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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 Duff27
3.38/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Magnificent looking. Near two inch of white head on a ruby red body. Great head retention,

S- Tropical dankish fruits. Mango, maybe some pineapple.

T- Over-the-top "earthy herbal pine rind." Wow. Unmistakable hop presence. Low alcohol detected if only because the hops.

M- Medium mouthfeel, smooth carbonation.

D/O- Very low drinkability. I guess in a crowded field this one sticks out, if nothing else. Would not seek out any more but would drink again down the road. Not for the faint of heart.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Well if you want an IPA with a bit, here ya go. This is super hoppy with a great aroma, which if it had a bit more malt would get a 5.

The hop profile here seems to me to be more dominated by a pine/grass characteristic, less so with citrus/grapefruit...although this is present, too. This is an aggressive beer. It wants to bite you tongue, like a kinky prom date who hasn't been French-kissed since her dad taught her.

Leave dry. Malt really doesn't stand a chance, although this one isn't as resin-y as some DIPAs. It's clean. neat. Goes down quickly, which opposes that prom date.

Good beer for hop heads

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
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 LiquidAmber
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium coppery amber with a healthy three finger light brown head with good retention and great lacing. Looks nice. Great aroma of pineapple and citrus hops, light fruit. A mild hop body supports the complexly flavored dominant hops. Strong pineapple, pine, citrus and other tropical fruit flavors. Creamy body adds to the overall positive impression. This is well integrated and balanced with great aroma and interesting flavors. A great IPA.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can canned on 3-20-12, consumed 3-30-12.

The beer pours an orange-copper color with a medium-sized white head. The aroma is full of resinous pine with a little bit of orange citrus and a little bit of bread mixed in. The flavor is more of the same. I get a ton of dank resinous notes, as well as some orange and some strong pine notes. There is a little bit of bread and toffee, but this one is all about the hops. Medium bitterness. Medium to full mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of aasher
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This can was courtesy of TallPaul07, thanks Paul!

This beer pours a light bodied dark gold in color with a white, soapy two finger head. Tense is very balanced. It's a little piney with smooth and slightly sweet amber malts. The nose says that this one will be approachable. The flavors are dry and piny with a moderate hoppiness. There is also a nice level of sweet malt which cancels out any bitterness. I like it. The 8% isn't anywhere to be seen. It drinks light in body and very smooth. It's perfectly built for a can. This was a nice DIPA and is worth trying. It's nothing crazy but solid all around.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz. Can
Canned On: 05/26/15

Pours a very nice slightly cloudy dark golden amber color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice one-finger plus thick/creamy off-white head, which leaves some very nice thick sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, nice little malt note, with some nice citrus, and slight pine note. The taste is very nice, hoppy, with a nice malt note, very nice citrus, and pine notes, slight sweetness. Medium body, slightly chewy, nice dry/bitter finish, ABV is hidden pretty well. Overall, this is a very nice brew for the ABV. Recommended!

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Photo of tone77
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a beige color with a 1 inch head. Smell is citrus and very hoppy. Taste is hops up front, very bitter, citrus kicking in later, more bitterness, alcohol is well hidden. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall should satisfy any hop head.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
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 Gueuzedude
3.86/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Can date February 2012; Sampled April 2012
A solid pour into my Lost Abbey Teku glass produces a three finger thick, nicely tan head. The beer is a brilliantly clear, concentrated copper color with red highlights that shows bright, almost metallic sheened, copper hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells nicely dank with lots of pine, and herbaceous character, including a touch of chive character; this is backed by a tropical fruit character laden with lychee, kumquat and pineapple, but the dank herbal character is definitely the dominant note in the nose. While the aroma is aggressively hoppy, it is not over-the top hoppy as hints of cracker and biscuit like malt are just perceptible.

My first sip is bitingly bitter from the start through to the finish. The beer gets more herbal as it flows across my tongue and the finish has a lingering pine and perhaps hemp-like astringency and flavor to it. The body has some heft to it, it rests on the palate with some viscousnous, though it isn’t overly heavy. Bitter flowers, menthol, some garlic chive notes, a dense pine tar character, lots of dank dirty “hemp” notes, and softer notes of lychee, pineapple, and perhaps some kumquat form the dominant character in the flavor. There is just a touch of malt character noticeable underneath the hop onslaught, with touches of cracker like grain and perhaps a hint of biscuit like malt.

This is a little more dank and herbal / pine focused than I prefer in a hop bomb (I prefer them to be fruit-hop balanced), but this will definitely hit the spot for the hop heads out there (including me). If you are particularly sensitive to the chive / garlic / onion note found in some hops, then this may not be the beer for you; it doesn’t have too much of that character though, as I am able to enjoy it. It is likely that the aroma has dropped off a bit in the month and a half since this has been bottled, but the flavor is still scathingly hoppy.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oskar Blues : Deviant Dales

Pours a deep copper color, soapy head leaves plenty of lacing. Aroma of pine, herbs, citrus and tropical fruit. In the taste, very citrusy, with some pineapple and citrus flavors working well together. Alcohol has a presence but not too overbearing. Malt body gives off a caramel and toffee like flavor. Still, very hoppy like most double ipas, I can see why this won a medal (gold?) at the GABF this year. Very solid IPA with great flavor.

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Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger frothy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured balmy piney hops atop a full caramel.

The taste consisted of a bready sweet crystal malts that supported the weight and girth of the resinous sticky piney hop load.

The mouthfeel was full with a strong residual hop bitterness.

Overall a tasty full bodied hop forward experience.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.11/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pounder can picked up tonight at Brewforia on the way home from work. Paid a pricey $4.50ish... but oh well... new to me brew.

Poured into my HotD goblet.... 2 finger light khaki head... nice retention and lacing... the brew is polished orange.

Citrus hops and a bit of tropical fruit hoppiness seem weighed down by toasty maltiness... nothing special.

Flavor is also overwhelmed by toasty malt notes... still plenty of citrus hoppy goodness, but the malt is too much for a DIPA... bready maltiness dominates... and then a lingering bitterness tries to balance on the finish.

Given the malt on the palate, I am surprised that the body isn't overly heavy... carbonation seems about right, but more bubble would make this jump a bit more.

I highly doubt I will ever buy this one again unless I can score it on tap at Bitter Creek or The Front Door... Pretty puny across the board.


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Photo of yourefragile
3.35/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

16 oz can served alongside Resin and Palate Wrecker.

Pours a dark golden orange with a retentive fluffy white head; ample lacing. Very nice aroma with strong punch of citrus and tropical fruit hops, very fresh and juicy with minimal malt presence. Flavor falls on its face with an overly bitter body, boozy finish and strong malt backbone. Blech. Well carbonated, medium body with a hot finish. Started off well from the nose, but fell apart quickly.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz. tallboy can,

A: Pours a clear amber with a frothy large white head, lots of sticky lacing.

S: Heavy notes of melon rind and kumquat. White grapefruit pith as well. Lots of dry citrus.

T: Pink grapefruit and pine, heavy conifer component. Big citrus zest as well. Very distinct flavour.

M: Full-bodied, has a big lush feel too it. Lightly alcoholic at the finish, some ending sweetness.

O: A solid DIPA, the price is actually very good in comparison to what is out there. Citrus rind for days, if you like that, you'll love this beer. For me, it's not my favourite hop profile, but it's certainly another enjoyable effort from Oskar Blues. It's a beer that grew on me quite a bit as I finished the pint.

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Photo of flagmantho
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 16oz can into a pint glass.

Appearance: lightly hazy golden hue with a light effervescence and a touch of haze. Head is two fingers of frothy ivory foam. Not bad!

Smell: rich aroma of citrusy hops with additional light notes of funk and resin. A nice blend reminiscent of a West Coast DIPA.

Taste: big, sweet malt with plenty of bitterness on the back end. Hops are citrusy and slightly funky: a good blend for this style. Maybe not completely original, but I like it.

Mouthfeel: medium to medium-thick body with a good creaminess despite the low level of effervescence. Good!

Overall: this is a tasty DIPA that I would gladly drink again. Perhaps not 100% original in concept, but well executed and flavorful.

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Photo of tobelerone
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I may have enjoyed this one more from the can than on draft. Normally I really love IPAs on tap, as they have an increased creaminess to the mouthfeel but this one just tasted fresher and felt crisper. It’s a nearly clear copper colored beer with a small off white head that settles down slowly, leaving good lacing on the glass. Aroma is powerfully hoppy, dank, resinous, lots of pine and grapefruit, subtle onion underneath.

Hop bomb flavor oozing resins, totally dank, piney, citric, more onion and garlic than in the nose. Almost no sweetness at all, very minimal maltiness, just totally hop forward and unapologetic. For the experienced IPA/DIPA drinker, to be sure. Shared a few with some friends who like craft but aren’t certified hopheads and there were definitely some raised eyebrows.

Body is medium thin, moderate carbonation, good stickiness, long and lingering bitter aftertaste. This is a top notch DIPA for those who prefer minimal sweetness and a big old punch in the face of hops.

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Photo of John_M
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a golden copper amber color with good head retention and lots of sticky lacing. The nose is prototypical (somewhat malty) DIPA, with considerable citrus, tropical fruit and pine. The mango and pineapple really come on strong in this one, as does the pine. The flavor profile is more of the same, though I'm a bit dismayed by the noticeable alcohol on the finish in this one. The flavor profile is actually pretty attractive, and I like the amount of bitterness I'm getting, but the all too noticeable alcohol is a definite detraction. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, with a long, bitter, fairly hot finish.

While this beer isn't terrible, I just thought the alcohol was way too noticeable, especially for a beer with only 8% abv.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From can stamped: Canned On 01/15/13-09:05. Sampled on February 23, 2013 so my can is only about 5 weeks old.

It pours copper amber with a long lasting, soft, off-white head. Very nice clarity.

The aroma is floral and earthy and very fragrant. Caramel malts and sweetness are there but played down a little.

The body is about medium and more creamy than acidic.

Lots of flavor in the profile with an upfront caramel sweetness that quickly evolves into a moderately hopped finale that lingers dryly for a moment and then mellows out. Really nice IPA. I could drink this one frequently.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.1/5  rDev -22.9%
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 dar482
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours in a dark amber orange color with a fluffy head.

The aroma has dank pine, orange, grapefruit citrus with some sweet caramel malt.

The flavor follows with that grapefruit and orange in the front, onto a sweet caramel malt that gives the beer a nice body. Lots of sweetness in there and well balanced. A big dank pine, earthy bitterness on the finish.

Reminds me a bit of Sixpoint Resin.

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Photo of corby112
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy, dark golden copper color with bright orange edges and a one finger white head that quickly settles into a lasting ring.  Streaks of soapy lacing left behind.  

Earthy, grassy aroma that's countered by sweetness from citrus/tropical fruit and caramel malt.  Resinous with some grassy pine along with grapefruit, orange peel and pineapple.  Malt is more prominent than expected but adds sweet hints of caramel and toffee.

On the fuller end of medium bodied with a complex hop character balanced by malt sweetness.  Blast of earthy hops up front that provide a nice dry bitterness that is quickly checked by citrus and tropical fruit sweetness.  Hints of grapefruit, orange peel and mango with caramel malt, toffee and subtle nutiness adding sweetness for balance.  Subtle biscuit/graham cracker presence with a dry finish.  Well balanced and easy drinking but the hops still dominate.

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Photo of JohnParadee
4.58/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Wow, a nice surprise out of the can. Opaque golden orange appearance in the glass, albeit minimal head and quickly dissipating lacing, notwithstanding ample tiny bubbles. Great smell of pine, grapefruit, pineapple resin on the nose. Very sweet, floral, tropical, orange zest fruit on the front end if the palate, with smooth and evenly balanced malt nuance throughout the finish. Reminds me a little of Ballast Point Sculpin, which I really like. Similar profiles. Will gladly buy this one many times over. An excellent top tier DIPA, in my book.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a seethru auburn brown/copper with one finer offwhite head that left a lace ring down glass whole time. Piney and grapelike hop aroma dominates my nose and the same can be said for the tongue. Hop bomb that balances itself with a little sticky malt sweetness so it's not nuking my tastebuds. Chewey medium bodied beer that is a sipper for sure as the hops and alcohol give off a biting finish in a good way.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.72/5  rDev -7.5%
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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Deviant Dale's IPA from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
4.02 out of 5 based on 3,359 ratings.
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