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Deviant Dale's IPA - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

Deviant Dale's IPADeviant Dale's IPA

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2,305 Ratings
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Ratings: 2305
Reviews: 574
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.17%

Brewed by:
Oskar Blues Grill & Brew visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Jason on 01-16-2011)
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West Virginia

4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - 16 oz can

Appearance - Yellow/golden tan, trace of brown. Nice creamy 2 inch head and sticky lacing.

Smell - Hops galore, pine, grapefruit, dank weed, pale malts, suagrs, orange, lemon, very floral.

Taste - Straight up piney hops with some sweet malt backbone. Lots of floral fruits, added sugars along with some sweet fruits like orange and mango. There is a touch of alcohol burn near the finish. There is a presence of malty dales pale ale in there to give it that dank, bittery yeasty like flavor.

Mouthfeel - Tounge gets nailed with hops at first. After a few drinks, mouth adjusts and malts come out more noticible. Palette gets the hop kick along with pale malts, sugars and a little alcohol bite. Aftertaste is dank hops, pale malts, dry and a little bitter.

Overall - if you like dales pale ale, but want more hops this is for you. Its sweet, yet bitter and easy to enjoy. Lots of hops but a nice balance of malts and sugars make this a great beer. Hopheads will enjoy, as will pale ale fans looking for something more extreme.

Serving type: can

03-08-2012 23:23:37 | More by wvsabbath
Photo of ArrogantB


2.83/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Clear red-amber color, good head. I knew after the first whiff of this beer that it did not have a hop profile I was going to like. It smelled sort of like summit hops or maybe columbus adn made me instantly think of pepper and onions. It reminded me a lot of Gubna and Green Flash Imperial IPA. Flavor followed suit, added a chewy maltiness and was no good. I'm sorry I didn't like Gubna and I don;t like this at all. I'll stick to Gordon, Dale's Pale, and Mama's.

Serving type: can

03-08-2012 01:58:23 | More by ArrogantB
Photo of Mebuzzard


4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Well if you want an IPA with a bit, here ya go. This is super hoppy with a great aroma, which if it had a bit more malt would get a 5.

The hop profile here seems to me to be more dominated by a pine/grass characteristic, less so with citrus/grapefruit...although this is present, too. This is an aggressive beer. It wants to bite you tongue, like a kinky prom date who hasn't been French-kissed since her dad taught her.

Leave dry. Malt really doesn't stand a chance, although this one isn't as resin-y as some DIPAs. It's clean. neat. Goes down quickly, which opposes that prom date.

Good beer for hop heads

Serving type: can

03-07-2012 07:20:54 | More by Mebuzzard
Photo of randylangford


4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served out of a 16oz can.

A: Pours a nice dark amber with a fluffy two finger white head.
S: Straight up Dank ... smells like nice BC bud with a followed with a sweet mango.
T: nice early bitterness follow by a sweet mango flavour with a light bitter aftertaste.
M: Lighter in body than I want it to be with the flavours it is bringing my way.
O: I could see myself drinking this as a regular IPA. Enough said.

Serving type: can

03-07-2012 01:01:48 | More by randylangford
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4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured dark copper. One finger white head disappeared in to film of bubbles on top of the beer. Left sticky bubbles on the side of the glass.

Dank, resinous hops. Some floral and citrus notes. Toffee sweetness and roasted malts.

Very malty. A little smokey. Earthy and grassy hops. Finishes with sweet grapefruit. The hoppiness was there, but it seemed a little subdued.

Medium body with a medium level of carbonation. Very clean finish with a bit of bitterness that lingers.

Very nice and very smooth. Again, the hoppiness wasn't as much as I expected, but still a very awesome brew.

Serving type: on-tap

03-03-2012 19:15:50 | More by jeremy13586
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3.25/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear dark orange/copper with a big, off white, fluffy head.

Smells of huge grapefruit and pine with some other floral citrus notes coming in. Huge Columbus hop smell, which is slightly spicy too. Also get some sweetness from the hop aroma and just hint of honey. Really big nose that is pleasing if not brash.

Taste is up front tropical fruit that goes into a bitter grapefruit/pine middle and ends on a hugely bitter grapefruit and slightly spicy pine finish. The lingering bitterness is not particularly pleasant, as it is a harsher, astringent bitterness. This make it hard to want to take another sip. The initial flavor is good, but the sheer unbalanced, high-alpha bitterness is disappointing.

Medium body with too high carbonation, which adds to the astringency. The alcohol is present and noticeable as it warms though not out of balance.

This beer is a pine/grapefruit bomb with tropical fruit backing. It is utterly unbalanced and harshly astringent. The high alpha-acid hops and carbonation need to be toned back. As it stands, it is hard to down half of one of the tall boys. A rare miss from OB for me.

Serving type: can

03-03-2012 02:25:32 | More by TenHornsProud
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4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz tallboy.

Pours a light clear amber with a thin creamy white head. Really nice sticky lacing along the sides.

Aroma is dank with tons of thick resinous floral hops and some pithy white grapefruit. There is a light caramel malt character hiding behind the big herbal resin domination.

The taste is more of the same. The initial blast is of bitter, juicy grapefruit and pineapple, but the part that just sticks to the tongue is the dank, resinous hops. I'd almost call it spicy, and it's seriously bitter.

Medium bodied and sticky, sticky, sticky....and bitter.

I definitely enjoyed this one, but I just can't see myself having much more than a single can. It's just so massively bitter and resinous. Tasty if not seriously drinkable.

Serving type: can

03-02-2012 03:05:16 | More by gford217
Photo of StonedTrippin


4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this just came out from what i hear. pours from a tallboy into a schooner an orange color, perfectly transparent, white lace hanging on the edges. smells yummy, big fresh aromatic spruce tree like hops. flavor is hoppy without being bitter or sweet, its very well balanced by its malt profile, a lot like its little brother. i like this beer a lot, something unique from most double ipas. must be the hop variety. feel is brightly carbonated with a medium body and a noticable alcoholic burn at the end. a little harsh there, but it reminds me what im drinking, which i appreciate. as a big ipa, its a new twist, but i still prefer dales. worth a shot

Serving type: can

03-02-2012 02:13:50 | More by StonedTrippin
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4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into pint.
Pours a copper/amber brown. Really thick foamy head.
Really nice grapefruit and candy aromas on top of the pine and hops.
Taste is a really nice blend of malts with the citrus pine hops. Its one of those chewy brews. Really well balanced and the alcohol is hidden very well. This could be a session brew with no problem. Overall, I really like this one, possibly one of my favorite of Oskar Blues ive had to date.

Serving type: on-tap

02-29-2012 13:47:33 | More by DrinkSlurm
Photo of FishPondManager


3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a nice deep copper. 1 inch head with nice lacing

S - Spice and citrus followed by pronounced hops. Smells a bit earthy like onion.

T - Good bitterness and a bit of grapefruit up front. Finishes sweet and not too dry. Good overall balance and flavor

M - Medium/low carbonation finishes well

O - One I look forward to drinking more. Overall a good addition to the category. Comparable price/quality to other good DIPA offerings.

Serving type: can

02-29-2012 03:28:54 | More by FishPondManager
Photo of PeterIngemi


4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap @vicsboathouse in Salem ma, poured in an Oskar blues pint glass.

A- served a crisp coppery amber with a light white head, beautiful lacing, a crisp looking beer

S- smells delicious citrus hops, smells very fresh, I suppose this is from dry hoping, smells almost chewy, really beautiful hop aroma.

T- does not dissapointed the nose, piney, soapy and citrusy hops all play together in a very nice blend over a solid , but not overly sweet malt. Very very nice

M- dry and bitter, but well rounded at the same time, chewy medium body with medium carbonation.

O- an awesome brew, the way it was described to me, before it's release was a double dry hopped sales pale ale, and there is plenty of dry hopping here, one of my favorites from Oskar blues for sure!!

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2012 02:18:36 | More by PeterIngemi
Photo of kevinconroy


4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a-nice amber copper colour

s-this is the best part very complex. fruity, stink cheese like a well aged appenzeller; very hoppy I smell the bitterness

T-Very good; Very bitter, malt plays a back ground role; could use a little more balance and a higher abv. Very delicious though

m-not enough to be a double. Nice carbonation but fails in the coat your tongue richness. Kind of just whips away off your tongue like oil and water. not enough malt in my opinion.

o-this def an IPA but I feel as if it could benefit from a little more malt and a little more alcohol. Although this claims to be 8.5 % the can only says 8%. I would not classify this as a double though because it does not have nearly enough malt. All in all this is a fantastic beer and truly take you to the "Deviant" side of Dales

Serving type: can

02-25-2012 04:12:57 | More by kevinconroy
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4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had the privilege of drinking this beauty out of an unlabeled can with one of the brewers. It will soon be released to the general public in cans (with a proper label).

The beer pours a nice golden color with a wonderful head.

The aroma of floral hops leaps out of the glass and greats the drinker. It hints at the wonderful hop profile of the beer and that first sip that will soon be had.

The beer is excellently balanced. It is not to sweet and not too bitter. You can hardly taste the alcohol. The finish it just bitter enough to let you know that it is an IPA but the bitterness does not linger. It instead leaves your palate drawing you in for the next taste.

This was an excellent IPA and I would recommend it to anyone that loves this style.

Serving type: can

02-21-2012 15:13:26 | More by LeeryLeprechaun
Photo of hopfacebrew


4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

On draft at Old Chicago's. The menu said it was an Old Chicago exclusive beer - though that's obviously not the case based on the previous review!

A - Arrived a dark orange/copper color with a 1 finger of nice white head. Decent renention and nice lacing.

S - Tons of piney and citrus hops with hints of fruit in the aroma. Not much alcohol or malt detected.

F /M - Hops grab the flavor with a nice bite. There is a medium bitterness throughout and the beer finishes with a sweet fruity note. Good mouthfeel for this medium bodied beer

D - Extremely drinkable beer. I didn't know how strong it was at the bar but I noted that the alcohol wasn't overwhelming and I wanted to ask for another.

Overall, this is a great offering from Oskar Blue. It would awesome if they released it in cans but if not it's worth the trip to Old C's to try it out.

Serving type: on-tap

Reviewed on: 01-22-2011 19:44:03

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2012 22:30:20 | More by hopfacebrew
Photo of brydeen


3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to wdeck9 for adding this as an extra.

Poured from can into a snifter.

A: Pours a deep hazy orange, almost cloudy. Creamy white head is very thin and fades to almost nothing immediately. Lots of sticky white lacing throughout though.

S: Loads of citrus, predominantly grapefruit and pineapple.

T: Hints of grapefruit flavor right away, with a faint piney bitterness at the back end. Very balanced sweetness/bitterness.

M: A sticky, creamy texture, with only faint carbonation. Alcohol is well hidden.

O: A tasty Brew, but doesn't really stand out as very memorable. Very drinkable, but it lacks that dry bitter bite I look for in my DIPAs. I'd definitely give it another shot though if given the chance.

Serving type: can

12-20-2011 01:04:08 | More by brydeen
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4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dales big brother. drinking at Oscar blues restaurat done the road from the brewery

Pours a really hazy shined copper, with minimal head

The aroma is really dank with citrus and tropical fruits hiding in the background. A really neat arrangement of hops. Very west coast in feel, but still has a that solid balance of the Colorado ipas

Flavor is full of hops. It is almost like sucking on a hop cone, there is malt in the background but the hops are way upfront. I love this beer! I just asked and this beer was in the tank two weeks ago, which explains the huge hop flavor

Mouthfeel is full and pretty thick. Almost like a Sierra Nevada in mouthfeel, finishes dry but has a nice lingering dank hop flavor

Overall I can see why this beer wins medals. Over the top and really really hoppy.

Serving type: on-tap

12-16-2011 23:46:51 | More by LukeD23
Photo of tbrown4


3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at Max's in Baltimore last night. This and some other rare-to-the-area OB offerings were left over from an event the night before.

A - Hazy pale orange, foamy fine bubbled one-finger white head, some lacing, little head retained

S - Smells of tart citrus, not much else

T - Huge bitter citrus (grapefruit) up front. The middle seems to be lacking something, maybe whatever is there is covered up by the initial pucker. The finish is light, sweet and rewarding. Doesn't feel very balanced.

M - Medium in body

O - Seems ok. From what I understand this is a ramped up variation of Dale's Pale. For that, it delivers. It's got a more rich feel to it and the alcohol content is very well hidden. But, there are far better imperial IPAs out there. I'm not sure I'd go out of my way to seek this out again.

Serving type: on-tap

05-18-2011 10:25:23 | More by tbrown4
Photo of axeman9182

New Jersey

3.45/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

8oz pour at Oskar Blues night at The Pony Bar.

Deviant Dale's pours a fairly translucent orange, with a little bit of white foam capping the beer. Given that it was somewhat of a lackluster pour, the amount of lacing left down the side of the glass is impressive. The nose is intensely citrusy, but in a nice change of pace pineapple seems to be the dominant aroma, with grapefruit notes relegated to a supporting role. There's a nice sturdy malt backbone right up front, a combination of biscuit and caramel flavors. The expected blast of bitterness washes over next, but in the name of what turns out to be a disappointingly weak hoppy payoff. The aforementioned citrus notes are once again present, but not nearly as potent as I might expect from a DIPA with a pungent nose and big dose of bitterness. The body is a bit lighter than I would have expected, but it works well and makes the the beer easier drinking. Carbonation is nice and lively, elevating what hop presence there is. I'm a fan of both Dale's Pale Ale, and Oskar Blues in general, so I did have high hopes for Deviant Dale's that ultimately weren't quite met.

Serving type: on-tap

05-03-2011 01:59:05 | More by axeman9182
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4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at Frisco Tap House, poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours an almost clear amber color with a small layer of off white head that goes away completely.

Smell: Mildly sweet citrus hops with some malt sweetness as well. Very refreshing.

Taste: Very bitter throughout. Lots of citrus peel hops kick you in the tongue right off the bat. It gets sweeter from the middle to the end of each sip. Warm alcohol in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with delicate carbonation. The finish is dry.

Overall: This is a very good beer, the bitterness is definitely the dominant flavor. There was a little too much alcohol in the finish for my liking. I would have it again.

Serving type: on-tap

04-28-2011 20:27:49 | More by oline73
Photo of dragonWhale

New York

4.6/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

aww shit, you cats in Colorado..what an excellent sip. Too bad they don't let this beast out east more often, but I can see wanting to keep it fresh and local at the spot, for sure. Especially with this one. Big luscious fruity goodness all throughout this rich and somewhat malty, delightfully tacky beverage. I kid, I don't want hooters brought to mind here, no matter the deviants.
On tap at Bierkraft and at The Gate, good work bringing your A game to BK, OB. This is an excellent and smooth IPA, didn't realize the ABV is 8.5% if that is indeed true. Doesn't drink like it at all. More like a 7 with fatty hops blasting their goods. Quick solid bitter gives way to the malt, but the hops popping off stole the story

Serving type: on-tap

04-19-2011 06:14:32 | More by dragonWhale
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4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I finally made it to Lyons, Colorado last night in order to visit Oskar Blues. Overall, it was nothing but great food, excellent beer, friendly people and the opportunity to try Deviant Dale's India Pale Ale. Here's what I found:

APPEARANCE: Poured a cloudy orange color with a bit of a head, but not much. The color was spectacular, but lacing, initial head and head retention was not terribly impressive.

SMELL: This one is right up there with a handful of beers that has a very memorable smell. Hopslam came to mind immediately, as a big, sweet, malty and floral aroma attacked my sense of smell. One sniff proves that this is without a doubt a big, Double IPA.

TASTE: The aroma was not hiding anything, as the sweet, malty and maybe even honey flavors dominate up front. Of course, Oskar Blues is not going to forget to balance their beer out and a nice, strong hoppy flavor leaves a bitter taste on the tongue leaving the palate begging for the next sip.

MOUTHFEEL: Very oily and mouthcoating and it oddly seemed to cover the entire palate, leaving no taste bud untouched.

DRINKABILITY: Overall, the Deviant Dale's actually does not sit too heavy and at 8.5% it is not too boozy for a DIPA. I had a couple, but certainly would have been open to having more if time had permitted.

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2011 18:06:05 | More by StoneTSR
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3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

When I first heard about this one, I thought it might have been some soured barrel aged version of Dale's. This was, however, not the case. Had this one on tap at one of the Old Chicago locations north of Denver (wasnt driving or paying attention). Served in a large pewter mug (I felt like Paul Revere) so I have no idea what it looked like. Big hops, great initially, though they became too much after a while. Pretty good, but nothing worth going out of the way for.

Serving type: on-tap

01-30-2011 00:25:53 | More by emmasdad
Photo of MinorThreat


4.95/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tried on tap at Old Chicago Parker and Arapahoe location.

A-Nice deep golden hue with high clarity, good thick white head, good retention and good lacing.

A-Yeah buddy! Tons of floral and citrus hops. Pineapple, orange, pine and grapefruit dominate the nose but there is a little hint of caramel and cereal grains from the barley. I could smell it from two feet away.

T-This beer was a lesson in integration. The nose carries over flawlessly to the palate. Tons of citrus hops up front, in the middle, in the back, ten minutes later, on the walk home.... But somehow with that high of a dry hopping rate and IBU's the malt backbone not only held it all together but gave it a whole other dimension of flavor. Caramel, cereal grains, fresh baked bread and a little sweet toffee balance perfectly with the hops.This beer is big and bold but so well integrated and balanced. I am blown away...

M-Slightly viscous, good CO2 level, seemed soft on the palate. Really nice

D-High, really high. Despite the 8.5% ABV (I think) there is no hint of heat. It has so many flavor complexities yet seems light, smooth and easy to drink. Awesome beer.

If anyone from Oskar Blues reads this please, please can this... I will buy it, often and in large quantity.

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2011 22:49:37 | More by MinorThreat
Photo of GilGarp


4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass at Homemade Liquids and Solids in Longmont.

Deviant Dale's is a hazy copper orange color with creamy sticky head. A nice sheet of lace is left behind.

Aroma is super hoppy with lots of big citrus and pine. The surprise is the sweeter peach and apricot notes that seem to define the aroma.

Flavor is excellent with tons of hops in a familiar west coast double IPA way. I would have assumed there was peach extract or fruit juice of some sort, it's just that good.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice and low carbonation. A good balance too for a big DIPA.

Overall this is an excellent beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-16-2011 16:15:49 | More by GilGarp
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Deviant Dale's IPA from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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