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 beerdrifter
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up while at a conference in Denver. Gorgeous clear copper-amber pour with a huge three finger off-white head with great retention and lacing. The nose is huge and resiny and exactly what an Imperial IPA should smell like. Fresh hops and resin dominate along with hints of pine, tangerines, grapefruit, and caramel, with just a touch of green onion. The taste is in your face bold and mouth-puckering. The fresh, resiny hops are the stars. The grapefruit, orange rind, and pine are given just enough taming by the sweet caramel malt to make this one scary drinkable double. The mouthfeel is thick and chewy, and the finish is hugely bitter, but that subtle malt sweetness makes for a perfect ending on one hell of a beer. This absolutely ranks right up there with Pliny, Hopslam, and Dreadnaught. And it's in a can! Well done!

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

Poured from a 16oz can into an imperial pint.

This beer pours out an amber color with three fingers of head. The aroma is very hoppy. Lots of pine, grapefruit, and general dankness. There's just the slightest amount of malt behind it. The taste is also very hoppy, with the heavy citrus, grapefruit, and pine flavors instantly assaulting. There's some caramel malts present, but the hops are really the star of the show. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium bodied and well-carbonated, and the drinkablity is very good. Overall, this is an excellent double IPA that provides an excellent hop flavor.

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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 Wasatch
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. Can
Canned On: 12/22/16

Pours a very nice slightly cloudy dark golden amber color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice one-finger plus thick/creamy off-white head, which leaves some very nice thick sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, nice little malt note, with some nice citrus, and slight pine note. The taste is very nice, hoppy, with a nice malt note, very nice citrus, and pine notes, slight sweetness. Medium body, slightly chewy, nice dry/bitter finish, ABV is hidden pretty well. Overall, this is a very nice brew for the ABV. Recommended!

16 oz. Can
Canned On: 05/26/15

Pours a very nice slightly cloudy dark golden amber color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice one-finger plus thick/creamy off-white head, which leaves some very nice thick sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, nice little malt note, with some nice citrus, and slight pine note. The taste is very nice, hoppy, with a nice malt note, very nice citrus, and pine notes, slight sweetness. Medium body, slightly chewy, nice dry/bitter finish, ABV is hidden pretty well. Overall, this is a very nice brew for the ABV. Recommended!

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

Wow, awesome brew!

Had on tap at Pinnochio's in Media, PA...

A - Caramel amber nearly clear color...nice 1/2 inch head...with nice lacing...

S - Beautiful dank cannabis and pine resin...awesome fragrance...might have been even fuller at a slightly lower temp...but awesome none the less...can't wait to sip...

T - Delicious herbal tobacco, some citrus, pine resin, and over the top bitterness that lingers and makes you want more...very very tasty brew!

Overall - Went down very easy considering he ABV...excellently crafted DIPA...can't wait to try from a can...awesome brew...if you see it on draft o in a can DRINK IT!!!!


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Photo of Omnium
4.48/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Can > ST2xIPA glass

A - Pours a nice golden color with two finger head fluffy head big thick lacing.
S - Such an amazing aroma, fresh dried flowers, big citrus, pineapple, mango, some earthy malt.
T - Fresh squeezed orange juice, pine needles, citrus zest, and a great balance of bready malt. Very fresh and vibrant flavors.
M - The big flavors stick to your palate, full feeling.
O - This is one of the best year round IPA's you could go to, nothing short of outstanding.

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Photo of Thads324
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep golden color. Lots of thick off white head. Really tight head doesn't leave ever, super lacing. Great.
Smells like hops! Grass, light pine, lemon zest and tangerine dreams.
Taste starts watery, then hits with crazy piney hops. Strong citrus fruits after. Juicy lemon that is subtle and easy going, tangerine, guava fruit. More sharp pine and freshly cut grass. A nice honey sweet bread malt finishes with sweet earthy and fruity hop flavors. Bitterness is center profile, then mid late. Amazing.
Great smooth beer. Good carbonation to carry the hops.

Um, freaking awesome. Hoppy, not overly bitter. So many flavors. Rivals but doesn't surpass ghandi-bot! Hides it's alcohol pretty well

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Photo of Brad007
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Compared to regular Dales, the color is nothing new. Deviant Dale's is hoppier too. Color? Nothing new. This is supposedly hoppier.

Lots of citrus notes from the hops. It's what i expected. This isn't an ordinary step up.

Whoaaaa! Citrus overload. Grapefruit and mango are apparent.
Ditto in the taste. Citrus, citrus and more citrus.

Lingering citrus/pine notes. Bit. 'o buttery malt too. Mmmmm.

Fuck, this is Dale Squared. Shit. I love it.

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Photo of Russ_Guill
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 16 oz can.

Pours golden amber and very clear. Light carbonation with minimal head.

Lacing is incredible.

Amazing aroma.

Malty presence with balanced hop flavor and bitterness, but the bitterness does linger in the finish. Perhaps a little grassy in the end, but still very enjoyable.

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Photo of MrGaryFish
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can dated 2/22/12. Poured into Burnt Hickory Brewery sorta pint glass. Nice frothy off white head, orange amber color. Solid chunky lacing The smell is a delicious combination of grapefruit and pungent dank hops. Mouthfeel is medium body, taste is a hop explosion with equal parts dank pine and grapefruity citrus with solid malty munich backbone, virtually nonexistant caramel, just the way I like it. After the Kern Just Outstanding and Alpine Nelson, this is the best IPA I've tried this month. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Gatch
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at Oskar Blues Brewery/Tasty Weasel Tap Room in Longmont, CO. Really cool place. Under construction was a new patio that looked like a great addition to an already vibrant place.

A: Copper-gold in color with an off-white, fluffy head. Slight lace but no retention.

S: Delicious mellow hops with a good malt character. Piney, earthy, light citrus.

T: Seriously awesome hop flavors with a good malt finish. American hops shine with a hint of booze. Great sugary, malty, hoppy flavors that come together to create an awesome DIPA.

M: Super smooth, perfect carbonation (even after transporting it in a cooler for five days to MA from CO), and tons of flavor. This is what an IIPA should be.

O: Oskar Blues can do no wrong at the moment. Fantastic brew. Soooo drinkable for the style.

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Photo of brurevu
4.46/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I am surprised it is an IPA and not a Double IPA as it has a very smack you in the head Hop presence and fairly high abv for an IPA. On my first try it had a very dank and earthy hopiness that was a bit overwhelming. There was also a hint of blue cheese that turned me off a bit. Not to be discouraged I gave it another shot. The second time I was really digging all the earthy hops and even a hint of pine resin mixed into the brew. It was still a hop overload, but I was able to enjoy its assault on my palate. For an IPA this is definitely a gigantic hop bomb and won’t be for everyone. I was able to find my own personal love for Deviant Dale’s but can understand the love/hate relationship people have with it.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.46/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours from the 16 ounce can, an orange-laced amber color with a decent cap of foam. The foam sticks and slides down the glass. Hops jump from the aroma. Pine, orange rind, grass, raw honey meld with a touch of toasted caramel malt. On the palate, the beer has a coating, oily aspect, but not to the degree that it is undesirable. Those hop oils contribute much of the flavor profile with grapefruit, pine, a hint of grass, but the malt is no slouch here. The slightly sweet caramel malt does its job by counteracting the hops for a tinge of balance. This is a nice beer. If this is a tweak of Dale's Pale Ale, it's a tweak in the right direction.

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Photo of lnashsig
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

#BOTG 49 is Oscar Blues Deviant Dales! Canned 5-15-12, pretty damn fresh! Last time I had a super hoppy IPA, the Astros kicked ass. So, hoping this one helps our cause tonight vs. the Rockies.

Opened can and DANK hops flood my nostrils. This pours a darker orange/amber color. Nice fluffy head fills the glass, receding to leave sticky lacing all over the glass. This looks like it means business. Smell- Whoa. Herbal pot aroma, scallions (there's the Summit hops influence!), citrus, pine, and some tropical sweet smelling malt. Smells delicious. Taste- WHOA. An assault of bitterness surrounds by tongue and cheeks. The bitterness is balanced by a really nice, borderline syrupy caramel and mango/peach malt backbone. This is a pretty aggressive IPA, but the malt does a good job to balance out the equation.

My opinion? This is awesome. They need to quit making Gubna (too over the top, tastes too much like scallions) and make this year round. It's superior on all fronts to Gubna, and at 8% still packs a major punch.

Ok Stros- I have laid down my worthy offering. Time to produce!

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Photo of puboflyons
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From can stamped: Canned On 01/15/13-09:05. Sampled on February 23, 2013 so my can is only about 5 weeks old.

It pours copper amber with a long lasting, soft, off-white head. Very nice clarity.

The aroma is floral and earthy and very fragrant. Caramel malts and sweetness are there but played down a little.

The body is about medium and more creamy than acidic.

Lots of flavor in the profile with an upfront caramel sweetness that quickly evolves into a moderately hopped finale that lingers dryly for a moment and then mellows out. Really nice IPA. I could drink this one frequently.

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Photo of aranheaney
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought at Cuba Giant, poured into a Stone Nonic Pint Glass:

A-Beautiful shade of copper, great head and lacing

S-awesome, ppine, grapefruit, everything here for a real hoplover

T-awesome again, this is seriously legit and with the 8.0 very dangerous

M-thick and delightful

O-this is on point, but I would almost submit that it is a Double, regardless, even though it was $13.99 a four pack, worth every penny

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Photo of CraftBeerTastic
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ba Review #157
Served On: 04/20/2012
Glassware: Duvel Glass
Labeled ABV: 8.0%
Date/ Code: - 03/30/2012

Another sweet find at Ye Old Spirits - Frederick, MD.

Look: Poured from the 16oz. tall boy can. A gorgeous clear copper color with a thick frothy 2-finger beige head. There was a pillar of carbonation streaming up from the Duvel etching on the bottom. Lacing was completely coating the edges of the glass.

Smell: Heavy grapefruit and some slight onion peel. Hop resin was abundant in this one.

Taste: First was a pungent grapefruit, then a lasting bitterness hit - along with the onion character. The middle was of juicy hops, then quickly became a dry bitter finish. The aftertaste was a long lasting bitterness – like 15 to 20 minutes!

This is a great IPA. If you like Dales Pale Ale – you have to try this one.

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Photo of f4zZ3
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Can baught at Systembolaget.

A: Nice looking beer. Orange to gold in color. Nice, white foam that sinks slowly.
S: Loads of citrus, pine, a bit of caramell. Sweet yet fresh smell. Really good!
T: Great taste with notes of citrus and pine that developes to a bitter yet balanced aftertaste. A bit of sweet malty flavours as well.
M: A light mouthfeel. It gives me the same kind of feeling that I got the first time I tried Ruination.
O: Great IPA from one of my favourite breweries. Try it as fast as you can.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deviant Dales IPA pours a cloudy copper color, with a nice frothy head. There is a strong hoppy aroma, nothing else: Simple. The taste is simple as well, very hoppy, strong floral notes. A bit harsh, but very enjoyable, and good strong full taste. Overall a simple not fancy IPA, what more can you ask for.

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Photo of One2Remeber
4.44/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear copper orange body. Off white, thin head. Retention is weak. Forced head with a couple pours.

S: Prominent dank hops aroma, guessing columbus/amarillo. Hints of herbal/floral/grapefruit hop notes. Strong caramel malts. Really packing a punch.

T/M: Strong hop taste, leafy/medicinal without the bitterness. Tastes like dry hopped in can. Huge malt backbone with honey and caramel sweetness. Not bitter at all, goes down very smooth. Clean touch.

O: What a double IPA should be. Over the top hops and malts come together for a balanced beer. Spot on!

A: Frothy, nice and dense beige head. Hazy body, copper tan, orangish hue.
S: Resin hop undertone. Malt profile of an East Coast IPA. Sugary, caramel, hint of booze. Not too much hops, but then again it says canned on 05/15/12 :(
T: Orange, flat, sort of meaty (yeast).
M: Not alive at all
O: Wish this was fresh. Taste more like shampoo right now.

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Photo of Maxwell
4.44/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am definitely coming around to this can trend in brewing. This can is a nice tall boy with a great red black and silver color scheme that makes you think of demonic and devilish things. This Deviant Dale seems quite deviant. The font is awesomely “southern demonic” in feel, with nice silver outlining. The brewery name has a wonky hand written feel, like a haunted house and Doctor Seuss mixed together. The devil circle on the back of the can and the stars and stripes are all awesome, and the sayings on the top are quirky. I like this can. I think I’ll keep one to look at it. They are also awesomely portable!
The beer pours straw yellow and piss like with a big thick and hay colored head. It’s a little darker and hazy at its center with a slight ambering, but pretty clean looking overall. This beer is probably meant for the can, but it looks pretty nice in a glass too. The head has a thick and long retention at almost three finger widths, and the lacing is long and circular like several mountain ranges running on top of each other on the glass. Its smell is excellent and floral, with good hits of pine and citrus hops on the nose, almost like the lovechild of an orange and a lemon, a very faint light sweet pale malting is found in the back, but overall this is just a really clean and hoppy smell that has me very excited for the taste. Speaking of taste, it does seem to deliver an interesting effect. I get a lot more sweet, almost-caramel malt than I expected. Nice citrus hops tingle with some slight pineyness. It almost tastes like pine sol and cleaning products, but that is not a horrible thing. The beer is very drinkable at eight percent, which is another plus. (It’s almost sessionable!) Drinking from the can you get more metallic flavor, which isn’t too surprising since it is a can… But the flavor melds well with the sweet hops to provide some excellent refreshing bite. This is a great “in the sun beer” and is nicely refreshing with a good kick of alcohol that is excellently masked in the taste. It has little to no carbonation on the tongue, which is a little odd, but it is also rather thick and almost syrupy and viscous on the tongue, which is really strange for an IPA, but definitely not a negative. The hops tingle on the tongue is nice and lightly biting, unlike some IPA’s. There is a lot of cloying on the top of the tongue with sticky goopy saliva that isn’t exactly wet. Saliva also runs on the sides of the tongue wetly though. Overall this is a cool and slightly different take on the IPA that I am totally game for. The thick creamy feel on the tongue and the perfect balance of sweet pale malts and hops work excellently, and the smell of this beer is amazing! Good beer that I would drink again, if not for the $15 pricing. Even with the steep price for 4 tall boys, though, I would consider it again.

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Photo of jokelahoma
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours the color of a nice shiny copper medallion. Remarkable clarity for a really hoppy beer.

Aroma is just what you'd expect from a big IPA. It's citrusy almost to the point of zest with a little candied fruit aroma in there as well. My crazy nose also gets some apricot and/or some tropical fruit. There's a tiny tease of malt, but it seems to be peeking out from the corner more than strutting its stuff. None of this smells harsh in any way, just sweet and appetizing.

The first thing that hits you about the flavor is that the flavor doesn't hit you. By that I mean this isn't the type of brew to grab hold of your salivary glands and start beating on them, like many of the super-bitter varieties. This just casually slides in with a nonchalant "hey", but there's not doubt it has arrived. Kind of like Mick Jagger walking into the party in Carly Simon's "You're So Vain", in a way. (That *is* who that song is about, right? Right?) Like any good double IPA, this isn't just a hop bomb. The malt here is the canoe the hops float in on, and it does a great job of keeping them together, high and dry. It's tough to tell which you notice first, the great flavor of the malt, or the bitterness that it carries. Regardless, it isn't the bitterness or the malt backbone that ultimately grabs your focus, it's the flavor of the hops which gets your attention. This is really well put together. Not as much of a perception of bitter as a "regular" IPA because of more malt to stand up to it, the hop flavor carries the day. And what a flavor it is. All the citrus zest and candied fruit from the aroma are still here, and their flavor works exceptionally well with the malts, rather than fighting them for supremacy. It's tough to imagine an easier to drink 8% ABV DIPA. This works on just about every level.

Mouthfeel is pretty much a "medium" in that it isn't light and watery, and it isn't thick and chewy or oily. It's just enough to let you know you have a big beer in your glass and you should treat it accordingly, without ever making you question "do I want any more of this?".

This is easily one of my favorite DIPAs. The balance is fantastic, the flavors suit me to a "T", and everything seems to fit just right. I see a lot more excuses for crossing the state line now that this is available one state over. Not only worth seeking out, you should make it a point to do so.

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Photo of kkleu357
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark cloudy burnt orange color. Poured with a decent head leaving a good lacing while dissipating. Lots of citrus aroma from this one. An undertone of earthyness in the aroma. Very fruity flavors. Nice and bitter. Lots of grapefruit and maybe some pineapple taste. Yummy!

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4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I was pleasantly surprised. I didn't really expect it to be so good. Would definitely seek out to some extent. Much better than some more expensive ipas out there.

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Photo of dogfishandi
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on-tap at ebenezers ale house in west seneca, NY. served in a tall, skinny pint glass.

dark orange amber color, almost bronze. about a 1/4 worth of off white head, about average retention, average looking lace.

big fresh, dank pine resiny hops. vegetal, onion, tropical fruit, nugget like hops. hardly any malt detectable.

im liking the taste a lot. again, lots of dank vegetal hops at the forefront. pine resin, pineapple, mango, grapefruit citrus as well. just a bit of bready malt. the darker color is kind of decieving because this is pretty much all hops.

on the bigger side of medium bodied, lots of dank bitterness.

i enjoyed this a lot, really nothing like dales pale ale, but this has a nice range of many different hop flavors, lots of dank. reminds me a bit of nugget nectar.

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Deviant Dale's IPA from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
4.02 out of 5 based on 3,409 ratings.
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