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

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Photo of threeviews
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz vessel Canned on Date: 03-20-12

A- Pedestrian pour into a Duvel tulip glass yields a crystal clear, ruby red with an soapy, eggshell colored head which dissipates rather quickly. However, substantial lacing is left behind coating the glass.

S- Very of conciousness: Pine resin, onion/garlic, citrus rind and some muted tropical fruit esters.

T- Not much malt presence. Bitter citrus rind at the sides of the tongue followed by some onion/garlic flavor on the mid palate then finishes with a piney/tacky bitterness.

M- Classic Chico/California/American ale yeast delivers moderate carbornation but the brew has a bit of an oily feel.

O- I'm not sure if onion/garlic describes it accurately, maybe spicy/earthy/citrus oil describes it better. Do I like it? Yes. Is it worth the price ($12+) for a four-pack? No...I'd prefer Heady Topper for that price and the same volume.

[review posted after second can consumed from 4-pack]

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Photo of FLima
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Darker amber color with a thick beige two finger head with good retention and leaving laces.
Somewhat malty aroma with notes of bread, mild grapefruit and grass, and caramels. I was expecting it to be more intense and citrusy.
Flavor with predominant notes of caramel malt, lots of spices and herbal and earthy hops, pineapple foam from juice, citrusy more toward peel rather than fruit, pine and tea leaves. Dry aftertaste with a long lasting bitterness.
Medium towards full body with mild carbonation. Alcohol of 8% is well hidden.
A bitter IPA on a maltier body, this felt more of a DIPA to me. I hope had more of the citrus character of their APA, which is a reference to me. That said it is still well crafted.

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Photo of axeman9182
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

8oz pour at Oskar Blues night at The Pony Bar.

Deviant Dale's pours a fairly translucent orange, with a little bit of white foam capping the beer. Given that it was somewhat of a lackluster pour, the amount of lacing left down the side of the glass is impressive. The nose is intensely citrusy, but in a nice change of pace pineapple seems to be the dominant aroma, with grapefruit notes relegated to a supporting role. There's a nice sturdy malt backbone right up front, a combination of biscuit and caramel flavors. The expected blast of bitterness washes over next, but in the name of what turns out to be a disappointingly weak hoppy payoff. The aforementioned citrus notes are once again present, but not nearly as potent as I might expect from a DIPA with a pungent nose and big dose of bitterness. The body is a bit lighter than I would have expected, but it works well and makes the the beer easier drinking. Carbonation is nice and lively, elevating what hop presence there is. I'm a fan of both Dale's Pale Ale, and Oskar Blues in general, so I did have high hopes for Deviant Dale's that ultimately weren't quite met.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.51/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16 oz. tall boy can poured into a Sam Adams Perfect 22 oz. glass. A hard pour produces an IPA that's a strong amber color. Really clean looking with perfect clarity. Huge creamcicle colored head with crazy amounts of lacing, looks good.

Smell is good, like any good IPA or DIPA it's nice and hoppy. Sort of a tart citrus, strong pine and even some tropical notes. After this there are some caramel malts, but strongly overpowered by the hops.

Taste is on par with the smell. I've heard a ton of people comment that it tastes like onions....I'm sorry I just don't taste it. The hops are very earthy and piney, slight citrus. Not bad, but the hops overpower the malts. Not much in the way in the malt department.

As clean as it looks, the mouthfeel is a little grungy and unbalanced. Like I said before the hops strongly overpower the malts and it's a little oily. Reasonably drinkable for a DIPA, Oskar Blues is good for that. Nothing really not too like here, just nothing to really love. Curious to sit on one for a couple months to see how it fairs.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Picco in Boston. Review from notes.

A: Served in a DFH signature glass. The beer is a clear copper/orange with a small white head that has moderate retention. Leaves behind rings of lace.

S: Rather dank, with some citrus and a little bit of pine. There is also a good bit of herbal/vegetal hop aroma going on.

T: Similar to the aroma, more on the vegetal side, with more pine than the aroma led on. The citrus flavors come out as it warms. The after taste and finish is very pithy, filled with citrus rind.

M: Medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. Pretty easy drinking for 8%.

O: Liked it, but didn't love it. Was hoping for much more citrus character, the vegetal/dankness just isn't really my favorite.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: copper in color/clear burnt orange. Head faded fast
S: big hops, some citrus, some pine
T: just like the nose. It's a balance between citrus and pine hop flavors. Finishes mildly bitter
F: a bit like syrup but thinner
O: not a fan

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Photo of mechamifune
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a orange to copper color with heavy lacing. Carbonation is there but not overly so, looks more creamy than crisp. Nice looking all in all.

Smell is a lot of what I would call musty hops. A little bit of citrus and pine as well, but mostly a heavy, musty, very hop-forward smell. I don't mind it, but it lacks that kind of refreshing quality that the best examples of this style have.

Taste is citrus fruit up front, then quickly delves into that musty/funky bite. I will give it the credit it deserves in that this is a beer where you taste the hops...a lot... but it doesn't finish particularly bitter. Not particularly sweet.

Mouthfeel is smooth enough, but a little more resinous that i'd like. Wish it were just a little more crisp.

Overall this is an above average DIPA, but given the price point and tall boy format (which i loathe) it is not one I will be returning to. It's not nearly as awful as Gubna, but it doesn't come close to touching their pils or Ten Fidy in terms of making great examples of the style.

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Photo of raszputini
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 16 ounce can....pours a nice clear amber with a thick white head that sticks around. Little if any sediment whatsoever. The lacing is pretty phenomenal. Both citrus and floral hops dominate the nose. The taste is nothing unique, a typical IPA, but a very clean one and well balanced. There's a solid malt backbone with notes of grapefruit and caramel. Solid brew.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Canned on 2/24/12.

Pours a clear copper color with a 1 inch puffy orange-white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. A latticework of small dots and streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of herbal and vegetal hops. There is a slight onion/garlic aroma but nothing like Gubna. Taste is of herbal and vegetal hops with a slight malt presence. There is a medium amount of bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good IPA but the vegetal hop aromas and flavors aren't my cup of tea.

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Photo of stevenstofen
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Keep in mind that I had this beer the same day I had Sierra Nevada's Hoptimum (which I liked better than the deviant dale's) so naturally my rating will be a little biased.

A - Poured the entire 16oz can into my Duvel tulip. It shows a beautiful orange - amber color with finger head on it which dissipates within the first few minutes.

S - Here I'm picking up some pine, grapefruit, and granny smith apple. Maybe a little honey as well.

T - Right away you get the hops. Pine, Citrus, and honey (as it is in the nose)

MF - there is a slight alcohol burn, but that is to be expected when you are having an 8%ABV beer. Either that or it is the pairing with pepper-jack cheese that is giving me the burn.

O - This is a solid DIPA. Again, I had hoptimum earlier today, and that was FANTASTIC. This beer held its own against it, but in the end I think hoptimum is the victor.

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Photo of Retail1LO
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a tallboy can into a Firestone Walker tulip. Pours a brilliant, transparent amber with a 2-3 finger foam crown at the top. Nose is on the malty and piney side of the spectrum. The hops aren't very apparent, neither is any kind of prominent citrus. The taste is largely an extension of the nose. The malt profile is pretty dominant once more, with the hops fighting to survive. Pine finally shines through in what is a continued absence of any citrus or noteworthy hop profile. The mouthfeel has a lot of malt, caramel and some sweetness to it. The 8% ABV is a bit noticeable and provides some decent bite. Overall, this is a decent beer. I'd have it again, but I wouldn't seek it out by any means, and can think of several IPA/DIPA's that I would choose off a draft list prior to this one.

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Photo of abrand
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

sampled at DLD from can

Pours an orange color with small white head. Nose is fruits and hops. Oranges, grapefruit and earthy notes. Taste is similar to the nose. Fruits and pine up front with a hop finish. Decent tasting brew. Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Overall this was decent. Nothing spectacular.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.55/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a crystal clean golden/amber with 3 fingers of head. It appears to have extremely low carbonation with good head retention and lacing.

N: Huge notes of resinous pine, grapefruit, florals and biting lemon zest. There is also light notes of pineapple and papaya.

T: Upfront are pine needles, grapefruit rind and toffee-coated papaya. Mid-palate reveals thick caramel and toffee along with light notes of pineapple and mango. Finishes with bitter grapefruit, lemon zest, orange rind and resinous pine.

M: Full bodied, chewy, sticky and bitter.

O: Rather unique DIPA utilizing grapefruit and pine with undercurrents of toffee. Big, assertive and highly bitter. It's like a mix between Gubna and Gordon (G'Knight) with the consistency of Ten Fidy. It's very loud and boisterous. I'd much rather prefer a classier DIPA.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.55/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Tasty Weasel. (Um, what makes a weasel, tasty?) On to the beer:

Color looked a paler orange with yellow hues. Solid heaps of lace stick around the glass. The nose is very raw. Raw green veggies and hops. And the rinds of citrus fruits. I was hoping the bitter aroma would sweeten in the taste, but it remains a very bitter and strong brew. Bitter citrus is an improvement over bitter greens. Grapefruit comes out. There's just a little bit of toffee brittle as any searchable malty note. As it stands, this is one very bitter brew. The beer is medium bodied with modest carbonation, and fair drinkability.

A little over the top in some respects. I like my IPA's with a little more balance, so this straddles being fine and not fine. If you like them REALLY bitter, Deviant Dale's may be the one.

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Photo of jooler
3.55/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Very very bitter. I don't know if it's the malts or what. It's pretty harsh. It's like a crappier stone ipa

Edit: great smell. Hoppy initial taste but not much going on. There is no balance at all

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Photo of Bendurgin
3.57/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this as an extra in a recent beer swap. Poured into a pint glass. Pours a hazy amber with a finger of creamy beige head.

The aroma gives off a nice blend of pine and citrus hops. Oranges come to mind with a small trace of bready malts in the background. The pallet gives off a nice tropical hop flavor with hints of oranges and mango. Maltier on the pallet than the nose would indicate with hints of caramel and some toast. Leaves a little bit of a bitter hop finish.

The body is medium and sticky with somewhat low carbonation. Pretty enjoyable overall. Glad to see Oskar Blues throwing some brews into tallboys.

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Photo of Mdog
3.57/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear amber, good head.

Smell: Moderate citrus aroma.

Taste: Toffee then moderate citrus bitterness, a bit of vegetal hop taste.

Feel: Slick feel, a little too syrupy for an IPA.

Overall: Picked up a single in Wiscoland. Can was about 2 months old, so not too old. Not too impressed with this one, gives some odd onion/dirt hop flavor that I don't like, plus feels a bit too thick. I'll stick with regular Dale's or Old Chub for Oskar Blues.

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Photo of garylite
3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Getting good beer in CT is a bit of a challenge (most of my best beers have to be purchased in NY PA or MN).
I would put Dale's toward the middle of my go to list for beers of this style I can get in CT. Somewhere around Harpoon, DF 60 Min.
The Deviant was a very pleasant surprise. If anyone has had Gandhi Bot and got blown away by how much better it is than Sea Hag, you get the picture. Highly recommend this for the Hophead, although the ABV is up there I would say I could be happy having a bit of a session with this.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

pour is amber orange with a tight yellowish white head. The nose is extremely citric. Some biscuity malty undertones. The taste has more resigny hops, still lots of citrus and light biscuity malt undertone. Medium body, well carbonated, a touch oily.

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Photo of Sean9689
3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Big Grocery for sharing this one at Perennial.

A - A pours a copper color, off-white head, thin collar.

S - Really dank...lots of resin notes. Pine, citrus, resin, light sweetness from the malts.

T - Again, big dank notes, resin, pine, sweet malts, very grassy. Perhaps a bit too hot for 8% and the hops are a bit overly agressive for me with the ABV. Finish is hoppy bitterness with some grapefruit.

M - Medium body, good carbonation, oily finish.

O - A decent DIPA, but not on the level of some of the top-notch beers for the style. I'd drink again, but there's too many other awesome DIPA's out there to go crazy over this one. Decent.

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Photo of bbeane
3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured from a 16oz can into a Duvel tulip... Starts with a weak off white head that disappears quickly leaving no trace left behind. Beer is amber in color

S- Aroma seems very balanced with hops and malty sweetness

T- As he nose leads on, this ones pretty balanced. Start with a bit more hops coming through but is then joined by an abundance of malty sweetness. Finishes leaving a resiney hop flavor lingering in your mouth

M- Meim body with light/medium carbonation

O- Not bad. Plenty of way better IPAs out there, but the fact that this one comes in a can is definitely a huge selling point for me. For that reason alone, I'll be revisiting thi offering


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Photo of imasloth
3.61/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Bright orange with a tinge of red. Small white head fueled by ample carbonation.

S- Nice strong citrus and pine scents dominate. Lesser floral and passionfruit.

T- Creamy head leads to strong hop presence. Only a slight hint of malt in background.

M- Medium-bodied and surprisingly smooth for bitterness. Some bitter feel at swallow, but very little overall afterfeel.

O- Just falls short in two most important criteria: smell and taste. Perhaps my lest favorite brew from Oskar Blues to date.

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Photo of nrs207
3.61/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - A pretty dark DIPA. Reminded me of Nugget Nectar, a dark amber color with an off white head that leaves a ton of lacing. Nice and fluffy.

S - Very earthy and spicy. Not a lot of fruit notes in this one. Got some strong smells that I'm not a huge fan of. I've heard this beer has some onion/garlic flavors, and I can't say I got that. But it may have been a scent similar.

T - Similar to the smell. Same hops, with some malt to balance it out. Not a sweet malt. It's a very earthy DIPA.

M - Nice and smooth with nice carbonation. Didn't get much alcohol considering it's 8%.

O - I won't be buying this again. It's not bad, but the price (at least at my local bottle shop) is too high for a beer I consider to be average/slightly above average. Just not my style of DIPA, but I would still recommend trying it once to see if you enjoy it.

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Photo of buffs9
3.62/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from tallboy can into snifter

Appearance: Pours a very clear amber color with a big frothy head that dissipates quickly.

Smell: dank, in a great way, faint pineapple. Very refreshing.

Taste: Bitter from start to finish, some citrus, but in a lemon/orange peel kind of way. Warm alcohol in the finish. Don't love the bitter/dirt-like aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body with dry finish.

Overall: This is a very good beer, but too bitter and w/ a lousy aftertaste. A bit disappointed in this one.

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Photo of hoppyturt
3.62/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a can into a room temp pint glass. Pours a golden caramel color with a frothy head. Strong nose of black pepper and sweet onion. Taste is very forward with floral and earthy characteristics. Bitterness is noticeable but doesn't linger. Overall this is a good ipa, but the sweet onion is overpowering

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