Oskar Blues Deviant Dale’s IPA

Yesterday was a relatively busy day. My sister and I hit up Home Depot in the rain and bought some stone. And yes, I totally unloaded the stone from the car in the pouring rain. I was quite a sight. So, onto the brew.

ABV: 8%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “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 rind 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 malt and hedonistic Columbus dry-hopping. Oskar Blues’ southern spirit caught a northbound blues bus to ColoRADo to deliver the boundary bustin’ brewery’s first 16 oz. tallboy can.”

Random: I love tallboy cans. I especially love Double IPAs in tallboys.

This brew poured with a two finger, tan head that dissipated very slowly and left significant lacing on the glass. The body was a clear mahogany color with moderate visible carbonation. The nose was all pine. I could tell this was going to be serious…well, when you’re giving me a brew that is 100+ IBU, it can’t be anything but serious. The taste was a hop head’s dream. It had lots of pine followed by some sweet caramel malt. I was a little surprised that grapefruit didn’t make an appearance. The body was towards the thicker and heavier side with moderate carbonation. The booze could have been slightly better hidden, but made an appearance on the long finish that was teaming with malt and pine. This was a really enjoyable beer. It was hop forward, but balanced. I would definitely have this again, although the booze could have been more hidden. A hop head’s dream.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

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