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 Prasm
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a 16 oz can. Dark amber appearance, darker than your typical IPA. Balanced nose of hops and citrus - apricot, orange, and pear. Nicely balanced in the mouth also with citrus fruit flavors balancing out the 8% alcohol and hops. This is a well balanced IPA that has enough sweet citrus to balance out the hops and alcohol, well done Oskar Blue.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Some great floral notes. I'm getting an almost sweet-tart sort of aftertaste that takes a while to show up. On the border of being an imperial alcohol-wise, but doesn't taste like it.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours brilliant amber under a white 2” foam cap that dissipates to a thick, lacy film.
S: Big grassy hop nose, can smell it from a few feet away. Closer up citrus and fruit.
T: Big rich malt flavors seasoned with citrusy, fruity hops, big melon, and traces of pine, resin, and grass. Some underlying sweetness with faint iced tea notes in the background.
F: Nearly chewy with creamy fine soft carbonation.
O: Big flavors achieve a suprising balance.

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

Appearance: Very cloudy deep amber in color with a moderate, quite dense cream-colored head. Thick and fairly coarse lacing coats the glass walls. The carbonation is abundant and fast-rising.

Aroma: Profound aroma of rich, dark caramel,sweet and spicy alcohol, and citric and pine tar hops.

Taste: Begins with substantial sweet caramel, soon countered by substantial pine tar and grapefruit hops. that, nonetheless, blend harmoniously, rather than clashing. The high ABV of eight percent contributes a spicy and warming note, but seems almost an afterthought, against the abundant malt and hop flavors. Finishes with a lingering flavor of pine and some residual caramel.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft and very full, with a consistency almost like as half-and-half.

Drinkability/notes: Very nice, over-the-top without being harsh or heavy-handed, while American IPA is not a favorite style of mine, nonetheless I thoroughly enjoyed Deviant Dale's IPA, and would appreciate having it again.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard sixteen-ounce aluminum can, served in a New Belgium chalice.

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Photo of 4thFloyd
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From notes. A golden/red clear color. A nice but light citrus and herbal aroma. The flavor follows and has a nice malt balance with a little sweetness. Good bitterness with only a little aftertaste, making it a smooth and drinkable beer.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deep amber pour with thin, white top that quickly disappears. Earthy and floral aroma is mouth-watering. Some of that comes through with a bite early in swallow, followed by almost balanced sweet from the malt. This is nearly a smooth finisher.

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Photo of Domvan
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Look - Golden colored, medium head
Smell - Nice sweet hoppiness
Taste - Sweet, malty and hoppy
Feel - Medium bodied mouthful
Another favorite from Oskar Blues

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Photo of TH28
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

16oz can. Appearance: Pours a ruby red amber, with small and quickly dissipating off white head. Aroma: Citrus and tropical fruit hop notes are strong. Taste: Sweet and rich caramel malt with hints of candy and citrus. Sharp but moderate bitterness ends with fruity pebble like flavors. Mouthfeel: Medium body with a light bitterness. Finish: Lingering bitterness and citrus hop flavors with a bit of woodiness Overall: Rich maltiness does well to balance the citrus and fruity hop flavors. Much more of an east coast IPA than west coast

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Photo of brentk56
3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a clear copper color; the head looks good, bringing two fingers, and retention is solid; a nice bit of lacing, as well

Smell: Very dank, with hop resins and somewhat of an oniony presence buttressed by a strong dose of caramel

Taste: Caramel forward, with building sweetness met, on the battlefield, by the resinous, hemp-laden piney hops; apricot fruit and onion elements appear, on the field, as well; the finish is rather bitter but with a significant amount of sticky malt presence

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I have drifted away from IPAs with this flavor profile over time but those who enjoy a big malt aspect and aggressive bitterness will like this beer

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Photo of Apellonious
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz tall boy canned on 5/8/15 Brevard style, poured into a tulip glass.

A - Dark ruby head, almost clear, one finger fluffy head that retains well.

S - Great aroma, citrus/orange, sugary malt and dark fruit, touch of booze.

T - Earthy hops, grapefruit/orange/pineapple, balanced nicely by caramel malts and fig/dark fruit.

M - Carbonation medium low, heft is on heavy/full side.

O - Came back to this one after what seemed like too long. Have always enjoyed it, was surprised that I had not rated it yet. Anyone who likes their IPAs on the red side with a good balance will enjoy this one.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.69/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Oskar Blues Deviant Dale’s IPA has a thick, frothy, overflowing, off-white head, a semi-clear, rust-orange appearance, some stray bubbles, and heavy lacing left behind. The aroma is of strong, somewhat turned, sweet fruits, white bread, and a touch of pine. Taste is of strong, bitter, slightly-turned fruit (apricot?), white bread, sweetness, and pine oil. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, and Oskar Blue Deviant Dale’s IPA finishes mostly dry, not boozy, and bitter.


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Photo of spoony
3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a 16 oz can (canned April 28, 2015) to a tulip. Reviewed from notes dated June 5, 2015.

A-The beer has a huge, sticky head of light-tan, yellowish foam. Retention is great. The beer is nearly clear and is darker than many IIPAs with a copper tinted amber hue.

S-The aroma is hoppy with suggestions of mint, orange, lime, and some onion. The malt balance is also here, however, with light honey sweetness and some bread-y body.

T-The taste is pretty much the same as the smell. I get some nice lime, orange zest, a little bit of earthy resin, and some light onion flavors from the hops. Malt balance is good with toast and caramel flavors providing a bit of sweetness.

M-The body is medium in heft with a little dank sticky character. Carbonation is milder.

O-I had not really considered it until now, but this really is a bigger, hopped-up version of regular Dale's Pale. It has a similar feel and flavor profile, just turned up a bit. I think my palate has moved mostly beyond Dales and Deviant Dales, but there is nothing offensive here and I would certainly drink more of this beer.

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Photo of DrStiffington
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not quite as "deviant" as I remember. Maybe it's my palate, but this was just standard IPA hoppinsess. Nice amber color, tastes moderate hoppiness, slightly bitter, bit of citrus. Solid IPA. Plus, I always enjoy 16 oz. cans.

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Photo of Kuaff
4.67/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

In my tulip 'round cellar temperature.

A really beauteous beer to behold, it is a rich, deep amber-orange and possesses a retentive, three or four cm of tight-knit tan foam.

Smells like sap, flowers, juicy, zesty orange, and this stuff fumes depths of dankness.. So yeah, it smells quite niiiiiccceee.

That dank aroma is fulfilled wonderfully in the flavor. I can taste the dank hops in all their glory, releasing waves of earthy yet sweet, herbacious, bitter plant matter. There is even an almost slightly vegetal, garlic-like kick in there, which I personally LOVE. There is indeed a citrus aspect, but this is secondary to the dank devastation and succulent, "dirty" (meaning not "clean" in finish) astringency. Masterfully done.

The feel is perfect. Substantial yet not overbearing.

Well, I am thoroughly impressed. This is one of the finest deliveries of unapologetic dankness in an IPA I have encountered. Those who dig the dank in their IPAs (you know who you are): seek this wondrous elixer.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can poured into shaker pint

A: deep amber color with great clarity laces the glass nicely good retention

S: faint hints of garlic and then lots of piney resinous hops with deep dark maltiness

T: huge amounts of resiny maltiness like drinking a Barleywine

M: medium to fuller mouthfeel slick on the tongue

O: I've had this beer before and don't remember the glaring similarities to Arrogant Bastard but this time it's wow. I'm digging this beer like a ditch love the taste love the rich maltiness and sharp resiny hops

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Photo of dmgeng
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I finally got this one after looking at it for the better part of a year.

A - Very nice light amber color. Very clear beer with big, rocky white head and incredibly strong lacing (like just tons of sticky lacing all the way up and down the glass).

S - Definitely hop forward aroma with citrus, orange peel, grapefruit hops mixing with some pine, dank, and resin tones. Some caramel and malt are second but still there. Coming in third is an ale yeast character that many of the Oskar Blues beers have.

T - Initially the sweet malt goes right with the grapefruit laden hops. The hops again have the orange, resin, and pine characters from the nose that is very good. In the middle there is caramel that tries to fight with the more abrasive hops. The finish has even more hops and that's where the resin and herbal hops really come through giving the beer enough bitter bite to overcome the candy like sweetness on the front. The ale yeast also provides a slight fruitiness and helps the hops give this full flavored beer a more well rounded profile.

M - Medium to full mouth-feel. Moderate carbonation. It finishes with quite a bit of body and some bite and is not one I could drink more than a couple before it's lights out.

Overall, I can definitely see where they got the name for this beer. Similar to Arrogant Bastard but more balanced and hop flavored it is a rich "D"IPA. It is very good with plenty of flavor, punch, and feel but not my favorite. I would recommend this if you like DIPAs or even if you are curious after trying Dale's Pale ale. This is really just a scaled up version with more everything.

Glass- Nonic Imperial Pint

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Photo of Stubbie1
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a amber color with an awesome off white head. Tightly packed and long lasting head that goes to the very end of the beer. Hops on the nose, fruity. Taste is a nice crisp bitterness up front with a tropical fruity finish on the end. Clean and crisp beer. The 8% is well hidden. Try it if you see it, worth the $$.

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Photo of Beric
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Serving: Sampler at Gordon's Fine Wine and Liquors in Watham, MA
Served: 1 May 2015

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber color with an off-white head.

Smell: Huge hop notes, especially highlighting the citrus/piney end of the spectrum. Noticeable malt sweetness.

Taste: Pretty good IPA here- some nice malt sweetness and a sizeable helping of American hops thrown on the top. The hops are carried well by the malt backbone without being carried away.

Mouthfeel: A pinch thinner on the palate than what I was expecting.

Overall: A good beer, and one of the best I've sampled from Oskar Blues yet. Definitely tallboy worthy, though at 8% it could mess you up pretty quick.

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Photo of jthm
2.68/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The look is cloudy and the beer has good lacing. The smell is very musky/musty and is what i imagine the smell of a Tijuana hooker with fat thighs smells like when she spreads her legs. The taste could be great but it has an overwhelming metallic taste from the can, otherwise the quality would be compared to two hearted ale. If you love ipas this beer is worth a try just be sure to buy a single.

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Photo of Premo88
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

16 oz. tall boy can poured into nonic
(2/2/15 born on date)

L: amber, a bit cloudy but clean and clear enough you can see through it, massive 1.5-inch head of beige foam that's super sticky; the foam has that marshmallow American craft thing happening, very clumpy and doesn't dissipate much; amber-orange color is nice; lacing and sticking are remarkable.

S: hops in this one and no mistaking; hops are piney, green and bitter on the nose, remarkably bright for an American hoppy brew going on three months old; grapefruit and a perfume-like floral quality

T: hops up front, relatively bitter but they smooth out and a caramel sweetness pops in ... mixed with the malt, the hops can taste a bit like tropical fruit, but the piney-green bitter note from the nose is also here in the taste

F: solid all around, a bit silky

O: a good American IPA that's pushing DIPA range with the 8% ABV, which is hidden but still very present; the beer works best for me up front in a session where the hops shine through more; for an AIPA, it doesn't follow quite as well as I'd like, the malt becoming a mushy mess of caramel sweetness. it's a good enough brew that it has me wanting to try some fresh Dale's, though it's not a brew I'll likely revisit.

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4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I was pleasantly surprised. I didn't really expect it to be so good. Would definitely seek out to some extent. Much better than some more expensive ipas out there.

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Photo of Dnayew
4.79/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The most complex nose of any IPA I've ever had. This beer is boozy almost like a double, and has an overwhelming amount of floral, pine and citrus hops. A must try for any hophead.

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Photo of Jeffsta1
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall a very nice, clean, competent IPA, borderline 2IPA. Nothing truly special here though.

Amber-orange color. Really nice looking head. Good persistence.

Smells like it tastes. Like it should.

Hops, hops, hops. Orange, apricot, pine resin. Hint of lemon, blood orange. Hops. Did I mention hops?

Nice mouthfeel. Moderately rich, just the right amount of carbonation for me.

Long finish.

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Photo of SierraFlight
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Can poured into nonic. Clear copper with two finger head that lingers and leaves lacing all the way down. Pine resin aroma with citrus and tropical fruits. Some dank notes and boozy bread too. Solid citrus hop bitterness on the tongue with good malt sweetness in support. Sticky but crisp mouthfeel with average carbonation and mediun-full body.

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Photo of BrownAleBollocks
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good but at this point it's pretty old because I failed to look at the can on date before purchase. That being said, I'll give it a fair shake. Pours a deep amber. Aroma is malt and caramel. Taste is malt heavy with a small amount of hops. Mouthfeel is medium tobthick. Overall a decent beer that I would love to try fresh.

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