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 socon67
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Orange pout with a thin foam of eggshell white. Cloudy look. Nice webs of lacing.

S - Good scent of hops and fresh grapefruit. Has a west coast IPA smell with hints of pine.

T - This could easily pass as a DIPA with hits hop profile and heavy feel. Tart flavors of citrus and malt yield to a sharp hoppy, bitter finish.

M - The hevay feel of this made it an enjoyable beer, but a full bodied one that makes one enough.

O - would like to try the regular Dale's to compare to this. It is a middle grounbd IPA; profiled close to an imperial IPA but not quite as robust as that style. Was worth trying.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16oz can bought at Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA as part of a 4-pack.

Poured into a CCB pub glass, formed a 1" orangey beige head over the slightly cloudy orangey amber brew. Head slowly falls to a layer of froth, with lasting coating lace. Aroma is citrus and pine.

Taste begins sweet for a fleeting moment, then citrus in the middle, followed by lots of piney bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is pretty good. I'd like a bit more backbone for an IPA, leans towards the bitter-for-bitter's-sake arena.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Slightly hazy amber with rocky, creamy, clingy sand-colored head - pouring from a can helps the fluff.
Surprisingly muted nose - light floral, navel orange peel and resin notes with caramel.
Toffee-covered shortbread with skunk, candied tangerine, ruby red grapefruit and flower nectar hops.
Rock candy comeback and long Lemonhedz linger.
Medium, sticky, hot.

Canning date of 9-6-12, so not spanking fresh, but not so old as to be dead, especially from the can. That can't explain, though, why this is so sweet unless it's by design. This balances the hops but still takes some getting used to, especially as it's not so much biscuit or bready malts as just pure sugar. It does blunt the supposed 85 IBUs (which I'm not sure I get) but still somehow leaves rough edges and too much heat.

Tasty, but not a patch on Gordon.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 16 oz. can into pint glass.

A: This is a clear deep gold, with a two-finger foamy white head and just a bit of visible carbonation.

S: Spicy, melon, grassy dank with citrus and pine hops, and a small amount of malt.

T: Spicy, garlic and melon with a pinch of caramel malt sweetness. Pine bitterness in the hang. Overall impression of flavor is much more spicy and savory flavor than fruity/juicy.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation. Alcohol is very well-hidden.

O: Good, but not my preference for hop flavor profile.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Immediately upon popping this one open, I got a huge whiff of oily hops. The flavor profile carries much of the same character with a steady hop tone to it that leans towards earthy with some woody kind of tones (in a stick and twig kind of way, not a barrel one). It's good and nice enough, but it just doesn't do it for me, really. I can think of many other double IPAs that interest me more than this one.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Canned 12/03
Drank 12/25

Clear amber body and a long lasting lacy off white head.

Pine, dank, herbal, citrus, seems a little Summity with onion and garlic. Slight caramel malt base comes through.

Medium bodied and bittered. Smooth and carbonation is on point.

Solid IPA and a little different than most I'm used to as it lacks a lot of the fruitiness.

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Photo of Atricapilla
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A cloudy orange copper appearance with a half finger frothy white head. Aroma is of strong grapefruit and hops and floral notes . Very strong grass flavor initially, followed by grape seed
citrus and pine. Mildly astringent mouth feel which persists.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 1/2" custard head with surprisingly long life. The body is a hazy apricot copper color. It smells nicely of piney hops and caramel. The taste mirrors the smell and throws in burnt sugar, and although it's IPA strength it isn't the punch in the mouth type of IPA. Quite a long finish.

This brewer is infamous for always using cans and though that's thought of as lower class the truth is it keeps the beer fresher than bottles. I can definitively say this sample is the best IPA I've had packaged in a can (but yeah I did pour it into a glass).

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tall can picked up at Knightly Spirits in Orlando.

Poured into a goblet. Light amber golden, clear, good retention. Lots of lacing. Good looking brew.

Nose is tropical, with West coast hops, citrus, mango, malt and a bit of pepper.

Malty brew, quite sweet and with the hops providing long bitterness to the finish, but less in the body. Notes of orange, mango spice and earth.

A decent DIPA but nothing new. The hops were not as bold and flavorful as a beer like this deserves. Stil, a tasty brew nevertheless!

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Photo of chinchill
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery in Brevard NC.
Pour was deep amber with excellent clarity. White head was not large but had decent retention and left good lacing.
Aroma: sweet; herbal; fruity
Flavor: very hop forward but with well controlled bitterness (i.e., moderately bitter). More grapefruit than grapefruit rind in the finish. Plenty of caramel malts for balance.

Feel: very slightly harsh, but admirably so for a very hoppy 8% ABV ale.

O: Recommended IPA, especially if high hop aroma and flavor is sought without extreme bitterness.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce can, canned on 10/05/12. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a clear burnt orange color with about an inch and a half frothy white head that stayed around for a long time. There's also a lot of lacing. Aroma is nice, it smells like citrusy (pineapple, tropical fruit, grapefruit) and pine hops, and some caramel malt. It tastes mostly like pine hops, along with some citrusy hops and bready and caramel malt. There's a nice lingering bitter finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit coating and creamy with low/moderate carbonation. It's a solid brew, but it's pricey at $12.99 a 4 pack.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for giving me one of these

Appearance: Ruby orange with hints of gold and copper - starts off with a nice, large, fluffy, white head - fades quickly to some sticky and spotty lacing, hazy but mostly clear

Smell: Aggressively hoppy with a base of biscuity malts - a wide range of hops, including citrus (orange, grapefruit, tangerine), wet pine, and green onions (summit hops?) - something else strikes me as medicinal - sweet, light biscuits underneath - abrasive, not really inviting

Taste: Actually more abrasive than the smell suggests - citrus flesh, zest, and a ton of pith - very bitter, with a lingering pithy bitterness - damp, oddly sweet pine - grassy, vegetal, herbal, with some onions on the side - malts are biscuity and pale, adds some hint of balance, but is a touch too sweet

Mouthfeel: On the heavy side of medium, nicely carbonated, too oily and sticky

Overall: Unique and interesting, but not excellent

The hop profile of this beer is nothing short of entertaining. There are so many things going on here. While I do not particularly love some of these aspects, I think it's interesting. It's worth a try, but it's not a top-tier DIPA. Too much competition...

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Photo of merryjoulton
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty deep amber color with a very strong head with thick lacing. Smell is a fresh, crisp hoppy aroma that doesn't impress really. Actually the standard smell is a good thing, right in line with what I expect from an IPA. Not too much malt. Taste is extremely straightforward: hops. These hops are crisp and refined, very precisely calculated in my opinion. Mouthfeel is fine. Overall a great IPA.

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Photo of artoolemomo
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours up a very good amount of head and my guess would be that it's going take a while to dissipate. The head is slightly off-white with hints of yellow while the body is a medium to dark amber that shows as a medium amber when held up to the light. Already a good amount of lacing left behind.

Nose- Very nice- warm and inviting. Grapefruit accompanied by an exquisite mustiness. A little stronger from the can than from the glass but both are quite nice. Notes of pine and resin linger in the background but grapefruit and other citrus are the dominant notes. The citrus seems to fade away and leave a nice soapy scent of pine and resin behind. All pretty classic.

Taste- Pine and resin on the front with a bit of mustiness. Some grapefruit but mostly papaya, spicy green fruit, and other tropicals. Some resin and woody bitterness ends the profile. While I like this beer, I feel that it is a bit simplistic. If Columbus hops are the only ones used, it would explain why this beer seems to lack complexity. Slight malt bill with some caramel but the flavor profile does seem to be dominated by the simplicity of a single strain of hops. I like Columbus but it seems a little too woody on the end. The citrus notes pretty much fade into the background. Some notes of honey, nectar, and flowers but I wish they were more prominent. Nevertheless, a solid beer- definitely above average but just another IPA, if you know what I mean. I have to be dazzled these days. No heat present. The woody bitterness shows itself to be well rounded and the beer, overall, shows a lot of balance.

Mouthfeel- Close to medium bodied, good amount of carbonation, some syrup to the texture.

Drinkability- Not the most complex IPA I've ever had but its simplicity has some positives. It is fairly sessionable for a 8% beer, which could be a problem for some.

Overall- Solid beer, good IPA. Worth a try. Won't change your world but is a quite accessible IPA that borders on being a DIPA. Funny how Oskar Blues is coy in regard to how they designate their beers. Dale's seems like an IPA and Deviant seems close to a DIPA. But I don't care as long as they make good beer.

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Photo of barczar
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear deep copper with a dense inch and a half eggy head that lingers indefinitely.

Resin, onion, and fresh cut grass form the initial aroma, with muted grapefruit and other citrus underlying a subtle bready malt.

Resin, grapefruit, onion, and pine are evident at first sip. There's significant bready caramel malt backbone that keeps the hops restrained into the fairly bitter and dry finish.

Body is moderate, with carbonation a touch on the low side, and a bit of astringency and alcohol warmth.

Expected more hop character from this one. There's a decent bang initially, but the malt really reigns it in.

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Photo of sleuthdog
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Firkin into snifter

Pour: Dark orange color with no head as to be expected from firkin. Beer is very still.

Smell: Mild, with herbal and floral hops and a caramel sweetness in the backbone. Not much citrus but more piney and grassy.

Taste: Dank herbal hops mixed with grapefruit notes. Sweetness is evident with some caramel and orange zest. Much more on the side of resinous and pine though.

Mouthfeel: Medium and sticky. Very little if any carbonation and I'm sure this is due to being on cask.

Overall: I much more prefer juicy and citrus IPA's but this was a treat having it on cask.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

16oz, canned on 05/12/2014, I've had this before and wasn't crazy over it, but I decided it needed another try.
A 4.5 - frothy, off-white head stands tall atop an amber-copper colored body
S 4 - piny, bready, earthy, grapefruit pith, caramel
T 3.75 - big, bold, bitter flavors with bready malt, loads of piny hops, grapefruit zest and pith, a bit of orange zest, tea leaf, earthy and herbal hops blend in with the bitterness as well
M 3.5 - fuller side of medium for body, bitter and dry finish
O 3.75 - better than I remember, but still not one I'll buy regularly.

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Photo of jsanford
3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy copper-orange with a fluffy off-white head that settles to a squat cap. Getting lots of resinous hop aromas of pineapple, grapefruit, orange peel, peach, and tree sap. Very tropical and delicious, and it certainly lives up to it's "Deviant" reputation. The taste is a bit of a letdown from the nose, however. The caramel malt profile is just a touch too big for my liking, and hides all that fresh hop goodness a bit too much. I'm all about balance (sometimes), but this doesn't come across nearly as hoppy as it should. The hops I do get are delicious, with more peach, mango, grapefruit, and pineapple. Mouthfeel is smooth and more then a bit sticky, with a medium-full body and good carbonation. Overall a solid DIPA with an amazing presentation, but it didn't quite live up to my hopes.

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Photo of afksports
3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Oskar Blues' hard to find IPA base off the Dale's Pale Ale name is One of those "close but no cigar" beers. In almost every sip I felt like it was one-dimensional. And yet it almost worked because it was so strong.

The appearance is great as it pours from the growler. A hazy copper hue works with an off white head, and it sticks all over the glass. Deviant Dale's IPA packs a hop forward aroma that literally attacked me out of the growler. Pine and grapefruit. Resin too. Tons of hops up front in the nose, and that's followed by an almost identical taste profile. It begins hugely biting and grapefruit hoppy, follows with hardly any malt in its medium body and not much else, then gets cloying and drying in the back. It's like an absolute pounding of the palate by unbalanced hops.

But... That's not for me. Personally, I don't want to be reaching for a glass of water halfway through a pour. While I can appreciate and respect the strength and the use of hops to give this a pretty good rating, I just personally can't get past how there's not much else going on.

Hopheads, enjoy.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16oz. can served in a nonic. Pours a semi-hazy copper with a solid, one inch, cream-colored head the slowly recedes - the perfect pour with the head reaching just to the lip of the glass. Nose suggests some tropical fruit notes off the pop; however, once in the glass, there is a very assertive caramel malt presence, followed by a slight earthiness. Taste follows nose - starts with some caramel sweetness with a little bit of light fruit interspersed and culminating in an earthy hops bittering that quickly drops off. There's also a little something medicinal happening in the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is medium-light in body with a slightly oily texture and a crisp, even carbonation that leaves a residual prickle in the mouth between quaffs. This beer is definitely closer to a DIPA than an American IPA as it has that slightly barleywine-esque character. Pretty good, but doesn't warrant the pricetag in my opinion.

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Photo of spoony
3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a 16 oz can (canned April 28, 2015) to a tulip. Reviewed from notes dated June 5, 2015.

A-The beer has a huge, sticky head of light-tan, yellowish foam. Retention is great. The beer is nearly clear and is darker than many IIPAs with a copper tinted amber hue.

S-The aroma is hoppy with suggestions of mint, orange, lime, and some onion. The malt balance is also here, however, with light honey sweetness and some bread-y body.

T-The taste is pretty much the same as the smell. I get some nice lime, orange zest, a little bit of earthy resin, and some light onion flavors from the hops. Malt balance is good with toast and caramel flavors providing a bit of sweetness.

M-The body is medium in heft with a little dank sticky character. Carbonation is milder.

O-I had not really considered it until now, but this really is a bigger, hopped-up version of regular Dale's Pale. It has a similar feel and flavor profile, just turned up a bit. I think my palate has moved mostly beyond Dales and Deviant Dales, but there is nothing offensive here and I would certainly drink more of this beer.

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear amber color with a fluffy 1 finger cream colored head. Leaves some sticky lacing down the glass.

S: A good amount of sweet citrus hops and caramel. Mango is pretty prominent.

T: Definitely a sweeter IPA. Lots of sweet citrus hops and some caramel malts. A touch of resin on the finish. Not bad at all.

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Photo of Premo88
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

16 oz. tall boy can poured into nonic
(2/2/15 born on date)

L: amber, a bit cloudy but clean and clear enough you can see through it, massive 1.5-inch head of beige foam that's super sticky; the foam has that marshmallow American craft thing happening, very clumpy and doesn't dissipate much; amber-orange color is nice; lacing and sticking are remarkable.

S: hops in this one and no mistaking; hops are piney, green and bitter on the nose, remarkably bright for an American hoppy brew going on three months old; grapefruit and a perfume-like floral quality

T: hops up front, relatively bitter but they smooth out and a caramel sweetness pops in ... mixed with the malt, the hops can taste a bit like tropical fruit, but the piney-green bitter note from the nose is also here in the taste

F: solid all around, a bit silky

O: a good American IPA that's pushing DIPA range with the 8% ABV, which is hidden but still very present; the beer works best for me up front in a session where the hops shine through more; for an AIPA, it doesn't follow quite as well as I'd like, the malt becoming a mushy mess of caramel sweetness. it's a good enough brew that it has me wanting to try some fresh Dale's, though it's not a brew I'll likely revisit.

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Photo of denver10
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap already now finally getting around to the tallboy.

Pours a clear caramel with a thick, foamy, thumb and a half width cream colored head. Nice lacing. A nice aroma mixing some pine, orange rind, and sweet malt. Flavor is a largely a pine resin flowing into some sweet malt combo. A little citrus hides in there too though. Aftertaste is a healthy dose of bitter. A nice creamy, medium bodied. Overall, a nice brew. The malt definitely plays a much stronger role in the can than on the tap and I do believe I liked that. Definitely a very dank beer still, a little too bitter for me to love it, but still one I enjoy.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 16 oz can into pint glass

Appearance – Pours an orange – copper color with a very slow to form but dense head with a just slightly off white color. The head has wonderful retention but eventually fades leaving a good amount of lacing.

Smell – A good level of hop aroma is present and most pertinent. The hop aromas are biggest of pine, but there are citrus and earthy notes of hop as well. Behind all the hop aroma is a sweeter caramel and citrus as well as malt aroma, bringing a balance to all the hop.

Taste – The flavor starts out as smooth malt with a light caramel sweetness. The hops soon enter and rid the brew of the sweetness. The hop flavors start out almost entirely of pine, but are soon met with other hop flavors as well. Some citrus hop enters more to the middle to the end. At the very end of the taste, an earthy and grassy hop flavor mix with the rest and bring the taste to the end. These flavors that enter in the end are rather intense and leave a lingering bitterness on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is quite nice and creamy. The carbonation level is light with it seeming to be held into the brew by the thickness of the body. Overall the beer coats, but yet tingles ever so slightly on the tongue creating a nice mouthfeel.

Overall – A pretty good IPA. It has a nice look, nose, and feel. While the majority of the taste is good, the bitterness left on the tongue at the end is not one I love (although some may enjoy the particular bitter).

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Deviant Dale's IPA from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
4.03 out of 5 based on 3,399 ratings.
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