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Death By Hops - Olde Hickory Brewery

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87
very good

480 Ratings
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Ratings: 480
Reviews: 176
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 37
Gots: 59 | FT: 2
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Olde Hickory Brewery visit their website
North Carolina, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ROBORB on 09-22-2010

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Ratings: 480 | Reviews: 176
Reviews by rangerred:
Photo of rangerred
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass out of a 22oz bomber.

Pours a slightly hazy medium orange with a rocky white two finger head. Tons of lacing and amazing head retention.

Aroma is full of citrus hops, orange and pineapple. There is also a healthy dose of caramel and biscuit malt that nicely balances out the hops. Quite a pleasant, if not common, aroma.

The flavor is a little lighter on the citrus with some pine coming through. Lots of caramel and biscuit paired with a moderate bitterness. A really nice lingering hoppyness combines with a slight stickyness in the finish.

Overall, a really good IPA but it is definitely not a IIPA; not sure why is is labeled that here. Nice balance between malt and hops and something I would drink a lot of if it were available locally.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of Cobrito
4.77/5  rDev +22.6%
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.

Photo of oberon
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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.

Photo of hotpauko
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

See Vette's review previous. Big ole mouth of hops with above average bitterness even grapefruit lemony bite. Strong malt backbone. Says double but not quite a double IMHO. Good beer.

Photo of Mantooth
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
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?

Photo of PatLarsen
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of lnashsig
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of tastybeer
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
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....

Photo of MrVonzipper
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.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of tdm168
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at World of Beer at North Hills 2/16/12.

Pours a medium amber with a thin soft head that has good retention. The nose has an intense citrusy hop aroma. The flavor is overly hoppy with only slight malt to balance; toasty, piny, bitter, woody, earthy. The mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.

This was an enjoyable beer. A little unbalanced and could use some more malt balance. Overall, a respectable, tasty beer that's worth trying.

Photo of dirtylou
4.57/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

"COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Winner of the First Olde Hickory Pro Am competition. Very limited production. Our brew master says: 71lbs of high alpha hops were used to make this limited production beer of only 13 barrels. That's just over 20 grams of hops used for each pint! DBH was brewed with 2 row barley, Carapils and Crisp Crystal 45 malts and fermented to 7% alc/vol. DBH was hopped with 5 different West Coast hops: Chinook, Columbus, Simcoe, Centennial and Cascade. Additionally, DBH was twice dry hopped with different combinations of these hops. The net result is an amazing aroma of ripe juicy fruit mixed in with a bouquet of spring flowers. DBH was brewed to a level of bitterness of 108 IBU's, and leaves a lingering bitterness; it is, after all, a Double IPA!
"

on-tap, duckworths in charlotte

appearance: served in a 10.5oz vessel - hazy orange body, frothy white cap

smell: pungent citrus - grapefruit zest, tangerine and orange, pine resin. great nose

taste: Extraordinary IPA to be honest - sweet grapefruit zest, mango, pineapple, tangerine, orange, pine, very fresh and floral. I'm going back tomorrow night, and i will be drinking more of this - really impressive.

mouthfeel: medium, moderate bitterness, hops blast the palate

drinkability: good

Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good friend brought a bottle of Olde Hickory Death By Hops here to Chicago with him from NC. The beer pours a clear orange copper with finger thick slightly off-white head that is lacing. The smell is definitely hopslight pine and citrus notes. The taste is an explosion of hop flavors all mixed into one. There is bitter citrus, pine, and floral notes...almost too much going on. The bottle says five west coast hops...hence "death By Hops"....and they aint lying!!! The mouthfeel is a medium to full body with good carbonation. Overall it is a decent beer....but one per session is probably enough.

Photo of cjgator3
4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle

A- Pours a golden amber color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma is fresh citrusy hops aplenty with some malt in the background.

T- The taste like the aroma is deliciously hoppy with a perfect amount of lingering bitterness from the hops in the finish. Very nice!

M- The mouthfeel is between light-medium bodied with a good amount of aroma.

O- Overall, Death by Hops is a very satisfying IPA that I really enjoyed!

Photo of prototypic
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Death By Hops pours a lighter caramel brown color. It’s slightly hazy. Looks like an orange stained gold color when held to light. Looks good. It’s topped with an off-white head that stands nearly two fingers tall. It’s very slow to recede. Holds steady as a surface covering for quite a while. Lacing was very sticky and thick. Quite impressive.

The nose is good. It could use just a little more strength, but it’s still good. The malt base seems reserved. I like that. There’s a hint of sweet caramel. Not much. Perhaps a bit of bready scent. That’s about it. Hops smell lively and delicious! Grapefruit and orange scents are easily noted. There’s perhaps a touch of pine that follows. Alcohol is blended well and doesn’t come through all that strong. I’m surprised it’s characterized as a DIPA. I digress. Smells good.

The flavor is a little better than the nose, but not quite enough to warrant a score bump. The malt base tastes like a mix of caramel and bread flavors. The caramel flavor is light and restrained. It adds a touch of sweetness, but it’s not overly strong. The hop flavor is really nice. It’s mostly citrus grapefruit and orange. It definitely has a bitter kick, but it’s not palate wrecking. The hops definitely take center stage and are the focal point here. Alcohol is there, but isn’t anywhere close to warm or hot. Finishes hoppy and bitter.

The body is medium. Carbonation seems light and restrained. It’s relatively smooth and easy drinking. I probably won’t finish off the growler, but it’s tempting. It is quite good.

Death By Hops is a nice release from Olde Hickory Brewery. The hops hog the spotlight and really amp up the flavor. That’s my style for an American IPA. This one’s definitely worth picking up. I’m still not sure about the DIPA classification on here. That’s a bit peculiar, but…whatever.

Photo of hooliganlife
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

best by 12/13

pours a slightly deeper gold, inch or so of thick white head. very light retention and some lacing.

sweet and malty up front. lingering bitter hop, resin and pine.

pretty heavy malt with hints of caramel. very bitter through out. loads of pine and white grapefruit. very straight forward. would maybe like a hint more hop complexity.

full body, some chew to it. resin oil on the lips and gums.

pretty good overall, a little one sided but nothing off putting. solid stuff. like the 7% ABV a lot, making this far more drinkable.

Photo of russpowell
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BBD of 12/11

Pours an effervescent bronze with ine finger of pearl white head. Average lacing & head retention

S: Mucho pine needles & grapefruit, these fade over time

T: Follows the nose, rindy grapefruit & orange especially along with nice bready notes hiding up front, plus some caramel. Woody hops leak through as this warms, along with more grapefruit & pineyness. Finishes slighlty fruitty (pineapple) with a touch of booze sting mingling in with grapefruit & pineyness

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation, decent balance. The malt back bone seems to wilt a bit once warm

Nice, but slighlty under malted take on the style, Would rate this higher as an AIPA, thought it was slightly better on draft...

Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber into a couple of snifters. Thanks go to Barscream for sharing this one with me.

Pours a clear copper, with a finger of slightly off-white head. This maintains a rich frothiness that slathers the sides of the glass with creamy swathes of lacing. The aroma smells fresh, leafy, and herbal, with some pine and spice thrown in. An underlying mix of green grapefruit, lighter tropical fruit, and then some soft doughy grains give this a nice platform for those more airy aspects of the hops to bounce off of.

The taste has a fresh, crisp, and green bitter to it that spreads leafy spice and pine out into the mouth. There is just enough of a malt presence here for balance, which works well with the bright citrus, softer tropical notes, and herbal flavors from the hops to help keep this fairly smooth and accessible despite the assertive mix of pith, resins, and spice that finish this with a bone dry feel. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a crisp and prickly feel to the carbonation up front that then gets much more slick and oily as this spreads out across the back. The feel is pretty much spot on here for 7%.

This was a pretty darn solid IPA. It’s certainly got its aggressive aspects but wasn't quite an all out bitter bomb and I liked how the malt worked in tandem with the softer character of the hops to help keep this balanced and rather quite accessible all things considering. This is one of the better Southern IPAs that I’ve had.

Photo of seedsofchaos
2.43/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Received this local as an extra from Onenote81. Freshness marker states to enjoy before July 2011. Drank on February 11th, 2011. Death by Hops is a rather assertive name. The blue sky and clouds on the bottle seem to suggest a heavenly death. I approach this death with high hopes.

A murky orange in appearance, this brew reminds me of one of my first homebrews. Under carbonated and not much lacing to speak of either. The aroma is a bit of a confused mess. Very vegetative, an overload of piney hops takes precedence in my nostrils. Pine echoes in the flavor with more vegetative qualities; as if I am drinking water with grass clipping, pine cones, pine needles and bark in it. Bitterness leans aggressively towards astringent. Lots of early addition hops, it would seem, were preferred by the brewer over dry-hopping (which IMHO is what this beer needed). Malts are overshadowed by this subpar hop bill. A little biscuit comes through but not enough to really grasp it.

This beer isn't terrible. It's really not. It seems like the brewery is probably very new and is still learning a lot about the brewing art. Death by Hops needs to take down its IBUs and focus on some dry-hopping with a variety that will help accentuate the taste of the beer: perhaps some Amarillos. Drinkability is low for a beer geek as the bitterness is not complimentary and well-roundedness is blown out of the water with pine. Drinkability is non-existent for a non beer geek as this brew will taste like utter ass to someone unfamiliar with hops.

Below average for the style but I drank my pint and a bud shared the rest. We both drank it all so I can't say this was a complete failure by Olde Hickory's part. If a rep of the brewer does happen to check this site, might I also suggest a writer for label descriptions. They're a bit... blah.

Photo of BadaBeer
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Best double IPA in hickory. Hope the hickory craft scene grows!

Photo of thagr81us
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from cask into a flared pilsner glass. Poured copper with a minimal white head. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus hops, and bitter hops. The flavor was of sweet malt, big citrus hops, and slight bitter hops. It had a medium feel on the palate with low carbonation. Overall this was a pretty nice IIPA. The hops are definitely the star of the show on this one without doubt. The sweet malt aspect tries to balance it out but falls a little short. They definitely named this one appropriately. A MUST try for any hop-head out there.

Photo of dfclav
3.3/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to n2185 for this generous extra.

A - pours a lighter amber color a little more on the yellow side with a 1 1/2 finger head, and not so active carbonation. The lacing however is very sticky and does a good job coating the glass.

S - a good bunch of floral notes, lemon peel, grapefruit, and oranges with some more subtle tropical fruits hanging around. A surprising amount of candied sugar is noted, then in typical IPA's. Barley is detected more and more as it warms.

T - taste is a good amount of lemon mixed with a slight amount of booze and grapefruit. The hops are noticed in this beer and very well balanced. Floral taste pretty big here too. That being said it's a bit bland and not too complex for an IPA. Barley really noticeable in the finish.

M - medium bodied and quite refreshing. Good zip on the carbonation but the hop twang isn't too powerful.

O - overall I'm not too impressed with this. There are a good number of flaws in this beer and many better examples of the style. This, however would be a fairly good beer for a beginner on IPA's as it's not crazy aggressive. I wouldn't recommend it unless you are just getting someone into the style.

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Death By Hops from Olde Hickory Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 480 ratings.