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Death By Hops - Olde Hickory Brewery

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BA SCORE
87
very good

374 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 374
Reviews: 164
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.82%


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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dgfair

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle poured into Corsendonk tulip.

Beer pours a beautiful clear golden color with a brilliant white head that leaves delicate lacing all over the interior of the glass.

The smell is sweet, sweet citrus. I get tons of grapefruit and orange. I also pick up pineapple and guava with a little bit of passion fruit. Very tropical and very sweet in the nose. I pick up a slight touch of rotten fruit at the end that is less than pleasurable.

The taste is extremely bitter. Very piney and grapefruity, and not much else at first taste. Once my palate starts to recover from the assault, there is a decent little malt backbone with some nice biscuit flavors and a little bit of yeasty dough. Definitely for the uber hopheads who want a tongue lashing (pun intended). Too bitter for me.

Mouth is fairly slick and oily and the drinkability is pretty low due ton the complete overpowering bitterness. I could see some hopheads really locoing this one. I like it for what it is, but it is slightly too hoppy for me.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2011 22:02:36 | More by dgfair
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brian44556

Kentucky

3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed this beer 3/27/11 while watching UK beat UNC in the Elite 8! I was lucky enough to pick this up in Winston-Salem while attending the Sexual Chocolate release.

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an Allagash 16.75oz Cervoise glass.

Dark copper color, small off white head, small amounts of lacing. Looks like a good DIPA should. The smell wasn't very impressive. Caught the initial bitterness and sweet hops, but the smell didn't seem to last. I enjoyed the taste of bitter grapefruit and tropical fruits on some drinks, but on others I tasted hints of dish soap. Very strange... Overall the beer had decent carbonation and a decent taste, SOMETIMES. Glad I had a chance to snag a bottle and try, but it isn't something I would seek out in the future.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2011 23:17:03 | More by brian44556
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argock

Virginia

3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz brown bomber into a clear, stemmed, glass goblet. No freshness date. Purchased at Peabody's Wine and Beer Merchants (Boone, NC) for $6.29.

A: Slightly hazy golden with a 2-finger off-white densely bubbled head with good retention and a moderate amount of thin lace tracings around the glass.

S: Very fruity and floral aroma with mostly juicy citrus and orange blossom aromas and a tight, biscuity, caramel maltiness.

T: The flavor is too tame for the DIPA style, and this brew, while good, has no chance amongst the best of this style. The maltiness is far to sweet and strong with prominent biscuit and caramel tones. The hoppiness is very significant but is lost to some extent in the multiple malt qualities.

M: The mouthfeel falls far short of optimal for the style with a medium body and an oily overall feel due to low carbonation.

O: A good IPA but merely an average DIPA. I like Olde Hickory's main offerings quite a bit, but Death by Hops needs to land in the IPA category.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2011 03:26:59 | More by argock
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MasterSki

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2011 15:24:29 | More by MasterSki
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

Thanks to josefiak for this bottle!

Review #2300. Well, I know the dessert Death by Chocolate is loaded with the dark stuff, so there's definitely some expectations for this here brew... It pours a clear sunrise amber topped by a touch more than a finger of cream-white foam. The nose comprises light biscuit, grapefruit zest, pine resin, orange zest, and a touch of booze. The taste generally follows suit, though the resin and citrus peels combine with a now stronger booze component, creating a bitterness that at times comes off a bit astringent, though luckily not too often. Beyond that, there's plenty of hops, with a mild contingent of toffee in the background, vainly attempting to balance things out. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, a hop-bomb indeed. Not bad, not great, but good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2012 02:24:16 | More by TMoney2591
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oline73

Maryland

3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a finger and a half of creamy off white head. This beer has good retention and decent lacing.

Smell: Sweet but very hoppy. The sweetness reminds me of bitter citrus juice. The hops smell like the beer is quite fresh.

Taste: Bitter hops dominate the smell but there is enough malt to back it up. I would have liked the middle of the sip to be a bit lighter. The finish is bitter like grapefruit peel.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with carbonation on the mild side and a dry finish.

Overall: I'm enjoying the hop profile, but the heaviness of the bitter flavors was a bit much. This is a good DIPA, and I might have another given the chance.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2012 01:07:08 | More by oline73
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zhanson88

California

3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 02:09:56 | More by zhanson88
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CliffBrake

New Hampshire

3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to HeadyHops81 for the bottle. Dated best by May 2012.

Medium orange color, slightly hazy with a nice head and good retention.

I would describe the nose as spicy shortbread. Spicy hops dominate the taste, balanced by sweet bready malts, resolving into a long peppery finish.

Medium body with good carbonation.

Overall the peppery finish is quite prevalent and overtakes the impression of this beer. Other than this aspect, it seems reminiscent of 90 Minute IPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 01:19:26 | More by CliffBrake
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vande

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a - a 14k golden color, somewhat more dense looking then, say, a miller light - but much prettier... a soft, cushiony, lace-filled head of about 2 fingers in depth...as it recedes, it leaves a lasting impression upon my pint..

s - lemon grass, spring house hold cleaner, pine odor.. a very 'clean' smelling beer..

t - piney hop note with a sprig of lemon rind and pine presence with hints of malt mixed in... a dry finish that leaves one schmacking thier lips a bit...

m - light-to-medium in body, somewhat creamy in texture...

0 - pretty good ipa...probably would/could get lost in the shuffle of such a deep category...

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2012 01:38:15 | More by vande
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

an opaque copper/orange pour with a finger of white head and some great lacing left behind. smells of pine, almonds, grapefruit.. first time i've ever smelled that almond in a beer, hmm. the flavor is a tangy grapefruit with some oddball grain notes.. hmm, i can definitely taste a nutty malt profile, there is a very earthy bitterness coming out of this beer - honestly, i'm not feeling the flavor profile as much as i did the smell. the citrus aspect i nice, but the bitter earthy hops does not work with this at all.
medium body, low carbonation.

this started off as an awesome looking/smelling beer and escalated to a lot of sad face. the flavor is just off - weir nuttyness with bittering hops, citrus tone overall. it just doesn't blend. i still appreciate it in a way though, because of the bitterness and the citrus combination, but after each sip i realize NO THIS IS WRONG.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2013 09:25:01 | More by facundoCNB
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Onenote81

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle picked up at Peabody's in Boone. Best by September '11 marked on the label. Poured into an Allagash chalice. Pours a dark honey-gold with a thick off-white cap. Decent retention. The nose is fresh with tones of pine, grapefruit, mango, but it just doesn't last long. Smells nice, just not really bold. Good full creamy mouth. Carbonation level backs it up nicely. Not too heavy, as I downed the bomber happily, but just "big" enough. Good fresh hoppy bitterness. Alcohol is non-existent, which is no surprise since this is only 7.0%. Juicy citrus fruits, caramel, light toffee-like sweetness, mild finish. This beer wasn't a smack in the face, and it surely wouldn't cause 'death,' but it was tasty nonetheless

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2011 14:50:08 | More by Onenote81
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smellandsip37

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2011 04:38:10 | More by smellandsip37
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Hopstuff

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a good beer. Seriously though I do wake up some morning having dreamed about this one. I am still impressed every time I drink something from these folks, thinking yes, maybe they still are the best NC brewery!?!? This effort from Old Hickory makes my mouth OK, what you got, but then delivering a perfectly planned suicide of hopness that makes we go....emmm, yes please. If you have not tried this brewery, you must. They are seriously on their way to a great run as a down home brew pub turned stand up brewery. This is a good effort by them which could stand on its on in a a fight between Brad Pitt in Troy and those special effects 300 tried to pull off as a Troy on acid.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2012 04:29:41 | More by Hopstuff
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Dope

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Best before 4/13

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden orange. Enormous fizzy tan head, which fizzes away pretty quickly. Nice head retention with an island of foam. Pretty solid fluffy tendrils of lacing too.

S: Lots of sweet caramel. Might have waited a little long to drink this one. There is some sweet citrus, tropical fruits and resin in there. Flowery, even. Honestly not bad, just not what I was expecting from a beer named "Death By Hops". I'll give it a reasonable score since it might be a bit past its prime.

T: Despite the modest aroma, surprisingly hoppy in the flavors. Lots of sweet, juicy fruits. Mainly oranges and grapefruits but hints of tropical fruit like mango and maybe even pineapple. Decent sharp bitterness towards the middle along with the sweet caramel malt. Moderate resin in the finish with some floral hops. Nice long lingering bitter and floral aftertaste.

M: High carbonation, medium bodied. A little too airy and sharp as a result.

O: Not bad, perhaps needs to be a little younger to get the full "death by hops" experience. Floral character is a little strong, primarily composing the finish. Not bad but nothing amazing at the same time.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2013 01:54:50 | More by Dope
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Retsinis

California

3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fellow BA (thanks Skuter) got this in a trade, and brought this to a recent tasting.

A: Poured from the 22oz bomber into a Bruery tulip glass. The beer pours a copper color, with a half inch of white head that quickly fades without deposting much in terms of lacing.

S: I pick up citrus scents of grapefruit, some floral hops, grass, and a mild earthy note.

T: Grapefruit again up front, with a little too sweet caramel malt background. Mild pine also comes through.

M: Lightly carbonated, and a little thin.

O: Not bad, glad I got to try it. It's a bit light for an Imperial IPA @ 7.00%. Admittedly though, with the large high quality, availability, and variety of IPA's, DIPA's, IIPA's in California, it's hard for me personally to be impressed, for what it's worth though, this was good, and certainly not average, in my humble opinion.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2011 00:06:17 | More by Retsinis
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fear025

Illinois

3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma:Tons of grapefruit assault my nose on first sniff. There's a little orange and peach, and a tiny bit of pine, but mostly grapefruit.

Appearance:Clear and gold in color. Very little visible carbonation. Lots of very white head, with just OK retention.

Taste:This beer packs a pretty big flavorful hop punch. There's grapefruit, apricot, pine, and grapefruit/lemon rind. Actually, I could do without the rind, as it's pretty strong and a little off-putting, but after a few sips, it doesn't bother me as much. The hop bitterness actually increases through the midtaste, and fades very slowly with the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel:This one is about medium thick with low to moderate carbonation. The hops produce a little astringency.

Drinkability:This beer has a lot of complexity once I get past some of the off-flavors from the hops, but those flavors would dissuade me from having a second glass.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2011 00:31:01 | More by fear025
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

4.0 A: Clear dark yellow color. Two and a half fingers of creamy/frothy off-white head. Retention is average and a decent amount of lacing is left behind.

3.5 S: Piney, floral and citrusy hops. Pine, grapefruit, and orange stick out the most. Also a touch of sugariness in there as well. Malts are bready and slightly biscuity. Not bad.

3.5 T: Pretty much exactly like the nose. Bready malts with a touch of caramel. Hops are piney with orange and grapefruit citrus.

4.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Very nice creaminess.

4.0 D: Good beer. I usually don't prefer bready IPAs, but the mouthfeel is so good that it brings up the beer as a whole.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2011 22:13:53 | More by DavoleBomb
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Cresant

Kentucky

3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served this 22 oz. brown bottle in a Sierra Nevada Hops glass. (thanks brentk56). The body was lightly hazy but bright golden/orange in color. The white head was creamy and a thick film remained. Minimal lace.

The smell was citrus and pine shavings. I smell a compost pile here. Not in a bad way but in an earthy, leafy way.

The taste was citrus rinds. There was definitely a sweetness to this one from a heaping of malts but the star was the pithy citrus character of the hops. Drying finish. Well hidden alcohol. Drinks bigger than the 7%.

The mouthfeel was medium to full bodied and smooth.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2011 15:30:24 | More by Cresant
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle picked up at City Beverage this past weekend. Best by date of July 2011. Served in a tulip.

Pour brings a copper-colored beer with a short white head with a bit of foam on top. Quickly fades without leaving much lacing. The nose is quite hoppy with some strong floral and citrus components. Not over the top, but a nice presence. The taste is scaled back a bit with some backing caramel malt. Mild hop flavor, but nothing near what I would expect. The "death" finally comes in the back-end, as the finish is quite bitter. Drinkability is pretty good, but I could have used a lot more hops in the flavor and/or a resinous feel on my palate rather than just a pretty heavy level of bitterness in the finish.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2011 15:32:47 | More by Thorpe429
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CuriousMonk

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to dgfair for sending me this nice bomber (best tasted by July 2011 date on label) which was poured into a pint glass. The beer pours with a hazy orange color and a 1-finger head which diminishes rather quickly. There is decent lacing throughout the session. The smell has a lot of citrus characters and is somewhat floral - juicy fruity. The taste was fantastic. It has a slight sweetness to it up front and then it gets somewhat bitter, but in a good way (in a HopSlam type of effect). Medium bodied and a decent level of carbonation going on. A very nice dry hopped DIPA overall! Quite sessionable, indeed.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2011 20:02:34 | More by CuriousMonk
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THECPJ

Delaware

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2011 17:33:00 | More by THECPJ
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Trilogy31

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2011 03:23:54 | More by Trilogy31
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint, the beer is a pale golden-copper coloring with a filmy, light, thin, white head. Aromas of subtle citrus highlights, tropical fruit notes, and a rich, malty backbone. Some toasty and bready notes in the nose, as well. Flavors are bitter forward, very bitter, with a blast of tart grapefruit, some pepper spicing, and a toasty backbone. The bitter and tart is super heavy on the front-end, but does ease up towards the end, with a lingering grapefruit tartness throughout and grassy notes coming forward. The body is smooth and slightly light, with a bitter, resinous aftertaste of cedar, cut grass, and earthy notes. The finish is slightly effervesced, with a bitter and citrus tart linger.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 02:48:05 | More by GarthDanielson
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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
Death By Hops from Olde Hickory Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 374 ratings.