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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 Philousa
3.18/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Imbibed on tap at Original Gravity on 7/25/12. Reviewed from notes.

Opaque copper with stark white head. Big grapefruit, lemon, and lime in the nose. Malt is biscuity. Seems like it might be balanced. Taste is bitter start to finish. Piney and smacking of dry grass/weed. Clean, dry finish. 

This is similar to many other IPAs I've had. Although it doesn't really stand out, it's still good just the same.

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Photo of Dools9
3.19/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a standard pint. Reviewd from notes on 4/1/12.

A: Pours a golden red orange color. Finger of slightly off white head, lots of lacing and good retention. Looks very nice.

S: This beer has a very powerful aroma, but to me its a very off putting smell. Lemon pinesol disinfectant comes to mind, astringent onions, very little malt to balance it.

T: Very bitter lemon/orange peel, bitter pine but not in a good way. Very drying and some of that onion comes through, little to no malt balance, bitter for bitterness sake.

M: Oily hops coat the mouth, medium bodied, semi crisp and smooth carbonation, a bit of booze as well.

O: I love a good ipa and have developed a taste for them the last six months or so. This one was just not my cup of tea. Hops to me were very chemically if that makes sense and I could not get over the pinesol nose and taste. A bit of a let down in my opinion.

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Photo of beagle75
3.23/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Draft pour into a shaker pint glass at Famous Pizza in West Sedona, AZ.

A: Clear, medium amber color with one finger of lofty and very persistent turmeric-tinted foam head. Moderate fine lacing remains on the glass and sheets of bubbles rise through the column.

S: Dark citrus and pine suggest Chinook-style hop profile. The smell is mild in intensity, compared to the flavor, but focused. Surprisingly little malt comes through in the nose. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins off-dry, with pungent hop aromatics full of herbaceous spice and lesser mixed citrus fruit. Chewy caramel is also featured, while acidity is restrained. The middle extends the dominant spicy and caramel flavors from before as bitterness escalates a little early. The finish is full of strong, pure bitterness, but less of other flavors. No alcohol is detected.

M: Medium viscosity, resinous and warming on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: Bold but rough, this beer is typical of those offered by Oskar Blues. Flavors give the impression of a great deal of late hop additions to the boil but not so much dry-hopping. While it isn't a spectacular IPA, it does take home the gold for head retention--possibly the best yet encountered. Otherwise, it reminds of Stone's Arrogant Bastard--a lot.

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Photo of irrevjim
3.3/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from a 16oz can
look; nice golden amber with a 1-1/2" head, some lacing
smell; pine-sol, malt, hop notes, alcohol, not as bad as it sounds,
taste; medium roasted malt, piney hops, nice bitterness, a little boozy
feel; medium heavy, pretty smooth with some carbonation
overall; a piney iipa that delivers but doesn't quite come together as a well balanced, well put together beer. full disclosure - not my favorite style but some (i.e. dogfish 90 minute) come together better.

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Photo of TenHornsProud
3.3/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear dark orange/copper with a big, off white, fluffy head.

Smells of huge grapefruit and pine with some other floral citrus notes coming in. Huge Columbus hop smell, which is slightly spicy too. Also get some sweetness from the hop aroma and just hint of honey. Really big nose that is pleasing if not brash.

Taste is up front tropical fruit that goes into a bitter grapefruit/pine middle and ends on a hugely bitter grapefruit and slightly spicy pine finish. The lingering bitterness is not particularly pleasant, as it is a harsher, astringent bitterness. This make it hard to want to take another sip. The initial flavor is good, but the sheer unbalanced, high-alpha bitterness is disappointing.

Medium body with too high carbonation, which adds to the astringency. The alcohol is present and noticeable as it warms though not out of balance.

This beer is a pine/grapefruit bomb with tropical fruit backing. It is utterly unbalanced and harshly astringent. The high alpha-acid hops and carbonation need to be toned back. As it stands, it is hard to down half of one of the tall boys. A rare miss from OB for me.

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Photo of thedoubler55
3.3/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark orange in color almost redish, a nice off white head at the top that leaves just a bit of lacing around the glass.

S: Crazy smell on this brew, strong notes of hops and pine, not a well balanced nose on this one.

T:Strong bitterness, lots of hops, a bit of lemon zest but very overpowering on the taste buds, not to good.

M: Medium bodied, and high in carbonation.

O: Not impressed with this OB BREW, it was very wild tasting for an ipa.

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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 hardy008
3.3/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark amber with a 3 finger white head with very good retention and lacing. The aroma has grapefruit, citrus zest, pineapple, and pine.

The taste has grapefruit zest, unripened white grapefruit, and pine. The pineapple which I picked up in the aroma, does not come through in the taste. There is a lot of bitterness, and very little sweetness to provide balance.

Medium bodied with modest carbonation. Has a sticky mouthfeel, and a bitter aftertaste. Not my favorite Oskar Blues beer. The others have all been better in my opinion.

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Photo of Kevo
3.34/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Was searching for eloquent words to articulate my experience with this beer.
Then saw andy Francis posting.
Summed up perfectly what I think about this beer.

Oscar blues has produced a seriously world class pale ale. But I'm afraid the deviant is a beer that's just trying a bit too hard.

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Photo of JamesMN
3.35/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Given to me as a gift along with the official Oskar Blues pint glass.

Canned on 3/20/12, making it almost a year old…

Appearance: Completely opaque dark orange. One finger frothy off-white head.

Aroma: Dank wet pine and earth. Almost some onion and garlic due to the hop selection. Lots of malt in there too, caramel/amber.

Taste: Mostly the same as the aroma. Dank hops (overripe citrus, onion, earth) with a lot of caramel malt to back it up. Some hop bitterness remains but it's really quite tame. A little heat in the throat from the 8% ABV but none of it in the taste. In the finish you get a nice subtle sweetness along with a refreshing orange citrus presence.

Mouthfeel: Just above medium in body with smooth carbonation. Average drinkability but too thick to enjoy quickly.

Final Thoughts: Knowing full well the age of this IPA I'm grading a little above what I actually think of it. At about $15 a four pack it was a huge rip off and unfortunately the purchaser didn't think to look at the canned on date before getting it as a gift for me. However, there are very small moments of greatness in the flavor that make it clear that this IPA would be very good fresh. Would I drink it again? Yes, give me a fresh can any day.

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

Served on tap at Summit's Wayside Tavern in Snellville, GA. Reviewed from notes.

(Appearance) Pours a hazy deep orange color. Comes with a thin white head that retains average. Solid; Appearance is nice. 4

(Smell) Smell is reminiscent of fruity hops and grapefruits, a mix of bready malts is dominant in the nose. Reminiscent of an Abita Jockamo IPA but a bit more potent and spicy. Pretty good. 3.5

(Taste) Taste is complete with spicy bread malts, a hint of rye and a smaller citrus hop presence makes this a more malt-forward DIPA, filling but heavy on the palate. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Texture is mildly crisp and a bit airy. Alcohol presence is medium. Body is medium also. Could be more carbonated. 3

(Overall) Not my ideal DIPA, a bit too spicy and not enough emphasis on the hop character. It's good for what it is, just depends on your personal tastes. 3

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Photo of bigfnjoe
3.39/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a tallboy into a Dogfish snifter

A- pours a very dark, murky shade of orange with a half finger offwhite head. Well, that looks....very ugly

S- juicy citrus. A little bit of pine in there too. Yummy

T- slightly juicy, slightly bitter, very mild. Underwhelming

M- thick body. Syrupy.

O- I dunno, I'm not a huge fan of OB...this is just OK

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Photo of Veristic
3.42/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16oz. can of Deviant Dale's poured into a Northern Brewer pint glass, consumed on 4/26/12. Canned on: 2/22/12.

A- Big off-white two-finger head, loosely formed. Dissipates to a nice sheet within a couple minutes, then to a thin crown that barely manages to hang on. No real lace to speak of. Color is somewhere between amber and copper. Good clarity.

S- In the can, the smell is all hops, citrus, pine and some onion/garlic. Once poured, a little sweetness and even more garlic type hop aromas. Not exactly garlic but that's the closest thing I can think to describe it. It's very interesting. Faint maltiness. Gets a little boozy as it warms.

T- Not all that bitter really, I could use a few more IBUs. More of that funky garlic/onion hops business. Very little citrus or pine. Slight malt sweetness. Finish is dry and bitterness lingering with some pale malt. Garlic bread aftertaste. I don't know why but if I burp while drinking an IPA I always get a ton of citrus in the burp. This beer continues that trend. Gets slightly boozy once warm.

M- Medium bodied. Carbonation seems just a tad low. Slightly slick feel.

O- I'm pretty sure this is supposed to be an Imperial version of Dale's Pale Ale. Now, it's been a while since I've had Dale's Pale, but, to me, they do not even resemble each other. Not necessarily bad, just sayin'. Either way, I honestly did not like this beer as much as I thought I was going to. Will definitely buy again to split with friends to see if they pick up on the same garlicky type hops. For me, once that came into play, it seemed to dominate anything else that tried to step to it.

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Photo of Swim424
3.45/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this on cask at Proof.
Poured into an oskar blues pint glass.

A-Poured a dark murky orange color. Very cloudy. Never seen a beer that looked liked this. Nice fluffy head, that hung around till the last sip.

S-smells piney, hoppy, a bit malty.

T-different. Tasted more of a hoppy flavor than bitter. Started with the hop flavor and lots of malts finishing with a slight bitterness. Very weird flavor, not my favorite.

MF-Very smooth, a bit creamy. weird aftertaste. Seemed low carbonation.

O-very average. I would take a Dale's pale ale any day over this. I didn't enjoy the flavor of this one alot. Not very bitter, and had more of a hop/malt flavor that wasn't that pleasant.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.45/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Bright orange. Head is off-white, massive, and sticky as can be. Drops to a thin cap very quickly. Very clear.

Smell: Grapefruit and biscuits layered over a damp earthiness. Faintly spicy with a touch of pine needles. Sweet without being sugary. Loads of biscuit. Some roasted notes along with some cooked grain. Green onions.

Taste: Loads of malts. Biscuits and sweetness upfront. Lingering pine notes mix with pith and an oniony/vegetal flavor. Bitter, pithy, earthy hops. Hops assault at the beginning and the end of the sip with a nice malt backbone rounding out the middle.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a higher than expected carbonation. Dry and a touch crisp. Oily hops.

Overall: Unique to say the least. The hop profile is definitely an acquired taste, and didn't really work for me in the long run. Well-crafted and surprisingly well balanced.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.45/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deviant Dale's Indi Pale Ale. Sippin' on a tallboy. Brewed and canned by Oskar Blues, Colorado, USA. "Let's sling a little mud, girl." (Come again?)

Light haze. Amber hue. Lacey off-white head.

Nice hoppy nose. Citrus meets tropical. Happy marriage of lemon and mango.

Taste: Hop-tastic. Medium bodied. Light touch of caramel malt. Just a little juicy, high ease of consumption. Expert balance.

Not a ton to say about this one. Does the trick, but doesn't go much further. A lot of mild hoppy buzz, riding over the malt. Just a good ol' easy drunkin' IPA. You've got to have those. Session IPAs are highly under-rated.

This one I'll pass on in the future, though. Just not distinctive enough, merely an average IPA.

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Photo of YieldToNothing
3.47/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

can into a pint glass
pours a copper orange, with a thick and foamy head of about an inch. smells of citrus. taste has a bit of bitterness at the end and a little bit of those citrus notes.
i'm not entirely impressed with this one. definitely a solid brew, but not one i will actively seek out again.
much better versions of this style out there

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Photo of Dmann
3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
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 cindyjeffsmith
3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: clear amber. Big head on the pour that recedes to full if thin layer.
Smell: bitter grapefruit. Some malt in the background.
Taste: hoppy grapefruit bitterness up front. Some malt balance in the finish.
Overall: another tasty though not outstanding dipa.

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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 Sunhunters
3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving Type: 16oz can into standard pint glass. Canned 3/30/12.

Appearance (3.5) - Small, half-finger head of off-white foam. Dissipates very quickly, leaving a thin residual foam all across the surface of the beer. Thick, crusty lacing. Liquid is a clear amber/orange. Unremarkable besides the good lacing.

Smell (3.0) - Pungent, aromatic pine, citrus, household solvent. Some spiciness and earthiness like a mild cedar. Meyer lemon. A little dusty. Just a whisper of skunk, but obviously not like the skunk you get from UV exposure. Interesting and potent, yet a little like pine sol.

Taste (3.5) - Bitter pine resin, grapefruit pith, orange rind, cream soda. Medicinal red malt. Some bitter, herbal notes - almost a wormwood/chicory. The big, deep flavor gets in its own way - the pine and citrus clash with the bitter herbs and red malt. Still, drinkable and enjoyable in it's own way.

Mouthfeel (3.5) - Medium-full body. Extremely dry - big cohumulone acid content is apparent - beer saps moisture from the cheeks and tongue, rasps at them, and induces salivation. Carbonation is very well centered and the sensation of the beer in the mouth is pleasant.

Overall (4.0) - A drinkable and enjoyable beer, but not as good as I was hoping. The dense malt base is nice, but comes off sort of medicinal with everything else going on. The slightly off aroma only serves to compound the medicinal, household-cleaner-like nature of the beer. Overall worth a try, especially if you like big malty IPAs with intense bitterness and dry finishes.

It gets an extra half a point for being in a can - next time I want some big, potent IPA in a can for the river this may well find it's way in to my cooler along side the Dale's Pale, Torpedo, and Brew Free or Die.

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Photo of quirkzoo
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly opaque bright orange gold with 1 finger of of white head. The aroma is uniquely hoppy. There is some bright citrus up front (poured from fridge at 38F) with a little bit of "dankness" behind the citrus. As the beer warms the dankness combines with the malt to turn into a caramelized onion flavor, very unique, I don't think I have ever got this from a beer before. As the beer warms to room temperature I get a strong oniony aroma that isn't as pleasant as it was when cold. The taste follows the same progression of the aroma. The mouthfeel is very good, dry and drinkable. Overall, this is a very unique IPA, I like the dankness but as the beer warmed it got a bit too oniony for me, still good though.

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Photo of threeviews
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
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 interesting...stream 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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Deviant Dale's IPA from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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