Named after the eclectic neighborhood in East Dallas, Deep Ellum Brewing Co. has been serving up brews since mid-2011. Dallas Blonde debuted on August 3, 2012 as the successor of Deep Ellum’s Backslider Blonde which was discontinued earlier that same year.

Deep Ellum Play Date bottle

Today’s beer is named Play Date and utilizes Dallas Blonde as the base. Play Date made its debut at Deep Ellum’s Fourth Anniversary Celebration that took place on November 11, 2015. The brewers took Dallas Blonde and fermented it with Medjool dates as well as making it slightly sour.

The pour consists of an ever so slightly hazy amber color with red tinges round the edges. Sitting atop is a one finger white head and it’s dissipating faster than I can write about it.  Getting a bit more intimate with the beer reveals aromas Dates, nail polish remover, cotton candy, bubblegum, and biscuit malt. Being that Deep Ellum bills Play Date as an American Sour Ale I was expecting some funk or at least a bit of evidence of lactic acid on the nose but nothing so far has pointed the needle in that direction.

Deep Ellum Play Date

Bottom up, pinkys out, here we go; immediately across the palate is a small hit of vomitous sourness that plays against the sweetness of the malt and Dates. It reminds me a lot of sweet and sour Indian Date Chutneys. Play Date is definitely one of the more unique beers I’ve come across. I think they are on to something with this combination of ingredients. The mouthfeel is very dry and has a soda like level of carbonation to it.

Deep Ellum Play Date
BREWERY: Deep Ellum Brewing Co.
LOCATION: Dallas, Texas
STYLE: American Sour Ale
ABV: 5.4 percent
IBU: 8
PRICE: $6.49
RELEASE DATE: Dec. 8, 2015
AVAILABLE IN: 22-ounce bottles
Overall, Play Date is interesting and unique but lacks complexity. I don’t feel it fits the moniker of American Sour Ale based on other beers I’ve had in the category. With some recipe and process tweaking this could be great beer but as is Play Date is still worth checking out at least once to experience that odd sweet and sour aspect.
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