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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 dickieb
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a really nice looking reddish amber in color with a smaller off white head and very good lacing. The smell is fairly sweet and malty with just a tad of citrus hops peaking through. The flavor is more malty and balanced then allot of big IPA's and sweet as the nose would suggest, but still has a good amount of hopping with a resin and piney hop profile. The mouthfeel is thick and boozy but good, and its is good and drinkable. Overall a good beer while not being the hoppyest of IPA's and it also drinks well out of the can. The price will lead me elsewhere in the future, and is the biggest detriment to this brew.

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Photo of mpedara429
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours out a hazy, copper color. Two fingers of a fluffy, tan colored head with good retention and sticky lacing.

S: Huge, in your face smell. There are piney hops, orange, pineapple and floral notes.

T: It has got a some strong, bitter hops in front that are balanced out by a nice sweetness. The taste mostly matches the nose. I'm also getting some earthy flavors. Call me crazy, but I even taste a cool cucumber like flavor.

M: Medium bodied and medium carbonation. It is a bit sticky yet still refreshing.

O: Another total understatement of a beer from Oskar Blues. This is really a DIPA in my book. Everything about it seems a bit bold for a single IPA. I'm a big fan of this one, but I can't see myself having more than one or two in a sitting.

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Photo of quirkzoo
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly opaque bright orange gold with 1 finger of of white head. The aroma is uniquely hoppy. There is some bright citrus up front (poured from fridge at 38F) with a little bit of "dankness" behind the citrus. As the beer warms the dankness combines with the malt to turn into a caramelized onion flavor, very unique, I don't think I have ever got this from a beer before. As the beer warms to room temperature I get a strong oniony aroma that isn't as pleasant as it was when cold. The taste follows the same progression of the aroma. The mouthfeel is very good, dry and drinkable. Overall, this is a very unique IPA, I like the dankness but as the beer warmed it got a bit too oniony for me, still good though.

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Photo of Das_Reh
4.72/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a chilled tall-boy into a tulip

A = Coppery orange, nice 2 finger creamy-orange head, thick lacing up the side of the glass.

S = Rich, full nose of citrus and pine, tropical fruits and sweet malt.

T = Big juicy pine and orange hop bite, intense bitterness that leaves you craving more. There is some nice sweetness from the caramel malts to balance it out, and there are notes of sweet citrus, grapefruit, and tropical fruits, perhaps mango or papaya. Alcohol is undetectable.

F = Slick, wet and oily, goes down like water.

O = A deliciously potent IPA, one that I highly recommend.

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Photo of nate_nate_nate
4.41/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Part of my beer ratings go as such: "Would I drink it again tomorrow?" For Deviant Dale's I say tomorrow and every day after. Seriously tho, it's what an IPA should be: crisp, refreshing, soothingly bitter, better w/ each sip.

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Photo of mfavoino
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Canned on 2/24/12. Enjoyed on 3/10/12.

Appearance: Mildly hazy amber color. One finger of frothy foam diminished after a couple of minutes in my tulip. Sticky lacing.

Smell: Holy cow, this really does smell like some ganja. Super resiny pine hop aroma jumps out of the glass.

Taste: More balanced than the nose with a clear pine hop profile. A little bit of bready malt flavor relieves the palate of the hops, and then the beer finishes with moderate bitterness. Alcohol is noticeable on the way down.

Mouthfeel: Fairly heavy with adequate carbonation. Alcohol taste detracts a bit as well.

Overall: A tad too much alcohol present, and heavy. Despite those negatives, a dank and piney DIPA that is flavorful.

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

Pours a pretty deep amber color with a very strong head with thick lacing. Smell is a fresh, crisp hoppy aroma that doesn't impress really. Actually the standard smell is a good thing, right in line with what I expect from an IPA. Not too much malt. Taste is extremely straightforward: hops. These hops are crisp and refined, very precisely calculated in my opinion. Mouthfeel is fine. Overall a great IPA.

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Photo of --Dom--
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

This is a great beer. Period. If you're thinking about getting it... do it. I feel torn between this and G'Night. They are very evenly matched. I appreciate the pint can. One of these guys after work and you're good to go. If I could always find it at $10 a 4, I'd make it a regular.

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Photo of nUgZ
4.36/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 ounce can poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a hazy copper color with a two finger head and excellent lacing.

S: Lots of floral hops along with some sweet caramel malts.

T: Sweet caramel malts paired with some wonderful citrus and floral hops. The alcohol is well hidden.

M: Medium bodied, but very creamy. Good carbonation.

O: Very smooth, tasty, and easy to drink. It's quite complex and almost reminds me of some of my favorite Strong Ales.

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Photo of irrevjim
3.3/5  rDev -17.9%
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 Groomsy
4.11/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can poured into a 20 oz Samuel Adams glass. Canned on 06/05/13.

Deviant Dale's pours a light amber/copper, bordering on light red. It's topped by a towering foamy head of about two fingers that sticks all over the glass and leaves massive chunks of laccing. The nucleated Sam Adams glass gives constant carbonation rising to the top. Great looking American IPA.

The nose on this is DANK, SON. Tons of pine needles and resin with some tropical fruit playing second fiddle, specifically mango, pineapple, and peach. Barely in the background is the classic IPA profile of grapefruit and citrus. There is just enough caramel malt and sweetness to keep all the hops in check. This is massive on the nose. Definitely not a beginner's IPA.

Contrary to what I thought about what I was getting into with this beer, I don't taste a lot of the “garlic/onion” profile with the Summit hops. There's definitely a LOT of herbaceous and earthy funk, but it's not close to garlic or onion. The front of the tongue is hit with an assault of hop flavors ranging from apricot and orange to pineapple and mango. Tons of tropical fruit in the fruit with some grapefruit bitterness before transitioning into a bready, caramel middle and finishing strong with a massive pine/earth/herbal finish, bitter and dry. There's just a little bit of alcohol in the finish, but overall, it's well-disguised. DD is massive but still balanced. Very impressive and well-crafted. As the beer warms, both the sweetness and hop profile become more cohesive and rounded.

For 8% ABV, alcohol is well-concealed with just a bit of warmth in the finish. Dry finish with a slick, medium body. Finish lingers with herbal and bitter hop flavors.

I put off this beer for a while after hearing about the “garlic/onion” profile with the hop flavors, but I really enjoyed this beer. Definitely not a starter's IPA, and borderline DIPA/IIPA. Still drinkable, but enough complexity to satisfy just about any hophead. Absolutely recommended.

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Photo of Swim424
3.45/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this on cask at Proof.
Poured into an oskar blues pint glass.

A-Poured a dark murky orange color. Very cloudy. Never seen a beer that looked liked this. Nice fluffy head, that hung around till the last sip.

S-smells piney, hoppy, a bit malty.

T-different. Tasted more of a hoppy flavor than bitter. Started with the hop flavor and lots of malts finishing with a slight bitterness. Very weird flavor, not my favorite.

MF-Very smooth, a bit creamy. weird aftertaste. Seemed low carbonation.

O-very average. I would take a Dale's pale ale any day over this. I didn't enjoy the flavor of this one alot. Not very bitter, and had more of a hop/malt flavor that wasn't that pleasant.

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Photo of NickTheGreat
3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L (4) - Nice, DEEP amber color. Big fluffy head on top. Almost too much.

S (3.75) - Not much aromas really, both hop or malt. Didn't smell bad by any means.

T (3.75) - Meh . . . You can tell theres a nice malty base beer to this. But more of that really weird, sharp, not-quote-alpha bitterness. Almost like earwax. I like high IBU IPAs and this is not that taste.

F (4) - Nice enough carb and fairly drinkable. No issues here.

O (3.75) - I don't know what it is about OB, but their beers are just off to me. I mean, I don't mind it, but I don't know if I like it as much as others.

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Photo of ThomasMetal75
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Real dark cooper. has real good lacing from the 8% ABV. I see a few bits of sediment.

S- Big grapefruit citrus notes, along with the typical pine that some IPAs are known for.

T- The taste is overall of grapefruit/ citrusy type hops! SUPER DRY FINISH! Really leaves you wanting to drink more. The last thing to roll of the tongue is a slight malty sweetness. Can't believe this even came from a can it's that good!

M- Medium to full bodied mouthfeel. Body is a little sticky. Defiantly not a sessionable beer at 8% ABV!

Overall this beer is awesome. If the beer was a lighter than 8% and wasn't quite as heavy in the mouth, I'd really be able to give it higher props. But as far as IPA's go, it's a winner!

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Photo of aranheaney
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought at Cuba Giant, poured into a Stone Nonic Pint Glass:

A-Beautiful shade of copper, great head and lacing

S-awesome, ppine, grapefruit, everything here for a real hoplover

T-awesome again, this is seriously legit and with the 8.0 very dangerous

M-thick and delightful

O-this is on point, but I would almost submit that it is a Double, regardless, even though it was $13.99 a four pack, worth every penny

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Photo of brydeen
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to wdeck9 for adding this as an extra.

Poured from can into a snifter.

A: Pours a deep hazy orange, almost cloudy. Creamy white head is very thin and fades to almost nothing immediately. Lots of sticky white lacing throughout though.

S: Loads of citrus, predominantly grapefruit and pineapple.

T: Hints of grapefruit flavor right away, with a faint piney bitterness at the back end. Very balanced sweetness/bitterness.

M: A sticky, creamy texture, with only faint carbonation. Alcohol is well hidden.

O: A tasty Brew, but doesn't really stand out as very memorable. Very drinkable, but it lacks that dry bitter bite I look for in my DIPAs. I'd definitely give it another shot though if given the chance.

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

16 oz can, (canned 3/20/12), poured into a British Imp Nonic

Pours a medium large, frothy, ¾” head, off white color, which has good longevity and fairly good lace, thin but there.
The color is deep amber, classic looking IPA

The aroma hits you with very distinct, piney, resiny, (dry hopped?) hoppy smell, followed by medium distinct and rich malt, with a distinct, dark, roasted character. Very faint hint of (soap?), is this even possible? Maybe I am just having an olfactory hallucination?
That being said this ale has a very powerful hop character, very piney, West Coast. Wow!

Crisp, distinct, bitter entry on the palate of powerful hops, pine and resin, spicy, with nuances of lemon, followed by medium rich, dark, malts, roasted, caramel. The malt while quite distinct is buried by the powerful hops. Thank you very much. Full bodied with a fine medium carbonation and light, off dry sweetness.

Very long, bitter, piney hop dominated finish with the malt taking a back seat again. The hop oils linger forever and coat your mouth with a wonderful bitterness.

This was an exceptionally enjoyable ale. Delicious and powerful hop profile.
Perhaps not the most refined ale, but you have to admire pure muscle of this baby. Wow!
Highly recommended for extreme hop heads.

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Photo of beesy
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz tall boy into a standard pint glass

A - pours a brilliant medium orange with a two and a half finger head thats dark eggshell in color. The head is very foamy and leaves a large amount of lacing.

S - piney, spicy and very heavy on the tropical hop notes. Not much in malts or alcohol detected.

T - very hop forward as expected. Tons of pine throughout, especially in the late bitterness. Some tropical profiles build in mid palate but are overshadowed by the pine. A slightly coarse bitterness stays with you for a while, whichis heavy pine.

M - on the heavier side of light. Slightly creamy.

D - fairly low for me. The pine overpowers everything, especially in the bitterness making it a longer drink than it should be.

Overall, a pretty good beer. The visuals were the best part of this beer. I wish there was a little more hop flavor to tear down the immense amount of pine. I found the hop flavor and bitterness is somewhat one dimensional.

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Photo of twage04
4.34/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark copper/ruby with medium carbonation, a little hazy. Aroma is plentiful, lots of fruit and citrus. Taste is of the same, although the citrus is subtle. Taste is a little sweetness playing off the hops but far from being cloying. Overall a balanced, malty fruity red or amber extra ipa.

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Photo of C20Percent
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: When I rank a beer's appearance I look for complexity in the color, lots of bubbles and swimming sediment. This beer pours a golden orange with a big head of very light tan foam on top. Some amber hues for sure. Very clean beer, but lacks the factors I look for. Like the amber glow, though. **Changing score due the the killer lacing the beer had -- very impressed.

S: A nice citrus aroma. Oranges, Pineapples -- some tropical fruits. Also, some sweet caramel malts in there for sure. Nice quality stuff -- not outstanding, but nice showing.

T: Nose hasn't let me down, as the citrus hop flavor hits first followed by some sweet malt. A hoppy bitter finish -- very nice finish in fact.

M: Very creamy and smooth. Nice carbonation. An oily texture that coats the mouth. Maybe a bit to syrupy and thick for me. I like something refreshing in an IPA, and this just isn't that. Kind of falls into a sipping beer for me.

O: Good beer. Better than your average IPA. A mix between an East Coast IPA and a West Coast IPA. Also, not really getting the onion and garlic flavor some suggest. If it's anywhere, then it's long in the aftertaste, but doesn't affect the beer-drinking experience.

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Photo of tbrown4
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at Max's in Baltimore last night. This and some other rare-to-the-area OB offerings were left over from an event the night before.

A - Hazy pale orange, foamy fine bubbled one-finger white head, some lacing, little head retained

S - Smells of tart citrus, not much else

T - Huge bitter citrus (grapefruit) up front. The middle seems to be lacking something, maybe whatever is there is covered up by the initial pucker. The finish is light, sweet and rewarding. Doesn't feel very balanced.

M - Medium in body

O - Seems ok. From what I understand this is a ramped up variation of Dale's Pale. For that, it delivers. It's got a more rich feel to it and the alcohol content is very well hidden. But, there are far better imperial IPAs out there. I'm not sure I'd go out of my way to seek this out again.

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Photo of DrinkMoreBigBeers
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Poured a hazy dark orange with a creamy 2 finger off white head. Leaves nice lacing up on the glass with tiny bubbles streaming up the sides of the glass giving the appearance of nice carbonation.

S - The nose is a piney grass, dank oniony - garlic hop aroma, followed by a sweet malty-ness that is in the background to the powerful hops. No alcohol at all.

T - Taste follows nose pretty well with a unique oniony/garlic flavor and then the piney grassy hops follow with a muted sweet malty-ness just like the nose. Real earthy flavor for an IPA.

M - This is real soft and smooth with a lovely chewyness that makes it quit quaff-able and surprisingly easy drinking for a 8% IPA.

O - This IPA is definitely a unique IPA in comparison to others that I have had. It is real earthy and piney with some of the other aspects mention which make it worth trying on those aspects alone not to mention the awesome mouth feel and beautiful look it has. A must try for a hop head looking for a new hop aroma other then the typical west coast citrus hop bomb, Cheers!

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Photo of CJfromPhilly
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours from the 16 oz. can a coppery orange color with a fluffy, off white 2-finger head. Light carbonation, very few bubbles rising in the glass. Aroma is a nice soft whiff of citrusy orange with perhaps a little pineapple. 1st sip brings an initial hit of malt sweetness followed by orangey hops. A bit of pine and grapefruit appear in the middle and last on the swallow. The citrus/pine mix lingers after the swallow, but a hint of maltiness appears as well. As it warms, the hops become more dominant. Mouthe feel is medium heavy and somewhat fizzy. Overall, this is a well balanced and tasty IPA. It's not overdone, as many are,, and easily approachable by people like me who are put off by the 10 megaton hop bomb.

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Photo of One2Remeber
4.44/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear copper orange body. Off white, thin head. Retention is weak. Forced head with a couple pours.

S: Prominent dank hops aroma, guessing columbus/amarillo. Hints of herbal/floral/grapefruit hop notes. Strong caramel malts. Really packing a punch.

T/M: Strong hop taste, leafy/medicinal without the bitterness. Tastes like dry hopped in can. Huge malt backbone with honey and caramel sweetness. Not bitter at all, goes down very smooth. Clean touch.

O: What a double IPA should be. Over the top hops and malts come together for a balanced beer. Spot on!

A: Frothy, nice and dense beige head. Hazy body, copper tan, orangish hue.
S: Resin hop undertone. Malt profile of an East Coast IPA. Sugary, caramel, hint of booze. Not too much hops, but then again it says canned on 05/15/12 :(
T: Orange, flat, sort of meaty (yeast).
M: Not alive at all
O: Wish this was fresh. Taste more like shampoo right now.

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Photo of warrenout330
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz can into a snifter

A- pours a deep golden amber, frothy white head that sticks around.... sticky lacing all over the glass

S- smells of tropical fruits, fresh bready malts

T- taste of tropical Easter bready.... sweet, bready, almost can taste the butter on the bread kind of linger

M- buttery slick feel, medium body with a generous amount of hop bite followed by a lingering tropical fruit flavor

O- a pleasing offer from OB, reminds me more of a DIPA more than a IPA... way more malt forward

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Deviant Dale's IPA from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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