The Colorado/North Carolina brewer is re-releasing of one of its core craft beers, Deviant Dale’s IPA (8% ABV, 85 IBUs). Previously available year-round, this dry-hopped behemoth will now be available only seasonally and in limited release, so get it while you CAN.
The brew was the product of a happy accident in which the wrong bag of grain was used in a batch of flagship brew Dale’s Pale Ale. From there, brewers dry hopped the IPA to perfection and made it more intense with each round of “testing” on a willing group of guinea pigs – regulars at Oskar Blues Grill & Brew in Lyons, CO.
The result is a devilish sidekick that boasts foreboding aromas – floral, derived from Centennial hops, and herbal from hedonistic Columbus dry-hopping. Deviant Dale’s will storm onto shelves in a new 12 oz. can, just in time to warm the belly in spite of cooler temperatures.
“The decision to make Deviant Dale’s available seasonally came as a result of the limited supply of punchy, floral Centennial hops that are the keystone of the recipe,” says Oskar Blues Head Brewer Tim Matthews. “We are now able to be selective and incorporate only the hops that are insanely fresh and will provide optimal flavor.”
Fanatics of the hellish craft brew can celebrate with Oskar Blues’ brewing masterminds themselves at release parties taking place at the Tasty Weasel taprooms in ColoRADo and North Carolina on January 15.
ColoRADo’s event (4:30-close) will feature Deviant Firkins (think Jamaican and pineapple), unfiltered Deviant Chowdah and BBQ from Oskar Blues Homemade Liquids and Solids, and a station for your little devils to create their own Voodoo dolls.
At the North Carolina brewery’s event from 5-close, the masters will be brewing four specialty batches in a Deviant flight, including Bloody Mary, Pineapple Habanero, Blood Orange, and Honey Cardamom. Attendees will also enjoy tasty specialties from the Oskar Blues CHUBwagon, live music from Tina & Her Pony, colossal Nintendo and Deviant merchandise galore. A trolley is available to take attendees from Asheville to the brewery.
Since its inception, Deviant Dale’s has won a slew of awards, including a silver medal at the Great American Beer Festival in the American-style IPA category in 2011 and a score of 99 from online craft beer ranking site, Rate Beer. Check the Oskar Blues Brewery Beer Finder to locate Deviant Dale’s IPA near you.