Deep Ellum IPA - Deep Ellum Brewing Company

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Deep Ellum IPADeep Ellum IPA

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Reviews: 67
Hads: 618
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 8.7%
Wants: 31
Gots: 165 | FT: 3
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Deep Ellum Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: UTCengOwl on 01-21-2012

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Reviews: 67 | Hads: 618
Photo of dogfish7
4.95/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Deep Ellum IPA is the freshest, cleanest hop flavored beer I've had. Being brewed locally, I probably never had it past week since it left the brewery so this is why it's so clean.

Smell-The nose on this IPA is so fresh and clean.
The mouthfeel is also very easy to move around the pallet and easy to swallow.

Taste-Clean hops, easy to drink, and hard to stop drinking.

Appearance-Light-golden color with a great head with a lot to offer. (442 characters)

Photo of TBoneJones
4.87/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours hazy orangish gold with a nice 1 and 1/2 finger width head. Effervescent-looking body. This is the IPA smell I love: pineapple/ apricot, light pine and a hint of underlying malt. The only other similar style I recall with a smell rivaling this is Zombie Dust. Taste follows suit well, with bitter hops and tropical notes, some ruby red grapefruit, juicy, pine. Nice bitter linger. Juicy. perfect for my liking. Other hopheads would surely agree, especially if you like the tropical flavors/ pineapple.
Highly drinkable, mouthfeel is solidly smooth, medium carbonation.
Hop heads need to taste this. I was highly impressed. Best part for me is it's brewed in my county. Finishes pretty dry, but even so, I'd say this is now about my favorite readily available IPA, period. And I hear this is soon to be canned? That's great news if so. It'd be like the closest thing Texas has to a can of Heady. (902 characters)

Photo of OCdrummer7271
4.78/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Fantastic last time I had it but I was told that the whole crew that started it just bailed last week so it might be going downhill. Not sure if this will actually have any effect on the taste but I would try it as soon as possible just to be sure!!! (250 characters)

Photo of John4sho
4.7/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First off, this is an almost mastered IPA.

Appearance: orange, almost peach, with a brownish tint

Smell: smells of hops with a citrus, grapefruit-like scent

Taste: immediate grapefruit taste. Hops are definitely a strong suit. The citrus, grapefruit-like scent is definitely apparent in the taste. This is like no other IPA.

Mouthful: I felt that the more it sits, the more carbonation there is. Not overly heavy, or light. This beer can be drank fast or slow.

Overall: like I said before, this IPA is almost mastered. I could drink this beer regardless of the temperature of the beer or the temperature outside. Fantastic IPA. (632 characters)

Photo of nizzle8287
4.66/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a can into a pint mug at around 52 degrees F. Pours sunset orange with pale yellow around the edges - much like a beautiful Texas sunset. Slight sediment, but I tend to like more... Three finger cavernous beige foam on top that lingers down to about a finger thick layer which stays - very pretty beer to look at... Smell is nice but sort of weak, typical of good single IPAs though. Medium-to-full bodied mouth feel and the alcohol is hidden well. Lots of bubbles but not too much carbonation on the palette... just right, actually. Taste is what really makes this beer - apricots, papaya, ripe mandarin oranges, slight peachy like sweetness with a citrus tartness that coats the tongue and stays there... Malt regiment is such that the fruitiness is slightly more sweet than bitter, like they are sun-ripened fruits. Bitterness comes at the end and stays for a long time, battling the lingering sweet fruits... Awesome complex IPA, I only wish the alcohol percentage was a bit higher. (1,008 characters)

Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.63/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Dogfish Head IPA glass.

A - 4.75 - Poured a nice, orange, caramel and honey color. Formed an easy 2 fingers of thick, dense, off-white colored head. Really impressive head potential, pretty good head retention. Nice, large splotchy lacing.
S - 4.75 - Wet, juicy dank hops, grapefruit, apple, orange, peach, mango, pineapple. Lots of bright, vibrant tropical fruit, citrus and dank hop aromas.
T - 4.5 - Medium sweet pineapple, orange and grapefruit arrival. Ends on a very juicy, dank bitter hop note. Perfectly balanced between sweet and bitter. The 7% ABV is entirely masked.
F - 4.5 - Nice, medium bodied IPA, could be a bit oilier, but nice nonetheless.
O - 4.75 - I can't believe how good this is, I was completely, pleasantly surprised. Deep Ellum is a bit of a hit and miss brewery for me, but this one completely knocks it out of the park. It is the ideal session IPA in my opinion, and easily goes toe to toe with my current favorite go-to, stock-the-fridge IPA, Modus Hoperandi. HIGHLY recommended to fans of the IPA style! (1,048 characters)

Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.62/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours hazy golden color with thick foamy head. Head retention and lacing are excellent. Nice piney, hoppy aroma. Floral and slightly citric. Citric maltiness with and excellent transition to a moderate hoppy finish. Slightly soapy, excellent piney hoppy aftertaste. Great beer!! Very refreshing and smooth. (313 characters)

Photo of dmgeng
4.54/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one at a liquor store on the north-side of Austin last year. The clerk could not recommend this beer highly enough.

A - Beautiful amber color. Crystal clear with a fluffy white head and great lacing.

S - Strong hop fragrance with great aromas of peach, grapefruit, citrus, and pine. There is so much going on here but not over the top like Pliny.

T - Tremendous flavor with the peach and apricot hops really bringing this one home along with the usual grapefruit, dank, and pine notes in the middle. The hop bitterness is not in contention with the flavor hops but is there and is a nice palate cleanser. There is also a light malt, grain character as well as some fruity yeast in the background.

M - Medium mouth-feel with moderate carbonation. Great IPA feel.

Overall, a great IPA. For being the first craft beer I tried in Texas I could not have chosen a better one. This beer has a lot of fruit flavors that most IPAs don't have which really rocks the taste buds. Another big pro for this beer is it's ability to keep the mouth-feel up without higher ABV and keep all of the flavors both prevalent and memorable. I would strongly recommend this beer just as the cashier had because it is worth it!

Glass- Shaker pint (1,236 characters)

Photo of Cvescalante
4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

First off, I've only heard a little about Deep Ellum here in Fort Worth, and today was the first time I've seen any of their beer available here, and I probably would've over looked it if their cans weren't so badass lol..

Anyways...

A- copper-ish I guess, great big fluffy head

S- My favorite part of an IPA is the smell, and this was very impressive. Lots of citrus, a little floral, and a little spicy hop aroma with a nice sweet background.

T- Follows the nose. Mainly nice citrus with good clean bitterness.

M- Medium-ish body, crisp finish

O- I can enjoy this one over and over.. I love it. Deep Ellum does their hoppy beers for hop heads for sure, and that's fine by me. Very bitter for a regular IPA. Great hop flavor and aroma.. Definitely worth a try, and it hangs with just about any other IPA out there in my opinion. (835 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: The cloudy amber liquid arrives with a nice cap of foam that leaves a curtain of lacing behind

Smell: Ruby red grapefruit, clementine oranges and biscuity undertones

Taste: The hops dominate, up front, witha range of citrusy flavors that are joined by a resinous, piney edge; a hint of the biscuit lies underneath along with other complex malts that add a bit of caramel; while the malts make a difference, the beer is still hop dominant

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A really nice IPA with just the right amount of malt to balance the citrusy hop profile (607 characters)

Photo of stephens101
4.52/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to my buddy Brian for brining this one back from Texas. Looks very promising.

A finger plus of tan head sits atop this golden orange brew.

Has a pleasant and nicely blended aroma of butterscotch, herbal hops and citrus.

A bit of grain up front to the tongue is quickly followed by a nice hit of citrus hoppiness and some melon. The taste is simple and superb.

Medium in body with a little chalkiness at the end.

This is future hall of fame IPA right here. (471 characters)

Photo of dac0152
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. Starts off with a bang. Nice thick lacing, beautiful and almost hazy amber color. With a, I swear, almost pinkish hue, this beer looks just like it tastes, amazing.

Smells predominately like grapefruit juice with some pine in the background and a nice bread-y sweetness. Mmmmm, citrus.

Deep Ellum's IPA explodes with grapefruit, tangerine, clementine, and lemon flavors. Wow. This beer is awesome. It starts off so strongly with extreme citrus hop flavor, that it is easy to overlook the nice thick, sweet, malty-ness that balances this puppy out. Delicious.

The IPA finishes out pretty dry, but my taste buds still feel the citrus aftershock of the hops and just leave me wanting more and more and more.

This beer is hands down the best Texas-made IPA. No question for me. It honestly could stand up to some of the best IPAs in the country. I'm extremely excited to see what's in store for the Deep Ellum crew and STRONGLY encourage anyone to check them out. Wow. I'm thoroughly impressed. Another round please! (1,021 characters)

Photo of a0lbudman
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L- hazy orange gold color with a large white head that leaves a lace
S-hop and citrus is strong
T-The hops is light at the beginning and has a citrus flavor , then the aftertaste gives you stronger hops taste that fades some at the end, but not all the way
F-Medium body and high carbonation
O-was excited to try this one and it did not let me down. Great beer (360 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Holy Grail Pub in Plano.

The beer pours an orangish-gold color with a large white head. The aroma has a ton of pine and resinous notes in it. The beer smells great and the aroma reminds me of the best IPAs from the West Coast. After the great aroma, the flavor doesn't disappoint. I get a lot of pine and resin as expected, but there is also a strong pineapple and mango component which goes with the other notes very well. There is a little bit of biscuit malt, but the bitterness is fairly strong. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. (556 characters)

Photo of WickedSluggy
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the first ever bottles off the production line (a test run I believe).

A - Medium amber gold color, beautiful clarity, with light effervescence that produces sparse lacing.

S - Mixture bright citrus and dank tropical fruit with some floral pollen and spice character as well. There is also a subtle array of alcohol and very light malt/grain harmonies.

T - A stunningly flavorful rush - top IPA quality without question. Fresh and bright bitter hops with citrus, pine and yellow fruit. There is a perfect addition of a dank tropical tasting hops (probably Citra). While this is an American IPA, and mostly about the hops, the malt base is a stand-up contributor, but I appreciate the absence of overt crystal malt flavors. It has a subtler backbone, Munich or Vienna, that lingers for a while in the tail. Bitter it is, but it's an artful bitterness riding atop a subtle swell of a crafted malt backbone. Then the bitterness lingers further.

M - Medium bodied and slightly slick on the tongue fading to that characteristic IPA astringency.

O - This is the art of the IPA well executed. Excellent. (1,110 characters)

Photo of Mickeyp2814
4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very much reminds me of my ANC beers and those of the PNW. Pours almost an orange color with white fluffy head. Smells of pine and grass with a citrus hint. Big hops up front. I mean huge! Citrus and floral mix in nice and there is a sweetness I cannot make. The finish is a bitter hop explosion.
A hop lovers dream and a must try! (332 characters)

Photo of dedmiston33
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this beer the other night at a local spot called Juls in Tyler,Tx. Great west coast style ipa with a Texas twist smooth and refreshing! Pick it up if you can you will love it. Lots of fruits but not real bitter goes down easy. If you like Modus Hoperandi you will like this beer. Keep Drinking!!! (300 characters)

Photo of brett_reid
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Got this in a trade, and I'm so glad. I was really impressed by the smell right away as I opened the can. It was a very clean IPA and felt really drinkable. The lacing was nice, but decreased as I continued to drink. Would definitely drink and buy again. (254 characters)

Photo of coldriver
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Garland Flying Saucer on January 21. Pours a nice deep amber color with fluffy white head. Aroma is intense citrus fruit and pine. Taste is hands-down fantastic with no skimping on the juicy hop profile - grapefruit, pine, tangerine flavors are all present in abundance. Resinous mouthfeel with dry finish. Wow, my initial impression is that this is by far the best Texas-produced IPA I've ever had! Looking forward to seeing increased distribution from this newly opened brewery. (503 characters)

Photo of Premo88
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. can poured into tulip

L: cloudy but not fully opaque gold with some amber in it; head is huge, over an inch of white foam that sticks hard; keeps a fantastic skin and collar of foam but doesn't lace much on the way down

S: big grapefruit ... as it warms, a little of everything shows up -- caramel, mango, pine, grass; but it's grapefruit first and foremost. pine might be second with everything else a very distant third.

T: big bitter up front with a mostly grapefruit note peeking through

F: solid, a bit watery after big pour but nothing off-putting

O: a Texas-made grapefruit bomb! I love it. It's not a sweet mangled mess of caramel like so many IPA/DIPAs. no born-on date, so i can't say for sure how fresh this one is, but hopefully I can keep getting this one in this kind of shape because it's awesome. (824 characters)

Photo of JMad
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

It pours a bright golden orange color with a filmy off whbite head that left some lacing on the chalice. Smells of juicy citrus hops with tangerine and pineapple. It has a sweet caramel malty backbone with some grain. When you take a sip it's sweet at first followed by fruity hop flavor that is balanced between bitter and sweet followed by some bread and more hops. The brew is medium bodied with light carbonation and a slightly dry finish. I was pretty impressed with this brew, I heard about the brewery when they first started out and I'm glad we have a quality local product in the DFW area. (598 characters)

Photo of driftlessbrewin
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Apperance- nearly brilliant clarity, copper colored with a continuous stream of carbonation.

Smell- dank, resinous and piney with hints of citrus on the back burner. Hop-dominate, can't find any malt, which is great for this 7% IPA.

Taste- a sweet citrus rind almost instantly followed by flavors of bitter orange and piney caramel. Flavors leave rather quickly leaving a wonderful mellow bitterness on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- astringently drying bitterness and palate puckering hops leave your mouth dry and craving another sip.

Overall- fantastic IPA with a high alpha hop foward attitude. If you are a hop head this is for you, if not stay far far away! (659 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got in a trade with Cyde. 12 ounce can into tulip glass, no canning date. Pours very hazy and cloudy orange amber color with a 2 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of huge grapefruit, tangerine, orange rind, lemon zest, orange zest, pineapple, floral, grass, honey, bread, light pine, and floral earthiness. Outstanding aromas with big citrus hop complexity with a moderate malt balance; and nice strength. Taste of big grapefruit, orange zest, tangerine, orange rind, lemon zest, pineapple, floral, pine, grass, honey, bread, and floral earthiness. Good amount of pine resin bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes citrus, citrus zest, citrus rind, floral, pine, grass, honey, bread, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and balance of citrus/floral/pine hop flavors; with a fair amount of malt balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent IPA! Great hop flavor complexity and moderate malt balance; and very easy to drink. A highly enjoyable offering. (1,325 characters)

Photo of Youbecha
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

My first impression was wow/citrusy! For excitement I like it! Out of a tap but not much head...it may have peaked early. I don't know if it is necessarily my favorite IPA, but it is a safe top 3 (199 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can pours a very hazed gold color with an ample cap of white head. Nice retention and lacing...pretty good looker here.

Nose is juicy and tropical - citra and amarillo on full display...lucky for me those are two of my favorite hop varietals. Malts are grainy, sweet, honeyed and biscuity.

Taste is nice as well. I really like the crackery malt with the tropical driven hop flavors - not quite light enough to be west coast, and not bitter enough to be third coast - lets call it gulf coast style IPA. 7% is barely noticeable, this is a really nice beer. I have heard grumblings about batch variation, but Id say they nailed this batch. I look forward to testing the batch variance theory out next time I get a chance to buy this, this sixer has been a pleasure to drink. (779 characters)

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