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 fields336
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pint can in SNS dated 5/23

A: Auburn to ruby red, light toffee-caramel head on top, 2 fingers. fairly opaque, nice carb awesome lacing

S: huge pineapple, then grapefruit, pine, peach, mango, lemon zest, sweet caramel malt, delicious

T: Wave after wave of pineapple, peach, mango, citrus, pine, then a huge hit of bitterness and then a sweet caramel malt and that "dales" taste to soothe that away. wow.

M: Medium bodied, right for the style, so freakin drinkable though for 8%.

O: So glad I pulled the trigger on this, if I see this again, I'll be buying it again

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Photo of JAFoley
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Clear and golden orange. Plenty of head, tan and bubbly which settles quickly with nice lacing left behind.

S - Soapy and pine but not too much aroma.

T - Pepper and pine hops dominate along with a lot of alcohol while the malts take a back seat.

M - Fairly thin with good carbonation. Medium body but could use a bit more heft in my opinion.

O - While this is a thinner IPA than I prefer, the strong spicy hops win me over. Definitely a good beer to bring to a barbecue especially if you're looking to get a bit tipsy!

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Photo of jokelahoma
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours the color of a nice shiny copper medallion. Remarkable clarity for a really hoppy beer.

Aroma is just what you'd expect from a big IPA. It's citrusy almost to the point of zest with a little candied fruit aroma in there as well. My crazy nose also gets some apricot and/or some tropical fruit. There's a tiny tease of malt, but it seems to be peeking out from the corner more than strutting its stuff. None of this smells harsh in any way, just sweet and appetizing.

The first thing that hits you about the flavor is that the flavor doesn't hit you. By that I mean this isn't the type of brew to grab hold of your salivary glands and start beating on them, like many of the super-bitter varieties. This just casually slides in with a nonchalant "hey", but there's not doubt it has arrived. Kind of like Mick Jagger walking into the party in Carly Simon's "You're So Vain", in a way. (That *is* who that song is about, right? Right?) Like any good double IPA, this isn't just a hop bomb. The malt here is the canoe the hops float in on, and it does a great job of keeping them together, high and dry. It's tough to tell which you notice first, the great flavor of the malt, or the bitterness that it carries. Regardless, it isn't the bitterness or the malt backbone that ultimately grabs your focus, it's the flavor of the hops which gets your attention. This is really well put together. Not as much of a perception of bitter as a "regular" IPA because of more malt to stand up to it, the hop flavor carries the day. And what a flavor it is. All the citrus zest and candied fruit from the aroma are still here, and their flavor works exceptionally well with the malts, rather than fighting them for supremacy. It's tough to imagine an easier to drink 8% ABV DIPA. This works on just about every level.

Mouthfeel is pretty much a "medium" in that it isn't light and watery, and it isn't thick and chewy or oily. It's just enough to let you know you have a big beer in your glass and you should treat it accordingly, without ever making you question "do I want any more of this?".

This is easily one of my favorite DIPAs. The balance is fantastic, the flavors suit me to a "T", and everything seems to fit just right. I see a lot more excuses for crossing the state line now that this is available one state over. Not only worth seeking out, you should make it a point to do so.

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Photo of jsulko
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can poured into a tulip glass

Pours a slightly cloudyt orangish color with decent off white foam head.

Smell leans more towards the citrusy side than the piney side. Prefer that in an IPA.

Taste is slighly malty with the citrus more of a muted flavor than the smell would have hinted at. Some piney resin flavor on the finish as well.

A more than solid IPA that is newer to Illinois. For the price, I can't see buying it over other options both local and not so local.

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

Poured from a can into a nonic pint. Dark-straw colored, minimal head. The smell is of citrus hops. The floral qualities are not there on the taste; just some good hop bitterness and a solid malt backbone. A good beer to enjoy on a humid mid-Atlantic evening, with spicy food.

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

Wow, awesome brew!

Had on tap at Pinnochio's in Media, PA...

A - Caramel amber nearly clear color...nice 1/2 inch head...with nice lacing...

S - Beautiful dank cannabis and pine resin...awesome fragrance...might have been even fuller at a slightly lower temp...but awesome none the less...can't wait to sip...

T - Delicious herbal tobacco, some citrus, pine resin, and over the top bitterness that lingers and makes you want more...very very tasty brew!

Overall - Went down very easy considering he ABV...excellently crafted DIPA...can't wait to try from a can...awesome brew...if you see it on draft o in a can DRINK IT!!!!


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Photo of weller1js
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: pours a vibrant copper, slightly hazy, with effervescing carbonation, thick bubbly very off-white head which recedes into a thinner but heavier foam.

smell: deeply tangy and floral hops make most of the scent, with notable piney hop undertones.

taste: begins clean with a rapid development of the hops, much more piney in character than the smell would lead one to believe, the floral and tangy-ness presents itself on the back end of the taste, finishing with noted strength of the alcohol content, but with a crisp bitterness and a piney aftertaste.

mouthfeel: despite high hop and alcohol content, the suprisingly lighter body is discernable from those strengths.

overall: great IPA, love the fact that it's in a pint pounder, hops are well used and abv is not too high and not too low.

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Photo of estlinska
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bought at Highland Liquor Store in Birmingham in May 2012. Poured into a shaker a deep copper color like a brand new penny that allowed lot of lustrous light through rather easily. Topped with 3cm or so of big, frothy, white head that laced the glass very nicely. The smell was very resinous like hemp oil and a freshly cut grapefruit. Taste was very bitter, full of pine hops and oily grapefruit and maybe sour apple as well. Finishes long and bitter, and the alcohol definitely sneaks through. Very good beer overall. I think they're onto something with these IPAs in the can.

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Photo of dickieb
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
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 +4.7%
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 -13.2%
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 +17.1%
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 NickTheGreat
3.79/5  rDev -6%
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 nate_nate_nate
4.41/5  rDev +9.4%
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 --Dom--
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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 mfavoino
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
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 -5%
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 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 nUgZ
4.36/5  rDev +8.2%
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 Groomsy
4.11/5  rDev +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 -14.4%
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 ThomasMetal75
3.95/5  rDev -2%
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 +10.4%
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 -6.5%
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 HotDogBikeRide
4.36/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Was excited to try the souped up version of Dale's Pale Ale. Little pricey but worth it to try a newly available beer here in Beaumont, Texas. I really like Oskar Blues so couldn't pass up the overpriced beer anyway.

Look: amber, copper, red color ale with a lot of lacing and a decent head.

Smell: malts, astringent but clean hops, red/amber IPA character.

Taste: like a malty, red IPA with a good bit of the described hops in the smell to keep things balanced. I've tasted beers with 3/4 the alcohol that are more offensive. Taste is pretty good but nothing outstanding. The feel is where it is at.

Feel: Easy drinker, refreshing, sits well, relatively light for the alcohol. Great taste, easy to session despite the high alcohol (haha). Downed 4 and I don't feel full, great buzz and an awesome beer.

Quick summary: Beer could be a lot more tasty or more unique, not as dull, but I'll be damned if it's not really refreshing and feels good. Thanks OB.

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Deviant Dale's IPA from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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