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Deviant Dale's IPA - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

Deviant Dale's IPADeviant Dale's IPA

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2,324 Ratings
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Ratings: 2324
Reviews: 574
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.17%

Brewed by:
Oskar Blues Grill & Brew visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Jason on 01-16-2011)
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Photo of cadizkyguy


3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Acquired in an in-person beer trade with fsvan, thanks dude, I always enjoy your surprise additions...

A four-pack, canned the first week in April, so it's super fresh, purchased at Midtown Liquors in Nashville, TN..

First one enjoyed after work tonite, poured into my Duvel Tulip, this is one interesting beer, beginning with the rush of orange tinged goodness cascading from the pint can.

Smell, not quite on par with DIPAs Hopslam or Dreadnaught, but it still very intriguing.

Taste, I get none of the onion taste some have detected in their reviews.. Definitely a hop bomb, though. The hops are very straight forward. If you don't like a hopped up beer, you probably won't like this Oskar Blues offering.

Mouthfeel, the freshness of this beer (three weeks) kind of overpowers you. Might have to put some age on the other three cans.

Overall, a good but not amazing beer. I'll see what some age on the other three cans does for this beer.

Serving type: can

04-25-2012 06:07:54 | More by cadizkyguy
Photo of rfgetz

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper tinted amber color, big plume of off white head, good sticky lacing. First note in the nose was grassy and piney hops, quite malty with bread notes, light toast, light caramel. Taste a little more hoppy than nose had me believe, mostly piney and grassy, light floral and orange rind, malt backbone firm and lightly sweet, light caramel and bread, faint toast, notable yeast presence. Medium bodied, slightly bubbly for style. Average dIPA with some good and bad points.

Serving type: on-tap

05-14-2012 14:57:17 | More by rfgetz
Photo of scruffwhor


3.61/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Aggressive pour yields a thin bone white head, but maintains that foam for all sixteen ounces. Tarnished bronze and copper color with pretty good bubbling.

Resiny, grapefruit and blood orange rinds. Earthy as well. Toasty caramelized biscuit crust underneath hoppy aromas. Smells like the hop to malt ratio is 75% to 25%.

Resiny pine and toasted, caramelized orange zest. Orangey, toasted biscuit covered in orange peel marmalade. Bitter from start to finish, with a long lingering citric zest bitterness after the swallow. The alcohol adds just a little extra, bitter heat, but not much. The abv% is well incorporated.

The palate is a chewy, chalky dry, hop resin. Strong body.

A good IPA to sip on once in awhile, but nothing exceptional.

Serving type: can

02-23-2013 12:21:41 | More by scruffwhor
Photo of andyfrancis


3.61/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Serving type: can

07-06-2013 20:58:15 | More by andyfrancis
Photo of hoppyturt


3.61/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a can into a room temp pint glass. Pours a golden caramel color with a frothy head. Strong nose of black pepper and sweet onion. Taste is very forward with floral and earthy characteristics. Bitterness is noticeable but doesn't linger. Overall this is a good ipa, but the sweet onion is overpowering

Serving type: can

03-28-2014 19:45:35 | More by hoppyturt
Photo of nrs207


3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - A pretty dark DIPA. Reminded me of Nugget Nectar, a dark amber color with an off white head that leaves a ton of lacing. Nice and fluffy.

S - Very earthy and spicy. Not a lot of fruit notes in this one. Got some strong smells that I'm not a huge fan of. I've heard this beer has some onion/garlic flavors, and I can't say I got that. But it may have been a scent similar.

T - Similar to the smell. Same hops, with some malt to balance it out. Not a sweet malt. It's a very earthy DIPA.

M - Nice and smooth with nice carbonation. Didn't get much alcohol considering it's 8%.

O - I won't be buying this again. It's not bad, but the price (at least at my local bottle shop) is too high for a beer I consider to be average/slightly above average. Just not my style of DIPA, but I would still recommend trying it once to see if you enjoy it.

Serving type: can

04-11-2012 00:07:34 | More by nrs207
Photo of garylite


3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Getting good beer in CT is a bit of a challenge (most of my best beers have to be purchased in NY PA or MN).
I would put Dale's toward the middle of my go to list for beers of this style I can get in CT. Somewhere around Harpoon, DF 60 Min.
The Deviant was a very pleasant surprise. If anyone has had Gandhi Bot and got blown away by how much better it is than Sea Hag, you get the picture. Highly recommend this for the Hophead, although the ABV is up there I would say I could be happy having a bit of a session with this.

Serving type: can

04-26-2012 21:14:04 | More by garylite
Photo of imasloth


3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Bright orange with a tinge of red. Small white head fueled by ample carbonation.

S- Nice strong citrus and pine scents dominate. Lesser floral and passionfruit.

T- Creamy head leads to strong hop presence. Only a slight hint of malt in background.

M- Medium-bodied and surprisingly smooth for bitterness. Some bitter feel at swallow, but very little overall afterfeel.

O- Just falls short in two most important criteria: smell and taste. Perhaps my lest favorite brew from Oskar Blues to date.

Serving type: can

05-31-2012 13:13:21 | More by imasloth
Photo of bbeane


3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured from a 16oz can into a Duvel tulip... Starts with a weak off white head that disappears quickly leaving no trace left behind. Beer is amber in color

S- Aroma seems very balanced with hops and malty sweetness

T- As he nose leads on, this ones pretty balanced. Start with a bit more hops coming through but is then joined by an abundance of malty sweetness. Finishes leaving a resiney hop flavor lingering in your mouth

M- Meim body with light/medium carbonation

O- Not bad. Plenty of way better IPAs out there, but the fact that this one comes in a can is definitely a huge selling point for me. For that reason alone, I'll be revisiting thi offering


Serving type: can

06-17-2012 23:39:17 | More by bbeane
Photo of Sean9689


3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Big Grocery for sharing this one at Perennial.

A - A pours a copper color, off-white head, thin collar.

S - Really dank...lots of resin notes. Pine, citrus, resin, light sweetness from the malts.

T - Again, big dank notes, resin, pine, sweet malts, very grassy. Perhaps a bit too hot for 8% and the hops are a bit overly agressive for me with the ABV. Finish is hoppy bitterness with some grapefruit.

M - Medium body, good carbonation, oily finish.

O - A decent DIPA, but not on the level of some of the top-notch beers for the style. I'd drink again, but there's too many other awesome DIPA's out there to go crazy over this one. Decent.

Serving type: can

06-06-2012 17:48:11 | More by Sean9689
Photo of cpetrone84


3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

pour is amber orange with a tight yellowish white head. The nose is extremely citric. Some biscuity malty undertones. The taste has more resigny hops, still lots of citrus and light biscuity malt undertone. Medium body, well carbonated, a touch oily.

Serving type: can

08-21-2012 14:00:20 | More by cpetrone84
Photo of BB1313


3.56/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Canned on 10/16/12. Fresh. 16oz can poured into a pint glass. Pours a transparent burnt orange with a nice fluffy beige/off-white head. Lots of sticky lacing. Really nice looking beer. The aromas are very plesant. There's some garlic/onion aromas going on with a subtle touch of fragrant soap. There's also pine blended with some caramel malts. The flavors seem to match the nose, but there's a little warmth in the finsh. There's a good amount of pine resin and orange peel in the flavors. The caramel malts give it a malty backbone, but the hop flavors still get to shine. Nice flavors, but not too complex and can become reduntant. The mouthfeel is very nice. Slightly syrupy, but light and fluffy. Creamy, but watery. It makes this beer very drinkable. There's a slight alcohol presense.

This is nice, but I can't help but think of what this could be.

Serving type: can

10-23-2012 00:09:21 | More by BB1313
Photo of buffs9


3.55/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from tallboy can into snifter

Appearance: Pours a very clear amber color with a big frothy head that dissipates quickly.

Smell: dank, in a great way, faint pineapple. Very refreshing.

Taste: Bitter from start to finish, some citrus, but in a lemon/orange peel kind of way. Warm alcohol in the finish. Don't love the bitter/dirt-like aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body with dry finish.

Overall: This is a very good beer, but too bitter and w/ a lousy aftertaste. A bit disappointed in this one.

Serving type: can

03-16-2012 03:48:54 | More by buffs9
Photo of Bendurgin


3.55/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this as an extra in a recent beer swap. Poured into a pint glass. Pours a hazy amber with a finger of creamy beige head.

The aroma gives off a nice blend of pine and citrus hops. Oranges come to mind with a small trace of bready malts in the background. The pallet gives off a nice tropical hop flavor with hints of oranges and mango. Maltier on the pallet than the nose would indicate with hints of caramel and some toast. Leaves a little bit of a bitter hop finish.

The body is medium and sticky with somewhat low carbonation. Pretty enjoyable overall. Glad to see Oskar Blues throwing some brews into tallboys.

Serving type: can

03-27-2012 03:02:12 | More by Bendurgin
Photo of justintcoons


3.55/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a crystal clean golden/amber with 3 fingers of head. It appears to have extremely low carbonation with good head retention and lacing.

N: Huge notes of resinous pine, grapefruit, florals and biting lemon zest. There is also light notes of pineapple and papaya.

T: Upfront are pine needles, grapefruit rind and toffee-coated papaya. Mid-palate reveals thick caramel and toffee along with light notes of pineapple and mango. Finishes with bitter grapefruit, lemon zest, orange rind and resinous pine.

M: Full bodied, chewy, sticky and bitter.

O: Rather unique DIPA utilizing grapefruit and pine with undercurrents of toffee. Big, assertive and highly bitter. It's like a mix between Gubna and Gordon (G'Knight) with the consistency of Ten Fidy. It's very loud and boisterous. I'd much rather prefer a classier DIPA.

Serving type: can

04-20-2012 00:13:58 | More by justintcoons
Photo of DoubleJ


3.55/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Tasty Weasel. (Um, what makes a weasel, tasty?) On to the beer:

Color looked a paler orange with yellow hues. Solid heaps of lace stick around the glass. The nose is very raw. Raw green veggies and hops. And the rinds of citrus fruits. I was hoping the bitter aroma would sweeten in the taste, but it remains a very bitter and strong brew. Bitter citrus is an improvement over bitter greens. Grapefruit comes out. There's just a little bit of toffee brittle as any searchable malty note. As it stands, this is one very bitter brew. The beer is medium bodied with modest carbonation, and fair drinkability.

A little over the top in some respects. I like my IPA's with a little more balance, so this straddles being fine and not fine. If you like them REALLY bitter, Deviant Dale's may be the one.

Serving type: on-tap

10-19-2012 04:05:07 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of Mdog


3.55/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear amber, good head.

Smell: Moderate citrus aroma.

Taste: Toffee then moderate citrus bitterness, a bit of vegetal hop taste.

Feel: Slick feel, a little too syrupy for an IPA.

Overall: Picked up a single in Wiscoland. Can was about 2 months old, so not too old. Not too impressed with this one, gives some odd onion/dirt hop flavor that I don't like, plus feels a bit too thick. I'll stick with regular Dale's or Old Chub for Oskar Blues.

Serving type: can

07-20-2013 02:18:39 | More by Mdog
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

Serving type: can

03-17-2012 03:55:51 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of mdaschaf


3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Picco in Boston. Review from notes.

A: Served in a DFH signature glass. The beer is a clear copper/orange with a small white head that has moderate retention. Leaves behind rings of lace.

S: Rather dank, with some citrus and a little bit of pine. There is also a good bit of herbal/vegetal hop aroma going on.

T: Similar to the aroma, more on the vegetal side, with more pine than the aroma led on. The citrus flavors come out as it warms. The after taste and finish is very pithy, filled with citrus rind.

M: Medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. Pretty easy drinking for 8%.

O: Liked it, but didn't love it. Was hoping for much more citrus character, the vegetal/dankness just isn't really my favorite.

Serving type: on-tap

03-27-2012 16:22:34 | More by mdaschaf
Photo of stevenstofen


3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Keep in mind that I had this beer the same day I had Sierra Nevada's Hoptimum (which I liked better than the deviant dale's) so naturally my rating will be a little biased.

A - Poured the entire 16oz can into my Duvel tulip. It shows a beautiful orange - amber color with finger head on it which dissipates within the first few minutes.

S - Here I'm picking up some pine, grapefruit, and granny smith apple. Maybe a little honey as well.

T - Right away you get the hops. Pine, Citrus, and honey (as it is in the nose)

MF - there is a slight alcohol burn, but that is to be expected when you are having an 8%ABV beer. Either that or it is the pairing with pepper-jack cheese that is giving me the burn.

O - This is a solid DIPA. Again, I had hoptimum earlier today, and that was FANTASTIC. This beer held its own against it, but in the end I think hoptimum is the victor.

Serving type: can

04-17-2012 02:53:25 | More by stevenstofen
Photo of Retail1LO


3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a tallboy can into a Firestone Walker tulip. Pours a brilliant, transparent amber with a 2-3 finger foam crown at the top. Nose is on the malty and piney side of the spectrum. The hops aren't very apparent, neither is any kind of prominent citrus. The taste is largely an extension of the nose. The malt profile is pretty dominant once more, with the hops fighting to survive. Pine finally shines through in what is a continued absence of any citrus or noteworthy hop profile. The mouthfeel has a lot of malt, caramel and some sweetness to it. The 8% ABV is a bit noticeable and provides some decent bite. Overall, this is a decent beer. I'd have it again, but I wouldn't seek it out by any means, and can think of several IPA/DIPA's that I would choose off a draft list prior to this one.

Serving type: can

04-18-2012 21:25:51 | More by Retail1LO
Photo of raszputini

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 16 ounce can....pours a nice clear amber with a thick white head that sticks around. Little if any sediment whatsoever. The lacing is pretty phenomenal. Both citrus and floral hops dominate the nose. The taste is nothing unique, a typical IPA, but a very clean one and well balanced. There's a solid malt backbone with notes of grapefruit and caramel. Solid brew.

Serving type: can

04-24-2012 22:25:23 | More by raszputini
Photo of mechamifune

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a orange to copper color with heavy lacing. Carbonation is there but not overly so, looks more creamy than crisp. Nice looking all in all.

Smell is a lot of what I would call musty hops. A little bit of citrus and pine as well, but mostly a heavy, musty, very hop-forward smell. I don't mind it, but it lacks that kind of refreshing quality that the best examples of this style have.

Taste is citrus fruit up front, then quickly delves into that musty/funky bite. I will give it the credit it deserves in that this is a beer where you taste the hops...a lot... but it doesn't finish particularly bitter. Not particularly sweet.

Mouthfeel is smooth enough, but a little more resinous that i'd like. Wish it were just a little more crisp.

Overall this is an above average DIPA, but given the price point and tall boy format (which i loathe) it is not one I will be returning to. It's not nearly as awful as Gubna, but it doesn't come close to touching their pils or Ten Fidy in terms of making great examples of the style.

Serving type: can

04-29-2012 20:27:02 | More by mechamifune
Photo of abrand


3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

sampled at DLD from can

Pours an orange color with small white head. Nose is fruits and hops. Oranges, grapefruit and earthy notes. Taste is similar to the nose. Fruits and pine up front with a hop finish. Decent tasting brew. Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Overall this was decent. Nothing spectacular.

Serving type: can

05-01-2012 00:48:08 | More by abrand
Photo of quirkzoo


3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly opaque bright orange gold with 1 finger of of white head. The aroma is uniquely hoppy. There is some bright citrus up front (poured from fridge at 38F) with a little bit of "dankness" behind the citrus. As the beer warms the dankness combines with the malt to turn into a caramelized onion flavor, very unique, I don't think I have ever got this from a beer before. As the beer warms to room temperature I get a strong oniony aroma that isn't as pleasant as it was when cold. The taste follows the same progression of the aroma. The mouthfeel is very good, dry and drinkable. Overall, this is a very unique IPA, I like the dankness but as the beer warmed it got a bit too oniony for me, still good though.

Serving type: can

04-02-2012 05:40:58 | More by quirkzoo
Deviant Dale's IPA from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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