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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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644 Reviews
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Reviews: 644
Hads: 3,231
Avg: 4.02
pDev: 24.13%
Wants: 129
Gots: 441 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of Bitter_Echo
4.34/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark, Baltic amber color that reflects dark light, and is clear as a bell. Smells out of the bag like fresh whole hops, the fragile florals and earthy garlic notes present--a real fresh/late hopped balance. Taste is balanced, not too sweet or dry, with light malts and fresh florals and notes not always present in heavily hopped beers. Really great here. Mouthfeel is as it should be. This is solid, and though pricey, I think worth every bit of coin spent on this.

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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!

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Photo of costanza46
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a fancy goblet

A- copper colored and slighly hazy. Off white head. nice lace of the glass.

S- Extremly dank and unique. Massive onion and garlic aromas Yummmm!

Taste delivers on the smell. Lots of garlic and onion with just enough of a malt backbone.

MF- Thick and oily mouthfeel. Feels heavily dryhopped.

I really like IPAs like this. Its a very unique flavor profile a great change of pace as it doesnt beat you over the head with bitterness. A awesome beer. A new favorite :)

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Photo of thegodfather2701
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a hazy amber/orange with a thick off-white head that lasts a considerable amount of time. There were lace rings on about the top 1/4 of the pint glass.

S-Hoppy, resiny, and citrussy with a hint of citrus and tropical fruit.

T-Very similar to the nose. This is one hoppy, syrupy, and resiny IPA. Grapefruit citrus flavors combined with just a hint of some sweeter, tropical fruits. I didn't pick up on a lot of malt, as the hops just dominate.

M-Pretty thick and syrupy with just a touch of carbonation.

D-Very tasty, yet the high abv. for an IPA and flavor would make this hard for me, personally, to consume more than 2 in a sitting.

Overall, this is a very, very good beer. I thought it was a Double IPA when I was drinking it and was surprised to find out it was just an IPA on BA, so it definitely straddles that fine line between the two styles. Since it is an IPA I would say it was one of the hoppier and more full bodied versions of the style I've had to date. I recommend hop heads trying this one!

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

Ran into this at Delaney’s in New Haven. This pale ale looks clear and bronze with a thick egg shell colored head and lots of it staying behind to hug the tall pilsner glass. The nose picks up a beautiful citrus and toasted wheat bread yeast. Very pleasant stuff. The taste buds embrace a distinctively well constituted blend of grapefruit-orange citrus and grainy malt pine. Very impressive for an IPA, even more stunning for a pale ale. There’s a slight hint of alcohol but nothing that hurts this intense, delicious flavor. Body is nearly a full bodied brew with a fairly thick and syrupy hint to it, a midland carbonation keeps it fresh and drinkable. This is a beautiful grapefruit bread brew with a pale ale attraction for the hop masses. Bravo!

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

The pour is initially hazy, but settles to a clear brown with a
really bubbly thin white head that leaves no lacing. 4

The smell is really really hoppy. I was expecting a muted taste as Hopslam on cask really disappointed me. Grassy hops, so much so that it almost stings the nose. Huge hop profile, but I'm still picking up a scant amount of a malt backbone. 4

The taste has that typical cask feel to it, but thankfully a huge hop profile like in the aroma. The malts are more pervasive here, but the dry hopping has helped tremendously. So many hops it's like I'm chewing on them. 4.5

Mouthfeel is heavy with a low carbonation. Extremely drinkable, I had no trouble putting down a pint and wanted more. 4.5

$8 for the pint, which I didn't think was bad at all. Very, very good beer. Best Oskar Blues beer I've had. Just so many hops, but the cask lenses a nice balance. I recommend you track this down. 4.5

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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 nUgZ
4.36/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 ounce can poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a hazy copper color with a two finger head and excellent lacing.

S: Lots of floral hops along with some sweet caramel malts.

T: Sweet caramel malts paired with some wonderful citrus and floral hops. The alcohol is well hidden.

M: Medium bodied, but very creamy. Good carbonation.

O: Very smooth, tasty, and easy to drink. It's quite complex and almost reminds me of some of my favorite Strong Ales.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Yellow and copper pour, lots of clarity, soft eggshell white head on it, 1/3" in depth.

Beautiful hop aroma, instantly knew this would be slightly polarizing, its just one of those pungent hop aromas that won't be popular with many. But for myself, I loved it, a mix of Columbus, Simcoe and Summit would seem to be what I was picking up, and how lovely green bud hop fresh herbish it escaped from the pint glass (at Papago).

Carbonation just right for this hop profile, this big hop profile. More and more waves of green hop lusciousness. I really liked it because it wasn't all sweet and sticky with the caramel that a lot of brews are (some good, some bad). Also, the bitterness was very minimal despite the amount of hopping that was evident. Very dry finish.

A very good showcase of hops. Can't wait to pop my can of this as soon as we get some decent disc weather.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass at Homemade Liquids and Solids in Longmont.

Deviant Dale's is a hazy copper orange color with creamy sticky head. A nice sheet of lace is left behind.

Aroma is super hoppy with lots of big citrus and pine. The surprise is the sweeter peach and apricot notes that seem to define the aroma.

Flavor is excellent with tons of hops in a familiar west coast double IPA way. I would have assumed there was peach extract or fruit juice of some sort, it's just that good.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice and low carbonation. A good balance too for a big DIPA.

Overall this is an excellent beer.

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Photo of GinjaSlice
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: great looking orange amber, slightly cloudy. Nice sized white head with amazing lacing
S: Very good smelling ipa with lots of citrus and hops with a bit of a malt at the very end
T: Very good and very well balanced. Lots of citrus and hops. Can't taste any of that alcohol and it has a great aftertaste. One of my fave ipas
M: I suck at reviewing this it was good maybe a little too much carbonation

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Photo of jpro
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16oz tall boy into a shaker pint glass...

A: coppery orange; two-finger, light beige head; a few lines of webby lace; a dark IPA.

S: citrus; resinous, dank hops; some tropical fruit aroma - definitely another dimension of hops on top of a “normal” Dale’s.

T: piney; citrusy hops; pretty big resin on the end and hugely bitter; caramel malt isn’t completely lost, though.

M: full body; moderate carbonation; viscous; what you’d expect from a big IPA... and its a real tonsil puckerer.

O: a pretty big beer that fits the bill for everything you’d expect out of an IPA... and more; not the most drinkable of ales (in terms of volume) but real tasty and fulfilling; the 16oz can is the perfect, one sitting amount.

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Photo of farrago
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Close to three fingers of deep eggshell white foam, good mix of bubble sizes with moderate dimpling and extremely strong head retention, the lacing in turn impressive with broad, ultra-sticky streaks covering the glass sides. The liquid is is a cloudy coppery red color which takes on a more orange to yellow haze further from the glass center, while opaque still hard to see any bubbles within. The scents positively leap out of the glass into your nose from a good ten inches away with outsized white grapefruit, lemon orange citrus, pine sap, cocoa powder and then tropical pineapple, papaya to nectarine, peach fruit, noticeable grass and pepper kick to it as well, softens into honey and molasses, not an incredibly complex experience but plenty of intensity and verve. Full-bodied, the carbonation is soft and downy which creates more sticky, clingy texture as well as length rather than cleansing freshness. The chocolate, cocoa and vanilla maltiness more pronounced, piles more sweetness onto the pine, honey, caramel, sweet tea and at times cola bean accents. Curiously the grapefruit, lemon citrus pulls back into the whole here albeit no wallflower. Same for the peach, apricot, nectarine, pineapple fruit, especially as it takes on a metallic, quinine like edge through the finish. Hides the alcoholic heat well, This is a “big boy” and arguably a double IPA in character. (Canned 9/6/12)

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Photo of GPHarris
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a - poured a two-fingers thick, creamy tan head into a snifter that left nice lacing and sheeting until about 2/3 of the way through. very thin ring towards the end. beer billows nicely. the body was a bright and clear copper.
s - big piney hops with some floral hops coming through. nice caramel malt backbone. some spicy hops come through in the finish.
t - resiny, piney, lip-smacking hops.
m - creamy and smooth, just about spot on for a DIPA.
o - another stellar beer from oskar blues. love this in 16oz cans too.

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Photo of mdtnelson
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap. Surprisingly smooth considering ABV. Poured well and had excellent finish. Consistency was admirable and was not as hop filled in taste as I expected. I am a big fan of Oskar Blues and this is another in the line of true to itself brews that can be enjoyed in session or with food. I would recommend this with a burger any time.

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Photo of far333
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wdespread Panic fans should peruse the printing on the can.

Caramel orange color with a half inch thick head of thick and tight foam that lingers very long. Aroma of citrusy hops and doughy malt.

Rich flavor of tingly hops, full of ruby grapefruit, orange rind, and pine. Some faint mint notes, and a subtle malt backbone riding beneath. Good balance of malt and hops, but the hops ride on top and only let the malt poke through occasionally. Moderate bitterness.

Rich and full mouthfeel, finishes tingly, carbonation burps. Great beer.

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Photo of bum732
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

S: Huge hoppiness, resiny, slightly dank, some earthiness, slight bready character.

L: Slightly hazy, orange-red. Some white sticky lace.

T: Hoppy off the bat, very resiny. Some sweetness quickly follows, followed by a medium high hoppy bitterness. Finishes with loads more hoppy resin. Long, hoppy finish, quite dry, bitterness stays on the palate quite a while.

M: Medium-full body, medium carbonation.

Really quite amazing, one of the better DIPAs i've had. Great showcase for Columbus hops.

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Deviant Dale's IPA from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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