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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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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

2,692 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 2,692
Reviews: 588
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 95
Gots: 222 | FT: 3
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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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

beernads, Sep 12, 2013
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3/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

1 pint/500ml/16 fl oz aluminum can acquired at Wally's Wine in Westwood, California last week and served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed from notes. Expectations are high given the brewery - which is growing on me - and current ratings for this beer on the site. I've also seen hype about it on the forums. ABV confirmed as 8.00%. Canned on 03/30/2012. No best before date.

Not paired with food.

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a nice 2.5 finger head of nice cream, beige colour, good thickness, and excellent retention for the 8.00% ABV. A slight bubble show (about two seconds) emerges as bubbles float upwards towards the head. Colour is a dark caramel copper with amber tinges. Little lacing as the head recedes. Appears adequately carbonated. A nice appearance for the style, though predictable to an extent. The foamy head is nice and soft, inviting a sip. No yeast particles are visible - nor should they be for the style.

Sm: Bittering hops with slight pine and citrus qualities. No real floral character here. Some dry grapefruit is dominant. Clean malts. A typical hoppy aroma for the style. Mild to moderate in strength. Appealing, though the hop bitterness seems untamed...

T: It is. Fresh grapefruit and slight oily pine hops help cover the bitterness on the climax, leaving a pleasant hop character - but the bitterness does slip through on the backend in the finish and aftertaste, to the detriment of the flavour - but it's not a substantial effect. Clean unobtrusive malts comprise the foundation. Grapefruit is the only real citrusy note, limiting the complexity of the brew. It's all around a pleasant if somewhat simple IPA. No cream, yeast, or alcohol comes through (except as a warming sensation in the stomach in the case of the alcohol). Not particularly subtle or complex. Some interesting hop layering, but nothing truly remarkable. Too bitter.

Mf: Slightly oily from the hops. No real cream. A touch too thick and a bit overcarbonated. Nicely wet, though it grows a bit thin in the body. One criticism I have of the beer is its notable lack of a full body. It could use a bit more coarseness; it comes off as too smooth leaving the wet body feeling almost watery.

Dr: A nice little IPA that is pretty drinkable for its high ABV. That said, the grapefruit emphasis isn't ideal and the brew feels a bit simple. It drinks surprisingly fresh from the can. I probably wouldn't get this again unless I found it on-draught.

Drank fine out of me conical pint glass. I'd recommend the vessel.

Would pair alright with slightly spicy food. Perhaps tame Mexican.

High C

kojevergas, May 24, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

GClarkage, Jul 07, 2014
Photo of oriolesfan4
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love Oskar Blues' stuff, got a chance to try this one at a new, local bar in Baltimore as part of their 2 for $6 happy hour.. can't beat that. Great hoppy aroma, nice appearance in the glass with a fluffy, white head. Taste is definitely hop heavy, maybe a bit too much. If you like bitterness and in-your-face summit hops, this is the beer for you. Luckily, I do enjoy this and this beer was very drinkable and smooth, although a bit more balance would have made this a good beer to an excellent beer. Worthy of a try for sure.

oriolesfan4, Apr 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

InspectorBob, Aug 05, 2013
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4.8/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I must be slipping - 204 CAN reviews before me!? Ah, well. This is a CANQuest (TM) weekend and there is no end in sight.

From the black and flat brick red CAN: "Sippin' on a tall boy"; "Let's sling a little mud, girl"; "Pack it in, pack it out"; "CANS infinitely recyclable"; "coloRADo USA".

Oh, yeah, this was gonna be rad! I had just choked down a CAN o' crap and this was just what the doctor ordered. It began with a massive two fingers of tawny head, but I kept refilling the glass as it subsided until I had less than a finger remaining. What I was left with was a glass full of a deep-amber liquid with NE-quality clarity. Nose was simply dank - sticky, grassy, minty, much like my garden. Mouthfeel was on the thin side, so much so that I felt as though I were drinking unsweetened iced tea. Until the kick occurred. Man, this had the punch of a Missouri mule on the finish. I sat back back in my chair, attempting to catch my breath when I heard my long-silent monkey on my back begin to chatter. "Hops!" he screeched incessantly and when I CANnot satiate him, he goes berserk. Sweat ran in rivulets down my face. My quivering hand reached again for the glass. Beer slopped over the sides of the glass as I lifted it to my lips. One sip and I was a man again! I dialed up the Old Lady so that she could partake in the action. Who needs Viagra with this beer?!? Actually, who needs Viagra with my Old Lady? At any rate, the finish was breathtaking, very minty, and the sticky lacing was going to need a jackhammer to remove it. Not bad.

woodychandler, May 28, 2012
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4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy, dark golden copper color with bright orange edges and a one finger white head that quickly settles into a lasting ring.  Streaks of soapy lacing left behind.  

Earthy, grassy aroma that's countered by sweetness from citrus/tropical fruit and caramel malt.  Resinous with some grassy pine along with grapefruit, orange peel and pineapple.  Malt is more prominent than expected but adds sweet hints of caramel and toffee.

On the fuller end of medium bodied with a complex hop character balanced by malt sweetness.  Blast of earthy hops up front that provide a nice dry bitterness that is quickly checked by citrus and tropical fruit sweetness.  Hints of grapefruit, orange peel and mango with caramel malt, toffee and subtle nutiness adding sweetness for balance.  Subtle biscuit/graham cracker presence with a dry finish.  Well balanced and easy drinking but the hops still dominate.

corby112, Jul 30, 2012
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3.3/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

16 oz can served alongside Resin and Palate Wrecker.

Pours a dark golden orange with a retentive fluffy white head; ample lacing. Very nice aroma with strong punch of citrus and tropical fruit hops, very fresh and juicy with minimal malt presence. Flavor falls on its face with an overly bitter body, boozy finish and strong malt backbone. Blech. Well carbonated, medium body with a hot finish. Started off well from the nose, but fell apart quickly.

yourefragile, Apr 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

orangesol, Mar 07, 2013
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3.05/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured a nice burnt orange color with good carbonation and a nice white cap, lots of bubbles and lacing

S: Pine resin, orange peel, green hops, vegetables and a light oniony notes

T: Orange peel, coriander, vegetables and some onion witha sweet caramel notes and breadiness. A light hint of booze, a little slick, bitter hops mid body

M: Medium bodied, sweet and a bit sticky

O: Not to shabby but the oniony taste really gets to me and diminishes my ability to finish the tall boy can

barleywinefiend, Apr 07, 2012
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3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A pounder can into a shaped pint. Thanks go to kegatron for hooking me up with this! The brew pours a clear copper with just shy of 3 fingers of creamy froth. The cap leaves a full wall of webby lacing effect sticking to the glass.

The aroma is pulpy with hops. Quite rindy with an herbal fruit aspect reminescent of amarillo hops. Towards the back, it gets more herbal with a light pine to grassy touch mingled with fruity to floral alcohol notes.

The taste is bitter with rinds and pulp upfront that gets herbal and veggy-like. The grain quality is toasty to almost burnt flavored with some pine into the aftertaste. Solvent alcohol is fairly prominent not only in flavor but also with a warmth down the back of the throat. The faintest floral sweetness comes out in the background.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbobation. A nice ipa here that isnt holding back on the hoppiness. The bitterness is quite one-sided keeping this from being balanced in a way id prefer but overall this is solid. The alcohol is quite bold if you want to be picky. If you havent had this yet, you need to give it a go.

stakem, May 08, 2012
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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??

Billolick, Mar 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear golden orange to copper in color with some very light visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall light beige head that reduces to an extremely thin film with some thin patches and a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Significant lacing is observed.

S: The aroma is dominated by citrus and grapefruit hops with a lighter contribution from floral and pine/resin hops.

T: There is a very pleasant sweet malt backbone upfront. After that, this beer is all hops - primarily citrus and grapefruit but some some lighter hints of floral and pine. There is more than a passing amount of hop bitterness but it is not too aggressive. There is a nice complexity to the taste.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly coats the inside of your mouth and your tongue.

O: Amazingly great smell and taste to this beer with a wonderful complexity. I really enjoyed this beer but it is more of a sipping beer than a session beer. The hops are intense but I really like it.

dbrauneis, Apr 25, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Georgiabeer, May 11, 2014
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4.58/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in to a tulip.

medium amber. nice amount of lacing sticks to the side of the glass, not a huge head, but look nice.

Cracking open the can the Hoppy goodness permeates the air - yum. Great smell - piney resiny.

An assault of hop flavor - but low on the bittering. A bit of that candy hop flavor

Not super dry but that's not a problem. But doesn't seem over filling either.

Really enjoyable.

drewone, May 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A double hopped firkin at Al's.

A: The ale is a beautiful amber color, clearer than I'd expect a hand pump to be. A foamy head, close to a quarter finger, is dense on initial pump. As it recedes, the head leaves a thin band.

S: Plenty hoppy, rich with pine and citrus. The maltiness takes precedence, the firkin relaxing the hoppiness. That malt side, not nearly as prominent as G'Knight, keeps the hops flowing. Tropical hops pair with grasses and pepper in a big finish.

T: Even from a firkin, the hoppiness, amplified not once but TWICE!, owns the ale. Citrus and pine, with a focus on tropical fruits and grasses, are strong. They are leafy, as though I should be picking hop comes out of my teeth. Peppers and rind, a zestiness, comes out later in each sip, fuller with the strength of the ale evident. Rich maltiness is a good foil. Booziness becomes more evident as time goes by.

M: Rich and big, perhaps a little too big. The double hopping keeps the bite at the forefront - a good beer for a hophead.

akorsak, Mar 31, 2012
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4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in an imperial Nonic)

A- This beer pours a slightly haze slightly dense deep copper body with gentle strands of tiny bubbles streaming to the surface. There is a sticky beige head that last and leave register marks with each sip.

S- The dark green woody hops are pungent with a slight herbal note in the finish.

T- The pine resin flavor is full but not really bitter with a light toasted malt hint of sweetness in the finish. There is a nice bitter snap in the finish that really kicks me in the teeth as it starts to warm up.

M- The medium-full mouthfeel is creamy in texture but no real alcohol heat is noticed.

O- This beer has a nice hop flavor but the bitterness really gets bitey. I like the bit of malt support that comes through to balance the bitterness but it can't hold up.

rhoadsrage, Nov 28, 2012
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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.

DoubleJ, Oct 19, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

ejimhof, Apr 10, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

afsdan, Mar 21, 2014
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3.48/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Always nice to see a new product from Oskar Blues. Poured into a Dark Horse pint glass.

Deviant comes out the CAN with a vigorous push. The suds were a coming but I managed about an inch of creamy off white foam that left some spotches towards the top. The foam left after 5 minutes while the liquid is amber.

Smell is pretty piney and hoppy and smells like DD's is going to be on the bitter side. There is some apparent sweetness from the malting. Earthy hoppiness with some slight citrus, not entirely west coast, which it does not claim to be.

I am guessing this is a variation of the original dales with some variation. First sips were bitter and piney as hell which I liked. A nice earthy pine bite. Halfway through the malt kinda took over with a caramel twang with some candy apple. Fresh regular dales is the shit, and while this doubled version is a month old, the malts are taking hold, drink it up quick.

Feel is a bold medium with a slight syrupy feel. Reminds me of a lighter version of the sixpoint resin, yet Dales is smoother. It gets sweeter as time goes on, so drink it up quick. I like this, but i like regular dales better. Hopefully a fresher batch hits the market and I get tho try it again.

BARFLYB, Apr 19, 2012
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4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 ounce can into tulip glass; canned on 10/16/2012, "iapprovethismessage" slogan. Pours slightly hazy orange amber color with a nice 2 finger dense off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Some nice soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of huge orange zest, grapefruit, pineapple, orange rind, mango, floral, caramel, moderate pine, grass, and earthy spiciness. Fantastic aromas with great hop complexity, balance, and strength. Taste of big orange zest, grapefruit, orange rind, caramel, bread, pineapple, pine, floral, grass, and earthy spiciness. Good amount of piney citrus bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, pine, caramel, bread, orange rind, floral, grass, and earthy spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice hop flavor complexity with a nicely balanced malt backbone; with minimal cloying bitterness on the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy, sticky, and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent IPA! (though I would definitely place this as being a DIPA blindly) Great hop flavor complexity and malt balance; and quite smooth to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering I will be getting again.

superspak, Dec 17, 2012
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4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

4 pack from Nick's of Clinton.

Light orange and pretty clear with a small white head. The smell is certainly the best aspect of the beer. Dank hops and resin. Really nice. The taste is quite good, though it does not match the aroma. Overall, pretty good. Would definitely have again.

Huhzubendah, Mar 31, 2012
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4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oskar Blues : Deviant Dales

Pours a deep copper color, soapy head leaves plenty of lacing. Aroma of pine, herbs, citrus and tropical fruit. In the taste, very citrusy, with some pineapple and citrus flavors working well together. Alcohol has a presence but not too overbearing. Malt body gives off a caramel and toffee like flavor. Still, very hoppy like most double ipas, I can see why this won a medal (gold?) at the GABF this year. Very solid IPA with great flavor.

Stinkypuss, Apr 15, 2012
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3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16oz can bought at Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA as part of a 4-pack.

Poured into a CCB pub glass, formed a 1" orangey beige head over the slightly cloudy orangey amber brew. Head slowly falls to a layer of froth, with lasting coating lace. Aroma is citrus and pine.

Taste begins sweet for a fleeting moment, then citrus in the middle, followed by lots of piney bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is pretty good. I'd like a bit more backbone for an IPA, leans towards the bitter-for-bitter's-sake arena.

ppoitras, Jun 27, 2012
Deviant Dale's IPA from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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