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Deep Ellum IPA - Deep Ellum Brewing Company

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Deep Ellum IPADeep Ellum IPA

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76 Reviews
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Reviews: 76
Hads: 670
Avg: 4.08
pDev: 32.6%
Wants: 39
Gots: 202 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Deep Ellum Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: UTCengOwl on 01-21-2012

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Reviews: 76 | Hads: 670
Photo of randal
2.9/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The other reviews will tell you what this beer looks like - very typical unfiltered-looking American IPA. The mouthfeel is a bit heavy for an IPA reminding me of Enterprise IPA from Drydock in Aurora Colorado before they dialed in the recipe back when they were in a hallway connected to The Brew Hut.

No single hop note seems to shine although there is plenty of bitterness - I didn't get a lot of citrus or pine but plenty of "dank" as I also find in Modus Hoperendi from Ska. The aroma is fairly light as I've been spoiled by Green Flash however this is by no means a bad beer. If it suffers from anything it is a lack of pronounced identity but perhaps they will find their groove.

Wow - I guess that's a lot of "shout outs" for a review but comparison to mainstays is inevitable in this style.

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Photo of nathanmiller
3.11/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I've had Deep Ellum IPA several times, and sadly have found it to decrease in quality with each subsequent experience. This is not an example of changing taste, but rather a clear example of changing beer. The final straw, after DEBC publicly blamed several bars of having dirty lines and attributed the decrease in quality to these bars, was when I visited the brewery itself and found the same issues manifest there. Thus, my review is based on the original experience through to the final experience:

Original review: Incredibly juicy flavor with an absolutely wonderful aroma. Great addition to the Texas beer scene. Strong hop characteristics "pop" upon the first taste, and linger without finishing harshly.

Final review: After several "second chances," I've given up on DEBC IPA. The taste is entirely stale (cardboardy), and the aroma has faded completely, a shadow of its former self. There is nothing exciting about this whatsoever and I'm sad it fell so far.

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Photo of Ford
3.12/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not bad, not great. Solid.

Doesn't stand up to Yellow Rose and Mosaic overall. If those are available, go that direction.

Preferred the smell over the taste.

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Photo of FalconCount
3.14/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25


Very Average IPA. Average look for an IPA. Nose left much to be desired. No typical "pop" that fresh IPAs tend to deliver. Decent flavor, but nothing memorable.

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Photo of champ103
3.43/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Downhouse in Houston, TX.

A: Pours a burnt copper/orange color. A two finger white head forms with good retention. Plenty of lace is left behind.
S: Burnt caramel malts. A nice sweetness before the dryness of the hops. Big piney hops with a bitter finish.
T: Follows the nose. The malts are very sweet up front. Burnt sugars and wood even. Lots of hops come next that are slightly soapy. Piney and bitter with a long finish.
M/D: A medium body and good carbonation. Stick and soapy. Easy to drink for the hop heads. I enjoyed my pint without a problem, and could have ordered another.

A nice IPA. I am not a huge fan of the burnt sugar like flavors, and the hops come in a bit abrasive for my tastes. Though a good stab at the style.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
3.47/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From can to shaker pint.

About two-finger's of off-white and cratered-top foam. Good retention and thick lacing. Opaque caramel - honey orange body.

Sweet aromas from this IPA, also a soft nose, hard to pull anything out of the beer. There is a touch of tangelo, honey, and a caramel malt.

The palate has more of a piney, earthy, and peppery quality. The finish hits with more pine and aspirin, a crackery malt becomes noticeable as well. English IPA flavors more so than American.

Decent wallop of bitterness and slightly dry finish. Totally appropriate light-medium body and good creaminess.

Deep Ellum IPA does not do anything fancy. However, the beer drinks easily. It tastes more like an English IPA than an American hopped IPA, so that is a bit disappointing. Still, I am glad I got to try it, thanks Darthvohn!

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Photo of ehammond1
3.64/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can (2013)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, wagenvolks and xpimptastikx!

A tasty IPA from Texas. Somewhat maltier and sweeter than I'm used to, but this is a fine beverage for a scorching hot day--they have them in Texas and we're having our share now in Southern California! Well crafted, easily drinkable, decent passion/tropical fruit hop notes in the aroma and flavor along with moderate bitterness. Crushed the can, easily.

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Photo of bmwats
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz can into a standard pint.

A: Hazy, dark, golden hue. Pours a 1+ finger, foamy, white head. Settles slowly leaving peaks of dry residue. Sticky spider web lacing.

S: Pine resin, orange citrus, grapefruit, and a little honey.

T: Shallow pine, lots of grapefruit, and paper.

M: Crisp, light, and bitter. Pungency lingers on the palate.

D: Can be consumed session style, but maybe a little too bitter for all that.

Atmosphere is pretty strong. Great hue, really nice head, and some strong lacing. Nose is characteristic of the style, but well executed... citrus, pine, and honey. Flavor is a little shallow, but plenty of pine and grapefruit. A little paper-y. Overall, this is a good quaff.

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Photo of Momar42
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap in a pint glass from Flying Saucer in Rockwall, TX. (Love $3 pint night!!)

A - reddish, copper in color. One finger of off white, tiny bubble foam that left very impressive lacing all the way down.

S - Hop heavy with piney/woodsy dominating the nose. Citrus comes out but is second fiddle. Good overall nose that draws you in.

T - Sadly, the taste doesnt live up to the nose. Still VERY hoppy for an IPA, like another said, approaching IIPA territory at times. The hop taste diminishes quickly tho and doesnt stay with me through the pint. Lately, the IPAs I have been drinking blur the line between normal and IIPA and this does the same...but the absence of more hoppiness leaves me wanting.

M - Once again, good beginning but loses out towards the end.

O - for the style, this is a quality offering from a small craft brewery. Make no mistake, I enjoyed this as did my friend who is less into the bitterness/hop flavor of most IPA/IIPA if that says anything. It was easy to drink, hides all of its 7% ABV and quite enjoyable. Needs more body and aftertaste to push it to the next level. Would love to try their IIPA if I ever get the chance. Give this one a try if you find it.

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Photo of russpowell
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this from the bottle at a nice place in Amarillo. Pretty drinkable, but wouldn't make it into my regular rotation here. No real flaws but just didn't quite impress either..

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Photo of smcolw
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good bar pour head that leaves some ring and some blanket lace. Golden amber color with a bit of a haze.

Floral with grapefruit rind.

Quintessential IPA with a pale malt base and a sharp peppery hop kick in the swallow and the long aftertaste. Good, but predictable, body and carbonation. Overall, a solid IPA; very true to form.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass at The Leaning Pear.

Golden brown. Clear. Nice head.

Nice and hoppy and vaguely fruity. Coniferous.

Sparkly and exciting, but once the sharp mouthfeel fades, the remaining beer is a sort of faded and hackneyed IPA. Competent but not exceptional. A solid IPA.

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Photo of boogercrack
3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

from a 12oz can, into lost abbey teku.

unknown date, not provided on can.

A: standard pour results in 1/4 to 1/2" slightly off white head, recedes nicely into a ring around the glass, with a thin film of foam remaining. light copper, deep or burnt orange hue. lacing originally present from pour, but receds as glass is consumed.

S: a little sweetness, citrus juices, mostly orange juice, a little.. grapefruit juice? slightly resiny. overall aroma is not as assertive as i assumed it would be after smelling the hops as soon as the can was cracked.

T: more bitter than the nose leads, but the resiny-ness of the smell comes through. finishes dry, but coating and sticky. lots of OJ. a little more maltiness than most ipas with this much citrus-ness, but i'm ok with that.

F: carb is appropriate, refreshing feel, alcohol is hidden.

O: dangerously crushable, especially in the texas sun. solid IPA, will be a routine purchase.

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Photo of PHBoiler
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can poured into stemmed beer glass

Deep golden bordering on orange with an off white/yellow head that is quite dense. The pine scent is heavy with some spice. The taste is creamy with the huge head that has solid retention. Loads of bittering hops in this. Pine mostly. Solid IPA. True NW style.

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Photo of Getalegup
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Dark for an ipa, dark yellow. Fluffy foam lingers a long time
T: west coast-like dankness, grapefruit, low acidity, little carb, resiny
S: floral, citrusy
O: easy to get, easy to drink, well balanced for this price

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a cocktail glass in my hotel room from a 12oz can.

Pours a nice dark copper color with a dense off-white head that forms. The head has some good retention and is slightly sticky.

Aroma of sweet pine resin starts things off with some nice juicy tropical fruit notes to boast. Notes of pineapple in the nose with some nice herbal and deep grassy notes. Mild notes of citrus orange and some grapefruit. Doesn’t seem too intense but just right. Nice bready backbone with some caramel notes in the nose.

Flavor follows the nose pretty nicely. Notes of tropical fruits with nice juicy mild grapefruit and some tangerine notes from the hops. Nice grain malt notes. Bready and biscuity. There is a nice hoppy and almost rye like spice to the brew that is very nice and refreshing balancing out some of the more citrus and bitter notes. Great balanced single IPA flavor. Nice crisp mouth feel but with a slight stickiness to it on the backend. Finishes dry and bitter.

Solid IPA. Notes of malt, earthy grain and bread balance out some good IPA notes. Citrus and some notes

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Photo of Brettskies44
3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great IPA from my home town. Good head on it with lacing. Carmel color with good citrus smell. Good crisp taste. Next time you in the big D pick one up! You won't regret it.

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Photo of EGreen
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very mild on the aroma: sweet pine and mild bread. Starts malty with some citrus. Transitions to biscuit and a decent piney bitterness. The lingering bitterness is quite impressive. If I weren't so exposed to IPAs... And a bit of an IPA snob, I'd probably really love this beer. It is still a very nice beer but I don't think its exceptional.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is burnt orange and clear with an inch of dense, off-white head. The aroma brings pine, hops, some grapefruit, citrus rind. The usual suspects. Hop bitterness throughout. Lingering spice and pine notes. Hop forward but balanced with spicy grains. Solid.

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Photo of zhanson88
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a nice clear amber/copper color. Has some pretty nice head retention and lacing.

Smell: Smells of light caramel malt, then a lot of citrus and tropical fruit. Doesn't smell overly bitter.

Taste: A bit of caramel malt peeks through initially, but following that is citrus, tropical fruit and florals. Very little bitterness on the back end, which is what could really take it to the next level.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Light-medium bodied with fairly low carbonation, but very smooth. Overall, this one surprised me quite a bit. I love tropical and citrus flavor in my IPAs, so I was a pretty big fan of this. I do wish they would have bittered it a bit more just to take it to the next level. But still really nice overall.

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Photo of MDDMD
4/5  rDev -2%

A-amber color with a nice white head and good lacing

S-malt, citrus, little tropical fruit, little caramel, grassy

T-grapefruit, pineapple, orange, caramel malt, pine, grass, moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp

O-solid IPA, nice hop flavor, easy drinking

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Photo of BigBry
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Another can from trip to Dallas. As pictured, poured into standard pint glass
Clear, dark amber color with off white foam. Good looking lace, nice long lasting head.
Strong hop smell as soon as it is poured. Fruit smell, grapefruit and citrus.
Taste has lots of the same fruity hop flavors, pink grapefruit, apricot, and some pine at the end. Bitter, but not acidic or too burning.
Nice balance with the malt, grain character comes through at the end.
Medium mouth feel with appropriate carbonation, dry finish.
Overall, a great example of an IPA.

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Photo of Durge
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found at the Draught House Pub in Austin this IPA is a deep
amber/yellow-copper color with a fair white cover of randomly dispersed bubbles
and very solid lacing. The aroma has a woodsy pine hop theme with some iced tea
and caramel malt. Respectable enough. The flavor brings out a beautifully harsh evergreen with more caramel tea malt. Plenty of hop bite for sure, green, a bit grassy with a woodsy
rye overtone. This stuff is solidly medium bodied with slightly syrupy feel and
subtle but tingly carbonation. This is a drinkable IPA that really delivers the
hop bite!

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Photo of sleuthdog
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Can provided by gtermi

Poured into GI pint

Pour: Clear beer with a dark straw-orange color. Two fingers of frothy foam head. Decent amount of lacing.

Smell: Mild hop aroma in this one. More juice like with orange dominating and some pineapple. Biscuit/cracker with a note of sweetness (caramel).

Taste: Juicy IPA. Orange, pineapple, touch of grapefruit. A malt and cracker like backbone and a sweetness is present. I find there to be a nice balance between the malty sweetness and the clean bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium with a crisp clean carbonation.

Overall: This has got to be one of the easiest drinking IPA's I have had yet. Not overly bitter but yet not too sweet. Perfect balance and would be one hell of a fantastic summer drinker.

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Photo of grammodesguapote
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served In a can. Ice Cold. Have had a few of these, from what I remember the color was acceptable, but not a category IGASA.

Smell is pure grapefruit and maybe a little metallic from the can lid. The kind of fresh and vibrant aroma I love in an IPA. I think the cans really do help to lock that profile in. Also these beers more fast in the Dallas area.

Taste is fresh grapefruit but somewhat subdued compared to the aroma. Well-balanced bitterness compliments the sweet tangy finish.

Carbonation is good with a slightly oily slick finish.

A great IPA from a small craft brewery here in Texas. Really happy to see the Texas craft scene exploding like it is.

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Deep Ellum IPA from Deep Ellum Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.