Thursday, May 17, 2012

Deviant Dale's India Pale Ale

Today I'm drinking Deviant Dale's India Pale Ale brewed by Oskar Blues Brewery in Longmont, Colorado. I've heard a lot of chatter about this beer in the past month or so, so when I saw it on the Total Wine shelves, I promptly broke open a 4-pack for a look. This beer won the silver medal at the 2011 GABF in the American IPA category. The rim of the pounder can says "Sippin' On A Tall Boy. Let's Sling A Little Mud, Girl." And one more plug for cans on the side... "CANS: Infinitely Recyclable." Canned on 04-23-12.

Excellent pine aroma with tropical fruit hints. The aroma continues with citrus and some yummy spicy pepper. The hops and pine translate right into the beginning of the beer. Great piney bitterness is followed by some orange citrus. The body is nice and rich for an IPA, very full. Bready malt and a touch of caramel add a little sweet balance.

Though this beer has a good balance, the 85 IBUs easily push the bitterness to the forefront. Spicy little nips at the palate increase toward the end of the can. Creamy texture, great carbonation. And the 8.0% alcohol offers a little kick at the end. Very nice beer. Definitely recommended!

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