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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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2,729 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,729
Reviews: 591
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 97
Gots: 230 | FT: 3
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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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

jman005, Mar 06, 2014
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5/5  rDev +24.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

benghan, Mar 04, 2014
Photo of magictacosinus
3.91/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

As mentioned in an earlier review, it's hard to review Oskar Blues these days because I cannot often find single cans broken from any of their 4-6 packs for me to sample. For that matter, I was quite excited when I found a can of this (as well as some G'Knight) at a local market in Arcata in early January. Canned on "11/29/13." Consumed about 5 weeks later. Poured out of a 16oz can into a tulip glass.

I had this right before G'Knight in the same evening, and I suppose the only difference between the two is the clarity of the beer, as well as its overall viscosity. Otherwise, they're practically the same - this one, at least, is a reddish amber beer with a frothy, fluffy off-khaki head that rises to the top of the tulip and dissipates rather soon, leaving behind a ton of sticky foam at the sides, as well as a half finger of head that persists throughout. Not too many bubbles show, but at least its a different take on the style rather than the constant orange amber that seems to be synonymous with IPAs.

Smells pretty solid, and although it's definitely a hoppy beer, as I can tell at the nose, it's also more on the malty, biscuit-like side that many amber ales are known for, including those that are hoppier. Notes of blood orange, grapefruit, and pine make up most of the aroma, with some peppery, herbal notes that meld into the cracked toasted grainy aroma. The finish is melded with extra breadiness and caramel, with a brief spiciness and sweetness that makes this very refreshing. It's definitely not very complex, but there's nothing wrong with it, either.

The flavor continues the malt bomb, but this time around, there's a relative balance between the citrus bitterness from the hops and the biscuit qualities from the malts. This is kind of the Colorado equivalent of Ballast Point's Big Eye IPA, although it's a little bit sweeter and therefore far more to my liking. Starts with good notes of orange peel, grapefruit, stone fruits, and intense pine, soon to be followed by some brief floral notes and slight pepper that melds into the caramel, English-bitter style biscuit flavor. Finishes extra grainy with a brief astringency from the hops but an overall palate cleansing process from the entire combination of ingredients. Finishes with brief bitterness, yet overall clean. Carbonation is quite good for the type of beer it is, and remains crisp in feel as well as balanced when it comes to the booze and extra sugars. A pretty solid, old school IPA overall.

This is a throwback to some of the older IPA recipes that hang around, and in the environment of palate destroying astringent bitter beers, it's very welcome overall in my glass. I do wish that it weren't as malty for an IPA, but I can't complain too much with the delightful citrus notes that stick around. There's nothing too demonic about this, though - personally, G'Knight was far more intense and sweet. This still stands as a solid beer and shows that Oskar Blues really is among some of the great larger craft breweries out there.

magictacosinus, Mar 04, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

JesusApodaca, Mar 04, 2014
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3.86/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Canned 2/14 Pouring some into a snifter for look and aroma, taste is from the can

Pours a vibrant golden orange with a finger of slightly tan foam that's died down sorta quick. Good lacing with a moderate carbonation stemming from the center. Good clarity, this is a fun one to look at

Smells of pretty earthy and floral hops backed with some pine and a bit of tangerine and grapefruit, not as fruity as most ipas out there. A sweet caramel malt holds it together and finishes with a bit of alcohol

Taste isn't quite on par with the nose but translates roughly the same. Big earthy hops with strong floral notes, finishing with just a little citrus. The caramel in the malt is a bit sweeter than in the aroma and the alcohol is definitely more present

Feel is a medium body with a bit of a wet finish. Good bitterness, alcohol present but still drinks well

Overall a pretty good beer. Glad to have Oscar Blues back in Nevada

lordofstarside, Mar 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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Deviant Dale's IPA from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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