Wake Up Bitter - Olde Hickory Brewery

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Ratings: 68
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 15.2%
Wants: 1
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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Olde Hickory Brewery visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Axnjxn on 05-14-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 68 | Reviews: 10
Reviews by GarthDanielson:
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of tastybeer
3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pretty amber colored clear beer with a very nice tight foamy head about two fingers high.

Light zesty pine and fruit hop with musky coffee. The coffee comes through a little cardboard-like unfortunately. Dusty and earthy over creamy biscuit malts with tangy citrus and a touch of floral.

Taste is less in the stale coffee territory. More like a zesty citrus pine ipa with subtle coffee worked in. Im still not sure the coffee has been integrated in the best of ways though. Interestingly fruity as well.

Photo of KYGunner
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%

The aroma is well balanced as I get the tones of bitter resins and light pine and grapefruit. The coffee smells top notch and has a nice strong brewed tone.

The coffee flavor stands out at the front. Fresh brewed coffee taste with a little bean and roast. It Think I might taste chocolate at mid palate. It ends with strong bitterness, which may be why it's called "Wake Up Bitter." The bitterness is that of resiny piney hops and doesn't taste like coffee bitterness.

I like this interestingly different brew and think it's a must to try.

Photo of wedge
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber body under a tall, thick head of off-white foam. Slightly stale wet coffee grounds, orange, lime, cocoa, and a green, earthy pine element comprise the aroma. The taste is more hop forward with a decent coffee finish. Bitter green, piney hops, grassy and floral, with some zesty citrus. The coffee is better here, more like a light roast in its fruitiness, which is appropriate, but it doesn’t grab me. Creamy, medium bodied. This was fine, not nearly as good as Stone’s Dayman though. I wish the coffee had more of a deep, pure, oily quality like fresh beans. Not bad, not great.

Photo of Jfishe13313
2.91/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Bitter coffee flavor but not much else to compliment overall enjoyment

Photo of dbrauneis
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Photo of humuloner22
3.91/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Photo of brentk56
3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
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

Photo of Axnjxn
4.49/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bomber fresh off the truck. Thanks Leif!

Pours a light toffee color with a nice inch and a half finger off white head. Smell is HUGE on coffee with some hops thrown in for good measure. Taste is just how it smells. massive coffee in your face and honestly all the way through, with a good amount of bitterness from the hops.. just enough so you can still call this an IPA. I really dig this and Olde Hickory nailed it out of the park. Mouthfeel is medium as well as carbonation and the drinkability is huge.

overall if you like coffee, and you like IPAs, you are going to LOVE this! Of course, drink it fresh!

Photo of McAndrew
2/5  rDev -46.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Just plain awful. Really taste like bitter coffee. Undrinkable.

Wake Up Bitter from Olde Hickory Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.