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Death By Hops - Olde Hickory Brewery

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87
very good

455 Ratings
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Ratings: 455
Reviews: 171
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.08%
Wants: 37
Gots: 56 | FT: 2
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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 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

Photo of PhillyStyle
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Brick Store Pub (Decatur, GA)

The beer appeared a very nice deep orange color with a very nice creamy, slightly off white head. The head was retained very well and also left some nice lacing. The beer had a very good aroma to it, strong citrus hops with perhaps a hint to floral hops as well and just a hint of sweet malted barley. The taste was excellent as well. A nice strong, bitter, citrus hoppy flavor. Very well done. The beer was medium bodied with excellent carbonation and it had a nice bitter aftertaste. Overall, an excellent beer and one that I hope to enjoy again.

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

22 oz bottle split and poured into a Central Waters tulip.
7% ABV, Best By S. 11. notched.

Thanks to Beerwolf77 for sharing!

A - Faintly hazy golden yellow in color and topped by a sturdy off-white head, Death By Hops has nice patchy lace that clings to the glass after a hard swirl.

S - Faint citrus notes and mild earth turns to burnt rubber after a vigorous swirl. A malty backbone balances out ok but the burnt rubber aroma is a bit much and off-putting.

T - Death to my taste buds is more like it. Bitter resiny hops strike with citrus and floral attacks. The malt backbone is there but largely overshadowed.

M - A bitter taste bud slaughter, the name is quite deserving. This medium-bodied IPA is a touch dry and well-balanced.

O - Death By Hops is pretty bitter but remains a pretty well-rounded IPA with malty undertones to the citrusy notes. Tasty.

Photo of GJ40
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Label stated best by Feb 12.

Golden with good clarity and a small white head. Some lacing. Aroma was mostly grassy with citrus and floral contributions as well. Flavor was citrusy and grassy hop flavors with a nice lingering bitterness. It was not quite as good as I remembered when I first tried it on tap a year or so ago in Charlotte but it grew on me over the course of the glass. Mouthfeel was silky, maybe even oily, with a low to moderate carbonation.

A nice exercise in hops.

Photo of smellandsip37
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz into a pint glass

A- Nice tiny bubble head one finger deep, seems to have some carbonation, good sign that it will have a lively mouthfeel.

S- All day this is an IPA/DIPA. Pine/citrus hop nose, the closer you get the more floral. Grapefruit too, there is even a hint of sweet something, could that be malt...

T- When this was brewed by Alex last year it might very well have been a DIPA, now there is other stuff that people use as weapons of palate destruction, so for me this is just a plain IPA. Being how much of taste is smell, all those smells come through. Its not a heavy mouthfeel, but some carbonation keeps it lively and aids it not having a 'dead' or 'stale' feeling. As it warmed the heat came through a bit, not so much to turn me off. I REALLY like how this tastes, I just wanted a little more malt.

O- This is almost a back to back drink, as long as you do not have too sensitive a palate and you are just drinking beer. I really enjoyed it, now if only it was not so expensive to make I might be able to drink it more often

Photo of dmamiano
4.14/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a hazy straw color with nice bilowing head and lacing as the foam slowly fades
strong hop bite in the nose..citric rinds of grapefruit and orange..perhaps tangering.
grainy malts also noted
Taste was real big on flavor. A well balanced beer with distinct hoppiness and caramel malt.
The hops slightly overpower the malts with orange/grapefruit flavor and even a hint of spicyness.
Very nice beer.

Photo of msubulldog25
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. brown bottle, a label with the words 'DEATH BY HOPS' floating angelically amidst the clouds. Poured to a pint glass between sessions of Sunday afternoon yardwork. Big thanks to Metalmonk for sending.

I 'ensure[d] brewery fresh taste' by keeping/serving cool and enjoying before the marker-notched 'S 11' dating. Side label tells me this beer is 'the winner of Olde Hickory's first Pro-Am event ... designed by Alex Buerekholtz' - he's a homebrewer and owner of Hops and Vines in Asheville, NC.

A: Lovely golden butterscotch, barely hazy. Lots of swirling carbonation, small and steadily rising to a finger-thick tuft of white cream. Good retention and gorgeous lace in broad, twinkling bands. A dense cap of cream holds sturdily, hugging at the sides of the glass.

S: Aroma has decent strength... a notable biscuit/caramel pale malt breadiness with modest citrus (sweeter tangerine and mild/pithier orange). Grassy, meadow-like, flowery perfume. Though it's not so strong, it is undeniably enticing.

T: Grassy, herbal spice leads to a bright tanginess that hints at being 'metallic' without ever quite crossing that line. Label lists '5 different West Coast hops' (not named, but I'd bet Simcoe and Cascade lead the way) and then added dry hopping (twice), so it's no wonder that the pithy, more abrasively bitter lupulin eventually catches up to a maltier/tamer breadiness found in the first few sips. I love the balance.

M: A crisper, more 'biting' feel; carbonation seems creamy enough but the latent hop oils coat tongue and cheeks profoundly... what a 'juicy' mouthfeel! NOT STICKY! I think the 'bite' comes from salivary glands working overtime; my cheeks are actually a little sore after finishing the bottle. Alcohol is pretty well hidden for 7%, but there is a subtle warmth.

O: A well-balanced 'just bitter enough' IPA that satisfies my like of hops and need for maltiness to match. With a name like 'Death by Hops', I miscalculated for a ridiculous West Coast (where I live) hop-bomb taste bud murderer. and instead got a pleasing, flavor-forward IPA/DIPA. Sure, it's a bit simpler (not quite living up to its name), but it's plenty appealing, above average and is something I'd be happy having again. Thx, Jeff!

Photo of MacQ32
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a golden orange color with a nice finger of creamy off white head. Nice lacing and good retention, looks great!

S - Smells like heaven, seriously. Amazing citrus hop aromas as well as piney hops. A bit of sweet malt shines through as well.

T - Tastes pretty damn good, a bit of sweetness but citrus hops primarily and then floral hops come through. Just a great IPA

M - Perfect carbonation, medium bodied, good all around

O - Smell is magical, taste is damn good and drinkablity is great too, this ones a winner

Death By Hops from Olde Hickory Brewery
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