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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 TangTKE402
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a chalice. Ruby/Amber/Brown in color, with a beautiful, 2-finger, ecru head that leaves some sticky lacing on the side. A pretty beer, that's well filtered for its style.

S: A truly resinous aroma, with a nice malt backbone and a great hop character. Some pine notes, caramel malts, dried dark fruits, fresh cut grass, and citrus rind.

T: Nice flavor, hop-forward but with a malty backbone and a balanced, resinous finish. Good flavors of pine tar, prunes, sticky pollen notes, the juice that comes off of a grapefruit rind when you squeeze it, and a nice, just-hoppy-enough finish that leaves you wanting more. I barely noticed the booze too.

M: A good mouthfeel, strong, robust, and a bit syrupy for my tastes (really the only evidence of the hooch...) but all-around well balanced.

O: It's hard for me to remain neutral, as "Dale's" is one of my favorite, all-occasion, go-to beers. This is a great way to take it: similar to Dale's but with some serious DIPA characteristics that makes it compete. An overall good beer, that's definitely worth a look-see.

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Photo of jera1350
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coppery orange color, tall head of fluffy foam with plenty of sticky lacing. Good retention also.

Huge complex hop filled nose. Actually reminds me a lot of Furious in this regard. Piney, citrus, leafy and juicy.

Plenty of hops here, but kept in check by a solid malt backbone. The hops have this spicy, pine resin and juniper taste to them. Some initial citrus notes, but the pine takes over and some alcohol and hop bitterness finish it out.

Medium body, softer carbonation, warming sensation all the way down. The warmth lingers well after the swallow. Hard to believe it's only 8%. I would guess closer to ten if I didn't know better.

A very solid beer here. It reminds me of a higher octane Furious. It's just not as drinkable with how warm it feels. Overall, very well done.

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Photo of merryjoulton
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty deep amber color with a very strong head with thick lacing. Smell is a fresh, crisp hoppy aroma that doesn't impress really. Actually the standard smell is a good thing, right in line with what I expect from an IPA. Not too much malt. Taste is extremely straightforward: hops. These hops are crisp and refined, very precisely calculated in my opinion. Mouthfeel is fine. Overall a great IPA.

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Photo of WrathsU
4.77/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy tan body with a cherry wood red hue.Off white thick head, oatmeal colored.

S - Huge hope aroma. Big piney and citrus notes across the board. Slight floral notes with some slight malt notes as well.

T - Huge orange citrus taste up front along with a ton of tropical fruit. I've had beers with tropical fruit hops before, but this is quite frankly insanely tropical and delicious. Melon and pineapple galore. Good bitterness level helps keep it from being overly sweet.

M - Thick bodied, good carbonation, no alcohol burn. Might be a bit too thick.

O - Delightful and delicious. Taste is beyond this world. Wish the mouthfeel was closer to medium bodied so I could drink more without feeling weighed down. You've gotta check this beer out.

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Photo of beergoot
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A great looking copper body with excellent clarity. Head appears white and dense, a little over one-finger in sustained height.

Very hoppy aroma. Floral and piney. Barely noticeable is a faint light malt scent.

Pretty good taste. Hop bitterness immediately hits and stays with you. Not much in the way of grain character. A bit of alcohol warmth noticed in the finish.

Somewhat light-bodied mouthfeel. Smooth, clean.

A very respectable IIPA. A little one-dimensional in the malt department, but great overall work on the hops. Hides the relatively high ABV pretty well. Wouldn't quite use this as a session brew, but I wouldn't turn down knockin' a couple back at any one time...

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Photo of natemort13
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful golden amber with a fluffy off white head.

Nose is pungent citrus, very juicy hop presence. Grapefruit, guava, mango. Some pine underneath all of that. Nice floral finishing aroma.

Taste is exceedingly dank, it really takes over for the citrus notes. A flash of citrus peel in the finish is overcome by a crisp yet sweet bready malt presence that lingers with bitter vegetal hops.

Mouthfeel is pretty slick with a nice bite from the carbonation/alcohol. Medium full.

Overall this is an excellent dipa. love the contrast between the nose and the taste, almost like smelling and then tasting two different beers. Will seek more out.

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Photo of yamar68
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Canned 4/09/12. Poured from 16oz to Duvel tulip:

The aroma comes first here. Cracked open the can and I'm overwhelmed by massive citrus and soft pine. Some pineapple, no real booze to be had.

Anyways, the appearance... Pours a thin copper with minimal beading, great lacing, and a healthy swelling head.

Taste makes me think Hopslam. Boozy, sugary citrus. Some pine/spruce to support. Malts are few and far between.

The feel is a bit thin, I must say. Goes down about as easy as a IIPA can though.

Overall, I've got to find this one again. Quite good.

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

tallboy into tulip. canned on 04/05/12.

A: a very clear, very bright orange hued body. head is slightly off-white and comprised of a dense foam. retention is average, but the lacing is unreal. not just thick wisps, but thick clumps are resting on the side of my glass.

S: green. even after being packaged for almost 4 weeks. a piney resin aroma that is enticing with its strength. some good smelling shit.

T: pine, sap, green melon. mint. reminds me of a fine gin. bitter throughout, but still with a moderate amount of residual sugar to keep sweet malts a factor. the sweet flavor is actually a little sharp, but definitely welcomed. finish is caramelly and toasty. there is a biscuit flavor in there as well. well-balanced.

M: subtle creamy/moderate carbonation on a full-bodied DIPA.

D: another good hoppy brew from the folks over at oskar blues. kinda wish i bought all four in the pack instead of just a single, but that was a lesson learned the hard way. nice to have all this flavor without the walloping ABV.

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Photo of gabrielsyme
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a nonic pint. Dark-straw colored, minimal head. The smell is of citrus hops. The floral qualities are not there on the taste; just some good hop bitterness and a solid malt backbone. A good beer to enjoy on a humid mid-Atlantic evening, with spicy food.

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Photo of jegross2
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing the Deviant Dale's IPA from Oskar Blues Grill And Brewery out of Colorado. Oskar Blue is best known for their Ten Fidy Russian Imperial Stout -- one of the best beers in the style.
Score: 90

Canned on 04/09/12. Served in a CBS snifter and enjoyed on 04/25/12.

Appearance: Pours a clean amber color with a nice layer of creamy cream colored head that slowly settles into a thin film. Really good lacing, above average retention. 4/5

Smell: Lively and earthy hops, lemon, and onion spice. There is a little bit of that honey aroma you get when you smell a Hopslam. Caramel malt and grapefruit as well. 4/5

Taste: Bitter citrus upfront. Rye, onion, lemon and sweet-and-spicy caramel malt. Grapefruit and lots of earthy hops. Growing bitterness as the beer layers. Has an oniony hop linger/finish. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Smooth and oily mouthfeel. Bitter finish. Not at all dry.

Overall: This is a super solid imperial IPA, albeit a little oniony. Oskar Blues is always on the pricier side of craft, and I'm not sure I would consistently buy this at $3-4 each, but I would absolutely drink this beer again if offered one.

Recommendation: Seek this one out fresh, unless you hate spiced hop beers or oniony IPA flavors.

Pairings: Beat goat cheese salad with balsamic.

Cost: $3.99 for a 16 oz can or $12 for a four pack.

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Photo of JRed
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reddish in body with giant white head that sits on top. Aroma of hop resin, citrus juice, wet grass, and some caramel nuttiness. Strong flavors of wet grass, slick hop bitterness, nuttiness, hop spice, some booze, and deep citrus with rind. Heavy in body with medium carbonation. A heavy hitter that's big and tasty.

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Photo of abrand
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

sampled at DLD from can

Pours an orange color with small white head. Nose is fruits and hops. Oranges, grapefruit and earthy notes. Taste is similar to the nose. Fruits and pine up front with a hop finish. Decent tasting brew. Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Overall this was decent. Nothing spectacular.

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Photo of riored4v
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in to a tulip. Clear, copper colored body with a 1 finger, tan head. Good amounts of lacing.

Aroma was very tasty. Super hoppy. Grassy, danky with loads of citrus and pine. Good malty sweetness with a nice amound of caramel. Slight biscuity aroma.

Taste had a good amount of malty sweetness in the middle. Some fair amounts of caramel and bready/biscuit notes. Super dank hop flavors as well. Very resinous, loads of citrus and slightly grassy. A piney finish with a light lingering bitterness. Definitely a DIPA, but the malt sweetness helps round it all out.

Mouthfeel had a medium body with a medium carbonation. Slight dry finish with a sticky sweetness.

Overall this was a nicely done DIPA. Good amounts of sweetness with a very hop-forward profile.

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Photo of Mikey256
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This amazing dry hopped version of Dales Pale Ale really brings out the aroma and taste of the hops. Its aroma has scents of bitter orange and citrus and the taste has a powerful astringent sensation of pine reason with a bitter hoppy finish. They took a great beer, and made it even better. This is now in my top 5 favorite beers. I first had it on-tap in Lyons, but now they sell it in the can too.

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Photo of JupiterJesus
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First thing's first - this is no more an IPA than Dale's Pale Ale is a Pale Ale. This is a DIPA, no question.

Ridiculously intense, dank aroma. Orangey, piney. That can really holds in the aroma.

Flavor is super fruity, a little sweet but not bad considering the OG. Reminds me of the taste of juicy wine grapes and some other tropical fruits.

Rough, in your face bitterness, lingers.

Tasty, complex, a sipper. Decent, but lack of drinkability loses it some points.

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

A: Pours a clear amber color with a fluffy 1 finger cream colored head. Leaves some sticky lacing down the glass.

S: A good amount of sweet citrus hops and caramel. Mango is pretty prominent.

T: Definitely a sweeter IPA. Lots of sweet citrus hops and some caramel malts. A touch of resin on the finish. Not bad at all.

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Photo of doughanson78
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can poured into a pint glass.

A: Medium copper color with a very slight haze. One finger slightly off white head with amazing retention and super sticky lacing.

S: Awesome citrus upfront with pineapple leading the way, mango and tangerine mixing nicely. Grapefruit is non existent, just how I like my IPA's to smell. Touches of sweet caramel make this an amazing smelling beer.

T: Sweet caramel upfront and throughout the finish of this one. Pineapple citrus with hints of mango, tangerines, and grapefruit. Light touches of floral hops also. Bitterness is very light tho. I'd definitely like more kick to this one.

M: Medium light body. Medium carbonation. Damn creamy. Far from a dry finish.

O: It's a good beer and bordering on very good. Drinkable for 8%. But at the price point for a 16oz can? Don't know if I'll grab this one again.

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Photo of mechamifune
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a orange to copper color with heavy lacing. Carbonation is there but not overly so, looks more creamy than crisp. Nice looking all in all.

Smell is a lot of what I would call musty hops. A little bit of citrus and pine as well, but mostly a heavy, musty, very hop-forward smell. I don't mind it, but it lacks that kind of refreshing quality that the best examples of this style have.

Taste is citrus fruit up front, then quickly delves into that musty/funky bite. I will give it the credit it deserves in that this is a beer where you taste the hops...a lot... but it doesn't finish particularly bitter. Not particularly sweet.

Mouthfeel is smooth enough, but a little more resinous that i'd like. Wish it were just a little more crisp.

Overall this is an above average DIPA, but given the price point and tall boy format (which i loathe) it is not one I will be returning to. It's not nearly as awful as Gubna, but it doesn't come close to touching their pils or Ten Fidy in terms of making great examples of the style.

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Photo of Fcip78
3/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured the 16 oz. can into a pint glass to a hazy orange-amber with little head. The smell of piney hop resin was very strong and indicated a hop-centric flavor profile. First couple of sips indicted pungent hop flavors, but little to no malt backbone. Frankly, this is hop juice; very one dimensional.... the taste was not what I expected...

I finished about half of the can and chucked the rest. I felt very unsatisfied, so I wanted to something to verify my opinion of this beer. Therefore, as a comparison, I immediately poured myself a Sierra Nevada Torpedo. Torpedo provided that balance and spicy hop flavor that I enjoy with IPAs.

Overall, Extra IPAs or IPAs are one of my favorites, but like a Jimmy Rollins at-bat it is a frustrating style to enjoy (Phils fans will understand what I mean). If I had to sum it up, Hop Wallop is perfect example of what Deviant Dale's SHOULD have aimed for.

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Photo of Cresant
3.13/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served this 16 oz. can in a Sierra Nevada Hops glass. Canned 4-05-12. I purchased this in Asheville 4-13-12, Wow! that's fresh. The body was clear with a pretty copper hue. The head was parchment colored and left a thin cap.

The smell was intensely pine needles. Pungent, almost BO like, earthy. Enjoyable.

The taste was not what I hoped for based on the aroma. The first thing that hit me was diesel fuel. Very malty balanced with funky hops. Very flavorful, but not really great tasting. Medium bodied. Finishes semi-dry. I really enjoyed regular Dale's Pale Ale but this one is not high on my list.

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

on-tap at ebenezers ale house in west seneca, NY. served in a tall, skinny pint glass.

dark orange amber color, almost bronze. about a 1/4 worth of off white head, about average retention, average looking lace.

big fresh, dank pine resiny hops. vegetal, onion, tropical fruit, nugget like hops. hardly any malt detectable.

im liking the taste a lot. again, lots of dank vegetal hops at the forefront. pine resin, pineapple, mango, grapefruit citrus as well. just a bit of bready malt. the darker color is kind of decieving because this is pretty much all hops.

on the bigger side of medium bodied, lots of dank bitterness.

i enjoyed this a lot, really nothing like dales pale ale, but this has a nice range of many different hop flavors, lots of dank. reminds me a bit of nugget nectar.

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

A: A nice golden brown color with a thin head that lingers a little bit on the glass. Not much in the way of carbonation.

S: Lots of fruits. I get a lot of mango and papaya.

T: Again the fruits are really hitting me. The mango and papaya taste is there for me with some resinous hop taste and bitterness.

M: Definitely a medium bodied IPA. Leaves a little coating on the tongue. Slight alcohol taste but not enough to overwhelm.

O: Its thick and has great fruity flavors in it, nice mouth-feel that enjoyable.

This is my first Oskar Blues offering and I'm happy I got it even though I paid an arm for it at $5 for a can in Philly. I can't get it where I am so I'm ok with it. Definitely lots of what I like, lots of fruity aromas and flavors. Its rich because of the mouth-feel but a nice drink.

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

Canned 3/20/2012

A - Crystal clear brilliant brown in color. Nice white head that lasts. Inviting.

S - Very much citrus forward hops in the aroma..peach, grapefruit, papaya, mango. Excellent smell on this one and very fresh.

T - Flavor is much more Earthy with flavors of sticky sap, tree resin, pine and very light caramel. The citrus flavors are much different than in the aroma and are much more delicate. Plenty pungent and bitter.

M/O - Medium body that has the right viscosity for the style. Maybe slightly under-carbed but that allows a lot of the alpha acids to come through more making the beer much more ripe. Aftertaste lasts a little while but doesn't stick to the palate. ABV is just right and makes it easy to drink. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of DersOne
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz. can into a pint glass.

A-Pours with a very large, foamy head, started at about three fingers' height then settles to about one finger. Lots of lacing left on the glass afterwards. Great bronze color and transparency.

S-A bit subdued for what I would expect from an IPA, mellow citrusy hops aroma with no one note being particularly overpowering.

T-Slight carbonation on the front, good bit of orange peel or grapefruit taste in the middle, finishing into a more mellow bitter and dry hoppiness on the finish. Not much of a hint of alcohol, which is nice for a relatively high ABV IPA.

M-Coats the mouth well, and the low carbonation helps create a thicker mouth feel that helps the finish last for a while.

O-An above-average IPA for those who prefer citrus notes and low carbonation.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1237th Review on BA
Can to Parra Tulip
16oz Tallboy

Canned 3/30/12
Purchased from El Cerrito for $3.50

App- The color of some dirty copper with oranges, golds and yellows mixed in. A gigantic 3 finger head that fell semi quickly.
Great stick and cling down the glass.

Smell- I think I found the 1st one thats malty, hoppy and citrus balanced all at the same time. A bit large on the nose with thick citrus and sweet malts and some pungent hops.

Taste- You have had this profile before. Its that large old orange fruit mixed with malt and some hops blended behind it but this one tastes just a bit better. Not the greatest DIPA but I see where they are going.

Mouth- This is a medium almost thick bodied beer with a low-medium carbonation and a ton of residual malts and ripe damp fruits. Solid flavors and blended and layered well.

Drink- Only qualm I have is drinking this too quickly. Needs to be cold because allowed to warm it breaks down a bit and loses something in the feel and aroma

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Deviant Dale's IPA from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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