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Oskar Blues Brewing’s Deviant Dale’s IPA

Almost everyone (at least that I know) is familiar with Oskar Blues Dale’s Pale Ale; it is claimed as the first microbrew to be canned, as opposed to bottled/kegged/casked/squirreled. You get my point. This made it ideal for many places where glass isn’t allowed, like beaches, hiking, and music venues; this is reflected by the motto “Pack it in, Pack it out,” printed on their cans, referencing leaving as little impact on the nature you explore as possible. Dale’s Pale Ale is 6.50% ABV with 65 IBUs, making it a highly drinkable beer while still being assertively hopped. Today’s offering is Deviant Dale’s India Pale Ale. I’m not sure I could give it an intro any better than the Oskar Blues website does, so I’ll let them take it away.

Deviant Dale’s IPA (8% ABV, 85 IBUs) was born at the crossroads, in a juke joint, as if Dale’s Pale Ale sold its soul to balance Deviant’s foreboding aromas of citrus, grapefruit rind and piney resins with a copper ball-of-fire color and inscrutable finish. The 2011 GABF Silver Medal Winner (American IPA Category) is the Devil incarnate with untold amounts of malt and hedonistic Columbus dry-hopping. Oskar Blues’ southern spirit caught a northbound blues bus to ColoRADo to deliver the boundary bustin’ brewery’s first 16 oz. tallboy can.

Deviant Dale’s
Deviant Dale's poured a beautiful copper color, with about 2 fingers of fluffy off-white head. The color was a little bit darker than I was expecting, but looked wonderful. Head retention wasn't great, as it settled fairly quickly, but there was nice lacing around the glass.
I love when you can smell things upon opening them. This one was like a little hop bomb had exploded inside my kitchen. There was a distinct aroma of grapefruit, as well as a little bit of floral aroma. As with the head, the aroma dissipated somewhat quickly; I wish that initial hoppyness had stuck around ab it longer.
This is a pretty tasty beer; it had more malt in it than I expected, however. There is a also a somewhat sharp taste from the alcohol, which isn't balanced out. The bittering hops are definitely the most prominent in terms of taste, and are very piney/sappy. I wish there was a little bit more of citrus/brightness to help balance it out, but people who really enjoy piney hops would likely disagree.
This one is probably one of the heavier bodied beers I've had lately, which is strange since I could put a barrel aged Russian Imperial Stout in that category. That being said, I would put it at medium-heavy, because the mouthfeel isn't overwhelmingly heavy, just somewhat. This heaviness is not displeasurable though, it's moreso serving as a warning of 'Oh hey! Remember I'm 8% so don't drink me so quickly!' If only the Boulevard Chocolate Ale had done that when I had it.... It has a decently high level of carbonation; I've already burped, and I'm only about a quarter of the way through it.
This was not easy to come by in State College, so I begrudgingly paid $18 for a 4-pack. I think that's steep for any 4-pack of cans. {insert rant about ridiculous inflation in the State College beer market}
Overall, I'm really happy that I got to try this beer. It's not something I would consistently buy, just because what I had to pay for it was too ridiculous- it is the antithesis to Garrett's budget beer. I have 2 more cans that are up for grabs though, if anyone wants to try it and is interested in trading.

Beer Stats
Style: India Pale Ale
Serving: Can (Tallboy/Pounder)
Size: 16oz
ABV: 8.00%
BA Score: 88
RB Score: 98

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Written by Paige Deckert

Paige is a fifth year graduate student at Penn State; she received her craft beer education while bartending during undergrad at the University of Illinois. Over several months, Rogue’s Dead Guy served as her gateway beer, because it was $2/pint on Thursdays, and thus offered the highest ABV/$. This eventually turned into enjoyment, and everything is history from there. Her first legal beer was Robert the Bruce on cask at the Blind Pig in Champaign, followed by the Duchess de Bourgogne. Paige has visited over 15 breweries, including Great Divide, Bells, Jolly Pumpkin, Three Floyds and Dogfish Head, with plans to add more in 2012 via trips to San Diego, Phoenix, and Austin. Paige became friends with Russ (and subsequently Garrett) when they became friends on untappd. She clearly remembers seeing a check-in of his and thinking, “Who is this clown checking into Miller Light at the Shandygaff?” Soon thereafter he introduced himself at a Zeno’s beerfest, and they bonded over their beer geekery (sans adjuct lagers). Find Paige Deckert on Google Plus

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