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Redeemer - Olde Hickory Brewery

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Ratings: 134
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 14
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Olde Hickory Brewery visit their website
North Carolina, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Lantern on 01-30-2013)
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Photo of Lantern
4.99/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this from a kegerator at Hops & Grapes in Hickory, NC.

A- Poured an opaque orangeish-honey color with about a half-inch off-white head.

S- Smells of citrusy hops and just a hint of pine. A little tropical. Excellent!

T- WOW! Nice citrusy hop EXPLOSION to the tongue. This one is BIG and aggressive, almost abrasive (but that's a good thing!) A little pine in there as well as the citrusy sweetness. Alcohol is pretty well hidden by the hops. Tastes outstanding.

M- You have the aforementioned abrasiveness that attacks the enamel of your teeth, but this one feels smooth with it's medium body. A little stickiness, but not syrupy.

O- OHB knocks this one outta the park. This beer reminds me a lot of Palate Wrecker. I hope this one makes another appearance!!!

Lantern, Jan 30, 2013
Photo of jrsone
4.85/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 22oz bottle purchased today at Hops 'n' Grapes in Hickory, NC.

Cloudy with little head produced from a deliberately forthright pour into my Bell's tulip glass. Light honey color.
Aroma has every hop desciption evenly distributed: pine, grass, flower, and citrus. This is the first beer I've had in a long time--maybe forever--which hit all notes equally. There is a slight hint of alcohol, but come on, at 10% what's there must be a magic trick because it's so slight.
If you're a fan of Death by Hops, then you'll definitely be even happier with this beer. Less harsh for sure. It's definitely citrusy, but not too much. Maybe a little malt sweetness in there but who cares.
The body is light for sure. Like I said, no head per se, maybe a slight bit of lacing down the glass.
Overall, this is probably the most balanced 10% ABV IPA I've had. I love the fact that it's not primarily a fruit juice like many citrusy IIPAs. This beer is very new--just released--and there's hardly any alcohol burn in the flavor.

jrsone, Jan 30, 2013
Photo of KevinGordon
4.75/5  rDev +17%

KevinGordon, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of bcp5296d
4.75/5  rDev +17%

bcp5296d, Jun 05, 2013
Photo of flipdog0
4.75/5  rDev +17%

flipdog0, Feb 05, 2013
Photo of scott2269
4.75/5  rDev +17%

scott2269, Jul 21, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +17%

GehenHerzog, Feb 01, 2013
Photo of brother_kenneth
4.75/5  rDev +17%

brother_kenneth, Jul 31, 2013
Photo of Ivegotmule
4.75/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow. I have enjoyed Death By Hops by OHB many times but this might be the best NC beer to date. 9.99$ a bomber and was a little skeptical. Poured hard into a duvel open end. Unfiltered? Yes, please. Love that. Perfectly balanced hop bomb at 10% abv. Yes, please. Didn't feel like a true full review but this deserves more than just a tick. Easily a 4.75 across the board. Maybe even 5 on taste. OHB, if you see this, please make this all the time!! Truly a top shelf IIPA. Cheers!

Ivegotmule, Feb 21, 2013
Photo of beer2day
4.69/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy light orange pour with very little head. Not much in the way of lace, either.

Nose is very well balanced. Pine hops are complimented with grassy, herbal, earthy hops. Even a light shot of orange citrus. A veritable hops smorgasbord.

The initial hit hints at that light orange flavor, but is quickly overcome with grassy-to-floral hops and finished off with a pine note. Significant malt backbone here, but the varied hop flavor blocks most of that out. Very dry finish, almost arid but with enough hop resin to make it interesting. Very nice west-coast interpretation.

Feel is spot on. Not too heavy, not too sweet, not too thick. Just right.

Could this be the DIPA NC was waiting for? It's not a sweet citrus entry, but a very very good entry nonetheless.

beer2day, Feb 01, 2013
Photo of RevRaymer
4.56/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

RevRaymer, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of brewski09
4.54/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

brewski09, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of blackie
4.51/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bomber muled from Bottle Mixx into a wide Crooked Stave chalice. The pour gives up a low, white head, the beer itself a slightly hazy, deep golden color - lots of chunky yeast in the final pour. Impressive tropical nose at first hit - big passionfruit and mango with some minor kiwi, guava - very pungent, sticky spicy-sweet juice with a clean malting, sweet alcohol, great start. Smooth on the palate with a medium body and lighter, slightly prickly carbonation, a little sugar residue strikes a lovely balance with the acidic bitter. On the palate more of the great tropical structure - passionfruit and spicy mango rind - with a moderately sweet but clean malt balance. A pleasantly intense red grapefruit oil bitterness closes things out, lingering long. A pretty fantastic DIPA, maybe the best I’ve had from the state - preferred to the DBH draft I had last weekend.

Move over Wicked Weed! (sarcasm)

blackie, Feb 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

twowheelssoar, Apr 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

kristougher, Sep 07, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

RedneckBeerz, Jan 31, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

zekeman17, Aug 16, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

buckyp, Apr 27, 2013
Photo of CarolinaKevin
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

CarolinaKevin, Feb 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

lupercmda, Mar 30, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

BillHilly, Oct 14, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

TurdFurgison, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of rapidsequence
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

rapidsequence, Mar 12, 2013
Photo of brentk56
4.39/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a cloudy honey color; about an inch of foam tops the liquid, leaving a few dots here and there

Smell: Overwhelming hop aromatics, with a strong piney element; floral citrus tones are in the mix, as well

Taste: Sugary malts quickly give way to dominance by the hops; pine dominant, with added elements of grapefruit pith and floral elements overwhelm mid-palate; after the swallow, the malt comes back to add a bit of balance but this beer (and the finish) are all about the hops

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Nice to see a DIPA of this calibre come out of a North Carolina brewery; a fine effort by Olde Hickory

brentk56, Feb 05, 2013
Photo of oberon
4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours into an imperial nonic a slightly hazed burnt orange infused yellow with anice tightly formed one finger bone white head that never really completely settles.Grapefruti rind and pine resins really jump out nicely in the nose,quite sharp with no sweet malt or alcohol to muddle it up.A pine resiny sharp hop onslaught,again no big sugary malt or sweet stinging alcohol to get in the way of the hops,as it warms a little some alcohol sweetness lightly comes into play.The label is right you need to love the hops to enjoy this and I do on both fronts,it's raw and sharp and is unapologetic.I rank this up there with Foothills Jade as my favorite hop forward NC. beers.

oberon, Feb 03, 2013
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Redeemer from Olde Hickory Brewery
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