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 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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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
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 BeerdedEric
4.03/5  rDev 0%
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 -10.4%
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 +3.7%
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 +5.2%
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 -1.7%
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 +3.5%
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 -2.7%
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 -6.7%
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 -1.2%
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 +6.7%
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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Photo of jlindros
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yay, tall boy cans, cause everyone likes it in the can.

Pours a nice fluffy 1.5 finger off white head that fades fairly slowly, with a nice layer of lacing, over crystal clear orangey slight reddish coppery colored beer, almost definitively filtered.

Nose is a nice midwestern IPA, with some pine starting out first, and moving quickly to the citrusy candy hops, like candied orange peel, and a fresh resinous hop aroma, some musty resinous hops. That's all backed up but a malty base, not really a malty aroma but a sweetness and a bit of booze that gives it the body.

Taste starts with a juicy hop flavor, quite juicy with a light citrusy hop that turns right into resinous fresh musty hop profile. A bit of pine and candy hops add to that with a decent bitterness that doesn't overpower. The hop profile is balanced well with a big malty base, again not a huge malty taste, but a slight sweetness, full malty body, and hint of warming booze. A decent bitterness that balanced the slight sweet decent malt base well, borderling DIPA but the hop profile shies away from that. The finish adds a bit more bitterness but not much, not too dry either as it gets a bit sticky, and some lingering citrus and slight resinous hops.

Mouth is med to fuller bodied, decent carb, hint of warming booze.

Overall not bad, nice for the style, nice hop and malt balance, decent bitterness, juicy, drinkable with a slight booze warmth and malt base. Especially in a tall boy can.

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

16 oz can dated 3/20/12, which means this beer has fallen off tremendously I'm sure. Three weeks....pedestrian!

Pours a dark orange and copper mix with a thin cover that's peppered by medium sized bubbles along the center. Lacing is mostly absent.

Smells of pepper and garlic with only a faint lurking light orange in the background. There's an initial brightness on the pour that peters out quickly.

Taste is malt driven. Peppery spiciness and garlic dominate. Some earthy pine and bitterness jump in towards the end. Big cloves of garlic on the finish. Rye doughy bread lays a big fat hand all over the proceedings.

Oily bitterness on the mouth. Body is medium and mildly sticky.

Overall, I had higher hopes for this. I dig my citrus bombs and this is not that. A decent double from Oscar's, but nothing special.

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

I had this in a chalice at Mohawk House in Sparta, New Jersey. I recommend going there for a very good meal. This is a high end restaurant that features a beer list like other restaurants feature wine.

I heard about this beer from the web, and based on my positive experience with Oskar Blues... I had to try this out.

I could tell that this beer typically leaves a generous head, but my bartender wanted to top this off. So, he poured a couple times to get the most beer possible in the chalice.

It smells like grapefruit, and the taste is even more grapefruit. I also get a little bit of onion. It is a very good example of a double IPA with a little bite.

This is a pretty good beer. If you come across it, then pick it up. I would say that it is a little unlike the other doubles out there.

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

I've had two batches thus far - 3/20/12 and 3/31/12...loving that my small shop is only getting a case or two a week so that I'll be able to get this fresh whenever I want it.

Poured into my dogfish pint glass, a light amber/dark orange-ish color. Small head that fades quickly.

Smell is the common one of an IPA, a sort of sweet/pine/citrus type scent.

Taste follows up well from the scent, not as 'bitter' or 'piney' as a lot of IPA's I've come to know and love, certainly seems to be more powerful and hoppy version of Dales. Currently drinking the 8-9 day old can as opposed to the 2 left I have of the 2+ week old can.

I enjoyed both dated versions very much and while this will be a somewhat regular staple of mine in the future, the price(12.99) a 4 pack(albeit the 16oz cans, sure) is a tad high.

I've been sort of surprised that I've seen a good bit of mild reviews and even some friends haven't been as impressed.

Solid beer, I'm glad its going to be a regular addition to their already solid line-up.

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Photo of Holland
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a clear light orange with a one finger head and good retention on the lacing. Sticks nicely to the sides. One of the best looking DIPAs I've seen.

S: heavy on the hops, sweet malt, and alcohol. It has a slight off smell to it, maybe from old hops? Overall very floral with some melon and citrus.

T: a little disappointing, but it's alright. Dominated by bitterness and missing a lot of malt and fruity hop flavors that I like with a DIPA. Lot of pine, pretty spicy. Something about the spice and alcohol doesn't agree with me right now.

M: very dry for what I was expecting. With medium carbonation, it's refreshing and crisp.

O: very refreshing with the bitterness and mouthfeel. I like it, but don't love it. There are plenty better IPAs to grab over this, but the canning is cool. For a double, Oskar Blues has better balanced IPAs.

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

Deviant Dales pours a clear copper color with a big, creamy head on top. The foam dissolves slowly to a thick sheet on the surface, leaving behind clumps of lace on the glass.

The aroma is loaded with hops. Grass, orange peel and tropical fruit. It's very earthy and funky with hints of garlic as the beer warms.

Each sip of this full bodied beer is smooth and creamy on the palate with mild carbonation. The flavor is nicely balanced between grassy hops and sweet malt. Grass, orange peel and garlic are balanced with some tropical fruit, caramel and toasted malt. It finishes bitter with a touch of pepper. Once gone the grass and orange citrus lingers on the palate.

This beer is full of flavor with hops dominating. There's enough sweetness to keep the hops in check. Fairly easy drinking, but savoring each sip is the way to go.

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Photo of robsee
4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big resiny, dank IPA - very nice aroma and hop flavor. A bit too sweet for me and my enjoyment decreased as I drank more. This is not a beer that I'd enjoy more than one in a sitting.

One sentence summary: this beer is what Gubna should have been. This is a much more enjoyable beer and not a complete onion bomb.

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Photo of bstave
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can poured into Dogfish Head tulip pint glass.

A- Pours a dark golden red with a 2 finger creamy head that formed nice lacing. Above average look.

S- Smell is big resiny hops. Slight oniony smell. I like it.

T- Taste is bitter up front with a nice malt backbone. The oniony taste is still there. These earthy and dank hops are great!

M- Mouth is clean. Leaves quite a bit of bitterness on the palate.

O- This is an above average DIPA. However at $4.59 a can, I am one and done. There are lots of DIPAs at a much better price point.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.08/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured a nice burnt orange color with good carbonation and a nice white cap, lots of bubbles and lacing

S: Pine resin, orange peel, green hops, vegetables and a light oniony notes

T: Orange peel, coriander, vegetables and some onion witha sweet caramel notes and breadiness. A light hint of booze, a little slick, bitter hops mid body

M: Medium bodied, sweet and a bit sticky

O: Not to shabby but the oniony taste really gets to me and diminishes my ability to finish the tall boy can

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Photo of Reagan1984
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed two pints last night at Red Bones. The beer was good the BBQ blew!
Each pint had a finger of head that did fade fairly quickly. Beer was a bright orange amber color with good clarify. There was some lace, not a ton.
Very pine and resinous in the aroma. Thick and also hinting to some boozeyness to come.

Bracingly bitter and nice. The resinous nature here adds to the bite. There is a sweetness that comes from the resinous qualities and a nice fruity punch below the surface. I have to say that, since the showcase is a blast of pine hops that grabs your cheeks. As suspected, some abv detected here.

Almost sticky.

Decent little beer. Can says this is an American Style IPA, but it’s a DPA all the way. Big, bold and brash. That’s what they wanted and they got it. Worth a try.

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Photo of vobr0002
4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- copper with a white head. Crystal clear.

S- sweet, grassy, dank. A little tropical fruit. Some light malt.

T- bready malt, with some citrus and grassy hop. Lots of hop flavor in there.

M- medium body with higher carbonation.

O- good beer definitely a funky one.

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Photo of TVolt1
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Great clear amber color with small amount of white head and small amount of lacing.

S:MM Love this smell! Great cascade smelling citrus hops. Smells like it was quadrupel hopped with citrus hops and that there is pellets floating in the beer! Just my type!

T: Great taste of citrus hops, grapfruit and oranges. Almost a little too much of a bittery finish but all in all, good taste.

M: Mouthfeel is light to medium and moderately carbonated.

O: Overall, this is a good beer. Maybe a little too heavy on the hops - never thought I'd say that by the way.

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Photo of kbnooshay
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am so happy. Hoptimum AND deviant in their fridge, life is good. 16 oz can! Poured a beautiful orange copper color with a one inch head. Lacing is very fine, highly detailed. Aroma is a sharp citrus and pine hop blast. Theres a bit of the GUBNA onion hops that gross me out. Thankfully just a hint. Flavor is hop juiciness. This is pleasantly VERY bitter, but the malt helps. Slight yeastiness that bready IPAS have. Alcohol isn't amazingly hidden here. Feel is oily with good carbonation. There is a lot going on here, tasty.

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Deviant Dale's IPA from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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