I’ll be honest. I had not heard of Deep Ellum Brewing Co. until today. That’s a good thing, in my opinion, as it is a sign of just how quickly the craft beer market is rising. New breweries are opening every day and many are putting out some mind-bendingly delicious suds.
Opening its doors in the spring of 2011, Deep Ellum has been no stranger to controversy. In 2013 the company came under fire for a slogan used to describe their blonde ale. “Goes down easy” was said to contribute to rape culture and objectify women. Backlash was fierce enough to force the brewers to cover up the gaudy, feminine text scrawled across the equally gaudy Pepto-Bismol coated delivery van.
More recently, Deep Ellum was hit with a cease-and-desist letter from Flying Dog brewery in reference to the very beer I am reviewing today. While the labels have a similar color scheme and the lettering is eerily reminiscent I will leave the judgement to the actual federal judges or trademark attorneys.
Easy Peasy IPA at 5.2 percent ABV is a session style IPA brewed with tangerine and lemon peel. It was released as a year-round offering to Deep Ellum’s profolio on June 22, 2015. Easy Peasy IPA poured vigorously into a Spiegelau IPA glass only produces a single finger of orange-tinged foam and an amber colored body. Within that amber hue is a ton of floaties. Whether that is from yeast or proteins or hop oil precipitants I do not know, but it sure is ugly looking. Makes me think twice about taking that first sip.
The nose, however, reassures the eyes with scents of citrus and pine. However, the taste is very straight forward and feels rather feeble. Minimal malt presence makes way for a smooth hop bitterness that does not linger on the palate. The mouthfeel is about as close to water as a beer could be. A lot of session IPAs suffer the same problem, that is, a lack of body and Easy Peasy IPA is a good example of this. I’m not sure the tangerine and lemon peel actually does anything here and may just be something for the Deep Ellum Brewing Co. to place on the label. It is certainly easy drinking and that is where I will applaud this beer. Still, something must be done about all those damn floaties!