Deviant Dale’s IPA 8% ABV 85 IBU
Northern Colorado is getting pounded with snow right now, with an expected 6-12 inches in 24 hours. While some may reach for a nice dark and heavy porter or stout…I break the mold and reach for Deviant Dale’s IPA by Oskar Blues Brewery in Longmont, Colorado. Right away this IPA stands out because it comes in a can and is packing 8.0% Alcohol by Volume, so don’t expect to get much done after this beer. A full pint can that stamped 12-03-12, so we can expect a fresh IPA from down the street.
Alright, it’s go time. I stage poured Deviant Dale’s in my imperial pint goblet because the amount of off-white pillowy head was overwhelming…in a good way. The beer poured a deep amber color that you cannot see through which reminded me a little of an APA. The aromas hit you right in the kisser with a nice citrus up front with a load of spice and pine at back. The citrus grapefruit, hint of spice and sweetness is evident on the tongue but finishes with a load of pine and hoppiness that lingers until the next sip. This beer is a well balanced IPA with a generous malt bill that counters the pungent and earthy hops. Mouthfeel is medium bodied but one that finishes super smooth with just the right amount of carbonation.
This was my first Oskar Blues beer, but I can tell you it will not be my last. This big IPA will not disappoint fellow Hop Heads. So do yourself a favor and pick up a Deviant Dale’s IPA from Oskar Blues but be prepared because this beer is everything but a rule follower.