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Dream Crusher | Deep Ellum Brewing Company

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36 Reviews

Brewed by:
Deep Ellum Brewing Company
Texas, United States

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!

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Photo of Texman
5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I truly believe this is the BEST IPA in the DFW area or maybe even Texas...and it is now in my top tier of IPAs period....as of 6/29/14 and my 1st tasting of it. Way to go Deep Ellum!!! I am a native Texas and have been waiting for a top shelf Texas IPA for a long time and now we have at least one.

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Photo of enrique_m
4.85/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

poured this into an IPA glass and it is a clear amber color with about 2 inch of head. the hoppy aromas are of citrus with slight pine undertones. the taste is what you'd expect from the aromas and you taste the rye. but it is bold and punchy with a tasty, bitter aftertase.. overall i dig this DIPA beer and i consider it a staple in my beer cooler.

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Photo of 1ale_man
4.62/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Really love this beer. Looks like honey. Smells of grapefruit, lemons, caramel. Tastes like caramel and grapefruit and slight sweetness. No alcohol taste. Easy drinking to me. Slight bitterness. Will buy again and tell others.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.62/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz can into a speiglau IPA glass.

Look is a hazy orange amber with straw highlights. Head is frothy with little bubbles inch and a half thick.

Lots of orange on the nose mixed with a thick sweet caramel malt aroma. Herbal pine undertones to it.

Taste is full of rich bitter hops. Piney and citrusy almost creamy when combined with the malt.

Wonderful drinker. Completely different from can to glass.

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Photo of Cvescalante
4.58/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had a pint at Jack Mac's Swill and Grill for the Deep Ellum tap takeover, and this one was by far the best of the night.

A- Not how I would've poured it if I had done it myself, but oh well. Clear and copper in color (beautiful)

S- Oh holy crap! My absolute favorite IPA hop aromas are in this one! Nose-gasm! Very floral, herbal, piney, a little citrus, and that sweet malt backbone... Fantastic

T- Hops are making sweet sweet love on my tongue right now! Such clean bitterness, piney, floral, herbal, citrus, sexual hop juice taking over my tastebuds! Wow...

O Seriously? A little ol' TX brewery less than an hour away from me made this?? No way!.. This beer is seriously hop notch, so give it a try! Serious hop heads will enjoy this one thoroughly.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.56/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy amber color with a finger width foamy head. Head retention and lacing are good. Has a boozy citrus aroma with hints of caramel. Smooth malty taste up front with slight hoppy bitterness and caramel smoothness at the end. Boozy aftertaste. Good smooth beer.

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Photo of 513Brewery
4.51/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On the lighter side as double IPAs go. Smooth, slight citrus notes with the hops taking the driver seat. You can tell they put some time and thought into this one. Would drink again and again.

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Photo of Ken_gibson
4.49/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at drunken donkey in Lewisville, texas. Orangey-amber color. Like the deep Ellum IPA but with a little more to give it a perfect hoppy taste. I agree with other posters that this is light for a double IPA but if you don't think about that and just enjoy this it is very vibrant with it's tastes. Definitely can't wait to get another one of these. Local texas beer too!

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Photo of Caj1
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer. The Deep Ellum guys really make a Texan proud.

Pours a nice copper/amber with some haze but no sediment. Half an inch of caramel-colored head that takes it time dissipating. Light lacing.

Smells like grapefruit and grass. Very hop forward. Great caramel malt undertones. Light aroma of pineapple/mango comes through as the beer warms.

Tastes extra fruity with great hop character but the nutty caramel malt does well to balance it without that sticky sugary feeling some double IPAs have. This is so well balanced that I think I could drink the whole pack if it didn't get me shitfaced.

Lovely, crisp mouthfeel with some great bite from the alcohol, but it doesn't overpower. This is the easiest drinking 8+ % ABV beer I have ever had. Goes down smooth with a nice warmth in the stomach.

Beautiful IPA. Deep Ellum migh t miss the mark once in a while (see Neato Bandito) but when they hit it, it's a bullseye. Watch out guys, I see a Texas craft beer renaissance brewing with these guys at the forefront.

To good health and good beer.

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Photo of brewqueno
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Best Deep Ellum has to offer. It doesn't necessarily have the look (appears a little flat) but whatever it lacks in other departments, it makes up for in flavor. It's easy to drink - a lot smoother and more pleasant than their flagship IPA.

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Photo of Mrjtyree
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The Dallas brew scene is getting better every day. From the first sip, loved it. Beautiful caramel color. Very lively Citrus, tropical fruit, pine, grass, and floral plus the bitterness does not hit you for a few seconds. It has become one of my favorite IPAs.

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Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.26/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Dogfish Head IPA glass.

A - 4.75 - Pours a deep honey color, touches of caramel and orange in its hue. Massive head potential, forms 2 and a half finger of slightly off white, dense head. Medium head retention, spotty lacing.
S - 4.25 - Things you would expect from a DIPA. Hops, grapefruit, oranges, apricot, peaches, mangos, and somewhat wet, dank hops.
T - 4 - Not so much a double on the taste as just a good standard IPA in my opinion. Begins with a bittersweet hop-forward arrival, ends on a somewhat neutral grapefruit and pineapple finish. Not exactly of the strength of a double in my books, but tasty nonetheless.
F - 5 - Very slick, oily and smooth textured mouthfeel. Really digging the mouthfeel on this beer.
O - 4.25 - It is very good... going into it with the mindset of a standard IPA. As a double, not anything crazy special. This should be packaged, advertised and sold in six packs as their flagship brew and I think it would do them a world of good!

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Photo of elNopalero
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

From a can.
This pours a deep caramel hue with thick foam.
There an aroma of candied orange, cut grass and a hint of pine sap.
The beer itself has a mellow hoppiness (for a DIPA, at least) with an overly sweet malt backing that takes away from the bitter citrus tastiness.

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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 raffy313
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 6 oz. sample pour out of a 22 oz. bottle at the Rahr/Open the Taps Private Tour on 3-11-12. Special thanks to the Deep Ellum guys for busting a few of these out.

This beer poured a golden/orange color with a fingers worth of white head that left behind some excellent lacing.

Aromas are where it's at with this DIPA. Wonderful mix of fruity citrus and a sharp piney aromas are the backbone of this well balanced beer. Getting mostly orange and those bitter hop notes that you get from a well made IPA. Some bready malt aromas are definately present, rounding out the nose well.

Tastes follow the nose(almost to a tee), with some added rye spicyness to round out the flavors. Not an overpowering kick of rye... which was what I was somewhat worried about, but just enough to tell it's there. Really a nicely balanced beer.

Medium body, low to medium carbonation. Not overly bitter, or at all boozy for the amount of alcohol this claims to contain which made this very drinkable on what ended up being a nice warm day.

Have tried almost all their offerings, and really excited with what Deep Ellum is coming out with. Looking forward to finding more of these limited bottles, or eventually trying the draught version.

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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 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 MattSweatshirt
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hazy orange body and a thick yellow tinged white head. Plenty of sticky lacing.

Big pungent nose with caramel, sweet citrus fruits, and pine.

Pretty big bitter bite balanced with some caramel sweetness. Citrus and resinous piney hops. Big, smooth, oily mouthfeel.

A big IPA here with loads of hops and malts. Loving the 4 pack of cans now instead of the old bomber release.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.01/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

We're going double, not just with the hops, but with the rye as well. Here comes 12 ounces of high octane liquid. On to the beer:

Coming out like a very toasted orange and topped with a somewhat creamy inch of head. It smells like sweet hops, like carmelized hops. Sugar crusted hops. Resiny with a dash of orange.

Double Rye IPA or barleywine? Tastes rather sweet so I'm going to say barleywine. Once you accept that, this beer becomes quite enjoyable instead of cloying. Sugar crusted citrus fruits with a layer of caramel seems to be the theme. Not bitter, full bodied, and the alcohol is neat. I begin to warm up to the sweetness, and of course the low 60s evening helps too (cold for us Orange Countians).

Starts like an IPA, but overal tastes like a barleywine. It sure is a Dream Crusher for those who want lots of hops, but once you accept, it will take you on an adventure.

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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 Banyon
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well... I was hoping for a little more i think with the $20 price tag for a 22oz. Not that it was bad but for the money i could have gotten something else.

Awesome golden orange color although it didn't pour with much of a head. It did have good lacing though.

Smell was great. Very aromatic with notes of citrus and an old school aromatic smell that we all associate with a well hopped brew. Love it

Well I taste the sugar in it first, the super quickly followed by the rye and hops!!!! WOW! Piney tasting with some citrus, and i even can taste the alcohol in it, which i really wasn't expecting. As a rye ipa lover this tastes really really good although i would have like just a bit more sweetness.

The mouthfeel is par on. Its not super heavy or anything. I cant get past the palate destroying hops personally. But i like the fact that it isnt so heavy. This is a solid reason why the hop lover likes these beers. Tasty and smooth!

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

If you are reviewing this from 2014 and beyond, then you drank Dream Crusher Double IPA, not this version, they rereleased the new version in Spring 2014...unless you aged the Rye version, which was in a bomber and had different art work.

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Photo of gators3369
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love most of DEBCs offerings and this one does not disapoint. Im not the biggest bitter beer fan bit this strikes a very nice balance. Very hoppy but nice balance to the finish. Another solid entry from deep ellum. I will for sure buy another 4 pack b4 its gone.

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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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Dream Crusher from Deep Ellum Brewing Company
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