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Deviant Dale's IPA - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

Deviant Dale's IPADeviant Dale's IPA

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

2,310 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 01-16-2011)
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Gatch

Massachusetts

4.48/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at Oskar Blues Brewery/Tasty Weasel Tap Room in Longmont, CO. Really cool place. Under construction was a new patio that looked like a great addition to an already vibrant place.

A: Copper-gold in color with an off-white, fluffy head. Slight lace but no retention.

S: Delicious mellow hops with a good malt character. Piney, earthy, light citrus.

T: Seriously awesome hop flavors with a good malt finish. American hops shine with a hint of booze. Great sugary, malty, hoppy flavors that come together to create an awesome DIPA.

M: Super smooth, perfect carbonation (even after transporting it in a cooler for five days to MA from CO), and tons of flavor. This is what an IIPA should be.

O: Oskar Blues can do no wrong at the moment. Fantastic brew. Soooo drinkable for the style.

Serving type: growler

06-09-2012 21:30:28 | More by Gatch
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thedoubler55

New Jersey

3.28/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark orange in color almost redish, a nice off white head at the top that leaves just a bit of lacing around the glass.

S: Crazy smell on this brew, strong notes of hops and pine, not a well balanced nose on this one.

T:Strong bitterness, lots of hops, a bit of lemon zest but very overpowering on the taste buds, not to good.

M: Medium bodied, and high in carbonation.

O: Not impressed with this OB BREW, it was very wild tasting for an ipa.

Serving type: growler

06-07-2012 21:15:02 | More by thedoubler55
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TangTKE402

New York

4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a chalice. Ruby/Amber/Brown in color, with a beautiful, 2-finger, ecru head that leaves some sticky lacing on the side. A pretty beer, that's well filtered for its style.

S: A truly resinous aroma, with a nice malt backbone and a great hop character. Some pine notes, caramel malts, dried dark fruits, fresh cut grass, and citrus rind.

T: Nice flavor, hop-forward but with a malty backbone and a balanced, resinous finish. Good flavors of pine tar, prunes, sticky pollen notes, the juice that comes off of a grapefruit rind when you squeeze it, and a nice, just-hoppy-enough finish that leaves you wanting more. I barely noticed the booze too.

M: A good mouthfeel, strong, robust, and a bit syrupy for my tastes (really the only evidence of the hooch...) but all-around well balanced.

O: It's hard for me to remain neutral, as "Dale's" is one of my favorite, all-occasion, go-to beers. This is a great way to take it: similar to Dale's but with some serious DIPA characteristics that makes it compete. An overall good beer, that's definitely worth a look-see.

Serving type: growler

05-05-2012 01:59:27 | More by TangTKE402
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Tucquan

Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2012-03-31 in Columbia, PA

A - Clear, rich-looking orange-copper with a 2.0 finger off-white head with significant ringed lacing; moreso than from the can.

S - Enticing and fairly strong with pine, tropical fruit, onion, spice, citrus and dank hop bud aroma.

T - Very hop forward, citrus rind, onion/garlic, pine, herbal/medicinal, sweet and nutty roasted malt with more caramel than I noted from the can. Alcohol is warming but well-integrated into the flavor. Aftertaste is long-lasting and astringent with pine, caramel, black pepper, grapefruit zest, dank hop oils, onion/garlic and nutty roasted malt and citrus to somewhat balance the fine and long-lingering bitterness.

M - Medium-heavy body and light-medium carbonation. Substantial and creamy body. Sticky, prickly and resinous.

O - This well-sealed growler was poured 40 minutes ago. Tastes the same as it did on-tap. This is a very enjoyable and bold tasting brew. If you don't like the onion/garlic taste, this may not grab you.

Serving type: growler

03-31-2012 19:36:51 | More by Tucquan
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Billolick

New York

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

32 ounce growler filled for $9 and change at DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY

Pours near clear, medium amber, under a solid and staying lite tan head, that leaves more then decent sheeting and lace of all sorts.

Nose reveals notes of fruity and resiny hops

Tasty and enjoyable DIPA, hops not super bright or biting as much as I would like. But this is a hoppy, and quite bold and flavorful brew, with notes of dark bready malts and smooth fruity and moderatly spiced up hops. Other have mentioned an alcohol bite, but I'm feeling no such thing.

Nice DIPA. DIPA and IPA seem to be taking over the beer world. A local growler spot has about 8 quality IPA's currently available...I'm not compaining...bring on more and more quality DIPAs!

Hope to be able to enjoy cans of this one...cans coming to the east coast??

Serving type: growler

03-16-2012 02:06:05 | More by Billolick
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elgiacomo

Georgia

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

32oz Growler @ Beverage World. Served at around 45F.

Pours very slightly hazy amber with a nice three finger off-white head that leaves some pretty rings of clumpy drippy lacing and holds a real nice cap.

Aroma is really dank, a lot of sticky weed, resinous hops, a lot of pine and citrus rind, some pineapple, and maybe some onions. There may be some caramel malt there too but is overshadowed by the hops. Excellent strength. Really nice, complex and potent aroma.

Flavor is a lot of resinous hops, pine and citrus rind, bready malt and caramel in the middle offering light sweetness, finishes with strong bitterness and a bit of alcohol. Pretty tasty but lacking a bit of the complexity and oomph found in the aroma.

Mouthfeel is medium/full bodied, sticky and oily with good carbonation.

Dale’s Evil Brother? Or probably more like Dale’s and Gubna’s love child. A serious hop assault, somewhere between an IPA and DIPA. Super dank and resinous. The aroma on this is just ridiculous...

Serving type: growler

03-10-2012 03:35:18 | More by elgiacomo
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ThickNStout

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a good friend's fresh 64oz growler into... a red Solo cup. Not the best vessal but best not to pass this up if given a chance.

Pours deep orange with about 1.5 fingers off white head that quickly fades. 

Smells of the danker aspects of hops. Pine, onion, garlic... but all in a very good way. 

Flavor is big dank hops! Strong bitter garlic pine. That might not sound good but I'm a fan of these huge dank hoppy IPAs. Abv is well hidden in the flavors. 

Medium thick and fantastically sticky. Moderate carbonation. 

One of the best Oskar Blues I've had yet. Right up there with Ten Fidy in quality. This is a truly worthy imperial IPA that compares favorably to Devil Dancer or Hop Dam. Highly recommended- I'll definately be looking for more of this. 

Serving type: growler

02-25-2012 01:52:08 | More by ThickNStout
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portia99

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

64oz growler courtesy of a trade with Mjmoon15. Thanks Mark! Poured into a New Belgium globe.

A - Pours a crystal clear, deep ruby tinted amber with a full finger of tan head that is quite foamy and shows good staying power. Nice webs of lacing left on the glass

S - Butter cream, sugar, huge citrusy grapefruit, tons of pineapple, mild caramel malt and a hint of cinnamon/nutmeg in the background.

T - Hoppy bitterness, big tropical fruit character - especially pineapples. Citrusy grapefruit and some piney hoppiness too. Finishes off with a light but noticeable booziness.

M - Medium bodied with a lighter carbonation that is rather creamy (could be growler related)...lite booze.

O - Good DIPA...citrus and tropical fruity hop lovers will enjoy this. This is a DIPA that really has a ton of hop flavor to it. Definitely solid all the way, however probably lacks just enough to keep this out of the upper echelons of the style.

Serving type: growler

12-28-2011 00:59:44 | More by portia99
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YourMomDrinksBud

Colorado

4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler to tulip.
A- Dark sunset orange. Two and a half finger head that slowly turned into a nice film. Extraordinary lacing all the way down.

S- Grapefruit, passion fruit, and mango dominate the nose. Can smell the alcohol, no malts detected.

T- Very similiar to the smell. Starts piny and bitter leading into some strong tropical fruits, Passion fruit and mango. The malts in the finish help balance it out, with notes fresh bread and tofee.

M- Pretty light for the style with a good amount of carbonation. Mouthfeel is slick. Heat from the alcohol is well masked making this a dangerous one.

O- A truly excellent beer. Similiar to Pliny IMO. It's hard to nit pick this beer, I just wish they would can this one!

Serving type: growler

08-30-2011 03:38:29 | More by YourMomDrinksBud
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afksports

New York

3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Oskar Blues' hard to find IPA base off the Dale's Pale Ale name is One of those "close but no cigar" beers. In almost every sip I felt like it was one-dimensional. And yet it almost worked because it was so strong.

The appearance is great as it pours from the growler. A hazy copper hue works with an off white head, and it sticks all over the glass. Deviant Dale's IPA packs a hop forward aroma that literally attacked me out of the growler. Pine and grapefruit. Resin too. Tons of hops up front in the nose, and that's followed by an almost identical taste profile. It begins hugely biting and grapefruit hoppy, follows with hardly any malt in its medium body and not much else, then gets cloying and drying in the back. It's like an absolute pounding of the palate by unbalanced hops.

But... That's not for me. Personally, I don't want to be reaching for a glass of water halfway through a pour. While I can appreciate and respect the strength and the use of hops to give this a pretty good rating, I just personally can't get past how there's not much else going on.

Hopheads, enjoy.

Serving type: growler

06-02-2011 04:02:57 | More by afksports
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TheDudeRules

Minnesota

2.38/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

From a growler to my pint glass.

Pours an amber orange with a massive amount of off white foam. Several fingers thick. Smells of slight citrus and fruit with a heavy malt backbone. So heavy in fact it is the flavor profile to me. Malt flavor profile = garbage and drain pour. I can't do them. I try and I try, but they are flat out awful. Sweet caramel that richly coats your tongue. It gets stuck in the back of my throat and I want to gag. Horrible beer flat out.

Serving type: growler

05-06-2011 06:15:03 | More by TheDudeRules
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JuicesFlowing

Kansas

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

Poured into a balloon glass.

Look: Murky orangish-copper body, light cream colored head that recedes to a patch of film with nice sticky lacing.

Aroma: Hops, caramel, salted meats.

Taste: Musty cardboard with salt coating, astringent grapefruit peel finish. Seductive caramel candy hidden in the middle.

Mouthfeel: Pretty thick.

Overall: I love the taste. This is definitely a one-timer though. It's so heavy but definitely enjoyable.

Serving type: can

04-12-2014 09:07:55 | More by JuicesFlowing
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Canned on 01/04/14 stamped on bottom:

Pours slightly hazed orange amber. A thin head leaves plenty of lacing.

The smell is of orange rind, grapefruit and caramel.

The taste is of orange, grapefruit, musty tobacco leaves and pine/resin backed by caramel and biscuit notes. Alcohol is reasonably tame in the taste for the 8% abv level. Juicy hops linger through the finish.

It is pretty smooth despite slight rawness.

It is complex and bold, rich in hops and malt. A strong IPA that pushes towards a DIPA. Very enjoyable!

Serving type: can

04-09-2014 22:02:03 | More by jwc215
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TempeBeerMan

Arizona

4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can into a nonic pint.

A - Pours a slightly hazy orange marmalade color with a thick, two-finger white head. Excellent head retention. Sticky rings of lacing. Looks amazing!

S - Strong aroma of citrusy hops and butterscotch like malt.

A - The sweet honey-like malts present in the nose surprisingly take center stage. Hops are extremely lush and fruity, with pineapple, grapefruit and papaya like esters, and mild bitterness. Rich. Pine, Maui onion, and even a hint of cannabis dankness in the finish. Not your average IPA flavors by any means. Very tasty.

M - Full bodied and medium carbonated. Very smooth feel, not oily or acidic, almost velvety. Coats the mouth. Interesting.

O - Everything about this beer is different and unusual, and I really enjoyed it. Call me crazy, but almost a cross between an old ale and an IPA. Definitely one of the sweetest IPA's I've ever had, and the mouth feel is DIPA/IIPA all the way.

Serving type: can

04-02-2014 04:57:28 | More by TempeBeerMan
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hoppyturt

Washington

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
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Act25

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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jokelahoma

Missouri

4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours the color of a nice shiny copper medallion. Remarkable clarity for a really hoppy beer.

Aroma is just what you'd expect from a big IPA. It's citrusy almost to the point of zest with a little candied fruit aroma in there as well. My crazy nose also gets some apricot and/or some tropical fruit. There's a tiny tease of malt, but it seems to be peeking out from the corner more than strutting its stuff. None of this smells harsh in any way, just sweet and appetizing.

The first thing that hits you about the flavor is that the flavor doesn't hit you. By that I mean this isn't the type of brew to grab hold of your salivary glands and start beating on them, like many of the super-bitter varieties. This just casually slides in with a nonchalant "hey", but there's not doubt it has arrived. Kind of like Mick Jagger walking into the party in Carly Simon's "You're So Vain", in a way. (That *is* who that song is about, right? Right?) Like any good double IPA, this isn't just a hop bomb. The malt here is the canoe the hops float in on, and it does a great job of keeping them together, high and dry. It's tough to tell which you notice first, the great flavor of the malt, or the bitterness that it carries. Regardless, it isn't the bitterness or the malt backbone that ultimately grabs your focus, it's the flavor of the hops which gets your attention. This is really well put together. Not as much of a perception of bitter as a "regular" IPA because of more malt to stand up to it, the hop flavor carries the day. And what a flavor it is. All the citrus zest and candied fruit from the aroma are still here, and their flavor works exceptionally well with the malts, rather than fighting them for supremacy. It's tough to imagine an easier to drink 8% ABV DIPA. This works on just about every level.

Mouthfeel is pretty much a "medium" in that it isn't light and watery, and it isn't thick and chewy or oily. It's just enough to let you know you have a big beer in your glass and you should treat it accordingly, without ever making you question "do I want any more of this?".

This is easily one of my favorite DIPAs. The balance is fantastic, the flavors suit me to a "T", and everything seems to fit just right. I see a lot more excuses for crossing the state line now that this is available one state over. Not only worth seeking out, you should make it a point to do so.

Serving type: can

03-24-2014 00:18:02 | More by jokelahoma
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sommersb

Tennessee

4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tasted On: 03-23-2014
Freshness: Canned on 02-18-2014
Packaging: 16 oz. can
Glassware: Nonic pint
Purchased: 4-pack from Frugal MacDoogal, Nashville

A: Attractive beer that is clear and copper-colored. The head is huge and leaves behind an excellent web of lace and has very good retention.

S: The floral and citrus hop aromas make this a wonderful beer to smell.

T: Bitter taste up front from citrus/grapefruit hop flavors, with enough malt in the background to keep things somewhat in check. Also get some alcohol warming.

M: Full-bodied and medium in carbonation, the mouthfeel seems spot-on. Bitter resins make up the aftertaste, but the fruitiness helps take off the edge.

O: Overall a really well-executed high gravity IPA.

Serving type: can

03-24-2014 00:17:03 | More by sommersb
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DoreenAndDave

Maine

4.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours a clear amber. Beige head with nice lacing. Aroma is piney and resinous. Taste follows the nose. Some malt up front with a powerful hop finish: pine, pot, and slightly sweet. Mouthfeel is good. A bit heavy but not in a bad way. This is a big, substantial beer with some serious piney hops. Overall, an excellent beer.

Serving type: can

03-23-2014 02:16:59 | More by DoreenAndDave
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Beerlover

Minnesota

4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

can't resist an ipa that's new to distribution in the state, especially when it's in a can!! (CAN when you can!)
A:great gold color, not overly bubbly, 2 inch off white head and leaving some wicked good lacing around the glass.
S: one of the more piney i.p.a.s I've smelled in a while, very resinous smelling.
T: whaaaat!? wow this is really good, and really different. the piney resinous-ness is there but not overpowering as the aroma may imply. There is also this sweet sugary after taste that I have never tasted before in any style of beer that is very delicious!!
M; low high carbonation which I love in any style of beer, leaves a semi dry after taste probably coming from the resiny hops.
o.a. 8.5 outta 10 on beerlover's rating scale, I would definitely buy this again, may have even rateded higher if I hadn't had so many good pale ales and india pales lately!

Serving type: can

03-20-2014 04:18:05 | More by Beerlover
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RickS95

Indiana

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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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.14/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

If Dale's Pale Ale sold its soul to the devil, to gain greater teeth-churning hop flavor and an impossible sense of drinkability, then each and every sip is well worth it!

The charming ale kicks off with a bright amber-gold pour. Its fine haze allows for the bright glow, giving the beer an appealing look. Its cream-colored, cream-textured foam blanket rises strongly and withstands the session with ease, lacing the glass with intricacy and broken collars.

Its fruit-filled aromas are all things citrus and tropical. With a wrap of caramel and honey, the scent of candied fruit wafts over the nose immediately. Red grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple and mango lead the way as the juicy leaf scent comes forth with fresh-cut grass, herbal lemongrass and broken pine needles.

As the lightly sticky malt grazes against the tongue, the thin sweetness of caramel and honey work in tandem to give the hop's fruit character a brighter, riper and plumper taste. Seemingly dripping with fruit sugars, the middle palate is alive with juices of grapefruit, orange and Hawaiian punch. As notions of sherbet come to mind, the herbaceous and bitter taste of hops put a stranglehold on the back of the throat with deeply resinous pine, grass and a light nod to hop's cannabis cousin.

Deviant's early texture is pleasantly creamy even though it is malty-dry. Its enhanced carbonation pulls from the shy malt sweetness and lightens the body until the hop resins and alcohol warm and dry the ale delicately in its fast-fleeting finish.

Deviant Dale's IPA is a supercharged hop-bomb with just enough malt support to keep from mistaking the beer for alcoholic fruit juice. Its exquisite balance and drinkability is a welcome rarity.

Serving type: can

03-05-2014 17:24:22 | More by BEERchitect
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magictacosinus

California

3.91/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

As mentioned in an earlier review, it's hard to review Oskar Blues these days because I cannot often find single cans broken from any of their 4-6 packs for me to sample. For that matter, I was quite excited when I found a can of this (as well as some G'Knight) at a local market in Arcata in early January. Canned on "11/29/13." Consumed about 5 weeks later. Poured out of a 16oz can into a tulip glass.

I had this right before G'Knight in the same evening, and I suppose the only difference between the two is the clarity of the beer, as well as its overall viscosity. Otherwise, they're practically the same - this one, at least, is a reddish amber beer with a frothy, fluffy off-khaki head that rises to the top of the tulip and dissipates rather soon, leaving behind a ton of sticky foam at the sides, as well as a half finger of head that persists throughout. Not too many bubbles show, but at least its a different take on the style rather than the constant orange amber that seems to be synonymous with IPAs.

Smells pretty solid, and although it's definitely a hoppy beer, as I can tell at the nose, it's also more on the malty, biscuit-like side that many amber ales are known for, including those that are hoppier. Notes of blood orange, grapefruit, and pine make up most of the aroma, with some peppery, herbal notes that meld into the cracked toasted grainy aroma. The finish is melded with extra breadiness and caramel, with a brief spiciness and sweetness that makes this very refreshing. It's definitely not very complex, but there's nothing wrong with it, either.

The flavor continues the malt bomb, but this time around, there's a relative balance between the citrus bitterness from the hops and the biscuit qualities from the malts. This is kind of the Colorado equivalent of Ballast Point's Big Eye IPA, although it's a little bit sweeter and therefore far more to my liking. Starts with good notes of orange peel, grapefruit, stone fruits, and intense pine, soon to be followed by some brief floral notes and slight pepper that melds into the caramel, English-bitter style biscuit flavor. Finishes extra grainy with a brief astringency from the hops but an overall palate cleansing process from the entire combination of ingredients. Finishes with brief bitterness, yet overall clean. Carbonation is quite good for the type of beer it is, and remains crisp in feel as well as balanced when it comes to the booze and extra sugars. A pretty solid, old school IPA overall.

This is a throwback to some of the older IPA recipes that hang around, and in the environment of palate destroying astringent bitter beers, it's very welcome overall in my glass. I do wish that it weren't as malty for an IPA, but I can't complain too much with the delightful citrus notes that stick around. There's nothing too demonic about this, though - personally, G'Knight was far more intense and sweet. This still stands as a solid beer and shows that Oskar Blues really is among some of the great larger craft breweries out there.

Serving type: can

03-04-2014 05:40:37 | More by magictacosinus
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lordofstarside

Nevada

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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TheFizzinator

Minnesota

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

Pours a delicious light brown reddish color, lots of head into my Bells goblet. My nose is picking up a smidgen of honey with some peach notes. The smell is alluring and very heavy hitting. The taste is a hop smack to the face with a nice sustained bitterness throughout mixed with the floral tendencies. moutfeel is a medium/heavy carbonation with a lightweight body giving it a unique feeling as it goes down.

Not a world beating IPA, but I definitely enjoyed it. It's for the true hop heads the like the bitterness bite in their beer.

Serving type: can

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