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Death By Hops - Olde Hickory Brewery

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Reviews: 175
Hads: 505
Avg: 3.89
pDev: 20.05%
Wants: 39
Gots: 67 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Olde Hickory Brewery visit their website
North Carolina, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: ROBORB on 09-22-2010

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Reviews: 175 | Hads: 505
Photo of dalairama
5/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First review. I travel the country for work and I am a hop lover. I have tasted almost all the best 2x/3x IPA's for the past 10 years- like Pliny the Elder and Younger/Speakeasy 3xIPA/Dreadnaught/Sculpin IPA and this was as good as Pliny and better than Dreadnaught and Sculpin.

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Photo of wcudwight
4.89/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a golden/amber color with a thin sticky head. Thick sheets of lace line the glass. I expected the head to be a bit thicker but that is being overly picky.
The aroma is out of this world and compares to some of my favorite beers. Pliny, Ruination, Hopslam ect.... It's like sitting in a flower garden smelling a bowl of fresh tropical fruit. Flavor is right up there with my favorite hoppolicious beers. Malt? Where's the malt? Who cares about the malt? This beer is all about fresh tropical fruit with a nice bitterness that sits on the tongue and last forever. Thick sticky mouthfeel with a lasting aftertaste. I'll be tasting this beer tomorrow. Man I can't get enough of it. I don't care what a select few reviewers say. IMO this is a world class DIPA brewed locally here in Western NC. I've been impressed with OHB, especially lately. But OHB you have outdone yourselves here and raised the bar for you and other NC brewers.

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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.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.77/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

"Death by Hops double IPA is the winner of Olde Hickory's first Pro-Am event. This beer was designed by Alex Buercholtz, award winning homebrewer and proprietor of Hops and Vines in Asheville, NC. Death by Hops is brewed with 2 row barley, hopped with 5 different West Coast hops, then twice dry hopped. The net result is an amazing aroma of ripe juicy fruit mixed in with a bouquet of spring flowers. Death by Hops makes an impact you wont forget!"

Best by date of July 2011. Purchased at Brewers Kettle in High Point, NC.

Pours rather clear. I was thinking this one may be hazy with all of the hops in this thing. I guess the filters work. Pours golden amber in color with a nice, one finger sized head. Slightly wispy but some lacing is present. I see very small carbonation bubbles rushing upward and collect on the surface.

Aroma is fantastically hoppy. Tons of citrus and grapefruit hops. A nice fruity aroma and a decent caramel malt profile as well. I am a bit biased because I like "out of balance" DIPAs so this one is right up my alley.

I love this flavor here! Puckeringly bitter immediately, followed by a citrus fruit and floral explosion. More bitterness penetrates the tongue in the middle and finally finishes off the palate in the end. There isnt a whole lot of caramel or much of a malt sweetness, but again, thats how I like it.

This one finishes really dry which just accentuates the hop bitterness and aspirin like dryness even more. Mouth puckering and god damn delicious!

To me, this one isnt far from a Hopslam or Pliny. Pliny is obviously world class, but I really loved this beer. I know there are some negative reviews, but if a beer is named "Insulin Substitute", expect it to be sweet: likewise, this one is named "Death by Hops", so much like Hopslam or Ruination, expect it to be hoppy!

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

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

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Photo of beerenjoyer1
4.57/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was given a bottle by a high school buddy in Charlotte, NC. This is a really great beer. The appearance is a classic IPA, amber with some carbonation, and a medium foam that dissapates after tasting. The smell subtle at first but comes through with full IPA aroma. The taste is full flavor from first sip to the final taste. There are hints of fruits(grapefruit, orange, and slight hint if bulb florals. The feel and drinkability are superb with IPA aftertaste which reflects the excellent flavor of this brew. It would be nice to have this beer in the Chicago area beer stores.

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

Poured From a Bomber.

A: Pours a great, bright amber color with a 1/4 inch head that has a nice frothy aspect to it.

S: A lot going on here! Lots of different hop notes, strong citrus. Also has a distinct floral scent, like standing in a wildflower field on a breezy summer day. A hint of pine. I don't think this could be improved!

T: Crisp, but not too sweet as I am seeing in other IIPAs lately. I like that they kept this at 7% abv. Has great hops flavors, you sure can tell its been dry-hopped. Lots of different citrus notes, with a nice bite right in the middle of your mouth. mild tingle in the bac. This could be somewhat sessionable, unheard of for most IIPA's.

M: Just a touch of stickyness, not too much. Makes you pucker just a little.

O: A wonderfull example of the style, without being over the top. Hope this one stays year round now! I think this may be my favorite!

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Photo of Habmike
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Duckworths in Charlotte.

Golden color with excellent clairty. Light white head, great lacing and decent retention.

Great hoppy aroma with notes of citrus and pine. Some undertones of honey and apple in the nose as well.

Wow! What a blast of hops. Initial and finishing bitterness is pretty intense. Getting past that bitterness is "fun". Citrus and strong pine flavors here.

Nearly perfect mouthfeel with great carbonation and excellent flow.

I could definitely drink a lot of this one and at 7% abv it wouldn't completely annihalate my soul. Although the hops would serve me a happy death!

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Photo of MayLattimore
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright straw color with a little bit of cloudiness. About a quarter inch of head that fell quick. Real nice aroma. Sweet and hoppy. Real good earthy and citrusy notes. This beer has a great scent, smells so fresh. Like most IPAs, the main focus is the hops. However, only good IPAs are bold but balanced, this hits that perfectly. Enough malty sweetness at first then a great hop combination. Great mouthfeel. IPAs are one of my favorite beers so I could drink plenty of these, it is a sessionable beer for me.

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Photo of ssuggs01
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite beers right now.. Cant get enough. On tap at Duckworth's served in a pilsner. THe appearence is top notch, hazy orange color with about a half inch of white foam. Can barely see my fingers through the glass. Smells of wonderful floral hop aromas. Some grapefruit or other hints of citrus. Taste is consistent with the smell and the slightly creamy and full mouthfeel leaves you wanting another sip. Hop taste doesnt linger in your mouth for long which I like because I can easily enjoy on of my favorite stouts afterwards if I please

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Photo of TheHopMonster
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy orange, fast rising bubbles and a decent white foamy head. Pretty good retention with consistent webbing throughout.

Powerful aromas of pine, cedar, grass, citrus fruit, and earth. A mild sweetness coming from the crystal caramel malt.

Excellent hoppiness up front with strong bitterness throughout. Sweet towards the back and then the dryness follows inviting you to take another sip. The hop selection is amazing I can pick out the grapefruit cascade hop, and the intensely floral centennial hop.

Leaves mouth feeling dry and fruity.

Overall this was an amazing IPA and I have two more bottles of this so I'm excited to break into those at some point

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Photo of smakawhat
4.48/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Deep caramel, and reddish to orange rusted and bright clear bronze body. Great amount but not excessive carbonation, rising at a good normal clip through the body. Head is big and booming, four fingers, slightly soapy off white with almost a vanilla yellow cream color to it. Very thin retention, but plenty of classic big IPA staying power. Great looking brew.

Delicious hop aroma and controlled bouquet. Icing like small sweetness with leafy mint to herbal hops at first. Some good floral notes but seems to not be as citrus forward to me as the label says. Slightly juiced, but also some mild caramel and some good malt sweetness which really accentuates the hop angle in a better angle almost to a cake like and desert maple and frosting controlled sweetness, but not overboard. Some tropical notes but just a little mushy and indistinct. A lot going on here, varied, very impressive.

Palate brings hop goods. Juiced mid palate brings fruit zest richness, but then the aftertaste explodes in sharp pine and citrus zest. Piney and very good lingering aftertaste with just a hint of caramel sweetness for a really nice balance. Mouthfeel really gets into a real nice full coating, but doesn't quite get to large or big push in the flavors. Lingering lime and pine finish, a bit of spicy mild burn in the mid tongue, but manages to be really playful and not distracting. Tropical and citrus aromas are not really coming out on the palate, but seem to be replaced by a different hop focus that is at least very impressive.

As classic hop forward in style, probably not the hopheads or new valued "it hop" flavor of the week for some, but love the basic variety, distinct touch of unique hop character and balance with this. Very well put together package here.

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Photo of gothedistance
4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to chefkevlar for this beer! Bottle marked 'drink by 4/2012'.

Writing this as I enjoy it :)

A- medium orange in color. some lacing, not much, and a small head that dissappates quickly.

S- huge hop aroma. is it possible for it to be piney and citric at the same time? Wow

T- quite bitter up front, mid palate is smooth, long and bitter finish. Not sure what the IBU's are on this but it has to be significant.

M- mouthfeel - really complex with layers of flavor. Gentle malt flavor, but tons of hops all over my mouth. Not super heavy in body. My mouth is watering for some food with this to complement the beer.

O- This is a really interesting beer. Literally a 2 minute finish on it. You can tell this was made with loving care. I love it!

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of DaveAnderson
4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to unionturf for trade.

After drinking a lot of DIPAs, it's easy to forget what's great about IPAs. Thankfully, Olde Hickory's Death By Hops brought be back.

It pours a nice hazy straw-amber, with a modest (but not colorless) head. Lacing is minimal, which suggests a clean finish, and that is exactly what this beer delivers.

It smells great. I have to confess a proclivity toward aromatic beers, so this puts me in happy land. The bottle says it's fruity, but I'm not buying. This is a hop bomb all the way. No, wait -- that sounds pejorative. Let's call it hop fireworks. I can hold my nose in the glass and just breathe, like when I get a really profound blanco tequila -- the herbal subtleties reveal themselves in due time.

There is no letdown when I drink. I was afraid this might sneak some DIPA sweetness in, so I was relieved when it did not. It has a classic IPA body, with lots of extra floral hoppiness and a satisfying, lingering bitterness that is not overpowering.

I shared this bomber with 3 others, but would have been happy to drink it -- and another -- by myself. Ahhh, the joy of an IPA. Good to be back.

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Photo of jsdunlop
4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a chalice, nice size frothy white head forms up and quickly recedes to a minimal layering, nice lacing present and throughout. Golden-orange in color with some ruby hues, a bit cloudy. Aroma consists of sweet citrus notes, pine needles, fresh baked sourdough bread and a touch of floral hoppiness. Taste is milder than what I was expecting, or compared to what the label implied...however, this is a good beer. Huge pineapple fruity and malty sweetness empowers the tastebuds at first, then the hops attack, with strong flavored piney notes while resiny hop oils leave a slick feeling on the hard palate. Very slight alcohol presence presents in the aftertaste, while a citrusy, yet very floral boutique makes its way out as well. Slight bitterness in the aftertaste, but not overpowering, rather inviting. There is so much hop flavor going on, I feel like I can chew this beer, it's layered in flavor. Mouthfeel is nice and smooth with moderate carbonation, slick and oily on the palate, nice medium-heavy body. A very balanced and layered beer, extremely drinkable and enjoyable. Wow, highly recommended.

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Photo of atsprings
4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber into a DFH Signature glass pours a slightly hazy orange with a thin off white head that diminishes to a ring and leaves slight lacing on the glass. Aroma is a nice amount of pine and citrus hops with just a bit of caramel malts. The taste is a very nice balance of crisp fresh citrus and pine hops in front of a nice solid caramel malt backbone. The beer is quite light bodied with it's 7%abv very well hidden. This is a very enjoyable, super hoppy IPA, I'm sure it benefits from being bottled 4 days ago! I must say, without doubt, that Olde Hickory is my new favorite NC brewery, and this beer is one of the reasons why!

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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.

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Photo of pat61
4.44/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: A hazy gold pour produces a 2”off-white foam cap that takes 5 minutes to recede to a thick, lacy, clingy film.
S: Tropical fruit aromas, a hint of citrus, and herbal vegetal aromas with a trace of garlic.

T: Big citrus, fruit, and tropical fruit flavors, medium malt with a light malt-fruit sweetness, finishing with a big grapefruit rind bitterness seasoned with a little savory herbal vegetal flavor. The hop bitterness is assertive, fairly high but well balanced by the malt and the hop derived fruit flavors.

F: Medium body, medium to medium low carbonation.
O: A big bitter elixir.

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Photo of engagechad
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired via trade with n2185 - thanks! - DFH snifter

Pours a really nice slightly hazy gold color with perfect head and nice lacing. Smells amazing, I wasn't expecting this but it was big on grapefruit.. very very fruity and I love it. Taste follows, perfectly bitter with great finish and feel. ABV is right on, not too much not too little, this was just a perfect beer and it makes me wish I lived down there in NC

If you're near this brewery you must pick this up

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Photo of MacQ32
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a golden orange color with a nice finger of creamy off white head. Nice lacing and good retention, looks great!

S - Smells like heaven, seriously. Amazing citrus hop aromas as well as piney hops. A bit of sweet malt shines through as well.

T - Tastes pretty damn good, a bit of sweetness but citrus hops primarily and then floral hops come through. Just a great IPA

M - Perfect carbonation, medium bodied, good all around

O - Smell is magical, taste is damn good and drinkablity is great too, this ones a winner

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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....

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Photo of wedge
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoy By: April 2012

Golden orange under a towering frothy off-white head. Solid sheets of lace. Deep, fresh hoppy nose...ripe, juicy orange and tangerine zest, flowers, pine sap. Potent hoppy flavor. Orange and grapefruit juice, heavy piney bitterness, mango, light floral notes in the background. Some caramel running through the middle, but I wouldn't call this malty or balanced in any way. Medium bodied, bitter, and slick with oily lupulin goodness. Super-fresh and super-tasty!

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Photo of BulbMan
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 22 at Brawley's on a recent trip to NC... Pours a very nice copper color with a fair amount of head. Some pleasing grapefruit on the nose. Didn't know what to expect from this one, but found it very nicely and surprisingly balanced. Hoppy per the name with some bitterness on the finish, but more DIPA sweetness than I expected for 7.0% - feels like closer to 9% or 10%. Mouthfeel is medium at least and really pleasant. Death by Hops gets even nicer as it warms.

Search this out if you're in NC and give it a try. I would definitely buy again.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is SERIOUSLY hoppy, typically woody with a strong evergreen overtone, screaming "Great IPA!" Pours an appetizing clear copper with a fairly thick, if not too persistent, fluffy off-white head. Strongly hoppy flavor has a woody core and a strong evergreen note with herbal and citrus hints and a fair amount of bitterness. Lively, fizzy texture makes it dance on your tongue; you feel it going down the pipes! This is a must for any IPA lover.

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Photo of Mojo
4.34/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bomber -> tulip glass

A - pours up crystal clear copper with a two finger off white head. Retention is decent and lacing is extensive.

S - very pine, resin, and earthy

T - strong caramel malt presence with very bitter piney hops on the finish. A bit spicy too.

M - thinner than I expected for a taste that big. Good carbonation

O - loved this one. Nice and bitter. Not sure what the IBUs for this one is but I bet it is in excess of 75.

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Death By Hops from Olde Hickory Brewery
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