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Deviant Dale’s IPA in tallboy cans from Oskar Blues is a hophead’s delight

April 11, 2012 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Travelin', Video

Deviant Dale's IPADeviant Dale’s IPA, the imperial IPA from Colorado’s Oskar Blues Brewery, is making its way across the U.S. in new 16-ounce tallboy cans.

The beer (8% ABV, 85 IBUs) packs a wallop of citrusy and piny hops on the nose, and intense hop flavor balanced by just enough malt sweetness.

Oskar Blues describes it this way: “Deviant Dale’s IPA was born at the crossroads, in a juke joint, as if Dale’s Pale Ale sold its soul to balance Deviant’s foreboding aromas of citrus, grapefruit rind and piney resins with a copper ball-of-fire color and inscrutable finish. The 2011 GABF Silver Medal Winner (American IPA Category) is the Devil incarnate with untold amounts of malt and hedonistic Columbus dry-hopping.”

I picked up a pair of four-packs over the weekend in Atlanta at Hop City Craft Beer & Wine at a not-so-cheap price of $13.49 a four-pack, but it’s worth it for when you want to splurge on a higher-alcohol IPA.

Deviant Dale’s is not available in Memphis at the moment, and I don’t believe it’s in Nashville, either. But be on the lookout for this beer. Since many varieties of Oskar Blues beers are sold in Nashville, including Dale’s Pale Ale, hopefully it will arrive in Tennessee soon.

Meanwhile, check out the video below from the inaugural canning of Deviant Dale’s IPA.

Thanksgiving suitcase beers

December 22, 2010 By: jeff Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Travelin'

Thanksgiving beers

The contestants

If my in-laws didn’t think I was an alcoholic before Thanksgiving, having them watch me stuff my suitcase with beers didn’t help my cause.

One of my favorite things about traveling is sampling the local beers and —  if I plan it right — bringing some home.  A normal person would think traveling with the Missus and young baby for a short holiday weekend wouldn’t be the time to do this.  Especially, since we go back to New York to see family fairly often, but it’s the holidays and it just felt right.

My brother-in-law Ryan gave me an empty wine box from his liquor store, Depot Wines & Liquors.  This was premeditated so I came with the bubble wrap to secure them in the box.  A little wadded up newspaper on the bottom and top of the bottles  and we should be good.

Like a glove

Like a glove

The six lucky finalists to make it in my suitcase were:

2 bottles of Captain Lawrence’s St Vincents Dubbel for Grant and Mike.  Mrs. Marvin’s parents gave me a bottle of this, and it was killer.

1 bottle of Captain Lawrence’s Xtra Gold.  This was also a gift.

1 bottle of Captain Lawerence’s Nor’Easter.

1 bottle of Brooklyn Brewery’s Black Ops.

1 bottle of Ommegang’s Zuur.  We drank this the night Grant and Mike helped me wire the temperature controller for my keezer (DIY posts coming on the build of that puppy).  Sour ales aren’t for everyone, but I really enjoyed it.

I broke my rule of only bringing back NY beers when I saw a six-pack of Oskar Blue’s Old Chub in cans.  I mean come on, I didn’t have to even worry about them breaking.  I had heard a lot of praise about this beer and it didn’t disappoint.  Can you say malt bomb?  The FuzzyBrew gang each got 2 cans.

There were really no losers in this contest, and if I could have finagled it, they would all be in my kitchen right now.   A few that stand out that didn’t make it back were CL’s Captains’s Reserve- Imperial IPA.  This beauty was drenched with luscious hop flavor and aroma.  The bitterness was a given.  If it had been in a 22-oz. bottle, somebody else might have lost their spot on the plane.

Also, Brooklyn Brewery’s Sorachi Ace was kick ass.  It is a Saison-style beer brewed with the rare sorachi ace hops.  Apparently, the hops were developed in Japan and now only grown in Oregon and are valued/ignored for their insanely lemony aroma.  They added a very tasty dimension to a favorite beer style of mine.