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 stimulus
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Part of a six IPA tasting session.
Canned on 3/20/12. 4 pack.
Poured from a 16 oz can into a snifter.

A: Pours a clear amber/red with a one finger white head.
S: Dank [Columbus] hops fill up the glass and the surrounding area, leaving little room for much else.
T: Grapefruit and piney hops begin the assault, followed by sweet caramel and a lingering bitterness.
M: Sticky, medium-bodied, and moderately carbonated.
O: This is definitely targeted at hopheads, but the lingering bitterness is complimented well by the malt backbone that didn't show itself in the aroma, making it somewhat drinkable.

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Photo of jlindros
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yay, tall boy cans, cause everyone likes it in the can.

Pours a nice fluffy 1.5 finger off white head that fades fairly slowly, with a nice layer of lacing, over crystal clear orangey slight reddish coppery colored beer, almost definitively filtered.

Nose is a nice midwestern IPA, with some pine starting out first, and moving quickly to the citrusy candy hops, like candied orange peel, and a fresh resinous hop aroma, some musty resinous hops. That's all backed up but a malty base, not really a malty aroma but a sweetness and a bit of booze that gives it the body.

Taste starts with a juicy hop flavor, quite juicy with a light citrusy hop that turns right into resinous fresh musty hop profile. A bit of pine and candy hops add to that with a decent bitterness that doesn't overpower. The hop profile is balanced well with a big malty base, again not a huge malty taste, but a slight sweetness, full malty body, and hint of warming booze. A decent bitterness that balanced the slight sweet decent malt base well, borderling DIPA but the hop profile shies away from that. The finish adds a bit more bitterness but not much, not too dry either as it gets a bit sticky, and some lingering citrus and slight resinous hops.

Mouth is med to fuller bodied, decent carb, hint of warming booze.

Overall not bad, nice for the style, nice hop and malt balance, decent bitterness, juicy, drinkable with a slight booze warmth and malt base. Especially in a tall boy can.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
3.3/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16 oz can dated 3/20/12, which means this beer has fallen off tremendously I'm sure. Three weeks....pedestrian!

Pours a dark orange and copper mix with a thin cover that's peppered by medium sized bubbles along the center. Lacing is mostly absent.

Smells of pepper and garlic with only a faint lurking light orange in the background. There's an initial brightness on the pour that peters out quickly.

Taste is malt driven. Peppery spiciness and garlic dominate. Some earthy pine and bitterness jump in towards the end. Big cloves of garlic on the finish. Rye doughy bread lays a big fat hand all over the proceedings.

Oily bitterness on the mouth. Body is medium and mildly sticky.

Overall, I had higher hopes for this. I dig my citrus bombs and this is not that. A decent double from Oscar's, but nothing special.

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

I had this in a chalice at Mohawk House in Sparta, New Jersey. I recommend going there for a very good meal. This is a high end restaurant that features a beer list like other restaurants feature wine.

I heard about this beer from the web, and based on my positive experience with Oskar Blues... I had to try this out.

I could tell that this beer typically leaves a generous head, but my bartender wanted to top this off. So, he poured a couple times to get the most beer possible in the chalice.

It smells like grapefruit, and the taste is even more grapefruit. I also get a little bit of onion. It is a very good example of a double IPA with a little bite.

This is a pretty good beer. If you come across it, then pick it up. I would say that it is a little unlike the other doubles out there.

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Photo of mwrecording
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had two batches thus far - 3/20/12 and 3/31/12...loving that my small shop is only getting a case or two a week so that I'll be able to get this fresh whenever I want it.

Poured into my dogfish pint glass, a light amber/dark orange-ish color. Small head that fades quickly.

Smell is the common one of an IPA, a sort of sweet/pine/citrus type scent.

Taste follows up well from the scent, not as 'bitter' or 'piney' as a lot of IPA's I've come to know and love, certainly seems to be more powerful and hoppy version of Dales. Currently drinking the 8-9 day old can as opposed to the 2 left I have of the 2+ week old can.

I enjoyed both dated versions very much and while this will be a somewhat regular staple of mine in the future, the price(12.99) a 4 pack(albeit the 16oz cans, sure) is a tad high.

I've been sort of surprised that I've seen a good bit of mild reviews and even some friends haven't been as impressed.

Solid beer, I'm glad its going to be a regular addition to their already solid line-up.

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Photo of Holland
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a clear light orange with a one finger head and good retention on the lacing. Sticks nicely to the sides. One of the best looking DIPAs I've seen.

S: heavy on the hops, sweet malt, and alcohol. It has a slight off smell to it, maybe from old hops? Overall very floral with some melon and citrus.

T: a little disappointing, but it's alright. Dominated by bitterness and missing a lot of malt and fruity hop flavors that I like with a DIPA. Lot of pine, pretty spicy. Something about the spice and alcohol doesn't agree with me right now.

M: very dry for what I was expecting. With medium carbonation, it's refreshing and crisp.

O: very refreshing with the bitterness and mouthfeel. I like it, but don't love it. There are plenty better IPAs to grab over this, but the canning is cool. For a double, Oskar Blues has better balanced IPAs.

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deviant Dales pours a clear copper color with a big, creamy head on top. The foam dissolves slowly to a thick sheet on the surface, leaving behind clumps of lace on the glass.

The aroma is loaded with hops. Grass, orange peel and tropical fruit. It's very earthy and funky with hints of garlic as the beer warms.

Each sip of this full bodied beer is smooth and creamy on the palate with mild carbonation. The flavor is nicely balanced between grassy hops and sweet malt. Grass, orange peel and garlic are balanced with some tropical fruit, caramel and toasted malt. It finishes bitter with a touch of pepper. Once gone the grass and orange citrus lingers on the palate.

This beer is full of flavor with hops dominating. There's enough sweetness to keep the hops in check. Fairly easy drinking, but savoring each sip is the way to go.

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Photo of robsee
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big resiny, dank IPA - very nice aroma and hop flavor. A bit too sweet for me and my enjoyment decreased as I drank more. This is not a beer that I'd enjoy more than one in a sitting.

One sentence summary: this beer is what Gubna should have been. This is a much more enjoyable beer and not a complete onion bomb.

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Photo of bstave
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can poured into Dogfish Head tulip pint glass.

A- Pours a dark golden red with a 2 finger creamy head that formed nice lacing. Above average look.

S- Smell is big resiny hops. Slight oniony smell. I like it.

T- Taste is bitter up front with a nice malt backbone. The oniony taste is still there. These earthy and dank hops are great!

M- Mouth is clean. Leaves quite a bit of bitterness on the palate.

O- This is an above average DIPA. However at $4.59 a can, I am one and done. There are lots of DIPAs at a much better price point.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.08/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured a nice burnt orange color with good carbonation and a nice white cap, lots of bubbles and lacing

S: Pine resin, orange peel, green hops, vegetables and a light oniony notes

T: Orange peel, coriander, vegetables and some onion witha sweet caramel notes and breadiness. A light hint of booze, a little slick, bitter hops mid body

M: Medium bodied, sweet and a bit sticky

O: Not to shabby but the oniony taste really gets to me and diminishes my ability to finish the tall boy can

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Photo of Reagan1984
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed two pints last night at Red Bones. The beer was good the BBQ blew!
Each pint had a finger of head that did fade fairly quickly. Beer was a bright orange amber color with good clarify. There was some lace, not a ton.
Very pine and resinous in the aroma. Thick and also hinting to some boozeyness to come.

Bracingly bitter and nice. The resinous nature here adds to the bite. There is a sweetness that comes from the resinous qualities and a nice fruity punch below the surface. I have to say that, since the showcase is a blast of pine hops that grabs your cheeks. As suspected, some abv detected here.

Almost sticky.

Decent little beer. Can says this is an American Style IPA, but it’s a DPA all the way. Big, bold and brash. That’s what they wanted and they got it. Worth a try.

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Photo of vobr0002
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- copper with a white head. Crystal clear.

S- sweet, grassy, dank. A little tropical fruit. Some light malt.

T- bready malt, with some citrus and grassy hop. Lots of hop flavor in there.

M- medium body with higher carbonation.

O- good beer definitely a funky one.

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Photo of TVolt1
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
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 kbnooshay
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am so happy. Hoptimum AND deviant in their fridge, life is good. 16 oz can! Poured a beautiful orange copper color with a one inch head. Lacing is very fine, highly detailed. Aroma is a sharp citrus and pine hop blast. Theres a bit of the GUBNA onion hops that gross me out. Thankfully just a hint. Flavor is hop juiciness. This is pleasantly VERY bitter, but the malt helps. Slight yeastiness that bready IPAS have. Alcohol isn't amazingly hidden here. Feel is oily with good carbonation. There is a lot going on here, tasty.

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Photo of JHamm
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 16 oz can into a pint glass

can dated 3-20-12 so damn fresh

Appearance: Nice, clean amber red with a golden hue. one inch head slowly dissipates into a slim layer with healthy lacing around the glass. carbonation bubbles through the middle.

Smell: strong grassy notes and sweet candy mixed in. not picking up the citrus like others but a sweet fruity smell is coming through. a slight tartness and funk comes through in the end. interesting...

Taste: grassy, resiny hops with the slightest sweet malt backbone in the middle. citrusy, fruity hops follow up in the end. definitely pick up some buttery characteristics as well as others have noted. hops hang on in the end with pine. several defined flavors at each stage that don't necessarily meld together but each take front row for a brief period.

Mouthfeel: bittering hops linger long after each sip. nothing too offensive for me but if you don't love hops I could see how this would be offputting. has a certain oily quality that hangs on

Overall: This is a really interesting beer. It's price point puts it out of my reach as a regular stay in my fridge but I'll definitely search it out again. The more I get into the glass the more I'm enjoying it. It would possibly be a bit better if the flavors melded together more but as it stands it's similar to eating a casserole an ingredient at a time.

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Fairly clear deep amber with foamy white head that coats the glass in sticky lace.

S - Resiny pine, tropical fruit and dank hop aroma. A little sweet malt comes through that mixed with the hops creates a Fruity Pebbles like aroma. Dank hops linger.

T - Very bitter with citrus rind pith and mouth coating hop resin. The bitterness seems to get stronger with every sip. Oily, green hops finally give way to grapefruit, tangerine and orange peel with notes of lemon rind. Dank mouth coating resins stick around until the next sip. Some sweet caramel malt is present but buried in the hop bitterness.

M - Medium bodied, slick with mouth coating hop resin.

D - Wonderful aroma. Not big fan of overly sweet or bitter ipa's. I think this would be phenomenal if the bitterness was toned down just a bit to not take away from the wonderful resiny hop flavors. Thought this might be a scaled up Dale's but doesn't taste anything like Dale's.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a glass. Beer shared by Michael, thanks. Beer is amber / orange and clear with a white head, moderate lacing, nice retention, moderate carbonation.

Aroma is awesome piny, hoppy, sweet, fruity, I really like the aroma.

Beer does not live up to the aroma, it is a little grassy and vegetal, oddly bitter and not very enjoyable. Not a repeat.

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Photo of TWStandley
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the tallboy into my Portsmouth Tulip.

Beautiful see-through amber color with a few finger off-white head. Beer is completely see-through with no sediment whatsoever. Similar in color to NN.

Smell is phenomenal. Very sweet/citrusy in the nose. Smells very refreshing. Can pick up a bit of pine and some alcohol notes as well.

Taste mimicks the smell spot on, though I wish it had a little more hop presence.

Mouthfeel - nothing notable.

Overall, this exceeded my expectations. A very good DIPA. I would have a tough time picking this or Torpedo.

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Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can poured into a tulip glass at refrigerator temperature.

L - Medium-to-deep amber color with a 2 finger tan bubbly head. A few bubbles, great retention, awesome lacing. Looks terrific.

S - A very nice hop profile here with no one aroma dominating. There are mostly grassy and earthy notes but plenty of citrus, grapefruit, tropical fruit, and pine aromas as well. There’s a nice caramel malt sweetness and not any alcohol present at all.

T - Sweet and bready malt gives way to a complex and very bitter hop profile. Plenty of grass, tropical fruit, and pine notes. Like the nose, no particular hop flavor dominates.

F - Medium-to-slightly-full bodied with a dry, mouth-coatingly bitter finish. A little bit of tingling carbonation and maybe a tiny throat-warming sensation from the alcohol but not much.

O - This is a very solid IPA. Looks and smells great with a very complex hop profile in the aroma. It isn’t as much of a hop-bomb as I expected it to be taste-wise, but still very good. It has a nice, very bitter finish and it hides the 8% ABV extremely well. Definitely a beer that I’d come back to.

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Photo of steve8robin
3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Figured I'd grab this one and give it a go. Pint sized can...

A: A beautiful deep red color which is perfectly filtered for a clear brew with a 1/2 inch kaki colored head on top. Good.

S: I get some nice piney / citrus scents upfront. Some nice boozy characters in the middle with some more floral hop on the backend. Very good.

T: Starts with a sharp, slightly pungent hop flavor why stings the pallet with it's bite and makes way for some sweet malt hidden in the back. The hop character is slightly medicinal. The sharpness starts to fade towards the back and more of the malt begins to shine through in a subtle way. I had more hopes after smelling this. Not bad.

M: Medium body with a heavy carbonation. A dry hop finish. Decent.

O: All in all, after smelling this one, I was thinking it would go the way of Heady Topper, but no luck. The smell is way better than the taste. Not that it's a bad beer, but just not a great beer. Good to try if you like a really sharp hop bite.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured sixteen oz can into a 13 oz tulip, canned on March 22. Pours a clear reddish orange, with a one inch sticky white head with lots of lacing. Smell is pineapple, tangerine, hints of garlic, pine, and grapefruit. Taste is large tangerine, pine, garlic, and grapefruit, smooth in the beginning, with bitterness in the finish. Body medium large, with plenty of life, not overly dry, and very drinkable. This is a great beer, like its little brother.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 03/30/12 notes. Thanks to yourefragile for sharing this one.

a - Pours a hazy golden yellow color with two inches of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells very hoppy, full or pine hops, citrus hops, fruity malts, grapefruit, light tropical fruits. Very nice nose.

t - Tastes of fruity malts, light citrus hops, and light pine hops. Nice taste and I like it, but not nearly as hoppy as the nose and more malty.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. No real bitterness, pretty nice body.

o - Overall a pretty good beer. Very nice hoppy nose, though the taste is't as great. I think I prefer this to Gubna, but prefer Dale's Pale Ale to them both. Worth checking out though and would have it again.

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Photo of Mounty4Life
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
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 russwbeck
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The pour is initially hazy, but settles to a clear brown with a
really bubbly thin white head that leaves no lacing. 4

The smell is really really hoppy. I was expecting a muted taste as Hopslam on cask really disappointed me. Grassy hops, so much so that it almost stings the nose. Huge hop profile, but I'm still picking up a scant amount of a malt backbone. 4

The taste has that typical cask feel to it, but thankfully a huge hop profile like in the aroma. The malts are more pervasive here, but the dry hopping has helped tremendously. So many hops it's like I'm chewing on them. 4.5

Mouthfeel is heavy with a low carbonation. Extremely drinkable, I had no trouble putting down a pint and wanted more. 4.5

$8 for the pint, which I didn't think was bad at all. Very, very good beer. Best Oskar Blues beer I've had. Just so many hops, but the cask lenses a nice balance. I recommend you track this down. 4.5

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5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Oskar Blues has done it-- combined Dale's Pale Ale with Gubna (something I've been doing for the last year!) to create the PERFECT IPA!

As other reviewers have noted, this pours a beautiful amber color from the "Tall Boy" can, and a hint of foam remains on the beer until the last sip.

Taste is a well-balanced hops and malt yumminess! If you poured half of a Gubna and half of a Dale's Pale Ale into a pint glass, this is what you would get!

Thank you, Oskar Blues! This is my favorite IPA!

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Deviant Dale's IPA from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
4.02 out of 5 based on 3,363 ratings.
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