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Death By Hops - Olde Hickory Brewery

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BA SCORE
87
very good

397 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 397
Reviews: 166
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.56%
Wants: 36
Gots: 41 | 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.

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shrek806

New York

3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2013 04:45:06 | More by shrek806
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2012 23:23:47 | More by tdm168
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Jamesthebrit

Michigan

3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2012 16:58:20 | More by Jamesthebrit
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hooliganlife

Missouri

3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2013 20:05:23 | More by hooliganlife
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titosupertramp

Tennessee

3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2011 01:16:07 | More by titosupertramp
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jgreenearrow

Virginia

3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2011 01:30:19 | More by jgreenearrow
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2011 04:58:07 | More by corby112
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KYGunner

Kentucky

3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2013 21:48:55 | More by KYGunner
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lnashsig

Texas

3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2011 01:21:29 | More by lnashsig
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jpro

South Carolina

3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
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)

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2012 03:18:03 | More by jpro
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
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...

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2011 03:52:15 | More by russpowell
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beachbum1975

Ohio

3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2011 21:50:10 | More by beachbum1975
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MichaelinFishers

Indiana

3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2011 22:11:40 | More by MichaelinFishers
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FanofHefe

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2012 01:29:25 | More by FanofHefe
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thegodfather2701

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-18-2011 20:33:09 | More by thegodfather2701
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2011 04:24:11 | More by xnicknj
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tharper

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2012 03:09:14 | More by tharper
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

3.9/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2011 12:07:29 | More by BeerFMAndy
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portia99

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle (best by July '11) received as another fine extra from jpmclaug...as always, big thanks! Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - A slow, steady pours results in a well hazed dirty amberish orange color with a finger of cream colored foam that dies fairly quickly and leaves behind some sparse lacing on the glass.

S - Very fruity hops, sweet and citrusy with lots of oranges and grapefruit. Some tropical fruits too - mango especially. A hint of mild caramel malt kicks thru the hops but not much else in the aroma from the malt.

T - Fruity and tropical hop flavors up front - mango and pineapple dominate with some grapefruit subtley in the background a bit. Bitterness is mid level and clean. Caramelly malt makes a small contribution, pretty much in line with the intensity in the aroma.

M - Body is medium with matching carbonation level. A good clean bitterness stays behind past the swallow and encourages another sip. Alcohol is noticeable but not distracting...adds some flavors and a bit of feel,although I wouldn't go so far as to call it warmth.

D - A nice IPA...definitely hop focused as I like it. Hop flavors are good, but don't stand out in the crowd of excellent IPA's out there. A solid beer though in anyone's book.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2011 18:25:59 | More by portia99
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eclipse54

Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A 22 ounce bottle from inlimbo77; thanks! Best before 08/2012.

Body is a copper and orange color and boasts a two centimeter wide head consisting of minuscule, frothy bubbles. Retention is good with lots of sticky lacing coating the glass.

The aroma is of citrusy hops (grapefuit, orange, lemon), plenty of floral and grassy notes, pine, and a bit of spicy earthen hop character as well. The nose certainly screams hops, with little to no malt pulling through here.

Taste continues to be hop-forward, though a bit more caramel malt shows up towards the end. Otherwise, it’s spicy hops, cinnamon, pine resin, orange citrus, and lemon zest that dominate the palate.

It’s amply carbonated, but finishes rather dry. The spice notes also seem to linger a bit longer than usual - especially the cinnamon - which is unfortuante.

Overall, a good DIPA, especially considering it was a Pro-Am winner. It’s always nice to see breweries promoting their local homebrewers.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2012 03:05:42 | More by eclipse54
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #58 (November 2011):

LOOK: Hazed peach

SMELL: Herbal, minty, papaya, mango, doughy, alcohol

TASTE: Hoppy, tobacco, herbal, leafy, earthy, grassy, pulling, astringent, stone fruit, earthy, woody

We're not dead yet, actually just getting our hop fix. Excessive hopping is noticed. The palate does not get devastated by the bitterness, but it does get taken over by the massive amount of hop flavor, so much so that you should not expect to taste much after knocking this one back. A worthy hop bomb.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2012 03:55:48 | More by BeerAdvocate
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

3.93/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2011 22:33:30 | More by Metalmonk
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Vec2267

Florida

3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2011 22:49:59 | More by Vec2267
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msubulldog25

Oregon

3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2011 22:49:08 | More by msubulldog25
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JayAre46

Texas

3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks louis for this extra. let me start off by saying this is one of the ugliest labels ive ever seen, hilarious. alright poured out of a bomber into a pint glass, appears a light amber with some haze and oranges hues. big two finger head sits on top and shows ridiculous retention, awesome. amazing sheets of lace on the way down. the aroma is piney, straight hops and dank. not getting much malt but i know its there. the taste is an absolute hop onslaught, jesus christ! just piney, and very resiny. there is a sweet malt there for balance but i don't think that was their goal. extremely sharp and dry in the finish. the mouth feel is amongst the most prickly and stabbing ive had. overall the name "death by hops" i thought was a medicinal remedy and since i don't feel to well i thought i would crack it and see if i felt better afterwards. didn't work. but this is a solid brew and i appreciate getting fresh dipa/ipas as extras. i will say as simple as it is, i feel they achieved their goal. well done olde hickory and thank you louis.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2011 01:56:15 | More by JayAre46
Death By Hops from Olde Hickory Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 397 ratings.