Deviant Dale's IPA | Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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Deviant Dale's IPADeviant Dale's IPA
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Deviant Dale's IPADeviant Dale's IPA

Brewed by:
Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Colorado, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Jason on 01-16-2011

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Photo of LukeD23
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dales big brother. drinking at Oscar blues restaurat done the road from the brewery

Pours a really hazy shined copper, with minimal head

The aroma is really dank with citrus and tropical fruits hiding in the background. A really neat arrangement of hops. Very west coast in feel, but still has a that solid balance of the Colorado ipas

Flavor is full of hops. It is almost like sucking on a hop cone, there is malt in the background but the hops are way upfront. I love this beer! I just asked and this beer was in the tank two weeks ago, which explains the huge hop flavor

Mouthfeel is full and pretty thick. Almost like a Sierra Nevada in mouthfeel, finishes dry but has a nice lingering dank hop flavor

Overall I can see why this beer wins medals. Over the top and really really hoppy.

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Photo of pbsmooth
5/5  rDev +24.4%

Photo of PhatAtUT
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of kkrez
5/5  rDev +24.4%

Photo of YourMomDrinksBud
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler to tulip.
A- Dark sunset orange. Two and a half finger head that slowly turned into a nice film. Extraordinary lacing all the way down.

S- Grapefruit, passion fruit, and mango dominate the nose. Can smell the alcohol, no malts detected.

T- Very similiar to the smell. Starts piny and bitter leading into some strong tropical fruits, Passion fruit and mango. The malts in the finish help balance it out, with notes fresh bread and tofee.

M- Pretty light for the style with a good amount of carbonation. Mouthfeel is slick. Heat from the alcohol is well masked making this a dangerous one.

O- A truly excellent beer. Similiar to Pliny IMO. It's hard to nit pick this beer, I just wish they would can this one!

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Photo of afksports
3.82/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Oskar Blues' hard to find IPA base off the Dale's Pale Ale name is One of those "close but no cigar" beers. In almost every sip I felt like it was one-dimensional. And yet it almost worked because it was so strong.

The appearance is great as it pours from the growler. A hazy copper hue works with an off white head, and it sticks all over the glass. Deviant Dale's IPA packs a hop forward aroma that literally attacked me out of the growler. Pine and grapefruit. Resin too. Tons of hops up front in the nose, and that's followed by an almost identical taste profile. It begins hugely biting and grapefruit hoppy, follows with hardly any malt in its medium body and not much else, then gets cloying and drying in the back. It's like an absolute pounding of the palate by unbalanced hops.

But... That's not for me. Personally, I don't want to be reaching for a glass of water halfway through a pour. While I can appreciate and respect the strength and the use of hops to give this a pretty good rating, I just personally can't get past how there's not much else going on.

Hopheads, enjoy.

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Photo of tbrown4
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at Max's in Baltimore last night. This and some other rare-to-the-area OB offerings were left over from an event the night before.

A - Hazy pale orange, foamy fine bubbled one-finger white head, some lacing, little head retained

S - Smells of tart citrus, not much else

T - Huge bitter citrus (grapefruit) up front. The middle seems to be lacking something, maybe whatever is there is covered up by the initial pucker. The finish is light, sweet and rewarding. Doesn't feel very balanced.

M - Medium in body

O - Seems ok. From what I understand this is a ramped up variation of Dale's Pale. For that, it delivers. It's got a more rich feel to it and the alcohol content is very well hidden. But, there are far better imperial IPAs out there. I'm not sure I'd go out of my way to seek this out again.

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Photo of TheDudeRules
2.43/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

From a growler to my pint glass.

Pours an amber orange with a massive amount of off white foam. Several fingers thick. Smells of slight citrus and fruit with a heavy malt backbone. So heavy in fact it is the flavor profile to me. Malt flavor profile = garbage and drain pour. I can't do them. I try and I try, but they are flat out awful. Sweet caramel that richly coats your tongue. It gets stuck in the back of my throat and I want to gag. Horrible beer flat out.

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Photo of axeman9182
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
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 oline73
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at Frisco Tap House, poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours an almost clear amber color with a small layer of off white head that goes away completely.

Smell: Mildly sweet citrus hops with some malt sweetness as well. Very refreshing.

Taste: Very bitter throughout. Lots of citrus peel hops kick you in the tongue right off the bat. It gets sweeter from the middle to the end of each sip. Warm alcohol in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with delicate carbonation. The finish is dry.

Overall: This is a very good beer, the bitterness is definitely the dominant flavor. There was a little too much alcohol in the finish for my liking. I would have it again.

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Photo of dragonWhale
4.62/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

aww shit, you cats in Colorado..what an excellent sip. Too bad they don't let this beast out east more often, but I can see wanting to keep it fresh and local at the spot, for sure. Especially with this one. Big luscious fruity goodness all throughout this rich and somewhat malty, delightfully tacky beverage. I kid, I don't want hooters brought to mind here, no matter the deviants.
On tap at Bierkraft and at The Gate, good work bringing your A game to BK, OB. This is an excellent and smooth IPA, didn't realize the ABV is 8.5% if that is indeed true. Doesn't drink like it at all. More like a 7 with fatty hops blasting their goods. Quick solid bitter gives way to the malt, but the hops popping off stole the story

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

I finally made it to Lyons, Colorado last night in order to visit Oskar Blues. Overall, it was nothing but great food, excellent beer, friendly people and the opportunity to try Deviant Dale's India Pale Ale. Here's what I found:

APPEARANCE: Poured a cloudy orange color with a bit of a head, but not much. The color was spectacular, but lacing, initial head and head retention was not terribly impressive.

SMELL: This one is right up there with a handful of beers that has a very memorable smell. Hopslam came to mind immediately, as a big, sweet, malty and floral aroma attacked my sense of smell. One sniff proves that this is without a doubt a big, Double IPA.

TASTE: The aroma was not hiding anything, as the sweet, malty and maybe even honey flavors dominate up front. Of course, Oskar Blues is not going to forget to balance their beer out and a nice, strong hoppy flavor leaves a bitter taste on the tongue leaving the palate begging for the next sip.

MOUTHFEEL: Very oily and mouthcoating and it oddly seemed to cover the entire palate, leaving no taste bud untouched.

DRINKABILITY: Overall, the Deviant Dale's actually does not sit too heavy and at 8.5% it is not too boozy for a DIPA. I had a couple, but certainly would have been open to having more if time had permitted.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.76/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

When I first heard about this one, I thought it might have been some soured barrel aged version of Dale's. This was, however, not the case. Had this one on tap at one of the Old Chicago locations north of Denver (wasnt driving or paying attention). Served in a large pewter mug (I felt like Paul Revere) so I have no idea what it looked like. Big hops, great initially, though they became too much after a while. Pretty good, but nothing worth going out of the way for.

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Photo of MinorThreat
4.94/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tried on tap at Old Chicago Parker and Arapahoe location.

A-Nice deep golden hue with high clarity, good thick white head, good retention and good lacing.

A-Yeah buddy! Tons of floral and citrus hops. Pineapple, orange, pine and grapefruit dominate the nose but there is a little hint of caramel and cereal grains from the barley. I could smell it from two feet away.

T-This beer was a lesson in integration. The nose carries over flawlessly to the palate. Tons of citrus hops up front, in the middle, in the back, ten minutes later, on the walk home.... But somehow with that high of a dry hopping rate and IBU's the malt backbone not only held it all together but gave it a whole other dimension of flavor. Caramel, cereal grains, fresh baked bread and a little sweet toffee balance perfectly with the hops.This beer is big and bold but so well integrated and balanced. I am blown away...

M-Slightly viscous, good CO2 level, seemed soft on the palate. Really nice

D-High, really high. Despite the 8.5% ABV (I think) there is no hint of heat. It has so many flavor complexities yet seems light, smooth and easy to drink. Awesome beer.

If anyone from Oskar Blues reads this please, please can this... I will buy it, often and in large quantity.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass at Homemade Liquids and Solids in Longmont.

Deviant Dale's is a hazy copper orange color with creamy sticky head. A nice sheet of lace is left behind.

Aroma is super hoppy with lots of big citrus and pine. The surprise is the sweeter peach and apricot notes that seem to define the aroma.

Flavor is excellent with tons of hops in a familiar west coast double IPA way. I would have assumed there was peach extract or fruit juice of some sort, it's just that good.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice and low carbonation. A good balance too for a big DIPA.

Overall this is an excellent beer.

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Deviant Dale's IPA from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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