Dream Crusher | Deep Ellum Brewing Company

BA SCORE
89
very good
363 Ratings
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
Ratings:
363
Reviews:
36
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
12.03%
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
55
For Trade:
1
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3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of kojevergas
2.57/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

12 fl oz aluminum can with a standard pull-tab purchased for $8.00 a 4-pack at a local Austin, TX bottle-shop (hint: beer rescue) and served into a pilsner glass in me gaff. Label is purple and red, with uninteresting skeletal artwork.

Reviewed live as an imperial IPA per the label. 8.50% ABV. Canned 06/30/14. Expectations are average given the brewery.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 6 fingers wide. Pale khaki colour. Nice creaminess and thickness. Could be frothier and softer-looking. It has a nice supple consistency and a fairly glistening complexion. Retention is good for the high ABV - about 7-8 minutes. Leaves spotty inconsistent lacing on the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

BODY: Translucent transparent orange-copper of average vibrance. Clean; no yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible. But it's a bit murky, and has poor clarity.

Appears well-carbonated. Far from unique or special - we've all seen this before - but it's generally appealing for the style, sure.

AROMA: Copper. Tame piney hops. Some floral hop character. Hints of light hop oils. Loads of caramalt lend it what seems like too much sweetness. Pale malts, of course. Candied notes. Syrup. A hint of grapefruit.

I'm actually a bit surprised by the hop aromatics; it lacks what I look for: no citrus (aside from the weak grapefruit), no nectary notes, no juicy evocative fruit, no clean bitterness. The aroma comes off too sweet, and suggests a syrupy brew with a coating dragging mouthfeel.

Aromatic intensity is above average. I detect no yeast, alcohol, or off-notes. It's too malty for an IIPA aroma...

TASTE: The taste matches the aroma in the sense that malts dominate, though they shouldn't. The candied sweetness, overindulgent caramalt, and malty syrup easily overpower the modest hop profile, which offers only uninteresting floral hop character, some troubled pine, and a hint of grapefruit, with some light oils in there too. Hops should dominate - this is an imperial IPA! Grapefruit should be the strongest flavour in the profile, but it lacks the usual grapefruit bitterness and hop bite. There's no juicy fresh citrus or oily nectar here. It's not dank or herbal or interestingly flowery. Just bland and boring, with an unfortunate malt dominance that ruins the balance. More pale malt, less caramalt please.

Shallow depth of flavour. Average flavour duration and intensity.

It's not a well built imperial IPA by any means, and features dubious choices right down to the ingredients on the malt bill - why choose these hops? This much caramalt? I don't like it much, and it doesn't bring much to the table in terms of complexity or subtlety, though I do find some cantaloupe sneaking out as it comes to temperature.

TEXTURE: Sticky, coating, and artificial, with an unnatural creaminess contrasting with its scratchy roughness on the palate. It's smooth and wet, which is jarring alongside that scratchiness. Medium-bodied, with an apt thickness and not too much weight on the palate. Overcarbonated. Unrefreshing.

This texture neither elevates the beer nor complements the taste. Subpar execution, with an irritating overall presence on the palate.

OVERALL: Even on-sale, this imperial IPA from Deep Ellum is overpriced for its (lack of) quality. I'm none too keen on drinking the 3 remaining cans in my fridge, and wished I'd opted for a single of this. I wouldn't recommend it to friends, but in terms of the local market it's not much worse than your average Texas imperial IPA. Just more mediocrity to fill the shelves. It's pedestrian stuff, but isn't very drinkable. That said, it does do a decent job at disguising its ABV. I'd like to give it the benefit of the doubt and assume that it'd be better more fresh, but then this is Deep Ellum...

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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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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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Photo of smakawhat
2.57/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from the can into a spiegelau IPA glass. Canned June 9th 2014.

Big thick head. Enormous but not to fast forming or too out of control, but it's big retention leaves a lot of waiting. Soapy and light khaki colored, sitting on top of a dark rust orange body, with fine carbonation, and a bit of a cloudy appearance.

Light caramel nose, hints of light icing sugar. A faint sweet floral nose to go with it, but do not detect much hop presence. A bit of spice and cream, the sweetness is all over this from caramel, icing sugar, and so forth.

And like the nose hints, it's way too sugary. Lots of syrup and sweet malts all over the place. Sticky caramel and sugar water. THick bodied and poured on pancakes sweetness, honey coating lip and mouthfeel.

So where are the hops? This brew isn't that old, and it's malt component is just overpowering and cloyingly sweet. This actually tastes like beer that has no yeast added to it before fermentation. Ughh, I can't finish this.

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