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Death By Hops - Olde Hickory Brewery

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BA SCORE
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.

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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber received in a trade with McNuts. Thanks again Keith! Best by 7/11.

Pours a hazy dark golden orange color with burnt orange edges and a two finger frothy, pillowy white head. Very good retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap that coats the glass with soapy lacing.

Uber fresh hoppy aroma that's bursting with tropical and citrus fruit notes. It also smells slightly dank and sticky with faint pine. More floral than earthy. Hints of mango, papaya, pineapple, grapefruit and orange peel. Faint pale malts.

Chewy full body with a blast of dry bitter hops up front that linger throughout over the sweeter notes into a bone dry finish. More earthy and bitter than the aroma suggests with a very prominent resinous pine needle flavor. Very dry. The sweet tropical and citrus fruit notes are there but not nearly as prominent as expected. Subtle hints of orange peel, mango and grapefruit that become stronger as the beer warms. This slightly balances out the bitterness but not as much as I hoped. A decent malt backbone balances things further without overpowering the fresh hop flavor. There's some slight heat toward the end of the palate but overall this is pretty refreshing and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2011 04:58:07 | More by corby112
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PatLarsen

South Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass on special at Duckworths. It had more of an XPA color to it than a typical IPA. The smell is all hops! It really is death by hops. The taste follows smell. It is a little biscuity for my personal taste. There is little mouthfeel to speak of. Probably it's greatest deficiency. Overall, I liked this representation. Not afraid of being a hoppy beer.

Serving type: on-tap

05-07-2011 21:21:23 | More by PatLarsen
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wino47

North Carolina

2.83/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I was a little disappointed with this offering from Olde Hickory. Aromas of piney hops with a subtle spice. The malt is a little heavy handed on the palate with a slightly unpleasant, soapy character coming through. the finish has plenty of hop bite but it comes off a little sloppy with citrus, earthy notes and sweet malt leaving me wishing this one was a little more balanced. Overall i was glad i tried it but wasn't blown away as some other people have been on this IPA from OH.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2011 17:04:04 | More by wino47
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TheDudeRules

Minnesota

1.85/5  rDev -52.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Poured into my pint glass.

A dark copper color with a ton of off white foam. Lacing remains. Slight and I mean slight citrus and hops in the nose. Malt is the main focal point in the olfactories. Geez, shocker here. Malt in the nose...Malt in the taste. Caramel shitty malt. I can't wrap my head around the East Coast infatuation with this horrible flavor profile. It's straight up garbage. Yes I sound angry. Why you ask? I had to waste my free time getting up from my perch to pour this craptacular turd down the drain. It borders on barleywine, which is the worst beer style ever. Figure it out and start over. Don't f'n bother with this beer ever.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2011 06:08:41 | More by TheDudeRules
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titosupertramp

Tennessee

3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big thanks to Handle for the opportunity to try this.

A: Pours a hazy, golden color..almost orange. Thick 2-3 fingers of soapy, white head. Slow to fade. Leaves a thick film with both large and small bubbles. Lots of sticky lacing. Great looking beer.

S: Sweet citrus, floral and tropical fruit smells. Not terribly strong, but nice.

T: Starts off sweet with the citrus and tropical fruit flavors...very juicy. Finishes overly bitter and toasted. Really like the start, but not a fan of the finish.

M: Medium bodied, good carbonation. Finishes very bitter and dry.

O: Good beer. Pretty drinkable, but the super bitter finish slows it down a bit. Alcohol is not present in taste or smell which is a plus. Overall, I like Death by Hops a good bit. If available in Nashville, this would immediately be one of the best DIPAs available. Thank you Daniel!

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2011 01:16:07 | More by titosupertramp
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dfclav

New Jersey

3.28/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to n2185 for this generous extra.

A - pours a lighter amber color a little more on the yellow side with a 1 1/2 finger head, and not so active carbonation. The lacing however is very sticky and does a good job coating the glass.

S - a good bunch of floral notes, lemon peel, grapefruit, and oranges with some more subtle tropical fruits hanging around. A surprising amount of candied sugar is noted, then in typical IPA's. Barley is detected more and more as it warms.

T - taste is a good amount of lemon mixed with a slight amount of booze and grapefruit. The hops are noticed in this beer and very well balanced. Floral taste pretty big here too. That being said it's a bit bland and not too complex for an IPA. Barley really noticeable in the finish.

M - medium bodied and quite refreshing. Good zip on the carbonation but the hop twang isn't too powerful.

O - overall I'm not too impressed with this. There are a good number of flaws in this beer and many better examples of the style. This, however would be a fairly good beer for a beginner on IPA's as it's not crazy aggressive. I wouldn't recommend it unless you are just getting someone into the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2011 09:50:19 | More by dfclav
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kflack

North Carolina

4.55/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured From a Bomber.

A: Pours a great, bright amber color with a 1/4 inch head that has a nice frothy aspect to it.

S: A lot going on here! Lots of different hop notes, strong citrus. Also has a distinct floral scent, like standing in a wildflower field on a breezy summer day. A hint of pine. I don't think this could be improved!

T: Crisp, but not too sweet as I am seeing in other IIPAs lately. I like that they kept this at 7% abv. Has great hops flavors, you sure can tell its been dry-hopped. Lots of different citrus notes, with a nice bite right in the middle of your mouth. mild tingle in the bac. This could be somewhat sessionable, unheard of for most IIPA's.

M: Just a touch of stickyness, not too much. Makes you pucker just a little.

O: A wonderfull example of the style, without being over the top. Hope this one stays year round now! I think this may be my favorite!

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2011 16:50:01 | More by kflack
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mechamifune

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden/orange into a tulip. Slight white head goes away relatively quickly. Nice lacing and sense od carbonation. Looks the part of a good west coast IPA.

Smell is not overpowering but still there. Citrus and juicy hops all the way. Not overly floral but still pleasant.

A nice hop bite upfront in the taste, gives way to pleasant (but not overtly strong) citrus and a nice , non-astringent, bitter finish. No particular sweetness to note. Alcohol is pretty muted for me.

Mouthfeel is very crisp, which is generally speaking what I like in my IPA's. For as hoppy as it is, it doesn't feel particularly sticky or resiny. Feels about as "full" as it should given the abv and style.

West coast IPAs have become one of my favorite styles over the years, and reviewing this as that style of IPA, it doesn't quite belong in the upper tier (just outstanding, pliny the elder, anything by alpine) but it is still very good, and for the state of NC it's about as good as its get for hop forward ipa. If this were regularly available on draft, i would seek it out.... same deal if it were available in 6 packs. For the time being I can only get it in bombers, and for me its just not quite good enough to justify constant purchases at that price point. But by all means if you are a big IPA fan give this one a chance.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2011 01:25:33 | More by mechamifune
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MADhombrewer

Oregon

4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to cbros for this. I have been wanting this for a little while.
Best by date is July 2011. Drank on April 9th. shared with hopsbreath

A- Cloudy, straw colored. Nice white head that dissipates. Lots of lacing.

Smell - Very good grapefruit hop aroma. Some malt sweetness to it as well.

Taste - Big hop bitterness right up front. Some sweetness in the middle. It finishes with more bitterness. The alcohol seems to come out more as it warms.

Mouthfeel - A little thick for an IPA. Good none the less.

Overall - Good IPA. Very bitter. Gets sweet as it warms. Seems to get even more bitter as time goes by.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2011 00:49:55 | More by MADhombrewer
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argock

Virginia

3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz brown bomber into a clear, stemmed, glass goblet. No freshness date. Purchased at Peabody's Wine and Beer Merchants (Boone, NC) for $6.29.

A: Slightly hazy golden with a 2-finger off-white densely bubbled head with good retention and a moderate amount of thin lace tracings around the glass.

S: Very fruity and floral aroma with mostly juicy citrus and orange blossom aromas and a tight, biscuity, caramel maltiness.

T: The flavor is too tame for the DIPA style, and this brew, while good, has no chance amongst the best of this style. The maltiness is far to sweet and strong with prominent biscuit and caramel tones. The hoppiness is very significant but is lost to some extent in the multiple malt qualities.

M: The mouthfeel falls far short of optimal for the style with a medium body and an oily overall feel due to low carbonation.

O: A good IPA but merely an average DIPA. I like Olde Hickory's main offerings quite a bit, but Death by Hops needs to land in the IPA category.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2011 03:26:59 | More by argock
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Mississipping

Mississippi

4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear goldenrod color witha small frothy off-white head that dissipates very quickly. Minimal lacing is left behind, as well as an extremely thin patch film and rocky collar.

S: The smell is a little subdued, considering the beer's name. There is definitely a presence of citrusy hops ... grapefruit, tangerine, and a touch of lemon ... as well as bit of piney resin. The usual suspects are there, but it's a little toned down in my opinion.

T: The flavor is a lot stronger and more complex than the smell suggests it would be. Loads of citrusy fruits immediately that mimic the fruit noticed in the smell. If you let it sit on your tongue, the fruit is really all that is noticeable; as soon as you swallow it, however, the hop bomb explodes and it becomes really quite bitter. If there was a tongue bruiser of an IPA, this would be it ... hoppy, bitter, and very dry at this finish.

M: Medium bodied and highly carbonated; a little too high for my taste. It's extremely lively, bubbly, and prickly. Although I think it's overly carbonated, it might actually be very appropriate for this beer. You feel it in your mouth immediately and it leaves an impression between sips.

D: This is really tasty, but it's a little difficult to drink due to the huge hop-bomb characteristics. Bitter, dry, prickly. Maybe it's just a bit too much for me. I really enjoyed this one, but it took a while to finish this bottle off.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2011 00:42:17 | More by Mississipping
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beachbum1975

Ohio

3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a gorgeous apricot with brassy highlights. The head is bright white with big bubbles, but it doesn't stick around long. No lacing.

The nose is a nice mix of fresh citrus including ruby red grapefruit and lemon zest. Nice caramel malts in the mix, as well.

The taste reflected the nose. Aggressively hopped with a wide array of citrus and bitterness. Caramel malty backbone is very light. Medium bodied with ample carbonation in the mouth.

I would drink this often if it was available to me locally. Nice example of a DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2011 21:50:10 | More by beachbum1975
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

3.1/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From 22oz bomber to Bruges hybrid glass on 4/4/11
*From notes

A: Rich sunset amber which glows in the light. It really is a thing of beauty. A dissapointing one finger head with very little lacing.

S: Alcohol and a bit of astringency. There is a slight bit of fruit, but it's really meek and easily overwhelmed.

T: Bitter from start to finish. Not as BIG as I would have expected given the name (which is great BTW), but it's certainly hoppy. As it warms, things turn for the worse. I get a generous amount of burning rubber attacking my taste buds - bleck.

M: Thin. Well, thinner then I had expected for a DIPA. It's got a good level of carbonation, but it feels slightly oily.

O: The potential here is great, it simply needs some tweaking. Olde Hickory's Death by Hops starts well but ends on a bit of a dissapointing note. Don't go out of your way for this one.

*Paired with homemade Chicken Tetrazzini

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2011 18:23:21 | More by Rhettroactive
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madvermin

California

3.3/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to NCBeerFan for sending this along with other Foothill/Olde Hickory beers in our trade.

Pours a hazy yellowish orange, almost like your average hefeweizen. Surprised by the level of cloudiness in this. Head is very finely bubbled and thick, but dissipates quickly leaving inconsistent, below average lacing.

Nose is of fruit - citrus and tropical both, with grapefruit and mango being the main players. Floral scent is nice, and the caramel malt backbone certainly makes itself known too. Solid, if not spectacular smell; the whole package could use some more strength.

Taste starts very tropical, and actually creamy. Rindy, weedy citrus comes in next and the bitterness is acrid and right at the start. The hoppy, planty bitterness is quite strong and dry though overall, so it's nice. Malts definitely take a backseat in this one, as I don't get the caramel from the nose that much other than right before the most intense bitterness comes about. This is a way hoppier beer than I thought it would be; I think my thoughts were dumb in the first place. The hops are misguided in my opinion, as they are channeled into a harsh kick, but the beer is decently tasty anyways.

The beer is crisp and smooth, with a creaminess I wasn't expecting at the start, but the mouthfeel is desert level dry once the hops kick in. The dryness is really nice to experience, but in terms of drinkability, some level of balance is required and this beer just doesn't have it. I mean that's not to say it isn't easy to drink this, just that the level of acrid, harsh character during the hops is too much to have swig after swig. It's a good beer, but unfortunately this style is populated with the best of the best, so it falls well short of the top.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2011 08:50:34 | More by madvermin
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brian44556

Kentucky

3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed this beer 3/27/11 while watching UK beat UNC in the Elite 8! I was lucky enough to pick this up in Winston-Salem while attending the Sexual Chocolate release.

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an Allagash 16.75oz Cervoise glass.

Dark copper color, small off white head, small amounts of lacing. Looks like a good DIPA should. The smell wasn't very impressive. Caught the initial bitterness and sweet hops, but the smell didn't seem to last. I enjoyed the taste of bitter grapefruit and tropical fruits on some drinks, but on others I tasted hints of dish soap. Very strange... Overall the beer had decent carbonation and a decent taste, SOMETIMES. Glad I had a chance to snag a bottle and try, but it isn't something I would seek out in the future.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2011 23:17:03 | More by brian44556
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Genghis22

California

4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber sent to me by my good buddy Stephen!
Best Before July 2011 on bottle.

A - Pours a deep carmel/ copper color. A vigorous pour resulted in a nice two finger off white head. Lots of sticky lacing.

S - Strong citrusy hops, with a sweet fruity burst. Lemon grass and pine gives way to an almost pineapple like smell. I am very intrigued.

T - First taste is sweet and bready. Almost biscuity. A sharp burst of hops is then introduced, very citrusy. The citrus gives way to a more piney taste. The aftertaste is all bitter. Very dry and bitter.

M - Syrupy thick body. Coats the mouth nicely, very chewy. Moderate carbonation fits this beer well, but I could use a little more. The finish is quite dry, leaving the tongue dry and looking for more beer.

O - This is a very good beer. I am especially impressed that a DIPA this good came from the East Coast (what can I say, I have a West Coast bias). This beer is very hoppy, but it manages to show you all the different tastes a hop can bring to a beer. I felt like it was a hops field trip of sorts. The finish was a touch too dry for me, and the carbonation could have beer a bit higher, but all in all, I'd buy this beer if I could. It was quite tasty, and the abv was in a range that I could safely drink more than one in a night.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2011 02:16:27 | More by Genghis22
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OakedCanuck

Washington

4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into cervoise.

This beer is a straight up palate wrecker. A true H-bomb. This slightly hazy golden yellow elixir of tastebud death laughs at you as you are about to indulge in that first sip. The smell wafts tempting aromas of oranges, grapefruits, cannabis and a bouquet of less illegal flowers. This liquid criminal assaults your taste buds with powerful forays of grapefruit, pine, tangerine, lemon and grasses. Oh the humanity! You immediately start to ask yourself, where are the malts to save me..??!!! They are nowhere to be found, scared away at the first sign of hopfrontation...kinda like France. This unwieldy devil is as unbalanced as Terry Fox playing hopscotch, but it is oh so good.

Hop heads, get this.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2011 14:06:39 | More by OakedCanuck
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fear025

Illinois

3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma:Tons of grapefruit assault my nose on first sniff. There's a little orange and peach, and a tiny bit of pine, but mostly grapefruit.

Appearance:Clear and gold in color. Very little visible carbonation. Lots of very white head, with just OK retention.

Taste:This beer packs a pretty big flavorful hop punch. There's grapefruit, apricot, pine, and grapefruit/lemon rind. Actually, I could do without the rind, as it's pretty strong and a little off-putting, but after a few sips, it doesn't bother me as much. The hop bitterness actually increases through the midtaste, and fades very slowly with the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel:This one is about medium thick with low to moderate carbonation. The hops produce a little astringency.

Drinkability:This beer has a lot of complexity once I get past some of the off-flavors from the hops, but those flavors would dissuade me from having a second glass.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2011 00:31:01 | More by fear025
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babaracas

Florida

4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange-amber with two finger creamy white head that fades to a half inch leaving a few thin rings of lace behind.

Smell: upfront some soft tropical fruit that is overcome by grapefruit peel and a raw, green resiny component. Mild biscuity malt way in the back. Unexpected somewhat melony yeast contribution.

Taste: juicy grapefruit and citrus peel dominate with resinous and spicy additions. Raw oiliness all over this one. Light caramel and biscuit are overwhelmed. Nice hop flavors and serious bitterness.

Light-medium bodied with soft carbonation and a tongue numbing bitter drying finish.

Best (D)IPA out of NC for me (so far).

Best by July 2011.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2011 03:03:29 | More by babaracas
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SFLpunk

Vermont

4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to cmrillo and Hodgin for this one! 22oz brown glass pry-top bottle. Best By July 2011.

Pours a hazy golden orange amber. Some thin white head.

Nose is all about pale caramel and super extracted hop resin. Orange oil and lemon too.

Palate is juicy and dripping with hops. Lots of candied citrus and, cannabis, and something a little like seaweed.

Great example of the new East Coast IIPA. Reminds me a lot of the Vermont IPA style. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2011 02:58:28 | More by SFLpunk
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wcudwight

North Carolina

4.9/5  rDev +26%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a golden/amber color with a thin sticky head. Thick sheets of lace line the glass. I expected the head to be a bit thicker but that is being overly picky.
The aroma is out of this world and compares to some of my favorite beers. Pliny, Ruination, Hopslam ect.... It's like sitting in a flower garden smelling a bowl of fresh tropical fruit. Flavor is right up there with my favorite hoppolicious beers. Malt? Where's the malt? Who cares about the malt? This beer is all about fresh tropical fruit with a nice bitterness that sits on the tongue and last forever. Thick sticky mouthfeel with a lasting aftertaste. I'll be tasting this beer tomorrow. Man I can't get enough of it. I don't care what a select few reviewers say. IMO this is a world class DIPA brewed locally here in Western NC. I've been impressed with OHB, especially lately. But OHB you have outdone yourselves here and raised the bar for you and other NC brewers.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2011 02:31:16 | More by wcudwight
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

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.

Serving type: cask

03-13-2011 02:42:21 | More by mikesgroove
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portia99

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle (best by July '11) received as another fine extra from jpmclaug...as always, big thanks! Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - A slow, steady pours results in a well hazed dirty amberish orange color with a finger of cream colored foam that dies fairly quickly and leaves behind some sparse lacing on the glass.

S - Very fruity hops, sweet and citrusy with lots of oranges and grapefruit. Some tropical fruits too - mango especially. A hint of mild caramel malt kicks thru the hops but not much else in the aroma from the malt.

T - Fruity and tropical hop flavors up front - mango and pineapple dominate with some grapefruit subtley in the background a bit. Bitterness is mid level and clean. Caramelly malt makes a small contribution, pretty much in line with the intensity in the aroma.

M - Body is medium with matching carbonation level. A good clean bitterness stays behind past the swallow and encourages another sip. Alcohol is noticeable but not distracting...adds some flavors and a bit of feel,although I wouldn't go so far as to call it warmth.

D - A nice IPA...definitely hop focused as I like it. Hop flavors are good, but don't stand out in the crowd of excellent IPA's out there. A solid beer though in anyone's book.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2011 18:25:59 | More by portia99
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into tulip glass. best before july '11. thanks to CarolinaKevin for this extra

Pours a slightly hazed auburn orange with a very thin head, almost nonexistent actually. Some bubbles of film and lacing on the glass.

Nice flair of citrusy hops with a dose of bitterness. Some grainy, doughy malt with sweeter caramel and a touch of honey with fruit.

Surprisingly bitter up front driven by grapefruit and rind. Biting hoppiness alongside some citrusy fruit flavors and a bit of lemon peel. Honey and caramel swirled into the bready malt base. More grapefruit hoppiness and very faint warmth in the finish.

Medium bodied, a bit higher carbonation, sticky and dry on the tongue with lingering tendencies. This is pretty decent drinking, the alcohol is masked almost completely, and the hop profile delivers. I thought the appearance and nose lacked a bit but the flavor was a hit for me.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2011 04:24:11 | More by xnicknj
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jamie2dope

Massachusetts

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

A big thanks goes out to mikesgroove for throwing in this extra in our recent trade. A hazy orange color this beer is, with a finger of white heading. Spicy hops come to mind first with the aroma, followed by fruit: peaches and pineapple especially. The hop flavor is very prominent in the beginning of the taste. They start off very spicy, and then become more fruity as it settles. The alcohol can definitely be detected, but it isn't a deterrent. I would have guessed the ABV was higher than 7%. At the same time I really like that they placed this right on the border between regular and imperial IPA. This beer definitely gets the point across as far as hops and flavor. I very much look forward to trying more beers from Olde Hickory.

Serving type: bottle

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