Oskar Blues “Deviant Dale’s”
This IPA was a silver medal winner in the IPA category at the 2011 Great American Beer Fest. It’s loaded with rich, toasted malts of medium sweetness and huge hop flavor without too much oily bitterness. Grapefruit, lots of pine, grass clippings, and juicy pineapple top things off with a mildly dry finish. Higher than average alcohol makes for a better buzz and doesn’t interfere with flavor too much. Despite the oil, it’s only 85 IBU’s and doesn’t linger on and on, making way for those great hop flavors to come through, one of the great strengths in this beer. High flavor, honest alcohol, surprising drinkability.
Overall, this is everything you’d want out of an IPA. Full flavor, citric, sour, not too bitter or too sweet, restrained amounts of pine oil, and lush fruit flavors. Seems to have a complex layering of hops which touch on all best IPA flavor elements, combined with enough malt to counter-balance the weight. Well done. Recommended.
Hops: Columbus (dry-hopping)