- ABV: 8%
- Availability: First time I have ever found it, but it was available at the beer store in a 4 pack of tall-boys!
- Price: $$$/$$$$
- Cook’s Score: 4/5
- Suggestion: Definitely a very good beer, grab one if you can find it.
Looking through my archive, I came upon this unpublished review! I had totally forgotten about this one, but reading through makes me really want some Oskar Blues. While this wasn’t one of my all-time favorites, the more I think about it, the more I really dig the tall-boy style for sitting on the deck in the summer. Maybe Oskar Blues will sponsor my buddy’s bachelor party that’s coming up this month, what do you think?
The Smell: The characteristic piney-citrus wafts toward your greedy nostrils, but not so much as to offend, nor entice.
The Look: Solid and beautiful. Great lacing as you drink as well, the trademark of a good beer.
The Taste: Actually a creamy, wonderful IPA. Not too bitter at first, as this IPA is balanced well with a malty backbone.
The Linger: Intense. The bitterness holds on long and strong. In my opinion, too long. This is the first turn off for this beer.
The Return: While I like the beer, and want to have more, I am not drawn back by any particular trait. Of course I will take another drink, but order another one? Not quite sure on that one.
All said and done, I was not as impressed with this Deviant as with Dale’s original. Don’t get me wrong, it was a good beer, but I don’t feel that it stands out from just about any other IPA. It was not over the top hoppy and didn’t jolt my sense of smell. Couple that with the availability as a 4-pack, a slightly higher price point, a higher ABV, and it doesn’t make for an outstandingly repeatable drinking session. Great to have one, but I don’t think I would deviate from the Pale Ale to grab this IPA.