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Death By Hops - Olde Hickory Brewery

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87
very good

392 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 392
Reviews: 166
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 36
Gots: 42 | 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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Lantern


4/5  rDev +2.8%

12-27-2011 13:47:42 | More by Lantern
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whitekiboko

South Carolina

1/5  rDev -74.3%

12-27-2011 01:09:31 | More by whitekiboko
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seanwhite

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 17:52:27 | More by seanwhite
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inlimbo77

Delaware

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2011 14:08:10 | More by inlimbo77
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KEL

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +28.5%

12-23-2011 10:48:00 | More by KEL
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CummingsK21

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -10%

12-22-2011 05:25:43 | More by CummingsK21
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lnashsig

Texas

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2011 01:21:29 | More by lnashsig
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JayAre46

Texas

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2011 01:56:15 | More by JayAre46
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cosmicevan

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2011 02:39:53 | More by cosmicevan
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djrn2

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -22.9%

12-20-2011 00:16:44 | More by djrn2
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wolfeman007

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -10%

12-19-2011 23:14:48 | More by wolfeman007
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mdfb79

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2011 00:51:37 | More by mdfb79
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jak

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +2.8%

12-15-2011 22:05:23 | More by jak
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tbeq00

California

4/5  rDev +2.8%

12-12-2011 21:04:13 | More by tbeq00
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sw2112

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +2.8%

12-11-2011 01:28:23 | More by sw2112
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BenTherHppedThat

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -10%

12-09-2011 05:24:04 | More by BenTherHppedThat
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Jeffreywhite22

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +2.8%

12-04-2011 00:33:57 | More by Jeffreywhite22
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tclapper

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +2.8%

12-04-2011 00:02:57 | More by tclapper
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jwelsh

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.8%

12-02-2011 13:40:38 | More by jwelsh
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imperialking

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2.8%

11-30-2011 05:00:52 | More by imperialking
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UNCCTDawg

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +28.5%

11-30-2011 02:45:22 | More by UNCCTDawg
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freduardo

Alabama

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

11-30-2011 02:02:19 | More by freduardo
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jenray

Texas

4/5  rDev +2.8%

11-29-2011 04:44:44 | More by jenray
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AndyAvalanche

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2011 03:44:51 | More by AndyAvalanche
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planbee

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +28.5%

11-26-2011 05:48:34 | More by planbee
Death By Hops from Olde Hickory Brewery
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