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Death By Hops - Olde Hickory Brewery

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87
very good

423 Ratings
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86
very good

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Ratings: 423
Reviews: 168
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.34%
Wants: 36
Gots: 46 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Olde Hickory Brewery visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ROBORB on 09-22-2010)
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

APBT91, Apr 21, 2014
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3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #58 (November 2011):

LOOK: Hazed peach

SMELL: Herbal, minty, papaya, mango, doughy, alcohol

TASTE: Hoppy, tobacco, herbal, leafy, earthy, grassy, pulling, astringent, stone fruit, earthy, woody

We're not dead yet, actually just getting our hop fix. Excessive hopping is noticed. The palate does not get devastated by the bitterness, but it does get taken over by the massive amount of hop flavor, so much so that you should not expect to taste much after knocking this one back. A worthy hop bomb.

BeerAdvocate, May 02, 2012
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4.8/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

"Enjoy me before" date of Feb. 2015, purchased at Sam's in Durham, NC.

This excellent brew deserves more love, so though I had sworn off reviewing I had to add a quick note:

Wonderful full-bodied IPA with complex array of notes and one of the best finishes of any beer I have ever had. One of those beers that is best from mid-palate to the finish. Highly recommended.

Cobrito, Oct 12, 2014
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4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow there has been a little backlash against this beer,the name of the beer is Death By Hops!Its gonna be intense,actually its not that intense,for what this beer is supposed to be its pretty damn good.Poured into an imperial nonic a hazed burnt orange with a thinner but lacey white head atop.Aromas of overripe tangerine and orange oil,a bit of pine resin and a caramel sweetness also emerges.Flavors start out with a burst of citrus fruit,again that tangerine flavor stands out,the sugary sweetness begins to come into play than a bitter grapefruit rind note hits hard in the finish.Again this is a DIPA that is not for the pedestrian non hop loving beer folk,its for the in your face hophead and it works great for me.

oberon, Jan 30, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

CavemanRamblin, Jul 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Spaten454, Jun 14, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

BenTherHppedThat, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of ROBORB
4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a regular pint glass at Thirsty Monk and Duckworth's; this beer pours with a hazy orange color and a 1 finger head. There is great lacing with both pours.

The smell has a lot of citrus characters and is somewhat floral. I don't get much more from this beer but it is enough to keep me interested.

The taste was fantastic. It has a slight sweetness to it up front and then it gets really bitter. If you like your IPA's to have a bitter backbone then this beer is for you. The mouth feel was overly carbonated. If it was toned done just a bit it would have been perfect. I could drink this beer everyday. What a fantastic brew from an unexpected brewery.

ROBORB, Sep 22, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Todd, Apr 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

mjtiernan, May 12, 2012
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4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Sammy's in Belmont, poured by Heather into a Coors Light pint glass (silver bullet, bitch!)

A: Amber - loverly colour - ample head and some cling for life lacing.

S: Does bitterness have a smell? Uh, yeah - hops, grass, citrus, butterscotch.

T: Yowza, welcome to FLAVA TOWN. She opens up with hops and some malt fighting to be noticed, finishes with off-the-charts hop bitterness, grapefruit on par with Sierra Nevada Celebration. "Excuse me miss, I'd like a tall glass of grass and sunshine please." I almost get some whisky out of this too.

M: Some initial chew prior to a big wet nasty oil slick of hop goodness. I wish I could roll this beer up and smoke it.

O: Lives up to the name with a bombastic hop finish. Is this the best brewery in NC?

Mantooth, Feb 07, 2012
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4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass on special at Duckworths. It had more of an XPA color to it than a typical IPA. The smell is all hops! It really is death by hops. The taste follows smell. It is a little biscuity for my personal taste. There is little mouthfeel to speak of. Probably it's greatest deficiency. Overall, I liked this representation. Not afraid of being a hoppy beer.

PatLarsen, May 07, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Cynic-ale, Aug 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

HopAttack3, May 28, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

richkrull, Apr 16, 2012
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3/5  rDev -22.9%

acurtis, Dec 31, 2011
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3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Chrisheartsbeer for the chance to taste this one. Never heard of this, and looking forward to giving it a try. Bottle calls to be drank by May 2012, so I am assuming this is screaming fresh. Poured from bottle into DFH snifter. Pours a dark orange but transparent color, frothy white head sticks all over the glass, recedes slowly. Smell- bright sunshiny citrus flavors. lemon-lime, followed by some tropical sweetness. Definitely West Coast hops here, some mango, papaya, etc. Taste- WOW. Blasting bitterness at the front of the palate. The tropical hops present themselves, but I struggle to find a real malt backbone to counter balance the waves upon waves of bitterness onslaught. Feels like the hop oils are just creeping down the back of my throat. The mouthfeel has a slick feel to it. Decent carbonation, but almost oily from the hop resin. This is one aggressive IPA here- more brutally hoppy and bitter than most West Coast IPAs that I am accustomed to drinking. The weakness of this beer is its strength: the tremendous bitter hoppy presence is not balanced with an appropriate malt backbone. The sweetness that presents itself in the aroma does not come out in the taste. Pine needles, grapefruit, tropical hoppy flavors all abound in the taste. Overall, this is a nice IPA, but good god it is brutal. I would have it again for sure.

lnashsig, Dec 22, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

Beerontwowheels, Apr 01, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

Hopcycle, Aug 15, 2013
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1/5  rDev -74.3%

whitekiboko, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of mdaschaf
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Props to Jason for this bottle!

A: Pours a golden/orange color with a small off-white head and moderate lacing.

S: Very nice aroma, lots of citrus, very juicy, with lots of orange and some grapefruit as well as pineapple. There is a hint of resiny pine and some graham cracker malt.

T: Lots of bitter/piney hops combined with some citrus pith and zest, and a heavy hand or orange. Some bready malt as well as some graham cracker and a bit of caramel round this one out.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation with a sticky/bitter finish.

O: A very nice beer, very drinkable with no sign of 7% in this one. Good job Olde Hickory.

mdaschaf, Sep 16, 2011
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4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours orangy-red with a poofy, frothy oversized head. Nice bubbly goodness. Slightly hazy throughout. Aroma is mouthwateringly hoppy. Dankness across the table. Smells like candied oranges, misc tropical fruits, pear, apple, all comfortably resting on a nice malty base. Taste is pretty awesome. Perfect balance between bitter and flavor hops, and excellent mix of flavors. Slick texture with a tad of grittiness. Also a bit chewy and sticky, start to finish.

Overall this beer kicks ass. I could go for another methinks....

tastybeer, Oct 31, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before date of 2/12
Pours a nice hazy caramel color with a foamy/bubbly 2cm eggshell colored head with pretty good retention and lacing.

Nice floral and fruity hop notes up front on the nose with some sweet citrus, candy sugar and light caramel.

Flavor is good and pretty well balanced. It's pretty malt forward actually with a pretty nice but not strong floral hop character. It finishes a little bitter hops. The flavor and hop character just doesn't stand up to the name.

Mouthfeel is smooth, a little oily and creamy with medium carbonation.

It's a pretty good IPA but just doesn't stand up to CA ipas or it's name for that matter. It's very drinkable and might have a ton of hops in it, but lacks great distinguishing hop notes and flavors.

MrVonzipper, Sep 16, 2011
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3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Label claims this is a "double IPA," the ABV puts it right on the fence...it's really going to be for the palate to decide, but I'll consider it a double IPA since the brewer says it is.

So, Death By Hops, eh? I can think of worse ways to go...like most other ways. The label is great too, making it clear that death by hops could be a rather peaceful alternative to the many messier ways to go down. Anyway...

The pour results in a fairly thin, wispy head...full coverage of the liquid for about 20 seconds, but then minimizing to a skim real quickly. Color is on the paler, more washed out side of the sunny orange/reddish double IPAs you often see.

Aroma has Death By Hops sitting on the double IPA side of the tracks. Big juicy whiffs of orange flesh, citrus rind, grapefruit and mutant peach. Nice piney exterior too. Ultimately the malt sits back and lets the hops dance all over it.

Taste is a rather green, leafy, slightly strained bit of hoppiness, with a thinner body than expected. Some warming helps bring out the more exotic citrus/rind tones, and while the hops try and reach levels of crazy intensity, something is holding them back. I'm wondering if it might be a stingy brewer trying to save money and not chucking in enough malt to really give this that extra special something? Who knows. As the label states, the hop profile gives it a total West Coast IPA feel ("brewed with 5 different West Coast hops"), and that's really the factor that I enjoy the most here. Had it had a thicker, stickier body and a bit more malt presence, this would definitely impress more than it does.

Not bad, not bad at all...a rather hopped up North Carolina beer that is all San Diego in spirit, though no tongue-ripper and with a reasonable ABV that makes it an easy drinker. Not Olde Hickory's best (that's Event Horizon), not their worst.

Metalmonk, Jun 30, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

twowheelssoar, May 15, 2012
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Death By Hops from Olde Hickory Brewery
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