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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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641 Reviews
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Reviews: 641
Hads: 3,212
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 9.7%
Wants: 125
Gots: 424 | 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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Reviews: 641 | Hads: 3,212
Photo of BrownAleBollocks
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good but at this point it's pretty old because I failed to look at the can on date before purchase. That being said, I'll give it a fair shake. Pours a deep amber. Aroma is malt and caramel. Taste is malt heavy with a small amount of hops. Mouthfeel is medium tobthick. Overall a decent beer that I would love to try fresh. (328 characters)

Photo of beesy
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz tall boy into a standard pint glass

A - pours a brilliant medium orange with a two and a half finger head thats dark eggshell in color. The head is very foamy and leaves a large amount of lacing.

S - piney, spicy and very heavy on the tropical hop notes. Not much in malts or alcohol detected.

T - very hop forward as expected. Tons of pine throughout, especially in the late bitterness. Some tropical profiles build in mid palate but are overshadowed by the pine. A slightly coarse bitterness stays with you for a while, whichis heavy pine.

M - on the heavier side of light. Slightly creamy.

D - fairly low for me. The pine overpowers everything, especially in the bitterness making it a longer drink than it should be.

Overall, a pretty good beer. The visuals were the best part of this beer. I wish there was a little more hop flavor to tear down the immense amount of pine. I found the hop flavor and bitterness is somewhat one dimensional. (971 characters)

Photo of bump8628
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another one on-tap at the Tasty Weasel. I've never enjoyed the summit-laced Gubna so I'm hoping the hopping in Deviant Dale's is more akin to Dale's Pale Ale. Here we go...pours a bright orange-copper with a dollop of stiff white foam. Yeah it's hoppy, but I'm not getting those bright and juicy pine and citrus notes I was expecting. Instead, it's a punch of dank herbs and grass (I guess it's those Columbus dry hops). Malt is surprisingly substantial with a chewy bready quality. Pungent, resinous hop goodness continues to linger on the palate after the first big gulp. A bit of chive or shallot creeps in as it warms. Reallly good, if I could pick up a pack of tallboys occasionally I would, but there are certainly others in this category that I would go to first. (770 characters)

Photo of andrewjraab
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Purchased from Copper Vine in Grandville, MI

A - Copper tone with a nice fluffy head poured in a snifter.

S - Piney, resinous, dank, earthy.

T -Big Oily and resinous hop profile, nice feel for a DIPA and highly drinkable.

O - Solid DIPA that you can't go wrong with. (271 characters)

Photo of JAFoley
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Clear and golden orange. Plenty of head, tan and bubbly which settles quickly with nice lacing left behind.

S - Soapy and pine but not too much aroma.

T - Pepper and pine hops dominate along with a lot of alcohol while the malts take a back seat.

M - Fairly thin with good carbonation. Medium body but could use a bit more heft in my opinion.

O - While this is a thinner IPA than I prefer, the strong spicy hops win me over. Definitely a good beer to bring to a barbecue especially if you're looking to get a bit tipsy! (527 characters)

Photo of brydeen
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to wdeck9 for adding this as an extra.

Poured from can into a snifter.

A: Pours a deep hazy orange, almost cloudy. Creamy white head is very thin and fades to almost nothing immediately. Lots of sticky white lacing throughout though.

S: Loads of citrus, predominantly grapefruit and pineapple.

T: Hints of grapefruit flavor right away, with a faint piney bitterness at the back end. Very balanced sweetness/bitterness.

M: A sticky, creamy texture, with only faint carbonation. Alcohol is well hidden.

O: A tasty Brew, but doesn't really stand out as very memorable. Very drinkable, but it lacks that dry bitter bite I look for in my DIPAs. I'd definitely give it another shot though if given the chance. (720 characters)

Photo of philbe311
3.76/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A finger and a health of delicate pure white froth... The color is a medium goldish bronze... Moderate carbonation... Pretty rings of lacing are left on the glass...

S - A nice hop component to start... Mostly earthy with a bit of pine mixed in... A touch of orange zest... A malt base lies beneath the surface, mostly in the form of graham crackers, but also with some light caramel notes mixed in...

T - Earthy hops sit atop a layer of graham crackers... Simple and straightforward... Even and consistent with each sip...

M - Rather pedestrian mouthfeel... Medium bodied... A bit dense... Lightly carbonated... Some lushness... A bit dry... A bit chalky...

D - A solid, but unremarkable DIPA... There is nothing wrong with this beer per se, but there is nothing that really reaches out or grabs you either... Some good hop flavor and a good appearance, but not much more... (883 characters)

Photo of hollyisaway
3.76/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz tall boy into a Mad Elf Chalice. Canned on March 30, 2012, so pretty fresh!

Appearance is very solid. Hazy and orange, with clarity around the edges when held into a light.

Smell is nothing special. Simple hops and a hint of onion. Similar to a wet hop ale, but nothing significant.

Taste will be controversial. It hits up front with hop bitterness and flavor. The freshness certainly contributes. However, on the aftertaste, there is an almost fried flavor, similar to onion rings or fried green tomatoes. Pairing this with an italian style sub was delicious, and I like the taste on its own. I could see people objecting however.

Mouthfeel is very clean, with hop resin lingering around the mouth afterward. If it weren't for the lingering, this may be a bit too fresh to have sip after sip, but damn if it doesn't taste great once that hop coating is complete.

I wish there was a value section, as within two days I paid $16 for a 4pk here and $10 for a 4pk of Hoptimum. Deviant Dale's is great, but I am hesitant to return at this price point. A great beer with a solid price limitation to less well-off beer geeks. (1,143 characters)

Photo of gabedivision
3.76/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16oz can to a DFH globe glass.

A- pours an absolutely clear and pretty deep amber, with a 1 finger head that slimes around the head of the glass. Perfect DIPA look.

S-Grassy, dirty summit hops, blooming onions, pungent garlic and fresh cut grass all fill the nose. Slight tones of lemons and citrus on the back half.

T- Tangerines and garlic, wierd mix of citrus and earthiness that seem to come together, dank sticky grassy tones. Dirt, and fresh cut grass as well. Jello, juice with A bready malt peaks its head in and out.

M- Medium in body, light to drink for a 8% abv, pretty much just hop juice no real malt backing it up. Extremely earthy and veggie.

O- Good tasting IPA, big summit hops all over, sometimes over veggie. Not a bad choice, but a bad price however, expensive ticket for the trip. (824 characters)

Photo of emmasdad
3.76/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

When I first heard about this one, I thought it might have been some soured barrel aged version of Dale's. This was, however, not the case. Had this one on tap at one of the Old Chicago locations north of Denver (wasnt driving or paying attention). Served in a large pewter mug (I felt like Paul Revere) so I have no idea what it looked like. Big hops, great initially, though they became too much after a while. Pretty good, but nothing worth going out of the way for. (469 characters)

Photo of tbeckett
3.76/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

My Girlfriend picked this up at the Total Wine in Tampa. Canned 4/16/13 so about 7 months old.

A - Copper pour with a hazy body. Good carbonation coming up. Two fingers of thick off white head. Drapes of lace and a finger of retention. Solid.

S - Pineapple, syrupy sticky fruits. Honey is there too. Hops have aged markedly.

T - Prickly pineapple and pine. Soapy and fruity. You can tell this has age on it. Sweet malt is present. Resinous and sticky.

M - Good bitterness.

O/D - The age definitely took away from this. You can tell it's a solid, resinous, hoppy DIPA though, just a bit old. Tasty though. (610 characters)

Photo of jbphoto88
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deviant dale's is a looker with a strong khaki head and a ruby orange body. The beer is slightly hazed but nothing that you can't see through.

The nose is even better then appearance with gobs of hop notes. The dominating scent is tropical and citrus fruit with hints of pine and roasted grains.

Taste is shy of the stupendous scent but still well above average. The flavors mirror the nose with tropical and citrus fruits but unlike the smell the caramel of the malts is much more balanced and present.

Mouthfeel is milder then the nose but on par with the taste. The hops pinch but don't dominate and are balanced by a sweet chew of the grains. The carbonation is enough to be present but not really enough to sizzle. This is a good IPA that is nicely canned for those pool days or other outdoor activities. A great find and a tasty beverage, this one is for sure worth checking out. (890 characters)

Photo of jellikit
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

A: deep orange. Almost auburn. Thin off white head. Great, thin lacing of small bubbles.

S: sweet. Caramel.

T: sweet caramel malty syrup. Followed by pine tar. Alcohol notes.

M: medium high carbonation. Medium to big body. Sweet. Slightly thick.

O: pretty ok imperial IPA. Needs more aroma. Very drinkable. (335 characters)

Photo of BB1313
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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. (856 characters)

Photo of micromaniac129
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'm a little disappointed with this one though i don't know if it's fresh or old.
Has an amber copper color with a cloudy complexion and a slight head.

Hops really are absent here. I can pull out some piney notes but I'm basically guessing really. There is an abundance of sweet malts and caramel.

Taste finds light hops maybe citrus but malts are bold and agressive.
Finish is smooth and soft not much carbonation in there.
I wanted to like this so bad but it's not to be. (475 characters)

Photo of brureview
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Good looking beer. Light honey color with a 2 finger head.
The smell is piney hops.
The mouthfeel is lightly carbonated.
The taste is a very smooth piney hops.

Overall, I prefer this to Dale's Pale Ale. It's smoother,
more balanced, the aroma from the head is captivating.
The finish isn't too bitter, and the taste of hops is just right for this beer . It's not my favorite style, but worth

Update: with warming, this beer mellows and becomes
more drinkable- smoother finish, less bitterness, but
less piney hops. Possibly a 4 after warming.

I reviewed this on youtube/thebrureview (596 characters)

Photo of beergoot
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A great looking copper body with excellent clarity. Head appears white and dense, a little over one-finger in sustained height.

Very hoppy aroma. Floral and piney. Barely noticeable is a faint light malt scent.

Pretty good taste. Hop bitterness immediately hits and stays with you. Not much in the way of grain character. A bit of alcohol warmth noticed in the finish.

Somewhat light-bodied mouthfeel. Smooth, clean.

A very respectable IIPA. A little one-dimensional in the malt department, but great overall work on the hops. Hides the relatively high ABV pretty well. Wouldn't quite use this as a session brew, but I wouldn't turn down knockin' a couple back at any one time... (683 characters)

Photo of BeerDawgs
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 16oz can picked up at Total Wine Chamblee

A - A dark amber, but clear, but 2 fingers of head that dissapate, but tons of sticy lace ALL over the glass

S - Wow, the pine hops just about knocked me over. Smells well done

T - Smooth, craickles on your mouth. TASTY!

M - Medium bodied,

O - Ok, another ridicoulous beer from Stone. Love it! (343 characters)

Photo of rawfish
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours medium amber with a bit of frothy white head with some good retention and alot of soapy lacing clinging to the glass.

Pungent earthy and sweet hops, orange, peaches and pine. Hoppy candy, that's what Oskar Blues IPAs always are.

Sweet simple syrup and cereal grains, almost cloyingly so before a light bitterness and pungent pine, orange, and pear hops. A bit too sticky to dry well but in the end this is candied hops, very flavorful.

Sticky, medium bodied with appropriate carbonation. Hides the booze pretty well with a lick of it coming out in the end.

Very good ipa, sets its self apart by the pungent oily hops, sweet malt and the high abv for being a single. Very easy to take down, not as punchy in the hops as it could be with the sweet malt, some pale ales are hoppier than this. Suits the can well, as well as the Colorado cold. (849 characters)

Photo of gpogo
3.74/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Clear copper copper body with a small white head that turns to a foam ring and leaves a light lacing.

A- Citrusy earthy aroma, light sweet malt.

T- Nice bitterness with a citrus grapefruit hop aroma upfront and some piney tastes as well. There is a pleasant malty sweetness, but it stays out of the way of the hops. Leaves a pleasant sweet bitter aftertaste.

M- Medium body, moderate carbonation.

D- An enjoyable IPA, it comes in a can, even better it comes in a tallboy. (478 characters)

Photo of orangedive
3.74/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Very orange. Nice thick, off-white head receding slowly. Beautiful lace appearing as it is drunk.

S - The smell is fantastic. Citrusy, piney, a little sweetness and a little bitterness all at once on the nose. Exactly what an IPA should smell like.

T - Bitter. Tastes like a Christmas tree and orange peel. It's good but it is not one of the most drinkable IPAs I've ever had. Not a whole lot of sweetness. A bit of pepper on the tongue...maybe even some chipotle notes.

M - The flavor sticks around in your mouth for a while. Carbonation is nice and would be good for drinking while eating spicy or super flavorful foods.

O - A legit and standard IPA. Bitter, citrusy, and piney. Not bad, but I wouldn't want more than 1 or 2 at a time. (746 characters)

Photo of BigBarley
3.74/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured hard into a tulip, comes to a beautiful, white, finger worth of creamy foam head. The beer itself is a rich copper, somewhat orange, with a full body. actually looks thick!

Aroma is very hop-forward, with a punchy citrus bitter scent, backed up by a sweet, buttery malt. Smells like it'll be strong!

Flavor wise, you get a classic hop bomb, with your brilliant bitterness, and your piney citrus mixture . Backing that is a malt presence that, unfortunately, is just a little sweeter than I prefer. Caramel and butter profile, but entirely too sugary, that it's almost overwhelming alongside the hops. A decent sipper, but a little TOO diabetic.

Mouhfeel is decadent and almost syrupy. Still clean and refreshing like an IPA should be, but also thicker and with very fizzy carbonation. Good feel, all around big qualities.

This is a pretty decent IPA, especially if you've gone awhile without a big beer and want something to spend some serious time with. The overbearing sweetness is the only real downfall, and even that has it's charm when you're in the mood. It's a beer that's meant to take a while to drink, and not one for quick knockbacks. (1,157 characters)

Photo of smanders
3.74/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Love the brewed-on-date stamped on the bottom of the can. As a fan of Gordon (G'Knight), I thought I'd give DD a try. Poured into a British pint glass for review.

Appearance: a hazy copper with a bulbous head; plenty of lacing the height of the glass.

Smell: lots of caramel with a hint of orange and grapefruit.

Taste: exactly as it smells; caramel sweetness, followed by citrus, and then the piney aftertaste. I am chugging this for an 8% A.B.V.

Mouthfeel: a little heavier than most IPAs. I wouldn't introduce a novice to the style with this one.

Drinkability: This is a go-to beer if I'm looking for portability, taste, and quality. Thanks Dales for using a pint can! A nice variation of the IPA style. (711 characters)

Photo of MeanMotaScootah
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A – deep copper color with nice head, sticky lacing

S – My sense of smell is not great so I am not the best to describe this but I did not detect a big hop aroma, besides I like drinking beer not smelling it.

T – Sweet sticky malt front and center. There was a slight hoppy/boozy finish. This was a border line double IPA. I am actually surprised they call an IPA because it is so sweet and low on the hop-o-meter. This was not totally chilled so maybe because it was on the warm side it tasted sweeter.

M – this has a very thick mouth feel, not unpleasant but just thick. Not a session beer

O – A tasty beer if you like thick sticky sweet low hop IPAs. (667 characters)

Photo of output01x
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16 oz. can (Canned On 02-24-12) into a snifter glass.

A strong pour yields a 2 1/2-finger off white head that slowly recedes to a thin, clumpy dusting and thick foam ring. The body is a translucent reddish amber with a small amount of slow-rising carbonation bubbles. Great lacing can be seen clinging to the glass between sips but very little manages to last.

The nose is filled with a great mix of pine and citrus hops aromas. A strong tangerine scent is almost overpowered by all of pine. The malt aromas are nearly nonexistant compared to all the strength of the hops aromas.

Each sip starts out just like the nose witb strong flavors of orange-like citrus, a heap of pine needles, and just a bit of caramel malt. Swallowing the beer releases more pine flavors that slowly mellow to a decent piney bitterness.

The medium body let's the flavors really stick to the palate while still remaining surprisingly smooth and drinkable. The carbonation is almost unnoticeable until the swallow, where this beer suddenly becomes rather crisp. (1,054 characters)

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