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Wake Up Bitter - Olde Hickory Brewery

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Wake Up Bitter
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BA SCORE
85
very good

32 Ratings
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Ratings: 32
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 17.51%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Olde Hickory Brewery visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Axnjxn on 05-14-2014)
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.76/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, orange-copper coloring with a tall, big bubbled, foamy, fluffy, off-white head, and a ton of carbonation throughout the body. Aromas of roasted coffee, with notes of bitter and smoke, with an undercurrent of citrus notes, as well as subtle caramel highlights. Flavors are bitter roasted coffee on the forefront, with a light, crisp blast of citrus hops underneath. Grapefruit and tangerine, with a subtle caramel backbone, this beer really has two completely separate profiles going across your palate; it's almost like drinking a half and half with coffee and an IPA. The body is light and crisp, thanks to the carbonation. The aftertaste has some of the lingering coffee characteristics blending with the tart citrus sweetness, and the coffee notes definitely outlast everything else, with a bitter and roasted linger on an otherwise effervesced, frothy finish. Very unique brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2014 21:39:06 | More by GarthDanielson
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HopAttack3

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

07-23-2014 19:29:50 | More by HopAttack3
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07-23-2014 18:08:47 | More by pjs234
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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

07-21-2014 15:58:20 | More by Brewtardius
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a clear amber verging on golden; the massive head retains well and leaves gobs of sticky lacing

Smell: Grapefruit and coffee, with bready undertones

Taste: Bready, with developing grapefruit tones; the coffee starts to appear in the middle and dominates the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I like coffee stouts but I have not yet found a coffee IPA that I would drink again and this is, sadly, no exception; not a bad beer just not my thing

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2014 22:56:56 | More by brentk56
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baklo

North Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

07-07-2014 10:54:58 | More by baklo
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hoober27

Texas

4/5  rDev +6.1%

07-06-2014 03:02:29 | More by hoober27
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear orangish copper in color with light to moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and some faint golden yellow highlights. The beer has a three finger tall dense foamy tan head that slowly reduces to a medium to large half finger thick cap towards the center of the glass surrounded by a thin film covering the majority of the remainder of the surface and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of citrus/lime, herbal, and pine/resin hops with a lighter aroma of caramel malts + slightly stale coffee grounds from a somewhat recently made pot of coffee.

T: Upfront there is a light flavor of caramel malts with a moderate amount of citrus/lime, herbal, and pine hops flavors. The finish of this beer is all coffee - reminds me of cold pressed coffee made from some medium roast but very well roasted beans (very interesting that there is none of the traditional IPA hop flavors/bitterness in the finish). There is a light to moderate amount of roasted coffee bitterness in the finish which slowly fades away.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp.

O: Probably one of the most interesting coffee beers that I have tried in that the coffee is extremely present but almost completely in the finish...almost like there are two different beverages in a single sip. Really strong coffee flavors with well hidden alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2014 19:32:17 | More by dbrauneis
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BigGingDrinker

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

06-30-2014 19:59:50 | More by BigGingDrinker
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Mantooth

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

06-29-2014 22:25:18 | More by Mantooth
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

06-29-2014 00:19:07 | More by tdm168
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CrusinforaBrewsin

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

06-22-2014 04:06:00 | More by CrusinforaBrewsin
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +6.1%

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South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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humuloner22

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am rating this beer highly because it is so damn strange I don't know where to really place it. I like coffee, I like IPA's but often coffee beers have not worked for me in the past. I have absolutely hated some coffee stouts I have had. Oddly enough this one works, I don't know why but it just does.

Appearance: Nothing notable really, but it has a nice reddish hazy golden color about it, nothing that would give you an indication of coffee in the beer.

Smell: Not a strong coffee aroma, nor a strong hoppy aroma. The two meld together to create its own thing.

Taste: Very strong coffee flavor in the head, and that continues, but you also get a bit of IPA in the flavor. But not an intense IPA flavor at all. The coffee overwhelms everything, that is not a bad thing, but not at all what I was expecting from this beer.

Overall: I did like this beer, would I buy it again? Maybe? And that is about it, once more to get a friends opinion, but this was an odd beer. I have never had a beer like it. And for that I give it relatively high points for the uniqueness.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2014 04:16:01 | More by humuloner22
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carrollmel7

North Carolina

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5/5  rDev +32.6%

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kell50

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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06-02-2014 22:33:16 | More by jak
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Wake Up Bitter from Olde Hickory Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.