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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Ratings: 3,433 |  Reviews: 684
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 nate_nate_nate
4.41/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Part of my beer ratings go as such: "Would I drink it again tomorrow?" For Deviant Dale's I say tomorrow and every day after. Seriously tho, it's what an IPA should be: crisp, refreshing, soothingly bitter, better w/ each sip.

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Photo of jhutch31
4.41/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I had this beer on tap at the Alehouse in Redding, CA. The first thing that really hits you is the hop aroma. Very on the dank side. Strong citrus, floral, piney, lots of different hop blends. The flavor was very hoppy as well. This pint was enjoyable, however just a little to hop forward for me. The overall appearance of the beer was good and it is definately a beer that I would enjoy drinking again, Great job Oskar Blues! I love the can tap handles:)

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Photo of themind
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I feel this is a high quality IPA. Crisp carbonation, good mouth feel and a hop smack in the face taste. I will drink this anytime it's available....and I am not paying for it. The problem with this brew is the $14.00 a four pack. Yea they are tall boys and the beer is outstanding but until its recognized as an elite IPA Blue's needs to chill out on the price tag.

Bottom Line: it surprises me this is not rated much higher.

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Photo of Bogdawg
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mttaylor1066
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hoppy goodness contained in a tall boy can. A great "move up" IPA, if you're just getting into the style.

Pours a clear, light caramel color with a tall foamy head that persists. If you like a good bit of head on your beer, you'll like this ale.

This isn't the most aggressively aroma-hopped ale, but it's a contender. Grapefruit rind and blood orange aromas hit the nose. Mmmm. I like it!

Now that we've taken care of the olfactory, let's assault the palate with a substantial IBU count. This is another strongly hopped ale. But boy, does it taste good.

This ale isn't light, it has a lot of dextrinous compounds that give this ale a good weight on the tongue. Not a session ale, oh no.

Overall, a great West Coast style IPA. Buy a four pack of cans and don't plan on drinking them all in one evening.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16oz tallboy can poured into a New Belgium globe. Uber fresh, the date code has this beer at just seven days old.

A: Clear red/orange with a rocky white head comprised of small bubbles. Great retention, huge clumps of sticky lacing.

S: Just a wonderful medley of soft pine scents and aromatic citrus fruits. Green and sweet weed-like scents too. Kiwi, passion fruit, tangerine, blood orange, grapefruit pith, and floral scents. There's something here that just keeps making me think Fruity Pebbles cereal too. No hope of finding the malt base on the nose. This is one of the most fragrant noses I've ever come across in a beer, or in anything for that matter.

T: Rind bitterness grabs the palate from the start and builds to an impressive intensity. That sugary, fruity cereal aspect is here too. Pithy, oily, and green. Tangerine, ruby red grapefruit, lemon, and more citrus. Still can't really find that malt base, and I'm perfectly fine with that. Just some vague sweet tastes and maybe the slightest suggestion of grain. Long finish of bitter lemon and grapefruit rinds, pithy plant matter, and some sugary fruit.

M: Medium bodied, full and lush. Well rounded, perfectly smooth. It doesn't get much better.

O: This beer is phenomenal. It's on a totally different level, and it isn't even fair. Mind blowing.

Notes: There are some comparisons to be drawn between this beer and Heady Topper, but I'm about to write something that shocks even myself: I like this better. I didn't think it was possible. It's just so fragrant, so damn tasty. Cleaner tasting than Heady Topper, and not as raw (though the raw, rough taste to Heady is part of the appeal).

Update: I drank one of these right around the three month mark, and it was a completely different beer. That sweet onion taste that many people note is definitely there. I found it a bit off-putting. My opinion of this beer dropped significantly the second time I had it. It's still very good, but I rescind my proclamation of its superiority to Heady Topper. Make sure to get this one as fresh as possible.

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Photo of Jufu07
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of Mengbot
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of Coxy14
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of Amwetzel
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of vandemonian
4.39/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oskar Blues Deviant Dale's IPA is a big American IPA. Big hoppiness over a strong, malty base. Yum!

A: Orange colour and a 5 mm head that fades pretty fast. 3.5

S: Sweet, grapefruit hoppiness. 4.5

T: Malty with a sharp, grapefruit citrus flavour. The malty base is pretty strong and sweet to balance it all out. This is a big beer! Delicious. 4.5

M: Foamy. 4

O: 4.5

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Photo of evanforbeer
4.39/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into pint glass

Sweet floral caramel, with subtle citrusy hop on the nose.

Taste follows with a smooth floral/ slightly caramel almost nutty malty sweet with pine. Then emerging is big fruity hop flavor. Grapefruit bitterness, big blood orange sweetness with a touch of mango. Turns slightly dry finish, toasty/hay-like layer laces the palate with some sweetness of malt and hop layered on top. A great brew! More to the malty side of DIPA, yet balanced very well. definitely will buy again.

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Photo of bigdog3838
4.39/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Carl_R
4.39/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Served on tap. Surprisingly smooth considering ABV. Poured well and had excellent finish. Consistency was admirable and was not as hop filled in taste as I expected. I am a big fan of Oskar Blues and this is another in the line of true to itself brews that can be enjoyed in session or with food. I would recommend this with a burger any time.

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Photo of far333
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wdespread Panic fans should peruse the printing on the can.

Caramel orange color with a half inch thick head of thick and tight foam that lingers very long. Aroma of citrusy hops and doughy malt.

Rich flavor of tingly hops, full of ruby grapefruit, orange rind, and pine. Some faint mint notes, and a subtle malt backbone riding beneath. Good balance of malt and hops, but the hops ride on top and only let the malt poke through occasionally. Moderate bitterness.

Rich and full mouthfeel, finishes tingly, carbonation burps. Great beer.

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Photo of bum732
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

S: Huge hoppiness, resiny, slightly dank, some earthiness, slight bready character.

L: Slightly hazy, orange-red. Some white sticky lace.

T: Hoppy off the bat, very resiny. Some sweetness quickly follows, followed by a medium high hoppy bitterness. Finishes with loads more hoppy resin. Long, hoppy finish, quite dry, bitterness stays on the palate quite a while.

M: Medium-full body, medium carbonation.

Really quite amazing, one of the better DIPAs i've had. Great showcase for Columbus hops.

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

Dark amber with a huge cream color head. Rings of lacing. Smell is citrus hops, grainy malt.
Taste is like an Imperial Dale's Pale Ale. Malts are huge and almost matches the hop bitterness.
Head is still a good one finger after five minutes. taste is citrus and leather with a substantial amount of malts. I don't care how this is classified you should try it!

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

A. A very deep brown/red color. It's clear and has a lovely white bubbly head that leaves a ton of lacing.

S. Has a nice, strong scent.

T. It has a wonderful balance to it; it has a bitter taste, but mild; there is a sweetness there; a bit of rye. Some fruitiness.

M. Smooth and refreshing.

O. If you like an IPA, this is going to be very enjoyable. Won't let you down.

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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 BigDoug
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice amber-orange color with a solid 1/2" head leaving tight rings every sip. Good clarity.

Smells pleasant. Sweet caramel, citrusy chewing gum almost like fruit stripe gum. Little yeast funky esters poppin through. Nice aroma, not super fragrant but it pops out with a swirl of the glass.

Taste is where it's AT! That fruit stripe gum flavor pops on the palate. Very citrusy. Like pineapple, mango, orange, juniper, pine, all kinds of flavors. Balanced beautifully with se sweet caramel malts. It's simply delicious. 8% abv hidden magically. Bitterness is subdued with all the flavors and makes its appearance in the very back end. Awesome.

I'd say this is a spot on medium body and dead on to style. Smooth, rich, full of texture and perfect amount of C02 to make the taste buds want more and more. It's pleasant on the tongue and smooth on the palate. Hop oils are not too heavy but coat the palate with an awesome lingering bitterness. Close to perfect.

Overall, this beer is a beast! I wish I had my growler on hand to fill it with this. Might have to pick up a couple tall boy cans of it. It's highly drinkable, but sneaks up on you very fast cuz it's 8% abv and easy to put down fast.

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Photo of Lemke10
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy, copper orange color with a thick foamy head. Scent is hoppy with hints of citrus and some bready tones. This first sip is just pure greatness. It's smooth, crisp, refreshing, and so tasty. The bread and citrus flavors hit my taste buds first as it finish with a crisp dry after taste. Well done Oscar Blues!

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

Canned on 4/04/13.

Glass: Samuel Adams Perfect Pint.

Appearance: Clear orange golden color. A moderate pour produced about three fingers of khaki colored head. A ton! The head stuck around for a longgg time. Lacing coats the sides of the glass.

Smell: Pine dominates. A little grapefruit and orange citrus. Malt lingers in the background.

Taste: As far as a "balanced" DIPA goes, this one is certainly up there on my favorites so far. It has a beautiful sweet character to it, with malt hitting the tongue at first sip, followed by a wonderful hop bitterness that presents itself at first as pine, and then as a tasty sweetness that lingers long after the beer is gone.

Mouthfeel: The body is quite thick for a DIPA, almost syrupy. However, that is combated by the dry finish, high carbonation, and oily texture. Very good.

Overall: This is a great DIPA that strays a bit from the normal big hop bomb by having a somewhat balanced malt character, while still having an extremely tasty hop presence. My new favorite camping beer ... in 16 oz. cans, too!

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

Appearance: Deviant pours a hazy dark orange color and is topped with an inch of off white head that hangs around nicely and also to the side of the glass almost all the way to the end.
Smell: The aroma of this beer makes my mouth water it is a blend of pine and grassy hops and that is all that I smell are delicious hops like an IPA should be.
Taste: The taste goes along well with the aroma it has a nice blend of different hops; I can taste pine and grass just like the aroma but I can taste citrus, floral and spicy hop notes that make me want.
Mouthfeel: This is a very smooth and easy drinking IPA that is not overpowering a person with hops but with enough yet to keep your whistle wet and want more.

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Deviant Dale's IPA from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 3,433 ratings
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