Deviant Dale's IPA - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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4.23/5 rDev +5%
16 oz can canned on 3-20-12, consumed 3-30-12.
The beer pours an orange-copper color with a medium-sized white head. The aroma is full of resinous pine with a little bit of orange citrus and a little bit of bread mixed in. The flavor is more of the same. I get a ton of dank resinous notes, as well as some orange and some strong pine notes. There is a little bit of bread and toffee, but this one is all about the hops. Medium bitterness. Medium to full mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
03-31-2012 03:06:57 | More by Mora2000
4.4/5 rDev +9.2%
16oz tallboy can poured into a New Belgium globe. Uber fresh, the date code has this beer at just seven days old.
A: Clear red/orange with a rocky white head comprised of small bubbles. Great retention, huge clumps of sticky lacing.
S: Just a wonderful medley of soft pine scents and aromatic citrus fruits. Green and sweet weed-like scents too. Kiwi, passion fruit, tangerine, blood orange, grapefruit pith, and floral scents. There's something here that just keeps making me think Fruity Pebbles cereal too. No hope of finding the malt base on the nose. This is one of the most fragrant noses I've ever come across in a beer, or in anything for that matter.
T: Rind bitterness grabs the palate from the start and builds to an impressive intensity. That sugary, fruity cereal aspect is here too. Pithy, oily, and green. Tangerine, ruby red grapefruit, lemon, and more citrus. Still can't really find that malt base, and I'm perfectly fine with that. Just some vague sweet tastes and maybe the slightest suggestion of grain. Long finish of bitter lemon and grapefruit rinds, pithy plant matter, and some sugary fruit.
M: Medium bodied, full and lush. Well rounded, perfectly smooth. It doesn't get much better.
O: This beer is phenomenal. It's on a totally different level, and it isn't even fair. Mind blowing.
Notes: There are some comparisons to be drawn between this beer and Heady Topper, but I'm about to write something that shocks even myself: I like this better. I didn't think it was possible. It's just so fragrant, so damn tasty. Cleaner tasting than Heady Topper, and not as raw (though the raw, rough taste to Heady is part of the appeal).
Update: I drank one of these right around the three month mark, and it was a completely different beer. That sweet onion taste that many people note is definitely there. I found it a bit off-putting. My opinion of this beer dropped significantly the second time I had it. It's still very good, but I rescind my proclamation of its superiority to Heady Topper. Make sure to get this one as fresh as possible.
03-30-2012 07:06:50 | More by ryan1788a5
3.7/5 rDev -8.2%
Can dated 16 March. Reviewed 29 March.
Clear amber. Decent head and lacing.
Aromas of candied grapefruit and earthy hops. Some tea-like malt notes.
Flavor is hop-forward and decently bitter. Hops are quite herbal and earthy, with some citrus. Sweet biscuit and nutty malts noticeable as well. Full-bodied and not dry, by any means. Feels like it could be more than 8 percent ABV.
Medium-heavy mouthfeel. I wish it were lighter.
Overall this is a good IPA. It really is like an upped version of Dale's.
03-30-2012 00:41:33 | More by musicforairports
4.05/5 rDev +0.5%
A - Pours a nice copper amber with a solid finger of dense creamy/tan colored head. Decent retention, excellent lacing!
S - A more explosive version of Dales Pale, very citrus dominant hops, grapefruit, maybe some peach. The hops smell delicious, kind of overpower any malt. A little bit of a resin/earthy aroma as well.
T - Mmmm bitter hoppy citrusy deliciousness, dry up front. Sweet slightly roasty caramel malts, some piney and peppery qualities as well. Very resinous, slightly bitter aftertaste lingers a good bit.
M - Medium bodied or so, pretty refreshing, appropriate carbonation, what you'd expect.
O - A delicious more bold Dales basically. Definitely prefer this because I like more punch in the mouth kinds of brews.
03-30-2012 00:33:35 | More by MacQ32
4.08/5 rDev +1.2%
Poured from the big tall boy can into a nonic pint glass.
A real super uniform head on this, creamy and off white with nicely forming microscopic bubbles. Body color is a gorgeous red amber, very clear too, but with some hazy towards the bottom. Real nice head, real nice color, great looking here.
Nose is real interesting. Earthy hop angle and large dank density. Mostly very tolerable, and a faint graham cracker comes out also with a real lingering sweetness. Neat digging this.
Real nice silky body, bringing some mellow sugars coming. Hop back end hits with some pine action, surprisingly not too bitter but some faint rind grapefruit also. Earth quality doesn't seem to come through in taste so much, nothing really dirty which is alright with me. Mouthfeel is rich and coating also everywhere, with a lingering malt presence nicely with the hop.
Overall real solid and a lot of fun to drink. Not blown away by it, but I really do enjoy it, great beer.
03-29-2012 23:11:39 | More by smakawhat
4.28/5 rDev +6.2%
Appearance: Clear amber glass belies little, to no evil. A thinly veiled cap holds and gives spotty lace.
Smell: Pretty much Dale's Pale nose, very hoppy, citric and peach, but with a little more depth. An earthy cheese yeasty undernote that complements the sunny happy hops.
Taste: Hop tea. Rich, resiny hop cones full of flavor and just enough bitter to finish clean and refreshing. Base malt is clean and gives a little grit. The funky note is very subtle and enjoyable.
Mouthfeel: Slightly puckering, very low carbonation gives a slightly creamy soft feel.
Overall: Started out 'meh' but as it and I warmed I really learned to like this beer. A big fan of Dale's, this just takes that to the next level. Will seek more.
Big thanks to Illudium for the can!
03-29-2012 02:02:10 | More by HardTarget
4.35/5 rDev +7.9%
A-Pours a clear, coppery orange color. The head is smmaller but it leaves nice lacing. The beer is a very pretty color.
S-Very hoppy but maintains a good balance with a rich malty base. Hops smell like pine citrus florals and I am getting some notes of green onion. A pretty intense nose.
T-Very hoppy and bitter with a super grassy finish. Much less balanced than anticipated. Tons of pine and florals. Very bitter and lingering. Malt is still rich but slightly subdued. Great taste.
M-Resinous and a big body. Mild carbonation and a long bitter finishing feel.
O/D-Overall this is a really nice DIPA. I really enjoyed the flavor but did not like the $14 pricetag for a 4 pack. But in terms of sheer flavor, this is a very nice brew.
03-28-2012 22:06:42 | More by VelvetExtract
Deviant Dale's IPA from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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