Deviant Dale's IPA | Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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Deviant Dale's IPADeviant Dale's IPA

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Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Colorado, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.67/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured a cloudy dark amber, almost red color with a 2 finger width foamy head. Head retention and lacing are excellent. Has a deep piney, caramel, citrus malty aroma. May have some pineapple thrown in as well. Very malty. Great malt to hop transition. Piney and citrus at the end. I can't help but detect a small amount of pineapple in the aftertaste as well. Medium bodied with decent carbonation. Very excellent beer. Hides the higher alcohol content very well.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.66/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. Bottom of can says canned on 4-23-12.

A- Pours a dark copper color with a 3/4 inch off-white head that retains good and long before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a large centered patch of surface foam. Skinny wisps of lacing.

S- Very pungent, earthy hop nose with a big citrus punch. Sweet malt in the back rounds everything out. Smells dank-a-licious.

T- Big crash of bitterness on the tongue that lingers as the grass notes take hold. As more sips are taken the malt rears its head and providing balance. Alcohol is obvious but becomes less and less noticeable with each gulp. Notes of grapefruit, caramel and celery (as crazy as it sounds).

M- Oily and slick with lots of bounce from the medium carbonation. A bit creamy also. Sharp and bitey afterfeel from the high hop content.

O- So good, it's almost painful. A great deviance indeed.

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Photo of BeerisfoodLLC
4.62/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another winner from Oskar Blues. Poured from a 16oz tall boy can to a goblet:

A: Reddish orange coloring, very clear, thick head

S: Citrus hops hit the nose right awy.

T: Well balanced IPA. Citrus flavors from the hops balanced well with a strong malt backbone.

M: Medium bodied, well carbonated. Very smooth.

Awesome IPA, very smooth but hits a little hard. At 8% it is closer to an imperial. This will be a staple for me.

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Photo of dragonWhale
4.62/5  rDev +14.6%
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

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Photo of diesel59
4.6/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

just poured from a 16 fluid ounce can... into a traditional guinness style pint glass... a nice head is obtained by vigorously pouring the last 3rd of the can...decent lacing with lots of citrus and grapefruit in the nose... the taste is eveything you would yearn for in an IPA and more.... leaving your mouth just dry enough to crave more of this deviant, deviant ale.... at this point the only thing the finish is telling me is to open another can.... WOW!!! all this and not to mention from a CAN! this has certaninly changed my opinions on cans...Enjoy..

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Photo of RickS95
4.6/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really a stunner. Has the nice, cloudy orange color. The head forms in a cascading fashion and is as thick as you'd like. Amazing retention. Huge meringue like craters and valleys. Large and small bubbles with an almost crusty lace.

The scent is a combination of English malt and Pacific Northwestern hops, citrus and pine standing front and center. A bit of orange rind rounds out the smell.

One of the best IPAs I've had. Lots of citrus in the taste, enough malt so you don't ceviche your tongue, and plenty of pine so the flavor never fades.

Yes, it's bitter, but that's the idea. It's not a palate crusher because it's well balanced. A lot of acid mixed in with malty sweetness. Almost full bodied, it's got plenty to keep the palate busy. The pine grabs your tongue and won't let go.

Just off the top of my head, one of the three or four best IPAs I've had. Not quite as sweet as Zombie Dust or Pliny the Elder, but this beer is right up there. Easy to drink despite solid bitterness and a good amount of alcohol. The tall boy can is just a bonus.

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Photo of Cef10543
4.6/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

After reading reviews for many beers. I realize everyone's taste is different. To me this beer is one of the best iPas I've had. I would consider it a dbl ipa. What I like best is the balance with the hops and bitterness. My only negative is it cost me $3.70 for a 16 oz can here in NY.

my top beers are founders dbl trouble, dogfish 75 and 90. Also Ithaca flower power and sculptin ipa firestone dbl jack.

I just mention so readers know where my taste lies.

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.6/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Pours a slightly hazy deep amber with a white film for a head.

Smells of rich caramel and maple malts with piney hops.

Caramel and maple sweetness mix with maple and pine hops with a rich buttered bread base.

Full body with a sting of carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

Fantastic, a real treat. Great flavor and perfect balance. One of the best strong IPAs for my money.

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Photo of lwillitz
4.6/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

16-oz can into Samuel Smith "Tulip" pint glass

A - 1 finger of khaki head over a murky body of golden orange, some small bubbles of carbonation rise to the top, very nice lace and retention

S - wonderfully strong smell of citrus and pine with a touch of floral, some bready qualities also

T - citrus and tropical fruits hit first, spice and herbal notes in the middle, strong pine flavor in the drying finish; excellent!

M - smooth, thick, chewy full body; medium level of carbonation; marvelous!

O - Great hop profile! Awesome IPA! All-around well-crafted brew!

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Photo of drewone
4.59/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in to a tulip.

medium amber. nice amount of lacing sticks to the side of the glass, not a huge head, but look nice.

Cracking open the can the Hoppy goodness permeates the air - yum. Great smell - piney resiny.

An assault of hop flavor - but low on the bittering. A bit of that candy hop flavor

Not super dry but that's not a problem. But doesn't seem over filling either.

Really enjoyable.

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Photo of psuKinger
4.58/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 ounce can, packaged on 3-20-2012 (about 27 days old), poured into my Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

A: Pours a dark murky orange color with a nice 1+ finger white head on top.

S: Grapefruit, pine, and cotton candy, all at a moderately strong volume.

T: Tons of flavors here. Grapefruit arrives first with much fanfare. Crashing in behind it comes a wave of strikingly sweet malts. I struggle for words to describe the sweetness. The "Cotton Candy" that I eluded to in the nose is the best I can come up with. It's sharp and poignent, though, and I always find it to be characteristic of Colorado in general and Oskar Blues in particular. Then, at the end, a touch of citrus and a blast of pine make there presence felt as well.

Everything about this beer is loud and assertive. There's nothing gentle here. This is the anti-pliney. The bitter/sour grapefruit is big. The sweetness is sharp. And the bitter pine is lasting.

M: Carbonation may be a touch low for my liking. The beer has a great heft to it, though. It's thick, viscous, and sticky in the mouth. And finishes dry, with lots of sticky, bitter-sweet flavors left behind on the finish.

D/O: Highly drinkable, and overall very enjoyable. My only (minor) criticism might be that as I worked my way through this 16-ounce can, the sweetness wore on me just a touch. That said, I'd gladly crack a 2nd can open immediately after polishing this one off.

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Photo of ThePaleRider
4.58/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Very dark orange, almost red. Poured a two finger, light khaki, head. Lots of big bubbles and the head faded pretty quickly leaving a nice ring of lace.

S - Lots of orange and lemon. Very citrusy and pretty aroma. Smells like it's going to be very smooth and not have a lot of hop bite.

T - Just as I suspected, very smooth. Not an astringent hop flavor, but the hops make themselves very present. Very drinkable for an 8% IPA.

M - Decent carbonation and a sweet aftertaste that lingers. Very pleasant.

O - One of the best IPA's I've had in a while. Great showing from a great brewer.

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Photo of JohnParadee
4.58/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Wow, a nice surprise out of the can. Opaque golden orange appearance in the glass, albeit minimal head and quickly dissipating lacing, notwithstanding ample tiny bubbles. Great smell of pine, grapefruit, pineapple resin on the nose. Very sweet, floral, tropical, orange zest fruit on the front end if the palate, with smooth and evenly balanced malt nuance throughout the finish. Reminds me a little of Ballast Point Sculpin, which I really like. Similar profiles. Will gladly buy this one many times over. An excellent top tier DIPA, in my book.

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Photo of NJBeerguy
4.57/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a beer for the hop head in you. It starts with a pour whose nose screams HOPS, but in a very nice way. If you like hops you can't help but like the nose of this assertive grapefruit tasting IPA.
The pour develops into a beautiful pour crowned by a thick tan head. The head gives way to rings of lace telling you just what a special beer this is. The hop oils and tannins can be seen with each tilt of the glass. The mouthfeel is satifying and leads into an aftertaste that lingers well, as long as you like hops. This is definitely a beer for the hophead community but a nice place to visit for the rest of the beer community.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
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 Siriusfisherman
4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: A deep reddish gold with a thick creamy head up top and superb lacing. Absolutely beautiful, one of the best looking beers I have seen.

Smell: Grassy and spicy hops, a very fresh, slightly citric/piney garlic and onion. Some malt sweetness is detectable in the back, as well as some breadiness, but the hops overwhelm the smell.

Taste: An incredibly unique hop character, a little more citric than the aroma, but the spiciness is just as big, perhaps a little more earthy as well. The bitterness is very harsh but is somewhat offset by a very pleasant but prevalent sweet malt character, similar to that of a red ale. On the finish a slightly biscuity english malt character arrises, but is still dominated by the grassy garlic hops.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and softly carbonated, it really lets the hops do the talking. It is easy to confuse the harshness of the rest of the beer with an unfriendly mouthfeel, it really is quite modest in reality.

Overall: A very unique and very intense IPA, not for the faint hearted. Anyone who is looking for a hoppy beer that is different from the classic west coast or east coast styles, give this a shot, the hop character is far from traditional. Oskar blues deserves some credit for making such a unique ale in such a popular style. As good as the style gets in my opinion.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.54/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: single finger head on a hazy crimson body. Excellent retention and lacing.

S: This is what a great DIPA smells like. This one is loaded with hops covering all hop aromas including floral, earthy, citrus.

T: more hops loaded in the flavor. Earthy, pine, grass and floral hop character. caramel malts manage to sneak in around the middle.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation. fairly crisp.

Overall: Heavily hopped DIPA as it should be. Not too boozy, right amount of malt and bouquet of hop flavors/aromas.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured sixteen oz can into a 13 oz tulip, canned on March 22. Pours a clear reddish orange, with a one inch sticky white head with lots of lacing. Smell is pineapple, tangerine, hints of garlic, pine, and grapefruit. Taste is large tangerine, pine, garlic, and grapefruit, smooth in the beginning, with bitterness in the finish. Body medium large, with plenty of life, not overly dry, and very drinkable. This is a great beer, like its little brother.

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Photo of BikeChef
4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, some serious dank hops on the nose (Columbus?). Taste follows through with grassy, funky hops galore. Does not seem like 8% at all. Very, very dry, which is unusual for DIPAs these days-- this is no hoppy barleywine. Pretty great stuff-- a nice take on the DIPA from Oskar Blues.

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Photo of HamdenHector
4.52/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: clear; bronze in color; 1 finger khaki head that receded to a thick cap; very nice lacing;

S: pungent - can smell it from several feet away; it sounds weird, but I got a lot of strawberry, with orange, grapefruit and pineapple behind it; maybe a touch of dank pine; not getting any malt;

T: pine and tropical fruit up front; mid-palate is tart pineapple that fades somewhat at the finish; moderate bitterness at the end that lasts a long time; hides the alcohol really well;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; dry finish; sticky;

O: complex aromas and flavor; really enjoyable to drink;

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Photo of jjboesen
4.52/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Served in a nonic pint (at Rustico Ballston), Deviant Dale possesses a translucent copper body alive with a smattering of carbonation bubbles beneath a half-finger layer of spongy foam.

The nose offers an overwhelming snort of pineapple. As for the taste: sss … Boom! A hopbomb has exploded in my mouth. I am numb for a few seconds; a long draw of water settles everything, and the quaff can continue – but it will be a slow one. Take it easy. The hops are overwhelming the palate, but a patient person will soon be liberated by the malt cavalry, which will rear up to send the lasting bitterness away.

Meanwhile the mouthfeel is clogged with a thick slab that requires a fork to ingest this chewy beast, one endowed with a dry chalkiness.

This is a beer to be drunk by professionals: no lager lovers need apply as this will have them sprawled over a tree trunk squealing like a pig. Did you say deviant? Should you partake of this, it will be the last beer of the day.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours brilliant amber under a white 2” foam cap that dissipates to a thick, lacy film.
S: Big grassy hop nose, can smell it from a few feet away. Closer up citrus and fruit.
T: Big rich malt flavors seasoned with citrusy, fruity hops, big melon, and traces of pine, resin, and grass. Some underlying sweetness with faint iced tea notes in the background.
F: Nearly chewy with creamy fine soft carbonation.
O: Big flavors achieve a suprising balance.

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Photo of sourd
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

*brewed in may 2013...slightly vintage

(poured into a belgian tulip) literally the exact same color as copper. if you spilled this on a copper top bar, it would be invisible save for the thick creamy head

sharp/sweet smelling...a pleasant leafy smell

tropical pine

creamy head dominates at first then steamrolled with dank hoppyness in this sublime mind meld between proteins and alpha acids

maybe its the can, but these oskar blues ipas age marvelously. one of the beauties of the can is getting an actual aged hop flavor...not an oxidized hop flavor. i have enjoyed gubna and deviant in both an extremely fresh way, and well past the conventional ipa freshness period, and thoroughly enjoyed both incantations

i would rate this a definite buy!

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Photo of TheSupremeAJ
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can poured into a chalice

A- Cloudy, with a fine, very thin head. Lacing is evident.

s- Tropical, sweet hop profile.

t- Dry, balanced, pine resin and grapefruit hop. Some dank, dark, grassy hops that have qualities similar to Japanese Gyokuro green tea.

m- Dry, full, and balanced. Excellent.

o- Well rounded and a very fine example of a great DIPA. This would rank with Sculpin, Hop Wollop, and Mahajara, but not quite Pliny or Hopslam.

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Photo of mooseo
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz can poured into tulip.

A - Clear copper amber with a large cream head.

S - Potent mix of pine resin, juicy grapefruit, and floral hops. Hints of sweet caramel, fresh cut grass, and orange peel in there as well.

T - Sharp, bitter pine cuts through on the first few sips, with flavors of grapefruit, orange, and resin slowly coming through. A light caramel malt backbone keeps the bitterness in check. Ends with a long, bitter, hoppy finish. Complex and delicious.

M - Crisp, smooth, refreshing. Just a bit sticky. Medium body with a dry finish.

O - An impressive, well rounded double IPA from Oskar Blues. Waves of huge, resinous hops in every sip. Immensely pleasurable and drinkable. I don't know what else to say, this is just an incredible beer.

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Deviant Dale's IPA from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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