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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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645 Reviews
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Reviews: 645
Hads: 3,244
Avg: 4.02
pDev: 24.13%
Wants: 132
Gots: 451 | 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:
Beer added by: Jason on 01-16-2011

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Reviews: 645 | Hads: 3,244
Photo of steve8robin
3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Figured I'd grab this one and give it a go. Pint sized can...

A: A beautiful deep red color which is perfectly filtered for a clear brew with a 1/2 inch kaki colored head on top. Good.

S: I get some nice piney / citrus scents upfront. Some nice boozy characters in the middle with some more floral hop on the backend. Very good.

T: Starts with a sharp, slightly pungent hop flavor why stings the pallet with it's bite and makes way for some sweet malt hidden in the back. The hop character is slightly medicinal. The sharpness starts to fade towards the back and more of the malt begins to shine through in a subtle way. I had more hopes after smelling this. Not bad.

M: Medium body with a heavy carbonation. A dry hop finish. Decent.

O: All in all, after smelling this one, I was thinking it would go the way of Heady Topper, but no luck. The smell is way better than the taste. Not that it's a bad beer, but just not a great beer. Good to try if you like a really sharp hop bite.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 03/30/12 notes. Thanks to yourefragile for sharing this one.

a - Pours a hazy golden yellow color with two inches of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells very hoppy, full or pine hops, citrus hops, fruity malts, grapefruit, light tropical fruits. Very nice nose.

t - Tastes of fruity malts, light citrus hops, and light pine hops. Nice taste and I like it, but not nearly as hoppy as the nose and more malty.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. No real bitterness, pretty nice body.

o - Overall a pretty good beer. Very nice hoppy nose, though the taste is't as great. I think I prefer this to Gubna, but prefer Dale's Pale Ale to them both. Worth checking out though and would have it again.

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Photo of Mounty4Life
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
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!

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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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5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Oskar Blues has done it-- combined Dale's Pale Ale with Gubna (something I've been doing for the last year!) to create the PERFECT IPA!

As other reviewers have noted, this pours a beautiful amber color from the "Tall Boy" can, and a hint of foam remains on the beer until the last sip.

Taste is a well-balanced hops and malt yumminess! If you poured half of a Gubna and half of a Dale's Pale Ale into a pint glass, this is what you would get!

Thank you, Oskar Blues! This is my favorite IPA!

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Photo of MatthewWilde
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sample: 1 can 2012

A: Clear pure orange with light internal carbonation and a small white foamy head

S: Heavy citrus, hops (obviously), tropical citrus fruits, even has a buttery quality to it, very faint traces of alcohol as well

T: Mirrors the nose, citrus, very heavy hops as with any imperial ipa, finishes with some buttery notes mixed with alcohol (pleasant, though)

M: Decently smooth, but a tad "rough around the edges," definitely has some weight in the mouth and a bit heavy on the palate, heavy hops aftertaste and a bit lingering

O: Great hop forward brew, pretty straight forward, could stand to be a little smoother

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Photo of yourefragile
3.35/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

16 oz can served alongside Resin and Palate Wrecker.

Pours a dark golden orange with a retentive fluffy white head; ample lacing. Very nice aroma with strong punch of citrus and tropical fruit hops, very fresh and juicy with minimal malt presence. Flavor falls on its face with an overly bitter body, boozy finish and strong malt backbone. Blech. Well carbonated, medium body with a hot finish. Started off well from the nose, but fell apart quickly.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to yourefragile for sharing this one. Served in a SAVOR glass.

Pours a golden-amber color with a good, fluffy white head and some lacing on the way down. The nose carries a really nice burst of pine, citrus, and tropical hops mixed with a touch of caramel malt in the background. The flavor unfortunately falls back quite a bit from there with some semi-harsh bitterness, a touch of alcohol, and too much malt interfering with the hops.

Body is medium with good carbonation and a fairly-heavy bitterness, which is slightly offset by some alcohol.

The nose was really nice, but the rest of the beer was "just" pretty good.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark golden amber color with a one fingered sticky head. The color is gorgeous.

S - Spicy and tangy aroma, pungent tropical fruit peel that's oily and resinous.

T - Some biscuity sweet malt up front that quickly gets pounded by a mountain of juicy hops. Resinous pine, grapefruit peel, a touch of herbal grass, and a massive lingering bitterness. Noticeable alcohol effervesence for 8% but without a lot of burning.

M - Medium body with a thick coating of resiny pine and grapefruit peel in the mouth.

O - I don't think I've ever used "resinous" in a review like I have with this one. It's assertive, bold, and is definitely brewed with the hop heads in mind.

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Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

16 oz. can poured into standard pint. Canned on 3-20-12 @ 1:25PM. The can reads: "Sippin' on a tall boy...Let's sling a little mud, girl." I appreciate the Widespread Panic reference.

A - Pours a remarkably clear amber color. Bright white one finger head that dies to a film. Lacing is perfection.

S - Citrus hops dominate with some additional pine bitterness. Sweet and balanced. There are lots of hop varieties going on here and the smell is a mixture of sweet and dank.

T - Citrus on the forefront, more sweet than tart. The slightest bit of onion can be detected as well. Briefly, I get some caramel malt in the center. This is rapidly replaced with a strong hop bitterness coupled with a tropical/citrus sweetness. The finish is clean and dry, but I get a delayed pine aftertaste.

M - The mouthfeel was perfection for the style to me. Sticky, medium bodied, with great tingly carbonation.

O - This beer finally reached my area today and I wasted no time picking up a fresh tall boy. I was impressed by the complex hop profile. Although the hops and bitterness dominate the flavor, there are some tropicals and malt in there to give it just enough sweetness to keep it from being overwhelming. I really enjoyed this beer and I will probably get it again, but at over $4/can at my local shop, I won't get it too often.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.45/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Bright orange. Head is off-white, massive, and sticky as can be. Drops to a thin cap very quickly. Very clear.

Smell: Grapefruit and biscuits layered over a damp earthiness. Faintly spicy with a touch of pine needles. Sweet without being sugary. Loads of biscuit. Some roasted notes along with some cooked grain. Green onions.

Taste: Loads of malts. Biscuits and sweetness upfront. Lingering pine notes mix with pith and an oniony/vegetal flavor. Bitter, pithy, earthy hops. Hops assault at the beginning and the end of the sip with a nice malt backbone rounding out the middle.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a higher than expected carbonation. Dry and a touch crisp. Oily hops.

Overall: Unique to say the least. The hop profile is definitely an acquired taste, and didn't really work for me in the long run. Well-crafted and surprisingly well balanced.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can, canned 3/20/12 (if reading that correct)
Deschutes tulip

A: Pours a really pretty clear orange amber color. Finger and a half of off white head. Great carbonation. Nice frothy lacing bits.

S: Earthy hop aromas. Strangely you get some onion and garlic aromas. Not sure of all the hop varieties used, but I take it that is the reason for the smells. Some malt backbone is there also.

T: Really upset that my palate is burnt from dinner. This is a tasty beer even with that. Taste some of that hop bitterness up front. In the mid mouth you get blasted with those malts. But it still leads more towards the hop forward stage. The close has a lingering hop present. As this one warms more, you get much more of those nice bitter, earthy hops flavors.

M: Medium bodied with solid mouth coating.

O: A- from me on this one. I really enjoyed it.

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

Pours a slightly opaque bright orange gold with 1 finger of of white head. The aroma is uniquely hoppy. There is some bright citrus up front (poured from fridge at 38F) with a little bit of "dankness" behind the citrus. As the beer warms the dankness combines with the malt to turn into a caramelized onion flavor, very unique, I don't think I have ever got this from a beer before. As the beer warms to room temperature I get a strong oniony aroma that isn't as pleasant as it was when cold. The taste follows the same progression of the aroma. The mouthfeel is very good, dry and drinkable. Overall, this is a very unique IPA, I like the dankness but as the beer warmed it got a bit too oniony for me, still good though.

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

Nice DIPA offering, a sturdy sense of resinous hops.

Presentation: 16 oz tall boy can. Black and red Oskar Blues branded design over silver background. Small line about tall boy intent on top. Notes best by date as 03-20-12, and 8% Alc. by Vol. Served in an oversized tulip glass.

A - Clear deep amber pour, rich creamy head, good surface memory and retention, with sturdy lacing.

S - Deeply grassy nose, plenty of pine and resin, slight ganga…

T - …which permeates the palate over a sturdy malty backbone with plenty of caramel. Resin, pine, soft citric sense under the grassy flow, sweet malt pushing the taste up.

M - Medium/full body with medium soft carbonation, and a nice sticky flow as it finishes…

O - Very direct, but if one digs the straight resinous sense this is very pleasing.

Notes: Sure enough, this is for the hoppy palate, and it has a sturdy malty structure over the unforgiving resinous sense. I may prefer their Gordon, maybe even their Gubna on occasion. But this Columbus dry-hopping is quite solid. And in any event, for such a compact straight offering I feel it works, at least better than other recent similar offerings in pretense, and this is a real tall boy. So…

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Photo of greenengineer
4.92/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

16 oz can into my Pretty Things pint glass
A - dark orange from the can, foamy head persists
S - I can smell the hops the instant I open the can, and it fills the room. Beautiful resiny hops fragrance.
T - Hop bomb, bitter and more bitter. This is my favorite style of beer, and this tastes wonderful.
M - lighter and not as sticky as say G'Knight.
O - I think I like G'night a bit better, but this is really good.

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Photo of CloudStrife
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16oz can poured into snifter. Canned on 3-16-12 @ 9:45am.

A: Pours a clear ruby/copper with an even 2 finger head. Almost no visible carbonation. Head simmers to a film and laces the sides of the glass.

S: Heady smell of hops. Real fresh smelling. Sweet nectar malt. Grassy and citrus hops. Fermented fruit.

T: Starts of with some bittering hops a touch of alcohol and some grassyness. Then finishes off with more of a citrus hop. Lingers in your mouth between sips. Feels strong for 8%. Gets some black pepper spice as it warms up.

M: Medium to thick bodied, low carbonation. Feels a little syrupy and sticky. Resiny. Alcohol is there.

Overall another drinkable and enjoyable double IPA. I would prefer Gubna or G'Knight though. I like the tall cans and this beer smelled amazing.

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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.

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Photo of larryi86
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can, dated 3/20, poured into a New Belgium globe

A- A clear ruby/amber color with a three finger off white head.

S- Hoppy, getting pine, resin, onion, some citrus.

T- Close to the smell, not any much onion, black pepper in the finish along with pine and resin. Nice toasted malt backbone.

S- Smooth, medium body.

O- A solid IIPA that I will definitely it up again. Really like the fact that it comes in tall boy cans.

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

A double hopped firkin at Al's.

A: The ale is a beautiful amber color, clearer than I'd expect a hand pump to be. A foamy head, close to a quarter finger, is dense on initial pump. As it recedes, the head leaves a thin band.

S: Plenty hoppy, rich with pine and citrus. The maltiness takes precedence, the firkin relaxing the hoppiness. That malt side, not nearly as prominent as G'Knight, keeps the hops flowing. Tropical hops pair with grasses and pepper in a big finish.

T: Even from a firkin, the hoppiness, amplified not once but TWICE!, owns the ale. Citrus and pine, with a focus on tropical fruits and grasses, are strong. They are leafy, as though I should be picking hop comes out of my teeth. Peppers and rind, a zestiness, comes out later in each sip, fuller with the strength of the ale evident. Rich maltiness is a good foil. Booziness becomes more evident as time goes by.

M: Rich and big, perhaps a little too big. The double hopping keeps the bite at the forefront - a good beer for a hophead.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2012-03-31 in Columbia, PA

A - Clear, rich-looking orange-copper with a 2.0 finger off-white head with significant ringed lacing; moreso than from the can.

S - Enticing and fairly strong with pine, tropical fruit, onion, spice, citrus and dank hop bud aroma.

T - Very hop forward, citrus rind, onion/garlic, pine, herbal/medicinal, sweet and nutty roasted malt with more caramel than I noted from the can. Alcohol is warming but well-integrated into the flavor. Aftertaste is long-lasting and astringent with pine, caramel, black pepper, grapefruit zest, dank hop oils, onion/garlic and nutty roasted malt and citrus to somewhat balance the fine and long-lingering bitterness.

M - Medium-heavy body and light-medium carbonation. Substantial and creamy body. Sticky, prickly and resinous.

O - This well-sealed growler was poured 40 minutes ago. Tastes the same as it did on-tap. This is a very enjoyable and bold tasting brew. If you don't like the onion/garlic taste, this may not grab you.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.11/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clean orange-ish to amber color with an off white head. In the aroma, a small hop but a bit lacking. In the taste, mellow hops and a small hop presence. A small alcohol bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry small citrus and alcohol like aftertaste. Actually kind of lame, small hps and more boozy, eh!

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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!

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Photo of Huffaroma
4.94/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 16oz can, this was one of my first beers right after I completed a liver cleanse. What a great choice to get back into hops.

The aroma was a nice grapefruit pine smell, taste was nice and strong from the dry hopping process. The head was light and lingered for a few minutes. Color was a a nice light coppery tone to it.

Overall one of the best IPA's I've had in a while.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark orange with an off-white head that leaves nice rings down the glass. Just a hint of haze. Pretty beer.

Lovely amounts of citric hops and fruit and sweet grass. SOme nice toasty malt notes. Aroma is fantastic.

Nice grapefruity hop note up front, with toasty malty and fruity notes. Some bread crust bitterness, and nice malt in the middle. But the hops are here folks, and they dominate.

Medium bodied, nice tingle on the tongue from the carbonation.

Great brew. In a tall-boy to boot! Highly flavored and very drinkable. A very worthy brew.

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Deviant Dale's IPA from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
90 out of 100 based on 645 ratings.