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Dreamcrusher Double IPA - Deep Ellum Brewing Company

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Dreamcrusher Double IPADreamcrusher Double IPA

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102 Ratings
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Ratings: 102
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 13.64%
Wants: 1
Gots: 14 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Domvan on 04-28-2014)
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Photo of obrike
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought a fresh 4 pack at HEB Round Rock for 9.99 over Memorial Day weekend. A nice price for a DIPA.

Impressive looking brew in my 512 brew co pint glass. Deep, burnt amber color and a very thick, 2 inch head. Fades slowly and leaves sticky lacing.

Catching sweet malt and tropical fruit tones on the scent, mixed in with some citrus. Taste follows...a very distinct cantaloupe, tangerine, grapefruit burst to the tongue. Hoppy yes, but a good wallop of malt for balance. Drinks very easy. Feels medium to heavy going down.

This is a tasty big beer. Another Texas DIPA to be savored. Nice job Deep Ellum.

obrike, May 27, 2014
Photo of allengarvin
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a standard pint glass, this is a reddish-amber beer with a nice thick, persistent half-inch of foam atop it. It gives a pleasantly resinous aroma with an underpinning of toasted malt. Delicious flavor! Very citrusy, grapefruit hop flavor, with fresh grassy, piny notes as well. The malt takes a back seat, but it definitely is a key component of the taste. Finishes pretty dry but bitterness doesn't linger: the emphasis is on a really strong hop flavor, not simple bitterness. Very good beer from Deep Ellum!

allengarvin, May 23, 2014
Photo of stephens101
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The tan froth rushes to prominence above a hazy reddish-orange brew.

Prolific notes of citrus and pine play against a caramel background.

Pine with a splash of lemon and orange across the tongue. Not as bright as expected, but not boring either. Just somewhere in between. The sweetness comes in at the end.

Slightly hot and medium to heavy bodied.

While this is a bolder, although not as talented, big brother to the classic Deep Ellum IPA, it's still a respectable addition to an ever-growing list of fine Dallas hoppy brews.

stephens101, May 13, 2014
Photo of dseanv
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Dallas Craft scene is growing fast and the brewers like Deep Ellum Brewery are making a case for national recognition. I had this beer on tap at The Black Friar in Dallas, and it was great.

A: Nice darker amber and copper color with a decent foamy head. Looks good.

S: Strong citrus and hoppy aroma like an IPA should have.

T: Excellent balance of caramel sweetness on the front end with a light bitter chaser to smooth out the flavor.

M: Refreshing mouthfeel with a light amount if carbonation..

O: Deep Ellum has created an excellent DIPA with a definite west coast taste to it. Not a bad style to be compared to. A well done beer.

dseanv, Apr 28, 2014
Photo of kojevergas
2.56/5  rDev -35.4%
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...


kojevergas, Wednesday at 05:31 AM
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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4.04/5  rDev +2%

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4.55/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Dreamcrusher Double IPA from Deep Ellum Brewing Company
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