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Deviant Dale's IPA - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

3,012 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 3,012
Reviews: 624
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 113
Gots: 338 | FT: 3
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Oskar Blues Grill & Brew visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Jason on 01-16-2011

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Photo of Hendry
4.34/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Because Oskar Blues does not distribute in Vermont, it requires a trip across the Lake to find their varieties, and thanks to Richard's grocery in Plattsburgh, I was able to score a few of their offerings.

When a 16 oz can of Double IPA exceeds the price of our local treasure known as Heady Topper, it draws the inevitable comparison: both aluminum pints,both IIPA.

Dale's Deviant pours a notably clear orangey amber hue with an impressive creamy three finger head that not only stays put,but leaves above average lacing as well. The nose is predominately malt, sweet malt with a faint touch of hops in the background that become more present as it warms. Notes of grapefruit and orange zest amongst the malty aromas that take center stage.

Flavor starts out slightly sweet and malty followed by a nice hop blast,moderate carbonation, and the heftier side of medium for body.Notes of citrus appear in the sips but the resinous, piney aftertaste are the end result. I found this one to be a sipper as I made my way through the aluminum tall boy.

All told, this is a solid IIPA, yet not inexpensive either. Absolutely enjoyable, but not the juicy citrus bomb others deliver for less money. Tasting Dale's Deviant IPA makes me appreciate the true greatness Heady Topper achieves and that Vermont is a great place to be for hop zombies!

Photo of MadScientist
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's a might fine looking beer that pours a fairly clear medium amber with a highlights of orange and red. An slightly assertive pour produces a finger of of long lasting off-white head.

Oh buddy this smells like hops candy with an intense hops aroma and a clean malt sweetness. The hops are thickly layered aromas citrus, pine, pineapple, mango and something else I can't name but I'm loving it. There is a light grass/herbaceous note in there as well. How is that at 8% no alcohol aroma can make it thought all the hops?

There is a huge bitterness and tons of hops flavor but the malt sweetness keeps the first sip from being overly aggressive; so it's got balance. The hops flavor has a lot of pine with tropical fruit flavors of pineapple and mango followed by some citrus. It has a fairly dry finish with a hops bitterness that just lasts and last.

This beer is smooth on the palate with a medium body, moderate carbonation and a slight creaminess. There is a light warming sensation from the alcohol not that I smell it or taste it.

Wow, an outstanding and potent hop bomb of an IPA; this could be in my top 5 IPAs. The high bitterness and flavor are slowing me down which is good because I hardly notice the alcohol in this one.

Photo of JOldewurtel
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 57md
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is a cloudy copper color with golden edges. There was more than a finger of head that lingered a bit but left really nice lacing in its wake. The nose is dominated by notes of citrus and hops. The flavor profile follows the nose citrusy and pleasantly hoppy.

The fruity notes are bold for a single IPA. Frankly, at 8% this is really a DIPA in disguise. I’m not complaining!

Photo of ISmith87
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a TALL BOY! into a St. Louis Cardinals pint glass up to the rim with still a little bit in the can... I've never sat down and really slowed this beer down so I'm interested to see how it tastes when I'm really thinking about it.

Appearance - 4.5 - Really dark copper color, almost red in the pint glass. Thick film of off white bubbles on top sticks around.

Smell - 4.5 - Spicy, grapefruit, pine, garlic, onion.

Taste - 4.25 - Great tasting beer. Spicy garlic and onion but not overpowering, with strong grapefruit and pine to go with it. Actually pretty balanced with some bready/malty caramel in the background. Little bit of alc flavor but nothing too strong.

Mouthfeel - 4.25 - Light - medium mouthfeel like i'd say about pretty much any IPA. Little bit of alc flavor in there. After taste is some citrusy grapefruit type taste, with a little malt too.

Overall - 4.25 - Like the other Oscar Blues beers, it's awesome that this comes in a can, especially a tall boy! Brings me back to the days of Natty Light. It really is a great beer, but the price is what drags the overall score down for me. I just hate paying 12-13 bucks for a 4 pack of beer that's comparable to so many beers that cost 60% of what this costs. Oh well.

Photo of fscottkey
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Born on date : 4/24/14 - Enjoyed 7/27/14

A: Honey colored with 1 finger of white head. The head settles relatively quickly. The can includes a very obvious, and readable, born on date on the bottom!

S: Piney and floral. There are mild hints of citrus. As it warmed I got more grassy smells.

T: Sweet on the front of the tongue. The finish is piney and grassy with just a hint of bitter.

M: Smooth and easy to drink. The carbonation is low.

O: Great overall beer. All of the parts play well together. Only a slight hint of the 8% ABV. This beer is complex and has lots of flavors going on. Also the bitterness is kept in check - which I like.

Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can poured into a tulip glass at refrigerator temperature.

L - Medium-to-deep amber color with a 2 finger tan bubbly head. A few bubbles, great retention, awesome lacing. Looks terrific.

S - A very nice hop profile here with no one aroma dominating. There are mostly grassy and earthy notes but plenty of citrus, grapefruit, tropical fruit, and pine aromas as well. There’s a nice caramel malt sweetness and not any alcohol present at all.

T - Sweet and bready malt gives way to a complex and very bitter hop profile. Plenty of grass, tropical fruit, and pine notes. Like the nose, no particular hop flavor dominates.

F - Medium-to-slightly-full bodied with a dry, mouth-coatingly bitter finish. A little bit of tingling carbonation and maybe a tiny throat-warming sensation from the alcohol but not much.

O - This is a very solid IPA. Looks and smells great with a very complex hop profile in the aroma. It isn’t as much of a hop-bomb as I expected it to be taste-wise, but still very good. It has a nice, very bitter finish and it hides the 8% ABV extremely well. Definitely a beer that I’d come back to.

Photo of beer2day
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into imperial pint. Ruddy gold with solid, dense near-white 2-finger float-a-quarter-on head. Very good retention and very good lace all around the glass.

Nice hop esters and floral aroma. Rich. Notes of grapefruit understated.

Hops and biscuit malt on the tongue. Floral hops in the finish. Nice malt touches again with biscuit. Light fruit in the hop finish compliments.

Feel is a dry with a bit of cake. No syrup and very light oil.

Overall, very well done. Very aggressive with the hops, but balanced well in malt body.

Photo of tmm313
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark amber color. Poured a thick, creamy, sticky 2 finger head.
S- Orange, grapefruit, pine, caramel, a touch of lemon, pepper and booze. Actually felt warmth in my nostrils after smelling.
T- Sweet orange up front, followed by nice caramel, pine, pepper, grapefruit, and citrus rind. Malt back bone is present from beginning to end, supplying an awesome base to the other flavors. Ever so slight booze that tastes more like peppery spices than alcohol.
M- Smooth and silky. Lighter side of medium body. Oily and drying.
O- This is a good beer. The flavors blend very well, yet stay sort of separate... Nicely balanced. One of the sweetest IPAs I've ever had AND one of the most bitter at the same time.

Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L- Pours an amber-red color with a thick head that dissipates to a frothy head.
S- Great. much pine with a little citrus.
T- Heavy on the bitter pine, with much funky dank. Nothing that reaches out and slaps you.
F- Nice. Good balance.
O- Not bad, but was expecting a little more due to the fact of how much I enjoyed Dale's Pale Ale.

Photo of Act25
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dales is my daily go-to beer, and I am a fan of Oskar, so this review will be high.

The increased ABV and body over Dales turns up the sweetness, and mouth feel.
It's a tie with Dales they are two different brews, cousins, but depending on your mood each could be on top at a given moment.

A: Darker, more haze, more rocky head, like cotton candy, followed by even stickier lace. Near perfect.
S: Fruit, grass, wet leaves, herbs, hemp, pine, honey wrap around your senses as you sniff this.
Like smoking weed.
T: Follows the smell, a bit sweeter than Dales. A nice long flavor arc: all of the above, and a cleansing, tingly finish.
MF: Body, weight, all the above, and long long finish. Not a first of the night beer. A great last of the night beer. Super-charged balance of malt and hops.

A must try, I'd like to keep one always around.

Photo of wvsabbath
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - 16 oz can

Appearance - Yellow/golden tan, trace of brown. Nice creamy 2 inch head and sticky lacing.

Smell - Hops galore, pine, grapefruit, dank weed, pale malts, suagrs, orange, lemon, very floral.

Taste - Straight up piney hops with some sweet malt backbone. Lots of floral fruits, added sugars along with some sweet fruits like orange and mango. There is a touch of alcohol burn near the finish. There is a presence of malty dales pale ale in there to give it that dank, bittery yeasty like flavor.

Mouthfeel - Tounge gets nailed with hops at first. After a few drinks, mouth adjusts and malts come out more noticible. Palette gets the hop kick along with pale malts, sugars and a little alcohol bite. Aftertaste is dank hops, pale malts, dry and a little bitter.

Overall - if you like dales pale ale, but want more hops this is for you. Its sweet, yet bitter and easy to enjoy. Lots of hops but a nice balance of malts and sugars make this a great beer. Hopheads will enjoy, as will pale ale fans looking for something more extreme.

Photo of MattyG85
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 16 oz. can into a 16 oz. Surly pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep and clear copper amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid three fingers of off white head with decent retention. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing around the glass.

Smell: A big hop forward aroma. Citrus hops with good hints of grapefruit, oranges, mango, tangerine, and lemon. Fairly grassy and dank with a good kick of spicy pine resin. Hops smell pretty ripe and bitter. Rich hints of sweet and bready malts with lots of caramel and toffee. Also hints of biscuit and yeast. The strong mix of hops stand out the most here. Very citrusy and grassy. Pretty good aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma hints, a big hoppy taste with lots of citrus and spice. Citrus hops with notes of ripe grapefruit, oranges, mango, tangerine, and lemons. Earthy taste of grass with a big taste of pine resin spice that lingers throughout the finish. Solid backing of bready toasted malts with notes of sweet caramel, toffee, biscuit, and yeast. A very big lush taste that is heavy on the hops. Very good.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very juicy and spicy. Finishes dry. Alcohol is hidden well.

Overall: A very good American style IPA. Very big hop taste. It seems closer to a imperial IPA than a regular one. Its everything you would expect from a good hoppy beer.

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

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium coppery amber with a healthy three finger light brown head with good retention and great lacing. Looks nice. Great aroma of pineapple and citrus hops, light fruit. A mild hop body supports the complexly flavored dominant hops. Strong pineapple, pine, citrus and other tropical fruit flavors. Creamy body adds to the overall positive impression. This is well integrated and balanced with great aroma and interesting flavors. A great IPA.

Photo of avalon07
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a tall boy can to a tulip glass. Had an amber color and a clear texture. There was an inch and a half of foamy, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: As expected, a super hoppy aroma, with a lot of citrus present as well.

T: Tasted of hops - a predictably huge amount - with citrus (grapefruit), malt, and a pine element thrown in, too. Exactly what a DIPA should taste like. Very tasty.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a dry, bitter, finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is a good example of a DIPA: Big, bold, robust, and flavorful. Very much drinkable.

Photo of vic21234
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can poured into a snifter. Canned on date reads 08/08/12.

A- Pours a nice and cloudy deep amber/ orange. A finger's worth of off-white head sticks around awhile.

S- This beer is very aromatic and smells fantastic. Very citrusy, including orange, grapefruit and mango. Some pine is in there as well, but not as apparent.

T- Nice bitterness from the hops up front; the citrus characters in the smell is not around in the taste for me. The hoppiness is big on the piney resin characters. Sweet malt finish also.

M- Medium bodied, well carbonated, dry finish, nice and bitter.

Great stuff, happy to see Oskar Blues distributing to my area now.

Photo of Restival
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love Oskar Blues' stuff, got a chance to try this one at a new, local bar in Baltimore as part of their 2 for $6 happy hour.. can't beat that. Great hoppy aroma, nice appearance in the glass with a fluffy, white head. Taste is definitely hop heavy, maybe a bit too much. If you like bitterness and in-your-face summit hops, this is the beer for you. Luckily, I do enjoy this and this beer was very drinkable and smooth, although a bit more balance would have made this a good beer to an excellent beer. Worthy of a try for sure.

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!

Photo of Mikey256
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This amazing dry hopped version of Dales Pale Ale really brings out the aroma and taste of the hops. Its aroma has scents of bitter orange and citrus and the taste has a powerful astringent sensation of pine reason with a bitter hoppy finish. They took a great beer, and made it even better. This is now in my top 5 favorite beers. I first had it on-tap in Lyons, but now they sell it in the can too.

Photo of joeworrall
4.31/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

sipping on a tall boy... poured from the 16 oz. can into a tulip glass.

gorgeous amber color with a nice head that settled to a thin foam cap... lovely citrus/floral aroma and flavor to match. Not over carbonated, but very pleasant balance of hops and malt. I tried samples of all the Oskar Blues beers at Total Wine & More and was most impressed with this one, though it was a close decision between Deviant Dale's IPA and G'Night Imperial IPA. Typically I prefer imperials, but this is so nicely balanced, I couldn't resist.

it's not cheap, a four pack of 16 oz. cans is $13, but it's well crafted enough to be worth it.

Photo of Moose90
4.31/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Canned On: 12-03-12 @ 1:58 – "Sensory Overload"

A – Pours aggressively with a medium dark copper color with orange hues. Head is fluffy, off white and sticky, leads way to nice lacing down the inside of the glass.

S – Powerful hop aroma, big piney, resinous, big pine and hop esters dominate and smell awesome. Fresh pine needles, grapefruit and earthy fresh hops.

T – Sweet malts first, then big crisp piney and citrus hop profile continues to shine. Crisp and clean here with more sticky resinous hop goodness.

M – A little thick, perhaps a bit under-carbonated, but it leads way to a wonderful finish that further highlights the strong and unique hop profile.

O – Tremendous IPA, another strong offering from OB. This one isn't as overbearing as some of their brews, but it shows a tremendous hop profile, and has a good amount of malt to balance it all out without being too sweet or sticky.

Photo of HooRy9er
4.31/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of williamjbauer
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Canned served in a pint glass, nice pint sized tall boy

A - Clear amber with 2 finger bubbly white head with good retention and good lacing

S - Grapefruit, Lemon, pine

T - A fantastic balance of sweet caramel malts and a nice variety of hops, predominately citrus in nature, but a touch of pine and grassy notes, with a nice moderately bitter finish and a touch of booze.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation. Smooth and a touch chewy. NIce touch of warming booze.

O - I really enjoyed this IPA, nothing extremely unique or standout, just particularly well balanced and very drinkable. I could sling this one back anytime. Great summer session IPA.

Photo of Maddmartagan
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been looking out for this for a while. I grabbed some on a business trip the other day. Dale's Pale is one of my favorites so I was excited to get a whole of Double Dale's.

The deviant version has the familiar copper coloring of Dale's and just a little white, fluffy head.

When I cracked open the can, I was immediately met with resinous dank hoppylicious aroma.

The dankness was slightly more subdued in the taste due to a little malty sweetness shining through. While good, I would have liked that dankness to pop a little more.

This was a very good IPA/DIPA. I enjoyed it much more than Gubna and I'm glad OB is rocking this brew.

Deviant Dale's IPA from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
90 out of 100 based on 3,012 ratings.