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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 gabedivision
3.76/5  rDev -6.5%
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 +4%
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 +4.5%
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 +10%
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 -1.7%
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 -9.2%
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 -4.2%
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 -0.5%
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 +3%
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 -0.5%
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%
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%
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 +5.7%
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 +12.7%
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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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a tall boy into a true pint, the beer is a ruby-copper coloring with a tall, frothy, yellowish head on the start that quickly settles into a half inch of bubbly foam. Aromas of wet, resiny, fresh hops throughout the nose, with cedar and subtle caramel highlights. Flavors are resiny and bitter hops on the forward tongue, with a subtle tart and tangy citrus blending that is slightly outbalanced. Roasting to the caramel, but any malt profile is quickly swallowed up by the hops presence. Very rich and resiny, this transitions to a bitter and slightly astringent hops aftertaste. The finish is slick and drying. Solid beer for the hop heads of the world. Very tasty.

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Photo of 9InchNails
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper color body like Apple juice, not much bubbles, off white head that fades into a film and leaves excellent lacing on the glass.

Pine, tropical fruits, a yeast spice and very sweet caramel malt. No noticeable alcohol in the aroma.

Much like the aroma - some pine, grapefruit and a spicy yeast. The sweet, yet, toasted malt helps balance the hops out until the very end - the aftertaste lingers with a bitter dryness.

Very light carbonation, very easy to drink, smooth, it leaves the lips slightly sticky and the mouth feeling. Also, some alcohol warmth while going down.

Overall, a nice imperial IPA. Very easy drinking. Sweet and toasted characteristics in the malt meet a bitter hop bite, alongside, some spicy yeast flavors makes this a worthy brew. The appearance might be one of the best aspects of this beer, with its copper color body, off white head and gorgeous lacing. This brew is probably more of a gem on tap than in a can.

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Photo of nrs207
3.61/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - A pretty dark DIPA. Reminded me of Nugget Nectar, a dark amber color with an off white head that leaves a ton of lacing. Nice and fluffy.

S - Very earthy and spicy. Not a lot of fruit notes in this one. Got some strong smells that I'm not a huge fan of. I've heard this beer has some onion/garlic flavors, and I can't say I got that. But it may have been a scent similar.

T - Similar to the smell. Same hops, with some malt to balance it out. Not a sweet malt. It's a very earthy DIPA.

M - Nice and smooth with nice carbonation. Didn't get much alcohol considering it's 8%.

O - I won't be buying this again. It's not bad, but the price (at least at my local bottle shop) is too high for a beer I consider to be average/slightly above average. Just not my style of DIPA, but I would still recommend trying it once to see if you enjoy it.

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

Served in a 10 oz glass at J Ryan's pub in Syracuse.
Clear, dark amber color with lots of carbonation and a nice frothy, sticky head that dissipates very slowly.
Aroma is predominantly piney, it's literally a pine-bomb. Hints of sweet caramel notes coming through between the pine.
The aroma translates completely into the taste. Lots and lots pine evident with a nice rounded sweet caramel finish. A perfect assault on the palate. One of the best beers from Oskar Blues.
Lots of lacing along the inside of the glass.
A very good DIPA and definitely worth a try. Highly, highly recommended.

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Photo of Etan
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a pint can into a Libbey tall tulip.

A: Pours a clear, light red with a soft off-white head. Head sticks around for a good long while, leaving some decent lacing.

S: Dank, oniony, somewhat citric hops dominate the nose. Reeks of sour marijuana, black pepper, raw onion, light orange, a bit of cinnamon. Every time I bring the glass up for another sip the aroma hits me like a truck. Loving this so far.

T: Follows the nose with a blast of bitter hops. Acrid pine needle and pepper, a hint of spiced orange. A huge wave of bitterness follows, along with some subtle malts playing support. Earthy bitterness lingers in the finish, with the alcohol coming out as the beer warms.

M: Creamy, nice body.

O: "Deviant" is a great descriptor of the hop profile on this beer. This stuff is just dirty.

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Photo of bierbrauer
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16 oz. can, purchased locally, first as a single, then a 4-pack (11.99/4). Dated 3/20/12, 21 days ago. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip.

A: Clear, medium-to-deep amber, with generous 1-1/4" creamy foam that drops very slowly and leaves dense lacing on the sides and a full covering on the top surface. No bubbles are evident.

S: Citrus and other fruit; resinous and piney, like the smell of warm, slightly damp pine needles rising from the forest floor.

T: Big caramel, fruit and biscuits, then pine resin; a bit of sweet; then growing bitterness and heat.

M: Low-to-medium carbonation; medium-to-full bodied; creamy; dry finish, with heat.

O: Very nice looking. Good aroma. More malt flavor up front than expected from the nose. Well crafted. Somewhat puzzling and upside-down compared to most contemporary IPAs and Imp. IPAs, in my experience -- interesting. Very rich and easy to drink.

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Photo of tastybeer
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Beer has a clear amber glow and a big creamy orange-tinted white head. A pretty beer. Sticky sheets of lace coat my glass above the thin white topping that remains once the head disappears.

S&T: Sweet pungent citrus, dandelions, candied pineapple, sticky pine resin, and hefty malts...bread grain, pizza dough, caramel. Really well balanced aroma and taste. Generous piles of malts and hops alike. A bit of a mouthwatering bitter kick too. Very simple, clean aromas/flavors in this, just in delightfully large quantities. No surprise that this was dry hopped with Columbus.

M: Feels smooth, a wee bit syrupy, soft and comforting, with prickly carbonation throughout. A nice sized medium body has a fuller feel to it.

O: I like it. Very pleasant and enjoyable. Everything comes together great in this. I would gauge this as somewhere between a regular IPA and double IPA... Plenty of hoppy goodness double or not.

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Photo of Firkin-Bunghole
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance-Orange with 2 finger head that very slowly recedes

Smell-Smells great. Pick-up on some citrus (rinds of oranges/grapefruits). Also, minor smell of grass/earthy hops.

Taste-Out of the 4-pack there seems to be some deviation between cans. Had 3 so far. Two cans were amazing. A very pleasant taste of citra hops/flavor of rinds that matched the nose. Only slight grassy/vegetal hops notes. However, one can was a mess where I picked-up on substantial garlic/onion notes that grew untolerable as the beer warmed.

Mouthfeel-Medium-some resin sticks to your mouth, but it isn't cloying or palette destroying.

Overall-Had I not had the one can that deviated I would provide a higher overall rating. With the price of this at $13.99/4 pack it is pretty well-priced. Also, as far as NYS there aren't alot of other above-average IPAs available in cans that are available in my local bottle shops.

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Photo of hollyisaway
3.76/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz tall boy into a Mad Elf Chalice. Canned on March 30, 2012, so pretty fresh!

Appearance is very solid. Hazy and orange, with clarity around the edges when held into a light.

Smell is nothing special. Simple hops and a hint of onion. Similar to a wet hop ale, but nothing significant.

Taste will be controversial. It hits up front with hop bitterness and flavor. The freshness certainly contributes. However, on the aftertaste, there is an almost fried flavor, similar to onion rings or fried green tomatoes. Pairing this with an italian style sub was delicious, and I like the taste on its own. I could see people objecting however.

Mouthfeel is very clean, with hop resin lingering around the mouth afterward. If it weren't for the lingering, this may be a bit too fresh to have sip after sip, but damn if it doesn't taste great once that hop coating is complete.

I wish there was a value section, as within two days I paid $16 for a 4pk here and $10 for a 4pk of Hoptimum. Deviant Dale's is great, but I am hesitant to return at this price point. A great beer with a solid price limitation to less well-off beer geeks.

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Photo of capeannbass36
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

can dated 03-16-12

A- Pours a slightly hazy, deep reddish orange, topped by a 3 finger beige head that dissipated slowly. Lots of lacing left behind throughout.

S- As a few others have mentioned....a little onion and garlic. Some pine. Hops. Hint of citrus.

T- Onion and hint of garlic. Pine. Hops. Slight citrus. Not all that much, though. Earthy herbal...cannot believe that I am saying that.

M- Sort of dry. Decent carbonation.

O- This is right at my limit for bitter hops. Like it. ABV creeps up on ya.

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Photo of stimulus
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Part of a six IPA tasting session.
Canned on 3/20/12. 4 pack.
Poured from a 16 oz can into a snifter.

A: Pours a clear amber/red with a one finger white head.
S: Dank [Columbus] hops fill up the glass and the surrounding area, leaving little room for much else.
T: Grapefruit and piney hops begin the assault, followed by sweet caramel and a lingering bitterness.
M: Sticky, medium-bodied, and moderately carbonated.
O: This is definitely targeted at hopheads, but the lingering bitterness is complimented well by the malt backbone that didn't show itself in the aroma, making it somewhat drinkable.

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Deviant Dale's IPA from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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