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Dream Crusher | Deep Ellum Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good
36 Reviews
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Deep Ellum Brewing Company
Texas, United States
deepellumbrewing.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
2x (Double) Rye IPA

A quantum leap beyond our IPA, with rye, of course.

It’s no secret, at DEBC, we’re fond of hops. Citrusy, piney, floral and fruity hops are at least a third of the reason we got ourselves into this whole adventure. Hops may be the current ruler of the craft beer scene, and we, for one, welcome our resinous, spicy, bitter overlords. We’ve taken the IPA category to its Event Horizon, and pulled back just enough to see the edge. Get the big picture, it’s hoppy!

Added by Mora2000 on 03-05-2012

BEER STATS
Reviews:
36
Ratings:
351
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
37.34%
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
47
For Trade:
1
User Reviews
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Reviews: 36 | Ratings: 351
Reviews by Premo88:
Photo of Premo88
3.86/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Hay Merchant in Houston -- poured into 13 oz. tulip.

L: red. kind of awesome.

S: HOPS! citrusy grapefruit, classic American DIPA; so good over the second half.

T: possibly too bitter. but still --> grapefruity. tries to achieve balance, but at 100+ IBUs, let's not kid ourselves here: this dude wants to be bitter, is bitter, and frankly, I can't for the life of me detect much else. Rye? where? all I taste are hops.

F: just fine. a light-medium body. certainly not overly anything.

O: not bad, not fantistic. you want hops, you get it here ... you want a Texas-brewed beer with hops, you get it here. it probably goes for the fantastic with the 100+ IBUs and the name "Dream Crusher," and it definitely achieves it on the hops' side.

overall, it's good enough to make me want to give Deep Ellum lots of rope and a lot more tries for their other styles. based on the overall presentation/taste here, Deep Ellum makes a damn good showing. Bravo and all .. but I need not try this one again. it's a hops salad in liquid form and not much more -- with a name like "Dream Crusher," I assume that's what they're going for, and they nail it in a suprisingly drinkable form.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of obrike
4.19/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought a fresh 4 pack at HEB Round Rock for 9.99 over Memorial Day weekend. A nice price for a DIPA.

Impressive looking brew in my 512 brew co pint glass. Deep, burnt amber color and a very thick, 2 inch head. Fades slowly and leaves sticky lacing.

Catching sweet malt and tropical fruit tones on the scent, mixed in with some citrus. Taste follows...a very distinct cantaloupe, tangerine, grapefruit burst to the tongue. Hoppy yes, but a good wallop of malt for balance. Drinks very easy. Feels medium to heavy going down.

This is a tasty big beer. Another Texas DIPA to be savored. Nice job Deep Ellum.

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Photo of stephens101
4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The tan froth rushes to prominence above a hazy reddish-orange brew.

Prolific notes of citrus and pine play against a caramel background.

Pine with a splash of lemon and orange across the tongue. Not as bright as expected, but not boring either. Just somewhere in between. The sweetness comes in at the end.

Slightly hot and medium to heavy bodied.

While this is a bolder, although not as talented, big brother to the classic Deep Ellum IPA, it's still a respectable addition to an ever-growing list of fine Dallas hoppy brews.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.11/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a standard pint glass, this is a reddish-amber beer with a nice thick, persistent half-inch of foam atop it. It gives a pleasantly resinous aroma with an underpinning of toasted malt. Delicious flavor! Very citrusy, grapefruit hop flavor, with fresh grassy, piny notes as well. The malt takes a back seat, but it definitely is a key component of the taste. Finishes pretty dry but bitterness doesn't linger: the emphasis is on a really strong hop flavor, not simple bitterness. Very good beer from Deep Ellum!

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

one of the few beers i have had from these guys, and one of the best. even though its a little generic in flavor, the beer itself is really well done, and i always like a big bad hoppy beer in a can like this. a little hazy in appearance, honey colored and holding a full inch of thick white head on it, looks great in the glass. the aroma is sweeter than expected, and much sweeter than the style norm. hop oils and pale malts provide that, and there is a northwestern high alpha overall hop complexion to this, still juicy as it is bitter it seems. the flavor confirms that, and its nice in this instance to have that leftover sugar there to balance the intense hop bitterness, its sticky and sappy and dank too, pretty bold beer packed into this can! they must call it dream crusher because as a night cap, it was a poor choice. the abv is so well hidden and the flavor so enticing that i drank it pretty quickly, pushed myself over the edge to inebriation, and passed out dreamlessly, so i guess its appropriately named. i liked this one a lot, it has me keen to try the less intense ipa from these guys. thanks to be beerliner folks for hooking this up for me, what a cool mission theyre on, raising funds for prostate cancer and supporting bike trips. awesome. thanks guys!

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Photo of TxHopHead4
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of t2grogan
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ericstites
3.62/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kappakoosh
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of Todd
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Spice, Fruit, Bread, Deceiving

Golden with orange hues and a frothy, creamy head, Deep Ellum has brewed a beer with rye spice, bread and fruit in the nose. Creamy on the palate with a bit of chewy viscosity and prickly carbonation. Big notes of fruity and juicy orange with rye spice, some sticky pine, rind and pith steal the show. Malts are soft and bready with a some caramel and suggestions of vanilla here and there, but not overly sweet. The finish is coarse with herbal notes and the alcohol is well-hidden, but noticeable as the beer warms and adds more spiciness. Dream Crusher is a surprisingly balanced DIPA, and the addition of rye pairs well with all of its hoppy nuances.

As reviewed in BeerAdvocate magazine #118 (November 2016).

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Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 77apm
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Holy Grail Pub in Plano.

The beer pours an orange color with a medium-sized white head. The aroma is exactly what I expect from a double IPA. I get a lot of orange citrus and pine notes, as well as a slightest hint of some biscuit malt. The flavor is where the rye really comes through and it is strong enough to be able to stand out above the strong hop notes. I also get some nice orange and pine notes in the flavor with a medium amount of bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of jamesmk48
4.01/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Franziskaner
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Golden amber in color with an inch think frothy off white head. Brussels lacing. Sharp aroma of citrus hops is dominating the nose. That carries through into the flavor when my taste buds are assaulted by citrus hops. There's a strong light malt backbone that quickly follows on the back of the palate. It's back to citrus hops in the aftertaste. The mouth is slightly sticky and creamy.

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4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.75/5  rDev +19%

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4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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2.87/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +19%

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4.2/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.67/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Dream Crusher from Deep Ellum Brewing Company
3.99 out of 5 based on 351 ratings.
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