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Death By Hops - Olde Hickory Brewery

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423 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 423
Reviews: 168
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.34%
Wants: 36
Gots: 46 | 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 WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good friend brought a bottle of Olde Hickory Death By Hops here to Chicago with him from NC. The beer pours a clear orange copper with finger thick slightly off-white head that is lacing. The smell is definitely hopslight pine and citrus notes. The taste is an explosion of hop flavors all mixed into one. There is bitter citrus, pine, and floral notes...almost too much going on. The bottle says five west coast hops...hence "death By Hops"....and they aint lying!!! The mouthfeel is a medium to full body with good carbonation. Overall it is a decent beer....but one per session is probably enough.

WoodBrew, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of Tackle42
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Tackle42, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -22.9%

acurtis, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of Mscarpen
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Mscarpen, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of McNuts
3.5/5  rDev -10%

McNuts, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of jophish17
2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

jophish17, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of Lantern
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Lantern, Dec 27, 2011
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1/5  rDev -74.3%

whitekiboko, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of seanwhite
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear dark yellow color. Two and a half fingers of creamy/frothy off-white head. Retention is average and a decent amount of lacing is left behind.

S: Piney, floral and citrusy hops. Pine, grapefruit, and orange stick out the most. Amazing aroma of ripe juicy fruit mixed in with a bouquet of spring flowers.

T: Malts are bready and slightly biscuity. Pretty much exactly like the nose. Bready malts with a touch of caramel. Hops are piney with orange and grapefruit citrus.

M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Very nice creaminess. 4.0 D: Good beer. I usually don’t prefer bready IPAs, but the mouthfeel is so good that it brings up the beer as a whole.

seanwhite, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of inlimbo77
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber bottle (thanks UNCCTdawg). Best by date 4/12. Poured into a small Victory tulip/snifter. Split between two.

A: Hazy cloudy orange color. On the first pour I got a faint quarter finger off white head (second pour a got more head). Dissapates quickly. Some carbo streaming off the bottom of glass. Not that much sticky lacing.

S: The nose is very nice. I get those West Coast hop notes of citrus fruits etc., but also get some piney notes. There is some breadiness actually sneaking through. It's actually labeled as a "DIPA" on the bottle even at 7% so maybe that is the hop balance I am smelling.

T: Wow. Been a while since I've had that strong piney atrigency from an IPA as opposed to the citrus fruit hop bombs of late. I like it. Little bit of bitterness on the tip of the tongue then a blast of pine notes in the middle of the mouth. Also some fruit but not the overly citrus based hops. The close is not mouth puckering but there is some piney bitterness. The piney notes linger for a while. It's unbalanced, but that is what I like in IPAs.

M: It's a medium bodied IPA. Nice coating of hop flavors but not overpowering.

O: I really enjoy this one. Maybe A minus or A on the grading scale. First offering from Olde Hickory didn't disappoint. I can't wait to dig into the stouts shortly here.

inlimbo77, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of KEL
5/5  rDev +28.5%

KEL, Dec 23, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

CummingsK21, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of lnashsig
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Chrisheartsbeer for the chance to taste this one. Never heard of this, and looking forward to giving it a try. Bottle calls to be drank by May 2012, so I am assuming this is screaming fresh. Poured from bottle into DFH snifter. Pours a dark orange but transparent color, frothy white head sticks all over the glass, recedes slowly. Smell- bright sunshiny citrus flavors. lemon-lime, followed by some tropical sweetness. Definitely West Coast hops here, some mango, papaya, etc. Taste- WOW. Blasting bitterness at the front of the palate. The tropical hops present themselves, but I struggle to find a real malt backbone to counter balance the waves upon waves of bitterness onslaught. Feels like the hop oils are just creeping down the back of my throat. The mouthfeel has a slick feel to it. Decent carbonation, but almost oily from the hop resin. This is one aggressive IPA here- more brutally hoppy and bitter than most West Coast IPAs that I am accustomed to drinking. The weakness of this beer is its strength: the tremendous bitter hoppy presence is not balanced with an appropriate malt backbone. The sweetness that presents itself in the aroma does not come out in the taste. Pine needles, grapefruit, tropical hoppy flavors all abound in the taste. Overall, this is a nice IPA, but good god it is brutal. I would have it again for sure.

lnashsig, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of JayAre46
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks louis for this extra. let me start off by saying this is one of the ugliest labels ive ever seen, hilarious. alright poured out of a bomber into a pint glass, appears a light amber with some haze and oranges hues. big two finger head sits on top and shows ridiculous retention, awesome. amazing sheets of lace on the way down. the aroma is piney, straight hops and dank. not getting much malt but i know its there. the taste is an absolute hop onslaught, jesus christ! just piney, and very resiny. there is a sweet malt there for balance but i don't think that was their goal. extremely sharp and dry in the finish. the mouth feel is amongst the most prickly and stabbing ive had. overall the name "death by hops" i thought was a medicinal remedy and since i don't feel to well i thought i would crack it and see if i felt better afterwards. didn't work. but this is a solid brew and i appreciate getting fresh dipa/ipas as extras. i will say as simple as it is, i feel they achieved their goal. well done olde hickory and thank you louis.

JayAre46, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of cosmicevan
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from notes taken a bit earlier in the evening. enjoyed in a pint glass. poured a classic yellow orange transparent with 2 fingers of off-white frothy head. Great sweet hop smell. Not piny, but sweet. Not sticky or sweaty as I prefer, but not bad. Surprisingly bitter flavor. Intensely bitter actually...many people who were around when I tried this one took a taste and found it too bitter to drink at all. I didn't mind it, but definitely more bitter than I had expected. Medium to full bodied. Overall, this one is just a bitter bomb. Kind of one-dimensional...just some sweetness followed by bitterness.

cosmicevan, Dec 20, 2011
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3/5  rDev -22.9%

djrn2, Dec 20, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

wolfeman007, Dec 19, 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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4/5  rDev +2.8%

jak, Dec 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

tbeq00, Dec 12, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

sw2112, Dec 11, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

BenTherHppedThat, Dec 09, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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

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

jwelsh, Dec 02, 2011
Death By Hops from Olde Hickory Brewery
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