A Cuddly Beast in a Tall Can
A Review of Deviant Dale’s IPA by Oskar Blues Brewing Co.
Posted on 8/24/2012 by Chops
                   
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Quick, name the top five craft breweries in the United States! (Jeopardy theme) For most craft beer fans, I can say with great clarity that the Oskar Blues Brewery out of Longmont, CO made it onto your list. These guys are churning out brews that are so delicious and so highly revered that it's easy to forget they come in cans. Each and every brew in their arsenal can (and does) compete on the world stage. Just as a reminder, this is the brewery that gives us Dale's Pale Ale, which is widely regarded as the best pale ale on the planet. They also give us the Ten FIDY Imperial Stout, G'Knight Imperial Red, Old Chub Scotch Ale, and Gubna Imperial IPA. Yes, THAT brewery. So needless to say, I was a little giddy when they announced their latest and greatest creation: the Deviant Dale's IPA. This beer alone warranted a special trip to my local beer store.

In the glass, this beer has a deep honey golden coloration. It comes with a rocky tan head that likes to stick around for a very long time. On the nose, I found a thick malty sweetness with plenty of tangy hop bite. It's a powerful aroma that quickly kicks your salivary glands into overdrive. I couldn't wait to dive right in.

It only takes one sip to realize that you got your hands on something special. Deviant Dale's is one seriously delicious concoction. It's a hoppy sweet flavor bomb with minimal sting and a warm thick citrus character. The malty sweetness rests as a powerful under layer and sucks up some of the hoppy tang. This beer has a very strong flavor profile, but it's by no means assaulting. The flavor train has some big swings, starting out syrupy sweet and exits with stingy bitterness. The finish itself is crisp, strong, and leaves a lasting bitter aftertaste.

Overall, the the Deviant Dale's IPA from Oskar Blues is a delicious brew with a big personality. I loved every drop and can happily recommend it to most beer fans. It's still pretty aggressive for novices, so I would advise them to proceed with caution. It's much more approachable than the Gubna Imperial IPA, so by all means give it a whirl and see what you think. Deviant Dale's is definitely one of the more approachable Imperial IPAs on the market, which puts it in a very small class of cuddly beasts. They are also easy to spot with their red, black and silver tallboy cans. Deviant Dale's is a worthy addition to the Oskar Blues arsenal and I will definitely be adding these can-bombers to my regular rotation.

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