Dream Crusher | Deep Ellum Brewing Company

very good
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 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 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 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 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 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 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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Photo of champ103
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
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 +14.8%
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 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 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 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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Dream Crusher from Deep Ellum Brewing Company
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