Deviant Dale's IPA | Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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Deviant Dale's IPADeviant Dale's IPA

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of ABabbidge
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Dark amber/ orange color. Great sticky head.

S: Very hoppy. I get a lot of orange. Some light malt as well.

T: Similar to the aroma, but I get less citrus and more earthy and and floral notes. Caramel malt in there as well. Dry finish.

F: Fairly heavy body, especially for an IPA. Moderate carbonation

O: Very good and I kind of like the fuller bodied aspect of this beer. This gives it something fairly unique among the massive amount of IPAs out there.

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

On Tap 12 oz pour . Pours a slight hazed golden sunset color with a 1 finger white head and nice lacing very fresh looking. Smell is tropics and citrus some pine . Taste follows nose with more tropical hops mix in some citrus some garden dank for sure balance it with sweet malts and finish with some pine resin. Mouth feel is sweet and hoppy smooth and slight bitter. This is an oft overlooked IPA its one i dont buy enough and should.

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Photo of stephens101
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bright red in color with orange hues at the edges. Pine and resin and all those things fine to the nose. Orange, grapefruit, orange peel, burnt sugar and pine to the tongue. Smooth and medium and then some spice too. Nice.

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Photo of princessbay710
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Basically a heavy version of Dale's pale ale. Smells decent, malty. Refreshing carbonation.
This beer is quite ordinary, so ordinary that you'd never guess it harbored a whopping 8%.

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Photo of HotDogBikeRide
4.36/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Was excited to try the souped up version of Dale's Pale Ale. Little pricey but worth it to try a newly available beer here in Beaumont, Texas. I really like Oskar Blues so couldn't pass up the overpriced beer anyway.

Look: amber, copper, red color ale with a lot of lacing and a decent head.

Smell: malts, astringent but clean hops, red/amber IPA character.

Taste: like a malty, red IPA with a good bit of the described hops in the smell to keep things balanced. I've tasted beers with 3/4 the alcohol that are more offensive. Taste is pretty good but nothing outstanding. The feel is where it is at.

Feel: Easy drinker, refreshing, sits well, relatively light for the alcohol. Great taste, easy to session despite the high alcohol (haha). Downed 4 and I don't feel full, great buzz and an awesome beer.

Quick summary: Beer could be a lot more tasty or more unique, not as dull, but I'll be damned if it's not really refreshing and feels good. Thanks OB.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12oz. canned on 01/11/17

Pours copper red-orange with a creamy off-white foam head.
Smells like roasty caramel malts, nutty toffee, charred brown sugar, molasses, spice, grapefruit, orange citrus, papaya, mango, guava, with floral earthy herbal grassy resinous pine. Tastes like roasty caramel malts, nutty toffee, charred brown sugar, molasses, spice, grapefruit, orange citrus, papaya, mango, guava, with floral earthy herbal grassy resinous pine. Feels medium-full bodied, creamy and slick with moderate carbonation. Overall a real nice IIPA.

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Photo of ichorNet
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, haven't had this bad boy in probably 3 or 4 years at this point so when I saw some relatively fresh (1/11, so about 5 weeks old), NC-brewed Deviant on shelves, I felt like I had to pick one up to see how I feel about the recipe these days. Glad they're finally listing it as an imperial IPA, as well, as I've always honestly felt like regular Dale's was more like an IPA than an APA... but, I digress. Let's bite into this one!

Pours a deep copper color... perfectly clear with a rather thick khaki-colored head that laces spectacularly as it peters down from 3 or 4 fingers of initial buildup. Not sure how this looked last time I had it... was it totally filtered like this? Who knows, but I do know this looks great in a pint glass. The head is pretty damn long-lasting and the sticky lace bespeaks a solid hop presence, as expected from my previous experiences with DD.

Nose is a bit catty, pungently spicy and earthy with a sharpness to it that definitely seems unlike the current rash of fruity, tropical IPAs. This one seems focused on aggressive older-style West Coast aromatics with some pine, wet earth and grapefruit rind notes atop a biscuity, slightly-caramel-forward malt base. Kind of reminds me of Green Flash's imperial IPA, a beer I remember having for the first time around the same time I first had this "back in the day" of my beer-drinking youth, as it were. Solid but unspectacular nose here.

On the tongue, it's sticky and resinous; elements of caramel/toffee meld with heavy pine sap notes, bitter grapefruit rind and chalky, yeast-like notes. Spicy and almost rye-like with an earthy and citrusy bent, for sure. Very brash flavor; not subtle or nuanced but instead very upfront and forward. Deviant Dale's is pretty much exactly how I recall it, for sure; a no-holds-barred DIPA with a malty undercurrent that nevertheless keeps the body rather lightweight and the finish bitter and punishing. I like the slight slickness in the mid-palate right before the herbal, piney finish washes things out and leaves the tongue dry and wanting another sip. I'm glad I revisited this one and will probably do so again soon.

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Photo of Harrison8
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear ruby-orange with three fingers of white foamy head. Head retention is great, as is the lacing leftovers. Aroma is spicy, pine, and resin hops. Hearty bready malt background. Flavor profile is oozing mighty hops - spicy, pine, resin, with a little perfumy finish. Biscuit and bread malts round out the flavor profile. Mouth feel has a little particulate grain to it. Thickness hangs at medium-thick. Overall, a spicy, earthy hopped IPA that drinks more like a DIPA.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz can (canned on 01/11/17),into a Cigar City spiegelau IPA glass.U LITTLE DEVIL!!! lol

Thick creamy head,off white / cream in color,that stands one and a half fingers tall.Very good retention,and sticky lacing on the side of the glass.Hazy amber colored body,with orange and red hues.Moderate clarity,and light carbonation.

On the nose I get bright citrus notes to start off,with piney hops,and earthy malts to balance them out.Some grapefruit and orange notes,with some trace elements of spice.Seems to be some floral notes in there as well,but maybe I'm imagining things.There is also a dankness to the nose.

On the palate I get sweet and earthy malts up front,some bitter piney hops along with floral hops and spices in the middle,and some grapefruit and orange peel citrus on the back end.Nice bitter backbone,with a good balance of hops and malts.

The body is bordering on medium and light with a sticky mouth feel,and a slightly dry / chalky finish.Smooth and drinkable.

This is a very good IPA.I wish I had picked up more than one.I definitely recommend,and would drink again in the future.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can. Pours clean deep amber orange with thick white head that just sits there, coating bubbly lace. Aroma of sweet malt and pine. Taste up front is malty caramel sweet, met by big resiny pine bitterness that lasts. Medium feel. Really solid west coast style DIPA.

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Photo of TheRougeBastard
4.31/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Old Chicago-Fayetteville, chosen blind based solely on other awesome selections Oskar Blues has and as expected, this did not disappoint. That being said, it was not the hop bomb one expects from what's labled as an Imperial IPA! What I was poured was an extremely easy drinking, smooth tasting DIPA (at most)! There is a lot going on here, at times I was wondering what I was drinking ,the Chicago fire may have altered my pallet a tad, but in-between the spices, tropical notes did shine through, and was good, very good!

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Photo of Whey2Hoppy
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful deep shade of amber, bordering on red, with a huge fluffy head by IPA standards that lingers. The aroma is strong enough to smell without even bringing my nose to the glass, bursting with pine resin, some hints of dark fruits, brown sugar, and some dank, earthy notes. Taste is the closest thing I have likely ever found in regards to balancing the bitter, piney taste of hops with the sweet tastes of honey and caramel malt. Hides the 8% better than some, but you can still tell that this is a huge beer. This is partially due to the full body, and an almost sticky mouthfeel, which I really enjoy in just about any beer. Overall a fantastic double IPA, and possibly one of my new favorites.

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Photo of daliandragon
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Sam Smith's English pint. One of the most attractive beers I can remember seeing, with a perfect head and frothy, thick lacing. Twenty plus minutes into the pour, a melting island of head still rests above the creamy tan cap. Nose is pine resin, spicy hops, citrus, vanilla, and wood.

This is complex, interesting stuff. Lots of hops and alcohol notes in the front of the sip but in the aftertaste is oak and leather and dark fruit and yeast and plenty of other factors. High octane but definitely drinkable for the initiated.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been on an IPA in a can kick lately..that and the fact that I have enjoyed other products from Oskar Blues made me buy it.
From the can and onto the glass it poured a dark amber, caramel color with a big foam head.
In the aroma there is sweetness; brown sugar, molasses.
Likewise, in the taste sweetness predominates. There is a smooth, caramel texture. At times it feels more barley wine like. More malt forward than hoppy. The hops are subdued and more in the background, as they provide more balance. The body is medium to full , even slightly chewy.
I would recommend this one if you are looking for a more malt forward IPA and craving something more on the sweet side. Certainly not the brew to have if you need that atomic hops fix. Overall, pretty tasty.
P.S. I've read other reviews, after the one above, and wonder why some people are referring to it as a hop bomb. It certainly did not strike me as hops forward. I'm more in the majority in that I find it, along with a select few reviewers, to be more malty. Did I get an older can?

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Photo of puck1225
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a snifter. Beautiful thick creamy head and great lacing, brownish gold color. The smell is nutty and slightly boozy. The taste is rich with caramel and some citrus. Enjoyed it.

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

An orange/amber beer. Good-sized tan head that dissipated quickly. A good deal of lacing.
Dank, floral aroma. Sweet malt.
Hoppy. Grapefruit. Caramel.
Smooth. Nice balance.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a fairly hazy ruby tinted orange with a perfectly sized head. offers up some caramel and chocolate malty notes first, then the hops kick in with pine and pineapple in the lead. The flavor starts with mold caramel sweetness, and the seugues into some floral flavors, followed by a nice shot of pine, which lingers in the finish with some more caramel and a touch of grapefruit peel. The mouthfeel is fairly full with some medium carbonation. Overall this is a very nice IPA, maltier than I generally enjoy, but the flavor profile is so powerful, that the whole beer just works.

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

Got on trade! 12oz can served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a 1/2" high white head that lasts for 3-4mins before film out. Dark gold colour and filtered clear

S- Nice hops here. Lots of sweetness

T- Nice hops. Touch sweet and malty though. It's definitely an APA more than an IPA. Just has that high sugar/malt presence.

M- Sticky from the sugar.

O- Not a great IPA but very good. Decent style but will not buy if I see it.

Food Pairing

This pretty good brew went well with...... Beer burritos!


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Photo of infinitebruner
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

April 12, 2016

12 oz. can, tulip

A – Deep amber with high clarity, a touch of chill haze that clears. Huge, thick frothy off-white head that lasts forever.

S – Spicy mango, papaya, light pine and resin. Rich bread crust and a bit of caramel.

T – Very similar to the aroma, with stronger resin notes and papaya, spicy on the back end. Backbones of sweet bread crust, and finishes with a blast of hop bitterness.

M – A lot of malt sweetness up front, with moderate-full body, but strong hop flavor and bitterness balances it well. Carbonation is moderate to moderate-low.

O – Just an excellent DIPA, tons of aroma and flavor.

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Photo of twage04
4.34/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark copper/ruby with medium carbonation, a little hazy. Aroma is plentiful, lots of fruit and citrus. Taste is of the same, although the citrus is subtle. Taste is a little sweetness playing off the hops but far from being cloying. Overall a balanced, malty fruity red or amber extra ipa.

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

Beautiful amber, maybe burgundy color.
Tall, thick off-white head. Its not going anywhere.

Smelling a strong malt presence up front.
Piney hop aroma.

Malty and bitter up front, balanced. They both linger for a while, the bitterness fades first and you get a sweet finish.

Good lacing.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: copper in color/clear burnt orange. Head faded fast
S: big hops, some citrus, some pine
T: just like the nose. It's a balance between citrus and pine hop flavors. Finishes mildly bitter
F: a bit like syrup but thinner
O: not a fan

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Type: 12-oz. can
Glass: Modern Times pint glass
From: Bine & Vine in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $2.24 (10 pct. off)
Purchased: Feb. 26, 2016
Consumed: March 2, 2016
Misc.: Canned on Jan. 14, 2016 at 7:38 a.m. MT

Didn’t know much about this beer, but everything I’ve had from Oskar Blues has been stellar. Guessing it’s a bit like an IPA version of Dale’s Pale Ale and that sounds good to me.

Poured an auburn, caramel, clear color with 3-to-4 fingers of off-white, frothy head. Some bubble streams coming up from the bottom of the glass. Good uneven, foamy lacing on the sides of the glass. Great retention on the top all the way down. (Sight - 4.25)

Smelled a nice whiff of hops with a heavy malt backbone. Got resin hops, caramel malts, mango rind, herbal hops, tropical notes, red grapefruit, wet pine and vegetables - onions, garlic and faint broccoli. (Smell - 3.50)

Taste was a little bit better, but still dank and lots of herbal/vegetable notes. Specifically got earthy tropical hops, herbal hops, bitter mango rind, pine, resin, hints of Jolly Rancher candy (watermelon), Dorado hops and some onions. (Taste - 3.75)

Medium body. Creamy-to-oily texture. Average-to-lively carbonation. Abrupt, bitter finish. (Feel - 3.50)

I just thought this was an OK offering overall. Nothing I would recommend. (Overall - 3.75)

3.70 | 84 | B

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Photo of HopHunter19
4.68/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - nice copper amber clear, off white almost tan head that is billowy and leaves nice lacing
S - overly ripe fruits, dank garlic and onion, mango, peach, papaya, passion fruit, ganja
T - nice dank flavor - garlic/onion/ganja, balanced out with overly ripe fruits - mango, peach, tangerine, passion fruit, papaya
M - light to medium mouthfeel, alcohol covered, aftertaste is dank hops
O - this is an underrated IPA because I think it's on the shelf and loses a lot of its flavor. If people would pick this up fresh, at least around a month old it would likely be rated a lot higher. This particular can was dated 1 14 2016, in drank 2 21 2016.

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

12oz can poured into a snifter-shaped wine glass. Pours a crystal clear copper amber with an aggressively rising, two finger nearly-white head. Nose is on the piny-er side of hops, with dry, almost sour, citrus-peel, and kumquat. The palate leads with the same blend of bitter hop and sour citrus peel, but moves from kumquat to onion. An odd flavor that I did not expect when I cracked this IPA. The mouthfeel is medium, relatively chewy come and much more subdued than the rapidly rising head would lead one to believe. Overall, an excellent IPA with a few unusual flavor notes that keep things interesting.

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