Thursday, April 18, 2013

Oskar Blues Deviant Dale's

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Chad9976 (856) - Albany, New York, USA - APR 18, 2013
I poured a 16oz can into a tulip glass. It was canned on 1/15/13 making it three months and three days old.

Appearance: Light orange/bronze hue. Slightly cloudy, but for them most part clear with carbonation visible. Forms a large, beige, frothy head which is slow to dissolve and leaves plenty of lacing.

Smell: Dank resin and citrus juice concentrate. A hint of herbal/earthy character.

Taste: There’s a distinct taste to Colorado-brewed IPAs and Oskar Blues Deviant Dale’s definitely has that going for it. A ton of malt character with perhaps some rye spiciness balanced with a dank hop bitterness make this beer amazingly well balanced (though I’d give and edge to the hops). There’s a lot going on in this brew and all of it is interesting to say the least.

The beer opens with a thud of bitterness across the tongue. A combination of orange juice concentrate and sticky, resiny hop bitterness. It begins to dry up as it reaches the apex when the malt begins to take control and creates some cracker-like character. It climaxes with a dry spice sensation, similar to rye or garlic. Oskar Blues’ "Gubna" imperial IPA uses Summit hops which are known for their spice-like taste, perhaps this brew uses those hops as well (the brewery’s website doesn’t list the ingredients). As it goes down there’s a taste of orange popsicle, honey and pale malt with an aftertaste of starch. This is a pretty amazing palette to say the least.

Drinkability: Hefty IPAs can often be quite intimidating, but Oskar Blues Deviant Dale’s is impressive in its sheer drinkability. The mouthfeel is on the thicker, full-bodied side for sure. Yet, as robust as the flavors may be, the presence in the mouth is always comfortable and the finish is so smooth that it’s actually soothing. At 8% ABV this walks a fine line between regular and imperial IPA (personally I’d consider it a double), though the alcohol itself is invisible in the smell and taste. This beer is ideal for meals, as a stand-alone drink, or an alternative to dessert. 
Grade: 10/10