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Death By Hops - Olde Hickory Brewery

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BA SCORE
87
very good

413 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 413
Reviews: 167
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 36
Gots: 45 | 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 jaasen64
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

jaasen64, Oct 05, 2012
Photo of hellhammermario
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

hellhammermario, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of APBT91
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

APBT91, Apr 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

MastaShonuf, Oct 24, 2013
Photo of THECPJ
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
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

THECPJ, Sep 07, 2011
Photo of DrWalterWhite
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

DrWalterWhite, May 01, 2012
Photo of BMart
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

BMart, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of Ivegotmule
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Ivegotmule, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of shrek806
3.76/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured this beer into a wide mouth DFH glass.

The beer pours a golden amber with a thin white lacing. The smell is under bearing with a slight citrus background. The bitterness hits you right up front and subsides throughout the swallow. The mouthfeel is rather pleasant with a minor alcohol finish. Overall this is my first beer ever from both the state of North Carolina and Olde Hickory. I believe this brewery is heading in the right direction. This is a solid IPA. A little too bitter with not enough floral and fruity notes for my taste, but I certainly wouldn't pour this beer down the drain.

shrek806, Feb 13, 2013
Photo of tdm168
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at World of Beer at North Hills 2/16/12.

Pours a medium amber with a thin soft head that has good retention. The nose has an intense citrusy hop aroma. The flavor is overly hoppy with only slight malt to balance; toasty, piny, bitter, woody, earthy. The mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.

This was an enjoyable beer. A little unbalanced and could use some more malt balance. Overall, a respectable, tasty beer that's worth trying.

tdm168, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of Jamesthebrit
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden brown color with large orange head.
S: Floral scent with hints of honey.
T: Tastes a little different than other imperial IPAs. If I had to put it down to something I would say there is a little more dirt taste. Otherwise the spicy floral notes are not as preminante as in other IPAs again this beer being more gritty. Certainly not bad.
M: Good here. Initially a little too bubbly but sits pretty good.

Overall not a bad IPA. Sits good but the grittiness of the taste brought it down a little.

Jamesthebrit, May 19, 2012
Photo of hooliganlife
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

best by 12/13

pours a slightly deeper gold, inch or so of thick white head. very light retention and some lacing.

sweet and malty up front. lingering bitter hop, resin and pine.

pretty heavy malt with hints of caramel. very bitter through out. loads of pine and white grapefruit. very straight forward. would maybe like a hint more hop complexity.

full body, some chew to it. resin oil on the lips and gums.

pretty good overall, a little one sided but nothing off putting. solid stuff. like the 7% ABV a lot, making this far more drinkable.

hooliganlife, Jan 20, 2013
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 jgreenearrow
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

jgreenearrow, Sep 30, 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 KYGunner
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

One can't miss the sturdy foamy head produced by this darkened orange colored ale. The retention was impressive and it left clumps of foam about the edges of the glass.

Really big hops in the nose with a citrusy grapefruit and the unmistakable scent of a bouquet of flowers.

The flavors are less citrus and more floral hop cone. There is a ccramel malt backbone but the the floral hoppiness is most evident. Subtle spiciness, chive and just the barest hint of pine all make an appearance.

The feel is quite dry, relatively smooth but ultimately astringent.

This comes across as a hop bomb and that it is, just wished for more citrus in the taste.

KYGunner, Dec 06, 2013
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3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Chrisheartsbeer for the chance to taste this one. Never heard of this, and looking forward to giving it a try. Bottle calls to be drank by May 2012, so I am assuming this is screaming fresh. Poured from bottle into DFH snifter. Pours a dark orange but transparent color, frothy white head sticks all over the glass, recedes slowly. Smell- bright sunshiny citrus flavors. lemon-lime, followed by some tropical sweetness. Definitely West Coast hops here, some mango, papaya, etc. Taste- WOW. Blasting bitterness at the front of the palate. The tropical hops present themselves, but I struggle to find a real malt backbone to counter balance the waves upon waves of bitterness onslaught. Feels like the hop oils are just creeping down the back of my throat. The mouthfeel has a slick feel to it. Decent carbonation, but almost oily from the hop resin. This is one aggressive IPA here- more brutally hoppy and bitter than most West Coast IPAs that I am accustomed to drinking. The weakness of this beer is its strength: the tremendous bitter hoppy presence is not balanced with an appropriate malt backbone. The sweetness that presents itself in the aroma does not come out in the taste. Pine needles, grapefruit, tropical hoppy flavors all abound in the taste. Overall, this is a nice IPA, but good god it is brutal. I would have it again for sure.

lnashsig, Dec 22, 2011
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3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber from Peabody’s. Into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint -

A: Golden orange; eggshell head; about two-fingers, leaving chunky wads of lace; good retention and steady bubbles.

S: Citrus hops; woodsy / nutty notes... kind of weird.

T: Big citrus and pine hoppiness; pretty heavy bitterness on the end; a touch boozy and almost hot.

M: Big bitter / puckering bite on the end; pretty full-bodied and high carbonation.

O: Pretty good, but nutty / wood flavor throws things a bit; not bad, though.

(from notes)

jpro, Feb 09, 2012
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3.85/5  rDev -1%
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...

russpowell, Jun 13, 2011
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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
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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 FanofHefe
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber, labeled best by Jan 2013, that pours a slightly hazy golden body with a one-finger bubbly white head. The head dissipates quickly and leaves a bit of lacing.

Piney hops dominate the aroma. Not a very complex aroma overall. After the pine hops, there is a light amount of grapefruit notes, but not much else. I expect this might have more "punch" if very fresh, since the label notes significant dry hopping.

The taste picks up where the aroma left off and adds some decent caramel malt taste to a solid pine and grapefruit hop flavor. The blend of the hops and malt flavors works pretty well in this brew.

Medium mouthfeel with a bit of oily hop texture. A very nice IPA, but not sure it rises to the level of a DIPA as labeled. Solid overall.

FanofHefe, Oct 10, 2012
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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
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3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into tulip glass. best before july '11. thanks to CarolinaKevin for this extra

Pours a slightly hazed auburn orange with a very thin head, almost nonexistent actually. Some bubbles of film and lacing on the glass.

Nice flair of citrusy hops with a dose of bitterness. Some grainy, doughy malt with sweeter caramel and a touch of honey with fruit.

Surprisingly bitter up front driven by grapefruit and rind. Biting hoppiness alongside some citrusy fruit flavors and a bit of lemon peel. Honey and caramel swirled into the bready malt base. More grapefruit hoppiness and very faint warmth in the finish.

Medium bodied, a bit higher carbonation, sticky and dry on the tongue with lingering tendencies. This is pretty decent drinking, the alcohol is masked almost completely, and the hop profile delivers. I thought the appearance and nose lacked a bit but the flavor was a hit for me.

xnicknj, Mar 02, 2011
Photo of tharper
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into pint glass.

A: Murky golden pour - 1.5 inch rocky head - head lingers to 1/4 inch minimum
S: Piney hops, slight citrus - hop bomb
T: Malt body overpowered by hop flavor as is the style for an American DIPA. Bitterness is well maintained and shows care in brewing process to avoid pucker. Slight resiney character but appears to be mostly pellet hop additions late in boil with some apparent dry hop or hopback post-fermentation additions.
M: Slightly slick but bitterness is well maintained - carbonation is very appropriate for style and presentation.

O: Well, they call it death by hops, so it lives up to the name. I would prefer a bit more malt diversity to add a bit more complexity. Overall this is exactly what it should be if the point was to produce a highly hopped IPA bordering on the Double IPA territory. If you like super hop smelly IPAs, then this is for you. Great rep from a small East Coast brewery.

tharper, Dec 31, 2012
Death By Hops from Olde Hickory Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 413 ratings.