Deviant Dale's IPA | Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

Deviant Dale's IPADeviant Dale's IPA
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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

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Added by Jason on 01-16-2011

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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 Fsvensson75
4.44/5  rDev +10.4%

4.44/5  rDev +10.4%

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 Rawwie
4.44/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 skubas86
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of weaselface89
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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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Photo of nimrod979
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16oz. TALL BOY! Canned on 3/16/12 "This Is Bat Country". Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Copper color with a slight haze. two finger off white head. with pretty good retention and excellent lacing.

Aroma: Huge piney resiny aroma. Some grapefruit citrusy hops as well. Earthy. Hops dominate this aroma and I have NO PROBLEM with that.

Taste: The hop profile follows the aroma and is also fairly dominate. There is a small dry malty sweetness towards the back end that adds a little bit of stability.

Mouthfeel: Perhaps a little heavier than a medium body. Carbonation is average. Sticky. Super dry with a long bitter finish.

This has quickly become one of my favorite IPA's. Solid hop-forward. Lots of pine resin and bitterness that starts up front and goes long after the finish. Great job Oskar Blues!

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Photo of weller1js
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: pours a vibrant copper, slightly hazy, with effervescing carbonation, thick bubbly very off-white head which recedes into a thinner but heavier foam.

smell: deeply tangy and floral hops make most of the scent, with notable piney hop undertones.

taste: begins clean with a rapid development of the hops, much more piney in character than the smell would lead one to believe, the floral and tangy-ness presents itself on the back end of the taste, finishing with noted strength of the alcohol content, but with a crisp bitterness and a piney aftertaste.

mouthfeel: despite high hop and alcohol content, the suprisingly lighter body is discernable from those strengths.

overall: great IPA, love the fact that it's in a pint pounder, hops are well used and abv is not too high and not too low.

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Photo of TheBeard89
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

A - Pours a dark golden amber color with a one fingered sticky head. The color is gorgeous.

S - Spicy and tangy aroma, pungent tropical fruit peel that's oily and resinous.

T - Some biscuity sweet malt up front that quickly gets pounded by a mountain of juicy hops. Resinous pine, grapefruit peel, a touch of herbal grass, and a massive lingering bitterness. Noticeable alcohol effervesence for 8% but without a lot of burning.

M - Medium body with a thick coating of resiny pine and grapefruit peel in the mouth.

O - I don't think I've ever used "resinous" in a review like I have with this one. It's assertive, bold, and is definitely brewed with the hop heads in mind.

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Photo of MJ64
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

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

Poured out of a can, of course. I always thought cans meant bad beer, but that is not true. Cans do a fine job of protecting the beer, and Oskar Blues has some of the finest beer I've ever had.

Anyway, pours cloudy amber, just like an India Pale Ale should. Nice three finger head that slowly dissipates and leaves a lot of lacing clinging to the glass. Smells like flowers and caramel. Really awesome.

The taste is outstanding. Nice bitter hops, combined with sweet caramel. Mouth feel is thick and indulgent. One of the best pale ales I've ever had. That caramel flavor is like nothing I've ever had. It's like beer candy. I'm totally impressed with Oskar Blues, and will be sampling all they have to offer.

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Photo of DrDaves49
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Ball Hillbilly wine jar glass (see pic).

A. Huge frothy light amber head. The color was what I look for , a deep copper-orange.

S. This is one pungent brew, The aroma of pine, peach, apricot, honey.

T. Nicely balanced hops and malt and alcohol.
Citrusy, bitter, with the flavors of the smell.
As it became room temp. the flavors turned to high hopiness, piney resins, and malt sweetness

M. Nice resinous, flavors of pine, citrus, and again the malt sweetness.

O. Overall I enjoyed this brew....I'd like to try some fresh as this was approx. 10 months old. Seems to age very well, no skunkiness whatsoever. A good sipping beer.

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

Pint can poured into a pint glass

Pours cloudy amber with a smallish head. Not much carbonation. Smell is really nice hoppy freshness, mostly piney.

Taste is pronounced hops, nice malty roundness balancing it out. This is actually a really tasty beer. Floral with lots of pine resin. Good!

Mouthfeel is slightly gritty, slightly thick, quite pleasant. Overall, I'm quite happy with this beer.

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

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

On draft at Old Chicago's. The menu said it was an Old Chicago exclusive beer - though that's obviously not the case based on the previous review!

A - Arrived a dark orange/copper color with a 1 finger of nice white head. Decent renention and nice lacing.

S - Tons of piney and citrus hops with hints of fruit in the aroma. Not much alcohol or malt detected.

F /M - Hops grab the flavor with a nice bite. There is a medium bitterness throughout and the beer finishes with a sweet fruity note. Good mouthfeel for this medium bodied beer

D - Extremely drinkable beer. I didn't know how strong it was at the bar but I noted that the alcohol wasn't overwhelming and I wanted to ask for another.

Overall, this is a great offering from Oskar Blue. It would awesome if they released it in cans but if not it's worth the trip to Old C's to try it out.

Serving type: on-tap

Reviewed on: 01-22-2011 19:44:03

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Deviant Dale's IPA from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Beer rating: 85.2% out of 100 with 3,430 ratings
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