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 Rhettroactive
3.72/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From 16oz tallboy to Bruges hybrid glass on 4/19/12
*From notes

-- Canned on 4/5/12 --

A: Clean reddish-amber. A standard pour yields a 1.75 finger white head. Suitable lacing and collar follow.

S: The highlight of the beer. Like a stick of Juicy Fruit chewing gum. Lots of tropical fruit and juicy hops run rampant in my nostrils.

T: Fairly intense stuff for the ABV and IBU's. There's a robust malt profile that is decimated by the onion-like hop profile. This lingers in the mouth from the mid to the finish, and sticks in the crevices of my mouth long after my last sip. A bit vegetal on the finish. The beer as a whole is very green and slightly astringent. As it warms, more of an acidic fruit quality shows itself.

M: Damn is this some thick shit. Extremely dense and insanely creamy. Not many hopped up brews can match the body that this beer is packin'.

O: Not the beer I was so eagerly looking forward to. Not a bad beer, just not a beer that I could have again and again. I really thought I'd be opening a can of a new go-to hop fix. Instead, I opened it up and found liquid onion.

Having sampled this a few times since, I can say that I've grown a bit more fond of Deviant Dale's. I think my hopes were too high, and that what I wanted this beer to be vs. what it actually is affected my score. Therefore I'm bumping it a bit, and hoping that with time, Oskar Blues may tweek this a bit, and turn it into what could be a mighty fine double hop bomb.

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Photo of rlee1390
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Clear amber orange, not much carbonation, one finger head with some lacing

S-Lots of citrus and floral hops.

T-Starts grassy with pine and dirt, some citrus creeps in, decent bitterness.

M-Medium bodied, some carbonation, nice and smooth.

O-A solid DIPA, I didn't get as much bitterness as I'd hoped though.

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Photo of JTSbeerislife
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can, (canned 3/20/12), poured into a British Imp Nonic

Pours a medium large, frothy, ¾” head, off white color, which has good longevity and fairly good lace, thin but there.
The color is deep amber, classic looking IPA

The aroma hits you with very distinct, piney, resiny, (dry hopped?) hoppy smell, followed by medium distinct and rich malt, with a distinct, dark, roasted character. Very faint hint of (soap?), is this even possible? Maybe I am just having an olfactory hallucination?
That being said this ale has a very powerful hop character, very piney, West Coast. Wow!

Crisp, distinct, bitter entry on the palate of powerful hops, pine and resin, spicy, with nuances of lemon, followed by medium rich, dark, malts, roasted, caramel. The malt while quite distinct is buried by the powerful hops. Thank you very much. Full bodied with a fine medium carbonation and light, off dry sweetness.

Very long, bitter, piney hop dominated finish with the malt taking a back seat again. The hop oils linger forever and coat your mouth with a wonderful bitterness.

This was an exceptionally enjoyable ale. Delicious and powerful hop profile.
Perhaps not the most refined ale, but you have to admire pure muscle of this baby. Wow!
Highly recommended for extreme hop heads.

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Photo of Pahn
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16oz can into Duvel tulip. Didn't check for canned on date (the beer just came out).

Appearance: Free pour yields a 2 inch fizzy, rocky offwhite head that leaves a couple swatches of lacing. Pours an almost clear light copper orange. No lacing to speak of.

Smell: Tropical fruit, with a lemon and orange citrus undercurrent. Much further in the background, pungent hops.

The fruit juice character of the nose is very nice, but I want profound, pungent hops from my hot shot DIPAs. Still gets a 4.0 since the fruit notes are pretty great, and the overall balance is good as well.

Taste: Whoa, there's the dank, pungent, Summit hop hit I wanted from the aroma. Powerful dank weed and melon hops, with a mild burnt toast malt backbone (somewhat high malt sweetness as well, but nowhere near, say, 90 Minute IPA sweet). Notably low bitterness. Subtle citrus flavor accenting the oniony, funky Summit.

Tastes like 1 part Dale's Pale Ale, 2 parts GUBNA, but less bitter. Honestly, I think it's a great combo, and the flavors are really well integrated. Could stand to have more bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy. Low side of moderate carbonation. Slight dryness. Really nice, and a good vehicle for that dominant, marijuana-esque hop flavor.

Overall: I thought that GUBNA with some tropical fruit and citrus would be the best DIPA I'd ever have, but I was wrong. Regardless, Deviant Dale's *does* fix the problems of GUBNA (more palatable fruit flavors to balance the onion/garlic assault from just using Summit hops), and it nails "turn Dale's Pale Ale, with it's fruit juice melange of hops and high sweetness, into an IPA."

A good DIPA, maybe even a great one. Something lacking though... I think it needs to be dryer, and perhaps some more umph to the fruit flavors (they help, but they're also a little afterthought-y). Will buy again though if this becomes year round or more available.

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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 Dmann
3.48/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A pretty good beer but not my favorite type of IPA. Nice pour with a inviting dark amber color with a nice off white head. Smell was pretty malty and dark with less hops than I was expecting. Taste had a musty malty flavor that was a bit off putting before the hops kicked in and saved the day, but still a bit too much malt for my taste. mouthfeel was thick and not too inviting. Overall a decent IPA but not one I'd rush out to get again.

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Photo of BigCheese
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pint Can, Almost exactly 1 month old.

A: Pours a beatiful copper/amber/rust, clear, with thin, slightly tan head. Small head, but i'm not good at can pours. Head dissipates, but leaves big rings. Looks like a red ale kinda.

S: Grapefruit/pineapple, west coast, some caramel. No real pine or floral. A bit faint for a DIPA. After settling more molasses/malts come through. Perhaps fresher would have better smell.

T: Sour grapefruit up front, very tropical citrus, some lemonade, with a solid caramel/molasses malty backbone, actually pretty balanced with big flavors, a light hint of peppery spice, finally at the end the hop oils return, quite bitter piney finish, hint of booze, slightly earthy/grassy too. Leaves palate dry.

M: A tad light on carbonation, very smooth, creamy, coats mouth with hop oils. Medium/full weight. Really nice actually.

O: More of an Imperial Red than an 1.5 IPA or whatever you want to consider it. Hop flavors are big, but the lot of maltiness and spice too. Would prefer slightly bigger hop flavors/extraction, but it is well balanced, not a DIPA hop fix though. More for beer drinkers, not hop heads. Worth trying, a bit overpriced IMO.

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Photo of fmccormi
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straight pour from 16oz can to a large Hill Farmstead stem, for the hell of it as much as anything else. Canning date of March 16, 2012 printed in black ink on the underside of the can (“CANNED ON 03-16-12@10:37 THIS IS BAT COUNTRY”). Oh Oskar Blues, so quirky.

Appearance (4.0): Body is a clear copper-golden color, capped with a rather dense, two-finger head the color of custard. Some moderate lacing all around, very lovely.

Smell (4.0): Mix of bright citrus and aromatic botanicals coming out of this, like fresh orange juice with some lemongrass, gin, and a bit of lavender mixed in there. Bit of a sharp grapefruit punch in the front, too. Very nice smelling-beer, though it can come off as vegetal if you’re in the wrong mindset. Me, I prefer botanicals and gin.

Taste (4.0): Hop bite attacks right away, offering a nice, sharp, herbal / citrus peel astringency that never crosses the line to “medicinal.” Does have a vegetal side, but it’s blurred by a moderately boozy character that masks it a bit. The malt body is somewhat sweet, but has a very strong toasted character that keeps it from being cloying. Like . . . toasted bread with little bit of caramel spread on it. Neutral yeast note, appropriate to the style. The finish is very, very long, and mainly herbal / grassy. This is good, very hoppy but still relatively balanced.

Mouthfeel (4.0): The carbonation is a little understated at first, but finishes surprisingly aggressively; meanwhile, the body is slightly syrupy, and medium- to full-bodied. Nice.

Overall (4.0): Fours across the board, man. This is a solid DIPA that doesn’t necessarily bring anything new to the field but doesn’t disappoint in anyway, also. The only thing I will say is that if you are sensitive to vegetal / onion-garlic notes in your hop profile, this beer may not be for you. Still, a very solid brew, though it could be a little less expensive. Ah well, c’est la vie, right? Glad to have tried.

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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 BeerisfoodLLC
4.62/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another winner from Oskar Blues. Poured from a 16oz tall boy can to a goblet:

A: Reddish orange coloring, very clear, thick head

S: Citrus hops hit the nose right awy.

T: Well balanced IPA. Citrus flavors from the hops balanced well with a strong malt backbone.

M: Medium bodied, well carbonated. Very smooth.

Awesome IPA, very smooth but hits a little hard. At 8% it is closer to an imperial. This will be a staple for me.

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Photo of CraftBeerTastic
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
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 HopHead84
3.1/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5


This was canned on 3/30/2012 making it under 3 weeks old. Snifter.

A: Dark orange with perfect clarity. A hard pour yields two fingers of frothy beige sea foam. The beer exhibits very good retention and a leaves thick sheet of lacing in its wake.

S: Strong floral aromatics meld with bright orange and grapefruit. Resinous pine notes accompany caramel. Vibrant guava and mango characteristics emanate from the glass. There's just a dash of onion. This smells great.

T: Bitter orange pith and grapefruit rind. The citrus profile brings a lot of unripened grapefruit, tangerine, and orange flesh to the bonterfest. There's a surprisingly strong level of booze flavor for 8% ABV. Combine that with the unripened citrus theme and you get a less than stellar flavor. This has a solid malt foundation that contributes some sweetness as well as bread and caramel. The finish leaves a long lasting acrid orange pith bitterness waltzing with the booze already on my tongue.

M: Medium in body with a level of carbonation that's lower than I expected from the appearance. I'd put it at an upper low level. The mouthfeel is sticky and a touch watery thin.

Overall: The beer possesses an admirable aroma but I found the flavor not only lacking, but also somewhat unpleasant. Think of brushing your teeth and then drinking a glass of orange juice.

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Photo of Steasy66
3/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

16oz can into imperial pint glass

A Burnt straw with 1 finger off white head
S Very floral hops, not much else
T Fruity and citrus hops, very sweet, too sweet for my taste, not balanced well by the bitterness.
M Very thick, very little carb
O I love me a sweet DIPA, but this is overboard, the sweetness is almost sugary, not much malt flavor, not good bitterness to balance things out

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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 jondeelee
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deviant Dale's opens with a brilliantly hoppy nose, ripe with pink grapefruits, lemon and lime zest, rose hips, mint, pepper, and touches of pine. The variance in these aromas speaks to a well-crafted brew, and their potency is in the ideal area of enticing and intoxicating, but not burn-your-nose-hairs overwhelming. A good sugary base, bringing in layers of orange, apricot, berry, and mango fruit esters, helps balance the hoppy citrus bite, and a bed of light toast crust and biscuit provides a grounding effect. Because of the heavy citrus/sugar load, and the comparatively light barley aromas, the beer does smell somewhat like a fruity spritzer or soft drink--think Sprite, but with more pizazz--but is still good.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a massive, bitter hop slam that is completely unexpected, given the nose's easygoing nature. Here, the hops turn to the dark side, bringing heavy doses of dandelion stem, pine sap, grapefruit rind, rose hips, eucalyptus, and peppery mint. The hops are heavy enough that it's somewhat difficult to locate other flavors beneath them, but some orange liqueur, apricot, and toast crust do still emerge. But by quite a large margin--perhaps 80% or more--the flavors in here are hops, hops, and more hops, lasting even into the aftertaste, which for a good ten to twenty seconds is a dead-on and hardly-ebbing continuation of the bitter slam found in the main mouthful, and continues to burn at the tongue for well over a minute. This beer is definitely not for the faint of heart, nor is it for anyone not already largely comfortable with double IPAs. There is also a medium-strong alcohol burn in here, coming across like vodka vapors, and adding to the beer's gnawing at the soft palate. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium, though it feels stronger, thanks to the hops.

Overall, this is an excellent IPA, though it should be noted again that the strength of the hops is not going to appeal to the novice, or perhaps even the intermediate drinker. It also says much that the hops are strong enough that, when the beer is consumed on an empty stomach, they can induce a slight belly burn, much like a liquor.

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Photo of Beaver13
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

16oz can. Pours golden copper with a big fluffy off-white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is piney, resiny, slightly catty Summit hops and Columbus with some caramel malt.

The flavor is bready caramel malts with a big piney, resiny bitterness that lingers in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, a very nice IPA. I've heard it described as a mix of Dale's and Gubna. It's definitely not as over the top Summit as Gubna.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.48/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Always nice to see a new product from Oskar Blues. Poured into a Dark Horse pint glass.

Deviant comes out the CAN with a vigorous push. The suds were a coming but I managed about an inch of creamy off white foam that left some spotches towards the top. The foam left after 5 minutes while the liquid is amber.

Smell is pretty piney and hoppy and smells like DD's is going to be on the bitter side. There is some apparent sweetness from the malting. Earthy hoppiness with some slight citrus, not entirely west coast, which it does not claim to be.

I am guessing this is a variation of the original dales with some variation. First sips were bitter and piney as hell which I liked. A nice earthy pine bite. Halfway through the malt kinda took over with a caramel twang with some candy apple. Fresh regular dales is the shit, and while this doubled version is a month old, the malts are taking hold, drink it up quick.

Feel is a bold medium with a slight syrupy feel. Reminds me of a lighter version of the sixpoint resin, yet Dales is smoother. It gets sweeter as time goes on, so drink it up quick. I like this, but i like regular dales better. Hopefully a fresher batch hits the market and I get tho try it again.

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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 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 psuKinger
4.58/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 ounce can, packaged on 3-20-2012 (about 27 days old), poured into my Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

A: Pours a dark murky orange color with a nice 1+ finger white head on top.

S: Grapefruit, pine, and cotton candy, all at a moderately strong volume.

T: Tons of flavors here. Grapefruit arrives first with much fanfare. Crashing in behind it comes a wave of strikingly sweet malts. I struggle for words to describe the sweetness. The "Cotton Candy" that I eluded to in the nose is the best I can come up with. It's sharp and poignent, though, and I always find it to be characteristic of Colorado in general and Oskar Blues in particular. Then, at the end, a touch of citrus and a blast of pine make there presence felt as well.

Everything about this beer is loud and assertive. There's nothing gentle here. This is the anti-pliney. The bitter/sour grapefruit is big. The sweetness is sharp. And the bitter pine is lasting.

M: Carbonation may be a touch low for my liking. The beer has a great heft to it, though. It's thick, viscous, and sticky in the mouth. And finishes dry, with lots of sticky, bitter-sweet flavors left behind on the finish.

D/O: Highly drinkable, and overall very enjoyable. My only (minor) criticism might be that as I worked my way through this 16-ounce can, the sweetness wore on me just a touch. That said, I'd gladly crack a 2nd can open immediately after polishing this one off.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz can poured into pint

Pours a copper color with some golden hues and a slight haze. Crop of white head leaves significant amounts of patchy lacing all over with some lingering wispy film.

Strong and piny in the nose with some herbal hints. Pungent hop aroma with resin and a dash of citrus peel. Hint of warming alcohol with a note of peppery spice.

Bitter and slightly abrasive up front with a blast of pine and sticky resin. Slightly floral and herbal with spicy notes. Lighter citrus lurks underneath with orange and grapefruit. Bready backbone is a bit understated amidst the crazy hop attack. Finishes bitter and strong with some alcohol warmth.

Medium body, decent carbonation, sticky, dry and lingering on the tongue. This is pretty tasty, although the flavors can be a bit extreme at points. I can see where people are getting the "onion" or "garlic" notions, but I don't really agree that it's the entire profile.

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Photo of drpimento
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very good, but not one of my favs from them. Served at a good temperature with a large, foamy, light tan to cream colored head that slowly settles and plenty of lace. Color is a clear orange honey ambewith a few bubble trails. Aroma is hops, malt, used leather, musty, and musky. Flavor's much like nose with hop bitterness really standing out, a little malt sweetness, some carbonic tang. Body is good and full but the bitterness makes it a bit rough, carbonation is good. Finish is like flavor and body and lasts a long time. Nice to try, but for me, one and done.

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Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can into a tulip glass. Canned on 3/30/12.

Pours a crystal clear copper, with a couple fingers of frothy off-white head. This retains with a ½ finger cap of sudsy foam, which throws up a good bit of sticky foamy lacing onto the sides of the glass. The aroma smells floral, herbal, piney, and spicy, with an underlying fruity combination of fresh grapefruit and then more sweet and ripe tropical notes. Firm feeling bready malts buffer the back of the nose from the hops.

The taste is quite strong and aggressive with the hops, with zesty grapefruit, resins, and spice that cut across the tongue and carry the whole way through to a fairly hard finish. Herbal textures and light tropical fruit character help soften the blow here a bit, while sweet caramel and dry biscuit flavors from the malts do their best to balance some of those assertive flavors out but they are barely keeping the overall intensity of this in check.The mouthfeel is medium bodied and sharp on the tongue, which then spreads out into a firm prickly creaminess that is undercut by a herbal slickness that helps keep this as smooth as it can be. That 8% ABV amplifies those hops and helps stick all of that pith, pine, and spice to the tongue with some strength.

If you like your DIPAs in more of the bold style, with lots of sharp bitterness, pine, and spiciness, then you’ll probably like this one. Personally, it really isn’t my thing (especially when the alcohol really amps things up like it does here) but I will say that things did start to balance and smooth out more as I neared the end of the glass and the freshness did help carry this through to the end for me. This wasn’t really quite what I was expecting out of this beer but I can respect it for what it is.

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Photo of CHickman
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy orange color with a massive 3 finger creamy light tan head that faded very slowly and left good foamy lacing and rings as it went down; a good looking IPA from a tallboy can.

Smells of citrus hops, grapefruit, papaya, orange peel, pineapple, caramel, light spices, piney hops, herbs, biscuit and lightly toasted grains; big blast of fruity citrus hops up front that is very sweet and almost smells wet hopped, then nice floral notes come through with more citrus and some cracker or sweet malts – nice balance in the nose.

Tastes of citrus hops, grapefruit, orange peel, mango, pineapple, lemon zest, floral hops, tea leaf, grass, caramel, lightly toasted grains, biscuit, herbs, pine cone/piney hops, light spices like pepper and coriander, brown sugar and a faint presence of a sweet alcohol like rum; this beer hides the ABV very well and the hop taste up front lets the malts and bready notes come through at the end right before the hop bitterness closes this out. The sweetness is held in check by the grains for an overall tasty and fairly complex IPA/DIPA.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, with average carbonation, a medium body that’s a little chewy and good drinkability; the malts give it an English IPA feel, but the hops make this an all American IPA.

Real nice taste, goes down easy (almost too easy), hides the ABV and most definitely worth trying out – another winner from Oskar Blues. Says IPA on the can, listed as a DIPA on BA, whatever…it’s a damn tasty beer so go drink one.

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Photo of Ego
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 full fingers of head, soapy white crater moonscape goodness, lazy bubbles commute birth and keep the head from collapsing, orange, almost glowing, hue, lacing and legs are on par for the style, nice.

been awhile since I sniffed a hop bomb like this, grapefruit mixed with pine and ocean freshness, pretty much a one trick pony, but if you love hops...

taste etc...
waiting... hmm, I thought this would be a real nut buster of a hop bomb, it isn't... is that a bad thing? I'm not sure yet... (sips)
floral, kind of juciy/fruity hops seriously like juicy fruit gum (with the gum flavor sweetness also), some bitterness is ther but very subdued. The ABV is worked in nicely. This sips nice and smooth, really easy. This really drinks like a slightly kicked up IPA not the sometimes hammer drop DIPAs produced by many breweries to show you they can kill you with hop-ness. The more I have of this the more I like it.

nice bitters linger but nothing mouth puckering, a very easy drinking DIPA that delivers in flavor and ABV.. so it is big but it fits in your mouth. (get your mind out of the gutter you whore)

music: HumanMeshDance - thesecretnumbertwelve

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Deviant Dale's IPA from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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