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Day #160 – Deep Ellum Brewing

June 10, 2011

Well I thought I would take a brief respite from the IPA week and I have a great excuse to take a break. A new brewery in North Texas is just emerging and they are hosting a tasting today.  It was a pretty cool outing; they had live music, BBQ and lots of beer to sample.  I ran into a few folks I knew in the beer community and got a chance to chat with the head brewer from Deep Ellum Brewing. This brewery is not yet officially open and not distributing, they are damn close. I think all they are lacking is their TABC license, and a bit of equipment. I got a chance to try several of their beers and in the spirit of IPA week, I’ll start with the IPA!

Deep Ellum Brewing

Local Legend IPA

India Pale Ale
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Pours a murky orangish yellow with a very foamy white head. Aroma is quite fruity. Lots of tropical fruit, pineapple and sweet hops. Very nice aroma. Flavor is dry hops, some floral notes with a very carbonated mouthfeel. Finishes slightly bitter. Not bad for my first Deep Ellum Brew!

Pollenator

Doppelbock
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Hell yeah, a beer after my own heart! Or should I say name? Pours a murky maroon brown color with light bits of sediment apparent in the appearance. Beige head. Aroma is cherry fruit, yeasty notes with a bit of dry fruitcake. Floral notes come through after warming. Flavor is dry honey with flower petals and bread. Finishes with a slight sweetness and drying bitterness.

Cherry Oak Double Brown Stout

Stout
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Pours a very dark brown color that lets little light through. Ring of tan head. Aroma of crazy whisky, wood, dark malts and light cherry. Flavor is dark roasted malts, cherry sweetness and woody characteristics. Slight cocoa notes as well. Finishes dry and roasty with a touch of bourbon.

Blonde

Blonde Ale
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Pours a light golden color that appears a bit hazy. White foamy head. Aroma is fresh grains, banana notes and some light hops. Very grainy flavor. Dry and slightly watery. Gentle sweet notes but fairly bland.

Wealth & Taste

Belgian Strong Ale
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Pours a hazy golden orange color with a light ring of white head. Aroma is sweet notes with honey, sugary, floral and lavender soap. Flavor is floral sweet with gentle detergent and spice. Slight bitter finish that lingers for awhile.

Wit/Saison

Hybrid Belgian Witbier and Saison
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Pours a slightly cloudy light yellow color with a slight white head. Aroma is mainly grainy with light lemony notes. Semi-bitter. Flavor is quite dry and bitter. Leaves a sharp bitterness on the finish with a little bit of fruit sweetness. Super bitter.

Bourbon Aged Pollenator

Doppelbock
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Appearance is super murky. Very muddy color with a light tan ring of head. Aroma is very much floral notes and honey. Smells of wildflowers. Flavor is similar to the regular. Pollen, flower petals and honey. Maybe a tad bit of wood but certainly no bourbon. Odd choice for a treatment.

Darkest Hour

Imperial Stout
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Pours a very dark brown color with a tan foamy head. Aroma is certainly syrupy. Lots of sweet molasses with sweet caramel malts and some dry roast. Chocolatey. Flavor is dark malts with some major sweet notes as well. Sweet finish with a dry woody finish.

St. Andrews Scotch Ale

Scotch Ale
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Appearance is a murky maroon color with a foamy beige head. Aroma is slightly peaty with some gentle syrup. Caramel notes. Flavor is light caramel, semi sweetness with some candied notes. Sweet malty finish. Not bad, a bit dry.

Well there you have it folks! A fun tasting for a brand new brewery. I’ll be finishing out the IPA week with 2 more entries, with it culminating on Sunday.

Cheers!

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4 comments

  1. Ooh I am excited! More awesome Texas Beers!


  2. Nice writeup! I was also at the event and really liked their beers too.


  3. […] another brewery in the works in Dallas! You may recall my last tasting for a new Dallas brewery was Deep Ellum Brewing. I had such a good time at that event that I started paying more attention to what other breweries […]


  4. […] You might remember this brewery from a previous blog post I had over summer, which can be found HERE. Their official launch party was held at a craft beer bar in Dallas, the Common Table. It was my […]



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