Deviant Dale's SHOULD have aimed for.

Photo of Billolick
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

32 ounce growler filled for $9 and change at DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY

Pours near clear, medium amber, under a solid and staying lite tan head, that leaves more then decent sheeting and lace of all sorts.

Nose reveals notes of fruity and resiny hops

Tasty and enjoyable DIPA, hops not super bright or biting as much as I would like. But this is a hoppy, and quite bold and flavorful brew, with notes of dark bready malts and smooth fruity and moderatly spiced up hops. Other have mentioned an alcohol bite, but I'm feeling no such thing.

Nice DIPA. DIPA and IPA seem to be taking over the beer world. A local growler spot has about 8 quality IPA's currently available...I'm not compaining...bring on more and more quality DIPAs!

Hope to be able to enjoy cans of this one...cans coming to the east coast??

Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can canned on 3-20-12, consumed 3-30-12.

The beer pours an orange-copper color with a medium-sized white head. The aroma is full of resinous pine with a little bit of orange citrus and a little bit of bread mixed in. The flavor is more of the same. I get a ton of dank resinous notes, as well as some orange and some strong pine notes. There is a little bit of bread and toffee, but this one is all about the hops. Medium bitterness. Medium to full mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of JupiterJesus
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First thing's first - this is no more an IPA than Dale's Pale Ale is a Pale Ale. This is a DIPA, no question.

Ridiculously intense, dank aroma. Orangey, piney. That can really holds in the aroma.

Flavor is super fruity, a little sweet but not bad considering the OG. Reminds me of the taste of juicy wine grapes and some other tropical fruits.

Rough, in your face bitterness, lingers.

Tasty, complex, a sipper. Decent, but lack of drinkability loses it some points.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tall can picked up at Knightly Spirits in Orlando.

Poured into a goblet. Light amber golden, clear, good retention. Lots of lacing. Good looking brew.

Nose is tropical, with West coast hops, citrus, mango, malt and a bit of pepper.

Malty brew, quite sweet and with the hops providing long bitterness to the finish, but less in the body. Notes of orange, mango spice and earth.

A decent DIPA but nothing new. The hops were not as bold and flavorful as a beer like this deserves. Stil, a tasty brew nevertheless!

Photo of bsp77
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from can into Nonic Pint.

Appearance: Clear, light amber with moderate white head and nice lacing.

Smell: Citrusy, with both orange and grapefruit. Some toasted and caramel malts. Somewhat sweet aroma.

Taste: Malts are evident at first, somewhat on the sweet side, with caramel and toasted malts. Very citrusy hops, but not too much bitterness.

Feel: Moderate carbonation with a fairly smooth and creamy body. However, the finish is not quite dry enough for my preferences, but is not a major distraction.

Overall: Comes across as a somewhat typical IPA but one on the sweeter side of the spectrum. Still quite delicious.

Photo of jondeelee
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deviant Dale's opens with a brilliantly hoppy nose, ripe with pink grapefruits, lemon and lime zest, rose hips, mint, pepper, and touches of pine. The variance in these aromas speaks to a well-crafted brew, and their potency is in the ideal area of enticing and intoxicating, but not burn-your-nose-hairs overwhelming. A good sugary base, bringing in layers of orange, apricot, berry, and mango fruit esters, helps balance the hoppy citrus bite, and a bed of light toast crust and biscuit provides a grounding effect. Because of the heavy citrus/sugar load, and the comparatively light barley aromas, the beer does smell somewhat like a fruity spritzer or soft drink--think Sprite, but with more pizazz--but is still good.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a massive, bitter hop slam that is completely unexpected, given the nose's easygoing nature. Here, the hops turn to the dark side, bringing heavy doses of dandelion stem, pine sap, grapefruit rind, rose hips, eucalyptus, and peppery mint. The hops are heavy enough that it's somewhat difficult to locate other flavors beneath them, but some orange liqueur, apricot, and toast crust do still emerge. But by quite a large margin--perhaps 80% or more--the flavors in here are hops, hops, and more hops, lasting even into the aftertaste, which for a good ten to twenty seconds is a dead-on and hardly-ebbing continuation of the bitter slam found in the main mouthful, and continues to burn at the tongue for well over a minute. This beer is definitely not for the faint of heart, nor is it for anyone not already largely comfortable with double IPAs. There is also a medium-strong alcohol burn in here, coming across like vodka vapors, and adding to the beer's gnawing at the soft palate. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium, though it feels stronger, thanks to the hops.

Overall, this is an excellent IPA, though it should be noted again that the strength of the hops is not going to appeal to the novice, or perhaps even the intermediate drinker. It also says much that the hops are strong enough that, when the beer is consumed on an empty stomach, they can induce a slight belly burn, much like a liquor.

Photo of mdtnelson
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap. Surprisingly smooth considering ABV. Poured well and had excellent finish. Consistency was admirable and was not as hop filled in taste as I expected. I am a big fan of Oskar Blues and this is another in the line of true to itself brews that can be enjoyed in session or with food. I would recommend this with a burger any time.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep golden brown in color with lots of minuscule sediment suspended within the body. Brussels lacing. There's easily a bit over an inch of tightly packed beige foam on top. Nice aroma of herbal hops and light malt is present. The flavor is moderately pungent herbal hops and delicate light malt. The body is a touch chewy and moderately carbonated.

Photo of dogfishandi
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on-tap at ebenezers ale house in west seneca, NY. served in a tall, skinny pint glass.

dark orange amber color, almost bronze. about a 1/4 worth of off white head, about average retention, average looking lace.

big fresh, dank pine resiny hops. vegetal, onion, tropical fruit, nugget like hops. hardly any malt detectable.

im liking the taste a lot. again, lots of dank vegetal hops at the forefront. pine resin, pineapple, mango, grapefruit citrus as well. just a bit of bready malt. the darker color is kind of decieving because this is pretty much all hops.

on the bigger side of medium bodied, lots of dank bitterness.

i enjoyed this a lot, really nothing like dales pale ale, but this has a nice range of many different hop flavors, lots of dank. reminds me a bit of nugget nectar.

Photo of joeworrall
4.31/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

sipping on a tall boy... poured from the 16 oz. can into a tulip glass.

gorgeous amber color with a nice head that settled to a thin foam cap... lovely citrus/floral aroma and flavor to match. Not over carbonated, but very pleasant balance of hops and malt. I tried samples of all the Oskar Blues beers at Total Wine & More and was most impressed with this one, though it was a close decision between Deviant Dale's IPA and G'Night Imperial IPA. Typically I prefer imperials, but this is so nicely balanced, I couldn't resist.

it's not cheap, a four pack of 16 oz. cans is $13, but it's well crafted enough to be worth it.

Photo of ehammond1
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Can (2012)

Papago Brewing
Scottsdale, AZ

Hazed golden with a somewhat thick, tight off-white head that leaves lots of messy, sticky lace down the glass.

Huge, big, pungent hop aroma with tons of tropical and citrus fruit, along with big notes of pine. There's some floral character here as well. For a hop lover, the aroma doesn't get much better.

The flavor is disapointing after the aroma. Yes, there is tons of hop here, that much is evident, but they come off as remarkably bitter. Lost in translation is the juicy, pungent, citrus and tropical elements found in the aroma. Still, most certainly better than average, but the overwhelming bitterness is just that--overwhelming.

Medium to full bodied with moderate-high carbonation.

Too bitter, though certainly deviant.

Photo of MattyG85
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 16 oz. can into a 16 oz. Surly pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep and clear copper amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid three fingers of off white head with decent retention. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing around the glass.

Smell: A big hop forward aroma. Citrus hops with good hints of grapefruit, oranges, mango, tangerine, and lemon. Fairly grassy and dank with a good kick of spicy pine resin. Hops smell pretty ripe and bitter. Rich hints of sweet and bready malts with lots of caramel and toffee. Also hints of biscuit and yeast. The strong mix of hops stand out the most here. Very citrusy and grassy. Pretty good aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma hints, a big hoppy taste with lots of citrus and spice. Citrus hops with notes of ripe grapefruit, oranges, mango, tangerine, and lemons. Earthy taste of grass with a big taste of pine resin spice that lingers throughout the finish. Solid backing of bready toasted malts with notes of sweet caramel, toffee, biscuit, and yeast. A very big lush taste that is heavy on the hops. Very good.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very juicy and spicy. Finishes dry. Alcohol is hidden well.

Overall: A very good American style IPA. Very big hop taste. It seems closer to a imperial IPA than a regular one. Its everything you would expect from a good hoppy beer.

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Deviant Dale's IPA from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
90 out of 100 based on 3,079 ratings.