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

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

$3.99 for a 16 ounce can at the Hoboken vine. Seems kinda pricey but given what the prices are for bombers of beer it's on par; happy to spend four bucks to try one.
Pours a deep amber color with a generous white head. Hits the nose with pine, hits the palate with grapefruit and pine. Deep, underlying black tea sweetness that underlines the heavy dose of hops. Medium bodied and pretty well balanced, all things considered.
This is smack dab in the middle of the spectrum I think about regarding IPAs and double IPAs. More intense than what I think about when thinking IPA, but mild for a double IPA.
I might not want to plunk down $14-16 for a four pack but I think I'd be happy to pick up a single from time to time. A tasty and satisfying dose of hops.

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Photo of garylite
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Getting good beer in CT is a bit of a challenge (most of my best beers have to be purchased in NY PA or MN).
I would put Dale's toward the middle of my go to list for beers of this style I can get in CT. Somewhere around Harpoon, DF 60 Min.
The Deviant was a very pleasant surprise. If anyone has had Gandhi Bot and got blown away by how much better it is than Sea Hag, you get the picture. Highly recommend this for the Hophead, although the ABV is up there I would say I could be happy having a bit of a session with this.

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Photo of BeerLover99
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: deep copper body, finger off-white head,
gorgeous lacing

S: grapefruit, pine, caramel, malt

T: mild grapefruit, sweet malt, caramel,
long slow bitter/oily finish

M: med body, big oily/sticky mouth

O: Oskar Blues just make mighty fine beer.
This is another gem. Would recommend or
get again, only thing that would hold me back
is the price point $15/4 pack in Jersey. ouch!


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

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for giving me one of these

Appearance: Ruby orange with hints of gold and copper - starts off with a nice, large, fluffy, white head - fades quickly to some sticky and spotty lacing, hazy but mostly clear

Smell: Aggressively hoppy with a base of biscuity malts - a wide range of hops, including citrus (orange, grapefruit, tangerine), wet pine, and green onions (summit hops?) - something else strikes me as medicinal - sweet, light biscuits underneath - abrasive, not really inviting

Taste: Actually more abrasive than the smell suggests - citrus flesh, zest, and a ton of pith - very bitter, with a lingering pithy bitterness - damp, oddly sweet pine - grassy, vegetal, herbal, with some onions on the side - malts are biscuity and pale, adds some hint of balance, but is a touch too sweet

Mouthfeel: On the heavy side of medium, nicely carbonated, too oily and sticky

Overall: Unique and interesting, but not excellent

The hop profile of this beer is nothing short of entertaining. There are so many things going on here. While I do not particularly love some of these aspects, I think it's interesting. It's worth a try, but it's not a top-tier DIPA. Too much competition...

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Photo of litheum94
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned 3/30/12. Reviewed 4/20/12.

Clear and bright, amber body. Thick, off-white head. Settles to a foamy cover, with some nice lacing.

Lots of hop aromas: green onions, pine, pitch and some citrus. Caramel malts are there, but in the background.

Malts present themselves first, with caramel and biscuit flavors. Immediately give way to a green onion and spice hop flavor. Burned citrus peel, with a biting bitterness, but finishes pretty smoothly.

Slightly pricey, but a great DPA/IPA. Lots of delicious flavors and pretty easy drinking for the ABV. I had a can of this while walking around the San Francisco Zoo, and it was perfect.

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

16oz tall boy canned on 3-30-2012 poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Mostly clear dark gold, white head with a hint of yellow in it, good head retention and lacing.

S: The nose has a lot of sweeter orange in it, relatively floral with a good dose of dank, resinous pine sap as well.

T: Dry, floral, sweeter fruit, pine sap, grapefruit...small dose of malt detectable, more biscuty but there may be some caramel too...herbal hop oil, and the slightest hint of alcohol.

MF: Medium mouthfeel, dry, moderate bitterness, medium to light carbonation.

O: Its a good DIPA, resiny, and sweet with good body and bitterness. A bit tougher to drink for me than the Palate Wrecker I had last night.

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

Acquired in an in-person beer trade with fsvan, thanks dude, I always enjoy your surprise additions...

A four-pack, canned the first week in April, so it's super fresh, purchased at Midtown Liquors in Nashville, TN..

First one enjoyed after work tonite, poured into my Duvel Tulip, this is one interesting beer, beginning with the rush of orange tinged goodness cascading from the pint can.

Smell, not quite on par with DIPAs Hopslam or Dreadnaught, but it still very intriguing.

Taste, I get none of the onion taste some have detected in their reviews.. Definitely a hop bomb, though. The hops are very straight forward. If you don't like a hopped up beer, you probably won't like this Oskar Blues offering.

Mouthfeel, the freshness of this beer (three weeks) kind of overpowers you. Might have to put some age on the other three cans.

Overall, a good but not amazing beer. I'll see what some age on the other three cans does for this beer.

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

A: Pours a clear golden orange to copper in color with some very light visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall light beige head that reduces to an extremely thin film with some thin patches and a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Significant lacing is observed.

S: The aroma is dominated by citrus and grapefruit hops with a lighter contribution from floral and pine/resin hops.

T: There is a very pleasant sweet malt backbone upfront. After that, this beer is all hops - primarily citrus and grapefruit but some some lighter hints of floral and pine. There is more than a passing amount of hop bitterness but it is not too aggressive. There is a nice complexity to the taste.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly coats the inside of your mouth and your tongue.

O: Amazingly great smell and taste to this beer with a wonderful complexity. I really enjoyed this beer but it is more of a sipping beer than a session beer. The hops are intense but I really like it.

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Photo of jpro
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16oz tall boy into a shaker pint glass...

A: coppery orange; two-finger, light beige head; a few lines of webby lace; a dark IPA.

S: citrus; resinous, dank hops; some tropical fruit aroma - definitely another dimension of hops on top of a “normal” Dale’s.

T: piney; citrusy hops; pretty big resin on the end and hugely bitter; caramel malt isn’t completely lost, though.

M: full body; moderate carbonation; viscous; what you’d expect from a big IPA... and its a real tonsil puckerer.

O: a pretty big beer that fits the bill for everything you’d expect out of an IPA... and more; not the most drinkable of ales (in terms of volume) but real tasty and fulfilling; the 16oz can is the perfect, one sitting amount.

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

From a 16 ounce can....pours a nice clear amber with a thick white head that sticks around. Little if any sediment whatsoever. The lacing is pretty phenomenal. Both citrus and floral hops dominate the nose. The taste is nothing unique, a typical IPA, but a very clean one and well balanced. There's a solid malt backbone with notes of grapefruit and caramel. Solid brew.

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Photo of Rutager
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance. Pours a pretty clear, orange-amber with almost two fingers of thick, off-white head that leaves some great lacing.

Smell. Sweet yellow grapefruit and pine with a little toasty malt and tropical fruits.

Taste. Sweet caramel malts in a big way, Plenty of piney, grapefruity hops, but not really in a fresh and bright sort of way. I think a little medicine got in there too.

Mouthfeel. Medium-full body with below medium carbonation. A little bit warm.

Overall. A big dipa for sure.

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

16oz can poured into tulip.

A - Clear copper amber with a large cream head.

S - Potent mix of pine resin, juicy grapefruit, and floral hops. Hints of sweet caramel, fresh cut grass, and orange peel in there as well.

T - Sharp, bitter pine cuts through on the first few sips, with flavors of grapefruit, orange, and resin slowly coming through. A light caramel malt backbone keeps the bitterness in check. Ends with a long, bitter, hoppy finish. Complex and delicious.

M - Crisp, smooth, refreshing. Just a bit sticky. Medium body with a dry finish.

O - An impressive, well rounded double IPA from Oskar Blues. Waves of huge, resinous hops in every sip. Immensely pleasurable and drinkable. I don't know what else to say, this is just an incredible beer.

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Deviant Dale's IPA from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
4.02 out of 5 based on 3,409 ratings.
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