Deviant Dale's IPA - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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4.78/5 rDev +18.6%
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.
Serving type: can
05-03-2012 13:41:55 | More by WrathsU
4.76/5 rDev +18.1%
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.
Serving type: can
07-02-2014 22:31:55 | More by DeanWormer
Deviant Dale's IPA from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
90 out of 100 based on 2,513 ratings.