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Death By Hops - Olde Hickory Brewery

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412 Ratings
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Ratings: 412
Reviews: 167
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.34%
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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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Mscarpen, Dec 29, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

ZEB89, Aug 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

tbeq00, Dec 12, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

carrollmel7, Mar 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Jeeb, Jul 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Evan, Jul 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Great local beer. The fresher the better.

rwhite757, Aug 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

GuttaMane138, May 31, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

jak, Dec 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

A bursting aroma of fruity hops and faint hint of malt. Color was orange and fairly clear. The flavor was hops all the way through with just enough malt presence to give it some balance. The bitterness lingers for quite a while. It did not have much head retention but the carbonation was about spot on for the style. I would make this one to try if you live in NC. I'm not sure what the distribution area is for them.

I recommend serving it at about 45-50 degrees. As it warms the hop aroma continues to intensify.

KrausenRingKing, Mar 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

CaptCleveland, Nov 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

TrickkyGangsta, Sep 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

eerbayman, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

BigTrubble, Mar 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Jeffreywhite22, Dec 04, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

DaPan, Apr 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

BeerNoobNC, Oct 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Happyhopper, Aug 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

sincereNc, Jan 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

imperialking, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of PatLarsen
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%

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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4.05/5  rDev +4.1%

Pours a clear golden/orange into a tulip. Slight white head goes away relatively quickly. Nice lacing and sense od carbonation. Looks the part of a good west coast IPA.

Smell is not overpowering but still there. Citrus and juicy hops all the way. Not overly floral but still pleasant.

A nice hop bite upfront in the taste, gives way to pleasant (but not overtly strong) citrus and a nice , non-astringent, bitter finish. No particular sweetness to note. Alcohol is pretty muted for me.

Mouthfeel is very crisp, which is generally speaking what I like in my IPA's. For as hoppy as it is, it doesn't feel particularly sticky or resiny. Feels about as "full" as it should given the abv and style.

West coast IPAs have become one of my favorite styles over the years, and reviewing this as that style of IPA, it doesn't quite belong in the upper tier (just outstanding, pliny the elder, anything by alpine) but it is still very good, and for the state of NC it's about as good as its get for hop forward ipa. If this were regularly available on draft, i would seek it out.... same deal if it were available in 6 packs. For the time being I can only get it in bombers, and for me its just not quite good enough to justify constant purchases at that price point. But by all means if you are a big IPA fan give this one a chance.

mechamifune, Apr 14, 2011
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4.05/5  rDev +4.1%

A: Pours a lightly hazy deep copper in color with some orange highlights and some light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall sudsy off-white head that slowly reduces to a couple of medium sized thick patches of large bubbles, a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer, and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of bready malts with a touch of caramel sweetness followed by strong aromas of citrus/grapefruit hops and just a touch of pine hops.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of bready malts with some slightly stronger flavors of caramel sweetness. Then the hop flavors really come out - strong flavors of citrus/grapefruit with just a hint of pine. Moderate amounts of bitterness in the finish which lingers but not for too long.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Definitely one of the better DIPAs I have had from NC - a really nice smell with lots of grapefruit citrus and not a bitter bomb which I appreciate - love the taste of the hops but I don't want a beer so bitter it is not enjoyable. Pretty easy to drink and the alcohol is well hidden.

dbrauneis, Dec 17, 2012
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4.05/5  rDev +4.1%

Got this in an in person trade with cwguy5, thanks Will!

A: Pours with almost no head, looks like some ugly soapy bubbles. A hazy burnt orange brown color.

S: HOPS! Definitely a mix of fruity and piney hops in the nose, smells great.

T: Lots of hops in the taste, malt is very hidden which I like a lot. I am definitely Centennial and Cascade hops in this, very strong hop taste. A pretty bittering beer too.

M: Leaves some bitterness on the tongue, pretty bitter beer overall.

O: This is a good hoppy beer, wish I had access to this. Definitely a very hoppy easy drinking IPA.

Bogforce, Sep 09, 2011
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4.05/5  rDev +4.1%

Thanks to cmrillo and Hodgin for this one! 22oz brown glass pry-top bottle. Best By July 2011.

Pours a hazy golden orange amber. Some thin white head.

Nose is all about pale caramel and super extracted hop resin. Orange oil and lemon too.

Palate is juicy and dripping with hops. Lots of candied citrus and, cannabis, and something a little like seaweed.

Great example of the new East Coast IIPA. Reminds me a lot of the Vermont IPA style. Well done.

SFLpunk, Mar 15, 2011
Death By Hops from Olde Hickory Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 412 ratings.