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Deviant Dale's IPA - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

Deviant Dale's IPADeviant Dale's IPA

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2,310 Ratings
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Ratings: 2310
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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New Jersey

4.31/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dales is my daily go-to beer, and I am a fan of Oskar, so this review will be high.

The increased ABV and body over Dales turns up the sweetness, and mouth feel.
It's a tie with Dales they are two different brews, cousins, but depending on your mood each could be on top at a given moment.

A: Darker, more haze, more rocky head, like cotton candy, followed by even stickier lace. Near perfect.
S: Fruit, grass, wet leaves, herbs, hemp, pine, honey wrap around your senses as you sniff this.
Like smoking weed.
T: Follows the smell, a bit sweeter than Dales. A nice long flavor arc: all of the above, and a cleansing, tingly finish.
MF: Body, weight, all the above, and long long finish. Not a first of the night beer. A great last of the night beer. Super-charged balance of malt and hops.

A must try, I'd like to keep one always around.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2014 02:06:03 | More by Act25
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4.61/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really a stunner. Has the nice, cloudy orange color. The head forms in a cascading fashion and is as thick as you'd like. Amazing retention. Huge meringue like craters and valleys. Large and small bubbles with an almost crusty lace.

The scent is a combination of English malt and Pacific Northwestern hops, citrus and pine standing front and center. A bit of orange rind rounds out the smell.

One of the best IPAs I've had. Lots of citrus in the taste, enough malt so you don't ceviche your tongue, and plenty of pine so the flavor never fades.

Yes, it's bitter, but that's the idea. It's not a palate crusher because it's well balanced. A lot of acid mixed in with malty sweetness. Almost full bodied, it's got plenty to keep the palate busy. The pine grabs your tongue and won't let go.

Just off the top of my head, one of the three or four best IPAs I've had. Not quite as sweet as Zombie Dust or Pliny the Elder, but this beer is right up there. Easy to drink despite solid bitterness and a good amount of alcohol. The tall boy can is just a bonus.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2014 03:52:12 | More by RickS95
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3.86/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Canned 2/14 Pouring some into a snifter for look and aroma, taste is from the can

Pours a vibrant golden orange with a finger of slightly tan foam that's died down sorta quick. Good lacing with a moderate carbonation stemming from the center. Good clarity, this is a fun one to look at

Smells of pretty earthy and floral hops backed with some pine and a bit of tangerine and grapefruit, not as fruity as most ipas out there. A sweet caramel malt holds it together and finishes with a bit of alcohol

Taste isn't quite on par with the nose but translates roughly the same. Big earthy hops with strong floral notes, finishing with just a little citrus. The caramel in the malt is a bit sweeter than in the aroma and the alcohol is definitely more present

Feel is a medium body with a bit of a wet finish. Good bitterness, alcohol present but still drinks well

Overall a pretty good beer. Glad to have Oscar Blues back in Nevada

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2014 02:41:39 | More by lordofstarside
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3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16oz : SN IPA Glass

Pours a beautiful hazy, coppery golden red with a thick, foamy off white head.

Big resiny, citric, grapefruit hops. With a solid, but unobtrusive caramel malt backbone.

Medium+ body, lightly syrupy, oily mouthfeel.

A very well done IPA. Big hop character, with a large malt backbone as well.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2014 09:09:59 | More by vkv822
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4.01/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Dark gold color with a large white head thats leaves a lace
S-hops with a citrus mixture aroma
T-the citrus flavor and hops hit at first that goes to a deep hop aftertaste that stays with you
M-medium body and medium carbonation
O-This was an outstanding beer that I feel I could drink all night

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2014 02:57:06 | More by a0lbudman
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4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a dark amber with a fair amount of off-white head. A somewhat solid layer retains, leaving good lacing.

S: Sweet grassy floral hops, with light grain.

T: Lightly sweet, with a nice underlying floral sweet note throughout. It becomes a touch more bitter as the hops come out through the middle and to the finish, but remains a sweet note underneath.

M: Medium to full body, medium carbonation.

Overall, quite a nice IPA, and nice to have it in a can.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2014 03:25:56 | More by seand
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3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Drank from my Duvel pilsen

A - Pours a clear dark honey colour, classic IPA, with a nice off white head that retains very well.

S - Heaps of perfumed grapefruit and hop

T - Up front some nice hop flavours, with the grapefruit and malt kicking in after, The malt lingers on the tongue, with some orange peel. The finish is balanced.

M - Medium mouth feel and low to med carbonation.

O - A solid IPA without being anything special. These hop driven beers just all blend into one for me and its very rare to find anything different.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2013 10:48:26 | More by eric5bellies
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4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark amber color. Poured a thick, creamy, sticky 2 finger head.
S- Orange, grapefruit, pine, caramel, a touch of lemon, pepper and booze. Actually felt warmth in my nostrils after smelling.
T- Sweet orange up front, followed by nice caramel, pine, pepper, grapefruit, and citrus rind. Malt back bone is present from beginning to end, supplying an awesome base to the other flavors. Ever so slight booze that tastes more like peppery spices than alcohol.
M- Smooth and silky. Lighter side of medium body. Oily and drying.
O- This is a good beer. The flavors blend very well, yet stay sort of separate... Nicely balanced. One of the sweetest IPAs I've ever had AND one of the most bitter at the same time.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2013 00:41:09 | More by tmm313
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours orange. Great head/lacing.

Nose is a slightly reserved pine. Think spicy Thai food.

Taste is a spicy hop bomb. Little bit of malt sweetness barely keeps it in balance. Big IPA here.

Mouthfeel is spicy- some malt FLAVOUR but no actual sweetness from it. Perhaps some creamy honeycomb.

Taste is a bit more spicy and even savoury, Summit-esque.

With the claimed 8% but a single IPA classification; this one's really in no man's land. I'd say the dry finish pushes it a little closer to single IPA and justifies the classification. Really interesting, spicy IPA.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2013 13:07:24 | More by danieelol
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New Hampshire

3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2013 23:52:28 | More by JAFoley
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4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Poured a hazy dark orange with a creamy 2 finger off white head. Leaves nice lacing up on the glass with tiny bubbles streaming up the sides of the glass giving the appearance of nice carbonation.

S - The nose is a piney grass, dank oniony - garlic hop aroma, followed by a sweet malty-ness that is in the background to the powerful hops. No alcohol at all.

T - Taste follows nose pretty well with a unique oniony/garlic flavor and then the piney grassy hops follow with a muted sweet malty-ness just like the nose. Real earthy flavor for an IPA.

M - This is real soft and smooth with a lovely chewyness that makes it quit quaff-able and surprisingly easy drinking for a 8% IPA.

O - This IPA is definitely a unique IPA in comparison to others that I have had. It is real earthy and piney with some of the other aspects mention which make it worth trying on those aspects alone not to mention the awesome mouth feel and beautiful look it has. A must try for a hop head looking for a new hop aroma other then the typical west coast citrus hop bomb, Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2013 23:14:38 | More by DrinkMoreBigBeers
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New York

3.86/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours clear and copper with a little orangey hue. A thin head of soapy foam that fell fast to some really gorgeous lace. Left a ring and thin skin that never faded. Nose is peachy. Literally, sweet like a peach with a hint of resin in the nose. Caramel malt, bread lightly floral and pine. Taste is malt forward and I love that. Then sweet citrus, orange some grapefruit comes in on the middle and then a little oil and bitter as it goes down resinous, piney, sweet and juicy. Mouthfeel is thin and sticky. The one weird thing about it was that as it warmed it took on an oniony garlic like taste. I wasn’t sure if that was intended. This was a really great IPA that was clean and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2013 12:06:00 | More by utopiajane
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3.74/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2013 04:00:07 | More by gpogo
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4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pouts a hazy amber orange color with a frothy white head that leaves a good sheet of lacing.

Smells of caramel malts with some citrus hops.

Tastes of the toasted malts with plenty of hops. Malts lead off with toffee and caramel notes along with some toasted bread. Decently sweet, but it is cut by the hops. A hop wave comes through and adds herbal, citrus, and pine notes. It really leads to a balanced profile overall.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is quite a good IPA. I had been avoiding this for no reason, and I regret doing this.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2013 04:45:38 | More by ocelot2500
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4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16 oz can into a snifter.

A very thick over two fingers thick tan colored head with excellent retention. Super awesome lacing left by the head. Very sticky. Amber color with some haze. Very calm and without any bubbles. Translucent.

Aroma is good to strong in strength. Fills the nose from some distance. Earthy and ground hops notes. Some herbal and citrus flavors as well. A nice mix of malt and hoppy smell. A little bit of flower here and there. No booze. Strength fades away slightly.

Taste is extremely well mixed up. The hops flavors are lasting, mix and display really well intertwined with malt. Moderate grapefruit, very slight resin touch. Bitter malty upfront, similar middle and bitter towards the end. Finish is moderately bitter.

Mouth feel is medium bodied. Low on carbonation. Well balanced with the necessary tilt towards the hops. No astringency for an IPA. Decent alcohol warmth that is just enough.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 03:16:20 | More by AmitC
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4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a copper orange with a nice white head that leaves some lacing. Aroma is pine and citrus. The taste is like the smell, Citrus and Pine hops and Grapefruit. A malt backbone that balances it out. The bitterness is just right for this brew. I was recommend this one and I will now do the same.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 03:41:05 | More by patpbr
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4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 16oz tallboy can into Globe glass.

A. Pours 2 finger head. Color is dark orange almost brown. Good retention. Thick lacing.

S. Pretty hoppy aroma. Has quite a bit of piney hop smell coming from it. Pretty solid malt base lends some sweetness. Has a bit of alcohol resiny hop aroma. Smells quite a bit like Modus and Furious. 8% is in my mind on the border of IPA and DIPA, and this beer smells like it.

T. First thought is a really smooth beer. While I thought the aroma of this bordered on DIPA, i think the taste might verge on Pale Ale. Nice balance of hop and malt. Get the same piney hop flavor that was in the nose, mixed with some caramel malt sweetness. Bitterness is there, but low which makes me feel like the beer has some Pale Ale qualities. Regardless this is an easy drinking good beer.

M. Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Finishes with some bitterness on the back of the tongue, and a touch of sweetness.

O. Good beer. Nice balance. If it wasnt for the 8% it would be pretty easy to put down a large quantity of these. Not a very hoppy flavor, but there is plenty of those beers to go around.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2012 02:21:56 | More by siradmiralnelson
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Slightly murky honey orange, off white head that stays for some time. Lots of cling lace.

S - Very hoppy. I get pine and citrus, with a very distinct malt core.

T - I like malty IPAs. I get my wish with this one. Strong malt center, effectively squashed by the hops. I think malt wins by a hair.

M - Medium to fuller body. Good carbonation. Creamy texture. Malty and probably could have used a little more bitter at the end.

D - I could session this one, no problem.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2012 05:41:38 | More by srandycarter
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3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased from Bine & Vine for $4.19. Poured into Hess willi becher glass.

A - translucent deep copper with a pillowy head that leaves nice sticky lacing

S - dank, caramel sweetness and pine resin.

T - upfront bitterness and pine that lingers and lingers. Straddles the line between sweet and bitter nicely. Grassy and a touch of onion just before the finish.

M - lively carbonation and resiny coating of the mouth.

O - my favorite of Oskar Blues' hoppy canned offerings. Solid change up from the more tropical/citrusy IPAs I've had lately.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2012 08:05:49 | More by Enish266
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Quebec (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Can: Poured a deep amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of floral and bitter hops with light pine notes is quite interesting. Taste is dominated by floral bitter hoppy notes with some light pine notes and clean semi-dry caramel malt. Body is about average with good carbonation and alcohol is well hidden. Not bad but I was expecting an even bigger hops assault.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2012 17:52:34 | More by Phyl21ca
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4.48/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Compared to regular Dales, the color is nothing new. Deviant Dale's is hoppier too. Color? Nothing new. This is supposedly hoppier.

Lots of citrus notes from the hops. It's what i expected. This isn't an ordinary step up.

Whoaaaa! Citrus overload. Grapefruit and mango are apparent.
Ditto in the taste. Citrus, citrus and more citrus.

Lingering citrus/pine notes. Bit. 'o buttery malt too. Mmmmm.

Fuck, this is Dale Squared. Shit. I love it.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2012 23:24:15 | More by Brad007
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Rhode Island

2.7/5  rDev -33%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

tallboy into large short's pint. Bottom of can reads 'STANDARD OF DEVIATION'.

A- Nice head, thick and creamy, eggshell white. Beer is a bit hazy, burnt orange. Looks pretty good to me.

S- This smells like dank, wet pine and some papaya as well.

T- Hop wallop on the tongue, very lemony and a bit skunk-y (not lightstruck'd). Bitterness is impressive and lingers. Malt sweetness is not insignificant but it still falls to the rear.

M- Alcohol is noticeable, a bit hot. Bitterness is sharp- perhaps a bit too abrasive. Bordering on solvent-y.

O- Meh, looks ok, smells ok, tastes ok, but it's not for me. It's not a bad beer by any means but it does little to excite me. Did not finish.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2012 00:31:55 | More by ShogoKawada
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can poured into a chalice

A- Cloudy, with a fine, very thin head. Lacing is evident.

s- Tropical, sweet hop profile.

t- Dry, balanced, pine resin and grapefruit hop. Some dank, dark, grassy hops that have qualities similar to Japanese Gyokuro green tea.

m- Dry, full, and balanced. Excellent.

o- Well rounded and a very fine example of a great DIPA. This would rank with Sculpin, Hop Wollop, and Mahajara, but not quite Pliny or Hopslam.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2012 02:57:46 | More by TheSupremeAJ
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3.33/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Magnificent looking. Near two inch of white head on a ruby red body. Great head retention,

S- Tropical dankish fruits. Mango, maybe some pineapple.

T- Over-the-top "earthy herbal pine rind." Wow. Unmistakable hop presence. Low alcohol detected if only because the hops.

M- Medium mouthfeel, smooth carbonation.

D/O- Very low drinkability. I guess in a crowded field this one sticks out, if nothing else. Would not seek out any more but would drink again down the road. Not for the faint of heart.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2012 03:09:38 | More by Duff27
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4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful golden amber with a fluffy off white head.

Nose is pungent citrus, very juicy hop presence. Grapefruit, guava, mango. Some pine underneath all of that. Nice floral finishing aroma.

Taste is exceedingly dank, it really takes over for the citrus notes. A flash of citrus peel in the finish is overcome by a crisp yet sweet bready malt presence that lingers with bitter vegetal hops.

Mouthfeel is pretty slick with a nice bite from the carbonation/alcohol. Medium full.

Overall this is an excellent dipa. love the contrast between the nose and the taste, almost like smelling and then tasting two different beers. Will seek more out.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2012 05:53:04 | More by natemort13
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Deviant Dale's IPA from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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