Deviant Dale's IPA - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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4.55/5 rDev +12.9%
This is a beer for the hop head in you. It starts with a pour whose nose screams HOPS, but in a very nice way. If you like hops you can't help but like the nose of this assertive grapefruit tasting IPA.
The pour develops into a beautiful pour crowned by a thick tan head. The head gives way to rings of lace telling you just what a special beer this is. The hop oils and tannins can be seen with each tilt of the glass. The mouthfeel is satifying and leads into an aftertaste that lingers well, as long as you like hops. This is definitely a beer for the hophead community but a nice place to visit for the rest of the beer community.
04-23-2012 01:46:56 | More by NJBeerguy
4.03/5 rDev 0%
Been looking forward to trying this....
Canned on 3/23/12
This beer looks awesome. Dark copper with a nice, thick head that settles to a thin layer over the beer with a pretty sizeable amount of lacing.
The smell is good, but a little underwhelming, kinda like your favorite metal sone, but only at 1/4 volume. I find myself trying REALLY hard to sniff into the glass. I can smell it, but its just not as strong as it should be. What is there is a nice fresh, bitter hop smell.
At first touch o' the tongue it is bitter and malty. Then I'm hit with a bitter, earthy hop flavor. Usually this is NOT my type of IPA, but this works. Upon the swallow there is a sweet caramel finish.
This beer is good in the mouth. It is very smooth, but it could use a touch more carbonation. Other than that it is a very smooth IIPA, almost a little too smooth.
This is definately a good beer. It is outside of what I would normally consider a very good IIPA, but they really pull this together nicely. Certainly worth a try at least once, but probably more...
04-23-2012 00:56:50 | More by DaveHack
District of Columbia
3.7/5 rDev -8.2%
From 16oz tallboy to Bruges hybrid glass on 4/19/12
-- Canned on 4/5/12 --
A: Clean reddish-amber. A standard pour yields a 1.75 finger white head. Suitable lacing and collar follow.
S: The highlight of the beer. Like a stick of Juicy Fruit chewing gum. Lots of tropical fruit and juicy hops run rampant in my nostrils.
T: Fairly intense stuff for the ABV and IBU's. There's a robust malt profile that is decimated by the onion-like hop profile. This lingers in the mouth from the mid to the finish, and sticks in the crevices of my mouth long after my last sip. A bit vegetal on the finish. The beer as a whole is very green and slightly astringent. As it warms, more of an acidic fruit quality shows itself.
M: Damn is this some thick shit. Extremely dense and insanely creamy. Not many hopped up brews can match the body that this beer is packin'.
O: Not the beer I was so eagerly looking forward to. Not a bad beer, just not a beer that I could have again and again. I really thought I'd be opening a can of a new go-to hop fix. Instead, I opened it up and found liquid onion.
Having sampled this a few times since, I can say that I've grown a bit more fond of Deviant Dale's. I think my hopes were too high, and that what I wanted this beer to be vs. what it actually is affected my score. Therefore I'm bumping it a bit, and hoping that with time, Oskar Blues may tweek this a bit, and turn it into what could be a mighty fine double hop bomb.
04-22-2012 19:47:15 | More by Rhettroactive
4/5 rDev -0.7%
A-Clear amber orange, not much carbonation, one finger head with some lacing
S-Lots of citrus and floral hops.
T-Starts grassy with pine and dirt, some citrus creeps in, decent bitterness.
M-Medium bodied, some carbonation, nice and smooth.
O-A solid DIPA, I didn't get as much bitterness as I'd hoped though.
04-22-2012 17:06:48 | More by rlee1390
4.28/5 rDev +6.2%
16 oz can, (canned 3/20/12), poured into a British Imp Nonic
Pours a medium large, frothy, ¾” head, off white color, which has good longevity and fairly good lace, thin but there.
The color is deep amber, classic looking IPA
The aroma hits you with very distinct, piney, resiny, (dry hopped?) hoppy smell, followed by medium distinct and rich malt, with a distinct, dark, roasted character. Very faint hint of (soap?), is this even possible? Maybe I am just having an olfactory hallucination?
That being said this ale has a very powerful hop character, very piney, West Coast. Wow!
Crisp, distinct, bitter entry on the palate of powerful hops, pine and resin, spicy, with nuances of lemon, followed by medium rich, dark, malts, roasted, caramel. The malt while quite distinct is buried by the powerful hops. Thank you very much. Full bodied with a fine medium carbonation and light, off dry sweetness.
Very long, bitter, piney hop dominated finish with the malt taking a back seat again. The hop oils linger forever and coat your mouth with a wonderful bitterness.
This was an exceptionally enjoyable ale. Delicious and powerful hop profile.
Perhaps not the most refined ale, but you have to admire pure muscle of this baby. Wow!
Highly recommended for extreme hop heads.
04-22-2012 14:36:23 | More by JTSbeerislife
4.03/5 rDev 0%
16oz can into Duvel tulip. Didn't check for canned on date (the beer just came out).
Appearance: Free pour yields a 2 inch fizzy, rocky offwhite head that leaves a couple swatches of lacing. Pours an almost clear light copper orange. No lacing to speak of.
Smell: Tropical fruit, with a lemon and orange citrus undercurrent. Much further in the background, pungent hops.
The fruit juice character of the nose is very nice, but I want profound, pungent hops from my hot shot DIPAs. Still gets a 4.0 since the fruit notes are pretty great, and the overall balance is good as well.
Taste: Whoa, there's the dank, pungent, Summit hop hit I wanted from the aroma. Powerful dank weed and melon hops, with a mild burnt toast malt backbone (somewhat high malt sweetness as well, but nowhere near, say, 90 Minute IPA sweet). Notably low bitterness. Subtle citrus flavor accenting the oniony, funky Summit.
Tastes like 1 part Dale's Pale Ale, 2 parts GUBNA, but less bitter. Honestly, I think it's a great combo, and the flavors are really well integrated. Could stand to have more bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy. Low side of moderate carbonation. Slight dryness. Really nice, and a good vehicle for that dominant, marijuana-esque hop flavor.
Overall: I thought that GUBNA with some tropical fruit and citrus would be the best DIPA I'd ever have, but I was wrong. Regardless, Deviant Dale's *does* fix the problems of GUBNA (more palatable fruit flavors to balance the onion/garlic assault from just using Summit hops), and it nails "turn Dale's Pale Ale, with it's fruit juice melange of hops and high sweetness, into an IPA."
A good DIPA, maybe even a great one. Something lacking though... I think it needs to be dryer, and perhaps some more umph to the fruit flavors (they help, but they're also a little afterthought-y). Will buy again though if this becomes year round or more available.
04-21-2012 04:44:09 | More by Pahn
3.8/5 rDev -5.7%
Tall can picked up at Knightly Spirits in Orlando.
Poured into a goblet. Light amber golden, clear, good retention. Lots of lacing. Good looking brew.
Nose is tropical, with West coast hops, citrus, mango, malt and a bit of pepper.
Malty brew, quite sweet and with the hops providing long bitterness to the finish, but less in the body. Notes of orange, mango spice and earth.
A decent DIPA but nothing new. The hops were not as bold and flavorful as a beer like this deserves. Stil, a tasty brew nevertheless!
04-21-2012 03:36:21 | More by JohnnyBarman
3.48/5 rDev -13.6%
A pretty good beer but not my favorite type of IPA. Nice pour with a inviting dark amber color with a nice off white head. Smell was pretty malty and dark with less hops than I was expecting. Taste had a musty malty flavor that was a bit off putting before the hops kicked in and saved the day, but still a bit too much malt for my taste. mouthfeel was thick and not too inviting. Overall a decent IPA but not one I'd rush out to get again.
04-21-2012 02:49:14 | More by Dmann
3.73/5 rDev -7.4%
Pint Can, Almost exactly 1 month old.
A: Pours a beatiful copper/amber/rust, clear, with thin, slightly tan head. Small head, but i'm not good at can pours. Head dissipates, but leaves big rings. Looks like a red ale kinda.
S: Grapefruit/pineapple, west coast, some caramel. No real pine or floral. A bit faint for a DIPA. After settling more molasses/malts come through. Perhaps fresher would have better smell.
T: Sour grapefruit up front, very tropical citrus, some lemonade, with a solid caramel/molasses malty backbone, actually pretty balanced with big flavors, a light hint of peppery spice, finally at the end the hop oils return, quite bitter piney finish, hint of booze, slightly earthy/grassy too. Leaves palate dry.
M: A tad light on carbonation, very smooth, creamy, coats mouth with hop oils. Medium/full weight. Really nice actually.
O: More of an Imperial Red than an 1.5 IPA or whatever you want to consider it. Hop flavors are big, but the lot of maltiness and spice too. Would prefer slightly bigger hop flavors/extraction, but it is well balanced, not a DIPA hop fix though. More for beer drinkers, not hop heads. Worth trying, a bit overpriced IMO.
04-21-2012 00:44:41 | More by BigCheese
4/5 rDev -0.7%
Straight pour from 16oz can to a large Hill Farmstead stem, for the hell of it as much as anything else. Canning date of March 16, 2012 printed in black ink on the underside of the can (“CANNED ON 03-16-12@10:37 THIS IS BAT COUNTRY”). Oh Oskar Blues, so quirky.
Appearance (4.0): Body is a clear copper-golden color, capped with a rather dense, two-finger head the color of custard. Some moderate lacing all around, very lovely.
Smell (4.0): Mix of bright citrus and aromatic botanicals coming out of this, like fresh orange juice with some lemongrass, gin, and a bit of lavender mixed in there. Bit of a sharp grapefruit punch in the front, too. Very nice smelling-beer, though it can come off as vegetal if you’re in the wrong mindset. Me, I prefer botanicals and gin.
Taste (4.0): Hop bite attacks right away, offering a nice, sharp, herbal / citrus peel astringency that never crosses the line to “medicinal.” Does have a vegetal side, but it’s blurred by a moderately boozy character that masks it a bit. The malt body is somewhat sweet, but has a very strong toasted character that keeps it from being cloying. Like . . . toasted bread with little bit of caramel spread on it. Neutral yeast note, appropriate to the style. The finish is very, very long, and mainly herbal / grassy. This is good, very hoppy but still relatively balanced.
Mouthfeel (4.0): The carbonation is a little understated at first, but finishes surprisingly aggressively; meanwhile, the body is slightly syrupy, and medium- to full-bodied. Nice.
Overall (4.0): Fours across the board, man. This is a solid DIPA that doesn’t necessarily bring anything new to the field but doesn’t disappoint in anyway, also. The only thing I will say is that if you are sensitive to vegetal / onion-garlic notes in your hop profile, this beer may not be for you. Still, a very solid brew, though it could be a little less expensive. Ah well, c’est la vie, right? Glad to have tried.
04-21-2012 00:42:11 | More by fmccormi
3.5/5 rDev -13.2%
16oz vessel Canned on Date: 03-20-12
A- Pedestrian pour into a Duvel tulip glass yields a crystal clear, ruby red with an soapy, eggshell colored head which dissipates rather quickly. However, substantial lacing is left behind coating the glass.
S- Very interesting...stream of conciousness: Pine resin, onion/garlic, citrus rind and some muted tropical fruit esters.
T- Not much malt presence. Bitter citrus rind at the sides of the tongue followed by some onion/garlic flavor on the mid palate then finishes with a piney/tacky bitterness.
M- Classic Chico/California/American ale yeast delivers moderate carbornation but the brew has a bit of an oily feel.
O- I'm not sure if onion/garlic describes it accurately, maybe spicy/earthy/citrus oil describes it better. Do I like it? Yes. Is it worth the price ($12+) for a four-pack? No...I'd prefer Heady Topper for that price and the same volume.
[review posted after second can consumed from 4-pack]
04-20-2012 23:37:26 | More by threeviews
4.65/5 rDev +15.4%
Another winner from Oskar Blues. Poured from a 16oz tall boy can to a goblet:
A: Reddish orange coloring, very clear, thick head
S: Citrus hops hit the nose right awy.
T: Well balanced IPA. Citrus flavors from the hops balanced well with a strong malt backbone.
M: Medium bodied, well carbonated. Very smooth.
Awesome IPA, very smooth but hits a little hard. At 8% it is closer to an imperial. This will be a staple for me.
04-20-2012 21:29:13 | More by BeerisfoodLLC
Deviant Dale's IPA from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
90 out of 100 based on 2,649 ratings.