Deviant Dale's IPA - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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4/5 rDev -0.7%
Canned on 3/30/12.
Appearance: Clear amber body topped by a dense eggshell colored 2 finger head.
Smell: Pretty dank - pineapple, onions and marijuana. Is this another summit hopped beer? These guys really like this hop profile. It's enjoyable to me, but I can see why it's polarizing. There's a touch of sweetness that comes in the form of candied grapefruit.
Palate: Follows the nose - quite a bit of pineapple and grapefruit up front, with undertones of weed, onions and resin. The body is medium-light, and bitterness is intense. Bready malt appears mid-palate. Alcohol is noticeable in the finish, just slightly. Surprising for an 8% beer, but it doesn't detract much.
Overall: A good, solid DIPA. The tallboys make it all the more enjoyable. Recommended for people that enjoy dank, oniony hop profiles.
05-13-2012 21:48:25 | More by largadeer
4.01/5 rDev -0.5%
16oz can, thanks be to Mike from the Beer Diaries for the sample from his four-pack! Memories of sippin' tall boys around the hotel in Littleton abound right now! Colorado sure does love its cans.
This beer pours a clear, medium bronzed amber hue, with four fingers of obviously foamy, frothy, and bubbly beige head, which leaves a solid array of weirdly webbed lace around the glass as things slowly ebb away.
It smells of acrid orange and grapefruit pith, sharply biscuity caramel and toffee malt, a hint of white pepper, and leafy, grassy, and pine resin hops. The taste is creamed caramel malt, a lingering sense of toffee sweetness and buttered breadiness, muted bitter citrus and pine notes, a bit of Italian prep spiciness, and further leafy, grassy, and musty hops.
The bubbles are present, and duly supportive, if nothing else, thankfully, the body an agreeable medium weight, and really rather smooth. It finishes just on the sweet side, the equally heady malt and hop players battling it out to a perfect detente.
A pretty hard follow-up to Dale's Pale Ale, but OB's is more than capable of following through - their obviously deviant nature aiding and abetting to no end. Tasty, heady, and enjoyable as hell to sip or slurp, all dependent on situation. Were that I could procure this on my home turf, at the very least to help recreate my GBAF 2013 experience.
10-19-2013 04:21:24 | More by biboergosum
3.85/5 rDev -4.5%
Immediately upon popping this one open, I got a huge whiff of oily hops. The flavor profile carries much of the same character with a steady hop tone to it that leans towards earthy with some woody kind of tones (in a stick and twig kind of way, not a barrel one). It's good and nice enough, but it just doesn't do it for me, really. I can think of many other double IPAs that interest me more than this one.
04-14-2012 07:24:22 | More by RblWthACoz
3.9/5 rDev -3.2%
Poured from a 16oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.
A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.
S: The aroma contains citrus, caramelized malts and some hops.
T: The taste starts out very sweet with strong flavors of caramel and citrus. Then a strong but not over-powering hops presence comes in. The malt character is hearty and there’s a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.
M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sweet.
O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, it’s a solid beer but there are many more hoppy IPA’s that I would choose before this one.
08-16-2012 02:54:33 | More by TheManiacalOne
4.2/5 rDev +4.2%
A - Two fingers of off-white foam on top of a slightly hazy, golden-brown body. The head settles fairly slowly and leaves nice lace on the glass.
S - Notes of caramel and toffee with a pungent aroma of pine, grapefruit, and sweaty hops.
T - Sweet, thick malt up front with notes of toffee and pine. Some orange, grapefruit and more pine hop character in the middle. Finishes with more sweet toffee as well as pine and sweetened grapefruit with moderate bitterness.
M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a fairly sweet finish.
D - The hop aroma is the standout aspect of this brew, it is pungent and more than capable of standing up to the heavy malt. The flavor is much of the same, but the malt sweetness manages to dominate a little more here and is almost to the point of being cloying towards the end of the can. It reminds me a bit of Hopslam, but with a slightly weaker hop flavor profile.
06-07-2012 06:39:10 | More by nickfl
4.1/5 rDev +1.7%
There's alot of fresh dank DIPA out there with this and Hoptimum pretty widely available. Pours a beautiful, pale copper color with a bright khaki nicely formed head. Fine lacing left bedhind between sips, I can't believe a DIPA like this comes out of a can. Aroma has a bit of garlic/onion notes going on with some earthy pine resin, minimal citrus pith but basically intense hops. A bit of caramel based breadiness in the nose as well, but it's hard to tell with an explosion of hops. Flavor is eqaully as hoppy with a nice riding malt sweetness, caramel base with flowing levels of hop bitterness and flavor. A nice citrus earthy pine resin ride of hops, that hides the booze nicely. Sweetness is kind of obsurd but it definitely balances out the hop bitterness. The only thing that starts to arise is the onion/garlic hop flavor that I don't really care for. Mouthfeel is a bit cloying big hop oils with some residual sugars noted in this one, carbonation moderate body is full. Overall enjoyable hop nose, a bit muted hop flavors with ample bitterness an 8% DIPA in a 16 ounce can if a do the math right that could equal: DRUNK.
03-14-2012 15:55:57 | More by WVbeergeek
4.25/5 rDev +5.5%
Picked this up in NC, pricey at $ 14+ a four pack (16ozers). Canned 04-05-2012
Pours an effervescent amber with 3+ fingers of cream colored head. Great head retention & lacing
S: Pineapple, tangerine & pine, breadyness
T: Much breadyness, pine & leafy hops up front, along with grapefruit. Leafy hops mix with slight caramel sweetness tangerine peel & grapefruit as this warms, some boozeyness & dryness. Finishes with much grapefruit pith, caramel sweetness, some booze & pine
MF: Chewy, slight carbonation up front, nicely balanced
A well put together DIPA, but not very cheap. Would buy again if in the right mood
06-02-2012 03:20:44 | More by russpowell
4/5 rDev -0.7%
16 oz can into a tulip glass. Canned on 3/30/12.
Pours a crystal clear copper, with a couple fingers of frothy off-white head. This retains with a ½ finger cap of sudsy foam, which throws up a good bit of sticky foamy lacing onto the sides of the glass. The aroma smells floral, herbal, piney, and spicy, with an underlying fruity combination of fresh grapefruit and then more sweet and ripe tropical notes. Firm feeling bready malts buffer the back of the nose from the hops.
The taste is quite strong and aggressive with the hops, with zesty grapefruit, resins, and spice that cut across the tongue and carry the whole way through to a fairly hard finish. Herbal textures and light tropical fruit character help soften the blow here a bit, while sweet caramel and dry biscuit flavors from the malts do their best to balance some of those assertive flavors out but they are barely keeping the overall intensity of this in check.The mouthfeel is medium bodied and sharp on the tongue, which then spreads out into a firm prickly creaminess that is undercut by a herbal slickness that helps keep this as smooth as it can be. That 8% ABV amplifies those hops and helps stick all of that pith, pine, and spice to the tongue with some strength.
If you like your DIPAs in more of the bold style, with lots of sharp bitterness, pine, and spiciness, then you’ll probably like this one. Personally, it really isn’t my thing (especially when the alcohol really amps things up like it does here) but I will say that things did start to balance and smooth out more as I neared the end of the glass and the freshness did help carry this through to the end for me. This wasn’t really quite what I was expecting out of this beer but I can respect it for what it is.
04-17-2012 18:45:27 | More by Kegatron
3.4/5 rDev -15.6%
Deviant Dale's Indi Pale Ale. Sippin' on a tallboy. Brewed and canned by Oskar Blues, Colorado, USA. "Let's sling a little mud, girl." (Come again?)
Light haze. Amber hue. Lacey off-white head.
Nice hoppy nose. Citrus meets tropical. Happy marriage of lemon and mango.
Taste: Hop-tastic. Medium bodied. Light touch of caramel malt. Just a little juicy, high ease of consumption. Expert balance.
Not a ton to say about this one. Does the trick, but doesn't go much further. A lot of mild hoppy buzz, riding over the malt. Just a good ol' easy drunkin' IPA. You've got to have those. Session IPAs are highly under-rated.
This one I'll pass on in the future, though. Just not distinctive enough, merely an average IPA.
06-25-2012 08:31:25 | More by feloniousmonk
3.95/5 rDev -2%
Served in a glass. Beer shared by Michael, thanks. Beer is amber / orange and clear with a white head, moderate lacing, nice retention, moderate carbonation.
Aroma is awesome piny, hoppy, sweet, fruity, I really like the aroma.
Beer does not live up to the aroma, it is a little grassy and vegetal, oddly bitter and not very enjoyable. Not a repeat.
04-06-2012 19:10:31 | More by drabmuh
4.1/5 rDev +1.7%
Yay, tall boy cans, cause everyone likes it in the can.
Pours a nice fluffy 1.5 finger off white head that fades fairly slowly, with a nice layer of lacing, over crystal clear orangey slight reddish coppery colored beer, almost definitively filtered.
Nose is a nice midwestern IPA, with some pine starting out first, and moving quickly to the citrusy candy hops, like candied orange peel, and a fresh resinous hop aroma, some musty resinous hops. That's all backed up but a malty base, not really a malty aroma but a sweetness and a bit of booze that gives it the body.
Taste starts with a juicy hop flavor, quite juicy with a light citrusy hop that turns right into resinous fresh musty hop profile. A bit of pine and candy hops add to that with a decent bitterness that doesn't overpower. The hop profile is balanced well with a big malty base, again not a huge malty taste, but a slight sweetness, full malty body, and hint of warming booze. A decent bitterness that balanced the slight sweet decent malt base well, borderling DIPA but the hop profile shies away from that. The finish adds a bit more bitterness but not much, not too dry either as it gets a bit sticky, and some lingering citrus and slight resinous hops.
Mouth is med to fuller bodied, decent carb, hint of warming booze.
Overall not bad, nice for the style, nice hop and malt balance, decent bitterness, juicy, drinkable with a slight booze warmth and malt base. Especially in a tall boy can.
04-09-2012 01:00:55 | More by jlindros
4/5 rDev -0.7%
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
03-02-2012 02:13:50 | More by StonedTrippin
4.05/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
04-28-2011 20:27:49 | More by oline73
4.23/5 rDev +5%
16 oz can canned on 3-20-12, consumed 3-30-12.
The beer pours an orange-copper color with a medium-sized white head. The aroma is full of resinous pine with a little bit of orange citrus and a little bit of bread mixed in. The flavor is more of the same. I get a ton of dank resinous notes, as well as some orange and some strong pine notes. There is a little bit of bread and toffee, but this one is all about the hops. Medium bitterness. Medium to full mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
03-31-2012 03:06:57 | More by Mora2000
3.13/5 rDev -22.3%
Dark orange-amber in the big Duvel tulip. Nice foam and lacing. Seems like it straddles the range between the standard big DIPAs and the increasingly frisky big IPAs.
Tart and citrusy, shading off into a bitter aftertaste. Quite acidic, a real gullet-scorcher. I don't see this as up to the standard of the other OB ales. Big flowery and piney nose is the best feature. Flavor flattens out, though the bitterness is within bounds. Just gets tiresome, it is such an intense hoppy flavor with no other interest surfacing.
16 oz can from Bottleworks in San Diego. Dated 02/24/12 on the bottom, which is nice to see on a can.
03-21-2012 06:10:09 | More by mactrail
3.68/5 rDev -8.7%
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.
04-05-2012 18:56:03 | More by mdfb79
3.93/5 rDev -2.5%
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!
04-09-2014 22:02:03 | More by jwc215
3.84/5 rDev -4.7%
Can date February 2012; Sampled April 2012
A solid pour into my Lost Abbey Teku glass produces a three finger thick, nicely tan head. The beer is a brilliantly clear, concentrated copper color with red highlights that shows bright, almost metallic sheened, copper hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells nicely dank with lots of pine, and herbaceous character, including a touch of chive character; this is backed by a tropical fruit character laden with lychee, kumquat and pineapple, but the dank herbal character is definitely the dominant note in the nose. While the aroma is aggressively hoppy, it is not over-the top hoppy as hints of cracker and biscuit like malt are just perceptible.
My first sip is bitingly bitter from the start through to the finish. The beer gets more herbal as it flows across my tongue and the finish has a lingering pine and perhaps hemp-like astringency and flavor to it. The body has some heft to it, it rests on the palate with some viscousnous, though it isn’t overly heavy. Bitter flowers, menthol, some garlic chive notes, a dense pine tar character, lots of dank dirty “hemp” notes, and softer notes of lychee, pineapple, and perhaps some kumquat form the dominant character in the flavor. There is just a touch of malt character noticeable underneath the hop onslaught, with touches of cracker like grain and perhaps a hint of biscuit like malt.
This is a little more dank and herbal / pine focused than I prefer in a hop bomb (I prefer them to be fruit-hop balanced), but this will definitely hit the spot for the hop heads out there (including me). If you are particularly sensitive to the chive / garlic / onion note found in some hops, then this may not be the beer for you; it doesn’t have too much of that character though, as I am able to enjoy it. It is likely that the aroma has dropped off a bit in the month and a half since this has been bottled, but the flavor is still scathingly hoppy.
09-30-2013 02:32:32 | More by Gueuzedude
3.95/5 rDev -2%
Plenty of blanketing lace from the moderate head. The liquid is cloudy with a darker amber color.
I can smell the strong piney hop aroma when I open the can. In the glass there's plenty of evergreen. Very little malt base--a true strong IPA.
The flavor matches the smell, but with more astringent bitterness. Full bodied with an adequate level of carbonation. The hop bitterness is strong enough to cover the 8% abv.
04-14-2012 20:50:13 | More by smcolw
4.1/5 rDev +1.7%
16 oz. tallboy can,
A: Pours a clear amber with a frothy large white head, lots of sticky lacing.
S: Heavy notes of melon rind and kumquat. White grapefruit pith as well. Lots of dry citrus.
T: Pink grapefruit and pine, heavy conifer component. Big citrus zest as well. Very distinct flavour.
M: Full-bodied, has a big lush feel too it. Lightly alcoholic at the finish, some ending sweetness.
O: A solid DIPA, the price is actually very good in comparison to what is out there. Citrus rind for days, if you like that, you'll love this beer. For me, it's not my favourite hop profile, but it's certainly another enjoyable effort from Oskar Blues. It's a beer that grew on me quite a bit as I finished the pint.
05-12-2012 03:29:10 | More by Halcyondays
Deviant Dale's IPA from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
90 out of 100 based on 2,623 ratings.