Deep Ellum IPA - Deep Ellum Brewing Company

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Reviews: 68
Hads: 622
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 8.67%
Wants: 32
Gots: 168 | 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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Photo of jlindros
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Awesome, new brewery to try from Texas, thanks to ApostleBrewing.

Pours a crazy large 3 finger head, can't even finish teh pour, little fizzy and pillowy head that fades at a med pace, mostly fizzy bubbles popping as it goes, and actually seems to rise a little in the middle despite the sides continuing to die back, interesting Belgiany pillowy like head, over crystal clear toasty tan slight honey like color.

Nose has nice hops, some light citrus and floral hops, fresh mostly but no resins, hint of pine and grassy hops with that, and faint spicy hops as well. A touch of sweet malt base.

Taste starts with some grainy bready malts, semi sweet and touch toasty amber malt. That is quickly way overpowered by hops, big spicy hops dominate very quickly and feel like they are bullying my taste buds into submission. Huge bitterness, a little astringent actually, with some earthy but mostly spicy hops, hint of citrus in there and light grassy floral hops, but mostly just spicy chewy hops. The mild sweetness attempts to balance it but falls well short of the runaway hops. The bitterness really spikes as the dry finish sets in, but doesn't stay overpowering for long. It does linger for quite some time, a long bitter finish, more spicy hops, like I just chewed on hop pellets, and hint of citrus and candy hop like flavors. The bitter finish really amkes me want to take another sip though, the never ending cycle.

Mouth is med bodied, good carbonation as I was expecting a ton but it seems to have mostly dissipated on the head.

Overall an interesting IPA. A well done super bitter IPA mostly, with a decent aromatic hop but little overall hop flavor as the bitterness dominates. Sweetness is a bit too mild to balance it, but then it would be a DIPA and not a super bitter hopped IPA. Keeps you coming back sip after sip though, and delivers plenty of bitterness, and in the end isn't that what it's supposed to do? (1,929 characters)

Photo of biegaman
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deep Ellum IPA pours like a golden sunset - definitely Instagram worthy. Its striking but hazed golden-amber tones become blistered when held into the light. Its suds barely meet the minimum requirements to pass as both 'head' and 'lacing', but meet them they do.

Anyone skeptical of cans need do nothing more than smell Deep Ellum IPA. Flamboyantly floral and fruity, it has notes of mango, grapefruit and papaya as well as earthy nuances of pine serum. It even manages to strike some accord with the sweeter, toasty, toffee-like malts.

The flavour tends to change in the glass from rose-like florals to citrus to biscuity malts. It never stays in one place for too long and has other, subtler flavours (like those of baklava, honeycomb, pine and pineapple) that hide in plain sight - subtle but obvious once you spot them.

Whatever pungency the hops are responsible for, they make up for it with refreshing notes of lemon and key lime (which just so happen to pair wonderfully with the crust-like flavour of the malts). The bitterness, though fairly substantial, is not at all off-putting and has a soft, agreeable grassy texture. The beer doesn't really seem 7%.

They say 'everything is bigger in Texas' and that seems to be true too of IPAs. Deep Ellum IPA is a beer that shows great delineation for fruity and floral hoppy flavours and folds in the appropriate amount of maltiness. It is balanced but bold, drinkable but dynamic, and everything else one could ask for in a go-to IPA. A great first impression of this brewery. (1,537 characters)

Photo of drdiesel9483
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - slightly cloudy orangish tan color with a solid white head.
Smell - tropical fruit and some citrus smell but with a sweet Carmel backbone.
Taste - grassy tropical fruit taste with slight bitterness and a Carmel malt balance.
Feel - medium body and medium light carbonation.
Overall - I really like the smell and the taste is great but different but could use more body and something with the after feel, kind of lacking but still really good. (449 characters)

Photo of MartzMimic
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours burnt orange with just a bit of haze and foamy white head. Nice lacing. Smells of piney hops and citrus. Both follow through in the taste, with malt, orange and lemon. Nice bitterness hangs on the tongue. Medium mouth with a touch of carbonation. Everything seems to balance well. I always enjoy these. (308 characters)

Photo of MarkLinton1
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Flew into Dallas this morning and had lunch at Hopdoddy. Great local food and beer. The Deep Ellum IPA was highly recommended. Very simply...a beautiful IPA. Clean and crisp with a continuous explosion of tropical fruit, pine and lemongrass. A "must do" when visiting Texas. (274 characters)

Photo of pasdachuri
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Caught this one on tap at Katy Trail Icehouse in Uptown Dallas.

Pours a deep golden, hazy orange body with good lacing and a thick beige head.

Big pine nose with citrus and heavy spice, very inviting.

Heavy citrus and pine but there's also a bready malt presence with honey, followed by a clean earthy finish. Very complex and full of flavor

Creamy mouthfeel with medium carbonation and body. Very drinkable.

Having not been in Dallas too long, this is my first taste of Deep Ellum despite all I've heard of them. Very good IPA, I'm looking forward to see what else they have to offer after I have a few more of these today. (629 characters)

Photo of gtermi
4.11/5  rDev -1%

The beer pours a golden body. The smell if so citrus hops and sweet malt. The taste is similar to the smell with the citrus hops and sweet malt. There is a slight tingle on the back of the throat. (196 characters)

Photo of davey101
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can into a teku. Thanks Cody! Pours a hazy orange body with a finger of white foam. Really nice lacing and retention. Aroma is orange juice heavy with a dry powdery note on the finish. Bitter and very citric with just a touch of crackery malts. Taste is similar with loads of juicy oranges and a dry chalky thing that I also get in fresh Maine Lunch. Finishes with biscuity malts and a very low level of bitterness. This is a damn good IPA and I'm glad its not a huge bitter bomb. Extremely juicy with a pleasing level of malts and a powdery dry finish. Awesome! (568 characters)

Photo of DCon
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on-tap @ the Schlafly Repeal of Prohibition Festival @ the Schlafly Bottleworks in Maplewood, MO. Tapped from the Black/Silver Tap Handle into a 16oz Schlafly Cup.

Aroma- Amarillo hops and a strong, Northern IPA hits the nose. Very powerful with citrus looming in the background. Fruity and on the verge of being an Imperial IPA's aroma.

Appearance- Received with a 1 finger, frothy head that has average retention. The body is a reddish copper with semi-haziness. Leaves suds behind.

Flavor- Hop overload from the beginning to end. Almost breaking into a 2x IPA, this ones strength might scare people away from this style. Medium-High Bitterness at the finish. Amarillo hops seem to be present with a kick of Northern hops.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Medium Carbonation, Smooth, a quite dry for the style. Leaves a heaping amount of hops on the palate for minutes after enjoying.

Overall Impression- A well brewed IPA from Deep Ellum. Very bitter and hops were very extreme in this one. Recommend this one if your into the Northern hopped IPA's with a big bitter background. Almost a Double IPA, but not quite. (1,128 characters)

Photo of kemoarps
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Massive pillowy off white head tops this beautiful orange/amber brew. Medium opacity with archipelagos of lacing down the sides.

As soon as the tab is popped this one delivers juicy fruity hops. Almost oaty creaminess to the malts and a piney bitterness trickling in the finish.

Drinks incredibly creamy smoothe and sticky at the same time. Wow. Suuuper easy to drink. Hops are dank and juicy with a hint of sweet tropical fruits, but also of juicy bitter citrus and a pine and pith type finish. There's a middle that is amber waves of grain as well.
Well it was their promise of an ode to the hops of my beloved PNW region combined with my region's decision today to be an ode to the Texas heat that informed my decision to crack this right now and man oh man was it the right decision. Much love to Nick for sending it along, this is an excellent IPA and one I would drink all the time if I were still in the Texas area. Thanks @Bulldoza! (942 characters)

Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle with no date.

Pours a clear dark orange with ample bubbles working through the glass. Fluffy off-white head.

The aroma brings a nice fruity sweetness. Orange, grapefruit, peach, and mango. Prominent peach quality which reminds me of Hop Stoopid. Just what I like.

Bitter grapefruit, orange, and pine hops. Medium levels of body and carbonation.

Awesome regular IPA with a great aroma. (397 characters)

Photo of jaasen64
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

32oz growler thanks to SSW117. Filled on Tuesday (less then 5 days). Poured into Founders snifter.

A- Pours a dark amber red definitely darker then your average IPA. About a finger of slightly brown off-white head that dissipates fairly fast but not too fast and leaves some spotty lacing. About average carbonation.

S- Nice sweet citrusy hops, some light spices, some amber malts, a little bit above average aroma strength.

T- Citrus hops- light grapefruit, some lemon, some amber malts, and light spices. Finishes with a light spiced amber malt profile with lightly bitter hops that lingers for a little bit. Nice pleasant taste- plenty of hops, would have liked them to be a little bit more citrusy though.

M- Medium balanced, goes down very easily, refreshing.

O- This was a nice IPA that I was pleasantly surprised by. It could have been balanced a little bit better- it was a little bit too dominated by the amber malts and spices, I would have liked the hops to come out a little bit more in the taste. Other then that it was pretty good and I'm definitely glad I got to try it. (1,090 characters)

Photo of Rootscipio
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: 3.75 Orangey gold with off half finger of white head.
Smell 4 Lots of peach with a hint of orange and grapefruit.
Taste 4.25 Like the smell lots of peach with a hint of orange and grapefruit balanced nicely with sweet malt. Alcohol is completely hidden.
Feel 4 Medium carbonation, slightly sticky, medium thickness.
Overall 4.25 I really like this and can definitely be considered a goto for peach flavor forward IPAs. (429 characters)

Photo of allengarvin
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hometown favorite I've never reviewed. Poured into a pint glass, it's an amber-colored ale with a solid half-inch thick head that persists a long time. Nose is full of resinous hop notes. The taste offers a mirror of the hops--fine bitterness, pine resin flavor, but also a solid malt backing. If there's a weakness, it's the body of the canned version is a bit watery. But it's still a great beer, and a great flagship for the brewery. (436 characters)

Photo of UTCengOwl
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm visiting the Deep Ellum Brewing Co brewery, so you'll probably see a few reviews from me today. I decided to start with their flagship, the IPA.

It's made with Citra, Amarillo, Chinook, Palisade and Summit. Sometimes hop blends like this can muddy the taste, but this gives good elements from all the hops. The beer is initially fruity, but then it rounds into a sticky pine and finishes with a Summit-induced tangerine. Each variety is well balanced and adds to the refreshing, but bold taste. A very nice, very solid first offering and flagship. (552 characters)

Photo of beerdrifter
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy copper-amber pour with two finger off-white head with decent retention and nice lacing. Huge tropical citrus nose with hints of grapefruit, pine, and tangerine. Taste follows suit with tons of resiny, citrusy, fresh hops with hints of orange peel, grapefruit, pine, caramel, mango, and pineapple. The Citra hops really stand out. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a great tangy, bitter hop finish. Was totally not expecting anything from this relatively unknown brewery, but this is a really impressive IPA! Will definitely be checking out more beers from these guys. (574 characters)

Photo of Joe_Howard
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hazy orange with respectable head. Smells citrusy with floral accents and some fruit aroma. Has some citrusy, floral, some peach, other fruity flavors, and pine hoppy flavors, but something just tasted very off. I think I may have gotten a bad can honestly. There was a date on the bottom and I am not sure if it was a made on date or best by date. Overall it was a pretty ok IPA, might try it again to see if it was the can that made it taste off.

Update: ended up trying another one over in Dallas the other day, and it there was a definite difference with regards to flavor. Had all the flavors previously described, but without those off flavors that previously turned me away from this beer. But with this said there seems to be some pretty big inconsistencies (767 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
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)

Photo of superspak
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
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 +1.7%
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 JMad
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
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 +2.4%
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 Premo88
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
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 coldriver
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
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 brett_reid
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
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)

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Deep Ellum IPA from Deep Ellum Brewing Company
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