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 emerge077
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Canned 4/9/12

Drank a bunch of this lately. Thanks to Jesse at Toad Hall for turning me on to this.

Burnished bronze orange, bright clarity, creamy cap of foam that leaves a sheet of striated lacing inside the glass, and a skim across the surface.

Dried papaya and mango, green vegetal leeks and ramps, sweet fruity elements and a dank hop funk. Guessing Summit and Citra possibly, just for fun. (*Bzzz* wrong, all Columbus.) Can't get enough of the wet hop oils here.

Flavors are similar, there's a definitive malt sweetness alongside the tropical resiny hops, a flash of savory greens, grapefruit rind, and a wave of ample bitterness lingers long into the aftertaste. Six cans in, and this never gets old. Really well done guys.

Like cilantro, Summit hops seem to be a love-it-or-hate-it thing, but Deviant Dale's is multifaceted enough to pull it off nicely.

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Photo of obrike
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a 4 pack at the Specs in Schertz just northeast of San Antonio for around 13 bucks.

Really liked the look of this one. Poured a gorgeous amber/orange wit a sticky white head that stuck around for a while. Excellent lacing too. Very pretty.

A fresh grassy hop profile...some grapefruit, caramel malt. A good scent, but nothing out of the ordinary for an IPA.

An immediate piney/grapefruit punch upon first sip, some mango too.. with a heavy sweet malt finish. Malt certainly wins the battle here, but a nice combo with the hops. Good!

I liked this one. Nothing shocking, but good on all fronts. A drinkable, fresh, and approachable IPA. The booze puts this one at an almost DIPA level. Not my fav but I'll certainly purchase again.

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

A pounder can into a shaped pint. Thanks go to kegatron for hooking me up with this! The brew pours a clear copper with just shy of 3 fingers of creamy froth. The cap leaves a full wall of webby lacing effect sticking to the glass.

The aroma is pulpy with hops. Quite rindy with an herbal fruit aspect reminescent of amarillo hops. Towards the back, it gets more herbal with a light pine to grassy touch mingled with fruity to floral alcohol notes.

The taste is bitter with rinds and pulp upfront that gets herbal and veggy-like. The grain quality is toasty to almost burnt flavored with some pine into the aftertaste. Solvent alcohol is fairly prominent not only in flavor but also with a warmth down the back of the throat. The faintest floral sweetness comes out in the background.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbobation. A nice ipa here that isnt holding back on the hoppiness. The bitterness is quite one-sided keeping this from being balanced in a way id prefer but overall this is solid. The alcohol is quite bold if you want to be picky. If you havent had this yet, you need to give it a go.

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Photo of Teleweizen2
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - pours a hazey amber orange which gets lighter down the glass. Not much head. Maybe a fingers worth. Dissipates quickly. Webs of lacing on the glass.

S - aroma is big. Lots orangey citrus with lots of resinous hops. Notes of grilled pineapple, caramel and grapefruit as the beer warms.

T - the initial flavor is reminiscent of fresh dough sprinkled with sugar. The tropical fruit notes add to the overall sweetness but the grapefruit rind bitterness comes in to give balance. Sharp quick finish.

M - medium bodied nearing full. Medium carb. Creamy texture.

O - good beer. I wish it was drier but still ridiculously drinkable.

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Photo of thecheapies
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pint glass pour looks great enough. Can't get a color reading in this light, but the head is creamy and holding well. 4.0

Pine, carrot juice, grapefruit, and caramel bouquet. Hoppy, spiny, and with some herbal muscle. 4.0

Wicked bitter with a holiday wreath of piney hops. Mild citrus undertones with notes of grapefruit, carrot, lime, and kiwi. Caramel malts try to lay down some sweetness to compete. Earthy toast to the grain. Killer DIPA. 4.5

Bristly and gripping. Warm with booze. Nice spritz. 3.5

Enormous flavor and arresting hoppiness. Oskar Blues nailed it down. 4.5

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

Poured from a fairly fresh can (canned on 4/13/12) into an Oskar Blues pint glass (woohoo, novelty!). Enjoyed just prior to dinner after a long day of studying and cycling.

A: Pours a light orange copper with a one finger off white head. Decent retention. Head gives way to a solid lacing. Doesn't look too fizzy.

S: Fantastic and powerful. The head gives off rich pine aromas with hop oils in the background. Quite citrusy with the slightest hint of bready malt.

T: Starts with a slightly-off, almost astringent (but not unpleasant), earthy hoppiness that quickly fades into pine and citrus. Malt character is practically nonexistent, and I would certainly like some balance to this vehemoth hop presence. Lingering earthy bitterness is pleasant.

M: Smooth and crisp, ever so slightly resinous. A tad thin. A little bit of foam as it goes down. MF alone is sessionable; taste is not.

O: While I did enjoy this beer, I must admit that, as a fan of Dale's and Oskar Blues in general, I was a bit disappointed. This beer goes past being hop forward - it's practically just hop water. I got zilch from the malt, which a beer with this kind of hop presence really needs. While I will certainly give this another try in the near future, I believe I will be sticking with Dale's (the standard one).

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Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the can a deep rich copper color with a large fluffy off white head atop into an imperial nonic.Sharp grassy and piney hops in the nose,alot like Gubna,I actually picked up some sweet onion in there like the Gubna.Herbal and big grassy hops over top of a toffee based malt base,the hops are the main component but again it reminds me too much of GUBNA wich is not a really bad thing.Love the looks love the hop profile,it's a really good beer but it is alot like the GUBNA,whatever it is it's a really good DIPA.

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

16oz can served in a tulip glass.

L - clear deep copper color with a fluffy off-white head that had some decent staying power and left lots of thick lacing.

S - pine and bitter citrus rind.

T - a bit piney upfront with a hint of malt sweetness before a shot of bitter citrus rind comes in finishing dry and somewhat sticky sweet on the lips.

F - medium bodied with a smooth feel.

O - a good example of the style.

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Photo of morimech
3.09/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear copper color with just over one finger of head that had good retention before settling to a thick cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left down the glass.

Not that appealing of an aroma to be honest. Sort of a combination of onion and dank vegetation. Not getting the citrus and pine other reviewers are noting.

I do pick up on some citrus and pine in the flavor but otherwise is dominated by dank bitterness. There is a nice bready malt base that saves the flavor for me.

Nice smooth carbonation and rich body. The overall texture is one of the better in the DIPA category.

I guess I am one of those unfortunate drinkers that this hop variety does not appeal to. It is nicely crafted and has some very good aspects, but to this drinker it is not particularly easy drinking.

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Photo of drewone
4.59/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in to a tulip.

medium amber. nice amount of lacing sticks to the side of the glass, not a huge head, but look nice.

Cracking open the can the Hoppy goodness permeates the air - yum. Great smell - piney resiny.

An assault of hop flavor - but low on the bittering. A bit of that candy hop flavor

Not super dry but that's not a problem. But doesn't seem over filling either.

Really enjoyable.

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

16oz can into a tulip - canned 4/23/2012

A: Pours amber with a big white head that fades slowly to a ring and leaves a lot of sticky lacing on the glass.

S: The nose starts with dank hops in the form of pine and grapefruit and slowly fades to more tropical fruit aromas like pineapple and apricot.

T: The taste is less than impressive compared to the nose. It starts with a bitter punch of pine and not much else. Further sips produce decent grapefruit and caramel malt flavors. Still I was expecting something wonderful after the nose.

M: The feel is medium bodied and creamy.

O: The nose is really good but the flavor is lacking complexity. I'm glad I got to try it but I'm not sure if I would buy it again.

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Photo of FeloniousDrunk
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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Deviant Dale's IPA from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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