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Deep Ellum IPA | Deep Ellum Brewing Company

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Deep Ellum IPADeep Ellum IPA

Brewed by:
Deep Ellum Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of brentk56
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
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 nathanmiller
3.11/5  rDev -23.6%
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 jlindros
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
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 superspak
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
3.84/5  rDev -5.7%
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 -5.7%
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 Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev -1.7%
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 WoodBrew
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Trying the Deep Ellum IPA at Mojos Sports Bar and Grill. The beer poured a clear golden with white head that is lacing like a Victoria secret catalog. The scent was bitter citrus with pine tones. The taste was bitter through the drink...definitely had grapefruit peel zeal with some pine resin. The Mouthfeel was medium in body with good carbonation. Overall it's worth a try.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
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 tone77
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A thanks to the czar of canned beer, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a dark orange color with a long lasting 1/2 inch head. Smell is of citrus, some malts. Taste is well balanced malts and hops. Citrus, touch of resin, moderate bitterness. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

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Photo of biegaman
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.59/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Canned Nov 09. A clear light amber with a dense, off white head with good retention and lacing, this looks great. The nose is dominated by juicy hops, fruity, pine like with grapefruit, orange juice, cooked fruit with candied orange peel, mulled citrus and a doughy malt character. The palate opens mildly sweet with a moderate hop bitterness, one that even has a surprising aspirin like astringency. Along with this is a moderate about of fruity hop flavor. Citrus with orange and grapefruit with candied peel are present. A definite doughy, biscuit like malt character is present, and as it segues into the finish, it only amplifies the medicinal hop profile. Medium light in body, this beer is pleasantly carbonated. A solid effort.

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Photo of champ103
3.43/5  rDev -15.7%
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 AgentMunky
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
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 Durge
4.03/5  rDev -1%
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 twiggamortis420
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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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.

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Photo of MDDMD
4/5  rDev -1.7%

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 beergoot
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy, orange hued pour; thick, persistent, creamy white head; sticky globs of foam clinging to the glass. Immediate rush of citrus and pine aroma when popping the can; orange and pineapple. Juicy flavor quality; orange juice; orange rind; tart; subtle bread-like grains; strong hop bitterness. Medium-heavy in body; dry finish.

I'm a-liking this TX IPA. It's bold and citrusy with excellent depth and balance throughout. I mean, hell, it just brings a satisfying grin to my face.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.55/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Golden orange with 1+ fingers of off-white head. Good clarity with moderate carbonation.

Grapefruit, honeydew, honey, and orange zest.

Grapefruit pith, honeydew melon, and orange zest. Floral with a light sticky dankness. Firm honey and caramel maltiness. Finishes with lingering grapefruit zest and pine resin.

Medium bodied, crisp, oily, sticky, semi-dry, and lightly bitter.

Firmly malted and lightly bitter while maintaining the hops in the forefront. A solid IPA.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.64/5  rDev -10.6%
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 allengarvin
4.15/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of Pegasus
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Hazy golden orange body presents an utterly staggering coarse, sticky, and remarkably persistent off-white head, perhaps three inches in depth. The lacing resembles the streaks that run through fine marble. The carbonation is profuse, minute, and fast-rising.

Aroma: Grassy and mild grapefruit hops vie with lightly toasted malt. The moderately high ABV of 7.0% is not in evidence.

Taste: The taste opens with mildly sweet toasted and caramel malt, as well as the expected wave of grassy, citric, and pine hops. As the taste progresses, the malt and hops blend harmoniously, neither overshadowing the other. The relatively high ABV of 7.0% is more felt as a warming sensation, than it is tasted. Late in the taste, the hops rise, and the mildly sweet malt becomes an undercurrent to fairly strong grapefruit and pine tar hops. Finishes with a lingering, mild pine tar note.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, extraordinarily full, very pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: Very well-done, quite enjoyable, this from one who is no particular fan of the American IPA style. Nonetheless, this one is an exemplar. I will certainly be having it again.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twelve-ounce aluminum can, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of BigBry
4.03/5  rDev -1%
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 Sabtos
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Transparent dark amber with a large, dense khaki foam head.

Smell is mango, melon, pear and apple.

Taste is toffee, mango, melon with a little pepper. At first I get some bitter herb, but it turns floral and slightly sweet afterwards.

Frothy and dry.

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