Deviant Dale's IPA - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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3.55/5 rDev -11.9%
Poured into a tulip.
A: Pours a crystal clean golden/amber with 3 fingers of head. It appears to have extremely low carbonation with good head retention and lacing.
N: Huge notes of resinous pine, grapefruit, florals and biting lemon zest. There is also light notes of pineapple and papaya.
T: Upfront are pine needles, grapefruit rind and toffee-coated papaya. Mid-palate reveals thick caramel and toffee along with light notes of pineapple and mango. Finishes with bitter grapefruit, lemon zest, orange rind and resinous pine.
M: Full bodied, chewy, sticky and bitter.
O: Rather unique DIPA utilizing grapefruit and pine with undercurrents of toffee. Big, assertive and highly bitter. It's like a mix between Gubna and Gordon (G'Knight) with the consistency of Ten Fidy. It's very loud and boisterous. I'd much rather prefer a classier DIPA.
04-20-2012 00:13:58 | More by justintcoons
4.23/5 rDev +5%
Deviant Dale's opens with a brilliantly hoppy nose, ripe with pink grapefruits, lemon and lime zest, rose hips, mint, pepper, and touches of pine. The variance in these aromas speaks to a well-crafted brew, and their potency is in the ideal area of enticing and intoxicating, but not burn-your-nose-hairs overwhelming. A good sugary base, bringing in layers of orange, apricot, berry, and mango fruit esters, helps balance the hoppy citrus bite, and a bed of light toast crust and biscuit provides a grounding effect. Because of the heavy citrus/sugar load, and the comparatively light barley aromas, the beer does smell somewhat like a fruity spritzer or soft drink--think Sprite, but with more pizazz--but is still good.
On the tongue, the beer opens with a massive, bitter hop slam that is completely unexpected, given the nose's easygoing nature. Here, the hops turn to the dark side, bringing heavy doses of dandelion stem, pine sap, grapefruit rind, rose hips, eucalyptus, and peppery mint. The hops are heavy enough that it's somewhat difficult to locate other flavors beneath them, but some orange liqueur, apricot, and toast crust do still emerge. But by quite a large margin--perhaps 80% or more--the flavors in here are hops, hops, and more hops, lasting even into the aftertaste, which for a good ten to twenty seconds is a dead-on and hardly-ebbing continuation of the bitter slam found in the main mouthful, and continues to burn at the tongue for well over a minute. This beer is definitely not for the faint of heart, nor is it for anyone not already largely comfortable with double IPAs. There is also a medium-strong alcohol burn in here, coming across like vodka vapors, and adding to the beer's gnawing at the soft palate. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium, though it feels stronger, thanks to the hops.
Overall, this is an excellent IPA, though it should be noted again that the strength of the hops is not going to appeal to the novice, or perhaps even the intermediate drinker. It also says much that the hops are strong enough that, when the beer is consumed on an empty stomach, they can induce a slight belly burn, much like a liquor.
04-19-2012 22:51:52 | More by jondeelee
4.03/5 rDev 0%
16oz can. Pours golden copper with a big fluffy off-white head that retains well and laces the glass.
The aroma is piney, resiny, slightly catty Summit hops and Columbus with some caramel malt.
The flavor is bready caramel malts with a big piney, resiny bitterness that lingers in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.
Overall, a very nice IPA. I've heard it described as a mix of Dale's and Gubna. It's definitely not as over the top Summit as Gubna.
04-19-2012 04:28:57 | More by Beaver13
3.48/5 rDev -13.6%
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.
04-19-2012 04:23:47 | More by BARFLYB
3.53/5 rDev -12.4%
Poured from a tallboy can into a Firestone Walker tulip. Pours a brilliant, transparent amber with a 2-3 finger foam crown at the top. Nose is on the malty and piney side of the spectrum. The hops aren't very apparent, neither is any kind of prominent citrus. The taste is largely an extension of the nose. The malt profile is pretty dominant once more, with the hops fighting to survive. Pine finally shines through in what is a continued absence of any citrus or noteworthy hop profile. The mouthfeel has a lot of malt, caramel and some sweetness to it. The 8% ABV is a bit noticeable and provides some decent bite. Overall, this is a decent beer. I'd have it again, but I wouldn't seek it out by any means, and can think of several IPA/DIPA's that I would choose off a draft list prior to this one.
04-18-2012 21:25:51 | More by Retail1LO
4.28/5 rDev +6.2%
16 oz can, date of 3-20-12 on the bottom. less than a month old, pretty fresh. Love the Widespread Panic lyric reference around the top of the can!
appears a bright clear orange rust color, with 1/2" off-white head. great lacing. nice pleasant strong hop aroma. piney, earthy, citrus. very tasty hop flavors, with enough slightly sweet malt to provide good balance. medium body & carbonation. fairly smooth, a bit sticky.
overall - easy drinking, very tasty. hard to put down.
04-18-2012 03:39:14 | More by jmdrpi
4.63/5 rDev +14.9%
16 ounce can, packaged on 3-20-2012 (about 27 days old), poured into my Sam Adams perfect pint glass.
A: Pours a dark murky orange color with a nice 1+ finger white head on top.
S: Grapefruit, pine, and cotton candy, all at a moderately strong volume.
T: Tons of flavors here. Grapefruit arrives first with much fanfare. Crashing in behind it comes a wave of strikingly sweet malts. I struggle for words to describe the sweetness. The "Cotton Candy" that I eluded to in the nose is the best I can come up with. It's sharp and poignent, though, and I always find it to be characteristic of Colorado in general and Oskar Blues in particular. Then, at the end, a touch of citrus and a blast of pine make there presence felt as well.
Everything about this beer is loud and assertive. There's nothing gentle here. This is the anti-pliney. The bitter/sour grapefruit is big. The sweetness is sharp. And the bitter pine is lasting.
M: Carbonation may be a touch low for my liking. The beer has a great heft to it, though. It's thick, viscous, and sticky in the mouth. And finishes dry, with lots of sticky, bitter-sweet flavors left behind on the finish.
D/O: Highly drinkable, and overall very enjoyable. My only (minor) criticism might be that as I worked my way through this 16-ounce can, the sweetness wore on me just a touch. That said, I'd gladly crack a 2nd can open immediately after polishing this one off.
04-18-2012 00:20:35 | More by psuKinger
3.63/5 rDev -9.9%
16oz can poured into pint
Pours a copper color with some golden hues and a slight haze. Crop of white head leaves significant amounts of patchy lacing all over with some lingering wispy film.
Strong and piny in the nose with some herbal hints. Pungent hop aroma with resin and a dash of citrus peel. Hint of warming alcohol with a note of peppery spice.
Bitter and slightly abrasive up front with a blast of pine and sticky resin. Slightly floral and herbal with spicy notes. Lighter citrus lurks underneath with orange and grapefruit. Bready backbone is a bit understated amidst the crazy hop attack. Finishes bitter and strong with some alcohol warmth.
Medium body, decent carbonation, sticky, dry and lingering on the tongue. This is pretty tasty, although the flavors can be a bit extreme at points. I can see where people are getting the "onion" or "garlic" notions, but I don't really agree that it's the entire profile.
04-17-2012 22:30:08 | More by xnicknj
3.93/5 rDev -2.5%
Very good, but not one of my favs from them. Served at a good temperature with a large, foamy, light tan to cream colored head that slowly settles and plenty of lace. Color is a clear orange honey ambewith a few bubble trails. Aroma is hops, malt, used leather, musty, and musky. Flavor's much like nose with hop bitterness really standing out, a little malt sweetness, some carbonic tang. Body is good and full but the bitterness makes it a bit rough, carbonation is good. Finish is like flavor and body and lasts a long time. Nice to try, but for me, one and done.
04-17-2012 19:57:53 | More by drpimento
4/5 rDev -0.7%
16 oz can into a tulip glass. Canned on 3/30/12.
Pours a crystal clear copper, with a couple fingers of frothy off-white head. This retains with a ½ finger cap of sudsy foam, which throws up a good bit of sticky foamy lacing onto the sides of the glass. The aroma smells floral, herbal, piney, and spicy, with an underlying fruity combination of fresh grapefruit and then more sweet and ripe tropical notes. Firm feeling bready malts buffer the back of the nose from the hops.
The taste is quite strong and aggressive with the hops, with zesty grapefruit, resins, and spice that cut across the tongue and carry the whole way through to a fairly hard finish. Herbal textures and light tropical fruit character help soften the blow here a bit, while sweet caramel and dry biscuit flavors from the malts do their best to balance some of those assertive flavors out but they are barely keeping the overall intensity of this in check.The mouthfeel is medium bodied and sharp on the tongue, which then spreads out into a firm prickly creaminess that is undercut by a herbal slickness that helps keep this as smooth as it can be. That 8% ABV amplifies those hops and helps stick all of that pith, pine, and spice to the tongue with some strength.
If you like your DIPAs in more of the bold style, with lots of sharp bitterness, pine, and spiciness, then you’ll probably like this one. Personally, it really isn’t my thing (especially when the alcohol really amps things up like it does here) but I will say that things did start to balance and smooth out more as I neared the end of the glass and the freshness did help carry this through to the end for me. This wasn’t really quite what I was expecting out of this beer but I can respect it for what it is.
04-17-2012 18:45:27 | More by Kegatron
4.2/5 rDev +4.2%
Pours hazy orange color with a massive 3 finger creamy light tan head that faded very slowly and left good foamy lacing and rings as it went down; a good looking IPA from a tallboy can.
Smells of citrus hops, grapefruit, papaya, orange peel, pineapple, caramel, light spices, piney hops, herbs, biscuit and lightly toasted grains; big blast of fruity citrus hops up front that is very sweet and almost smells wet hopped, then nice floral notes come through with more citrus and some cracker or sweet malts – nice balance in the nose.
Tastes of citrus hops, grapefruit, orange peel, mango, pineapple, lemon zest, floral hops, tea leaf, grass, caramel, lightly toasted grains, biscuit, herbs, pine cone/piney hops, light spices like pepper and coriander, brown sugar and a faint presence of a sweet alcohol like rum; this beer hides the ABV very well and the hop taste up front lets the malts and bready notes come through at the end right before the hop bitterness closes this out. The sweetness is held in check by the grains for an overall tasty and fairly complex IPA/DIPA.
Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, with average carbonation, a medium body that’s a little chewy and good drinkability; the malts give it an English IPA feel, but the hops make this an all American IPA.
Real nice taste, goes down easy (almost too easy), hides the ABV and most definitely worth trying out – another winner from Oskar Blues. Says IPA on the can, listed as a DIPA on BA, whatever…it’s a damn tasty beer so go drink one.
04-17-2012 04:24:46 | More by CHickman
4.28/5 rDev +6.2%
1 full fingers of head, soapy white crater moonscape goodness, lazy bubbles commute birth and keep the head from collapsing, orange, almost glowing, hue, lacing and legs are on par for the style, nice.
been awhile since I sniffed a hop bomb like this, grapefruit mixed with pine and ocean freshness, pretty much a one trick pony, but if you love hops...
waiting... hmm, I thought this would be a real nut buster of a hop bomb, it isn't... is that a bad thing? I'm not sure yet... (sips)
floral, kind of juciy/fruity hops seriously like juicy fruit gum (with the gum flavor sweetness also), some bitterness is ther but very subdued. The ABV is worked in nicely. This sips nice and smooth, really easy. This really drinks like a slightly kicked up IPA not the sometimes hammer drop DIPAs produced by many breweries to show you they can kill you with hop-ness. The more I have of this the more I like it.
nice bitters linger but nothing mouth puckering, a very easy drinking DIPA that delivers in flavor and ABV.. so it is big but it fits in your mouth. (get your mind out of the gutter you whore)
music: HumanMeshDance - thesecretnumbertwelve
04-17-2012 04:20:54 | More by Ego
3.53/5 rDev -12.4%
Keep in mind that I had this beer the same day I had Sierra Nevada's Hoptimum (which I liked better than the deviant dale's) so naturally my rating will be a little biased.
A - Poured the entire 16oz can into my Duvel tulip. It shows a beautiful orange - amber color with finger head on it which dissipates within the first few minutes.
S - Here I'm picking up some pine, grapefruit, and granny smith apple. Maybe a little honey as well.
T - Right away you get the hops. Pine, Citrus, and honey (as it is in the nose)
MF - there is a slight alcohol burn, but that is to be expected when you are having an 8%ABV beer. Either that or it is the pairing with pepper-jack cheese that is giving me the burn.
O - This is a solid DIPA. Again, I had hoptimum earlier today, and that was FANTASTIC. This beer held its own against it, but in the end I think hoptimum is the victor.
04-17-2012 02:53:25 | More by stevenstofen
Deviant Dale's IPA from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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