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Death By Hops - Olde Hickory Brewery

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87
very good

462 Ratings
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86
very good

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Ratings: 462
Reviews: 171
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.08%
Wants: 37
Gots: 57 | 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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Ratings: 462 | Reviews: 171
Photo of SpdKilz
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to mullenpc for this great extra. Cheers! Drink before April 2012 (which reading from the below review means this was just bottle a few weeks ago).

Appearance – Hazy orange color with slight tan head that lingers around for a while leaving chunky lacing.

Smell – Hops, pine, resin, bitter grapefruit, slight malty backbone.

Taste – Bitter piney and floral hop flavors, grapefruit and orange rind, a hint of sweet pale malt backbone.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, decent carbonation, slightly oily.

Overall – Not a bad DIPA. Relatively bitter and a pretty good attempt at, in my opinion, a take on a West coast DIPA. Could have a bit more citrus though...the bitter hops and fruit rinds is a bit much when it’s all said and done.

Photo of EasyReader
5/5  rDev +28.5%

Photo of Khazadum
3.05/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Bottle says to drink before April of 2012, called brewery and their words were "that would have been brewed just a couple weeks ago." Very exciting news for me!

A- Clear to turbid body with great carbonation. Tons of miniature bubbles, no streams. Pretty solid lacing, great stickiness and retention time. Pure white froth, not pharmaceutically creamy but many identifiable individual bubbles.

S- Very grassy, super grassy even. Lots of light citrus notes, kind of orangey, Some light to medium pine fragrance.

T- Instant super bitter! Like brushing your teeth with a pine frond and cone. The back of your tongue erupts in never ending battle of stabby mcstabbity stab hop variety. The opening does give it a bit of balance with a caramel and sweet characteristic, but the hint of tangerine that is supposed to help last into the finish is barreled over and destroyed by just bitter, bitter, bitter! Not even much grassy hops can make it through this tremendous force of nature.

M- Tremendously crisp opening, almost too much carbonation prickles the taste buds. Too sticky finish and bitingly harsh flavors cause this beer to be a chore rather than an enjoyment. Full body, not necessarily creamy or velvety... at times watery actually, but only sometimes.

I...do...not...like! Its really unbalanced, and not even enjoyable a quarter of the time. Its truly an oppressive beer.

Photo of randomdanger
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of NCbeerpirate
5/5  rDev +28.5%

Photo of eerbayman
4/5  rDev +2.8%

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

22oz into a Russian River tulip.

Marmalade orange with some haze on the pour with a nice one finger head. Some lacing as it is drank down.

Orange zest and grapefruit begin the aroma and then move into a nice pale malt breadyness.

Again, orange zest with graepfruit then pale malt. Does not deviate from the smell much at all.

Medium body, and soft carbonation.

Reminded me a lot of Two Hearted. In fact, if I were to do a Pepsi challenge between the two, I would probably have a hard time discerning the two.

Photo of gothedistance
4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to chefkevlar for this beer! Bottle marked 'drink by 4/2012'.

Writing this as I enjoy it :)

A- medium orange in color. some lacing, not much, and a small head that dissappates quickly.

S- huge hop aroma. is it possible for it to be piney and citric at the same time? Wow

T- quite bitter up front, mid palate is smooth, long and bitter finish. Not sure what the IBU's are on this but it has to be significant.

M- mouthfeel - really complex with layers of flavor. Gentle malt flavor, but tons of hops all over my mouth. Not super heavy in body. My mouth is watering for some food with this to complement the beer.

O- This is a really interesting beer. Literally a 2 minute finish on it. You can tell this was made with loving care. I love it!

Serving type: bottle

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

Pours orangy-red with a poofy, frothy oversized head. Nice bubbly goodness. Slightly hazy throughout. Aroma is mouthwateringly hoppy. Dankness across the table. Smells like candied oranges, misc tropical fruits, pear, apple, all comfortably resting on a nice malty base. Taste is pretty awesome. Perfect balance between bitter and flavor hops, and excellent mix of flavors. Slick texture with a tad of grittiness. Also a bit chewy and sticky, start to finish.

Overall this beer kicks ass. I could go for another methinks....

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

Enjoy By: April 2012

Golden orange under a towering frothy off-white head. Solid sheets of lace. Deep, fresh hoppy nose...ripe, juicy orange and tangerine zest, flowers, pine sap. Potent hoppy flavor. Orange and grapefruit juice, heavy piney bitterness, mango, light floral notes in the background. Some caramel running through the middle, but I wouldn't call this malty or balanced in any way. Medium bodied, bitter, and slick with oily lupulin goodness. Super-fresh and super-tasty!

Photo of Vec2267
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a - burnt orange with a white head, ample lacing that persists
s - pure hops
t - hops, grapefruit pith, not much else, pure hops
f - medium to light in body, more IPA than DIPA
o - simple, nothing nuanced about this beer, straight out hop assault

To me this seemed more IPA than DIPA. More malts to provide a little balance would get this into a DIPA territory and improve the beer by balancing the hops at least a little. They certainly have the hops down.

This is a very simple in your face hop bomb. Don't bother if that is not what you want.

Photo of VncentLIFE
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at rockfish seafood grill in Durham. A warm up for BA Siberian night!

Dark cloudy straw color with minimal head.

Smells like shitload of hops (extract and dry). Piney hops to be specific. Malt smells sweet.

Now this is how to use hops! Enough hops to be the leading flavor, yet aroma hops keep things in check. malt feels syrupy, light, and slightly sweet.

Hops really dominate the aftertaste. I like it. Malt kind of balances things out.

One hell of an IIPA!!

Photo of rapidsequence
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. Best by Apr 2012, so I'm guessing it will be brewed a few months from now. Thanks to Chris for this little treat.

Appearance: Clear orange, off white head with great retention, excellent lacing in thick sticky sheets.

Smell: Sharp citrus and sweeter tropical fruits. Some florals and a little touch of earth. Slight hint of pale malt sweetness.

Taste: This has a great sharp hoppy bite. Nice fruity hops flavors and pithy grapefruit bitterness. A bit of spicy hops flavor too. Hint of caramel malt. Towards the end of the bottle, the high level of bitterness wears on me a bit, but overall its very good.

Mouthfeel: Very well done. Just the perfect level of carbonation, smooth and bubbly, but not harsh. Incredible resiny stickiness.

Overall: This is an IPA hopped like a DIPA. Its a beast. Just a touch too high on the bitterness, but hey, its called Death By Hops.

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

22oz bomber into a pint glass. Best by date of April 2012, so this should be fresh.

A: Rich copper. Light haze. Lots of carbonation bubbles rising to a finger tall off-white head with nice lacing. Settles to a frothy cap.

S: Tons of hops. Pine, citrus, earth. Very fresh indeed.

T: Very bitter. Grapefruit dominates, with lemon and grass underneath. The light biscuit malt is just in the tale end, no balance here.

M: A nice medium body, good crisp finish. Bitter hops sticks in the mouth long after.

D: Death by Hops as advertised. Hoppy to the max. Reminded me alot of the out-of-balance west coast IPA's. Well done for sure.

Photo of beer2day
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Apricot colored pour with 2 finger light cream head. While not much retention, the beer does lace very nicely.

Strong grapefruit nose with orange peel underneath. Definite hop bomb that will grow on you.

Grapefruit and sweet orange citrus define the tongue as well. Light taste of pine on the back end. Very peppery, with lots of hop bite well into the finish. Light esters, without much resin or oil. Very well done.

Not much malt backbone here, so the feel is a bit lighter than most. I like it better this way.

Overall, a very easy drinking - but extremely bitter - IPA.

Photo of jgreenearrow
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: The beer pours a golden amber, nearly orange color with a thin white head forming at the top of the pour. A lot of lacing remains on the sides of the glass.

S: Citrus and pine hops dominate the nose with slight malt notes present as well.

T: Brief sweetness of orange peel and grapefruit as the beer hits the tongue. The sweetness quickly turns to hop bitterness and rounds into some maltiness towards the middle. Pine joins the bitterness towards the finish. The bitterness lingers in the mouth for some time after the sip.

M: This is a medium bodied beer with ample carbonation.

Overall, this is a good IIPA. The name of the beer says it all. It is hops, hops, and more hops. I would prefer there to be a little more of a malt presence and some more sweet citrus or pine in an IIPA, but I think the brewery was going for a hop bomb with this one. They succeeded. This is easily the hoppiest beer I have ever had, as the bitterness lingers for ages. All in all, it lacks some balance and complexity.

Photo of Gushue3
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to TravisMEB for this brew

A- head is a little bigger than 1 finger which quickly bwcomes half the size and stays there. The body is yellow with a small orange hint. Moderate lacing.

S- big piney bitter scent wig bitter citrus like grapefruit. Nice and hoppy with a little malt behind the scenes. Really nice scent.

T- mostly bitter and citrus hops upfront that blast my mouth. They sweeten up toward the middle and bring you to quite bittrr thst lingers.

M- mouthfeel is big and bitey definately a heavy feel for an IPA. Smaller carbonation bubbles and makes a smooth and creamy drink. Really nice full body.

O- nice IPA thats good all over.i would love some more. Thanks a ton Travis.

Photo of ffejherb
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Deuane for sharing a bomber of this on 9/20/11.

A - Emerged from the bottle as a hazy amber, orange-toned liquid with a slim white head that yielded some stringy lace.

S - Opens with a really bright, chipper hop character suggesting citrus fruit and a hint of floral notes. Nose is reminiscent of a West Coast IPA. Malt character is sweet and unobtrusive.

T - Flavor is dominated by citrus hops, although the hop profile is rounded out with some lighter floral notes. A mild alcohol tang emerges midway through, followed by a balancing malt sweetness, then finishes with quite a bit of bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with an oily texture and mild carbonation. Finish is fairly dry with lingering bitterness on the palate.

D - Pretty solid IPA from a brewery I'd never heard of until now. While I enjoyed the aroma a bit more than the flavor, this was still a good beer overall.

Photo of zhanson88
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a very hazy, bright nectarine color. Really can't remember the last IPA I had that was this unfiltered. Interesting. About 1/2" of eggshell white head forms, which produces a slight amount of lacing and only a bit of head retention.

Smell: Quite a bit of citrus and grapefruit shows immediately. I do get some malts as well. Pretty bitter smelling as well; very dank hop character.

Taste: A touch of caramel malts show up front, followed by citrus and grapefruit. Back end and finish is extremely bitter, part of which comes across as floral, the rest as dankness. Not bad....a little less bitterness would allow me to enjoy it more.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Every bit of medium bodied, and probably over that. Fine carbonation that isn't too prevalent. Very nice. Overall, I enjoyed this but as I stated before, just a bit too much bitterness. Still, a good IPA.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Props to Jason for this bottle!

A: Pours a golden/orange color with a small off-white head and moderate lacing.

S: Very nice aroma, lots of citrus, very juicy, with lots of orange and some grapefruit as well as pineapple. There is a hint of resiny pine and some graham cracker malt.

T: Lots of bitter/piney hops combined with some citrus pith and zest, and a heavy hand or orange. Some bready malt as well as some graham cracker and a bit of caramel round this one out.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation with a sticky/bitter finish.

O: A very nice beer, very drinkable with no sign of 7% in this one. Good job Olde Hickory.

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

Best before date of 2/12
Pours a nice hazy caramel color with a foamy/bubbly 2cm eggshell colored head with pretty good retention and lacing.

Nice floral and fruity hop notes up front on the nose with some sweet citrus, candy sugar and light caramel.

Flavor is good and pretty well balanced. It's pretty malt forward actually with a pretty nice but not strong floral hop character. It finishes a little bitter hops. The flavor and hop character just doesn't stand up to the name.

Mouthfeel is smooth, a little oily and creamy with medium carbonation.

It's a pretty good IPA but just doesn't stand up to CA ipas or it's name for that matter. It's very drinkable and might have a ton of hops in it, but lacks great distinguishing hop notes and flavors.

Photo of Trilogy31
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hop hazy dark strawberry blond, with a quickly dissipating head, leaving ever so slight soapy lacing. The nose carries sweet caramel malts, resiny pine, bitter grapefruit along sweet orange blossom. The taste is a full bitter hop assault with pure pine and smoky herbs, bready malts and almost an odd soapy taste. The beer is tongue strippingly bitter which makes it fun to drink though it does most likely hide some of its complexities - i did enjoy this beer.

Photo of bigfnjoe
3.56/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a perfect pint

A- pours a cloudy shade of a dark yellow, light orange with a half a finger white head that fades pretty quickly. Disappointing

S- there's a real pleasant citrus aroma coming out of this one that absolutely tickles my nasal passages...lots of orange in this

T- the bitterness is strong in this one. I honestly am not getting a lot of flavor out of it though, just a lot of bitterness...strange

M- pretty thick, close to being syrupy. Not a huge fan

O- not a huge fan of this at all. The hoppiness is more grating as opposed to flavorful, and the feel doesn't help matters at all

Photo of Bogforce
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in an in person trade with cwguy5, thanks Will!

A: Pours with almost no head, looks like some ugly soapy bubbles. A hazy burnt orange brown color.

S: HOPS! Definitely a mix of fruity and piney hops in the nose, smells great.

T: Lots of hops in the taste, malt is very hidden which I like a lot. I am definitely Centennial and Cascade hops in this, very strong hop taste. A pretty bittering beer too.

M: Leaves some bitterness on the tongue, pretty bitter beer overall.

O: This is a good hoppy beer, wish I had access to this. Definitely a very hoppy easy drinking IPA.

Photo of THECPJ
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: copper hazy orange with a 1 finger off white head

smell: citrus, floral, hops, caramel, malts

taste: hops, malts, with a grassy finish

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: pretty nice DIPA. nothing that really makes this one stand out. Glad I got to try it though.

Cheers,l
The CPJ

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Death By Hops from Olde Hickory Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 462 ratings.