Deviant Dale’s IPA brewed by Oskar Blues Brewery in Lyons, Colorado and
Brevard, North Carolina
IPA 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, its copper ball-of-fire color and inscrutable
flavor-intense finish. Deviant is the Devil incarnate with untold amounts of
malt and hedonistic Columbus dry-hopping. Oskar Blues delivers this
boundary-buster in the brewery’s first 16-ounce tallboy can. ABV: 8%. IBUs
Beer Review from Beer Advocate
Really a stunner. Has the nice, cloudy orange color. The head forms in a
cascading fashion and is as thick as you'd like. Amazing retention. Huge
meringue like craters and valleys. Large and small bubbles with an almost
The scent is a combination of English malt and Pacific Northwestern hops,
citrus and pine standing front and center. A bit of orange rind rounds out
One of the best IPAs I've had. Lots of citrus in the taste, enough malt so
you don't ceviche your tongue, and plenty of pine so the flavor never fades.
Yes, it's bitter, but that's the idea. It's not a palate crusher because
it's well balanced. A lot of acid mixed in with malty sweetness. Almost full
bodied, it's got plenty to keep the palate busy. The pine grabs your tongue
and won't let go.
Just off the top of my head, one of the three or four best IPAs I've had.
Not quite as sweet as Zombie Dust or Pliny the Elder, but this beer is right
up there. Easy to drink despite solid bitterness and a good amount of
alcohol. The tall boy can is just a bonus.
Oskar Blues History
Oskar Blues Restaurant was founded by Dick Dale Katechis in Lyons, Colorado in
1997 and in 1999, Two years later, he began brewing beer in the basement of the
Some credit Oskar Blues as the creator of the "first released canned craft beer
in the United States" with the release of their Dale's Pale Ale in November
2002. By 2011, about 50 U.S. craft brewers were issuing craft beer in cans. In
2009, Oskar Blues Brewery sponsored an event called "Burning Can" which brought
together other craft brewers who were using cans for their beers.
Their product is distributed exclusively in cans or resealable aluminum
containers. They are the largest craft brewery in the U.S. to eschew glass
bottles. In 2011, they produced and canned 59,000 barrels of beer. In 2013, they
employed over 275 people and distributed to 32 states. The company was ranked
Colorado's second largest craft brewery and the 27th largest in the U.S. in
In 2013, they opened a satellite brewery in Brevard, North Carolina, with an
initial production of 40,000 barrels which could be enlarged to 85,000.