Dreamcrusher Double IPA - Deep Ellum Brewing Company

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Dreamcrusher Double IPADreamcrusher Double IPA

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89
very good

114 Ratings
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Ratings: 114
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 13.6%
Wants: 2
Gots: 17 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Deep Ellum Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Domvan on 04-28-2014)
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2.56/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

12 fl oz aluminum can with a standard pull-tab purchased for $8.00 a 4-pack at a local Austin, TX bottle-shop (hint: beer rescue) and served into a pilsner glass in me gaff. Label is purple and red, with uninteresting skeletal artwork.

Reviewed live as an imperial IPA per the label. 8.50% ABV. Canned 06/30/14. Expectations are average given the brewery.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 6 fingers wide. Pale khaki colour. Nice creaminess and thickness. Could be frothier and softer-looking. It has a nice supple consistency and a fairly glistening complexion. Retention is good for the high ABV - about 7-8 minutes. Leaves spotty inconsistent lacing on the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

BODY: Translucent transparent orange-copper of average vibrance. Clean; no yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible. But it's a bit murky, and has poor clarity.

Appears well-carbonated. Far from unique or special - we've all seen this before - but it's generally appealing for the style, sure.

AROMA: Copper. Tame piney hops. Some floral hop character. Hints of light hop oils. Loads of caramalt lend it what seems like too much sweetness. Pale malts, of course. Candied notes. Syrup. A hint of grapefruit.

I'm actually a bit surprised by the hop aromatics; it lacks what I look for: no citrus (aside from the weak grapefruit), no nectary notes, no juicy evocative fruit, no clean bitterness. The aroma comes off too sweet, and suggests a syrupy brew with a coating dragging mouthfeel.

Aromatic intensity is above average. I detect no yeast, alcohol, or off-notes. It's too malty for an IIPA aroma...

TASTE: The taste matches the aroma in the sense that malts dominate, though they shouldn't. The candied sweetness, overindulgent caramalt, and malty syrup easily overpower the modest hop profile, which offers only uninteresting floral hop character, some troubled pine, and a hint of grapefruit, with some light oils in there too. Hops should dominate - this is an imperial IPA! Grapefruit should be the strongest flavour in the profile, but it lacks the usual grapefruit bitterness and hop bite. There's no juicy fresh citrus or oily nectar here. It's not dank or herbal or interestingly flowery. Just bland and boring, with an unfortunate malt dominance that ruins the balance. More pale malt, less caramalt please.

Shallow depth of flavour. Average flavour duration and intensity.

It's not a well built imperial IPA by any means, and features dubious choices right down to the ingredients on the malt bill - why choose these hops? This much caramalt? I don't like it much, and it doesn't bring much to the table in terms of complexity or subtlety, though I do find some cantaloupe sneaking out as it comes to temperature.

TEXTURE: Sticky, coating, and artificial, with an unnatural creaminess contrasting with its scratchy roughness on the palate. It's smooth and wet, which is jarring alongside that scratchiness. Medium-bodied, with an apt thickness and not too much weight on the palate. Overcarbonated. Unrefreshing.

This texture neither elevates the beer nor complements the taste. Subpar execution, with an irritating overall presence on the palate.

OVERALL: Even on-sale, this imperial IPA from Deep Ellum is overpriced for its (lack of) quality. I'm none too keen on drinking the 3 remaining cans in my fridge, and wished I'd opted for a single of this. I wouldn't recommend it to friends, but in terms of the local market it's not much worse than your average Texas imperial IPA. Just more mediocrity to fill the shelves. It's pedestrian stuff, but isn't very drinkable. That said, it does do a decent job at disguising its ABV. I'd like to give it the benefit of the doubt and assume that it'd be better more fresh, but then this is Deep Ellum...

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Pours hazy amber color with a finger width foamy head. Head retention and lacing are good. Has a boozy citrus aroma with hints of caramel. Smooth malty taste up front with slight hoppy bitterness and caramel smoothness at the end. Boozy aftertaste. Good smooth beer.

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Dreamcrusher Double IPA from Deep Ellum Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 114 ratings.