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Deviant Dale's IPA - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

Deviant Dale's IPADeviant Dale's IPA

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2,308 Ratings
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Ratings: 2308
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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South Carolina

3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery in Brevard NC.
Pour was deep amber with excellent clarity. White head was not large but had decent retention and left good lacing.
Aroma: sweet; herbal; fruity
Flavor: very hop forward but with well controlled bitterness (i.e., moderately bitter). More grapefruit than grapefruit rind in the finish. Plenty of caramel malts for balance.

Feel: very slightly harsh, but admirably so for a very hoppy 8% ABV ale.

O: Recommended IPA, especially if high hop aroma and flavor is sought without extreme bitterness.

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2013 21:45:20 | More by chinchill
Photo of Cylinsier


4.61/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Pours a slightly hazy deep amber with a white film for a head.

Smells of rich caramel and maple malts with piney hops.

Caramel and maple sweetness mix with maple and pine hops with a rich buttered bread base.

Full body with a sting of carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

Fantastic, a real treat. Great flavor and perfect balance. One of the best strong IPAs for my money.

Serving type: on-tap

09-07-2013 14:37:41 | More by Cylinsier
Photo of Auraan


4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a vibrant orange with a half-finger white head that dissipated to a ring of white foam. Looks nice, but standard. It's an IPA look for sure. Scents of citrus pith, grape fruit and some pine and juniper-like notes. Pretty much what is expected for an American IPA. Just as inviting and pleasing as always. Flavors of grapefruit, citrus pith, a bit of pine and malt sweetness. It's quite bitter, and quite piney and citrusy, and with the malt sweetness drinks almost like a DIPA, rather than an IPA. Quite good. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Good for an IPA, makes it easy to drink. Overall this is a good American IPA. Quite strong in the flavor department and very assertive, it showcases all the qualities I look for in an American IPA

Serving type: on-tap

08-21-2013 01:34:31 | More by Auraan
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North Carolina

4.69/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-27-2013 00:43:02 | More by thehooksman
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4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap in a pint glass.

Pours a clear deep, rich copper with a one finger white head.

Very piny, musty aroma with a touch of citrus and a decent bready malt backbone.

Lots of grapefruit and orange in the flavor along with more mustiness. Lots of bread from the malt providing plenty of balance for the hops. Bitterness is on the high side but it works very well. Full mouthfeel leading to a fairly dry finish for a beer of this strenght which i appreciate.

Overall, a very nicely done IPA bordering on a IIPA. Oskar Blues continues to impress me.

Serving type: on-tap

07-26-2013 00:47:18 | More by rangerred
Photo of BonerKoozie


4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- typical. But not in a bad way at all. Deep copper Orange.
S- predominant pine. A touch of bread. Sweetness of honey.
T- bitter pine of course. Sweet caramel malts. Floral at the end.
M- low carbonation. Oily. Lingering honey.
O- loved it. From the start to the end it did not let me down. With that being said, its better in the 48-58 degree range. Easier to drink than some, but not one to chug. Warming on the way down, but not too much alcohol presence even being 8%. Would love to have a few more down the road, but it won't take a place in my stable of go to beers.

Serving type: on-tap

07-08-2013 21:01:36 | More by BonerKoozie
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4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Served in a nonic pint (at Rustico Ballston), Deviant Dale possesses a translucent copper body alive with a smattering of carbonation bubbles beneath a half-finger layer of spongy foam.

The nose offers an overwhelming snort of pineapple. As for the taste: sss … Boom! A hopbomb has exploded in my mouth. I am numb for a few seconds; a long draw of water settles everything, and the quaff can continue – but it will be a slow one. Take it easy. The hops are overwhelming the palate, but a patient person will soon be liberated by the malt cavalry, which will rear up to send the lasting bitterness away.

Meanwhile the mouthfeel is clogged with a thick slab that requires a fork to ingest this chewy beast, one endowed with a dry chalkiness.

This is a beer to be drunk by professionals: no lager lovers need apply as this will have them sprawled over a tree trunk squealing like a pig. Did you say deviant? Should you partake of this, it will be the last beer of the day.

Serving type: on-tap

04-15-2013 23:28:30 | More by jjboesen
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4.41/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I had this beer on tap at the Alehouse in Redding, CA. The first thing that really hits you is the hop aroma. Very on the dank side. Strong citrus, floral, piney, lots of different hop blends. The flavor was very hoppy as well. This pint was enjoyable, however just a little to hop forward for me. The overall appearance of the beer was good and it is definately a beer that I would enjoy drinking again, Great job Oskar Blues! I love the can tap handles:)

Serving type: on-tap

02-22-2013 19:30:17 | More by jhutch31
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3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap. Pours a slightly hazy golden copper with a small white head that has decent retention and leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. The aroma is a lot of piney hops, quite a bit of dankness, a little bit of orange, and some caramel. Initial taste has a light sweetness with lots of dank hops, some pine, and a bit of caramel. Quite dry overall. The finish is quite bitter with some lingering pine. Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. Perhaps a bit too bitter.

Serving type: on-tap

11-01-2012 06:50:20 | More by jethrodium
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4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a snifter at WhirlyBall - Vernon Hills.

My demo can of this a couple months ago really impressed me, so I figured I'd check it out on tap whilst 'twas possible still. W00t. It pours a clear orange-amber topped by a finger of lightly dirty off-cream foam. The nose comprises grapefruit zest, orange zest, light caramel, and a broad hint of pine. The taste brings in more of the same, with the emphasis still on the citrus zest, though the pine ensures a decent bitter bite in the background. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, a lovely little IPA, one that's heavy on the hops without completely sacrificing balance. Good times.

Serving type: on-tap

10-28-2012 17:35:49 | More by TMoney2591
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
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4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap. Surprisingly smooth considering ABV. Poured well and had excellent finish. Consistency was admirable and was not as hop filled in taste as I expected. I am a big fan of Oskar Blues and this is another in the line of true to itself brews that can be enjoyed in session or with food. I would recommend this with a burger any time.

Serving type: on-tap

09-29-2012 01:34:48 | More by mdtnelson
Photo of Durge


4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ran into this at Delaney’s in New Haven. This pale ale looks clear and bronze with a thick egg shell colored head and lots of it staying behind to hug the tall pilsner glass. The nose picks up a beautiful citrus and toasted wheat bread yeast. Very pleasant stuff. The taste buds embrace a distinctively well constituted blend of grapefruit-orange citrus and grainy malt pine. Very impressive for an IPA, even more stunning for a pale ale. There’s a slight hint of alcohol but nothing that hurts this intense, delicious flavor. Body is nearly a full bodied brew with a fairly thick and syrupy hint to it, a midland carbonation keeps it fresh and drinkable. This is a beautiful grapefruit bread brew with a pale ale attraction for the hop masses. Bravo!

Serving type: on-tap

09-14-2012 18:14:31 | More by Durge
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New York

3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Orange pout with a thin foam of eggshell white. Cloudy look. Nice webs of lacing.

S - Good scent of hops and fresh grapefruit. Has a west coast IPA smell with hints of pine.

T - This could easily pass as a DIPA with hits hop profile and heavy feel. Tart flavors of citrus and malt yield to a sharp hoppy, bitter finish.

M - The hevay feel of this made it an enjoyable beer, but a full bodied one that makes one enough.

O - would like to try the regular Dale's to compare to this. It is a middle grounbd IPA; profiled close to an imperial IPA but not quite as robust as that style. Was worth trying.

Serving type: on-tap

08-26-2012 15:19:08 | More by socon67
Photo of Philousa


3.15/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Imbibed on tap at Original Gravity on 7/25/12. Reviewed from notes.

Opaque copper with stark white head. Big grapefruit, lemon, and lime in the nose. Malt is biscuity. Seems like it might be balanced. Taste is bitter start to finish. Piney and smacking of dry grass/weed. Clean, dry finish. 

This is similar to many other IPAs I've had. Although it doesn't really stand out, it's still good just the same.

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2012 17:50:28 | More by Philousa
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on tap at The Thirsty Moose. Hits the spot, a good IPA with big hop aroma. Fruity,Juicy flavour. Cloudy orange wih a good mouthfeel as understated carbonation and malty backbone.By the end of it,with earthiness ,becomes a sipper as a 1.5 IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

08-19-2012 16:58:11 | More by Sammy
Photo of jozols1

New York

4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Copper, caramel color with a nice head and lacing.

Smell: Citrus notes. It's clear, even from a sniff, that this is a pretty high-alcohol beer.

Taste: Caramel and citrus notes. There's a nice balance between the hops and malt, both of which have a large presence. There is a little astringency, and some bitterness at the finish. But, overall, very nice. Neighbor called it "very refreshing."

Mouthfeel: Nice mouthfeel. Smooth and surprisingly light.

Overall: This is a dangerously drinkable high-ABV IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

08-12-2012 00:20:31 | More by jozols1
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North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a hazy amber/orange with a thick off-white head that lasts a considerable amount of time. There were lace rings on about the top 1/4 of the pint glass.

S-Hoppy, resiny, and citrussy with a hint of citrus and tropical fruit.

T-Very similar to the nose. This is one hoppy, syrupy, and resiny IPA. Grapefruit citrus flavors combined with just a hint of some sweeter, tropical fruits. I didn't pick up on a lot of malt, as the hops just dominate.

M-Pretty thick and syrupy with just a touch of carbonation.

D-Very tasty, yet the high abv. for an IPA and flavor would make this hard for me, personally, to consume more than 2 in a sitting.

Overall, this is a very, very good beer. I thought it was a Double IPA when I was drinking it and was surprised to find out it was just an IPA on BA, so it definitely straddles that fine line between the two styles. Since it is an IPA I would say it was one of the hoppier and more full bodied versions of the style I've had to date. I recommend hop heads trying this one!

Serving type: on-tap

07-23-2012 12:08:54 | More by thegodfather2701
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3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A cloudy orange copper appearance with a half finger frothy white head. Aroma is of strong grapefruit and hops and floral notes . Very strong grass flavor initially, followed by grape seed
citrus and pine. Mildly astringent mouth feel which persists.

Serving type: on-tap

07-06-2012 23:01:56 | More by Atricapilla
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3.2/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Draft pour into a shaker pint glass at Famous Pizza in West Sedona, AZ.

A: Clear, medium amber color with one finger of lofty and very persistent turmeric-tinted foam head. Moderate fine lacing remains on the glass and sheets of bubbles rise through the column.

S: Dark citrus and pine suggest Chinook-style hop profile. The smell is mild in intensity, compared to the flavor, but focused. Surprisingly little malt comes through in the nose. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins off-dry, with pungent hop aromatics full of herbaceous spice and lesser mixed citrus fruit. Chewy caramel is also featured, while acidity is restrained. The middle extends the dominant spicy and caramel flavors from before as bitterness escalates a little early. The finish is full of strong, pure bitterness, but less of other flavors. No alcohol is detected.

M: Medium viscosity, resinous and warming on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: Bold but rough, this beer is typical of those offered by Oskar Blues. Flavors give the impression of a great deal of late hop additions to the boil but not so much dry-hopping. While it isn't a spectacular IPA, it does take home the gold for head retention--possibly the best yet encountered. Otherwise, it reminds of Stone's Arrogant Bastard--a lot.

Serving type: on-tap

07-04-2012 19:57:14 | More by beagle75
Photo of BigDoug


4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice amber-orange color with a solid 1/2" head leaving tight rings every sip. Good clarity.

Smells pleasant. Sweet caramel, citrusy chewing gum almost like fruit stripe gum. Little yeast funky esters poppin through. Nice aroma, not super fragrant but it pops out with a swirl of the glass.

Taste is where it's AT! That fruit stripe gum flavor pops on the palate. Very citrusy. Like pineapple, mango, orange, juniper, pine, all kinds of flavors. Balanced beautifully with se sweet caramel malts. It's simply delicious. 8% abv hidden magically. Bitterness is subdued with all the flavors and makes its appearance in the very back end. Awesome.

I'd say this is a spot on medium body and dead on to style. Smooth, rich, full of texture and perfect amount of C02 to make the taste buds want more and more. It's pleasant on the tongue and smooth on the palate. Hop oils are not too heavy but coat the palate with an awesome lingering bitterness. Close to perfect.

Overall, this beer is a beast! I wish I had my growler on hand to fill it with this. Might have to pick up a couple tall boy cans of it. It's highly drinkable, but sneaks up on you very fast cuz it's 8% abv and easy to put down fast.

Serving type: on-tap

06-24-2012 22:41:12 | More by BigDoug
Photo of UpToMeBeer


4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Tasty Weasel.
A-- Looks like a standard IPA; though a bit more on the darker copper side.
S-- Pleasant. Mango, soft hops.
T-- Nicely balanced. The malts emerge here, just enough. Where Dale leans caramel, this one veers fig.
MF- Leans to the sticky side, which I like. Perhaps more so than from the can if memory serves correct.
O- This is special. I already love Dale. This is like Dale on Steroids. Never tried Steroids, but maybe I should.

Serving type: on-tap

06-11-2012 20:55:08 | More by UpToMeBeer
Photo of Bitterbill


4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On draught at the local Old Chicago, served in a 10oz cylinder glass, $3.25.

It's a very good looking brew when poured, a nice slightly hazy medium gold colour with about an inch of foam and it leaves some nice lacing after every sip.

It smells very hoppy; I get pine and grapefruit but also some light caramel malt.

The taste is of pine, grapefruit, quite bitter. A few more sips in and I can taste the malty backbone...caramel sweetness but to my palate, the hops and their bitterness rules. It finishes very bitter and dry.

On the high end of medium bodied with ample carbonation, the mouthfeel is really good. The drinkability is also quite good; before I knew it, I was ordering my 3rd glass.

I haven't seen the cans in town but I *suspect* that if I did, I'd store some away and see if the malt grows. I think I'd like that.

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2012 23:12:16 | More by Bitterbill
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3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
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...

Serving type: on-tap

06-01-2012 23:13:33 | More by philbe311
Photo of IronLover


4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright copper orange in color and a bit of chill haze to start but decent clarity overall. Poured with a short off-white foam that quickly dissipated but left wet lacings on the glass. Citrus and ripe orange aromas with a hint of sweet malt beneath. Aromas a little lighter than expected for a DIPA. On the lighter side of medium bodies with rich, subdued carbonation. This DIPA was all about the hop flavor smack. Pungent citrus hop flavors overwhelm the taste buds out of the gate. Sweet caramel malt flavors peek through toward the end. Finishes smoothly with a delayed funky pine and citru bitterness.

Serving type: on-tap

05-29-2012 17:36:39 | More by IronLover
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