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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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2,865 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,865
Reviews: 594
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.19%
Wants: 107
Gots: 266 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Oskar Blues Grill & Brew visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 01-16-2011)
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Photo of MadScientist
4.3/5  rDev +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.

MadScientist, Jun 29, 2012
Photo of joeworrall
4.3/5  rDev +7%
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.

joeworrall, Sep 22, 2013
Photo of Moose90
4.3/5  rDev +7%
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.

Moose90, Feb 13, 2013
Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.3/5  rDev +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.

BlackBelt5112203, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of cbbram
4.3/5  rDev +7%

cbbram, Nov 04, 2014
Photo of stimulus
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Part of a six IPA tasting session.
Canned on 3/20/12. 4 pack.
Poured from a 16 oz can into a snifter.

A: Pours a clear amber/red with a one finger white head.
S: Dank [Columbus] hops fill up the glass and the surrounding area, leaving little room for much else.
T: Grapefruit and piney hops begin the assault, followed by sweet caramel and a lingering bitterness.
M: Sticky, medium-bodied, and moderately carbonated.
O: This is definitely targeted at hopheads, but the lingering bitterness is complimented well by the malt backbone that didn't show itself in the aroma, making it somewhat drinkable.

stimulus, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of JMScowcroft
4.29/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Oskar Blues Brewing Company - Deviant Dale's IPA

Been sampling this company's offerings this past week, I have so far been quite impressed!

Look - Pours hazy caramel and amber with a smaller soapy head. Great lacing.

Smell - Pleasant aroma of blended malts and savory piney and citrus hops.

Taste - Surprisingly creamy. Malts come in first followed by mostly piney and some citrus hops. Smooth on the way in and leaves dry and a little bitter hoppiness.

Mouthfeel - Unmistabable piney bitterness rests along the sides of the tongue with some leftover breadiness from the malt, almost chewy. Quite hearty throughout. Warming and a bit boozy but still pleasant here.

Overall - Sure feels like a DIPA here, surprised of the categorization as an AIPA that is this raw, but it might explain the breadiness versus a thinner, fruitier version of this brew. I would recommend!

JMScowcroft, Apr 25, 2013
Photo of Dsimenson
4.29/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 16 oz can into a champaign flute. The ale has a lovely honey-golden color and an amazing turbid yeasty appearance. Nice head, good lacing. The aroma is deep, rich, and complex, hops, yeast, malt. The flavor is an amazing in-your-face complex mix of hops, malt, pine and grain. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy. This is an outstanding IPA, one of my all-time favorites.

Dsimenson, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of LukeD23
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dales big brother. drinking at Oscar blues restaurat done the road from the brewery

Pours a really hazy shined copper, with minimal head

The aroma is really dank with citrus and tropical fruits hiding in the background. A really neat arrangement of hops. Very west coast in feel, but still has a that solid balance of the Colorado ipas

Flavor is full of hops. It is almost like sucking on a hop cone, there is malt in the background but the hops are way upfront. I love this beer! I just asked and this beer was in the tank two weeks ago, which explains the huge hop flavor

Mouthfeel is full and pretty thick. Almost like a Sierra Nevada in mouthfeel, finishes dry but has a nice lingering dank hop flavor

Overall I can see why this beer wins medals. Over the top and really really hoppy.

LukeD23, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of DanE
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can poured into a tulip. Can date is 5/23/2012 (Yeah!) Pack it in, pack it out!

Another delicious offering from the trusty Oskar Blues. If you like malty, yet juicy west coast-type IPAs, this is for you. Full guarantee. I was a big time lover of G'Knight, but this beer might take its place.

A: From the can it pours a hazy, red amber. More amber then red, especially relative to G'Knight. A good 1/2" head lasts several minutes. The lacing is moderate. Over time it forms tiger strips around the glass. Point: This beer would make a baby salivate.

S: To me, it smelled like a pineapple flavored cotton candy at first. Over time the malt takes over but the pineapple persists. My smell isn't great, but there maybe some stone fruit in there too.

T: Delicious. Like other great Oskar beers you get a great balance of malt and hops. They have this down to a science. Diverse malt profile, diverse hop profile. All in all, this beer is delicious.

M: The carbonation cuts the sweetness very nicely. This is an easy tall boy to drink.

O: Stop reading and go buy it. Regularly.

DanE, Jul 03, 2012
Photo of Maddmartagan
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Maddmartagan, May 29, 2012
Photo of damndirtyape
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16oz can (canned on 10/05/12) poured into a milkshake pilsner glass.

Appearance: Clear and bright copper-amber. Rocky persistent head, quite thick upon initial pouring, but at least 1/8" thick the whole way down the glass. Lots of lacing all over the place. Great looking beer.

Smell: Pine, grapefruit citrus, tropical fruits. Hoppy hoppy hoppy.

Taste: Resinous, grapefruit, mangos, other tropical fruits throughout. There is some malt sweetness under it all, but you cannot pull out what malt it is under all those hops. Let's just say it does a good job balancing against the hops. Bitter finish, with some lingering but not too long.

Mouthfeel: Nicely thick, smooth, but quite sticky on the teeth. Just right carbonation to counter those hop oils - they stick on the teeth, but they're not there all night.

Overall / Drinkability: Quite nice - very impressive and very hoppy, but not so bitter that it smacks you around and leaves you wanting to stop at one. This one is dangerous....I really want another but at 8% ABV I know better, and yet, it wouldn't take too much arm twisting for me to open another 16oz can at which point I know I'm doomed and laughing it off for the rest of the evening. So very drinkable. A great American IPA.

damndirtyape, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of JTSbeerislife
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

JTSbeerislife, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of pkkosmatka
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%

pkkosmatka, Oct 12, 2014
Photo of UpToMeBeer
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Tasty Weasel.
A-- Looks like a standard IPA; though a bit more on the darker copper side.
S-- Pleasant. Mango, soft hops.
T-- Nicely balanced. The malts emerge here, just enough. Where Dale leans caramel, this one veers fig.
MF- Leans to the sticky side, which I like. Perhaps more so than from the can if memory serves correct.
O- This is special. I already love Dale. This is like Dale on Steroids. Never tried Steroids, but maybe I should.

UpToMeBeer, Jun 11, 2012
Photo of jmdrpi
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16 oz can, date of 3-20-12 on the bottom. less than a month old, pretty fresh. Love the Widespread Panic lyric reference around the top of the can!

appears a bright clear orange rust color, with 1/2" off-white head. great lacing. nice pleasant strong hop aroma. piney, earthy, citrus. very tasty hop flavors, with enough slightly sweet malt to provide good balance. medium body & carbonation. fairly smooth, a bit sticky.

overall - easy drinking, very tasty. hard to put down.

jmdrpi, Apr 18, 2012
Photo of Georgedta
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%

Georgedta, Sep 20, 2014
Photo of schoolboy
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was priced like a double or triple, but it is almost a sessionably wonderful AIPA. I call it sessionable because the taste and aftertaste are perfectly of balance (correct for an AIPA) and very drinkable.

You open the (expensive) can to a slightly dark orange brew with a thin head. The aroma is firmly hoppy with a bit of booze. Both the taste and the aftertaste are quite good - near perfect. Loads of hops and a boozy malt taste. Marvelously over the top, as it should be.

I would buy this again but not for $3.28 a can. It's too pricey.

schoolboy, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of SuperSpy
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer is a red-tinted honey gold. The head is initially a good three fingers but settles down to a nice cap of foam and plenty of lacing.

Floral, citrusy and tropical; just a lot of really great hop aromas.

The flavor is exactly what an IPA should be. The beer starts bitter, earthy and almost creamy. The hops keep on coming with tropical flavors of passion fruit, star fruit, grapefruit and lemon. The finish is both sweet and fruity and the front of the tongue and bitter on the back. Absolutely delicious.

SuperSpy, May 16, 2012
Photo of HardTarget
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
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!

HardTarget, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of RobAtSGH
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from the 16-oz tallboy can into a standard pint glass.

Pours a hazy golden-copper with a moderate, tight head. A meager lacing persists throughout the glass.

Resiny/citrus hops on the nose, with a clean maltiness. The crisp hops are definitely the prominent aroma, with a slightly toasty malt profile at the base. Flavor is consistent with the aroma - clean resin and grapefruit hops up front, a well-balanced malt profile with pale and light crystal flavors, resiny hoppy bitterness on the finish, with a bit of earthiness. The flavors combine well, in good proportion, though the alcohol can come through when drunk with food, even though by itself it's pretty well contained.

This ale has a good weight in the mouth, with a reasonable amount of carbonation. After swallowing, the flavors persist in good balance.

Overall, a very drinkable double-IPA. Despite a large amount of hops and malt, it's all held in a balance that's not tiring. You can drink a lot of this, but you'll be in trouble if you do.

RobAtSGH, Aug 10, 2012
Photo of Mounty4Life
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Really reddish and sticky lacing not much head but sticky how I like em and can was kinda dented so? ??
Like a beer I brewed, alcohol hops and more hops!! Different though, acquired hop scent
Gets the hops straight to the brain, and dry hop aftertaste lingers. Never had before but excited tastebuds right away for my hop head!
Great tantalizing effect on tongue and somewhat drinkable for 8%
Would like to revisit on a first beer of night review for more exact tastes and more distinct smells but enjoyed thoroughly as first ipa of night!

Mounty4Life, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of thecheapies
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pint glass pour looks great enough. Can't get a color reading in this light, but the head is creamy and holding well. 4.0

Pine, carrot juice, grapefruit, and caramel bouquet. Hoppy, spiny, and with some herbal muscle. 4.0

Wicked bitter with a holiday wreath of piney hops. Mild citrus undertones with notes of grapefruit, carrot, lime, and kiwi. Caramel malts try to lay down some sweetness to compete. Earthy toast to the grain. Killer DIPA. 4.5

Bristly and gripping. Warm with booze. Nice spritz. 3.5

Enormous flavor and arresting hoppiness. Oskar Blues nailed it down. 4.5

thecheapies, May 08, 2012
Photo of andrewinski1
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a wine glass. The color is blood orange with some haziness. There is a bit of a white head on top.

There is a huge hop aroma, with lots of spicy hops blending in with pine.

The taste is loaded with spicy hop flavor, offering a slight biscuity undercurrent. There is a bit of caramel sweetness towards the finish just to remind us there is malt used in this hop nectar.

This is medium bodied but drinks really well; this is refreshing. I am loving this one!

andrewinski1, May 12, 2012
Photo of Ego
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 full fingers of head, soapy white crater moonscape goodness, lazy bubbles commute birth and keep the head from collapsing, orange, almost glowing, hue, lacing and legs are on par for the style, nice.

been awhile since I sniffed a hop bomb like this, grapefruit mixed with pine and ocean freshness, pretty much a one trick pony, but if you love hops...

taste etc...
waiting... hmm, I thought this would be a real nut buster of a hop bomb, it isn't... is that a bad thing? I'm not sure yet... (sips)
floral, kind of juciy/fruity hops seriously like juicy fruit gum (with the gum flavor sweetness also), some bitterness is ther but very subdued. The ABV is worked in nicely. This sips nice and smooth, really easy. This really drinks like a slightly kicked up IPA not the sometimes hammer drop DIPAs produced by many breweries to show you they can kill you with hop-ness. The more I have of this the more I like it.

nice bitters linger but nothing mouth puckering, a very easy drinking DIPA that delivers in flavor and ABV.. so it is big but it fits in your mouth. (get your mind out of the gutter you whore)

music: HumanMeshDance - thesecretnumbertwelve

Ego, Apr 17, 2012
Deviant Dale's IPA from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
90 out of 100 based on 2,865 ratings.