Oskar Blues is based in Lyons, CO and they are one of my favorite brewers. They were the first craft brewer in Colorado to use cans. Deviant Dale’s (8% ABV and 85 IBU) is a new IPA offering in 16 oz. cans that just started to be distributed. Deviant Dale’s took home the Silver medal at the 2011 GABF in the IPA category, which is the largest category at the GABF. I was very much looking forward to sampling Deviant Dale’s and it was on tap at Parry’s Pizzeria and Pub when the family dined there last weekend.
American Double / Imperial IPA – description – http://beeradvocate.com/beer/style/140 Beeradvocate
Aroma – It is all about the hops – citrus / grapefruit and dank, pine. If you have been to a rock concert, then you know what ganja smells like and this beer has this aroma.
Taste – Excellent – there is some caramel sweetness that is quickly surpassed by the hops and the dank pine / citrus / grapefruit / weed take over and stay awhile.
Overall – B+ – an excellent hoppy double IPA. This one has massive hops and it is for the IPA lover. If you do not like hops / bitter beers, you will probably not like this one. Conversely, if you are a hop-head, you will like. I had two of these and with a tap list of 50 beers, it would have been easy to make a different 2nd selection.
Description – “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 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 hops and hedonistic Columbus dry-hopping. Oskar Blues’ southern spirit caught a northbound bus to ColoRADo to the delver the boundary bustin’ brewery’s first 16 oz. tallboy can.
URL – Oskar Blues - http://www.oskarblues.com/the-brews/deviant-dales
URL – Parry’s Pizzeria & Pub - http://www.parryspizza.com/parrysbar/