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Deviant Dale's IPA | Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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Deviant Dale's IPADeviant Dale's IPA

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Jason on 01-16-2011

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Reviews: 659 | Ratings: 3,338
Photo of Czequershuus
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a fairly hazy ruby tinted orange with a perfectly sized head. offers up some caramel and chocolate malty notes first, then the hops kick in with pine and pineapple in the lead. The flavor starts with mold caramel sweetness, and the seugues into some floral flavors, followed by a nice shot of pine, which lingers in the finish with some more caramel and a touch of grapefruit peel. The mouthfeel is fairly full with some medium carbonation. Overall this is a very nice IPA, maltier than I generally enjoy, but the flavor profile is so powerful, that the whole beer just works.

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

Got on trade! 12oz can served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a 1/2" high white head that lasts for 3-4mins before film out. Dark gold colour and filtered clear

S- Nice hops here. Lots of sweetness

T- Nice hops. Touch sweet and malty though. It's definitely an APA more than an IPA. Just has that high sugar/malt presence.

M- Sticky from the sugar.

O- Not a great IPA but very good. Decent style but will not buy if I see it.

Food Pairing

This pretty good brew went well with...... Beer burritos!


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Photo of infinitebruner
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

April 12, 2016

12 oz. can, tulip

A – Deep amber with high clarity, a touch of chill haze that clears. Huge, thick frothy off-white head that lasts forever.

S – Spicy mango, papaya, light pine and resin. Rich bread crust and a bit of caramel.

T – Very similar to the aroma, with stronger resin notes and papaya, spicy on the back end. Backbones of sweet bread crust, and finishes with a blast of hop bitterness.

M – A lot of malt sweetness up front, with moderate-full body, but strong hop flavor and bitterness balances it well. Carbonation is moderate to moderate-low.

O – Just an excellent DIPA, tons of aroma and flavor.

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Photo of twage04
4.34/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark copper/ruby with medium carbonation, a little hazy. Aroma is plentiful, lots of fruit and citrus. Taste is of the same, although the citrus is subtle. Taste is a little sweetness playing off the hops but far from being cloying. Overall a balanced, malty fruity red or amber extra ipa.

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Photo of kalosjakar
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Beautiful amber, maybe burgundy color.
Tall, thick off-white head. Its not going anywhere.

Smelling a strong malt presence up front.
Piney hop aroma.

Malty and bitter up front, balanced. They both linger for a while, the bitterness fades first and you get a sweet finish.

Good lacing.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: copper in color/clear burnt orange. Head faded fast
S: big hops, some citrus, some pine
T: just like the nose. It's a balance between citrus and pine hop flavors. Finishes mildly bitter
F: a bit like syrup but thinner
O: not a fan

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Type: 12-oz. can
Glass: Modern Times pint glass
From: Bine & Vine in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $2.24 (10 pct. off)
Purchased: Feb. 26, 2016
Consumed: March 2, 2016
Misc.: Canned on Jan. 14, 2016 at 7:38 a.m. MT

Didn’t know much about this beer, but everything I’ve had from Oskar Blues has been stellar. Guessing it’s a bit like an IPA version of Dale’s Pale Ale and that sounds good to me.

Poured an auburn, caramel, clear color with 3-to-4 fingers of off-white, frothy head. Some bubble streams coming up from the bottom of the glass. Good uneven, foamy lacing on the sides of the glass. Great retention on the top all the way down. (Sight - 4.25)

Smelled a nice whiff of hops with a heavy malt backbone. Got resin hops, caramel malts, mango rind, herbal hops, tropical notes, red grapefruit, wet pine and vegetables - onions, garlic and faint broccoli. (Smell - 3.50)

Taste was a little bit better, but still dank and lots of herbal/vegetable notes. Specifically got earthy tropical hops, herbal hops, bitter mango rind, pine, resin, hints of Jolly Rancher candy (watermelon), Dorado hops and some onions. (Taste - 3.75)

Medium body. Creamy-to-oily texture. Average-to-lively carbonation. Abrupt, bitter finish. (Feel - 3.50)

I just thought this was an OK offering overall. Nothing I would recommend. (Overall - 3.75)

3.70 | 84 | B

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Photo of HopHunter19
4.68/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - nice copper amber clear, off white almost tan head that is billowy and leaves nice lacing
S - overly ripe fruits, dank garlic and onion, mango, peach, papaya, passion fruit, ganja
T - nice dank flavor - garlic/onion/ganja, balanced out with overly ripe fruits - mango, peach, tangerine, passion fruit, papaya
M - light to medium mouthfeel, alcohol covered, aftertaste is dank hops
O - this is an underrated IPA because I think it's on the shelf and loses a lot of its flavor. If people would pick this up fresh, at least around a month old it would likely be rated a lot higher. This particular can was dated 1 14 2016, in drank 2 21 2016.

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Photo of LAp
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a snifter-shaped wine glass. Pours a crystal clear copper amber with an aggressively rising, two finger nearly-white head. Nose is on the piny-er side of hops, with dry, almost sour, citrus-peel, and kumquat. The palate leads with the same blend of bitter hop and sour citrus peel, but moves from kumquat to onion. An odd flavor that I did not expect when I cracked this IPA. The mouthfeel is medium, relatively chewy come and much more subdued than the rapidly rising head would lead one to believe. Overall, an excellent IPA with a few unusual flavor notes that keep things interesting.

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Photo of beercam
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Hmmm... What's going on here, Dale's? Why would you filter a beer like this? It clear as a Corona. Literally zero cloudiness. Suck. All crying aside about the paranoid, control-freak, floater-nazi filter-job, it's a moderately handsome brew, what with its dastardly, gorgeously unique reddish color and impressive, cogent, pure-white head. It smells good. Solid, fine, safe, classic. Its taste is really really gratifying, but devastatingly standard when held up to Dale's track record of taste-rowdiness. Dale's Pale is more hop-aggressive than this, sadly. There is nothing all that deviant or daring here, just a very calculated, repeated, choreographed ritual of masterful IPA craft. Its feel is really good. Not cloying or over-resiny. Zappy carbonation at first, then really smooth. Nimble and juicy. There's body here, demanding to be felt from sip to swallow.

I was really hoping for something a bit more rude, and less refined here, Dale's - though, masterful, no doubt. Just really bent out of shape over the filter...

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours from the can a slightly cloudy copper with a creamy, off-white head that leaves sticky lacing behind.
The aroma is very nice. Grapefruit and pine with some candied fruit and a touch of caramel.
So tasty. Grapefruit and pine mingled with some candied fruit sweetness and a hint of caramel gives way to a pleasantly piney and bitter finish. A touch of boozy warmth as well. It all works together nicely.
Mouthfeel is medium and smooth.
Tastefully balanced, really not "Deviant" at all.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Yellow pour, decent opaqueness, white head under half and inch, lace is spotty. Aroma was real dank, solidly existent, won't be ignored, piney.

Taste yield more waves of hops, bitterness kept under control, malt bill dry, no chrystal (carver) skank malt in this one. This one definitely puts the hops on display all for the better.

Unfortunately, the average gets weighed down by several either old or compromised servings of this. When it is top notch, it is top notch.

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Photo of DavidS333
5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Deviant Dale's IPA is an American IPA, bu I've seen it described as a pseudo-Imperial/Double if not full on, perhaps because of the high alcohol rating and hops emphasis. Either way, its a great beer. Out of the can it smells great, the smell really picks up on the sort of mid taste of the beer in general, a sort of really tasty mellow and sweet hoppyness. The froth is medium-thick on a scale of light/medium/thick. It's color is a sort of harvest-molasses color, and its froth is a sort of nice pumpkin-coffee color.

The taste of the beer is great. The sort of alcohol bite sort of coats the tongue, but on top of it is a sort of rich hoppy variety of flavors. Its really a satisfying and very drinkable brew. The aftertaste isn't too hoppy, but one can sort of sense the lingering hoppy alcohol presence of the beer, and overall its exactly what the doctor order in regards to a hoppy and satisfyingly hearty American IPA/Double whichever it is.

Either way, regardless of this beer's "category" its good as an IPA or a Double IPA, and is really satisfying, flavorful, and refreshing, and somewhat hearty.

A great beer.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz. Can
Canned On: 05/26/15

Pours a very nice slightly cloudy dark golden amber color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice one-finger plus thick/creamy off-white head, which leaves some very nice thick sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, nice little malt note, with some nice citrus, and slight pine note. The taste is very nice, hoppy, with a nice malt note, very nice citrus, and pine notes, slight sweetness. Medium body, slightly chewy, nice dry/bitter finish, ABV is hidden pretty well. Overall, this is a very nice brew for the ABV. Recommended!

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Photo of irrevjim
3.3/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from a 16oz can
look; nice golden amber with a 1-1/2" head, some lacing
smell; pine-sol, malt, hop notes, alcohol, not as bad as it sounds,
taste; medium roasted malt, piney hops, nice bitterness, a little boozy
feel; medium heavy, pretty smooth with some carbonation
overall; a piney iipa that delivers but doesn't quite come together as a well balanced, well put together beer. full disclosure - not my favorite style but some (i.e. dogfish 90 minute) come together better.

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Photo of JamesBondGA
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice copper color with a slight head and little lacing on the glass. Notes of grapefruit, pine and malts on the nose. Pine was very prevalent on the tongue, kind of overpowered the other flavors. not bad for an IPA....Alcohol all of a sudden KICKS YOU!!! YES!!!

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Photo of mickyge
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured 16 ounce can into a pint beer glass. nice beer, creamy head, malty not real hoppy though, sweet but not syrupy. low carbonation, but not to heavy

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Photo of soupyman10
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had this one before, but never reviewed it. Appearance is an amber beer, not unlike their G’Knight, a finger of white head, lots of lacing as the beer drains. Looks excellent, less copper than most IPAs, but excellent, none the less. Nose is big and delicious. Huge fruity, citrus hops presence. Sweet candy, some grapefruit. Salted toffee. Flavor is nice and balanced. Big, clean hops bitterness, Malt is there, but only to balanced - not much sweetness here at all. Some earthiness, but mostly a clean IPA. Body is medium, somewhat low carbonation, but works fine with the hops. Yet again, when Oskar Blues goes big, the results are excellent (the small stuff - their pils and session IPA - less so).

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Photo of ScrewBud
3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L - fairly dark, lots of head
S - only seem to get malt
T - very similar to their red imperial IPA, alcohol
F - alright, not as syrupy as the red
O - not enough hops

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Photo of Sound_Explorer
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I liked this but found it to be rather malt heavy in the beginning, especially for an IPA. I'd almost think it was a hoppy amber or scotch if it was a blind taste test. Aroma is good and finishes well. The hops to manage to come through at the end of the taste.

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Photo of Prasm
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a 16 oz can. Dark amber appearance, darker than your typical IPA. Balanced nose of hops and citrus - apricot, orange, and pear. Nicely balanced in the mouth also with citrus fruit flavors balancing out the 8% alcohol and hops. This is a well balanced IPA that has enough sweet citrus to balance out the hops and alcohol, well done Oskar Blue.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Some great floral notes. I'm getting an almost sweet-tart sort of aftertaste that takes a while to show up. On the border of being an imperial alcohol-wise, but doesn't taste like it.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours brilliant amber under a white 2” foam cap that dissipates to a thick, lacy film.
S: Big grassy hop nose, can smell it from a few feet away. Closer up citrus and fruit.
T: Big rich malt flavors seasoned with citrusy, fruity hops, big melon, and traces of pine, resin, and grass. Some underlying sweetness with faint iced tea notes in the background.
F: Nearly chewy with creamy fine soft carbonation.
O: Big flavors achieve a suprising balance.

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Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very cloudy deep amber in color with a moderate, quite dense cream-colored head. Thick and fairly coarse lacing coats the glass walls. The carbonation is abundant and fast-rising.

Aroma: Profound aroma of rich, dark caramel,sweet and spicy alcohol, and citric and pine tar hops.

Taste: Begins with substantial sweet caramel, soon countered by substantial pine tar and grapefruit hops. that, nonetheless, blend harmoniously, rather than clashing. The high ABV of eight percent contributes a spicy and warming note, but seems almost an afterthought, against the abundant malt and hop flavors. Finishes with a lingering flavor of pine and some residual caramel.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft and very full, with a consistency almost like as half-and-half.

Drinkability/notes: Very nice, over-the-top without being harsh or heavy-handed, while American IPA is not a favorite style of mine, nonetheless I thoroughly enjoyed Deviant Dale's IPA, and would appreciate having it again.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard sixteen-ounce aluminum can, served in a New Belgium chalice.

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Photo of 4thFloyd
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From notes. A golden/red clear color. A nice but light citrus and herbal aroma. The flavor follows and has a nice malt balance with a little sweetness. Good bitterness with only a little aftertaste, making it a smooth and drinkable beer.

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