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Death By Hops - Olde Hickory Brewery

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BA SCORE
87
very good

392 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 392
Reviews: 166
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 36
Gots: 42 | 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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Cresant

Kentucky

3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served this 22 oz. brown bottle in a Sierra Nevada Hops glass. (thanks brentk56). The body was lightly hazy but bright golden/orange in color. The white head was creamy and a thick film remained. Minimal lace.

The smell was citrus and pine shavings. I smell a compost pile here. Not in a bad way but in an earthy, leafy way.

The taste was citrus rinds. There was definitely a sweetness to this one from a heaping of malts but the star was the pithy citrus character of the hops. Drying finish. Well hidden alcohol. Drinks bigger than the 7%.

The mouthfeel was medium to full bodied and smooth.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2011 15:30:24 | More by Cresant
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jmarsh123

Indiana

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

Pours a cloudy orange with a finger of white creamy head. Spotty lacing down the glass.

Smells like a west coast IPA. Lots of good citrus and pine hops and the malt takes a backseat.

Starts out with just a tick of citrus/floral taste. Malt makes a brief appearance, but is very much overshadowed by the hops. Finishes very piney and a little floral with intense bitterness lingering on the tongue. Finishes very dry.

Pretty good carbonation and mouthfeel. Just enough malt to not be too thin.

Most brews with names like this don't live up to the name, but this one definitely does. It's an assault on the taste buds from sip one. I'll knock it down just a tick because the hops don't compliment each other as well as they could, but it's still a tasty beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2011 23:59:51 | More by jmarsh123
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GregSVT

Texas

4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into a tulip

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden orange with a big white head that fades to a layering and leaves a ton of lacing on the glass.

S: The nose starts with big notes of pine and grapefruit along with a sweet malt aroma. There are also hints of tropical fruits in the background.

T: The taste is a mirror of the nose with huge flavors of piney hops, tropical fruits, and sweet malt. The taste reminds me of fresh Pliny actually with maybe a bit more bitterness.

M: The feel is medium bodied and drying on the finish.

O: This is a hop bomb! Nice DIPA which is what it says on the label. I would drink this occasionally if it was available to me. Nice example of a big hop bomb.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 05:14:59 | More by GregSVT
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CaptCleveland

Ohio

4/5  rDev +2.8%

11-18-2011 04:49:34 | More by CaptCleveland
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JebediahScooter

Vermont

5/5  rDev +28.5%

11-18-2011 00:42:25 | More by JebediahScooter
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SpdKilz

Illinois

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

Huge thanks to mullenpc for this great extra. Cheers! Drink before April 2012 (which reading from the below review means this was just bottle a few weeks ago).

Appearance – Hazy orange color with slight tan head that lingers around for a while leaving chunky lacing.

Smell – Hops, pine, resin, bitter grapefruit, slight malty backbone.

Taste – Bitter piney and floral hop flavors, grapefruit and orange rind, a hint of sweet pale malt backbone.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, decent carbonation, slightly oily.

Overall – Not a bad DIPA. Relatively bitter and a pretty good attempt at, in my opinion, a take on a West coast DIPA. Could have a bit more citrus though...the bitter hops and fruit rinds is a bit much when it’s all said and done.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2011 02:02:43 | More by SpdKilz
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EasyReader

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +28.5%

11-17-2011 00:53:39 | More by EasyReader
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Khazadum

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2011 22:19:18 | More by Khazadum
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randomdanger

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2.8%

11-15-2011 16:35:08 | More by randomdanger
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NCbeerpirate

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +28.5%

11-15-2011 16:22:20 | More by NCbeerpirate
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eerbayman

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +2.8%

11-15-2011 10:45:43 | More by eerbayman
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auroracrisis

Kentucky

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

22oz into a Russian River tulip.

Marmalade orange with some haze on the pour with a nice one finger head. Some lacing as it is drank down.

Orange zest and grapefruit begin the aroma and then move into a nice pale malt breadyness.

Again, orange zest with graepfruit then pale malt. Does not deviate from the smell much at all.

Medium body, and soft carbonation.

Reminded me a lot of Two Hearted. In fact, if I were to do a Pepsi challenge between the two, I would probably have a hard time discerning the two.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2011 21:37:12 | More by auroracrisis
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gothedistance

South Carolina

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

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2011 01:42:12 | More by gothedistance
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tastybeer

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
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....

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2011 02:09:01 | More by tastybeer
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wedge

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2011 01:48:43 | More by wedge
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Vec2267

Florida

3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a - burnt orange with a white head, ample lacing that persists
s - pure hops
t - hops, grapefruit pith, not much else, pure hops
f - medium to light in body, more IPA than DIPA
o - simple, nothing nuanced about this beer, straight out hop assault

To me this seemed more IPA than DIPA. More malts to provide a little balance would get this into a DIPA territory and improve the beer by balancing the hops at least a little. They certainly have the hops down.

This is a very simple in your face hop bomb. Don't bother if that is not what you want.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2011 22:49:59 | More by Vec2267
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VncentLIFE

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at rockfish seafood grill in Durham. A warm up for BA Siberian night!

Dark cloudy straw color with minimal head.

Smells like shitload of hops (extract and dry). Piney hops to be specific. Malt smells sweet.

Now this is how to use hops! Enough hops to be the leading flavor, yet aroma hops keep things in check. malt feels syrupy, light, and slightly sweet.

Hops really dominate the aftertaste. I like it. Malt kind of balances things out.

One hell of an IIPA!!

Serving type: on-tap

10-21-2011 21:13:44 | More by VncentLIFE
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rapidsequence

Virginia

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

22 oz bottle. Best by Apr 2012, so I'm guessing it will be brewed a few months from now. Thanks to Chris for this little treat.

Appearance: Clear orange, off white head with great retention, excellent lacing in thick sticky sheets.

Smell: Sharp citrus and sweeter tropical fruits. Some florals and a little touch of earth. Slight hint of pale malt sweetness.

Taste: This has a great sharp hoppy bite. Nice fruity hops flavors and pithy grapefruit bitterness. A bit of spicy hops flavor too. Hint of caramel malt. Towards the end of the bottle, the high level of bitterness wears on me a bit, but overall its very good.

Mouthfeel: Very well done. Just the perfect level of carbonation, smooth and bubbly, but not harsh. Incredible resiny stickiness.

Overall: This is an IPA hopped like a DIPA. Its a beast. Just a touch too high on the bitterness, but hey, its called Death By Hops.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2011 00:29:54 | More by rapidsequence
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ncfranklin

Alabama

4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber into a pint glass. Best by date of April 2012, so this should be fresh.

A: Rich copper. Light haze. Lots of carbonation bubbles rising to a finger tall off-white head with nice lacing. Settles to a frothy cap.

S: Tons of hops. Pine, citrus, earth. Very fresh indeed.

T: Very bitter. Grapefruit dominates, with lemon and grass underneath. The light biscuit malt is just in the tale end, no balance here.

M: A nice medium body, good crisp finish. Bitter hops sticks in the mouth long after.

D: Death by Hops as advertised. Hoppy to the max. Reminded me alot of the out-of-balance west coast IPA's. Well done for sure.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2011 19:10:41 | More by ncfranklin
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beer2day

North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Apricot colored pour with 2 finger light cream head. While not much retention, the beer does lace very nicely.

Strong grapefruit nose with orange peel underneath. Definite hop bomb that will grow on you.

Grapefruit and sweet orange citrus define the tongue as well. Light taste of pine on the back end. Very peppery, with lots of hop bite well into the finish. Light esters, without much resin or oil. Very well done.

Not much malt backbone here, so the feel is a bit lighter than most. I like it better this way.

Overall, a very easy drinking - but extremely bitter - IPA.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2011 01:05:34 | More by beer2day
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jgreenearrow

Virginia

3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: The beer pours a golden amber, nearly orange color with a thin white head forming at the top of the pour. A lot of lacing remains on the sides of the glass.

S: Citrus and pine hops dominate the nose with slight malt notes present as well.

T: Brief sweetness of orange peel and grapefruit as the beer hits the tongue. The sweetness quickly turns to hop bitterness and rounds into some maltiness towards the middle. Pine joins the bitterness towards the finish. The bitterness lingers in the mouth for some time after the sip.

M: This is a medium bodied beer with ample carbonation.

Overall, this is a good IIPA. The name of the beer says it all. It is hops, hops, and more hops. I would prefer there to be a little more of a malt presence and some more sweet citrus or pine in an IIPA, but I think the brewery was going for a hop bomb with this one. They succeeded. This is easily the hoppiest beer I have ever had, as the bitterness lingers for ages. All in all, it lacks some balance and complexity.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2011 01:30:19 | More by jgreenearrow
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Gushue3

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to TravisMEB for this brew

A- head is a little bigger than 1 finger which quickly bwcomes half the size and stays there. The body is yellow with a small orange hint. Moderate lacing.

S- big piney bitter scent wig bitter citrus like grapefruit. Nice and hoppy with a little malt behind the scenes. Really nice scent.

T- mostly bitter and citrus hops upfront that blast my mouth. They sweeten up toward the middle and bring you to quite bittrr thst lingers.

M- mouthfeel is big and bitey definately a heavy feel for an IPA. Smaller carbonation bubbles and makes a smooth and creamy drink. Really nice full body.

O- nice IPA thats good all over.i would love some more. Thanks a ton Travis.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2011 01:31:48 | More by Gushue3
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Deuane for sharing a bomber of this on 9/20/11.

A - Emerged from the bottle as a hazy amber, orange-toned liquid with a slim white head that yielded some stringy lace.

S - Opens with a really bright, chipper hop character suggesting citrus fruit and a hint of floral notes. Nose is reminiscent of a West Coast IPA. Malt character is sweet and unobtrusive.

T - Flavor is dominated by citrus hops, although the hop profile is rounded out with some lighter floral notes. A mild alcohol tang emerges midway through, followed by a balancing malt sweetness, then finishes with quite a bit of bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with an oily texture and mild carbonation. Finish is fairly dry with lingering bitterness on the palate.

D - Pretty solid IPA from a brewery I'd never heard of until now. While I enjoyed the aroma a bit more than the flavor, this was still a good beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2011 04:39:06 | More by ffejherb
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zhanson88

California

3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a very hazy, bright nectarine color. Really can't remember the last IPA I had that was this unfiltered. Interesting. About 1/2" of eggshell white head forms, which produces a slight amount of lacing and only a bit of head retention.

Smell: Quite a bit of citrus and grapefruit shows immediately. I do get some malts as well. Pretty bitter smelling as well; very dank hop character.

Taste: A touch of caramel malts show up front, followed by citrus and grapefruit. Back end and finish is extremely bitter, part of which comes across as floral, the rest as dankness. Not bad....a little less bitterness would allow me to enjoy it more.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Every bit of medium bodied, and probably over that. Fine carbonation that isn't too prevalent. Very nice. Overall, I enjoyed this but as I stated before, just a bit too much bitterness. Still, a good IPA.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 02:09:56 | More by zhanson88
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mdaschaf

Washington

3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2011 18:29:21 | More by mdaschaf
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