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 SD-Alefan
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours from the can a slightly cloudy copper with a creamy, off-white head that leaves sticky lacing behind.
The aroma is very nice. Grapefruit and pine with some candied fruit and a touch of caramel.
So tasty. Grapefruit and pine mingled with some candied fruit sweetness and a hint of caramel gives way to a pleasantly piney and bitter finish. A touch of boozy warmth as well. It all works together nicely.
Mouthfeel is medium and smooth.
Tastefully balanced, really not "Deviant" at all.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Yellow pour, decent opaqueness, white head under half and inch, lace is spotty. Aroma was real dank, solidly existent, won't be ignored, piney.

Taste yield more waves of hops, bitterness kept under control, malt bill dry, no chrystal (carver) skank malt in this one. This one definitely puts the hops on display all for the better.

Unfortunately, the average gets weighed down by several either old or compromised servings of this. When it is top notch, it is top notch.

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Photo of DavidS333
5/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Deviant Dale's IPA is an American IPA, bu I've seen it described as a pseudo-Imperial/Double if not full on, perhaps because of the high alcohol rating and hops emphasis. Either way, its a great beer. Out of the can it smells great, the smell really picks up on the sort of mid taste of the beer in general, a sort of really tasty mellow and sweet hoppyness. The froth is medium-thick on a scale of light/medium/thick. It's color is a sort of harvest-molasses color, and its froth is a sort of nice pumpkin-coffee color.

The taste of the beer is great. The sort of alcohol bite sort of coats the tongue, but on top of it is a sort of rich hoppy variety of flavors. Its really a satisfying and very drinkable brew. The aftertaste isn't too hoppy, but one can sort of sense the lingering hoppy alcohol presence of the beer, and overall its exactly what the doctor order in regards to a hoppy and satisfyingly hearty American IPA/Double whichever it is.

Either way, regardless of this beer's "category" its good as an IPA or a Double IPA, and is really satisfying, flavorful, and refreshing, and somewhat hearty.

A great beer.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. Can
Canned On: 12/22/16

Pours a very nice slightly cloudy dark golden amber color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice one-finger plus thick/creamy off-white head, which leaves some very nice thick sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, nice little malt note, with some nice citrus, and slight pine note. The taste is very nice, hoppy, with a nice malt note, very nice citrus, and pine notes, slight sweetness. Medium body, slightly chewy, nice dry/bitter finish, ABV is hidden pretty well. Overall, this is a very nice brew for the ABV. Recommended!

16 oz. Can
Canned On: 05/26/15

Pours a very nice slightly cloudy dark golden amber color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice one-finger plus thick/creamy off-white head, which leaves some very nice thick sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, nice little malt note, with some nice citrus, and slight pine note. The taste is very nice, hoppy, with a nice malt note, very nice citrus, and pine notes, slight sweetness. Medium body, slightly chewy, nice dry/bitter finish, ABV is hidden pretty well. Overall, this is a very nice brew for the ABV. Recommended!

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Photo of irrevjim
3.3/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from a 16oz can
look; nice golden amber with a 1-1/2" head, some lacing
smell; pine-sol, malt, hop notes, alcohol, not as bad as it sounds,
taste; medium roasted malt, piney hops, nice bitterness, a little boozy
feel; medium heavy, pretty smooth with some carbonation
overall; a piney iipa that delivers but doesn't quite come together as a well balanced, well put together beer. full disclosure - not my favorite style but some (i.e. dogfish 90 minute) come together better.

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Photo of JamesBondGA
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice copper color with a slight head and little lacing on the glass. Notes of grapefruit, pine and malts on the nose. Pine was very prevalent on the tongue, kind of overpowered the other flavors. not bad for an IPA....Alcohol all of a sudden KICKS YOU!!! YES!!!

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Photo of mickyge
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured 16 ounce can into a pint beer glass. nice beer, creamy head, malty not real hoppy though, sweet but not syrupy. low carbonation, but not to heavy

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Photo of soupyman10
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had this one before, but never reviewed it. Appearance is an amber beer, not unlike their G’Knight, a finger of white head, lots of lacing as the beer drains. Looks excellent, less copper than most IPAs, but excellent, none the less. Nose is big and delicious. Huge fruity, citrus hops presence. Sweet candy, some grapefruit. Salted toffee. Flavor is nice and balanced. Big, clean hops bitterness, Malt is there, but only to balanced - not much sweetness here at all. Some earthiness, but mostly a clean IPA. Body is medium, somewhat low carbonation, but works fine with the hops. Yet again, when Oskar Blues goes big, the results are excellent (the small stuff - their pils and session IPA - less so).

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Photo of ScrewBud
3.71/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L - fairly dark, lots of head
S - only seem to get malt
T - very similar to their red imperial IPA, alcohol
F - alright, not as syrupy as the red
O - not enough hops

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Photo of Sound_Explorer
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I liked this but found it to be rather malt heavy in the beginning, especially for an IPA. I'd almost think it was a hoppy amber or scotch if it was a blind taste test. Aroma is good and finishes well. The hops to manage to come through at the end of the taste.

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Photo of Prasm
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
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 +1.7%
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 +11.7%
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 -0.7%
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 +6.7%
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 +4.5%
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 -2.5%
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 -1.7%
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 -4%
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 +6.7%
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 +16.4%
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 -5.5%
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 +1.7%
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 +15.9%
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 CNoj012
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy rusty orange amber color with a dense, foamy, two finger light tan head. Retention is excellent as there is almost a full finger cap that sticks around for the duration of the beer and there are many rings of sticky lacing left behind.

Smell is very strong orange and grapefruit with a good helping of dank pine. There is also an underlying layer herbal earthiness and peppery spice along with sweet and bready malts.

The taste is the same. It starts off with bright citrus notes that transition to earthiness and then a bitter piney finish with a touch of pepper. The malts provide a decent backbone, but they are definitely in the background allowing the hops to shine.

Feel is medium bodied and very resinous with lively carbonation.

Overall a very solid beer. Old school west coast IPA. I can dig it.

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Deviant Dale's IPA from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
4.03 out of 5 based on 3,408 ratings.
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