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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

641 Reviews
THE BROS
87
very good

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Reviews: 641
Hads: 3,211
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 9.7%
Wants: 122
Gots: 422 | FT: 3
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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Photo of cbeach53
5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I took a 4 pack of these 16oz monsters. at 8% to my Brother In Laws on Sunday. We we drank the 4 pack between us pouring one can at a time into a 8 oz glass, and enjoy. Great Beer
Was $12.49 for the 4 pack at HEB in Cedar Park, a bit expensive for a can of beer but was a great can of Beer. (290 characters)

Photo of IPALOVER
5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Oskar Blues has done it-- combined Dale's Pale Ale with Gubna (something I've been doing for the last year!) to create the PERFECT IPA!

As other reviewers have noted, this pours a beautiful amber color from the "Tall Boy" can, and a hint of foam remains on the beer until the last sip.

Taste is a well-balanced hops and malt yumminess! If you poured half of a Gubna and half of a Dale's Pale Ale into a pint glass, this is what you would get!

Thank you, Oskar Blues! This is my favorite IPA! (494 characters)

Photo of MinorThreat
4.94/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tried on tap at Old Chicago Parker and Arapahoe location.

A-Nice deep golden hue with high clarity, good thick white head, good retention and good lacing.

A-Yeah buddy! Tons of floral and citrus hops. Pineapple, orange, pine and grapefruit dominate the nose but there is a little hint of caramel and cereal grains from the barley. I could smell it from two feet away.

T-This beer was a lesson in integration. The nose carries over flawlessly to the palate. Tons of citrus hops up front, in the middle, in the back, ten minutes later, on the walk home.... But somehow with that high of a dry hopping rate and IBU's the malt backbone not only held it all together but gave it a whole other dimension of flavor. Caramel, cereal grains, fresh baked bread and a little sweet toffee balance perfectly with the hops.This beer is big and bold but so well integrated and balanced. I am blown away...

M-Slightly viscous, good CO2 level, seemed soft on the palate. Really nice

D-High, really high. Despite the 8.5% ABV (I think) there is no hint of heat. It has so many flavor complexities yet seems light, smooth and easy to drink. Awesome beer.

If anyone from Oskar Blues reads this please, please can this... I will buy it, often and in large quantity. (1,250 characters)

Photo of Huffaroma
4.94/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 16oz can, this was one of my first beers right after I completed a liver cleanse. What a great choice to get back into hops.

The aroma was a nice grapefruit pine smell, taste was nice and strong from the dry hopping process. The head was light and lingered for a few minutes. Color was a a nice light coppery tone to it.

Overall one of the best IPA's I've had in a while. (389 characters)

Photo of greenengineer
4.92/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

16 oz can into my Pretty Things pint glass
A - dark orange from the can, foamy head persists
S - I can smell the hops the instant I open the can, and it fills the room. Beautiful resiny hops fragrance.
T - Hop bomb, bitter and more bitter. This is my favorite style of beer, and this tastes wonderful.
M - lighter and not as sticky as say G'Knight.
O - I think I like G'night a bit better, but this is really good. (417 characters)

Photo of ErakMeshak
4.92/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is very unique tasting. I get grapefruit juice and pine with a caramel roasted malt backbone.
Finishes very dry, with the essence of grapefruit and sweet malt left behind. I think it tastes best from the can.
Just as heady topper does as well. Also happy and pleased that they ship quickly and I can get a fresh can less than a month old in NH. (356 characters)

Photo of flyingpig
4.81/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

473ml Can from the Brewdog Online Shop:
Light caramel amber with some orange and a 0.5cm, bubbly white head that stays pretty decent for such a strong beer, leaving some nice lacing too.

Plenty pine hops and tropical fruits on top of a caramel base that hints at some vanilla too. The smell is great with plenty of strength and fruity mix of grapefruit, pineapple and citrus, some floral notes & a subtle hint of alcohol as well.

Tropical fruits but with the caramel and sweet malts coming more to the forefront in the taste. There is a great caramel flavour mixed together with the grapefruit and pineapple I mentioned earlier on the nose. Subtle alcohol & the citrus & pine hops feature heavily.

Smooth, sweet and quite rich with a smooth and medium body that features some stickiness in places. There is some hints of alcohol but the beer is frighteningly easy to drink.

Almost perfect and very probably the best beer I've ever tried (thankfully it has at least limited UK distribution into the bargain). Phenomenal with an amazing taste. I'll be picking this up again the next time I see it anywhere. (1,117 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4.8/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I must be slipping - 204 CAN reviews before me!? Ah, well. This is a CANQuest (TM) weekend and there is no end in sight.

From the black and flat brick red CAN: "Sippin' on a tall boy"; "Let's sling a little mud, girl"; "Pack it in, pack it out"; "CANS infinitely recyclable"; "coloRADo USA".

Oh, yeah, this was gonna be rad! I had just choked down a CAN o' crap and this was just what the doctor ordered. It began with a massive two fingers of tawny head, but I kept refilling the glass as it subsided until I had less than a finger remaining. What I was left with was a glass full of a deep-amber liquid with NE-quality clarity. Nose was simply dank - sticky, grassy, minty, much like my garden. Mouthfeel was on the thin side, so much so that I felt as though I were drinking unsweetened iced tea. Until the kick occurred. Man, this had the punch of a Missouri mule on the finish. I sat back back in my chair, attempting to catch my breath when I heard my long-silent monkey on my back begin to chatter. "Hops!" he screeched incessantly and when I CANnot satiate him, he goes berserk. Sweat ran in rivulets down my face. My quivering hand reached again for the glass. Beer slopped over the sides of the glass as I lifted it to my lips. One sip and I was a man again! I dialed up the Old Lady so that she could partake in the action. Who needs Viagra with this beer?!? Actually, who needs Viagra with my Old Lady? At any rate, the finish was breathtaking, very minty, and the sticky lacing was going to need a jackhammer to remove it. Not bad. (1,546 characters)

Photo of gleemonger
4.8/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Clear amber yellowish orange with a large frothy off-white head that just sits there for a while. Good sticky lacing.

Big complex hop bouquet, leading off with a floralness, a touch of sweet malt mixed in, before getting some citrus and pine. Tropical and tasty, very inticing.

Big hoppy blast with a sticy sweet maltiness. The hops are more bitter than I was wanting from the awesome aroma, but the complexity I was expecting is there, with the pine and citrus. Definitely a flavor explosion.

Moderately heavy with an average carb, and plenty of residue after the swallow. A pleasantly interesting feel.

Super nice IPA, bordering in a double. A definite sipper and worth savoring every drop. One of my new favorites. (725 characters)

Photo of challenja
4.8/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served On Tap at Big Hunt DC.

A: Ruby red grapefruit haze. Thin white sticky lace head.

S: Sweet grapefruit Simoce, Warrior, and Centennial Hop skunk funk. Holy Syrupy candied Lemon Drop shots Batman.

T: Vicious sour orange grapefruit. Hop tackular mouth bombing bitters. This is truly a grueling Hop Slam!

M: Medium High Carbonation. This is a tongue biting bitch. Sour Florida swamp monster. Thickening pine cone relish. Damn man what a Hop Bomb!

O: Holy sour bitch face. This one sour Payton Manning trading bomb down field. It puts Ruination to shame here. Only Only Only for DIPA hop monster lovers! Anyone else would hate it. YUM YUM YUM (649 characters)

Photo of Dnayew
4.79/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The most complex nose of any IPA I've ever had. This beer is boozy almost like a double, and has an overwhelming amount of floral, pine and citrus hops. A must try for any hophead. (180 characters)

Photo of ubenumber2
4.79/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from can into a pint glass ,red tinted with an orange hue color and an off white one finger head , lots of lacing and carbonation bubbles

The smell is amazing , the hops and malt blend together almost perfect , smells a little spicy to me with some sweetness at the end

Thick mouthy brew with enough carbonation to offset that , really nice

The taste is amazing , starts off with a little spicy hops ,then the malt kicks in with just enough sweetness and the bitterness blends in well with the alcohol that kicks in at the end

Ive been wanting to try this beer for a while now , it has just became my new favorite IPA ,the flavors are all so complex but all join together in perfect harmony, I wish I could purchase this locally. (740 characters)

Photo of WrathsU
4.77/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy tan body with a cherry wood red hue.Off white thick head, oatmeal colored.

S - Huge hope aroma. Big piney and citrus notes across the board. Slight floral notes with some slight malt notes as well.

T - Huge orange citrus taste up front along with a ton of tropical fruit. I've had beers with tropical fruit hops before, but this is quite frankly insanely tropical and delicious. Melon and pineapple galore. Good bitterness level helps keep it from being overly sweet.

M - Thick bodied, good carbonation, no alcohol burn. Might be a bit too thick.

O - Delightful and delicious. Taste is beyond this world. Wish the mouthfeel was closer to medium bodied so I could drink more without feeling weighed down. You've gotta check this beer out. (750 characters)

Photo of DeanWormer
4.77/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

So, the readers give Deviant Dale's a 90 and the Bros - with whose ratings I generally concur - only rate it an 87. I love this ale! I'm a huge fan of DIPAs and Barleywines, and this is a hybrid of the two. I find it the optimal balance between malt and hop, sweet and bitter, breadiness and pineyness. And it's great that it comes in a pint can, because I'm not usually satisfied with only the first 12 ounces.

The color is a perfect IPA caramel, which is a hint of the flavor and aroma to come. The aroma is tangy and sweet - it would be a great aroma for sweet and sour pork at a Chinese restaurant. And the taste is sweet and caramel-y, but with pine notes popping through and a slyly late bitterness to the finish. There are no perceptible citrus notes, which contributes to its barleywine-like qualities.

I'm going to be having this over and over and over. It's a masterful accomplishment for Oskar Blues, and I appreciate the artistry behind it as much as the taste!

P.S. I reviewed this on July 2nd, checked my leave time balance, and decided that I should take the 3rd off. So now that my long weekend has started, I decided to put Deviant Dale's to the test, and compare it to Dogfish Head Burton Baton, which was in my fridge. BB is a blend of Dogfish 90 Minute and an oak-aged old ale. Its oak-y characteristics create a taste similar to Deviant Dale's so I thought it'd be a good comparison. The two have a lot in common. BB has a more hop-forward profile and a more bitter edge, DD is sweeter. I've always liked BB a great deal. If the truth be known, I like DD better. At my local craft ale shop, they're the same price for a four-pack, but the BB four pack is four 12 oz. bottles, the DD four pack is four 16 oz. cans. (1,738 characters)

Photo of Dave1999
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a cloudy orange, you can't see anything through it. The head is big and white.

The smell is huge citrus flavours, very fruit smells great.

Taste is citrus flavours, like the smell with a decent malty backbone, very well balanced maybe tipping slightly on the hopy side.

Mouthfeel is smooth and silky with medium carbonation.

Overall one of the best ipas I've had for a while. This is another great beer from Oscar blues. (431 characters)

Photo of Andrew61923
4.74/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Canned 3/23, consumed 4/4. Poured into Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A: Orange with darker top. Finger of white head with nice lacing.

S: Grapefruit with some pine. All hops. Amazing. Literally said "Oh mama" upon first whiff.

T: This is awesome. A ton of huge hops. Lots of citrus and grapefruit and yummy bitterness.

M: Light carb with some lingering from the hops.

O: May be a new top 10 beer overall. Amazing. (418 characters)

Photo of Das_Reh
4.72/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a chilled tall-boy into a tulip

A = Coppery orange, nice 2 finger creamy-orange head, thick lacing up the side of the glass.

S = Rich, full nose of citrus and pine, tropical fruits and sweet malt.

T = Big juicy pine and orange hop bite, intense bitterness that leaves you craving more. There is some nice sweetness from the caramel malts to balance it out, and there are notes of sweet citrus, grapefruit, and tropical fruits, perhaps mango or papaya. Alcohol is undetectable.

F = Slick, wet and oily, goes down like water.

O = A deliciously potent IPA, one that I highly recommend. (601 characters)

Photo of bpasquini
4.71/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: Reddish gold in color, looks almost like a red ale, leaves huge head with nice lacing

S: Grapefruit and Pine mainly, little bit of floral and malt in there too

T: Very piney and some floral notes at first, at the end you get some grapefruit, malts, and a light bitterness, little bit of boozey flavor too

M: Very light and smooth, slightly oily, and leaves your mouth just a little dry

O: This is a unique IPA for me, haven't had any beers with floral flavors in it but it mixes well, it's a solid IPA and would definitely recommend trying it if you see it (563 characters)

Photo of datalager
4.71/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Not much surprising to offer. You know what a strong IPA is like. The characteristics are all here. Simply speaking, I had this on tap, it's one of the best IPA's I've had to date. Very good beer. (196 characters)

Photo of DesertRat
4.7/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I really was pumped to try this beer I absolutely love their Ten Fidy. I loved the aftertaste of this IPA, it had a balance that I have yet to equal in any other IPA. Super smooth, the bitterness hits early, but mellows out and really makes you want to drink the entire 4 pack. Another solid Oskar Blues production. (315 characters)

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.

RJT (475 characters)

Photo of thehooksman
4.68/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Just happened to see this on tap at the local Mellow Mushroom. Couldn't pass up the opportunity to try it. I assumed it would be a stronger version of Dale's Pale Ale, but it's definitely an IPA style. At 8% I'd say it's more like a double IPA. It was served in a goblet. With it's deep orange color it looks like a million bucks. And the hoppy nose and sweet flavor do not disappoint. Also it is quite balanced. Most strong IPAs are overly bitter from the hop presence. This one is not. (487 characters)

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. (1,004 characters)

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

Poured a cloudy dark amber, almost red color with a 2 finger width foamy head. Head retention and lacing are excellent. Has a deep piney, caramel, citrus malty aroma. May have some pineapple thrown in as well. Very malty. Great malt to hop transition. Piney and citrus at the end. I can't help but detect a small amount of pineapple in the aftertaste as well. Medium bodied with decent carbonation. Very excellent beer. Hides the higher alcohol content very well. (473 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
4.66/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. Bottom of can says canned on 4-23-12.

A- Pours a dark copper color with a 3/4 inch off-white head that retains good and long before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a large centered patch of surface foam. Skinny wisps of lacing.

S- Very pungent, earthy hop nose with a big citrus punch. Sweet malt in the back rounds everything out. Smells dank-a-licious.

T- Big crash of bitterness on the tongue that lingers as the grass notes take hold. As more sips are taken the malt rears its head and providing balance. Alcohol is obvious but becomes less and less noticeable with each gulp. Notes of grapefruit, caramel and celery (as crazy as it sounds).

M- Oily and slick with lots of bounce from the medium carbonation. A bit creamy also. Sharp and bitey afterfeel from the high hop content.

O- So good, it's almost painful. A great deviance indeed. (894 characters)

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Deviant Dale's IPA from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
90 out of 100 based on 641 ratings.