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Deviant Dale’s IPA

Rating: 4.85

This one is the first of two Oskar Blues beers that I ordered from the Brewdog online shop late last year, the other being their G’Knight Imperial Red IPA, a review of which will be uploaded here next. This one is a hopped-up version of the only other Oskar Blues beer I have tried thus far, their flagship Dale’s Pale Ale although sadly this offering does not appear in the 1001 Beers list. From what I can tell, this one was originally a draft-only favourite that was only found in brewery taprooms until early 2012, having won a silver medal at the previous years Great American Beer Festival and was the first beer the brewery offered in 16oz can form after upgrading their canning line. The beer has been dry-hopped a total of four times so I was expecting a very bitter, bold tasting beer and I’m glad to say that this one did not disappoint in the slightest.
Deviant Dale's

Appearance (5/5): Light caramel amber with some orange and a half centimetre tall, bubbly white head that stays pretty decent for such a strong beer. There is little initial movement and what looks like some nice lacing on the sides of the glass, before the head fades to leave a nice lacing on top.
Aroma (10/10): Refreshing right off the bat with plenty of pine hops and even more tropical fruits on top of a caramel base that hints at some vanilla too. The smell is great with plenty of strength and fruity mix of grapefruit, pineapple and citrus, not to mention some floral notes and a subtle hint of alcohol too; excellent stuff.
Taste (9/10): This one taste just about as good as it smells with the same strong flavours coming from the tropical fruits but with the caramel and sweet malts coming more to the forefront in the taste. There is a great caramel flavour mixed together with the grapefruit and pineapple I mentioned earlier on the nose. Again the alcohol is very subtle and minor given the abv. of the beer and the citrus and pine hops feature heavily; this beer taste amazing.
Palate (5/5): Smooth, sweet and quite rich with a smooth and medium body that features some stickiness in places. There is some hints of alcohol but not as much as one might expect and the beer is frighteningly easy to drink.

Overall (19/20): This one is very close to perfect, coming out even with Dogfish Head’s 90 Minute IPA that I reviewed previously although this one seems to hide the alcohol content slightly better. The beer is phenomenal with an amazing taste that had meaning constantly taking another sip before putting the glass down. Possibly my all-time favourite and one that I’ll be picking up again, I’m just glad it seems to be distributed in the UK, albeit limited distribution at that.

Brewed In: Longmont, Colorado, United States of America
Brewery: Oskar Blues Brewery
First Brewed: 2009
Type: American IPA
Abv: 8.0%
Serving: Can (473ml)
Purchased: Brewdog.com
Price: £6.00

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  1. January 21, 2014 at 19:50

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