Deviant Dale's IPA
Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

Deviant Dale's IPADeviant Dale's IPA
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IPA - American
Ranked #494
Ranked #5,091
4.05 | pDev: 10.62%
Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Colorado, United States
Deviant Dale's IPADeviant Dale's IPA
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Reviews by ichorNet:
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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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RyanK252 from California

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

Pint can poured into a nonic pint glass

A: Pours hazy deep orange amber with a creamy light tan head that settles and laces fairly well.

S: Dank, citrus and light tropical fruit, some pine, a bit of herbal spice, and a little caramel malt sweetness.

T: Citrus hops, grapefruit, light tangerine, a little tropical fruit, mango, some spicy herbal dankness, a touch of pine, all backed with caramel malt sweetness.

M: On the fuller side of medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Very solid, very dank IPA.

Feb 05, 2015
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Canned on 2/24/12.

Pours a clear copper color with a 1 inch puffy orange-white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. A latticework of small dots and streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of herbal and vegetal hops. There is a slight onion/garlic aroma but nothing like Gubna. Taste is of herbal and vegetal hops with a slight malt presence. There is a medium amount of bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good IPA but the vegetal hop aromas and flavors aren't my cup of tea.

Mar 17, 2012
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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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veblen from District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Jul 10, 2014
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kemoarps from Washington

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Aug 26, 2012
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gafferjohn from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

May 02, 2012
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sonofliberty2 from South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Jul 23, 2013
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cburns48 from Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Dec 31, 2013
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psmithmkt from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Jul 11, 2014
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BeerBucks from New York

4/5  rDev -1.2%

Oct 12, 2013
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BigJiMo from North Carolina

4/5  rDev -1.2%

Jul 17, 2012
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Lukass from Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Mar 17, 2013

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Dec 10, 2013
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mj81 from New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Sep 30, 2013
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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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wilcard83 from North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Nov 11, 2014
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marct from Nevada

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Oct 26, 2012
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bluntedboywonder from New York

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Mar 28, 2012
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gleemonger from California

4.8/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Clear amber yellowish orange with a large frothy off-white head that just sits there for a while. Good sticky lacing.

Big complex hop bouquet, leading off with a floralness, a touch of sweet malt mixed in, before getting some citrus and pine. Tropical and tasty, very inticing.

Big hoppy blast with a sticy sweet maltiness. The hops are more bitter than I was wanting from the awesome aroma, but the complexity I was expecting is there, with the pine and citrus. Definitely a flavor explosion.

Moderately heavy with an average carb, and plenty of residue after the swallow. A pleasantly interesting feel.

Super nice IPA, bordering in a double. A definite sipper and worth savoring every drop. One of my new favorites.

Jun 13, 2013
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twenty5 from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

May 15, 2013
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dkinney from Colorado

4/5  rDev -1.2%

Jul 13, 2013
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vicsju1991 from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Aug 22, 2012
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Mealhouse from Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Jul 08, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Sep 07, 2012
Deviant Dale's IPA from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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