Death By Hops - Olde Hickory Brewery
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4.33/5 rDev +11.3%
22 oz. bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip Style Glass. Yellow/amber in color, decent clarity, but a slight haze. Glows orange when held up to the light. Off white creamy colored head. Some lacing, not in credible, but it's there.
Smell is really good, better than your average IPA that's for sure. Very hoppy without being too aggressive. Hops are the feature presentation when it comes to the aroma on this IPA. Floral, citrus, herbal, pine, and earthy tones. All very good.
Taste is also very good, as equally excellent as the smell. Strong citrus zest, grapefruit and clementine so it's both bitter and sweet, but also fully ripe. Some malt presence, pale caramelized malts detected, but hops are again the main feature here. Overall some big flavors, almost crosses into a DIPA territory.
Moutfeel is very good, light bodied with an excellent carbonation level. Smooth feel overall fairly clean with a sharp bitter finish. Well balanced and big flavors all together, quite a bit going on here, better than your average IPA. My first Olde Hickory Brew, very glad to try it. Thanks JCB for the trade!
11-29-2011 03:44:51 | More by AndyAvalanche
3.73/5 rDev -4.1%
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.
11-23-2011 15:30:24 | More by Cresant
4.22/5 rDev +8.5%
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.
11-21-2011 23:59:51 | More by jmarsh123
4.33/5 rDev +11.3%
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.
11-19-2011 05:14:59 | More by GregSVT
4/5 rDev +2.8%
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.
11-17-2011 02:02:43 | More by SpdKilz
3/5 rDev -22.9%
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.
11-16-2011 22:19:18 | More by Khazadum
4/5 rDev +2.8%
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.
11-13-2011 21:37:12 | More by auroracrisis
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