Deep Ellum Brewing Co. Deep Ellum IPA – American IPA at 7% ABV | 70 IBU

Deep Ellum Brewing Co. Deep Ellum IPA American IPA at 7% ABV | 70 IBU (US$1.78 at Specs Main Houston, 355 ml, packaged on 12-Dec-2017, acquired 3-Mar-2018, reviewed 11-Mar-2018)

Appearance: slightly hazy pale amber with one finger of fluffy pale ivory head diminishing gradually to a persistent cap, moderate lacing. (4/5) Aroma: citrus, caramel, mild resiny pine, hint of honey and floral. (7/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate-high bitter. (7/10) Palate: medium slightly oily body, moderate carbonation, off-dry building and lingering bitter finish. (4/5)

The can calls this an “ode to the Pacific Northwest hop”, so clearly they’re going for a West Coast feel. And, it accomplishes that… more or less. Though it’s not precisely “old-fashioned”, it’s not far off, with caramel being more heavily prominent than I prefer. Given the canning date, I expect that the hops probably aren’t as bright as they would have been fresh, so perhaps I’m being slightly unfair. But right now, nothing really stands out to distinguish this from a lot of other AIPAs. (15/20)

7.5/10 #ryansbooze

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