Deviant Dale’s, Oskar Blues Brewery Lyons, CO: The bigger version (in both flavor, alcohol and can size) of Oskar Blues’ flagship, Dale’s Pale Ale. Deviant holds up well to it’s namesake. This ruby tangerine colored brew sports a fluffy, bone white head that leaves considerable lace in it’s wake, as it slowly dissipates to a thin scud. I find the bouquet rather malt forward, with caramel and sweet grains standing firmly front and center. Tropical fruits and tangerine like citrus come into play as the ale warms. A firm swirl allows perfumy florals to surface, rounding out quite a complex nose.
It does a bit of a 180 on the palate with bitter hops biting the tongue before any sweetness is detected. A citrus fruit-bowl of grapefruit, tangerine and tropical pineapple gives Deviant a recognizably Colorado IPA character. Toffee and biscuit round things out through the middle and lead to a hoppy reprise in the bitter, piny finish. This brew is silky and smooth (“shut up, swan”) with a refreshingly effervescent mouth-feel. Another perfect beer from one of the Rocky Mountain region’s best beer makers, as well as one of my favorite hangouts.