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Deviant Dale's IPA - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

Deviant Dale's IPADeviant Dale's IPA

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2,304 Ratings
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Ratings: 2304
Reviews: 574
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.17%

Brewed by:
Oskar Blues Grill & Brew visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Jason on 01-16-2011)
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Photo of lwillitz


4.59/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

16-oz can into Samuel Smith "Tulip" pint glass

A - 1 finger of khaki head over a murky body of golden orange, some small bubbles of carbonation rise to the top, very nice lace and retention

S - wonderfully strong smell of citrus and pine with a touch of floral, some bready qualities also

T - citrus and tropical fruits hit first, spice and herbal notes in the middle, strong pine flavor in the drying finish; excellent!

M - smooth, thick, chewy full body; medium level of carbonation; marvelous!

O - Great hop profile! Awesome IPA! All-around well-crafted brew!

Serving type: can

05-27-2013 22:15:54 | More by lwillitz
Photo of JohnParadee


4.59/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Wow, a nice surprise out of the can. Opaque golden orange appearance in the glass, albeit minimal head and quickly dissipating lacing, notwithstanding ample tiny bubbles. Great smell of pine, grapefruit, pineapple resin on the nose. Very sweet, floral, tropical, orange zest fruit on the front end if the palate, with smooth and evenly balanced malt nuance throughout the finish. Reminds me a little of Ballast Point Sculpin, which I really like. Similar profiles. Will gladly buy this one many times over. An excellent top tier DIPA, in my book.

Serving type: can

12-25-2013 01:11:38 | More by JohnParadee
Photo of drewone


4.58/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in to a tulip.

medium amber. nice amount of lacing sticks to the side of the glass, not a huge head, but look nice.

Cracking open the can the Hoppy goodness permeates the air - yum. Great smell - piney resiny.

An assault of hop flavor - but low on the bittering. A bit of that candy hop flavor

Not super dry but that's not a problem. But doesn't seem over filling either.

Really enjoyable.

Serving type: can

05-06-2012 05:39:05 | More by drewone
Photo of ThePaleRider


4.58/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Very dark orange, almost red. Poured a two finger, light khaki, head. Lots of big bubbles and the head faded pretty quickly leaving a nice ring of lace.

S - Lots of orange and lemon. Very citrusy and pretty aroma. Smells like it's going to be very smooth and not have a lot of hop bite.

T - Just as I suspected, very smooth. Not an astringent hop flavor, but the hops make themselves very present. Very drinkable for an 8% IPA.

M - Decent carbonation and a sweet aftertaste that lingers. Very pleasant.

O - One of the best IPA's I've had in a while. Great showing from a great brewer.

Serving type: can

01-23-2014 02:26:19 | More by ThePaleRider
Photo of NJBeerguy

New Jersey

4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: can

04-23-2012 01:46:56 | More by NJBeerguy
Photo of Siriusfisherman


4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: A deep reddish gold with a thick creamy head up top and superb lacing. Absolutely beautiful, one of the best looking beers I have seen.

Smell: Grassy and spicy hops, a very fresh, slightly citric/piney garlic and onion. Some malt sweetness is detectable in the back, as well as some breadiness, but the hops overwhelm the smell.

Taste: An incredibly unique hop character, a little more citric than the aroma, but the spiciness is just as big, perhaps a little more earthy as well. The bitterness is very harsh but is somewhat offset by a very pleasant but prevalent sweet malt character, similar to that of a red ale. On the finish a slightly biscuity english malt character arrises, but is still dominated by the grassy garlic hops.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and softly carbonated, it really lets the hops do the talking. It is easy to confuse the harshness of the rest of the beer with an unfriendly mouthfeel, it really is quite modest in reality.

Overall: A very unique and very intense IPA, not for the faint hearted. Anyone who is looking for a hoppy beer that is different from the classic west coast or east coast styles, give this a shot, the hop character is far from traditional. Oskar blues deserves some credit for making such a unique ale in such a popular style. As good as the style gets in my opinion.

Serving type: can

05-13-2012 04:16:38 | More by Siriusfisherman
Photo of SawDog505

New Hampshire

4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured sixteen oz can into a 13 oz tulip, canned on March 22. Pours a clear reddish orange, with a one inch sticky white head with lots of lacing. Smell is pineapple, tangerine, hints of garlic, pine, and grapefruit. Taste is large tangerine, pine, garlic, and grapefruit, smooth in the beginning, with bitterness in the finish. Body medium large, with plenty of life, not overly dry, and very drinkable. This is a great beer, like its little brother.

Serving type: can

04-05-2012 19:23:26 | More by SawDog505
Photo of BikeChef

District of Columbia

4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, some serious dank hops on the nose (Columbus?). Taste follows through with grassy, funky hops galore. Does not seem like 8% at all. Very, very dry, which is unusual for DIPAs these days-- this is no hoppy barleywine. Pretty great stuff-- a nice take on the DIPA from Oskar Blues.

Serving type: can

04-12-2012 00:36:45 | More by BikeChef
Photo of kylehay2004


4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: single finger head on a hazy crimson body. Excellent retention and lacing.

S: This is what a great DIPA smells like. This one is loaded with hops covering all hop aromas including floral, earthy, citrus.

T: more hops loaded in the flavor. Earthy, pine, grass and floral hop character. caramel malts manage to sneak in around the middle.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation. fairly crisp.

Overall: Heavily hopped DIPA as it should be. Not too boozy, right amount of malt and bouquet of hop flavors/aromas.

Serving type: can

06-24-2012 22:46:42 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of jjboesen


4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Served in a nonic pint (at Rustico Ballston), Deviant Dale possesses a translucent copper body alive with a smattering of carbonation bubbles beneath a half-finger layer of spongy foam.

The nose offers an overwhelming snort of pineapple. As for the taste: sss … Boom! A hopbomb has exploded in my mouth. I am numb for a few seconds; a long draw of water settles everything, and the quaff can continue – but it will be a slow one. Take it easy. The hops are overwhelming the palate, but a patient person will soon be liberated by the malt cavalry, which will rear up to send the lasting bitterness away.

Meanwhile the mouthfeel is clogged with a thick slab that requires a fork to ingest this chewy beast, one endowed with a dry chalkiness.

This is a beer to be drunk by professionals: no lager lovers need apply as this will have them sprawled over a tree trunk squealing like a pig. Did you say deviant? Should you partake of this, it will be the last beer of the day.

Serving type: on-tap

04-15-2013 23:28:30 | More by jjboesen
Photo of HopHeadRyan


4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, awesome brew!

Had on tap at Pinnochio's in Media, PA...

A - Caramel amber nearly clear color...nice 1/2 inch head...with nice lacing...

S - Beautiful dank cannabis and pine resin...awesome fragrance...might have been even fuller at a slightly lower temp...but awesome none the less...can't wait to sip...

T - Delicious herbal tobacco, some citrus, pine resin, and over the top bitterness that lingers and makes you want more...very very tasty brew!

Overall - Went down very easy considering he ABV...excellently crafted DIPA...can't wait to try from a can...awesome brew...if you see it on draft o in a can DRINK IT!!!!


Serving type: on-tap

03-15-2012 19:20:26 | More by HopHeadRyan
Photo of mooseo


4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz can poured into tulip.

A - Clear copper amber with a large cream head.

S - Potent mix of pine resin, juicy grapefruit, and floral hops. Hints of sweet caramel, fresh cut grass, and orange peel in there as well.

T - Sharp, bitter pine cuts through on the first few sips, with flavors of grapefruit, orange, and resin slowly coming through. A light caramel malt backbone keeps the bitterness in check. Ends with a long, bitter, hoppy finish. Complex and delicious.

M - Crisp, smooth, refreshing. Just a bit sticky. Medium body with a dry finish.

O - An impressive, well rounded double IPA from Oskar Blues. Waves of huge, resinous hops in every sip. Immensely pleasurable and drinkable. I don't know what else to say, this is just an incredible beer.

Serving type: can

04-24-2012 03:02:54 | More by mooseo
Photo of beerdrifter


4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up while at a conference in Denver. Gorgeous clear copper-amber pour with a huge three finger off-white head with great retention and lacing. The nose is huge and resiny and exactly what an Imperial IPA should smell like. Fresh hops and resin dominate along with hints of pine, tangerines, grapefruit, and caramel, with just a touch of green onion. The taste is in your face bold and mouth-puckering. The fresh, resiny hops are the stars. The grapefruit, orange rind, and pine are given just enough taming by the sweet caramel malt to make this one scary drinkable double. The mouthfeel is thick and chewy, and the finish is hugely bitter, but that subtle malt sweetness makes for a perfect ending on one hell of a beer. This absolutely ranks right up there with Pliny, Hopslam, and Dreadnaught. And it's in a can! Well done!

Serving type: can

05-19-2012 13:37:54 | More by beerdrifter
Photo of TheSupremeAJ


4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2012 02:57:46 | More by TheSupremeAJ
Photo of shand


4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16oz can into an imperial pint.

This beer pours out an amber color with three fingers of head. The aroma is very hoppy. Lots of pine, grapefruit, and general dankness. There's just the slightest amount of malt behind it. The taste is also very hoppy, with the heavy citrus, grapefruit, and pine flavors instantly assaulting. There's some caramel malts present, but the hops are really the star of the show. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium bodied and well-carbonated, and the drinkablity is very good. Overall, this is an excellent double IPA that provides an excellent hop flavor.

Serving type: can

06-07-2012 02:40:35 | More by shand
Photo of MrGaryFish


4.48/5  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.

Serving type: can

03-22-2012 20:53:31 | More by MrGaryFish
Photo of Thads324


4.48/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep golden color. Lots of thick off white head. Really tight head doesn't leave ever, super lacing. Great.
Smells like hops! Grass, light pine, lemon zest and tangerine dreams.
Taste starts watery, then hits with crazy piney hops. Strong citrus fruits after. Juicy lemon that is subtle and easy going, tangerine, guava fruit. More sharp pine and freshly cut grass. A nice honey sweet bread malt finishes with sweet earthy and fruity hop flavors. Bitterness is center profile, then mid late. Amazing.
Great smooth beer. Good carbonation to carry the hops.

Um, freaking awesome. Hoppy, not overly bitter. So many flavors. Rivals but doesn't surpass ghandi-bot! Hides it's alcohol pretty well

Serving type: can

05-31-2012 03:13:06 | More by Thads324
Photo of Gatch


4.48/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at Oskar Blues Brewery/Tasty Weasel Tap Room in Longmont, CO. Really cool place. Under construction was a new patio that looked like a great addition to an already vibrant place.

A: Copper-gold in color with an off-white, fluffy head. Slight lace but no retention.

S: Delicious mellow hops with a good malt character. Piney, earthy, light citrus.

T: Seriously awesome hop flavors with a good malt finish. American hops shine with a hint of booze. Great sugary, malty, hoppy flavors that come together to create an awesome DIPA.

M: Super smooth, perfect carbonation (even after transporting it in a cooler for five days to MA from CO), and tons of flavor. This is what an IIPA should be.

O: Oskar Blues can do no wrong at the moment. Fantastic brew. Soooo drinkable for the style.

Serving type: growler

06-09-2012 21:30:28 | More by Gatch
Photo of Brad007


4.48/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Compared to regular Dales, the color is nothing new. Deviant Dale's is hoppier too. Color? Nothing new. This is supposedly hoppier.

Lots of citrus notes from the hops. It's what i expected. This isn't an ordinary step up.

Whoaaaa! Citrus overload. Grapefruit and mango are apparent.
Ditto in the taste. Citrus, citrus and more citrus.

Lingering citrus/pine notes. Bit. 'o buttery malt too. Mmmmm.

Fuck, this is Dale Squared. Shit. I love it.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2012 23:24:15 | More by Brad007
Photo of Omnium


4.48/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Can > ST2xIPA glass

A - Pours a nice golden color with two finger head fluffy head big thick lacing.
S - Such an amazing aroma, fresh dried flowers, big citrus, pineapple, mango, some earthy malt.
T - Fresh squeezed orange juice, pine needles, citrus zest, and a great balance of bready malt. Very fresh and vibrant flavors.
M - The big flavors stick to your palate, full feeling.
O - This is one of the best year round IPA's you could go to, nothing short of outstanding.

Serving type: can

05-10-2013 00:04:36 | More by Omnium
Photo of BeardedBoffin

New Mexico

4.46/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours from the 16 ounce can, an orange-laced amber color with a decent cap of foam. The foam sticks and slides down the glass. Hops jump from the aroma. Pine, orange rind, grass, raw honey meld with a touch of toasted caramel malt. On the palate, the beer has a coating, oily aspect, but not to the degree that it is undesirable. Those hop oils contribute much of the flavor profile with grapefruit, pine, a hint of grass, but the malt is no slouch here. The slightly sweet caramel malt does its job by counteracting the hops for a tinge of balance. This is a nice beer. If this is a tweak of Dale's Pale Ale, it's a tweak in the right direction.

Serving type: can

06-28-2013 02:29:25 | More by BeardedBoffin
Photo of brurevu


4.46/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I am surprised it is an IPA and not a Double IPA as it has a very smack you in the head Hop presence and fairly high abv for an IPA. On my first try it had a very dank and earthy hopiness that was a bit overwhelming. There was also a hint of blue cheese that turned me off a bit. Not to be discouraged I gave it another shot. The second time I was really digging all the earthy hops and even a hint of pine resin mixed into the brew. It was still a hop overload, but I was able to enjoy its assault on my palate. For an IPA this is definitely a gigantic hop bomb and won’t be for everyone. I was able to find my own personal love for Deviant Dale’s but can understand the love/hate relationship people have with it.

Serving type: can

09-18-2013 18:00:21 | More by brurevu
Photo of Russ_Guill


4.46/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 16 oz can.

Pours golden amber and very clear. Light carbonation with minimal head.

Lacing is incredible.

Amazing aroma.

Malty presence with balanced hop flavor and bitterness, but the bitterness does linger in the finish. Perhaps a little grassy in the end, but still very enjoyable.

Serving type: can

01-15-2014 00:43:50 | More by Russ_Guill
Photo of CraftBeerTastic


4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ba Review #157
Served On: 04/20/2012
Glassware: Duvel Glass
Labeled ABV: 8.0%
Date/ Code: - 03/30/2012

Another sweet find at Ye Old Spirits - Frederick, MD.

Look: Poured from the 16oz. tall boy can. A gorgeous clear copper color with a thick frothy 2-finger beige head. There was a pillar of carbonation streaming up from the Duvel etching on the bottom. Lacing was completely coating the edges of the glass.

Smell: Heavy grapefruit and some slight onion peel. Hop resin was abundant in this one.

Taste: First was a pungent grapefruit, then a lasting bitterness hit - along with the onion character. The middle was of juicy hops, then quickly became a dry bitter finish. The aftertaste was a long lasting bitterness – like 15 to 20 minutes!

This is a great IPA. If you like Dales Pale Ale – you have to try this one.

Serving type: can

04-20-2012 16:06:40 | More by CraftBeerTastic
Photo of One2Remeber


4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear copper orange body. Off white, thin head. Retention is weak. Forced head with a couple pours.

S: Prominent dank hops aroma, guessing columbus/amarillo. Hints of herbal/floral/grapefruit hop notes. Strong caramel malts. Really packing a punch.

T/M: Strong hop taste, leafy/medicinal without the bitterness. Tastes like dry hopped in can. Huge malt backbone with honey and caramel sweetness. Not bitter at all, goes down very smooth. Clean touch.

O: What a double IPA should be. Over the top hops and malts come together for a balanced beer. Spot on!

A: Frothy, nice and dense beige head. Hazy body, copper tan, orangish hue.
S: Resin hop undertone. Malt profile of an East Coast IPA. Sugary, caramel, hint of booze. Not too much hops, but then again it says canned on 05/15/12 :(
T: Orange, flat, sort of meaty (yeast).
M: Not alive at all
O: Wish this was fresh. Taste more like shampoo right now.

Serving type: can

04-04-2013 03:36:34 | More by One2Remeber
Deviant Dale's IPA from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
90 out of 100 based on 2,304 ratings.