Dismiss Notice
Save $5 when you subscribe to 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine by selecting auto-renew.

Subscribe now →
Dismiss Notice
Join Our Email List →

And we'll send you the latest updates and offers from BeerAdvocate, because knowing is half the battle.
Dismiss Notice

Pre-order your Respect Beer "Hipster" Hoodie today!

Plus: Free shipping (US only) on orders of $25 or more until 12/18/15. Just select "Free Shipping" at checkout.

Shop now →

Death By Hops - Olde Hickory Brewery

Not Rated.
Death By HopsDeath By Hops

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

175 Reviews
very good

(Read More)
Reviews: 175
Hads: 504
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

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

No notes at this time.
View: Beers (31) | Events
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Death By Hops Alström Bros
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 175 | Hads: 504
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.

 598 characters

Photo of gopens44
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Looked frighteningly carbonated at first as soda - like bubble action in this slightly hazy burnt orange creates a foamy beige head. Luckily, the body is far more pronounced than what the pour suggested. Hop stank is big with earthy and grapefruity taste. Nose sells more malt than what comes through but we still have pretty nice balance. Yep, pretty decent this one.

 374 characters

Photo of HamdenHector
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: slightly hazy; burnt orange in color; <1 finger off white head that receded to a thick collar; nice lacing;

S: all hops; tropical fruit, floral, and a little pine;

T: mostly floral through mid-palate; at the finish, it's earthy, floral, piney, and assertively bitter;

M: medium bodied; moderately carbonated; lightly dry finish;

O: a true hop bomb in every sense;

 370 characters

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.

 1,831 characters

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.

 183 characters

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Death By Hops pours a hazy copper color with a small but lacing head. Big hoppy aroma, big bitter notes. Big hop flavors, bold malt backbone, big bitter aftertaste. Flatter body, but nice flavors. Overall its drinkable, flavorful, big bitterness.

 250 characters

Photo of barczar
3.54/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Resin, pine, dank hops, and muted grapefruit in aroma, touch of bready, toasted malt.

Flavor is floral initially, then extremely bitter. Nice citrus notes, herbal, but waaaay too bitter for me.

 194 characters

Photo of Pourharddrinkslow
3.72/5  rDev -4.4%

I'll make this review short and sweet. Pours a light color with not much head to speak of. I don't care too much for looks, so let's get to the taste. This is basically, in my opinion, just a standard quality IPA. Nothing fancy or over the top here. The name certainly rings true as the first taste is a strong hoppy bitterness. Little hints of grapefruit that surprisingly lingers for longer in between sips than the strong hop taste. If you can find this for a good price, it's worth a shot, just don't expect anything life changing and you will enjoy this solid offering from Olde Hickory

 598 characters

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.

 370 characters

Photo of Immortale25
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Barleycorn Asheville. Served in a pint glass.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains decently before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of surface foam. Resilient, randomly patterned lacing.

S- Big juicy hop aroma that's musty and dank. Slightly sweet smelling.

T- The hop flavor is decidedly grassy and not very in-your-face but the bitterness is definitely there and lingers a good while. Decent malt backbone to balance that's a bit bready and sweet. The ABV isn't incredibly noticeable.

M- Pretty sharp and dry with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- I wouldn't necessarily call this a "death by hops" beer but it's certainly assertive and the malt provides a near-perfect balance to the aggressive hop content.

 833 characters

Photo of Crazy4LegMoose
3.69/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Best by date of August 2014

A: Golden crystal clear honey hue with 1 finger of thick creamy head. The head lasts a good while and leaves good lacing down the glass.

S: Strong aroma of floral hops with a lot of malt sweetness. The aroma is more bitter than the taste of this one. Hints of honey, caramel and mango in there.

T: Nice mango fruity hop flavor that finishes with a clean vanilla/caramel finish. Hops dominate the palate up front with the mango sweetness and piney finish but are not overly bitter or punchy. More balanced ipa with the malt sweetness combined with the mango sweet flavor in the hops leave you with more of a sweet balanced ipa more than an overly bitter flavor.

M: Medium to thin mouthfeel, nice carbonation to finish the beer off with a slightly sweet aftertaste.

O: Nice balanced version of a west coast style ipa.Good solid beer, but I was expecting more of punchy up front hop flavor and aroma with a name like Death by Hops. I thought the hop blend was good giving it a slightly sweet flavor and good malt profile to balance out the total flavor. Overall good beer but the name left me wanting more of a hop bitter punch.

 1,159 characters

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.

 453 characters

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint, the beer is a pale golden-copper coloring with a filmy, light, thin, white head. Aromas of subtle citrus highlights, tropical fruit notes, and a rich, malty backbone. Some toasty and bready notes in the nose, as well. Flavors are bitter forward, very bitter, with a blast of tart grapefruit, some pepper spicing, and a toasty backbone. The bitter and tart is super heavy on the front-end, but does ease up towards the end, with a lingering grapefruit tartness throughout and grassy notes coming forward. The body is smooth and slightly light, with a bitter, resinous aftertaste of cedar, cut grass, and earthy notes. The finish is slightly effervesced, with a bitter and citrus tart linger.

 731 characters

Photo of KYGunner
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

One can't miss the sturdy foamy head produced by this darkened orange colored ale. The retention was impressive and it left clumps of foam about the edges of the glass.

Really big hops in the nose with a citrusy grapefruit and the unmistakable scent of a bouquet of flowers.

The flavors are less citrus and more floral hop cone. There is a ccramel malt backbone but the the floral hoppiness is most evident. Subtle spiciness, chive and just the barest hint of pine all make an appearance.

The feel is quite dry, relatively smooth but ultimately astringent.

This comes across as a hop bomb and that it is, just wished for more citrus in the taste.

 650 characters

Photo of csparace
4.11/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Smell (4.50) - super fresh. Huge floral notes. Sharp smell of hops. I can almost taste the bitterness.

Appearance (4.25) - golden brown and slightly hazy. Creamy white head. Not much carbonation going on. Fantastic lacing.

Taste (3.75) - as the names hints, lots of hops. It's quite bitter but not as off he charts as something like hopstoopid. Floral notes are a definite. Bright overall character. Some slight caramels going on.

Mouthfeel (4.25) - crisp. Exactly how I would want this kind of beer. Good levels of carbonation. Abv is hidden pretty well but comes out in the finish.

Overall (4.25) - great beer that will definitely satisfy any hop heads out there. I think it lacks in the taste department but chances are that's just because of the overwhelming bitterness.

 782 characters

Photo of Axnjxn
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

on draft at beer study in chapel hill. into a tulip. 3 day old keg.

pours a dark copper color with a big head. massively hoppy aroma, wow this is fresh! taste is more of the same, a huge hop bite and amazing grapefruit flavor. definitely fresh! medium bodied, mild carbonation.

overall superb. 3 days old so it rocked. love it!

 329 characters

Photo of metter98
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear light amber in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that died down, leaving lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of caramel hops are present in the nose along with notes of citrusy hops.
T: The taste is a little more citrusy compared to the smell and has a light to moderate amount of bitterness. Notes of tropical fruits are also detectable.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is rather well balanced considering the amounts of hops as it has nice hop aromas and flavors without being overly bitter.

 682 characters

Photo of jzeilinger
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy medium to dark orange with a creamy and dense white head. As the beer warms up the haze fades away to a bright, clear beer.

S - A little on the light side but has a nice amount of grapefruit, pineapple, mango, and some tangerine. The aroma has some resinous character to it and there's some light caramel in the background.

T - Hops from start to finish with more hops thrown on top in case there weren't enough to begin with! Juicy tropical fruit that follows the nose: grapefruit, tangerine, mango, and a little pineapple hits immediately up front with assertive sweet bitterness, dips a little in the middle to let some of the caramel malt come through, and then finishes with a strong grapefruit/floral, slightly resiny and extremely lingering finish.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation in the beginning and and softens after a period of time.

O - The only reason this beer doesn't live up to its name is because I'm still breathing and very much alive! A solid D-IPA (although I would classify this in the IPA category despite what the label says and who am I to argue?). On a fresh palate and a cold bottle, the finishing bitterness is much more sharp and lingering; as the bottle warms the sharpness is more rounded, although it still finishes bitter, more resin starts to surface. One bottle of this will definitely trash your palate.

 1,368 characters

Photo of Dope
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Best before 4/13

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden orange. Enormous fizzy tan head, which fizzes away pretty quickly. Nice head retention with an island of foam. Pretty solid fluffy tendrils of lacing too.

S: Lots of sweet caramel. Might have waited a little long to drink this one. There is some sweet citrus, tropical fruits and resin in there. Flowery, even. Honestly not bad, just not what I was expecting from a beer named "Death By Hops". I'll give it a reasonable score since it might be a bit past its prime.

T: Despite the modest aroma, surprisingly hoppy in the flavors. Lots of sweet, juicy fruits. Mainly oranges and grapefruits but hints of tropical fruit like mango and maybe even pineapple. Decent sharp bitterness towards the middle along with the sweet caramel malt. Moderate resin in the finish with some floral hops. Nice long lingering bitter and floral aftertaste.

M: High carbonation, medium bodied. A little too airy and sharp as a result.

O: Not bad, perhaps needs to be a little younger to get the full "death by hops" experience. Floral character is a little strong, primarily composing the finish. Not bad but nothing amazing at the same time.

 1,173 characters

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

bomber from Bruisin'

a: poured into a wide chalice, dbh is medium golden-amber in color, coated with a thin layer of carbonation and light retention

s: big tropical hop presence on the nose - grapefruit and mango, tangerine, pineapple - a veritable fruit punch - especially after warming a bit, lots of oily citrus rind, clean pale malts allow the cones to shine, very pungent - great start

m: carbonation around moderate, a little lively, with a body tending towards the lighter side of medium with a little weight

t: big acidic hops over a clean pale malt body, an upfront bitterness totally dominating the slight sugars, the hop flavors here are citrusy - but mostly the bitter rind and pulp rather than juicy, floral oils; greapefruit rind, the clean malt body and powerful bitterness keep my thirst moving, a bruising bitterness lingers deep into the finish

o: I tend to like a little more juice vs bitter pith and rind, but this is a great IPA - lots of aggressive hop character, good fruits, and a monster bitterness, none of the heavy caramel and grain sugar that hinders the drinkability of many dipas/ipas, absolutely no balance - but sometimes, that's what it's all about

 1,187 characters

Photo of facundoCNB
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

an opaque copper/orange pour with a finger of white head and some great lacing left behind. smells of pine, almonds, grapefruit.. first time i've ever smelled that almond in a beer, hmm. the flavor is a tangy grapefruit with some oddball grain notes.. hmm, i can definitely taste a nutty malt profile, there is a very earthy bitterness coming out of this beer - honestly, i'm not feeling the flavor profile as much as i did the smell. the citrus aspect i nice, but the bitter earthy hops does not work with this at all.
medium body, low carbonation.

this started off as an awesome looking/smelling beer and escalated to a lot of sad face. the flavor is just off - weir nuttyness with bittering hops, citrus tone overall. it just doesn't blend. i still appreciate it in a way though, because of the bitterness and the citrus combination, but after each sip i realize NO THIS IS WRONG.

 885 characters

Photo of shrek806
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured this beer into a wide mouth DFH glass.

The beer pours a golden amber with a thin white lacing. The smell is under bearing with a slight citrus background. The bitterness hits you right up front and subsides throughout the swallow. The mouthfeel is rather pleasant with a minor alcohol finish. Overall this is my first beer ever from both the state of North Carolina and Olde Hickory. I believe this brewery is heading in the right direction. This is a solid IPA. A little too bitter with not enough floral and fruity notes for my taste, but I certainly wouldn't pour this beer down the drain.

 601 characters

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!

 434 characters

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.

 546 characters

Photo of tharper
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into pint glass.

A: Murky golden pour - 1.5 inch rocky head - head lingers to 1/4 inch minimum
S: Piney hops, slight citrus - hop bomb
T: Malt body overpowered by hop flavor as is the style for an American DIPA. Bitterness is well maintained and shows care in brewing process to avoid pucker. Slight resiney character but appears to be mostly pellet hop additions late in boil with some apparent dry hop or hopback post-fermentation additions.
M: Slightly slick but bitterness is well maintained - carbonation is very appropriate for style and presentation.

O: Well, they call it death by hops, so it lives up to the name. I would prefer a bit more malt diversity to add a bit more complexity. Overall this is exactly what it should be if the point was to produce a highly hopped IPA bordering on the Double IPA territory. If you like super hop smelly IPAs, then this is for you. Great rep from a small East Coast brewery.

 944 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Death By Hops from Olde Hickory Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 175 ratings.