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 xnicknj
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz can poured into pint

Pours a copper color with some golden hues and a slight haze. Crop of white head leaves significant amounts of patchy lacing all over with some lingering wispy film.

Strong and piny in the nose with some herbal hints. Pungent hop aroma with resin and a dash of citrus peel. Hint of warming alcohol with a note of peppery spice.

Bitter and slightly abrasive up front with a blast of pine and sticky resin. Slightly floral and herbal with spicy notes. Lighter citrus lurks underneath with orange and grapefruit. Bready backbone is a bit understated amidst the crazy hop attack. Finishes bitter and strong with some alcohol warmth.

Medium body, decent carbonation, sticky, dry and lingering on the tongue. This is pretty tasty, although the flavors can be a bit extreme at points. I can see where people are getting the "onion" or "garlic" notions, but I don't really agree that it's the entire profile.

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Photo of drpimento
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very good, but not one of my favs from them. Served at a good temperature with a large, foamy, light tan to cream colored head that slowly settles and plenty of lace. Color is a clear orange honey ambewith a few bubble trails. Aroma is hops, malt, used leather, musty, and musky. Flavor's much like nose with hop bitterness really standing out, a little malt sweetness, some carbonic tang. Body is good and full but the bitterness makes it a bit rough, carbonation is good. Finish is like flavor and body and lasts a long time. Nice to try, but for me, one and done.

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Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can into a tulip glass. Canned on 3/30/12.

Pours a crystal clear copper, with a couple fingers of frothy off-white head. This retains with a ½ finger cap of sudsy foam, which throws up a good bit of sticky foamy lacing onto the sides of the glass. The aroma smells floral, herbal, piney, and spicy, with an underlying fruity combination of fresh grapefruit and then more sweet and ripe tropical notes. Firm feeling bready malts buffer the back of the nose from the hops.

The taste is quite strong and aggressive with the hops, with zesty grapefruit, resins, and spice that cut across the tongue and carry the whole way through to a fairly hard finish. Herbal textures and light tropical fruit character help soften the blow here a bit, while sweet caramel and dry biscuit flavors from the malts do their best to balance some of those assertive flavors out but they are barely keeping the overall intensity of this in check.The mouthfeel is medium bodied and sharp on the tongue, which then spreads out into a firm prickly creaminess that is undercut by a herbal slickness that helps keep this as smooth as it can be. That 8% ABV amplifies those hops and helps stick all of that pith, pine, and spice to the tongue with some strength.

If you like your DIPAs in more of the bold style, with lots of sharp bitterness, pine, and spiciness, then you’ll probably like this one. Personally, it really isn’t my thing (especially when the alcohol really amps things up like it does here) but I will say that things did start to balance and smooth out more as I neared the end of the glass and the freshness did help carry this through to the end for me. This wasn’t really quite what I was expecting out of this beer but I can respect it for what it is.

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Photo of CHickman
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy orange color with a massive 3 finger creamy light tan head that faded very slowly and left good foamy lacing and rings as it went down; a good looking IPA from a tallboy can.

Smells of citrus hops, grapefruit, papaya, orange peel, pineapple, caramel, light spices, piney hops, herbs, biscuit and lightly toasted grains; big blast of fruity citrus hops up front that is very sweet and almost smells wet hopped, then nice floral notes come through with more citrus and some cracker or sweet malts – nice balance in the nose.

Tastes of citrus hops, grapefruit, orange peel, mango, pineapple, lemon zest, floral hops, tea leaf, grass, caramel, lightly toasted grains, biscuit, herbs, pine cone/piney hops, light spices like pepper and coriander, brown sugar and a faint presence of a sweet alcohol like rum; this beer hides the ABV very well and the hop taste up front lets the malts and bready notes come through at the end right before the hop bitterness closes this out. The sweetness is held in check by the grains for an overall tasty and fairly complex IPA/DIPA.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, with average carbonation, a medium body that’s a little chewy and good drinkability; the malts give it an English IPA feel, but the hops make this an all American IPA.

Real nice taste, goes down easy (almost too easy), hides the ABV and most definitely worth trying out – another winner from Oskar Blues. Says IPA on the can, listed as a DIPA on BA, whatever…it’s a damn tasty beer so go drink one.

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Photo of Ego
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 full fingers of head, soapy white crater moonscape goodness, lazy bubbles commute birth and keep the head from collapsing, orange, almost glowing, hue, lacing and legs are on par for the style, nice.

been awhile since I sniffed a hop bomb like this, grapefruit mixed with pine and ocean freshness, pretty much a one trick pony, but if you love hops...

taste etc...
waiting... hmm, I thought this would be a real nut buster of a hop bomb, it isn't... is that a bad thing? I'm not sure yet... (sips)
floral, kind of juciy/fruity hops seriously like juicy fruit gum (with the gum flavor sweetness also), some bitterness is ther but very subdued. The ABV is worked in nicely. This sips nice and smooth, really easy. This really drinks like a slightly kicked up IPA not the sometimes hammer drop DIPAs produced by many breweries to show you they can kill you with hop-ness. The more I have of this the more I like it.

nice bitters linger but nothing mouth puckering, a very easy drinking DIPA that delivers in flavor and ABV.. so it is big but it fits in your mouth. (get your mind out of the gutter you whore)

music: HumanMeshDance - thesecretnumbertwelve

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Photo of stevenstofen
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Keep in mind that I had this beer the same day I had Sierra Nevada's Hoptimum (which I liked better than the deviant dale's) so naturally my rating will be a little biased.

A - Poured the entire 16oz can into my Duvel tulip. It shows a beautiful orange - amber color with finger head on it which dissipates within the first few minutes.

S - Here I'm picking up some pine, grapefruit, and granny smith apple. Maybe a little honey as well.

T - Right away you get the hops. Pine, Citrus, and honey (as it is in the nose)

MF - there is a slight alcohol burn, but that is to be expected when you are having an 8%ABV beer. Either that or it is the pairing with pepper-jack cheese that is giving me the burn.

O - This is a solid DIPA. Again, I had hoptimum earlier today, and that was FANTASTIC. This beer held its own against it, but in the end I think hoptimum is the victor.

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Photo of arizcards
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single can at Total Wine in late March for $3.49. Canned on 2-22-12.

Beer poured amber orange with a nice white head on the initial pour.

Nose presents citrus qualities but not as pungent as hoped.

Taste is hop forward, pine and citrus dominate. Finish leaves the palate covered in a pine resin with hints of citrus and onion.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and moderately carbonated to give a refreshing feel.

Overall this is a pretty solid beer. It is definitely better than the onionfest Gubna is for my palate.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oskar Blues : Deviant Dales

Pours a deep copper color, soapy head leaves plenty of lacing. Aroma of pine, herbs, citrus and tropical fruit. In the taste, very citrusy, with some pineapple and citrus flavors working well together. Alcohol has a presence but not too overbearing. Malt body gives off a caramel and toffee like flavor. Still, very hoppy like most double ipas, I can see why this won a medal (gold?) at the GABF this year. Very solid IPA with great flavor.

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Photo of Agold
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dales pale pours with some nice head with some good retention over a clouded golden beer. There is some sticky yet sparse lacing on the glass. Aroma is nicely tropical, mildly sweet, with some nice grapefruit. Not aggressively bitter, but lots of tropical and grapefruit rind. A bit on the sweet side for me, more of a fruity sweetness than a caramel sweetness, but definitely very nice and enjoyable. Mouthfeel is nice, a bit undercarbonated for my liking though.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love Oskar Blues' stuff, got a chance to try this one at a new, local bar in Baltimore as part of their 2 for $6 happy hour.. can't beat that. Great hoppy aroma, nice appearance in the glass with a fluffy, white head. Taste is definitely hop heavy, maybe a bit too much. If you like bitterness and in-your-face summit hops, this is the beer for you. Luckily, I do enjoy this and this beer was very drinkable and smooth, although a bit more balance would have made this a good beer to an excellent beer. Worthy of a try for sure.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Finally found a fair price on this $3.50 for a 16oz can.

A - Looks like a decent DIPA. A deep copper brown with a opaque colored head. Looks sticky.

S - Smells of dank hops but milder than expected.

T - Not sure where everyone is getting any "bitter" finish but all I got was a mildly hopped balanced DIPA. Nothing that would knock my socks off as the score implies in fact maybe more caramel and sweet malts than I wanted.

M - Medium bodied it does hide the ABV well.

Overall kind of on the fence with this one. It was a good beer worth at least an above average score but for the price I can think of way better DIPA's despite of them not being in a pounder can.

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Photo of gabedivision
3.76/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16oz can to a DFH globe glass.

A- pours an absolutely clear and pretty deep amber, with a 1 finger head that slimes around the head of the glass. Perfect DIPA look.

S-Grassy, dirty summit hops, blooming onions, pungent garlic and fresh cut grass all fill the nose. Slight tones of lemons and citrus on the back half.

T- Tangerines and garlic, wierd mix of citrus and earthiness that seem to come together, dank sticky grassy tones. Dirt, and fresh cut grass as well. Jello, juice with A bready malt peaks its head in and out.

M- Medium in body, light to drink for a 8% abv, pretty much just hop juice no real malt backing it up. Extremely earthy and veggie.

O- Good tasting IPA, big summit hops all over, sometimes over veggie. Not a bad choice, but a bad price however, expensive ticket for the trip.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tallboy into a Corsendonk tulip.

Absolutely stunning pour--this is how IIPA's should appear. Brilliant copper-amber body is clear and radiant with a steady stream of tiny bubbles rising from the etched glass bottom. Head is the color of white sand, dense, and well-retained with some sticky lacing. Aroma continues the 'impressive' theme by delivering pungent, herbal notes of fresh cannabis and musky pine forest. A bit of caramel sweetness lingers in the background to balance it all out.

The flavor delivers on the aroma's promise of pungent hops and tropical notes, but adds a hefty dose of resinous bitterness to the back-end. Booze is evident, sticky and sharp on the finish. Mouthfeel is crisp and a little heavy with some syrupy traits. Spot-on carbonation level, though. Overall, Deviant is a tasty IIPA from Oskar Blues. Not exactly the most drinkable example of the style, but it's still very good.

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

A: Poured from the can into a Sam Smith's nonic-style pint glass. Body is slightly hazy dark golden-orangey with a small (half-finger) off-white head. Some splotches of lace.

S: Sugar cookies, bread dough and resiny pine, with a hint of citrus fruit.

T: Big-time pine resin is the first impression. Cookie-dough malt sweetness underneath, but it's quickly overwhelmed by pine: needles and resin. Also some tropical fruit-type hops, with lingering grapefruit-pithy bitterness. Touch of alcohol at the finish too, with some heat felt in the belly. I like.

M: Medium in heft, carbonation is mild to modest. Resiny feel.

O: Good stuff. I wouldn't call it a world class DIPA, but it's solid.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pint can poured into a pint glass

Pours cloudy amber with a smallish head. Not much carbonation. Smell is really nice hoppy freshness, mostly piney.

Taste is pronounced hops, nice malty roundness balancing it out. This is actually a really tasty beer. Floral with lots of pine resin. Good!

Mouthfeel is slightly gritty, slightly thick, quite pleasant. Overall, I'm quite happy with this beer.

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Photo of smcolw
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Plenty of blanketing lace from the moderate head. The liquid is cloudy with a darker amber color.

I can smell the strong piney hop aroma when I open the can. In the glass there's plenty of evergreen. Very little malt base--a true strong IPA.

The flavor matches the smell, but with more astringent bitterness. Full bodied with an adequate level of carbonation. The hop bitterness is strong enough to cover the 8% abv.

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Photo of beertunes
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into straight pint glass. Poured a clean, clear coppery amber color with about an inch of off-white head that had very good retention and OK lacing.

The aroma had a lot of piney hops upfront, with some citrus notes in the background. The beer didn't really have much of malt scent in the nose. On the tongue, the story was pretty much the same, although some malt sweetness was apparent in the middle.

For a supposed hop-bomb, the beer was had a nicely balanced body, even and relatively smooth, with a nice flavorful finish that lingered just enough. Drinkability was very good for a big, hoppy beer, I could see having a couple. Overall, a pretty good beer, very nice but still, I think G'Knight is still my favorite OB brew. My biggest complaint with DD was the 16oz can. I much prefer the 12oz cans, I think it's a better serving size. Plus, I can hide a 12oz in my hand and use for a "walk-around" beer, which I can't with the tall boy. That aside, this beer is most certainly worth your time.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Immediately upon popping this one open, I got a huge whiff of oily hops. The flavor profile carries much of the same character with a steady hop tone to it that leans towards earthy with some woody kind of tones (in a stick and twig kind of way, not a barrel one). It's good and nice enough, but it just doesn't do it for me, really. I can think of many other double IPAs that interest me more than this one.

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Photo of DavidST
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz can into a tulip glass, bottled on 3-30-12 (fresh and looks good, I can't wait). This pours a massive tan head small packed bubbles which has good retention and leaves a thick lacing, the color is a golden brown. The smell is full of pine and grapefruit hops, a little caramel. The feel is medium with a mouth coating resin. The taste is pretty good, more caramel that I was expecting, decent load of hops, a little grapefruit, a touch of onion(?).

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Photo of jwhancher
4.14/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this the first time last March in Denver where I picked up a 4-pack from the Argonaut. I wasn't in the mood for hops then, so I didn't think all that of this beer. Tonight, I am in the mood for hops it's really hitting the spot.

Pours a slightly cloudy yellow with orange tints throughout. After pouring the whole can into a snifter, a really nice lacing appeared on the entire sides of the glass. The smell & taste easily say this one is a hop bomb - no if's, and's, or but's. Seems like a heavy dose of American pine hops with some citrus. Lots of resin coats the tongue & throat. Like I said: if you want the hops, this one delivers. Feels medium full due to the sticky sweetness. Tastes bitter, but then, duh.

Based on my two experiences with this relatively new brew, I think it's a fine worthy IPA. I'll give it some time. Perhaps this one will grow on me as much as the other OB's offerings.

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Photo of lovindahops
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at j ryans. Had some cans and wanted to try this on tap

A- deviant pours an orangish copper body with a head of foam that recides with finger layers of lacing all over the glass. Initially it strikes me as a maltier look for a DIPA.

S- massive citric hops that are best represented as some mango and tangerine flavors. As I was thinking, there was a good amount of caramel flavors as well. Definitely hoppy

T- well crafted with major pine and citric hops balanced throughout. The caramel malt presence does push back at the end. I am not a huge fan of a strong malt presence in my dipas but it isn't horrible.

M- good prickly hop flavors on the tongue.

O- a good DIPA I will come back to. I was just hoping for a hopfest without the caramel flavor

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Photo of hackedfly
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

canned on: 03-30-12
consumed on: 4-12-12

a: nice clear copper, about and inch of head that dissipates in a minute, light carbonation, minimal to no lacing throughout.

s: some citrus upfront...slight hint of pineapple somewhere.

t: hops upfront...with bitterness quickly following up then some alcohol lingering for a bit in the back of the tongue.

m: light mouth feel with some good carbonation.

o: good DIPA, definitely worthy of a camping trip since its in a can. A little disappointing with the lacing but just a small gripe. I would surely revisit this someday.

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Photo of RuckusDu
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured about a finger of off white head into my snifter. The lacing does stick around a while. Body is a great amber color that is slightly orange.

S - It's good, but more bitter than a top notch IPA. Slight grapefruit smells, some clove, but mostly hops.

T - Good grapefruit flavors and some slight orange. Harsh hops.

M - Lighter body compensated by higher carbonation.

O - A good DIPA but not in the upper echelon.

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Photo of wedge
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Canned On: 03-16-12

Pours a lovely, pure amber color with a thick off-white head, gradually slipping down to a soapy covering. Smells like sticking your nose in a bag of hop pellets. Fresh, sweet, juicy citrus, peach, and grapefruit zest. Fruity and resinous with a bit of the ol' sticky-icky. Big, super-hoppy flavor...bitter, fruity, oily citrus, pine needles, mint, and some residual sugar sweetness. Zesty, fresh, and quite bitter overall. A little heavier than medium bodied, sticky, and dry.

Obviously very hoppy with loads of raw hop cone goodness. Works for me, but I'm glad I bought just the single as it does wear the palate down.

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Photo of BikeChef
4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, some serious dank hops on the nose (Columbus?). Taste follows through with grassy, funky hops galore. Does not seem like 8% at all. Very, very dry, which is unusual for DIPAs these days-- this is no hoppy barleywine. Pretty great stuff-- a nice take on the DIPA from Oskar Blues.

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Deviant Dale's IPA from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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