Deep Ellum Dreamcrusher Double Rye IPA | Deep Ellum Brewing Company

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Deep Ellum Brewing Company
Texas, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 14 | Ratings: 167
Photo of Mateo2699
3.13/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour is a darker copper color. Slight haze, foamy head moderate lacing.

Smell is very one-dimensional. Pine foward with slight citrus. Maybe slight sweet bread. That's about it.

Taste was good. Still quite one-dimensional, and similar to the nose (pine and citrus) with slight candied orange and caramel sweetness. More of a malt bomb than hop bomb in my opinion.

Overal okay at best. Pine, citrus, malt. Pretty much all I get.

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Photo of Domvan
4/5  rDev 0%
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 Ken_gibson
4.49/5  rDev +12.3%
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 513Brewery
4.51/5  rDev +12.8%
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 elNopalero
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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 twiggamortis420
3.71/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can pours a dark copper color with a large cap of off-white head. Excellent retention and lace.

Nose is caramely sweet with lots of deep malts. Hops are there as well, mostly citric and tropical - but this one definitely has a strong malt backbone.

Taste is loaded with resinous hop bitterness, sweet, candy-corn maltiness and a fair amount of alcohol. There is some hop flavor, but it is overshadowed by the aforementioned triumvirate of malt, bitterness and alcohol. It has balance, and the mouthfeel is full. It goes down fairly easy as well. It is a pretty good beer, though I dont think quite as good as the ratings here suggest.

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Photo of Texman
5/5  rDev +25%
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 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 MattSweatshirt
4.04/5  rDev +1%
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 Premo88
3.86/5  rDev -3.5%
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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Photo of champ103
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Hay Merchant in Houston.

A: Pours a dark reddish/orange color. A two finger white head forms with excellent retention. Rings of lace are left behind.
S: Wow, everything kind of hits me all at once here. Citrus, juicy, passion fruit hops with bread/biscuit, and caramel sweetness all intermingle together. Then a linger bitter grapefruit.
T: Similar to the nose, everything intermingles. Juicy, passion fruit hops. Bread and biscuit from the rye. Plenty of caramel sweetness. Then a large bitterness lingers on forever. A bit to oily and soapy for my liking as well.
M/D: A full body with moderate carbonation. Resinous, oily, and slightly soapy. Though still on the smooth side, with not a lot of rough edges. Pretty easy to drink considering everything. This is a big beer with lots going on, though still manages to be enjoyable.

This is a big one. Lots going on from the huge oily hoppy flavors, to the big bready rye character as well. I do enjoy it, and for the hop heads this should be gold. Though not particularly my style, and not one of my favorites from Deep Ellum. Still highly recommended for any hop head.

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Photo of Cvescalante
4.58/5  rDev +14.5%
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 Banyon
4/5  rDev 0%
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 raffy313
4.12/5  rDev +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 Mora2000
4/5  rDev 0%
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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Deep Ellum Dreamcrusher Double Rye IPA from Deep Ellum Brewing Company
4 out of 5 based on 167 ratings.
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