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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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648 Reviews
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Reviews: 648
Hads: 3,275
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 --Dom--
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

This is a great beer. Period. If you're thinking about getting it... do it. I feel torn between this and G'Night. They are very evenly matched. I appreciate the pint can. One of these guys after work and you're good to go. If I could always find it at $10 a 4, I'd make it a regular.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep golden brown in color with lots of minuscule sediment suspended within the body. Brussels lacing. There's easily a bit over an inch of tightly packed beige foam on top. Nice aroma of herbal hops and light malt is present. The flavor is moderately pungent herbal hops and delicate light malt. The body is a touch chewy and moderately carbonated.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4/5  rDev -0.5%

A: medium amber and clear, with a few fingers of tan head above

S: caramel malts and piney hops, brighter notes of citric pith, flowers, and chewy grains

T: dank hop action with pine resin and dark citrus, chewy, caramelized grains underscore

M: medium body, ample carbonation, smoothly bittering, slight chew

O: a really nice IPA right on the cusp of being a double - runs darker in color than the typical IPA, but retains a crisp profile of hops with a slightly toasty malt profile for balance

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Photo of jared_M
2.24/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

I did not enjoy this beer at all. The bitterness is incredibly unpleasant, and contributes to a horrible flavor. I got a four pack, would not buy it again. I ended up giving the last one away because the beer was so bad...

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Photo of FLima
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Darker amber color with a thick beige two finger head with good retention and leaving laces.
Somewhat malty aroma with notes of bread, mild grapefruit and grass, and caramels. I was expecting it to be more intense and citrusy.
Flavor with predominant notes of caramel malt, lots of spices and herbal and earthy hops, pineapple foam from juice, citrusy more toward peel rather than fruit, pine and tea leaves. Dry aftertaste with a long lasting bitterness.
Medium towards full body with mild carbonation. Alcohol of 8% is well hidden.
A bitter IPA on a maltier body, this felt more of a DIPA to me. I hope had more of the citrus character of their APA, which is a reference to me. That said it is still well crafted.

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Photo of sourd
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

*brewed in may 2013...slightly vintage

(poured into a belgian tulip) literally the exact same color as copper. if you spilled this on a copper top bar, it would be invisible save for the thick creamy head

sharp/sweet smelling...a pleasant leafy smell

tropical pine

creamy head dominates at first then steamrolled with dank hoppyness in this sublime mind meld between proteins and alpha acids

maybe its the can, but these oskar blues ipas age marvelously. one of the beauties of the can is getting an actual aged hop flavor...not an oxidized hop flavor. i have enjoyed gubna and deviant in both an extremely fresh way, and well past the conventional ipa freshness period, and thoroughly enjoyed both incantations

i would rate this a definite buy!

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Photo of kkleu357
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark cloudy burnt orange color. Poured with a decent head leaving a good lacing while dissipating. Lots of citrus aroma from this one. An undertone of earthyness in the aroma. Very fruity flavors. Nice and bitter. Lots of grapefruit and maybe some pineapple taste. Yummy!

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Photo of hoppytobehere
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16 oz tallboy canned on 8/25/14. Exactly a month old.

A: Red body, wasn't expecting that. Nice frothy 2 finger head with excellent retention.

S: Mellow hop nose, with noticeable malt.

T: Good pine, citrus flavors from the hops. Hardly any bitterness. Solid malt backbone.

F: Outstanding. Soft. Creamy.

O: Solid IPA, just a little pricey. Won't be dying to buy another 4-pack soon.

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Photo of Samp01
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an dark orange with a large lasting beige head, mild lacing. Aroma of caramel malt earthy pine hops, citrus and orange peel esters. Taste same as aroma with some sweet mild marmalade flavor, malty and mild bitterness. Palate is a medium body, smooth, has a nice combination of sweet and bitterness. The finish is a combination caramel malt, orange and marmalade flavors with some earthy pine hops for balance. Brew goes down easy. Overall a very well made and nicely balance brew.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

16oz, canned on 05/12/2014, I've had this before and wasn't crazy over it, but I decided it needed another try.
A 4.5 - frothy, off-white head stands tall atop an amber-copper colored body
S 4 - piny, bready, earthy, grapefruit pith, caramel
T 3.75 - big, bold, bitter flavors with bready malt, loads of piny hops, grapefruit zest and pith, a bit of orange zest, tea leaf, earthy and herbal hops blend in with the bitterness as well
M 3.5 - fuller side of medium for body, bitter and dry finish
O 3.75 - better than I remember, but still not one I'll buy regularly.

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Photo of Sam-VW
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

A - deep orange with a medium white head. Great retention

S - caramel, toffee, strawberry, grapefruit

T - tropical fruit and citrus to start, lots of bitter pine on the finish

M - smooth and starts sweet, finishes dry

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Photo of jellikit
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

A: deep orange. Almost auburn. Thin off white head. Great, thin lacing of small bubbles.

S: sweet. Caramel.

T: sweet caramel malty syrup. Followed by pine tar. Alcohol notes.

M: medium high carbonation. Medium to big body. Sweet. Slightly thick.

O: pretty ok imperial IPA. Needs more aroma. Very drinkable.

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Photo of HamdenHector
4.52/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: clear; bronze in color; 1 finger khaki head that receded to a thick cap; very nice lacing;

S: pungent - can smell it from several feet away; it sounds weird, but I got a lot of strawberry, with orange, grapefruit and pineapple behind it; maybe a touch of dank pine; not getting any malt;

T: pine and tropical fruit up front; mid-palate is tart pineapple that fades somewhat at the finish; moderate bitterness at the end that lasts a long time; hides the alcohol really well;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; dry finish; sticky;

O: complex aromas and flavor; really enjoyable to drink;

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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 garymuchow
3.86/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Canned on 1/20/2014. Aged mostly due to me not getting to it very quickly.
Very clear with a strong hop aroma with a mix of hop oil, citrus and pine all in a bold presentation and a strong shot of malt. Crystal clear copper and big off-white head with a rocky settling.
Bold flavors too with a more balanced hop malt goings on. Hop oil is pushing it to almost DIPA levels and distaste but backs off before hits it. Firm moderate shot of bitterness lingers nicely on a longish finish. Not quite as distinct hop flavors with a more mashed mixed, but still good.
Solid moderate feel and bubbled up right.
Big enough to drink a tad slower and bold enough to help that happen. Good but not great. Probably a bit better as a winter beer.

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

A: Copper filtered with a moderate amount of carbonation, 2 fingers of very light beige tinted white head.

S: Pine, orange marmalade, grapefruit, a little malt, red pepper heat, chives.

T: Orange candy, pine sol, malty yeasty aftertaste, a musty quality, an earthy quality, a fair amount of bitterness, onion, chives, garlic. Mushrooms.

M: Medium bready body, medium high carbonation.

O: Very well done IPA. Definite deviant nature, and yet middle ground enough to be drunken repeatedly. Drank in Indian Land, SC, July 9th, 2013.

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Photo of DeanWormer
4.77/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

So, the readers give Deviant Dale's a 90 and the Bros - with whose ratings I generally concur - only rate it an 87. I love this ale! I'm a huge fan of DIPAs and Barleywines, and this is a hybrid of the two. I find it the optimal balance between malt and hop, sweet and bitter, breadiness and pineyness. And it's great that it comes in a pint can, because I'm not usually satisfied with only the first 12 ounces.

The color is a perfect IPA caramel, which is a hint of the flavor and aroma to come. The aroma is tangy and sweet - it would be a great aroma for sweet and sour pork at a Chinese restaurant. And the taste is sweet and caramel-y, but with pine notes popping through and a slyly late bitterness to the finish. There are no perceptible citrus notes, which contributes to its barleywine-like qualities.

I'm going to be having this over and over and over. It's a masterful accomplishment for Oskar Blues, and I appreciate the artistry behind it as much as the taste!

P.S. I reviewed this on July 2nd, checked my leave time balance, and decided that I should take the 3rd off. So now that my long weekend has started, I decided to put Deviant Dale's to the test, and compare it to Dogfish Head Burton Baton, which was in my fridge. BB is a blend of Dogfish 90 Minute and an oak-aged old ale. Its oak-y characteristics create a taste similar to Deviant Dale's so I thought it'd be a good comparison. The two have a lot in common. BB has a more hop-forward profile and a more bitter edge, DD is sweeter. I've always liked BB a great deal. If the truth be known, I like DD better. At my local craft ale shop, they're the same price for a four-pack, but the BB four pack is four 12 oz. bottles, the DD four pack is four 16 oz. cans.

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Photo of smanders
3.74/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Love the brewed-on-date stamped on the bottom of the can. As a fan of Gordon (G'Knight), I thought I'd give DD a try. Poured into a British pint glass for review.

Appearance: a hazy copper with a bulbous head; plenty of lacing the height of the glass.

Smell: lots of caramel with a hint of orange and grapefruit.

Taste: exactly as it smells; caramel sweetness, followed by citrus, and then the piney aftertaste. I am chugging this for an 8% A.B.V.

Mouthfeel: a little heavier than most IPAs. I wouldn't introduce a novice to the style with this one.

Drinkability: This is a go-to beer if I'm looking for portability, taste, and quality. Thanks Dales for using a pint can! A nice variation of the IPA style.

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a rich copper with an off white head.

In the nose is orange, grapefruit, and a nice floral bouquet.

Nice citrus hop punch up front bitter and sweet giving way to a nice slick malt backbone with some subtle scotch notes.

It has a nice mouthfeel that keeps the flavors bouncing.

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Photo of gonzo000
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a. Nice light brown/ orangish color. Cloudy, cannot see through. Good 2.5 finger head.

s. Honey, spice, malt

t. Honey, spices - hop/s light pine in the finish.

m. Well carbonated - mouthfeel is very good.

o. Outstanding beer if you like the dry hopped/ honey feel.

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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!

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.11/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a ale chalice (straight sides): color is amber, slight haze, but great head with fine bubbles and nice lacing.

Smell is over sweet malt, mixed with aged hops, I'm guessing. Canned date is November 2013 so this is probably an over aged hop bop where the hops have gone bad, unfortunate.

Taste follows the nose, overly sweet malt, tropical fruitiness, hops and malt mix poorly with a near astringent finish. Again, unfortunate on the aging i think. Other flavors are honey, grapefruit, grass and earthy hops.

Mouthfeel as the taste leads into is a very astringent, bitter and harsh. It does not linger poorly but upfront presence is not pleasing.

Overall, a poorly execututed dipa, way hoppy and sweet for my taste, and some poor aging on top of that.

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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 DenverHopHead
4.39/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16oz can, with a "canned on" date of 3/6/14; into a pint glass.
Appearance - orange with a medium white head; lacing is absolute art work!
Smell - an impressive blend of citrus, pine and grass hops with a sweet malt presence.
Taste - flavorful and surprisingly well balanced!
Feel - a fairly complex brew with a terrific hop/malt balance!
Overall - this is a great "Jack of all trades" IPA and the fact that it's available in a tall boy can, nice touch!

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a balloon glass.

Look: Murky orangish-copper body, light cream colored head that recedes to a patch of film with nice sticky lacing.

Aroma: Hops, caramel, salted meats.

Taste: Musty cardboard with salt coating, astringent grapefruit peel finish. Seductive caramel candy hidden in the middle.

Mouthfeel: Pretty thick.

Overall: I love the taste. This is definitely a one-timer though. It's so heavy but definitely enjoyable.

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