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Death By Hops - Olde Hickory Brewery

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Reviews: 174
Hads: 501
Avg: 3.88
pDev: 20.1%
Wants: 40
Gots: 65 | FT: 3
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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Photo of rangerred
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass out of a 22oz bomber.

Pours a slightly hazy medium orange with a rocky white two finger head. Tons of lacing and amazing head retention.

Aroma is full of citrus hops, orange and pineapple. There is also a healthy dose of caramel and biscuit malt that nicely balances out the hops. Quite a pleasant, if not common, aroma.

The flavor is a little lighter on the citrus with some pine coming through. Lots of caramel and biscuit paired with a moderate bitterness. A really nice lingering hoppyness combines with a slight stickyness in the finish.

Overall, a really good IPA but it is definitely not a IIPA; not sure why is is labeled that here. Nice balance between malt and hops and something I would drink a lot of if it were available locally.

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Photo of nUgZ
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a somewhat hazy golden color with a 2 finger head and nice lacing.

S: Lots of citrus and floral hops and maybe a touch of alcohol.

T: Citrus, floral, and piney hops along with some malts in the background. This is a hop bomb.

M: Medium bodied with good carbonation.

O: This is a very good IPA. Super hoppy and easy to drink. I will be buying this one again.

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Photo of Hopstuff
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a good beer. Seriously though I do wake up some morning having dreamed about this one. I am still impressed every time I drink something from these folks, thinking yes, maybe they still are the best NC brewery!?!? This effort from Old Hickory makes my mouth OK, what you got, but then delivering a perfectly planned suicide of hopness that makes we go....emmm, yes please. If you have not tried this brewery, you must. They are seriously on their way to a great run as a down home brew pub turned stand up brewery. This is a good effort by them which could stand on its on in a a fight between Brad Pitt in Troy and those special effects 300 tried to pull off as a Troy on acid.

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Photo of begforme4484
3.2/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a bottle at Tasty Beverage Company in Raleigh, NC. Enjoy by 3/2013 on the label.

Pours a light amber with golden edges. Had a ton of off-white/tan head with a medium aggression pour. Tons of bubbles rushing up through the standard pint glass.

The smell is somewhat lacking in pungency for a DIPA. A good bit of doughy bready malt with a piney and dirty hop aroma lingering in there as well.

A somewhat astringent bite at first which goes away into a piney, earthy, bitter hop front. The bready malt mixes in well with the hops. An oily hop resin after taste remains on the tongue.

Medium bodied with plenty of carbonation. A bit oily from the resin, but not too bad.

The beer definitely doesn't drink like a DIPA. If it were considered a single IPA, it would fit that description much better.

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Photo of FanofHefe
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber, labeled best by Jan 2013, that pours a slightly hazy golden body with a one-finger bubbly white head. The head dissipates quickly and leaves a bit of lacing.

Piney hops dominate the aroma. Not a very complex aroma overall. After the pine hops, there is a light amount of grapefruit notes, but not much else. I expect this might have more "punch" if very fresh, since the label notes significant dry hopping.

The taste picks up where the aroma left off and adds some decent caramel malt taste to a solid pine and grapefruit hop flavor. The blend of the hops and malt flavors works pretty well in this brew.

Medium mouthfeel with a bit of oily hop texture. A very nice IPA, but not sure it rises to the level of a DIPA as labeled. Solid overall.

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Photo of jtd1969
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Golden amber with good lacing

S - Lot's of citrus(grapefruit), pine and sweetiness (malts)

T - Caramel, sweet malt, earthy, herbal hops that linger...

M - medium bodied. Lots of hops, good carbonation

O - very good IPA, I can see why this is their "main beer". I would love to have this beer on tap all the time if I was a bar! A Great drinkable IPA!

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Photo of Penguin3200
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Justin! Pours bright golden copper with minimal head and little lacing. Nose is just spectacular with big dank and floral notes. Piney and resinous which hits the palate, and then a melon fruit takes over. Ends resinous and bitter.

Very nice and glad to get to try this one.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of prototypic
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Death By Hops pours a lighter caramel brown color. It’s slightly hazy. Looks like an orange stained gold color when held to light. Looks good. It’s topped with an off-white head that stands nearly two fingers tall. It’s very slow to recede. Holds steady as a surface covering for quite a while. Lacing was very sticky and thick. Quite impressive.

The nose is good. It could use just a little more strength, but it’s still good. The malt base seems reserved. I like that. There’s a hint of sweet caramel. Not much. Perhaps a bit of bready scent. That’s about it. Hops smell lively and delicious! Grapefruit and orange scents are easily noted. There’s perhaps a touch of pine that follows. Alcohol is blended well and doesn’t come through all that strong. I’m surprised it’s characterized as a DIPA. I digress. Smells good.

The flavor is a little better than the nose, but not quite enough to warrant a score bump. The malt base tastes like a mix of caramel and bread flavors. The caramel flavor is light and restrained. It adds a touch of sweetness, but it’s not overly strong. The hop flavor is really nice. It’s mostly citrus grapefruit and orange. It definitely has a bitter kick, but it’s not palate wrecking. The hops definitely take center stage and are the focal point here. Alcohol is there, but isn’t anywhere close to warm or hot. Finishes hoppy and bitter.

The body is medium. Carbonation seems light and restrained. It’s relatively smooth and easy drinking. I probably won’t finish off the growler, but it’s tempting. It is quite good.

Death By Hops is a nice release from Olde Hickory Brewery. The hops hog the spotlight and really amp up the flavor. That’s my style for an American IPA. This one’s definitely worth picking up. I’m still not sure about the DIPA classification on here. That’s a bit peculiar, but…whatever.

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Photo of fields336
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle dated best by Nov 12
A: dark orange copper color, slight chill haze small 1 finger head but I may have overchilled it
S: sweet, tooti-fruity, orange, mango, peach, pine, earthy, flowery
T: pine, sweet mango, orange, pineapple, caramel, bread,earthy, tobacco Pretty tasty

M: medium bodied with a dry finish bitter but drinkable

O: a pretty good IPA, I wouldn't call it a double

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Photo of TheHopMonster
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy orange, fast rising bubbles and a decent white foamy head. Pretty good retention with consistent webbing throughout.

Powerful aromas of pine, cedar, grass, citrus fruit, and earth. A mild sweetness coming from the crystal caramel malt.

Excellent hoppiness up front with strong bitterness throughout. Sweet towards the back and then the dryness follows inviting you to take another sip. The hop selection is amazing I can pick out the grapefruit cascade hop, and the intensely floral centennial hop.

Leaves mouth feeling dry and fruity.

Overall this was an amazing IPA and I have two more bottles of this so I'm excited to break into those at some point

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Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bomber, from Appalachian Vintners, my preferred store in AVL.

A: The double IPA is a darker golden orange color, the browner hues adding to the darkness. An eggshell white head, sizeable on first pour, leaves plenty of lace behind - a foamy legacy.

S: Sharp grapefruit, biting and abrasive. Indeed a slow death by hops. The nose is very oily, the bitterness of the hops leading to a black peppercorn scent. Pine needles pop up too, just for good measure. The intensity of the hops lends to a very thick nose, bitter but engrossing. Caramel is there, the malts balancing things out to a small degree.

T: The double IPA starts out with a twist - caramel and breads lendy a starchy feel. The oily hops follow quickly, jumping into the void with a viney vegetal feel and plenty of bitterness. The grapefruit and pine flavors, strong up front, somehow manage to intensify as the ale warms, getting stronger and oilier, resiny even. That's a lot of adjectives to describe te beer but they are accurate. Surprising especially because the nose, while aromatic, isn't nearly as fragrant as the body. Deadly indeed.

M: Oily and resiny, the hops are powerful strong. Balanced to a degree too, aiding the drinkability. Too bad that was my only bottle.

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Photo of Teleweizen2
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - pours an orangey amber color. Thick bubbly white foam leaves decent lacing. Doesn't last long.

S - intense aroma like walking into a green house. Lots of floral and grassy notes. Stone and citrus fruit notes cut through with notes of apricot and pink grapefruit.

T - caramel malt sweetness upfront. As the beer warms on the tounge biting citric bitterness comes forth. Notes of pine and bitter orange peel dominate the palate. The piney bitter notes last well past the finish and keeps on going.

M - medium bodied. Creamy texture. High carbonation.

O - excellent beer. Touch on the sweet side for me but I love the piney notes on the tounge and the floral and apricot notes of the nose. Good showing from Olde hickory.

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Photo of Jamesthebrit
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden brown color with large orange head.
S: Floral scent with hints of honey.
T: Tastes a little different than other imperial IPAs. If I had to put it down to something I would say there is a little more dirt taste. Otherwise the spicy floral notes are not as preminante as in other IPAs again this beer being more gritty. Certainly not bad.
M: Good here. Initially a little too bubbly but sits pretty good.

Overall not a bad IPA. Sits good but the grittiness of the taste brought it down a little.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #58 (November 2011):

LOOK: Hazed peach

SMELL: Herbal, minty, papaya, mango, doughy, alcohol

TASTE: Hoppy, tobacco, herbal, leafy, earthy, grassy, pulling, astringent, stone fruit, earthy, woody

We're not dead yet, actually just getting our hop fix. Excessive hopping is noticed. The palate does not get devastated by the bitterness, but it does get taken over by the massive amount of hop flavor, so much so that you should not expect to taste much after knocking this one back. A worthy hop bomb.

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Photo of eclipse54
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A 22 ounce bottle from inlimbo77; thanks! Best before 08/2012.

Body is a copper and orange color and boasts a two centimeter wide head consisting of minuscule, frothy bubbles. Retention is good with lots of sticky lacing coating the glass.

The aroma is of citrusy hops (grapefuit, orange, lemon), plenty of floral and grassy notes, pine, and a bit of spicy earthen hop character as well. The nose certainly screams hops, with little to no malt pulling through here.

Taste continues to be hop-forward, though a bit more caramel malt shows up towards the end. Otherwise, it’s spicy hops, cinnamon, pine resin, orange citrus, and lemon zest that dominate the palate.

It’s amply carbonated, but finishes rather dry. The spice notes also seem to linger a bit longer than usual - especially the cinnamon - which is unfortuante.

Overall, a good DIPA, especially considering it was a Pro-Am winner. It’s always nice to see breweries promoting their local homebrewers.

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Photo of oline73
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev -9%
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.

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Photo of vande
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a - a 14k golden color, somewhat more dense looking then, say, a miller light - but much prettier... a soft, cushiony, lace-filled head of about 2 fingers in depth...as it recedes, it leaves a lasting impression upon my pint..

s - lemon grass, spring house hold cleaner, pine odor.. a very 'clean' smelling beer..

t - piney hop note with a sprig of lemon rind and pine presence with hints of malt mixed in... a dry finish that leaves one schmacking thier lips a bit...

m - light-to-medium in body, somewhat creamy in texture...

0 - pretty good ipa...probably would/could get lost in the shuffle of such a deep category...

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Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of KrausenRingKing
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bursting aroma of fruity hops and faint hint of malt. Color was orange and fairly clear. The flavor was hops all the way through with just enough malt presence to give it some balance. The bitterness lingers for quite a while. It did not have much head retention but the carbonation was about spot on for the style. I would make this one to try if you live in NC. I'm not sure what the distribution area is for them.

I recommend serving it at about 45-50 degrees. As it warms the hop aroma continues to intensify.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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Photo of tdm168
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of jpro
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
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)

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Photo of Mantooth
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
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?

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Death By Hops from Olde Hickory Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 174 ratings.