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Redeemer - Olde Hickory Brewery

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Ratings: 146
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 14
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
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Olde Hickory Brewery visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Lantern on 01-30-2013

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Ratings: 146 | Reviews: 33
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #76 (May 2013):

Brewed with Columbus, Centennial, Amarillo, Cascade, and Zythos hops; a solid malt backbone elevates the complexity and even drinkability. Simply superb, everything a growing hophead wants in an Imperial IPA. Top notch!

STYLE: Imperial IPA
ABV: 10.0%
AVAILABILITY: Limited

LOOK: Hazy amber, sufficient lacing

SMELL: Macerated oranges & grapefruit, faint tobacco, piney, pineapple, guava, rose water, mild grassiness

TASTE: Slightly chewy, biscuity foundation, pungent hops, big bitterness, juicy, hint of yeast, estery, quite warming, hemp seeds, peach cobbler, grassy, mild nuttiness; semidry, bitter finish

Photo of spdaghost11
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

If you're in the mood for hops Look no further! It's intense in flavor but yet it goes down smooth!

Photo of Rifugium
3.17/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Hazy amber pour into a becher, a finger of white head dwindling down to a thin foamy layer rather quickly, leaving light lacing on the glass. Lots of malty sweetness in the aroma, unfortunately, soapy, with some citrus and pine hops in the background. More of that malty sweetness in the taste, giving way to a strong bitterness, notes of orange pith and pine resin, dry, bready, and somewhat bland malts making a reprise, ending with a sticky sweetness on the palate. This seems to be the curse of many a DIPA: using too much malts to get that ABV, without having enough balance in the recipe to keep the hops in command. The bottle said Feb. '14, so it's not like it was a freshness issue. Medium body, sticky mouthfeel and a bit rough overall. Not entirely bad, good for a homebrew kit, but not something I'd go for again.

Photo of bsyoung
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Hazy orange color with minimal to no head or lacing

S: Very hop forward with strong aroma of citrus, pine, tropical fruits, sweet malt.

T: Similar to smell with strong sweet citrus and pine flavors. Initially has sweet malty flavor consistent with most DIPAs followed by nice bitterness.

M: Nice moderate mouthful

O: Overall a great DIPA

Photo of mentor
3.34/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a half-finger lightly yellowed head over a murky apricot liquid. Smells lemon, pine, oranges, lime, grapefruit. Tastes nice, but a bit sweeter than I'd expect. Hop flavors come across muted due to malt sweet that sticks a bit. The clean hop bitter fights with malt sweet, though sharp carbonation sides with the bitter, the bitter doesn't shine like I'd expect for the style. Hop flavors are grapefruit pith, pine, baby aspirin. Esters are nearly absent pear and apricot. Malt flavor is . The hop bitter combines with pine hop piercing and sourish to make the beer come across as medicinal. Clean alcohol sting is appropriate, mild but sharp carbonation, medium-light in the mouth.

Photo of Belekinbeer
3.59/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This a great IAPA. Poured into a tulip glass. Strong orange-amber fog. Very little head with light carbonation. Citrus grass off the bat with a strong hop hit tapering to a sweetness. Feels like it should be heavier but is more medium. Totally enjoying and would recommend. Good local craft brew.

Photo of dirtylou
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bomber

Don't think I've had this one before - hazy orange body, not very carbonated or at least very little in the way of head retention. Moderately bitter, lots of lush tropical fruit, candied tangerine, sugar cube, booze. Big and sticky - solid flavors, though

Photo of Treyliff
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip glass

A- pours a slightly hazy golden amber color with a two finger foamy white head that reduces to a long lasting small layer skimming the top, leaving little lace

S- citrusy west-coast hops with notes of grapefruit, pine and orange zest. Crackery malt on the back end balances it out. A bit more balanced aroma than other DIPA's I've tried

T- bright and intense citrus hop flavor with notes of fresh grass, orange rind, grapefruit and sweet melon. Just enough sweet malt to make its presence known. Finish is slightly sweet with more pungeant hops at the end.

M- medium body and carbonation, slightly foamy mouthfeel with a bit if a warm finish, alcohol is hidden pretty well, would prefer a bit more carbonation

O- great string citrus flavors, definitely a hop lovers beer. Aroma was a little weak, but the flavor delivered. Solid hop bomb

Photo of kemoarps
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque rich amber/honey colour. Looks like delicious homemade apple cider. Small head, decent retention for it's starting size, minimal lacing.

The nose starts off with some floral hop notes, but gives way pretty quickly to bread dough. Like straight up freshly kneaded bread dough. I happen to love baking, so this is actually really enticing to me, but I don't get the big oily aroma that others seem to be noticing.

There's some bready malt in the flavour, but the hops definitely step up and take center stage here. I'm getting largely piney and pithy grapefruit. There's a calm honey/caramel to help the back end slope off instead of just dying, but the aftertaste returns the dominant grapefruit rind.
Good medium to thick body with a hugely bitter finish that I almost want to refer to as dry, but am hesitant to do so.
Hides the alcohol very well, as the hops step in and command all the attention.

Good DIPA, very enjoyable on this fathers day (I gotta remember to call my dad!); enjoyable as a treat, but not one I would drink every single day.

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.86/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Rusel_G for the bottle.

Appearance: Slight haze on burnt gold/peach. Head is sticky and bright-white. Drops to a tiny clumpy cap and collar. Nice sheets of lacing. Nice full pour with a moderate to low carbonation.

Smell: Dank with bitter oily pine. Big tropical elements as well. Mango, cooked and caramelized pineapple, tangerine. Even runs to some juicy grapefruit. Wet and juicy. Sweet malt body has a bit more heft than expected. Sweet with some caramel malt and lighter biscuity elements. Warming brings out some straight up aspirin like bitterness. Backing fruitiness adds some apple to the mix.

Taste: Big bitterness up front. Herbal and oily with a solid punch of bitter pine resin. A nice tropical component, but it's less assertive than the nose would indicate. Malt backbone is substantial, bringing some cooked and caramelized malt sweetness. Biscuity note hits and fades quickly. Juicy tangerine and orange as it warms. Lingering bitterness. A bit of mint and aspirin in the back.

Mouthfeel: Slick and oily. Body runs on the full side of medium but doesn't ever push over. Moderate to light carbonation doesn't help break it up. Wet and slick up front, with a very slightly dry finish.

Overall: Offering salvation by the pint.

If North Carolina is making IPAs and DIPAs of this caliber or better, I'll be seeking them out without question. This isn't a beast by any means, but it's got a ton of flavor and manages to be interesting enough to make me want to drink the whole bottle.

Photo of dbrauneis
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a cloudy golden orange in color with light amounts of sediment in suspension, a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation, and some apricot + golden yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall creamy dense foamy light beige head that slowly reduces to a medium sized patch of large bubbles, a very thin film covering the majority of the remainder of the surface of the beer, and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of citrus/grapefruit rind and pine hops over the top of moderate aromas of caramel malts. There are very light notes of floral hops in the background as well.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of sweet caramel malts but the flavors of this beer are dominated by the hops - moderate to strong flavors of citrus/grapefruit rind and pine hops and lesser notes of herbal and floral hops. Moderate amounts of bitterness that lingers for quite a while.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: This is a really nice DIPA and I'm excited that it came from an NC brewery (as I lived in NC for quite a few years and still have family there). Really nice balance from the malt sweetness to ensure that the hop bitterness is not too intense. Great flavors.

Photo of bum732
4.26/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

S: Bright fruitiness, passion fruit, grapefruit sweetness, lots of pineapple with some mango, candy like sweetness.

L: Hazy burnt orange, creamy white head that dissipates slightly. Solid lacing.

T: Resiny dankness up front followed by a medium large malt sweetness. Medium high fruity sweetness, a slight grapefruit bite. There is a short, pronounced bisquity malt that fades quickly to a deep burnt pineapple. Finishes quite resiny and semi-dry.

M: Medium full body, medium carbonation, alcohol barely noticeable.

Pretty good overall, a little heavy, but great flavors.

Photo of Dope
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle states to enjoy by 8/13 so I assume this must be quite fresh.

A: Pours a slightly hazy amber with a big fluffy light tan head. Head fades fairly quick, leaving only moderate lacing behind. Decent retention.

S: Big big hops. Lots of onion/garlic and pine. Grapefruit abound as well.

T: Again, big hops up front. Lots of juicy citrus. Grapefruit, oranges and mango even. Some pine mixes in. Caramel malt tries to interject and barely succeeds. Strong pine and resin on the back end with a big wave of bitterness. Lingering drying and oily sensation sticks around for a long time.

M: Medium bodied, does not nearly feel 10% due to the hops wiping out everything.

O: Huge hop bomb. Almost no discernible malt even at 10% ABV. From start to finish it's just waves of different types of hops and bitterness. Great variety of flavors, all well balanced to boot. Excellent huge DIPA.

Photo of tdm168
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - orangish amber with a thick, white head that has great retention

S - citrusy, piney, big herbal aroma

T - mild breadiness, some sugar, big bitter finish, some pine, intense herbal hop finish

M - medium to full bodied, well carbonated

This is a really nice beer. The hop character is intense and intricate. The ABV is well hidden giving it great drinkability. I thoroughly enjoyed this one. It's definitely worth finding.

Photo of AlexFields
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy light amber, nice tan head.

Smell is pretty hoppy, even mix of bitter pine and citrus, juicy citrus and hints of pineapple. Smells fresh and very hoppy.

Taste is nice bitter hops, again a nice balance between piney/grassy hops and citrus hops, especially orange, some floral notes too, some light vanilla malt. Pretty bitter, big hop character.

Mouthfeel is milky smooth, good carb, alcohol is reasonably well hidden.

Very nice double IPA.

8.0/10

Photo of inlimbo77
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz, Best by August 2013 knotch
DFH IPA glass

A: Hazy bright orange color. Might have just been hop haze, as it became more clear as I drank it. Soapy off white head. Faint and fades quickly into a small layer. Sticky lacing that lasts the duration of the sip.

S: Big fruity hops. Big mango and peach. Orange rind. Sweet malts, but primarily this is a hop attack.

T: Nice fruity hop bitterness. Sweet malty backbone. Good balance. Dry finish.

M: Medium bodied.

Photo of facundoCNB
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a hazy orange color pour with a finger of head which quickly dissipated. smells of fruity hops, peaches, grassy hops, bready. the flavor is extremely bitter grapefruit up front and it lingers, OH IT LINGERS! a deliciously sweet backbone tries to even it out, but holy hell this is a very earthy bitterness overall - don't get me wrong, i love it. medium in body, though it feels a bit thin for the abv %, moderate carbonation.

overall this is a decent dipa.. i've had better, but it is quite unique with the hop profile, lots of fruity citrusy hops, yet such an overwhelming earthy dirt-like bitterness!

Photo of wedge
3.28/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

@ Ridgewood

Foggy dark gold with a little white creaminess on the surface. Herbal, scallion-like, and sticky pine resin aromas. Big, bitter hoppy flavor. Dark, sappy pine, pulpy citrus juice, oily, heavy earth flavors over a thick caramel base way in the back. Some fleshy tropical fruit sweetness, but the hops stay very raw. Heavy with a lingering, hefty bitterness. I wouldn't call it boozy, but the 10% is obvious. A strong punch in the face with not the most attractive blend of hops for my tastebuds. A half pour would have been fine.

Photo of brewski09
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Served from a bomber into a pint glass on 3/15/2013 (seccond release?). Purchased from Sam's Quick Shop in Durham, NC on the staff reccomendation when I asked them what North Carolina beer I couldn't leave the state without trying. Thank you.

A - a brilliantly clear orange with about a 1.5cm head that is just off white. Beautiful. The head quickly dissipates d/t the beer being 10% ABV.

S - the smell hits you as soon as the beer is opened. Wow. Sweet, floral aromas with some heavy citrus. Not really any pine or grass though. The booze follows up the hops, but is overwhelmed by the hops right away, then they dance with each other. Malts are there In the background as base and a mild caramel sweetness.

T - great mix of hops, booze, residual sweetness for. The malts (light roast caramel), and more hops. The hops are of a pine resin note with a sweet floral background. I am impressed how thoroughly hoppy this beer is without being grassy.

M - the beer is oily and sugary throughout. The resinous nature of the hops remain long after the sip is gone, but thu are so sweet from the residual sugar.

O - if you can get a bottle of this, I would not pass it up. A well balanced beer that is rare from any brewery. Thank you again to the staff at Sam's Quick Shop.

Photo of rapidsequence
4.39/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle, $8.99 from Ridgewood.

Appearance: Mostly clear golden orange with a bit of hops haze. Off white head, brief retention, spots of lacing.

Smell: Sweet and bitter citrus and pine resin. Orange and grapefruit, some tropical fruit too. Strong simcoe aroma tends toward cat pee.

Taste: Very Hopslam-esque up front, with powerful sweet and fruity hops flavors, but it becomes very bitter and evokes more dank and dirty (earthy) hops flavors as it finishes. Long, dry, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light for a double ipa, avoiding the heavy syrupy feel that often makes one less drinkable. As above, dry finish.

Overall: Best DIPA from NC, unless I'm blanking on one. Foothills Papa Jade is a contender, but that's draft only-- so far. Pretty awesome. Super drinkable.

Photo of RevRaymer
4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is clearly marked that if you don't like hops than this is not your beer and that is no lie. From the moment you open the bottle you can smell the citrus aroma of hops pouring forth. The beer pours a deep orange gold color with little head. The smell of the hops is almost overwhelming but again if you are looking for a hops heavy bear this is going to thrill you. The taste is strong with hops bitterness but it is smooth enough to enjoy with leisure.

Overall this beer is what it says it is - a hops beer. If that's what you enjoy than you will enjoy this beer. If hops are not your thing than this is not for you.

Photo of BeerZack
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle, best by July 2013. Strong orangey citrus nose with a hint of grassiness and some caramel. Pale malts with citrus and fresh grassy hop bitterness. Hint of sweet caramel starting to come out, not sure if its due to age, but I bet this one could have been stellar a couple weeks ago if the caramel was less developed.

Photo of Onenote81
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So happy to see plenty of this one on the shelves at my local haunt. Grabbed some and popped a bottle with a friend whilst we played some darts.

Now this is the chunkiest beer I have ever poured. A massive amount of yeast sediment floats in this beer. It reminded me of that Orbitz drink from when I was a kid...but I hope these chunks aren't to be chewed. A cloudy dark honey color with a small white cap of lace. Spotty lace sticks to the glass. Aroma is pretty fresh with lots of citrus - pineapple, grapefruit and starfruit.

The body is a bit slick with a slightly oily feel on the finish. Drinks easy enough though. Carbonation level is moderate. Nice hoppy flavor that keeps me sipping as nothing really lingers. It's not the freshest or juiciest of hops as far as flavor goes, but they impart a nice bitter pop for sure. Mild peppery finish. Sweet and bold, this one is a good one. Nice work, OHB, I much prefer this to it's "milder" sibling, Death by Hops.

Photo of cardsfan
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wow another great beer by olde hickory! Fantastic orange color with the perfect amount of head. Smell was a little underwhelming but the taste brings it back. Doesn't taste like like a 10% beer and very smooth and easy to drink. Had lost my taste for dipas for awhile but this brought it back! Well done ohb!

Photo of jrnyc
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Rion for this as part of trade!

Appearance is average, kind of reminds me of Heady Topper. There was no head and no lacing at all.

Smell is all hops, straight in your face. if you like raw hops , this is your beer.

Has little carbonation.

Taste is , well in your face also. Ok in beginning and end, nice finish. Alcohol well hidden.

I enjoyed this beer.

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Redeemer from Olde Hickory Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 146 ratings.