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Death By Hops - Olde Hickory Brewery

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BA SCORE
87
very good

423 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 423
Reviews: 168
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.34%
Wants: 36
Gots: 46 | 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 MichaelinFishers
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber with "Best by" notching of December 2011. Thanks to n2185 for this one.

Poured into two Crate & Barrel 14oz tulips. Not a lot of head, but decent carbonation. The aroma is somewhat milder than expected for the name, but definitely pine/resin hops. The initial taste is a nice firm, but not overpowering, crystal malt backbone with a nice hit of hop flavor and bitterness. The bitterness lingers for quite a while. I thought it was great, but could have been balanced with a little more aroma; my wife thought it was a little too much on the bitterness, and she is quite the hophead.

Overall, I really liked this beer. It straddles the line between IPA and DIPA. Even the brewer can't quite figure it out. The label says "India Pale Ale" while the web site says Double IPA. The ABV, and flavor and aroma hops are more in the IPA range, while the buttering hops are firmly in DIPA territory. The finish reminds me of Victory Hop Wallop. I'll have to get another some time.

MichaelinFishers, Jun 12, 2011
Photo of bobhits
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Death By Hops Olde Hickory Brewery

Deep orange, high density (protein and perhaps yeast), tall shell colored head, and a mild amount of carbonation. Looks like a bit thick heavy double IPA and a good one at that.

Very citrus and fruity hops with a pine finish. They say 5 different hops and dry hopped twice on top of that…I believe it! The malt is rather sweet and certainly powerful. The pine aroma with the rest of this gives this beer an odd but very nice aroma.

There aren’t a lot of words to explain American IPAs. They all more or less are the same with radical differences in execution. This one executes wonderfully. Wonderful bitter bite backed by caramel malt. The beer leaves a lingering ripe fruity (almost like grape peels leave) flavor with some bitter dry hops. I would say there’s a touch more malt here than needed, but nit picking.

The one part of this beer that doesn’t work for me is the body. The beer feels double IPA thick, lacks carbonation in the tongue, and just seems out of line for an IPA and at the same time I can tell it isn’t really thick enough to be a double IPA. 7% abv does put this beer right on that IPA/Double IPA line.

A huge thanks for this extra, it blows every Kentucky IPA out of the water! This beer in my opinion could be placed up there with virtually any IPA out there and hold its own. A few flaws in the mouth feel keep this from having the resume to call itself exceptional, but it comes darn close.

bobhits, Jun 10, 2011
Photo of DavoleBomb
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

4.0 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.

3.5 S: Piney, floral and citrusy hops. Pine, grapefruit, and orange stick out the most. Also a touch of sugariness in there as well. Malts are bready and slightly biscuity. Not bad.

3.5 T: Pretty much exactly like the nose. Bready malts with a touch of caramel. Hops are piney with orange and grapefruit citrus.

4.5 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.

DavoleBomb, May 23, 2011
Photo of thegodfather2701
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at First Street just today.

A-Pours a hazy gold with a bright white fizzy head that dissipates quickly leaving no lacing.

S-Dominated by citrus notes, especially grapefruit. Not an over powering nose or complex for that matter.

T-Very hoppy as expected. Strong notes of grapefruit with a touch of caramel from the malts. Overall not that complex and dominated by hops.

M-The mouthfeel was on par for the the style, not to thick or to carbonated.

D-I could drink more than one in a sitting, but it didn't blow me away.

Overall, I have drank much better versions of the style. To be honest I thought it was just a regular ipa. It lacked the complexity and overall fresh hoppy flavor needed to be a truly great double ipa in my opinion. However, I would recommend it and would drink it again.

thegodfather2701, May 18, 2011
Photo of Onenote81
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle picked up at Peabody's in Boone. Best by September '11 marked on the label. Poured into an Allagash chalice. Pours a dark honey-gold with a thick off-white cap. Decent retention. The nose is fresh with tones of pine, grapefruit, mango, but it just doesn't last long. Smells nice, just not really bold. Good full creamy mouth. Carbonation level backs it up nicely. Not too heavy, as I downed the bomber happily, but just "big" enough. Good fresh hoppy bitterness. Alcohol is non-existent, which is no surprise since this is only 7.0%. Juicy citrus fruits, caramel, light toffee-like sweetness, mild finish. This beer wasn't a smack in the face, and it surely wouldn't cause 'death,' but it was tasty nonetheless

Onenote81, May 13, 2011
Photo of Retsinis
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fellow BA (thanks Skuter) got this in a trade, and brought this to a recent tasting.

A: Poured from the 22oz bomber into a Bruery tulip glass. The beer pours a copper color, with a half inch of white head that quickly fades without deposting much in terms of lacing.

S: I pick up citrus scents of grapefruit, some floral hops, grass, and a mild earthy note.

T: Grapefruit again up front, with a little too sweet caramel malt background. Mild pine also comes through.

M: Lightly carbonated, and a little thin.

O: Not bad, glad I got to try it. It's a bit light for an Imperial IPA @ 7.00%. Admittedly though, with the large high quality, availability, and variety of IPA's, DIPA's, IIPA's in California, it's hard for me personally to be impressed, for what it's worth though, this was good, and certainly not average, in my humble opinion.

Retsinis, May 13, 2011
Photo of corby112
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.

corby112, May 11, 2011
Photo of PatLarsen
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.

PatLarsen, May 07, 2011
Photo of wino47
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.

wino47, May 07, 2011
Photo of TheDudeRules
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.

TheDudeRules, May 06, 2011
Photo of titosupertramp
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!

titosupertramp, Apr 22, 2011
Photo of dfclav
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.

dfclav, Apr 20, 2011
Photo of kflack
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!

kflack, Apr 14, 2011
Photo of mechamifune
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.

mechamifune, Apr 14, 2011
Photo of MADhombrewer
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.

MADhombrewer, Apr 11, 2011
Photo of argock
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.

argock, Apr 08, 2011
Photo of Mississipping
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.

Mississipping, Apr 08, 2011
Photo of beachbum1975
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.

beachbum1975, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of Rhettroactive
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

Rhettroactive, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of madvermin
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.

madvermin, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of brian44556
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.

brian44556, Mar 30, 2011
Photo of Genghis22
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.

Genghis22, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of OakedCanuck
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.

OakedCanuck, Mar 16, 2011
Photo of fear025
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.

fear025, Mar 16, 2011
Photo of babaracas
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.

babaracas, Mar 15, 2011
Death By Hops from Olde Hickory Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 423 ratings.