Deviant Dale's IPA - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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Reviews: 644
Hads: 3,227
Avg: 4.02
pDev: 24.13%
Wants: 129
Gots: 441 | FT: 4
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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 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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

If Dale's Pale Ale sold its soul to the devil, to gain greater teeth-churning hop flavor and an impossible sense of drinkability, then each and every sip is well worth it!

The charming ale kicks off with a bright amber-gold pour. Its fine haze allows for the bright glow, giving the beer an appealing look. Its cream-colored, cream-textured foam blanket rises strongly and withstands the session with ease, lacing the glass with intricacy and broken collars.

Its fruit-filled aromas are all things citrus and tropical. With a wrap of caramel and honey, the scent of candied fruit wafts over the nose immediately. Red grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple and mango lead the way as the juicy leaf scent comes forth with fresh-cut grass, herbal lemongrass and broken pine needles.

As the lightly sticky malt grazes against the tongue, the thin sweetness of caramel and honey work in tandem to give the hop's fruit character a brighter, riper and plumper taste. Seemingly dripping with fruit sugars, the middle palate is alive with juices of grapefruit, orange and Hawaiian punch. As notions of sherbet come to mind, the herbaceous and bitter taste of hops put a stranglehold on the back of the throat with deeply resinous pine, grass and a light nod to hop's cannabis cousin.

Deviant's early texture is pleasantly creamy even though it is malty-dry. Its enhanced carbonation pulls from the shy malt sweetness and lightens the body until the hop resins and alcohol warm and dry the ale delicately in its fast-fleeting finish.

Deviant Dale's IPA is a supercharged hop-bomb with just enough malt support to keep from mistaking the beer for alcoholic fruit juice. Its exquisite balance and drinkability is a welcome rarity.

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Photo of magictacosinus
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of lordofstarside
3.89/5  rDev -3.2%
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

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

Pours a delicious light brown reddish color, lots of head into my Bells goblet. My nose is picking up a smidgen of honey with some peach notes. The smell is alluring and very heavy hitting. The taste is a hop smack to the face with a nice sustained bitterness throughout mixed with the floral tendencies. moutfeel is a medium/heavy carbonation with a lightweight body giving it a unique feeling as it goes down.

Not a world beating IPA, but I definitely enjoyed it. It's for the true hop heads the like the bitterness bite in their beer.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: I wish there was much more foam, as there is very little to speak of. Foam is also scare, but the hazy, orange, unfiltered color is outstanding.

Smell: Honey and peaches with a strong pine finish.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Initially there is sour lemon and pine. A strong flavor of apricots and honey also resonates throughout. Mouthfeel is a tad thin, but with decent crispness.

Overall Drinkability: Not as good as the original, but still tasty and quite strong.

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Photo of vkv822
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16oz : SN IPA Glass

Pours a beautiful hazy, coppery golden red with a thick, foamy off white head.

Big resiny, citric, grapefruit hops. With a solid, but unobtrusive caramel malt backbone.

Medium+ body, lightly syrupy, oily mouthfeel.

A very well done IPA. Big hop character, with a large malt backbone as well.

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Photo of Yeroc
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - poured from a 16 ounce can into a 20 ounce "nonic" glass. Nice copper color with beautiful 2 finger head.

Smell - beautiful aroma. Fruity almost sweet smell but picking up on some floral and citrus. Again, great aroma.

Taste - a little different than aroma. Front of the tongue and top of the mouth hops. Picking up some mango perhaps along with some floral taste yet.

Mouthfeel - good mouthfeel with a medium body. Pretty smooth with a slight, very slight, dry finish.

Overall - don't let the can fool you. This is a good brew. Not in my top 10 but certainly a serviceable brew that I can see purchasing again.

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Photo of JackieTH
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apricot-orange brew with a big foamy head that recedes slowly with ample lacing. Smells delicious. Apricots, citrus, mango. Tropical. Taste has notes of pine resin, ruby red grapefruit pith, a bit floral. Moderate bitterness but with an ample malt backbone. It's tasty and juicy, but where did those tropical notes go? Medium body with creamy mouthfeel. Holds together well and leaves the palate wet and quenched.

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Photo of a0lbudman
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Dark gold color with a large white head thats leaves a lace
S-hops with a citrus mixture aroma
T-the citrus flavor and hops hit at first that goes to a deep hop aftertaste that stays with you
M-medium body and medium carbonation
O-This was an outstanding beer that I feel I could drink all night

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Photo of BierJager89
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Syrupy, translucent red-orange with a foamy, slightly tan head.

S: Lots of orange, some lemon, some grapefruit, mango, passionfruit, in a very tropical nose.

T: Lots of pine, some citrus, mainly orange, floral hops that really go up toward the nose from the back of the throat.

M: Medium-light bodied, kind of frothy, but smooth.

O: Taste was a bit of a letdown, as the nose was tropical, and the taste was lacking in that respect.

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

A. Huge frothy light amber head. The color was what I look for , a deep copper-orange.

S. The aroma of pine cones is dominant

T. Nicely balanced hops and malt and alcohol.
Citrusy, bitter, with the flavors of the smell.
As it became room temp. the flavors turned to high hopiness, piney resins, and malt sweetness

M. Nice resinous, flavors of pine, citrus, and again the malt sweetness.

O. Overall this beer belongs alongside all Oskar Blues great beers !! KILLS DUDE

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Photo of bsp77
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from can into Nonic Pint.

Appearance: Clear, light amber with moderate white head and nice lacing.

Smell: Citrusy, with both orange and grapefruit. Some toasted and caramel malts. Somewhat sweet aroma.

Taste: Malts are evident at first, somewhat on the sweet side, with caramel and toasted malts. Very citrusy hops, but not too much bitterness.

Feel: Moderate carbonation with a fairly smooth and creamy body. However, the finish is not quite dry enough for my preferences, but is not a major distraction.

Overall: Comes across as a somewhat typical IPA but one on the sweeter side of the spectrum. Still quite delicious.

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Photo of ToriBug13
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oskar Blues Deviant Dale IPA

Appearance: Poured into the glass, gorgeous thick, full, fluffy head topped this murky caramel brew. Sad there's not more clarity, and the head retention was kind of a let down.

Smell: Definitely an IPA. Nice sweet malt balanced with the citrus and pine I have come to expect from a good IPA. But the scent seems as though it has been restrained somehow.

Taste&Mouthfeel: Oh wow! Super amazing taste! From the appearance and smell I never would have thought I could rate the taste so highly! Nice full body, with the slightly sweet malt to the forefront of the taste. On the middle of the tongue hints the tropical fruits, apricot, peach, lemon zest, and pine from the hops- this beer is ever so refreshing and delicious! Great carbonation, balance, and overall taste.

Overall: Worth every penny, truly a great IPA to sit and enjoy!

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

A: Pours a dark amber with a fair amount of off-white head. A somewhat solid layer retains, leaving good lacing.

S: Sweet grassy floral hops, with light grain.

T: Lightly sweet, with a nice underlying floral sweet note throughout. It becomes a touch more bitter as the hops come out through the middle and to the finish, but remains a sweet note underneath.

M: Medium to full body, medium carbonation.

Overall, quite a nice IPA, and nice to have it in a can.

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Photo of ThePaleRider
4.58/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Very dark orange, almost red. Poured a two finger, light khaki, head. Lots of big bubbles and the head faded pretty quickly leaving a nice ring of lace.

S - Lots of orange and lemon. Very citrusy and pretty aroma. Smells like it's going to be very smooth and not have a lot of hop bite.

T - Just as I suspected, very smooth. Not an astringent hop flavor, but the hops make themselves very present. Very drinkable for an 8% IPA.

M - Decent carbonation and a sweet aftertaste that lingers. Very pleasant.

O - One of the best IPA's I've had in a while. Great showing from a great brewer.

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Photo of flyingpig
4.81/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

473ml Can from the Brewdog Online Shop:
Light caramel amber with some orange and a 0.5cm, bubbly white head that stays pretty decent for such a strong beer, leaving some nice lacing too.

Plenty pine hops and tropical fruits on top of a caramel base that hints at some vanilla too. The smell is great with plenty of strength and fruity mix of grapefruit, pineapple and citrus, some floral notes & a subtle hint of alcohol as well.

Tropical fruits but with the caramel and sweet malts coming more to the forefront in the taste. There is a great caramel flavour mixed together with the grapefruit and pineapple I mentioned earlier on the nose. Subtle alcohol & the citrus & pine hops feature heavily.

Smooth, sweet and quite rich with a smooth and medium body that features some stickiness in places. There is some hints of alcohol but the beer is frighteningly easy to drink.

Almost perfect and very probably the best beer I've ever tried (thankfully it has at least limited UK distribution into the bargain). Phenomenal with an amazing taste. I'll be picking this up again the next time I see it anywhere.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16oz can dated 10/8/13 poured into a pint glass
A: Clear orange color with a lingering 1.5-finger head
S: Bold pine hops, citrus and a hint of malty notes
T: Again hop-forward, mostly pine but a bit of grapefruit. The midpalate is also hoppy but adds malt which is a big obtrusive. Usually I like malt to balance the hops but here it just tries too hard so gets in the way
M: I love the smoothness that the lingering head adds, something not seen nearly often enough these days. The rest of the beer is medium-bodied, fairly crisp other than the malt-slam in the middle. Long finish
O: I like the regular Dale's at least as much though this is also a welcome addition to the lineup

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Photo of Russ_Guill
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 16 oz can.

Pours golden amber and very clear. Light carbonation with minimal head.

Lacing is incredible.

Amazing aroma.

Malty presence with balanced hop flavor and bitterness, but the bitterness does linger in the finish. Perhaps a little grassy in the end, but still very enjoyable.

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Photo of Celtics17
3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I like this beer, but it was a bit to malty, and caramel sweet for me. Resin taste didn't sit well for me. Not my kind of IPA, wasn't pleased. On the other hand, I could taste the complexity of this beer.

A- The look was a dark orange look. Lacing was good, head was gone quickly.

S- Pine, sweet, but bitter aroma.

T- Pine, bitter, sweetness of mild tropical fruit. Very pine driven.

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Deviant Dale's IPA from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
90 out of 100 based on 644 ratings.