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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

648 Reviews
THE BROS
87
very good

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Reviews: 648
Hads: 3,274
Avg: 4.02
pDev: 24.38%
Wants: 136
Gots: 467 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Colorado, United States | website

Style | ABV
American IPA | 8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 01-16-2011

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Photo of VncentLIFE
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gotta love Bottle Revolution in Raleigh, NC!

Pour is a slightly hazy deep straw color with a small white head. The smell was about as resinous as Ive ever seen. Dank as well. No real sweet malt backbone, but honestly, I dont mind.

Now the taste. Holy lord. Up front strong resinous hops, backed up by dank. Kind of feels like a good combo between wet and dry hop. Semi sweet malt, but the strength of the hops is just too much to overcome. Normally, this would be a fault, but it works. and damn well too.

What a beer to stumble into trying at 1015 am!

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Photo of Huffaroma
4.94/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 16oz can, this was one of my first beers right after I completed a liver cleanse. What a great choice to get back into hops.

The aroma was a nice grapefruit pine smell, taste was nice and strong from the dry hopping process. The head was light and lingered for a few minutes. Color was a a nice light coppery tone to it.

Overall one of the best IPA's I've had in a while.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark orange with an off-white head that leaves nice rings down the glass. Just a hint of haze. Pretty beer.

Lovely amounts of citric hops and fruit and sweet grass. SOme nice toasty malt notes. Aroma is fantastic.

Nice grapefruity hop note up front, with toasty malty and fruity notes. Some bread crust bitterness, and nice malt in the middle. But the hops are here folks, and they dominate.

Medium bodied, nice tingle on the tongue from the carbonation.

Great brew. In a tall-boy to boot! Highly flavored and very drinkable. A very worthy brew.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 16oz can picked up at Total Wine Chamblee

A - A dark amber, but clear, but 2 fingers of head that dissapate, but tons of sticy lace ALL over the glass

S - Wow, the pine hops just about knocked me over. Smells well done

T - Smooth, craickles on your mouth. TASTY!

M - Medium bodied,

O - Ok, another ridicoulous beer from Stone. Love it!

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Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of musicforairports
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of MacQ32
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of HardTarget
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Picco in Boston. Review from notes.

A: Served in a DFH signature glass. The beer is a clear copper/orange with a small white head that has moderate retention. Leaves behind rings of lace.

S: Rather dank, with some citrus and a little bit of pine. There is also a good bit of herbal/vegetal hop aroma going on.

T: Similar to the aroma, more on the vegetal side, with more pine than the aroma led on. The citrus flavors come out as it warms. The after taste and finish is very pithy, filled with citrus rind.

M: Medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. Pretty easy drinking for 8%.

O: Liked it, but didn't love it. Was hoping for much more citrus character, the vegetal/dankness just isn't really my favorite.

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Photo of Bendurgin
3.57/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this as an extra in a recent beer swap. Poured into a pint glass. Pours a hazy amber with a finger of creamy beige head.

The aroma gives off a nice blend of pine and citrus hops. Oranges come to mind with a small trace of bready malts in the background. The pallet gives off a nice tropical hop flavor with hints of oranges and mango. Maltier on the pallet than the nose would indicate with hints of caramel and some toast. Leaves a little bit of a bitter hop finish.

The body is medium and sticky with somewhat low carbonation. Pretty enjoyable overall. Glad to see Oskar Blues throwing some brews into tallboys.

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Photo of chugalug06
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Bruery Tulip

Great clarity poured from a CAN. Rather dark for an DIPA. Great big frothy foamy straw colored head. Some selective lacing too.

Mix Dales and Gubna, and you'll get Deviant. Very "hemp" smelling. Lots of big citrus, grapefruit, mango, and lemon.

Very bitter aftertaste, awesome foretaste. A little bit too bitter, IMO, but still very nice and smooth. Tons of sticky citrus hops. Great carbonation and thickness. Very viscous for an ale. Bitterness brings you back for each sip. No detectable heat.

Awesome brew for a hot and dusty March day. Highly recommended. I really wonder how many people rate beers still in the can...this is an awesome brew, much better then an 88. "Foamin at the mouth" for more.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Can (2012)

Papago Brewing
Scottsdale, AZ

Hazed golden with a somewhat thick, tight off-white head that leaves lots of messy, sticky lace down the glass.

Huge, big, pungent hop aroma with tons of tropical and citrus fruit, along with big notes of pine. There's some floral character here as well. For a hop lover, the aroma doesn't get much better.

The flavor is disapointing after the aroma. Yes, there is tons of hop here, that much is evident, but they come off as remarkably bitter. Lost in translation is the juicy, pungent, citrus and tropical elements found in the aroma. Still, most certainly better than average, but the overwhelming bitterness is just that--overwhelming.

Medium to full bodied with moderate-high carbonation.

Too bitter, though certainly deviant.

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Photo of tobelerone
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I may have enjoyed this one more from the can than on draft. Normally I really love IPAs on tap, as they have an increased creaminess to the mouthfeel but this one just tasted fresher and felt crisper. It’s a nearly clear copper colored beer with a small off white head that settles down slowly, leaving good lacing on the glass. Aroma is powerfully hoppy, dank, resinous, lots of pine and grapefruit, subtle onion underneath.

Hop bomb flavor oozing resins, totally dank, piney, citric, more onion and garlic than in the nose. Almost no sweetness at all, very minimal maltiness, just totally hop forward and unapologetic. For the experienced IPA/DIPA drinker, to be sure. Shared a few with some friends who like craft but aren’t certified hopheads and there were definitely some raised eyebrows.

Body is medium thin, moderate carbonation, good stickiness, long and lingering bitter aftertaste. This is a top notch DIPA for those who prefer minimal sweetness and a big old punch in the face of hops.

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Photo of flagmantho
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 16oz can into a pint glass.

Appearance: lightly hazy golden hue with a light effervescence and a touch of haze. Head is two fingers of frothy ivory foam. Not bad!

Smell: rich aroma of citrusy hops with additional light notes of funk and resin. A nice blend reminiscent of a West Coast DIPA.

Taste: big, sweet malt with plenty of bitterness on the back end. Hops are citrusy and slightly funky: a good blend for this style. Maybe not completely original, but I like it.

Mouthfeel: medium to medium-thick body with a good creaminess despite the low level of effervescence. Good!

Overall: this is a tasty DIPA that I would gladly drink again. Perhaps not 100% original in concept, but well executed and flavorful.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: clear amber. Big head on the pour that recedes to full if thin layer.
Smell: bitter grapefruit. Some malt in the background.
Taste: hoppy grapefruit bitterness up front. Some malt balance in the finish.
Overall: another tasty though not outstanding dipa.

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Photo of diesel59
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

just poured from a 16 fluid ounce can... into a traditional guinness style pint glass... a nice head is obtained by vigorously pouring the last 3rd of the can...decent lacing with lots of citrus and grapefruit in the nose... the taste is eveything you would yearn for in an IPA and more.... leaving your mouth just dry enough to crave more of this deviant, deviant ale.... at this point the only thing the finish is telling me is to open another can.... WOW!!! all this and not to mention from a CAN! this has certaninly changed my opinions on cans...Enjoy..

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Photo of MrGaryFish
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can dated 2/22/12. Poured into Burnt Hickory Brewery sorta pint glass. Nice frothy off white head, orange amber color. Solid chunky lacing The smell is a delicious combination of grapefruit and pungent dank hops. Mouthfeel is medium body, taste is a hop explosion with equal parts dank pine and grapefruity citrus with solid malty munich backbone, virtually nonexistant caramel, just the way I like it. After the Kern Just Outstanding and Alpine Nelson, this is the best IPA I've tried this month. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Swim424
3.45/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this on cask at Proof.
Poured into an oskar blues pint glass.

A-Poured a dark murky orange color. Very cloudy. Never seen a beer that looked liked this. Nice fluffy head, that hung around till the last sip.

S-smells piney, hoppy, a bit malty.

T-different. Tasted more of a hoppy flavor than bitter. Started with the hop flavor and lots of malts finishing with a slight bitterness. Very weird flavor, not my favorite.

MF-Very smooth, a bit creamy. weird aftertaste. Seemed low carbonation.

O-very average. I would take a Dale's pale ale any day over this. I didn't enjoy the flavor of this one alot. Not very bitter, and had more of a hop/malt flavor that wasn't that pleasant.

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Photo of challenja
4.8/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served On Tap at Big Hunt DC.

A: Ruby red grapefruit haze. Thin white sticky lace head.

S: Sweet grapefruit Simoce, Warrior, and Centennial Hop skunk funk. Holy Syrupy candied Lemon Drop shots Batman.

T: Vicious sour orange grapefruit. Hop tackular mouth bombing bitters. This is truly a grueling Hop Slam!

M: Medium High Carbonation. This is a tongue biting bitch. Sour Florida swamp monster. Thickening pine cone relish. Damn man what a Hop Bomb!

O: Holy sour bitch face. This one sour Payton Manning trading bomb down field. It puts Ruination to shame here. Only Only Only for DIPA hop monster lovers! Anyone else would hate it. YUM YUM YUM

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Photo of mactrail
3.15/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark orange-amber in the big Duvel tulip. Nice foam and lacing. Seems like it straddles the range between the standard big DIPAs and the increasingly frisky big IPAs.

Tart and citrusy, shading off into a bitter aftertaste. Quite acidic, a real gullet-scorcher. I don't see this as up to the standard of the other OB ales. Big flowery and piney nose is the best feature. Flavor flattens out, though the bitterness is within bounds. Just gets tiresome, it is such an intense hoppy flavor with no other interest surfacing.

16 oz can from Bottleworks in San Diego. Dated 02/24/12 on the bottom, which is nice to see on a can.

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Photo of output01x
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16 oz. can (Canned On 02-24-12) into a snifter glass.

A strong pour yields a 2 1/2-finger off white head that slowly recedes to a thin, clumpy dusting and thick foam ring. The body is a translucent reddish amber with a small amount of slow-rising carbonation bubbles. Great lacing can be seen clinging to the glass between sips but very little manages to last.

The nose is filled with a great mix of pine and citrus hops aromas. A strong tangerine scent is almost overpowered by all of pine. The malt aromas are nearly nonexistant compared to all the strength of the hops aromas.

Each sip starts out just like the nose witb strong flavors of orange-like citrus, a heap of pine needles, and just a bit of caramel malt. Swallowing the beer releases more pine flavors that slowly mellow to a decent piney bitterness.

The medium body let's the flavors really stick to the palate while still remaining surprisingly smooth and drinkable. The carbonation is almost unnoticeable until the swallow, where this beer suddenly becomes rather crisp.

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Deviant Dale's IPA from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
90 out of 100 based on 648 ratings.