Tuesday, January 24th 2012
Deviant Dale's IPA
(Oskar Blues Brewery)
Deviant Dale's IPA will be the first 16 oz. can released from the folks who got this whole canned thing rolling a decade ago. Not a bad choice considering this was the hop-laden brew that just won a silver medal at the Great American Beer Festival in the very competitive India Pale Ale category. As you can plainly see, this is not the new can. It's merely a vessel used to transport the precious liquid in advance of their new canning line becoming operational. It's what's inside that truly matters, right? A big thank you to Chad at Oskar Blues for letting us have a sneak preview of what is to come!
From the Oskar Blues site:
"At 8% ABV, four hop additions, and a final excessive wallop of Columbus dry-hopping, this beer is meant to say one thing: MORE HOPS! The Deviant is a returning favorite from the little brewery in Lyons, Colorado that started the CANNED Revolution with Dale’s Pale Ale."
Here we go...
Pour – a darker golden hue with a sticky, clingy white head that leaves some serious lacing inside the glass. A very clean appearance with the look of a well-brewed IPA.
Aroma – I believe that someone has knocked me unconscious and I have woken up inside a huge pile of hops and could possibly suffocate from intense hop aroma. This is the real deal. TONS of that lovely grapefruit and mango goodness that the upper echelon of hopped up beers deliver. Plenty of pine, and pineapple for that matter, and overall super magnified lupulin experience for the olfactory system.
Taste – massive pine and resin flavors coming flooding in and are rounded out by a punch of bitterness and finally some sweet maltiness in the finish. Lots of those great tropical fruit flavors from the constant barrage of hops to the palate. A little less boozy than G'KNIGHT or GUBNA but certainly no less focused on hops. So, yes, this is worthy of it's medal and worthy of any IPA lover's glass. Cheers!
Overall - This one packs a wallop that is for sure. A full pint of this will certainly leave your tongue wounded but asking for more. This is a beer that will please even the most picky hopheads as it is balanced with a clean hop taste that isn't one-sided or a cloying, syrupy mess. We can't wait to have access to more of this brew on a regular basis and are certain that hopheads nationwide will rejoice when 4-packs of these tall boys are released.
Note - tall boy cans of Deviant Dale's should be hitting shelves in the next 4-6 weeks throughout the Oskar Blues distribution area. Oskar Blues is currently installing close to $4 million worth of new equipment which includes a new canning line filler and seamer that will allow them to can 300 cans per minute.
Posted by Russ
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