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Death By Hops - Olde Hickory Brewery

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87
very good

413 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 413
Reviews: 167
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 36
Gots: 45 | 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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Photo of whitekiboko
1/5  rDev -74.3%

whitekiboko, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of Lunch
1.35/5  rDev -65.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Received a couple bottles in some in-person trades at Sexual Chocolate 2011, thanks!

Really looking forward to this beer as I know it's been freshly bottled.

Beer looks fine, but there is little head. A light orange/straw color with little lacing. This is by far the best aspect of the beer and that is not saying much.

Oh dear...this smells interesting. Goddamn, this smells like boiled vegetables with some spice and perhaps a hint of hops. Very disapointing.

The aroma translates miserably into the flavor. There is something seriously wrong here. This reminds me of a bad can of Gubna.

Mouthfeel is fine, but it's hard to judge as the taste and aroma are so off.

Not drinkable at all, drainpour.

Very disappointing.

Update: I decided to crack my other bottle last night for the sake of comparison. This bottle was just a vile as the first. I did pick up some more chalk, but the vegetable flavor and aroma continue to dominate this self-proclaimed hopbomb. I'm a huge fan of hops. I like IPA/DIPAs that are bitter, sweet and everything and anything in between, but they must be well crafted. This beer is just a complete mess and it misses the mark substantially in virtually every aspect. I hate to shit on other's work, but this beer is just dreadful.

Lunch, Jan 30, 2011
Photo of drabmuh
1.38/5  rDev -64.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Aptly named...this beer was a disaster. A complete mess. Shared by Lunch, thanks Paul.

Beer is yellow and orange with a thin white head, moderate carbonation, a little lacing. Looks ok.

Aroma is the first sign of trouble. It is a little hoppy, sulfury, onions, vegetal, spice, clipped glass....leaves....I am not looking forward to this beer anymore.

I was excited to try this beer...seriously. I wanted this beer. It failed on EVERY LEVEL. Beer is medium to thin in body. The boiled vegetables comes up quick leaving you with a harsh bitterness. The aftertaste is the last insult. I poured it out. Never again!

drabmuh, Jan 30, 2011
Photo of TheDudeRules
1.85/5  rDev -52.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Poured into my pint glass.

A dark copper color with a ton of off white foam. Lacing remains. Slight and I mean slight citrus and hops in the nose. Malt is the main focal point in the olfactories. Geez, shocker here. Malt in the nose...Malt in the taste. Caramel shitty malt. I can't wrap my head around the East Coast infatuation with this horrible flavor profile. It's straight up garbage. Yes I sound angry. Why you ask? I had to waste my free time getting up from my perch to pour this craptacular turd down the drain. It borders on barleywine, which is the worst beer style ever. Figure it out and start over. Don't f'n bother with this beer ever.

TheDudeRules, May 06, 2011
Photo of Huhzubendah
2.05/5  rDev -47.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Bottle shared by Lunch. Thanks Paul.

This brew appears hazy and orange with a thin white head. The aroma is hop forward and initially smells enticing. However, lurking behind the hop scents is an odd, vegetal smell. The flavor is just wrong and harsh. Weird, off-putting, sulfur and earth flavors overrun any potential pleasant tastes I was hoping to find. Not a good beer.

Huhzubendah, Jan 30, 2011
Photo of Chaney
2.08/5  rDev -46.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I picked this up at a fantastic beer store in Winston-Salem, NC during the Sexual Chocolate release weekend.

A: Very mildly cloudy orange, with hardly any head or carbonation to speak of... very curious. A very small amount of white foam attached itself to the glass.

S: Almost salty and onion-like, with a strong citrus undertone. Yep.... that combination is as odd and even gross as it sounds.

T: A HUGE amount of hop bitterness on the front end... almost sucking the saliva from my mouth dry. The trouble was, there was absolutely no fruit body to back that up. I liken this experience to biting into a chocolate bar, only to find out within seconds that it was unsweetened baker's chocolate.

M: Not much more pleasant in this area either. This brew was basically flat as a pancake, and gave me no hope that carbonation bubbles would rescue my taste buds from the hop assault. Painstakingly bitter!

D: Admittedly, I only have limited experience with this brewery and I picked up a few other nuggets by Olde Hickory while in NC. I've dug the stuff I had tried up to this point, but I would recommend for everyone to steer clear of this entry...

Chaney, Feb 03, 2011
Photo of seedsofchaos
2.4/5  rDev -38.3%
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.

seedsofchaos, Feb 11, 2011
Photo of klipper
2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

klipper, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of jophish17
2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

jophish17, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of BarrytheBear
2.7/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

22 oz courtesy of Fletcher. Thank you!

Orange pour with spotty dish soap bubbles that chunk and clump without cohesion.

Tropical and floral with a slight hint of bitterness and little in terms of malt...anticipating good things here

Damn you anticipation! Thin and aggressively bitter. Leafy, chalky, vegetation, wrapped in a bitch slap of an angry grandmother's backhand. Promise of the nose is broken like so many adolescent secret alliances.

Not feeling this. Mediocre in that hops seem to be thrown haphazardly into the mix and the results are a letdown.

BarrytheBear, Feb 24, 2011
Photo of SCanthony
2.75/5  rDev -29.3%

SCanthony, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of yeahnatenelson
2.78/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle generously sent by Onenote81 - Thanks, pal!
Best By July 2011

Appearance -- Pours a hazy amber hue with a slim creamy/bubbly white head. Mild amount of lacing. Not too shabby.

Smell -- Grapefruit, juicy citrus, peaches, leafy hops, and caramel. A few goofy elements, but good moreover.

Taste -- Lots of grapefruit and juicy fruit up front. Malt base is all soft caramels; probably too sweet, but not offensive. Toward the finish the train comes off the rails as the flavor profile becomes completely dominated by the taste of bitter leafy hops, like sucking on a hop cone in the worst way possible. Finish is all leafy bitter vegetation.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-bodied with very mild carbonation. Meh.

Drinkability -- This beer would have been SOOOO much better if that bracingly bitter vegetable flavor was gone. Malt base is a little too sweet, the carbonation is too gentle, but there are still plenty of redeemable features. However, the sum of the flaws outweighs the sum of the good features.

yeahnatenelson, Feb 12, 2011
Photo of wino47
2.83/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I was a little disappointed with this offering from Olde Hickory. Aromas of piney hops with a subtle spice. The malt is a little heavy handed on the palate with a slightly unpleasant, soapy character coming through. the finish has plenty of hop bite but it comes off a little sloppy with citrus, earthy notes and sweet malt leaving me wishing this one was a little more balanced. Overall i was glad i tried it but wasn't blown away as some other people have been on this IPA from OH.

wino47, May 07, 2011
Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -22.9%

acurtis, Dec 31, 2011
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3/5  rDev -22.9%

Boston_Steve, Aug 28, 2014
Photo of Khazadum
3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Bottle says to drink before April of 2012, called brewery and their words were "that would have been brewed just a couple weeks ago." Very exciting news for me!

A- Clear to turbid body with great carbonation. Tons of miniature bubbles, no streams. Pretty solid lacing, great stickiness and retention time. Pure white froth, not pharmaceutically creamy but many identifiable individual bubbles.

S- Very grassy, super grassy even. Lots of light citrus notes, kind of orangey, Some light to medium pine fragrance.

T- Instant super bitter! Like brushing your teeth with a pine frond and cone. The back of your tongue erupts in never ending battle of stabby mcstabbity stab hop variety. The opening does give it a bit of balance with a caramel and sweet characteristic, but the hint of tangerine that is supposed to help last into the finish is barreled over and destroyed by just bitter, bitter, bitter! Not even much grassy hops can make it through this tremendous force of nature.

M- Tremendously crisp opening, almost too much carbonation prickles the taste buds. Too sticky finish and bitingly harsh flavors cause this beer to be a chore rather than an enjoyment. Full body, not necessarily creamy or velvety... at times watery actually, but only sometimes.

I...do...not...like! Its really unbalanced, and not even enjoyable a quarter of the time. Its truly an oppressive beer.

Khazadum, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of kruky
3/5  rDev -22.9%

kruky, Thursday at 01:21 AM
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3/5  rDev -22.9%

keithwalk, May 12, 2012
Photo of birchstick
3/5  rDev -22.9%

birchstick, Jul 18, 2012
Photo of huddyball
3/5  rDev -22.9%

huddyball, Aug 03, 2013
Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -22.9%

djrn2, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of Gigantor
3.03/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I really like old hickory, but I must admit I was a bit disapointed with there latest release of death by hops. There beer looks really good and has a strong hop aroma, but the taste leaves something lacking. I cant quit put my finger on what is going on with the taste but something is missing. I origonally had this beer on draft with there 1st release a while ago and loved it! The smell, taste and look of the beer was right on. But since they have bottled it with this most recent batch Im not sure if the recipe has changed or what they did differently with this bay=tch, but I dont think it is the same beer that is was on its initial release. I do love old hickory and will continue to drink there beer, but untill they figure out what went wrong with the death by hops Ill probably stick to something else.

Gigantor, Feb 12, 2011
Photo of Rhettroactive
3.1/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From 22oz bomber to Bruges hybrid glass on 4/4/11
*From notes

A: Rich sunset amber which glows in the light. It really is a thing of beauty. A dissapointing one finger head with very little lacing.

S: Alcohol and a bit of astringency. There is a slight bit of fruit, but it's really meek and easily overwhelmed.

T: Bitter from start to finish. Not as BIG as I would have expected given the name (which is great BTW), but it's certainly hoppy. As it warms, things turn for the worse. I get a generous amount of burning rubber attacking my taste buds - bleck.

M: Thin. Well, thinner then I had expected for a DIPA. It's got a good level of carbonation, but it feels slightly oily.

O: The potential here is great, it simply needs some tweaking. Olde Hickory's Death by Hops starts well but ends on a bit of a dissapointing note. Don't go out of your way for this one.

*Paired with homemade Chicken Tetrazzini

Rhettroactive, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of mdfb79
3.13/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Received as an extra from Beerverage; thanks Curtis! Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip. Best by May 2012 on the side of the bottle.

a - Pours a hazy bright orange color with two fingers of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident. Head lasts for several minutes and leave some spotty lacing on the glass

s - Smells of citrus hops, grapefruit, tropical fruits, fruity malts, and some floral hops. Grapefruit and citrus are pretty strong and up front. Pretty nice.

t - Tastes insanely bitter. Tons of bitter grapefruit, citrus hops, light bready malts, light caramel malts, and fruity malts. Taste is way too bitter…it dominates the taste and makes it pretty unenjoyable.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Huge bitter bite up front and throughout drinking it.

o - Overall this one was just way to bitter in the taste for me, and made it tough to drink a whole 22 oz. bottle. The nose was really nice and full of fresh citrus hops, but the taste is just too bitter and too much for me. Probably wouldn't seek it out again due to that.

mdfb79, Dec 17, 2011
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3.23/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a bottle at Tasty Beverage Company in Raleigh, NC. Enjoy by 3/2013 on the label.

Pours a light amber with golden edges. Had a ton of off-white/tan head with a medium aggression pour. Tons of bubbles rushing up through the standard pint glass.

The smell is somewhat lacking in pungency for a DIPA. A good bit of doughy bready malt with a piney and dirty hop aroma lingering in there as well.

A somewhat astringent bite at first which goes away into a piney, earthy, bitter hop front. The bready malt mixes in well with the hops. An oily hop resin after taste remains on the tongue.

Medium bodied with plenty of carbonation. A bit oily from the resin, but not too bad.

The beer definitely doesn't drink like a DIPA. If it were considered a single IPA, it would fit that description much better.

begforme4484, Nov 03, 2012
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Death By Hops from Olde Hickory Brewery
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