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 SuperSpy
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer is a red-tinted honey gold. The head is initially a good three fingers but settles down to a nice cap of foam and plenty of lacing.

Floral, citrusy and tropical; just a lot of really great hop aromas.

The flavor is exactly what an IPA should be. The beer starts bitter, earthy and almost creamy. The hops keep on coming with tropical flavors of passion fruit, star fruit, grapefruit and lemon. The finish is both sweet and fruity and the front of the tongue and bitter on the back. Absolutely delicious.

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Photo of HardTarget
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear amber glass belies little, to no evil. A thinly veiled cap holds and gives spotty lace.

Smell: Pretty much Dale's Pale nose, very hoppy, citric and peach, but with a little more depth. An earthy cheese yeasty undernote that complements the sunny happy hops.

Taste: Hop tea. Rich, resiny hop cones full of flavor and just enough bitter to finish clean and refreshing. Base malt is clean and gives a little grit. The funky note is very subtle and enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Slightly puckering, very low carbonation gives a slightly creamy soft feel.

Overall: Started out 'meh' but as it and I warmed I really learned to like this beer. A big fan of Dale's, this just takes that to the next level. Will seek more.

Big thanks to Illudium for the can!

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Photo of Heavy_G
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First off, first review, but not first beer. I am an IPA lover, I pretty much only buy IPA's. I live near the brewery and I don't really prefer regular Dale's. I am gonna go to the Tasty Weasel tap room tho to seek this bad boy out on nitro hopefully.

Bottom line, I love this beer! My olfactory screening of IPA's is different than most. To me, IPA's, especially imperials, should smell like weed. Ya, that's right, I gotta believe Snoop would approve of this brew. I love Avery's Maharajah, Stone's Ruination, and Green Flash's IIPA, and this ranks high. I am eating it with fish and chips and hope I can get a 4 pack on the way home.

8% ABV is great. Though not the biggest in size, size ain't everything, and this has a very good tongue if you like big IPA's.

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Photo of Mounty4Life
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Really reddish and sticky lacing not much head but sticky how I like em and can was kinda dented so? ??
Like a beer I brewed, alcohol hops and more hops!! Different though, acquired hop scent
Gets the hops straight to the brain, and dry hop aftertaste lingers. Never had before but excited tastebuds right away for my hop head!
Great tantalizing effect on tongue and somewhat drinkable for 8%
Would like to revisit on a first beer of night review for more exact tastes and more distinct smells but enjoyed thoroughly as first ipa of night!

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Photo of thecheapies
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pint glass pour looks great enough. Can't get a color reading in this light, but the head is creamy and holding well. 4.0

Pine, carrot juice, grapefruit, and caramel bouquet. Hoppy, spiny, and with some herbal muscle. 4.0

Wicked bitter with a holiday wreath of piney hops. Mild citrus undertones with notes of grapefruit, carrot, lime, and kiwi. Caramel malts try to lay down some sweetness to compete. Earthy toast to the grain. Killer DIPA. 4.5

Bristly and gripping. Warm with booze. Nice spritz. 3.5

Enormous flavor and arresting hoppiness. Oskar Blues nailed it down. 4.5

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Photo of danieelol
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours orange. Great head/lacing.

Nose is a slightly reserved pine. Think spicy Thai food.

Taste is a spicy hop bomb. Little bit of malt sweetness barely keeps it in balance. Big IPA here.

Mouthfeel is spicy- some malt FLAVOUR but no actual sweetness from it. Perhaps some creamy honeycomb.

Taste is a bit more spicy and even savoury, Summit-esque.

With the claimed 8% but a single IPA classification; this one's really in no man's land. I'd say the dry finish pushes it a little closer to single IPA and justifies the classification. Really interesting, spicy IPA.

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Photo of Fieldzy27
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can, looks good in my pint glass with a rich tangerine color. Head is slightly off white with tiny bubbles and dense foam. Leaves sheets of lace as it falls.

Smell is full of juicy citrus hop aromas with hints of grassy notes. Smells like a good hop profile here, although could be a bit more assertive.

The taste is where this beer confuses me. It tastes amazing , as dales pales is one of my favorite beers I assumed I would like this one. But I feel they traded a hop forward pale for a hop subdued IPA. Hops are there and present in the flavor, but I would say the malt backbone is very prominent and the bitterness and citusy orange and lemon notes don't strike til the end. So nothing bad here but if your going to turn one of your flagships names into a "bigger beer" I would like to see it shine the way the base beer did.

Feel is luxurious and full. Very well done with perfect body.(without being heavy)

Overall good beer for a beer. Good beer for oskar blues, but I'm accustomed to them making amazing beer.

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Photo of DanE
4.26/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can poured into a tulip. Can date is 5/23/2012 (Yeah!) Pack it in, pack it out!

Another delicious offering from the trusty Oskar Blues. If you like malty, yet juicy west coast-type IPAs, this is for you. Full guarantee. I was a big time lover of G'Knight, but this beer might take its place.

A: From the can it pours a hazy, red amber. More amber then red, especially relative to G'Knight. A good 1/2" head lasts several minutes. The lacing is moderate. Over time it forms tiger strips around the glass. Point: This beer would make a baby salivate.

S: To me, it smelled like a pineapple flavored cotton candy at first. Over time the malt takes over but the pineapple persists. My smell isn't great, but there maybe some stone fruit in there too.

T: Delicious. Like other great Oskar beers you get a great balance of malt and hops. They have this down to a science. Diverse malt profile, diverse hop profile. All in all, this beer is delicious.

M: The carbonation cuts the sweetness very nicely. This is an easy tall boy to drink.

O: Stop reading and go buy it. Regularly.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
4.26/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: caramel/light amber color. big tannish head that leaves a nice spotty lacing

Smell: heavy citrus, toasty breads. a mix between sweet malts and resiny hops.

Taste: Resiny citrus hops. Toast and sweet malts are strong as well. alcohol fills in a bit. very well balanced and more bitter than sweet

Mouthfeel: fairly creamy. lots of lingering bitter.

Overall: a great hoppy red. I think this one was a little old but it was just as good as i when i had it a few months back when it was fresher.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.26/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Huh... what a well-made, if not unique, IPA from Oskar Blues. I mean, being a malt fanatic, they really allowed a bold yet smooth, plump yet balanced malt body and flavor to stand up against and compliment the requisite citrus-bomb hops.

A: orange and mostly clear, tall off-white (vaguely canary-tinged) head rises high on the pour, coats the glass with broad, sticky bands of lace

S: pungent-spicy citrus-y hops, mellow cookie-ish malt, sub-medium perfumy alcohol... pleasant, but generic

T: surprising showing of wafer-y malt surging up and settling quietly on the palate after each smack of orange/lemon-lime hops - really the fruit flavor is great and distinguishable like that... the bitterness has the proper force (backed by the push of warm booze) yet its bite is only a threat.... if the individual flavors weren't so generic for the style, the taste would be amazing considering how expertly they rendered the ingredients and process

M: again, great balance between its smooth, dextrinous yet swift body and the mellow bite of the hops - it all rolls over the tongue before disappearing 3/4 through.... alcohol certainly factors in - superb comforting warmth without any ounce of bite or burn

O: well done OB! I'll be open to having it again when I'm craving the hops

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Photo of sommersb
4.26/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tasted On: 03-23-2014
Freshness: Canned on 02-18-2014
Packaging: 16 oz. can
Glassware: Nonic pint
Purchased: 4-pack from Frugal MacDoogal, Nashville

A: Attractive beer that is clear and copper-colored. The head is huge and leaves behind an excellent web of lace and has very good retention.

S: The floral and citrus hop aromas make this a wonderful beer to smell.

T: Bitter taste up front from citrus/grapefruit hop flavors, with enough malt in the background to keep things somewhat in check. Also get some alcohol warming.

M: Full-bodied and medium in carbonation, the mouthfeel seems spot-on. Bitter resins make up the aftertaste, but the fruitiness helps take off the edge.

O: Overall a really well-executed high gravity IPA.

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Photo of andrewinski1
4.26/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a wine glass. The color is blood orange with some haziness. There is a bit of a white head on top.

There is a huge hop aroma, with lots of spicy hops blending in with pine.

The taste is loaded with spicy hop flavor, offering a slight biscuity undercurrent. There is a bit of caramel sweetness towards the finish just to remind us there is malt used in this hop nectar.

This is medium bodied but drinks really well; this is refreshing. I am loving this one!

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours from the can a slightly cloudy copper with a creamy, off-white head that leaves sticky lacing behind.
The aroma is very nice. Grapefruit and pine with some candied fruit and a touch of caramel.
So tasty. Grapefruit and pine mingled with some candied fruit sweetness and a hint of caramel gives way to a pleasantly piney and bitter finish. A touch of boozy warmth as well. It all works together nicely.
Mouthfeel is medium and smooth.
Tastefully balanced, really not "Deviant" at all.

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Photo of damndirtyape
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16oz can (canned on 10/05/12) poured into a milkshake pilsner glass.

Appearance: Clear and bright copper-amber. Rocky persistent head, quite thick upon initial pouring, but at least 1/8" thick the whole way down the glass. Lots of lacing all over the place. Great looking beer.

Smell: Pine, grapefruit citrus, tropical fruits. Hoppy hoppy hoppy.

Taste: Resinous, grapefruit, mangos, other tropical fruits throughout. There is some malt sweetness under it all, but you cannot pull out what malt it is under all those hops. Let's just say it does a good job balancing against the hops. Bitter finish, with some lingering but not too long.

Mouthfeel: Nicely thick, smooth, but quite sticky on the teeth. Just right carbonation to counter those hop oils - they stick on the teeth, but they're not there all night.

Overall / Drinkability: Quite nice - very impressive and very hoppy, but not so bitter that it smacks you around and leaves you wanting to stop at one. This one is dangerous....I really want another but at 8% ABV I know better, and yet, it wouldn't take too much arm twisting for me to open another 16oz can at which point I know I'm doomed and laughing it off for the rest of the evening. So very drinkable. A great American IPA.

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Photo of infinitebruner
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

April 12, 2016

12 oz. can, tulip

A – Deep amber with high clarity, a touch of chill haze that clears. Huge, thick frothy off-white head that lasts forever.

S – Spicy mango, papaya, light pine and resin. Rich bread crust and a bit of caramel.

T – Very similar to the aroma, with stronger resin notes and papaya, spicy on the back end. Backbones of sweet bread crust, and finishes with a blast of hop bitterness.

M – A lot of malt sweetness up front, with moderate-full body, but strong hop flavor and bitterness balances it well. Carbonation is moderate to moderate-low.

O – Just an excellent DIPA, tons of aroma and flavor.

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Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had the privilege of drinking this beauty out of an unlabeled can with one of the brewers. It will soon be released to the general public in cans (with a proper label).

The beer pours a nice golden color with a wonderful head.

The aroma of floral hops leaps out of the glass and greats the drinker. It hints at the wonderful hop profile of the beer and that first sip that will soon be had.

The beer is excellently balanced. It is not to sweet and not too bitter. You can hardly taste the alcohol. The finish it just bitter enough to let you know that it is an IPA but the bitterness does not linger. It instead leaves your palate drawing you in for the next taste.

This was an excellent IPA and I would recommend it to anyone that loves this style.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16 oz can, date of 3-20-12 on the bottom. less than a month old, pretty fresh. Love the Widespread Panic lyric reference around the top of the can!

appears a bright clear orange rust color, with 1/2" off-white head. great lacing. nice pleasant strong hop aroma. piney, earthy, citrus. very tasty hop flavors, with enough slightly sweet malt to provide good balance. medium body & carbonation. fairly smooth, a bit sticky.

overall - easy drinking, very tasty. hard to put down.

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Photo of TVolt1
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Great clear amber color with small amount of white head and small amount of lacing.

S:MM Love this smell! Great cascade smelling citrus hops. Smells like it was quadrupel hopped with citrus hops and that there is pellets floating in the beer! Just my type!

T: Great taste of citrus hops, grapfruit and oranges. Almost a little too much of a bittery finish but all in all, good taste.

M: Mouthfeel is light to medium and moderately carbonated.

O: Overall, this is a good beer. Maybe a little too heavy on the hops - never thought I'd say that by the way.

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Photo of Lothore
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours an cloudy, deep orangey hue with an off white head that fades quickly.

S- Deep malty notes, wheat, caramel, pine.

T- Huge malt up front with a grapefruit like bitterness on the back end. Bitterness lingers on the tongue.

M- Thick and resiny with medium carbonation.

D- This is a huge beer that coats the tongue and stays there. Not an everyday drinker but I enjoyed it.

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Photo of doughanson78
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can poured into a pint glass.

A: Medium copper color with a very slight haze. One finger slightly off white head with amazing retention and super sticky lacing.

S: Awesome citrus upfront with pineapple leading the way, mango and tangerine mixing nicely. Grapefruit is non existent, just how I like my IPA's to smell. Touches of sweet caramel make this an amazing smelling beer.

T: Sweet caramel upfront and throughout the finish of this one. Pineapple citrus with hints of mango, tangerines, and grapefruit. Light touches of floral hops also. Bitterness is very light tho. I'd definitely like more kick to this one.

M: Medium light body. Medium carbonation. Damn creamy. Far from a dry finish.

O: It's a good beer and bordering on very good. Drinkable for 8%. But at the price point for a 16oz can? Don't know if I'll grab this one again.

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Photo of fields336
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pint can in SNS dated 5/23

A: Auburn to ruby red, light toffee-caramel head on top, 2 fingers. fairly opaque, nice carb awesome lacing

S: huge pineapple, then grapefruit, pine, peach, mango, lemon zest, sweet caramel malt, delicious

T: Wave after wave of pineapple, peach, mango, citrus, pine, then a huge hit of bitterness and then a sweet caramel malt and that "dales" taste to soothe that away. wow.

M: Medium bodied, right for the style, so freakin drinkable though for 8%.

O: So glad I pulled the trigger on this, if I see this again, I'll be buying it again

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Photo of Dsimenson
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 16 oz can into a champaign flute. The ale has a lovely honey-golden color and an amazing turbid yeasty appearance. Nice head, good lacing. The aroma is deep, rich, and complex, hops, yeast, malt. The flavor is an amazing in-your-face complex mix of hops, malt, pine and grain. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy. This is an outstanding IPA, one of my all-time favorites.

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Photo of russpowell
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up in NC, pricey at $ 14+ a four pack (16ozers). Canned 04-05-2012

Pours an effervescent amber with 3+ fingers of cream colored head. Great head retention & lacing

S: Pineapple, tangerine & pine, breadyness

T: Much breadyness, pine & leafy hops up front, along with grapefruit. Leafy hops mix with slight caramel sweetness tangerine peel & grapefruit as this warms, some boozeyness & dryness. Finishes with much grapefruit pith, caramel sweetness, some booze & pine

MF: Chewy, slight carbonation up front, nicely balanced

A well put together DIPA, but not very cheap. Would buy again if in the right mood

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Photo of estlinska
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bought at Highland Liquor Store in Birmingham in May 2012. Poured into a shaker a deep copper color like a brand new penny that allowed lot of lustrous light through rather easily. Topped with 3cm or so of big, frothy, white head that laced the glass very nicely. The smell was very resinous like hemp oil and a freshly cut grapefruit. Taste was very bitter, full of pine hops and oily grapefruit and maybe sour apple as well. Finishes long and bitter, and the alcohol definitely sneaks through. Very good beer overall. I think they're onto something with these IPAs in the can.

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Photo of AmitC
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16 oz can into a snifter.

A very thick over two fingers thick tan colored head with excellent retention. Super awesome lacing left by the head. Very sticky. Amber color with some haze. Very calm and without any bubbles. Translucent.

Aroma is good to strong in strength. Fills the nose from some distance. Earthy and ground hops notes. Some herbal and citrus flavors as well. A nice mix of malt and hoppy smell. A little bit of flower here and there. No booze. Strength fades away slightly.

Taste is extremely well mixed up. The hops flavors are lasting, mix and display really well intertwined with malt. Moderate grapefruit, very slight resin touch. Bitter malty upfront, similar middle and bitter towards the end. Finish is moderately bitter.

Mouth feel is medium bodied. Low on carbonation. Well balanced with the necessary tilt towards the hops. No astringency for an IPA. Decent alcohol warmth that is just enough.

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Deviant Dale's IPA from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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