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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

2,865 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 2,865
Reviews: 594
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.19%
Wants: 107
Gots: 266 | FT: 4
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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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

nycwinter, May 29, 2012
Photo of hardy008
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark amber with a 3 finger white head with very good retention and lacing. The aroma has grapefruit, citrus zest, pineapple, and pine.

The taste has grapefruit zest, unripened white grapefruit, and pine. The pineapple which I picked up in the aroma, does not come through in the taste. There is a lot of bitterness, and very little sweetness to provide balance.

Medium bodied with modest carbonation. Has a sticky mouthfeel, and a bitter aftertaste. Not my favorite Oskar Blues beer. The others have all been better in my opinion.

hardy008, May 28, 2012
Photo of KMcG
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Amber with an off-white head that disspates quickly to form a lace coating over the beer

S: Herbal aroma of parsley and cilantro, and lemon and pine

T: Balanced. Green pepper and lemon are all present. There is a piney brightness present as well.

M: Drinkable, fresh, medium to full body and moderate carbonation.

KMcG, May 28, 2012
Photo of ferrari29
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

ferrari29, May 28, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

dgeebs07, May 28, 2012
Photo of deapokid
3/5  rDev -25.4%

deapokid, May 28, 2012
Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip (not by choice here at the bar)

Appearance: semi dark amber with a semi-cloudy body. Head was thick at first due to the hard pour head was maybe 2/3" off the body.

Smell: light pines maybe a little caramel smell but real light compared to other DIPAs

Taste: deep grapefruit skin, and slightly bitter it is hard to love but hard to hate.  Very complex and I have to admit after three sips I am telling you Yes, you would like.

Mouth: medium carbonation and super sticking after-taste.

Overall: My goal is when I leave the bar is to pick this up hopefully in a six-pack, it is definitely worth a keeper in your fridge. Absolutely no complaints here, Salud!

BlurryVisi0n, May 28, 2012
Photo of woodychandler
4.8/5  rDev +19.4%
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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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Thomas_Picton, May 28, 2012
Photo of zeledonia
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Canned 13 April 2012.

Pours a clear deep orange amber. Two fingers of yellowish head, great retention and lacing. About as good as it gets.

Smells of potent hops, a pleasant mix of grapefruit and pine. Has some citrus rind sharpness, but it's subdued. Hop-forward, but backed up well by a hefty malt bill that provides juicy fullness and some sweetness. In short,

Taste is nicely balanced, with a big helping of caramel malts evening things out for all those hop acids. It's still quite bitter, for sure, but the sweetness and richness of the malts makes it much more drinkable than it would otherwise be.

Medium-heavy body, slightly sticky and kinda chewy, with just enough carbonation. Long-lasting finish.

Just the kind of DIPA I like - big and balanced. Both the hops and the malts are cranked up high, but they balance each other out well. I like this beer a lot.

zeledonia, May 27, 2012
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3/5  rDev -25.4%

Casterbridge, May 27, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

brez8791, May 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

johnbflushing, May 26, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

OleJohnnieAle, May 26, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

ww54174, May 25, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

MattR, May 25, 2012
Photo of Chico1985
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this a few times now, good beer.

Pours into a snifter a dark amberish color with a bit of haze to it. An off-white head starts at about a finger and retains nicely, leaves great lacing.

A promising nose delivers lots of danky, grassy, veggie hops, with some sweet malts backing it up.

Taste brings on lots of danky, earthy, onion-y, grapefruit hops, with some bready and sweet caramel malts that aren't overbearing but back it nicely. Reminds me of a toned down Gubna, quite tasty.

Smooth, silky mouthfeel, carbonation is a bit on the low side, low alcohol presence. Hops steal the show but there is just enough malt to give it a good balance.

The big danky onion hops can be a hit or miss, this one for me is definitely a hit. This beer in tallboy cans is a great idea, but like all Oskar Blues, I just wish they weren't so expensive.

Chico1985, May 25, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

nas4atu, May 25, 2012
Photo of Lemke10
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy, copper orange color with a thick foamy head. Scent is hoppy with hints of citrus and some bready tones. This first sip is just pure greatness. It's smooth, crisp, refreshing, and so tasty. The bread and citrus flavors hit my taste buds first as it finish with a crisp dry after taste. Well done Oscar Blues!

Lemke10, May 25, 2012
Photo of TheSupremeAJ
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

TheSupremeAJ, May 25, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Schulzy1, May 25, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Huntbuc, May 24, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

JohnLynch, May 24, 2012
Photo of kojevergas
3/5  rDev -25.4%
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
Photo of Darkmagus82
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 16 oz can into pint glass

Appearance – Pours an orange – copper color with a very slow to form but dense head with a just slightly off white color. The head has wonderful retention but eventually fades leaving a good amount of lacing.

Smell – A good level of hop aroma is present and most pertinent. The hop aromas are biggest of pine, but there are citrus and earthy notes of hop as well. Behind all the hop aroma is a sweeter caramel and citrus as well as malt aroma, bringing a balance to all the hop.

Taste – The flavor starts out as smooth malt with a light caramel sweetness. The hops soon enter and rid the brew of the sweetness. The hop flavors start out almost entirely of pine, but are soon met with other hop flavors as well. Some citrus hop enters more to the middle to the end. At the very end of the taste, an earthy and grassy hop flavor mix with the rest and bring the taste to the end. These flavors that enter in the end are rather intense and leave a lingering bitterness on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is quite nice and creamy. The carbonation level is light with it seeming to be held into the brew by the thickness of the body. Overall the beer coats, but yet tingles ever so slightly on the tongue creating a nice mouthfeel.

Overall – A pretty good IPA. It has a nice look, nose, and feel. While the majority of the taste is good, the bitterness left on the tongue at the end is not one I love (although some may enjoy the particular bitter).

Darkmagus82, May 24, 2012
Deviant Dale's IPA from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
90 out of 100 based on 2,865 ratings.