Deviant Dale's IPA - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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Deviant Dale's IPADeviant Dale's IPA

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

638 Reviews
THE BROS
87
very good

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Reviews: 638
Hads: 3,192
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 9.7%
Wants: 119
Gots: 414 | FT: 3
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 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 (222 characters)

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. (335 characters)

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; (598 characters)

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. (646 characters)

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. (732 characters)

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. (533 characters)

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. (1,738 characters)

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. (711 characters)

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. (287 characters)

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. (270 characters)

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! (388 characters)

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. (765 characters)

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 (402 characters)

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! (467 characters)

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. (440 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Canned on 01/04/14 stamped on bottom:

Pours slightly hazed orange amber. A thin head leaves plenty of lacing.

The smell is of orange rind, grapefruit and caramel.

The taste is of orange, grapefruit, musty tobacco leaves and pine/resin backed by caramel and biscuit notes. Alcohol is reasonably tame in the taste for the 8% abv level. Juicy hops linger through the finish.

It is pretty smooth despite slight rawness.

It is complex and bold, rich in hops and malt. A strong IPA that pushes towards a DIPA. Very enjoyable! (524 characters)

Photo of Duhast500
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into pint Goose Island pint glass.

The color is a dark orange/amber with two fingers of foamy white head with some nice lacing left on the glass.

The smell is pine with something like a Douglas fur aroma. The citrus fruits come out in spikes poking out and giving hints of grapefruit, and lemongrass. As the malts you do get some vanilla and caramel aroma to frame things off and balance everything together.

The taste is hoppy at first as bitterness hits with juicy grapefruit and touches of tangerine, and even grains of paradise. The malts come out and frame this beer perfectly as some nice caramel and biscuit flavor hangs in the background and off in the edges of this beer. The high hop bitterness comes back at the end slaps everything away leaving a bitter hop flavor it lingers for a short stay.

The feel of this beer medium bodied and pretty smooth even though there is some push here and there with the bitterness making it feel like it could be a little unmanageable. It has a good drinkable feel and goes down easy (1,052 characters)

Photo of TempeBeerMan
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can into a nonic pint.

A - Pours a slightly hazy orange marmalade color with a thick, two-finger white head. Excellent head retention. Sticky rings of lacing. Looks amazing!

S - Strong aroma of citrusy hops and butterscotch like malt.

A - The sweet honey-like malts present in the nose surprisingly take center stage. Hops are extremely lush and fruity, with pineapple, grapefruit and papaya like esters, and mild bitterness. Rich. Pine, Maui onion, and even a hint of cannabis dankness in the finish. Not your average IPA flavors by any means. Very tasty.

M - Full bodied and medium carbonated. Very smooth feel, not oily or acidic, almost velvety. Coats the mouth. Interesting.

O - Everything about this beer is different and unusual, and I really enjoyed it. Call me crazy, but almost a cross between an old ale and an IPA. Definitely one of the sweetest IPA's I've ever had, and the mouth feel is DIPA/IIPA all the way. (942 characters)

Photo of hoppyturt
3.62/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a can into a room temp pint glass. Pours a golden caramel color with a frothy head. Strong nose of black pepper and sweet onion. Taste is very forward with floral and earthy characteristics. Bitterness is noticeable but doesn't linger. Overall this is a good ipa, but the sweet onion is overpowering (311 characters)

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. (846 characters)

Photo of jokelahoma
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours the color of a nice shiny copper medallion. Remarkable clarity for a really hoppy beer.

Aroma is just what you'd expect from a big IPA. It's citrusy almost to the point of zest with a little candied fruit aroma in there as well. My crazy nose also gets some apricot and/or some tropical fruit. There's a tiny tease of malt, but it seems to be peeking out from the corner more than strutting its stuff. None of this smells harsh in any way, just sweet and appetizing.

The first thing that hits you about the flavor is that the flavor doesn't hit you. By that I mean this isn't the type of brew to grab hold of your salivary glands and start beating on them, like many of the super-bitter varieties. This just casually slides in with a nonchalant "hey", but there's not doubt it has arrived. Kind of like Mick Jagger walking into the party in Carly Simon's "You're So Vain", in a way. (That *is* who that song is about, right? Right?) Like any good double IPA, this isn't just a hop bomb. The malt here is the canoe the hops float in on, and it does a great job of keeping them together, high and dry. It's tough to tell which you notice first, the great flavor of the malt, or the bitterness that it carries. Regardless, it isn't the bitterness or the malt backbone that ultimately grabs your focus, it's the flavor of the hops which gets your attention. This is really well put together. Not as much of a perception of bitter as a "regular" IPA because of more malt to stand up to it, the hop flavor carries the day. And what a flavor it is. All the citrus zest and candied fruit from the aroma are still here, and their flavor works exceptionally well with the malts, rather than fighting them for supremacy. It's tough to imagine an easier to drink 8% ABV DIPA. This works on just about every level.

Mouthfeel is pretty much a "medium" in that it isn't light and watery, and it isn't thick and chewy or oily. It's just enough to let you know you have a big beer in your glass and you should treat it accordingly, without ever making you question "do I want any more of this?".

This is easily one of my favorite DIPAs. The balance is fantastic, the flavors suit me to a "T", and everything seems to fit just right. I see a lot more excuses for crossing the state line now that this is available one state over. Not only worth seeking out, you should make it a point to do so. (2,390 characters)

Photo of sommersb
4.26/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tasted On: 03-23-2014
Freshness: Canned on 02-18-2014
Packaging: 16 oz. can
Glassware: Nonic pint
Purchased: 4-pack from Frugal MacDoogal, Nashville

A: Attractive beer that is clear and copper-colored. The head is huge and leaves behind an excellent web of lace and has very good retention.

S: The floral and citrus hop aromas make this a wonderful beer to smell.

T: Bitter taste up front from citrus/grapefruit hop flavors, with enough malt in the background to keep things somewhat in check. Also get some alcohol warming.

M: Full-bodied and medium in carbonation, the mouthfeel seems spot-on. Bitter resins make up the aftertaste, but the fruitiness helps take off the edge.

O: Overall a really well-executed high gravity IPA. (734 characters)

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

Beer pours a clear amber. Beige head with nice lacing. Aroma is piney and resinous. Taste follows the nose. Some malt up front with a powerful hop finish: pine, pot, and slightly sweet. Mouthfeel is good. A bit heavy but not in a bad way. This is a big, substantial beer with some serious piney hops. Overall, an excellent beer. (328 characters)

Photo of Beerlover
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

can't resist an ipa that's new to distribution in the state, especially when it's in a can!! (CAN when you can!)
A:great gold color, not overly bubbly, 2 inch off white head and leaving some wicked good lacing around the glass.
S: one of the more piney i.p.a.s I've smelled in a while, very resinous smelling.
T: whaaaat!? wow this is really good, and really different. the piney resinous-ness is there but not overpowering as the aroma may imply. There is also this sweet sugary after taste that I have never tasted before in any style of beer that is very delicious!!
M; low high carbonation which I love in any style of beer, leaves a semi dry after taste probably coming from the resiny hops.
o.a. 8.5 outta 10 on beerlover's rating scale, I would definitely buy this again, may have even rateded higher if I hadn't had so many good pale ales and india pales lately! (870 characters)

Photo of RickS95
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really a stunner. Has the nice, cloudy orange color. The head forms in a cascading fashion and is as thick as you'd like. Amazing retention. Huge meringue like craters and valleys. Large and small bubbles with an almost crusty lace.

The scent is a combination of English malt and Pacific Northwestern hops, citrus and pine standing front and center. A bit of orange rind rounds out the smell.

One of the best IPAs I've had. Lots of citrus in the taste, enough malt so you don't ceviche your tongue, and plenty of pine so the flavor never fades.

Yes, it's bitter, but that's the idea. It's not a palate crusher because it's well balanced. A lot of acid mixed in with malty sweetness. Almost full bodied, it's got plenty to keep the palate busy. The pine grabs your tongue and won't let go.

Just off the top of my head, one of the three or four best IPAs I've had. Not quite as sweet as Zombie Dust or Pliny the Elder, but this beer is right up there. Easy to drink despite solid bitterness and a good amount of alcohol. The tall boy can is just a bonus. (1,056 characters)

Deviant Dale's IPA from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
90 out of 100 based on 638 ratings.