Deviant Dale's IPA
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Deviant Dale's IPADeviant Dale's IPA
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Style:
IPA - American
Ranked #497
ABV:
8%
Score:
90
Ranked #5,041
Avg:
4.05 | pDev: 10.62%
Reviews:
690
Ratings:
3,446
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Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
 
Colorado, United States
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SCORE
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Deviant Dale's IPADeviant Dale's IPA
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mothmanscott from Georgia

4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes 9/2/12: Pours a hazy coppery orange producing 3 fingers of foamy, variously bubbled, lasting, light tan/off-white head that leaves a nice coating of chunky lace. Aroma is sweet camel malt, cotton candy, butter and vanilla hints. Hops in the nose are floral, pine and some citrus. Taste is butter, caramel, with grapefruit and resinous pine rapidly kicking in but reaching an equilibrium with caramel and candy apple in the mid-sip through a buttery and bitter cedar wood finish. The sweetness is rapidly overtaken by the dry and bitter cedar aftertaste.

Oct 14, 2019
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tp1962 from Illinois

5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I don’t normally care for ipas but this one is delicious . Purchased in a 16 Oz can and was curious. Didn’t disappoint . My new first favorite ipa!

Sep 20, 2018
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stevoj from Idaho

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bit on the dark side, very caramelly, then malty, then hops. ABV pops up way back in the finish, a lot of warmth in the gullet. Nice small beige creamy head, aroma is on the malty side. Fairly smooth, and tasty.

Jun 20, 2018
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stortore from Illinois

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into a tulip snifter. Bottled 1/24/17, had 4/3/17.

Pours a medium amber, fairly clear, with a big two inch foamy head and a good amount of foamy lacing. The smell is citrus- grapefruit, pine, malt, caramel, toffee, some yeast. The taste starts with pine, then more citrus than the nose- grapefruit and orange, caramel, malt, a decent amount of hop bitterness throughout. Little bit of a sweet note on the finish. Smooth, well carbonated, a little creamy, a solid medium body.

A solid malt backbone supports an expressive hop presence. Really good flavor and balance.

Jan 30, 2018
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz can into glass. Canning date stamped on can bottom '12/22/[email protected]:13 SO MUCH SIN ONE LITTLE CAN'.
Hazy, copper body, bone colored head settles to thin cap, lots of lacing.

Brewer's notes: "Deviant Dale’s Imperial IPA (8% ABV, 85 IBUs) was born at the cross roads, in a juke joint, as if Dale’s Pale Ale sold its soul to balance Deviant’s foreboding aromas of citrus, grapefruit rind and piney resins with a copper ball-of-fire color and inscrutable finish. The 2011 Great American Beer Festival Silver Medal Winner (American IPA Category) is the Devil incarnate with untold amounts of malt and hedonistic Columbus dry-hopping."

Piney, citrus aroma, same with taste. Dry finish.
In your face IIPA, ticks all the taste points, solid.

Nov 02, 2017
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Bruno74200 from France

4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Classic imperial IPA. Good balanced between the resinous and grapefruity hops and the caramel from the malt. The mouthfeel is nice, very smooth with fine carbonation. A good west coast style IIPA

Aug 29, 2017
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EMV from Pennsylvania

3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz can into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Mostly clear amber/copper pour. Two fingers of foamy off-white head. Falls fast with sticky lacing around the glass.

S: Rich caramel malts and bread. Sweet and hoppy.

T/F: Follows the nose. Sweet bready malts... caramel and sugars. This largely masks the big bitterness of the beer. Hop profile tends to the resinous and herbal. Some citrus/fruit character... tea and medicinals. Sticky/oily on the tongue. Finish is bitterness and bread. Warming.

O: A nice flavorful DIPA.... almost more like an Imperial Red than an IPA, but no matter how you slice it this is tasty. Lots of big malts and bitter hops. Complex and yummy.

Jun 07, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.21/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear amber body, leaves a film of a white foamy head, super light lacing, aroma is malty hoppiness, taste is bittersweet with a nice added caramel touch, dry aftertaste and finish, its pretty easy on the palate as it could be pretty good with a meal, overall, not a bad AIPA, worthy of many more pours, but nothing to really go out of my way to have again.

Jun 05, 2017
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donspublic from Texas

4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from can into tulip, monster 2+ finger lightish tan head, great retention and lacing. Crystal clear reddish amber in the glass. Great looking beer. Smells of crystal malt, heavy malt aroma, dankish pine hops. Taste, heavy earthy dank hops up front, pine peaks out in the middle with some slight citrus. Finish is on the semi dry side. Mouthfeel is viscous and syrupy in a good way. No alcohol detected

May 20, 2017
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FriedSlug from North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark orange beer with a sticky off white to tan head. Tons of lacing. Smells like pine and overripe citrus with a sweet malt smell. Taste is bitter and sweet with tons of citrus and pine. Very tasty beer.

May 05, 2017
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ABabbidge from Kansas

3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Apr 27, 2017
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gatornation from Minnesota

4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Apr 12, 2017
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stephens101 from Oklahoma

4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Feb 26, 2017
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princessbay710 from Texas

4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
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%.

Feb 24, 2017
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HotDogBikeRide from Texas

4.36/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Feb 24, 2017
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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Feb 20, 2017
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ichorNet from Massachusetts

3.97/5  rDev -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.

Feb 17, 2017
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Feb 15, 2017
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DraconusDesanctus666 from Florida

4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Feb 13, 2017
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NolaHopHead from Louisiana

4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Feb 05, 2017
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TheRougeBastard from North Carolina

4.31/5  rDev +6.4%
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!

Jan 22, 2017
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Whey2Hoppy from New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Jan 19, 2017
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daliandragon from Maryland

4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Aug 20, 2016
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Gajo74 from New York

4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
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?

Jul 31, 2016
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puck1225 from Texas

4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Jul 27, 2016
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