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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 angrybabboon
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
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 -4.7%
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 -4.7%
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 -4.7%
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 -4.7%
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 -4.7%
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%
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%
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 -5.2%
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 -5.2%
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 -5.5%
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 -5.5%
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 -5.5%
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 -5.5%
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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Photo of woemad
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can purchased at Total Wine in Spokane for $3.49. According to the stamp on the bottom of the can, this was canned and sent on it’s merry way to the Republic of Spokanistan on October 24, 2012.

Poured an opaque shade of orange, with a big, creamy, beige colored head. Said head hung around for a while, and left lots of lace.

The closely balanced aroma is of citrusy hops and lightly caramelish malts. I was expecting the hops to be a little more assertive than they are.

The hops are a little more up front in the taste than they were in the aroma, but this is still closely balanced and plenty malty. The hop flavor is very reminiscent of grapefruit, with less bitterness than I expected.

Surprisingly creamy mouthfeel for something being sold as an IPA.

While this is a tasty beer, I don’t feel like I can call it an IPA. It seems like what a Dale’s Pale would taste like if both the hop and malt content were boosted. It’s extremely drinkable, but the drinker needs to keep in mind it’s relatively high alcohol percentage.

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Photo of JamesBondGA
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice copper color with a slight head and little lacing on the glass. Notes of grapefruit, pine and malts on the nose. Pine was very prevalent on the tongue, kind of overpowered the other flavors. not bad for an IPA....Alcohol all of a sudden KICKS YOU!!! YES!!!

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Photo of Teleweizen2
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - pours a hazey amber orange which gets lighter down the glass. Not much head. Maybe a fingers worth. Dissipates quickly. Webs of lacing on the glass.

S - aroma is big. Lots orangey citrus with lots of resinous hops. Notes of grilled pineapple, caramel and grapefruit as the beer warms.

T - the initial flavor is reminiscent of fresh dough sprinkled with sugar. The tropical fruit notes add to the overall sweetness but the grapefruit rind bitterness comes in to give balance. Sharp quick finish.

M - medium bodied nearing full. Medium carb. Creamy texture.

O - good beer. I wish it was drier but still ridiculously drinkable.

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Photo of NickTheGreat
3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L (4) - Nice, DEEP amber color. Big fluffy head on top. Almost too much.

S (3.75) - Not much aromas really, both hop or malt. Didn't smell bad by any means.

T (3.75) - Meh . . . You can tell theres a nice malty base beer to this. But more of that really weird, sharp, not-quote-alpha bitterness. Almost like earwax. I like high IBU IPAs and this is not that taste.

F (4) - Nice enough carb and fairly drinkable. No issues here.

O (3.75) - I don't know what it is about OB, but their beers are just off to me. I mean, I don't mind it, but I don't know if I like it as much as others.

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Photo of Braseltonage
3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Smudged canned on date looks like 06-04-12.
Tall boy poured into a NB goblet.

A: Burnt orange, faint haze. Yellowy white head, nice clingers after dissipates.
S: Intense resinous hop aroma. Familiar pine, citrus. Some pineapple and perhaps dried apricot.
T: . A reasonable hop bump up front with plenty stickiness behind to balance. Some of the sweeter citrus flavors that I recognize from some of the FFF brews. Some pine resin. Medium caramel sweetness coats the tongue of the finish. Some residual bitterness as well.
M: Nice medium to full body. Good carbonation.
O: Another fine offering from OB, but not my favorite. A nice example. As a side note, the only real negative I can add is the price point. I love OB products, but I don't see how this needs to retail at the price it does. It's good, but I can't see the upcharge vs similar offerings of nearly identical gravities and hop levels that other fine brewers put out there.

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Photo of BrownAleBollocks
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good but at this point it's pretty old because I failed to look at the can on date before purchase. That being said, I'll give it a fair shake. Pours a deep amber. Aroma is malt and caramel. Taste is malt heavy with a small amount of hops. Mouthfeel is medium tobthick. Overall a decent beer that I would love to try fresh.

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Photo of beesy
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz tall boy into a standard pint glass

A - pours a brilliant medium orange with a two and a half finger head thats dark eggshell in color. The head is very foamy and leaves a large amount of lacing.

S - piney, spicy and very heavy on the tropical hop notes. Not much in malts or alcohol detected.

T - very hop forward as expected. Tons of pine throughout, especially in the late bitterness. Some tropical profiles build in mid palate but are overshadowed by the pine. A slightly coarse bitterness stays with you for a while, whichis heavy pine.

M - on the heavier side of light. Slightly creamy.

D - fairly low for me. The pine overpowers everything, especially in the bitterness making it a longer drink than it should be.

Overall, a pretty good beer. The visuals were the best part of this beer. I wish there was a little more hop flavor to tear down the immense amount of pine. I found the hop flavor and bitterness is somewhat one dimensional.

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Photo of bump8628
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another one on-tap at the Tasty Weasel. I've never enjoyed the summit-laced Gubna so I'm hoping the hopping in Deviant Dale's is more akin to Dale's Pale Ale. Here we go...pours a bright orange-copper with a dollop of stiff white foam. Yeah it's hoppy, but I'm not getting those bright and juicy pine and citrus notes I was expecting. Instead, it's a punch of dank herbs and grass (I guess it's those Columbus dry hops). Malt is surprisingly substantial with a chewy bready quality. Pungent, resinous hop goodness continues to linger on the palate after the first big gulp. A bit of chive or shallot creeps in as it warms. Reallly good, if I could pick up a pack of tallboys occasionally I would, but there are certainly others in this category that I would go to first.

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Photo of andrewjraab
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Purchased from Copper Vine in Grandville, MI

A - Copper tone with a nice fluffy head poured in a snifter.

S - Piney, resinous, dank, earthy.

T -Big Oily and resinous hop profile, nice feel for a DIPA and highly drinkable.

O - Solid DIPA that you can't go wrong with.

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Photo of JAFoley
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Clear and golden orange. Plenty of head, tan and bubbly which settles quickly with nice lacing left behind.

S - Soapy and pine but not too much aroma.

T - Pepper and pine hops dominate along with a lot of alcohol while the malts take a back seat.

M - Fairly thin with good carbonation. Medium body but could use a bit more heft in my opinion.

O - While this is a thinner IPA than I prefer, the strong spicy hops win me over. Definitely a good beer to bring to a barbecue especially if you're looking to get a bit tipsy!

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Photo of brydeen
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to wdeck9 for adding this as an extra.

Poured from can into a snifter.

A: Pours a deep hazy orange, almost cloudy. Creamy white head is very thin and fades to almost nothing immediately. Lots of sticky white lacing throughout though.

S: Loads of citrus, predominantly grapefruit and pineapple.

T: Hints of grapefruit flavor right away, with a faint piney bitterness at the back end. Very balanced sweetness/bitterness.

M: A sticky, creamy texture, with only faint carbonation. Alcohol is well hidden.

O: A tasty Brew, but doesn't really stand out as very memorable. Very drinkable, but it lacks that dry bitter bite I look for in my DIPAs. I'd definitely give it another shot though if given the chance.

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Deviant Dale's IPA from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
4.02 out of 5 based on 3,359 ratings.
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