Tasting: April 9, 2012
Style: Imperial IPA
If you haven’t had a Dale’s Pale Ale from Oskar Blues — I highly recommend it. It should be readily available at a number of better beer stores. What I like about it, is that it’s a surprising for a pale ale. It’s very hoppy and deceivingly bitter. It really drinks like a much larger IPA. Gubna, also from Oskar Blues, is an imperial (double) IPA. It’s a little over the top for my liking — too boozy, too pricey and a little off. Now, enter a new offering from Oskar Blues — Deviant Dale’s. This one is an IPA – so, by deduction, this one should probably fall somewhere in-between Dale’s and Gubna.
I’ll pop open one of the 16 oz cans. Quick whiff of potent fruit loops — lots of sweet citrus. Quite a bit of that lemon, grapefruit in my first few sips – peppery undertone. Nice lingering finish. Medium-bodied with pleasantly smooth carbonation. Quick label check – 8.0% ABV. I’d like to put this side-by-side with a Dale’s Pale Ale — because they are quite similar. I think I had this one right on the mark at 88 points.