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Death By Hops - Olde Hickory Brewery

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BA SCORE
87
very good

446 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 446
Reviews: 169
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.08%
Wants: 36
Gots: 53 | 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:
Beer added by: ROBORB on 09-22-2010

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

Thanks to josefiak for this bottle!

Review #2300. Well, I know the dessert Death by Chocolate is loaded with the dark stuff, so there's definitely some expectations for this here brew... It pours a clear sunrise amber topped by a touch more than a finger of cream-white foam. The nose comprises light biscuit, grapefruit zest, pine resin, orange zest, and a touch of booze. The taste generally follows suit, though the resin and citrus peels combine with a now stronger booze component, creating a bitterness that at times comes off a bit astringent, though luckily not too often. Beyond that, there's plenty of hops, with a mild contingent of toffee in the background, vainly attempting to balance things out. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, a hop-bomb indeed. Not bad, not great, but good stuff.

Photo of tdm168
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at World of Beer at North Hills 2/16/12.

Pours a medium amber with a thin soft head that has good retention. The nose has an intense citrusy hop aroma. The flavor is overly hoppy with only slight malt to balance; toasty, piny, bitter, woody, earthy. The mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.

This was an enjoyable beer. A little unbalanced and could use some more malt balance. Overall, a respectable, tasty beer that's worth trying.

Photo of jpro
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber from Peabody’s. Into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint -

A: Golden orange; eggshell head; about two-fingers, leaving chunky wads of lace; good retention and steady bubbles.

S: Citrus hops; woodsy / nutty notes... kind of weird.

T: Big citrus and pine hoppiness; pretty heavy bitterness on the end; a touch boozy and almost hot.

M: Big bitter / puckering bite on the end; pretty full-bodied and high carbonation.

O: Pretty good, but nutty / wood flavor throws things a bit; not bad, though.

(from notes)

Photo of Mantooth
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Sammy's in Belmont, poured by Heather into a Coors Light pint glass (silver bullet, bitch!)

A: Amber - loverly colour - ample head and some cling for life lacing.

S: Does bitterness have a smell? Uh, yeah - hops, grass, citrus, butterscotch.

T: Yowza, welcome to FLAVA TOWN. She opens up with hops and some malt fighting to be noticed, finishes with off-the-charts hop bitterness, grapefruit on par with Sierra Nevada Celebration. "Excuse me miss, I'd like a tall glass of grass and sunshine please." I almost get some whisky out of this too.

M: Some initial chew prior to a big wet nasty oil slick of hop goodness. I wish I could roll this beer up and smoke it.

O: Lives up to the name with a bombastic hop finish. Is this the best brewery in NC?

Photo of marine1975
4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of dfpratt09
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of sliverX
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a light orange/watered down copper nice white head that was thin but stayed forever, good lacing
smell is a hoppy orange rind with a hint of pine a bit of spicy hops as well
Taste is astringent orange rind and bracing pine, not sure why this caught me off guard so much but just punched me in the face. A bit soapy after swallowing.
Mouthfeel is a thin medium nice carbonation
overall its ok but had it had a bit more malt backbone i think it would be an excellent ipa

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is SERIOUSLY hoppy, typically woody with a strong evergreen overtone, screaming "Great IPA!" Pours an appetizing clear copper with a fairly thick, if not too persistent, fluffy off-white head. Strongly hoppy flavor has a woody core and a strong evergreen note with herbal and citrus hints and a fair amount of bitterness. Lively, fizzy texture makes it dance on your tongue; you feel it going down the pipes! This is a must for any IPA lover.

Photo of schwee
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of Hopsedge
4.19/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is all about the aroma and the aftertaste, both of which are really great. Initial taste is underwhelming, but this is more than made up for by the aftertaste, which is dry and lingers forever. This is not a sweet, malty beer. If is light enough to enjoy a lot of it without getting weighted down by sweetness. Definitely one I will return to.

Photo of BubbaBeerMan
4/5  rDev +2.8%

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

I got this via trade with cwguy5, thanks Will. Poured from a fresh bomber bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A: A medium amber and orange color with a two finger white fulffy head. Nice glass lacing, this looks yummy.

S: Hops, hops, hops! Deep notes of pine and floral herbal smells with some caramel malt sweetness and a hint of some citrus.

T: Dark and piney, the hops give off a huge pine and floral flavor that does get brightened slightly by some citric notes. The hops never die but get supported by some nice caramel malt sweetness that keeps the hops from totally ruining your mouth. The hops turn bitter and prickly on the finish and leave a herbal flavor in your mouth on the finish. Nice beer.

M: Perfect mouth feel that is bitter, prickly and coating. If you like hops, you'll love this beer. Slight alcohol on the finish, but almost a perfect mouthfeel.

O: A wonderful IPA that is balanced, hoppy and very enjoyable all in one package. This would be the perfect every day IPA and those that can get it are lucky.

I am so glad I got to finally try this beer because I just loved the name. No doubt it lives up as it is one hoppy beer. Nice job on this one.

Photo of CliffBrake
3.61/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to HeadyHops81 for the bottle. Dated best by May 2012.

Medium orange color, slightly hazy with a nice head and good retention.

I would describe the nose as spicy shortbread. Spicy hops dominate the taste, balanced by sweet bready malts, resolving into a long peppery finish.

Medium body with good carbonation.

Overall the peppery finish is quite prevalent and overtakes the impression of this beer. Other than this aspect, it seems reminiscent of 90 Minute IPA.

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2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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.

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

Death By Hops from Olde Hickory Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 446 ratings.