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Death By Hops - Olde Hickory Brewery

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87
very good

446 Ratings
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Ratings: 446
Reviews: 169
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.08%
Wants: 35
Gots: 53 | 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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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

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

Acquired via trade with n2185 - thanks! - DFH snifter

Pours a really nice slightly hazy gold color with perfect head and nice lacing. Smells amazing, I wasn't expecting this but it was big on grapefruit.. very very fruity and I love it. Taste follows, perfectly bitter with great finish and feel. ABV is right on, not too much not too little, this was just a perfect beer and it makes me wish I lived down there in NC

If you're near this brewery you must pick this up

Photo of jsanford
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass.

A - Pours a hazy orange with a 1-inch creamy white head that recedes to a craggy haze, leaving tons of soapy lacing behind.
S - Hops! Incredibly pungent hop aromas, very green and vegetal, with notes of pineapple, pine resin, and grapefruit.
T - Again, very hoppy, with lots of dank flavors of grapefruit, pineapple, and pineapple with a long-lasting bitter finish. Not as much up-front hop flavor as I'd expected, this is more on the bittering hops end of the spectrum. Still, for a "regular" IPA this is HUGE.
M - Smooth and slightly creamy, with a medium body and crisp carbonation. You can really feel the hop resins in here.
O - Excellent IPA, certainly an intense experience. Hop-heads rejoice!

Photo of beerwolf77
3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes to GehenHerzog for this bottle. Split into tulips.

A: Cloudy golden orange hue. About a finger of cream hued head recedes leaving sticky lace.

S: Full on piney hops burst out of the glass. Like fresh cut evergreen branches. A hint of burnt rubber comes through as it warms.

T: Wow this is bitter. Loads of piney hops and burnt rubber. Almost acrid and harsh as I sip it.

M: Medium creamy body. Soft carbonation.

O: This was a pine hop bomb. Good but maybe a bit over the top for me.

Photo of LiquidBread219
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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: I really liked this one really Drinkable.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Label claims this is a "double IPA," the ABV puts it right on the fence...it's really going to be for the palate to decide, but I'll consider it a double IPA since the brewer says it is.

So, Death By Hops, eh? I can think of worse ways to go...like most other ways. The label is great too, making it clear that death by hops could be a rather peaceful alternative to the many messier ways to go down. Anyway...

The pour results in a fairly thin, wispy head...full coverage of the liquid for about 20 seconds, but then minimizing to a skim real quickly. Color is on the paler, more washed out side of the sunny orange/reddish double IPAs you often see.

Aroma has Death By Hops sitting on the double IPA side of the tracks. Big juicy whiffs of orange flesh, citrus rind, grapefruit and mutant peach. Nice piney exterior too. Ultimately the malt sits back and lets the hops dance all over it.

Taste is a rather green, leafy, slightly strained bit of hoppiness, with a thinner body than expected. Some warming helps bring out the more exotic citrus/rind tones, and while the hops try and reach levels of crazy intensity, something is holding them back. I'm wondering if it might be a stingy brewer trying to save money and not chucking in enough malt to really give this that extra special something? Who knows. As the label states, the hop profile gives it a total West Coast IPA feel ("brewed with 5 different West Coast hops"), and that's really the factor that I enjoy the most here. Had it had a thicker, stickier body and a bit more malt presence, this would definitely impress more than it does.

Not bad, not bad at all...a rather hopped up North Carolina beer that is all San Diego in spirit, though no tongue-ripper and with a reasonable ABV that makes it an easy drinker. Not Olde Hickory's best (that's Event Horizon), not their worst.

Photo of MasterSki
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Jason for sharing this one. Served in a Three Floyds pint glass. The bottle implies this is a DIPA, but the alcohol seems low.

A - A finger of creamy white foam settles to a thick cap, leaving some splotches of lace. Good retention on this one. Transparent golden orange body.

S - Smell is definitely DIPA in nature - copious orange and grapefruit zest, pine, bready malts, burnt sugars, and perhaps a faint bit of alcohol. Quite pleasant and very enjoyable.

T - Unfortunately the taste goes of the rails a bit. Bitter, astringent, and strangely papery. Bread malts and not much in the way of hop flavor. If I plug my nose while drinking, this isn't very good at all.

M - Medium-full body, lower carbonation, some faint warming alcohol. Lots of residual resinous hop oils.

D - Initially quite promising, but the the taste is a miss in my book. I'd try this again if I heard about some recipe tweaks, but as it stands this is a miss for me. I had a hard time getting through my 4oz due to the unpleasant taste.

Photo of russpowell
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BBD of 12/11

Pours an effervescent bronze with ine finger of pearl white head. Average lacing & head retention

S: Mucho pine needles & grapefruit, these fade over time

T: Follows the nose, rindy grapefruit & orange especially along with nice bready notes hiding up front, plus some caramel. Woody hops leak through as this warms, along with more grapefruit & pineyness. Finishes slighlty fruitty (pineapple) with a touch of booze sting mingling in with grapefruit & pineyness

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation, decent balance. The malt back bone seems to wilt a bit once warm

Nice, but slighlty under malted take on the style, Would rate this higher as an AIPA, thought it was slightly better on draft...

Photo of MichaelinFishers
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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.

Death By Hops from Olde Hickory Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 446 ratings.