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Death By Hops - Olde Hickory Brewery

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173 Reviews
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Reviews: 173
Hads: 499
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 13.88%
Wants: 40
Gots: 64 | FT: 3
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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

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Beer added by: ROBORB on 09-22-2010

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip Style Glass. Yellow/amber in color, decent clarity, but a slight haze. Glows orange when held up to the light. Off white creamy colored head. Some lacing, not in credible, but it's there.

Smell is really good, better than your average IPA that's for sure. Very hoppy without being too aggressive. Hops are the feature presentation when it comes to the aroma on this IPA. Floral, citrus, herbal, pine, and earthy tones. All very good.

Taste is also very good, as equally excellent as the smell. Strong citrus zest, grapefruit and clementine so it's both bitter and sweet, but also fully ripe. Some malt presence, pale caramelized malts detected, but hops are again the main feature here. Overall some big flavors, almost crosses into a DIPA territory.

Moutfeel is very good, light bodied with an excellent carbonation level. Smooth feel overall fairly clean with a sharp bitter finish. Well balanced and big flavors all together, quite a bit going on here, better than your average IPA. My first Olde Hickory Brew, very glad to try it. Thanks JCB for the trade! (1,104 characters)

Photo of gford217
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Big, big thanks to Trevor for this bottle.

Pours a bright hazy amber with a medium beige head that recedes slowly and leaves a clump of foam in the middle and very little lacing.

The aroma is fantastic with tons of juicy citrus and slightly resinous floral hops. Lots of pineapple, oranges and mango with pine as a complement. Biscuity malts are present but the hops are the star.

The taste is just as good and starts with a scathingly bitter pithy citrus kick. Really just fills the mouth with oranges, grapefruits and pine. The bready malts are there to support the hops which leaves a big ol' bitter finish.

The mouthfeel is light to medium (for a DIPA) but on the heavier side of an IPA with sticky hops leaving their mark on the palate after each sip.

Well, this is an excellent beer. I struggle with how to categorize it as it's not quite big enough to stack up to the big DIPAs. That said, it's 7% and is likely the best 7% IPA/DIPA I've had in a long time. If we're going to call it a DIPA, then the drinkability is INSANELY high. Whatever, kudos to Olde Hickory for this beauty. (1,092 characters)

Photo of GregSVT
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into a tulip

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden orange with a big white head that fades to a layering and leaves a ton of lacing on the glass.

S: The nose starts with big notes of pine and grapefruit along with a sweet malt aroma. There are also hints of tropical fruits in the background.

T: The taste is a mirror of the nose with huge flavors of piney hops, tropical fruits, and sweet malt. The taste reminds me of fresh Pliny actually with maybe a bit more bitterness.

M: The feel is medium bodied and drying on the finish.

O: This is a hop bomb! Nice DIPA which is what it says on the label. I would drink this occasionally if it was available to me. Nice example of a big hop bomb. (700 characters)

Photo of BeerBeatnik
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On my quest to try more local crafts, I tried this at Duckworths. Great IPA. The bartender told me it was created by a homebrewer. So I don't know whether to give the credit to the homebrewer or the brewery. So I'll give credit to the brewery for finding a great homebrewer to make a great hoppy beer. (301 characters)

Photo of Jazzfan333
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow - this beer is sparking some extreme reviews and I guess that shouldn't be surprising since (as the name implies) this is somewhat of an extreme IPA.

Poured out of a 22 oz. bomber into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - light orange - typical for the style - small head with good lacing

S - Smells great like an uber-hopped IPA should - lots of citrus (grapefruit and orange) and a little pine; appropriate strength of aroma for a big IPA; I did not get any of the vegetal, onion, garlic, grass aromas (or taste) noted by some of the other reviews at all (that kind of smell in an IPA usually comes from Summit hops, like those used in Oskar Blues Gubna and Green Flash Imperial IPA, and to my knowledge DBH doesn't use Summit hops) ...

T - It starts with citrus sweetness at the front of the tongue and then the hop bitterness builds slowly with layer upon layer of glorious hop complexity. It finishes dry with a long, lingering, overpowering, palate destroying hop bitterness. I think the divergent opinions on this beer may be based in large part on the finish which is among the most bitter I've ever tasted on an IPA/DIPA. It is definitely a hop forward beer - not a lot of balance from the malts. For me the hop overload on this beer is outstanding, but I can see that for others (even those who are fans of big IPAs) it might be a bit much.

M - Fairly typical for the style (for an IPA, not a DIPA) - not a lot of carbonation, but adequate

D - At 7% ABV the reason this beer is classified as a Double IPA is solely because of it's extreme hop forward nature and the long bitter finish. While theoretically you could knock back several of these without feeling the alcohol, the palate punishing hop load means for most people (myself included) a single bomber will suffice.

This will definitely become a regular part of my IPA rotation now that is is available in bottles. I'm very glad to have such an outstanding IPA brewed and bottled locally. (1,955 characters)

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

On draft at Sammy's in Belmont, poured by Heather into a Coors Light pint glass (silver bullet, bitch!)

A: Amber - loverly colour - ample head and some cling for life lacing.

S: Does bitterness have a smell? Uh, yeah - hops, grass, citrus, butterscotch.

T: Yowza, welcome to FLAVA TOWN. She opens up with hops and some malt fighting to be noticed, finishes with off-the-charts hop bitterness, grapefruit on par with Sierra Nevada Celebration. "Excuse me miss, I'd like a tall glass of grass and sunshine please." I almost get some whisky out of this too.

M: Some initial chew prior to a big wet nasty oil slick of hop goodness. I wish I could roll this beer up and smoke it.

O: Lives up to the name with a bombastic hop finish. Is this the best brewery in NC? (764 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear golden/amber color with several fingers of head; spotty clumps of foam hang around, as well

Smell: Bready malt and grapefruit pith

Taste: Opens with a bit of bready malt, but the hops jump right in, delivering grapefruit pith in spades; by mid-palate, there is a bitter aspirin element that continues, after the swallow, though it is mitigated by the minty citrus sweetness in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Interesting that the ratings of this beer have been fairly uniform except for three reviewers who shared a bottle - very strange; anyhow, I think this is among the best IPAs to come out of NC; not sure it is a DIPA, but if that is what the brewer wants to call it, I will go with that (773 characters)

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. (635 characters)

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

On-tap at Duckworth's in Charlotte, NC

Appearance: Great looking hazy cloudy orange-yellow pour, good head and lacing

Aroma: Very bitter, tons of pine, citrus, orange pith and grapefruit hops with a strong malt backbone

Taste: Agressive bitter hops (but not hurtfully slow) with a good caramel malt backbone. I get pineapple, papaya, tangerine, orange, etc. Very Tropical. Also more bitter than many IPAs.

Mouthfeel: Feels a bit more than 7%, alcohol is well hidden and a good, creamy full mouthfeel.

Drinkability: This isn't boy king, but it is a good beer to have on tap. (578 characters)

Photo of OakedCanuck
4.29/5  rDev +10.3%
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. (740 characters)

Photo of cjgator3
4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle

A- Pours a golden amber color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma is fresh citrusy hops aplenty with some malt in the background.

T- The taste like the aroma is deliciously hoppy with a perfect amount of lingering bitterness from the hops in the finish. Very nice!

M- The mouthfeel is between light-medium bodied with a good amount of aroma.

O- Overall, Death by Hops is a very satisfying IPA that I really enjoyed! (434 characters)

Photo of Genghis22
4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
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. (1,288 characters)

Photo of jmarsh123
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy orange with a finger of white creamy head. Spotty lacing down the glass.

Smells like a west coast IPA. Lots of good citrus and pine hops and the malt takes a backseat.

Starts out with just a tick of citrus/floral taste. Malt makes a brief appearance, but is very much overshadowed by the hops. Finishes very piney and a little floral with intense bitterness lingering on the tongue. Finishes very dry.

Pretty good carbonation and mouthfeel. Just enough malt to not be too thin.

Most brews with names like this don't live up to the name, but this one definitely does. It's an assault on the taste buds from sip one. I'll knock it down just a tick because the hops don't compliment each other as well as they could, but it's still a tasty beer. (761 characters)

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

Thanks to bullywee for this Olde Hickory palate expander.

It pours a finely cloudy gold, topped by an off-white wafer of head that relaxes to a bubbly skim. Some mountains of lace hug the glass.

As this baby opens up the vegetal aspects really crank into the nose, sharp pine tar, crazy herbosity mingle with a deep bitter note that sends this to the moon.

Where to begin here? As it warms the stupid complexity of the hop profile begins to grab hold. It's a journey that starts with some bitter pith fronting candy sweet and pine. At the edge is vegetal, sweet dank caya, deeply herbal and strong. When it reaches near room temp. the vegetal takes over. Sweet candy turns to ganja love, the bittering becomes a blessed drying in the finish, and keeps a clean presence on the tongue. The bittering here is wonderful, best part of this taste profile.

Mouthfeel is near perfect for style, well attenuated yet resinous and thick, generous dollops of concentrated hop goodness give the mouth that wonderful feel of a finest IIPA.

Drinkability for the average drinker probably won't be as high as how I rate this special beer of deeply herbal aspects. I rate em as I taste em, this baby is delicious to a hop head like me.

Impression: This is a more refined and flavorful beer in the Gubna school of excessive vegetal goodness, and deep hop excess. I recommend it only to those who, like me, revel in the danker enjoyments of extremely resinous hops. (1,452 characters)

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

on draft at beer study in chapel hill. into a tulip. 3 day old keg.

pours a dark copper color with a big head. massively hoppy aroma, wow this is fresh! taste is more of the same, a huge hop bite and amazing grapefruit flavor. definitely fresh! medium bodied, mild carbonation.

overall superb. 3 days old so it rocked. love it! (329 characters)

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. (578 characters)

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. (589 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from cask into a flared pilsner glass. Poured copper with a minimal white head. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus hops, and bitter hops. The flavor was of sweet malt, big citrus hops, and slight bitter hops. It had a medium feel on the palate with low carbonation. Overall this was a pretty nice IIPA. The hops are definitely the star of the show on this one without doubt. The sweet malt aspect tries to balance it out but falls a little short. They definitely named this one appropriately. A MUST try for any hop-head out there. (594 characters)

Photo of nUgZ
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a somewhat hazy golden color with a 2 finger head and nice lacing.

S: Lots of citrus and floral hops and maybe a touch of alcohol.

T: Citrus, floral, and piney hops along with some malts in the background. This is a hop bomb.

M: Medium bodied with good carbonation.

O: This is a very good IPA. Super hoppy and easy to drink. I will be buying this one again. (413 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber bottle (thanks UNCCTdawg). Best by date 4/12. Poured into a small Victory tulip/snifter. Split between two.

A: Hazy cloudy orange color. On the first pour I got a faint quarter finger off white head (second pour a got more head). Dissapates quickly. Some carbo streaming off the bottom of glass. Not that much sticky lacing.

S: The nose is very nice. I get those West Coast hop notes of citrus fruits etc., but also get some piney notes. There is some breadiness actually sneaking through. It's actually labeled as a "DIPA" on the bottle even at 7% so maybe that is the hop balance I am smelling.

T: Wow. Been a while since I've had that strong piney atrigency from an IPA as opposed to the citrus fruit hop bombs of late. I like it. Little bit of bitterness on the tip of the tongue then a blast of pine notes in the middle of the mouth. Also some fruit but not the overly citrus based hops. The close is not mouth puckering but there is some piney bitterness. The piney notes linger for a while. It's unbalanced, but that is what I like in IPAs.

M: It's a medium bodied IPA. Nice coating of hop flavors but not overpowering.

O: I really enjoy this one. Maybe A minus or A on the grading scale. First offering from Olde Hickory didn't disappoint. I can't wait to dig into the stouts shortly here. (1,315 characters)

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. (1,469 characters)

Photo of babaracas
4.2/5  rDev +8%
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. (669 characters)

Photo of Hopsedge
4.19/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is all about the aroma and the aftertaste, both of which are really great. Initial taste is underwhelming, but this is more than made up for by the aftertaste, which is dry and lingers forever. This is not a sweet, malty beer. If is light enough to enjoy a lot of it without getting weighted down by sweetness. Definitely one I will return to. (353 characters)

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! (740 characters)

Photo of HamdenHector
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: slightly hazy; burnt orange in color; <1 finger off white head that receded to a thick collar; nice lacing;

S: all hops; tropical fruit, floral, and a little pine;

T: mostly floral through mid-palate; at the finish, it's earthy, floral, piney, and assertively bitter;

M: medium bodied; moderately carbonated; lightly dry finish;

O: a true hop bomb in every sense; (370 characters)

Death By Hops from Olde Hickory Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 173 ratings.