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Death By Hops - Olde Hickory Brewery

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BA SCORE
87
very good

413 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 413
Reviews: 167
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.6%
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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Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Sammy, Aug 17, 2014
Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

t0rin0, Dec 04, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Jzmhector for sending me this one!

Best by 8/2012.

Pours a clear honey orange with a beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt and some herbal hop aromas. Taste is the same with a slight soapy flavor present as well. There is a medium amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good DIPA but nothing too special in my opinion.

UCLABrewN84, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -22.9%

djrn2, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle picked up at City Beverage this past weekend. Best by date of July 2011. Served in a tulip.

Pour brings a copper-colored beer with a short white head with a bit of foam on top. Quickly fades without leaving much lacing. The nose is quite hoppy with some strong floral and citrus components. Not over the top, but a nice presence. The taste is scaled back a bit with some backing caramel malt. Mild hop flavor, but nothing near what I would expect. The "death" finally comes in the back-end, as the finish is quite bitter. Drinkability is pretty good, but I could have used a lot more hops in the flavor and/or a resinous feel on my palate rather than just a pretty heavy level of bitterness in the finish.

Thorpe429, Jan 31, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

zestar, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -22.9%

acurtis, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of metter98
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear light amber in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that died down, leaving lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of caramel hops are present in the nose along with notes of citrusy hops.
T: The taste is a little more citrusy compared to the smell and has a light to moderate amount of bitterness. Notes of tropical fruits are also detectable.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is rather well balanced considering the amounts of hops as it has nice hop aromas and flavors without being overly bitter.

metter98, May 26, 2013
Photo of brentk56
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear golden/amber color with several fingers of head; spotty clumps of foam hang around, as well

Smell: Bready malt and grapefruit pith

Taste: Opens with a bit of bready malt, but the hops jump right in, delivering grapefruit pith in spades; by mid-palate, there is a bitter aspirin element that continues, after the swallow, though it is mitigated by the minty citrus sweetness in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Interesting that the ratings of this beer have been fairly uniform except for three reviewers who shared a bottle - very strange; anyhow, I think this is among the best IPAs to come out of NC; not sure it is a DIPA, but if that is what the brewer wants to call it, I will go with that

brentk56, Feb 03, 2011
Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Texasfan549, Apr 18, 2013
Photo of mikesgroove
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

grabbed a nice sample of this off the cask at barelys tonight while i was in town with the kids for the day. only beer of the day for me so i had to make it good!

ich dark orange amber pour was very cloudy even from the start. A nice head nearly two inches high then came up and over the top, settling down with lots of webbing and lacing down the sides of the glass. Lots of visible carbonation was also apparent from the very beginning. A very nice overall look, classic for the style.

Aroma is very fresh, lots of ripe, astringent citrus notes coming through the air almost immediately. Very floral and juicy. As it warmed a light bit of pineapple and grapefruit start to separate them, but there was by no means any bit of a malty balance here, this was a straight up hop lovers dream. Biting, sharp hops pierce the tongue immediately. Again lots of fresh fruity notes, orange, grapefruit, citrus, tons of sharp hops. Very nice light body is well carbonated and this lends itself well to hiding any ABV that might be a concern. Loads of follow through here as the flavor seems to longer on the palate for what seems like forever before you can finally shake that last taste.

Overall this was a great, great DIPA. So soft and bitingly sharp with the flavors, light, easy to drink and very enjoyable. Glad I have a couple bottles and would not mind having this all the time.

mikesgroove, Mar 13, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

kjkinsey, Apr 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

GRG1313, Mar 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

ygtbsm94, Jan 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Knapp85, Aug 03, 2013
Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow there has been a little backlash against this beer,the name of the beer is Death By Hops!Its gonna be intense,actually its not that intense,for what this beer is supposed to be its pretty damn good.Poured into an imperial nonic a hazed burnt orange with a thinner but lacey white head atop.Aromas of overripe tangerine and orange oil,a bit of pine resin and a caramel sweetness also emerges.Flavors start out with a burst of citrus fruit,again that tangerine flavor stands out,the sugary sweetness begins to come into play than a bitter grapefruit rind note hits hard in the finish.Again this is a DIPA that is not for the pedestrian non hop loving beer folk,its for the in your face hophead and it works great for me.

oberon, Jan 30, 2011
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.

TMoney2591, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber into a couple of snifters. Thanks go to Barscream for sharing this one with me.

Pours a clear copper, with a finger of slightly off-white head. This maintains a rich frothiness that slathers the sides of the glass with creamy swathes of lacing. The aroma smells fresh, leafy, and herbal, with some pine and spice thrown in. An underlying mix of green grapefruit, lighter tropical fruit, and then some soft doughy grains give this a nice platform for those more airy aspects of the hops to bounce off of.

The taste has a fresh, crisp, and green bitter to it that spreads leafy spice and pine out into the mouth. There is just enough of a malt presence here for balance, which works well with the bright citrus, softer tropical notes, and herbal flavors from the hops to help keep this fairly smooth and accessible despite the assertive mix of pith, resins, and spice that finish this with a bone dry feel. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a crisp and prickly feel to the carbonation up front that then gets much more slick and oily as this spreads out across the back. The feel is pretty much spot on here for 7%.

This was a pretty darn solid IPA. It’s certainly got its aggressive aspects but wasn't quite an all out bitter bomb and I liked how the malt worked in tandem with the softer character of the hops to help keep this balanced and rather quite accessible all things considering. This is one of the better Southern IPAs that I’ve had.

Kegatron, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of russpowell
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BBD of 12/11

Pours an effervescent bronze with ine finger of pearl white head. Average lacing & head retention

S: Mucho pine needles & grapefruit, these fade over time

T: Follows the nose, rindy grapefruit & orange especially along with nice bready notes hiding up front, plus some caramel. Woody hops leak through as this warms, along with more grapefruit & pineyness. Finishes slighlty fruitty (pineapple) with a touch of booze sting mingling in with grapefruit & pineyness

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation, decent balance. The malt back bone seems to wilt a bit once warm

Nice, but slighlty under malted take on the style, Would rate this higher as an AIPA, thought it was slightly better on draft...

russpowell, Jun 13, 2011
Photo of MasterSki
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Jason for sharing this one. Served in a Three Floyds pint glass. The bottle implies this is a DIPA, but the alcohol seems low.

A - A finger of creamy white foam settles to a thick cap, leaving some splotches of lace. Good retention on this one. Transparent golden orange body.

S - Smell is definitely DIPA in nature - copious orange and grapefruit zest, pine, bready malts, burnt sugars, and perhaps a faint bit of alcohol. Quite pleasant and very enjoyable.

T - Unfortunately the taste goes of the rails a bit. Bitter, astringent, and strangely papery. Bread malts and not much in the way of hop flavor. If I plug my nose while drinking, this isn't very good at all.

M - Medium-full body, lower carbonation, some faint warming alcohol. Lots of residual resinous hop oils.

D - Initially quite promising, but the the taste is a miss in my book. I'd try this again if I heard about some recipe tweaks, but as it stands this is a miss for me. I had a hard time getting through my 4oz due to the unpleasant taste.

MasterSki, Jun 23, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Old Hickory Brewery Death By Hops India Pale Ale, Brewed and Bottled by Olde Hickory Brewing, Hickory, North Carolina. 7% ABV.

Light haze. Golden hue, large white, lasting head.

Bracing bitterness hits the nose, waves of pine and citrus wash over, hit after hit of hoppy goodness. Nice.

Tastin' it: Bittersweet and resiny. Juicy, hoppy, and yum. Hopped up and ready to go. Medium body and mouthfeel, leaves plenty of room for hops to do their dance. Plenty of lemon, lime, spots of pepper. Stays just short of astringent. Well, it gets a little in their, in the back of the throat.

Easy drinker, for the hopheads among us (raises hand). Top notch IPA all the way. Hey, what does the label say?

"Death by Hops double IPA is the winner of Olde Hickory's first Pro-Am event. This beer was designed by Alex Buerekholtz, award winning homebrewer & proprietor of Hops and Vines, Asheville, NC. DbH is brewed with 3 row barley, hopped with 5 different West Coast ops, then twice dry hopped. The net results an amazing aroma of ripe juicy fruit mixed with a bouquet of spring flowers. Death by Hops makes an impact you won't forget! Cheers!"

That sounds about right. But I wouldn't have picked it as a double IPA. Most go above 7%, and with a name like this, you'd expect a bit of punishment. This one is mighty hoppy, but doesn't push it too far, doesn't take it over the edge. Nothing wrong with that.

feloniousmonk, Oct 02, 2012
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1.38/5  rDev -64.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Aptly named...this beer was a disaster. A complete mess. Shared by Lunch, thanks Paul.

Beer is yellow and orange with a thin white head, moderate carbonation, a little lacing. Looks ok.

Aroma is the first sign of trouble. It is a little hoppy, sulfury, onions, vegetal, spice, clipped glass....leaves....I am not looking forward to this beer anymore.

I was excited to try this beer...seriously. I wanted this beer. It failed on EVERY LEVEL. Beer is medium to thin in body. The boiled vegetables comes up quick leaving you with a harsh bitterness. The aftertaste is the last insult. I poured it out. Never again!

drabmuh, Jan 30, 2011
Photo of oline73
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a finger and a half of creamy off white head. This beer has good retention and decent lacing.

Smell: Sweet but very hoppy. The sweetness reminds me of bitter citrus juice. The hops smell like the beer is quite fresh.

Taste: Bitter hops dominate the smell but there is enough malt to back it up. I would have liked the middle of the sip to be a bit lighter. The finish is bitter like grapefruit peel.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with carbonation on the mild side and a dry finish.

Overall: I'm enjoying the hop profile, but the heaviness of the bitter flavors was a bit much. This is a good DIPA, and I might have another given the chance.

oline73, Apr 12, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

mendvicdog, Nov 06, 2012
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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Death By Hops from Olde Hickory Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 413 ratings.