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Deep Ellum IPA - Deep Ellum Brewing Company

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Deep Ellum IPADeep Ellum IPA

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Reviews: 74
Hads: 647
Avg: 4.08
pDev: 32.11%
Wants: 36
Gots: 187 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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: 74 | Hads: 647
Photo of Schnibbz
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Never heard about Deep Ellum, living in Chicago, this came as an extra in a trade.

A- Pours a super tall, thick white head that overflowed an imperial pint glass and hung on for a good while. Color is tan/caramel, mostly clear.

S- Nose was pine/grass with slight floral/citrus end.

T- This was the first beer of the afternoon, and hit me in the face with an astringent bitterness, which quickly passed. Very little amount of malt sweetness on the front end followed with brute bitterness.

M- Medium mouthfeel, not too carbonic, not too flat.

Overall - Really impressive IPA from a brewery that I had never heard of. Although not as citrusy as I usually like, it is something that I'll be asking my trading buddy for in the future.

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Photo of stephens101
4.52/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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Photo of Cvescalante
4.53/5  rDev +11%
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..


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.

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Photo of jlindros
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
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?

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Photo of TBoneJones
4.87/5  rDev +19.4%
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.

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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 MattSweatshirt
4.12/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of beerdrifter
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of gtermi
4.11/5  rDev +0.7%

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.

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Photo of John4sho
4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
4.53/5  rDev +11%
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

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Photo of WickedSluggy
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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Photo of jaasen64
4.12/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of dogfish7
4.95/5  rDev +21.3%
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.

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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 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 DCon
4.12/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of driftlessbrewin
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
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!

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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 Mora2000
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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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 dac0152
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
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!

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Photo of coldriver
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of UTCengOwl
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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