Deep Ellum Brewery Oak Cliff Coffee Ale Taste Test

Deep Ellum Brewery Oak Cliff Coffee Ale Taste Test

Deep Ellum Oak Cliff Coffee Ale

Deep Ellum Oak Cliff Coffee Ale

I should start this post by saying that I put back the Deep Ellum IPA in order to do the taste test for the Oak Cliff Coffee Ale, but I will get to the IPA soon.  It’s too good to put off for much longer.

Anyways, I have a kiddo who turns 3 weeks old tomorrow and a 2 year old, so I am a huge coffee drinker.  I am not entirely sure that I could get by without dangerous amounts of coffee at the moment.

Oak Cliff Coffee Ale Can

Oak Cliff Coffee Ale Can

Check out the cool artwork on the can.  It’s a cool little nod to the culture of Oak Cliff.

Here is the description of this beer from the Deep Ellum website:

“A brewed awakening for the not so average Joe.

We reached out to Oak Cliff Coffee Roasters and went and sampled some of their cold brew, paired with our brown ale. Carmen bean from Panama, in particular, played really nicely with the beer. The coffee beans were personally delivered to us and the beans were coarse ground here at the brewery just before we made the cold brew. We let it brew for a few days and added it to our beer during the transfer from fermentation vessel to bright tank.”

It’s a pretty cool collaberation.  They literally use “in-house cold brewed Oak Cliff Coffee” in the beer.

Oak Cliff Coffee Ale

Oak Cliff Coffee Ale

(Please ignore my awful backsplash in the picture.)

This beer literally smells like iced coffee, and somehow also still smells like a good dark ale.  The smell is almost like a black IPA, but not quite that hoppy.

The taste isn’t overpowering.  It’s surprisingly refreshing for a dark coffee ale.  It definitely has some similarities to iced black coffee (although I’m not sure how many people drink iced coffee black).

I really liked the Oak Cliff Coffee Ale.  It was better than I was hoping for, and I generally like Deep Ellum’s offerings a lot.  You would not mix this beer up with a porter or a stout.  It’s pretty unique to anything that I’ve had.

If you like beer and you like coffee, you should definitely give this cool collaboration a try.

Thanks for the read.  Email me at dfwbrews@gmail.com with any comments, suggestions, whatever.

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