Wake Up Bitter | Olde Hickory Brewery

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Olde Hickory Brewery
North Carolina, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Axnjxn on 05-14-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 68 |  Reviews: 8
Reviews by GarthDanielson:
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3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, orange-copper coloring with a tall, big bubbled, foamy, fluffy, off-white head, and a ton of carbonation throughout the body. Aromas of roasted coffee, with notes of bitter and smoke, with an undercurrent of citrus notes, as well as subtle caramel highlights. Flavors are bitter roasted coffee on the forefront, with a light, crisp blast of citrus hops underneath. Grapefruit and tangerine, with a subtle caramel backbone, this beer really has two completely separate profiles going across your palate; it's almost like drinking a half and half with coffee and an IPA. The body is light and crisp, thanks to the carbonation. The aftertaste has some of the lingering coffee characteristics blending with the tart citrus sweetness, and the coffee notes definitely outlast everything else, with a bitter and roasted linger on an otherwise effervesced, frothy finish. Very unique brew.

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pretty amber colored clear beer with a very nice tight foamy head about two fingers high.

Light zesty pine and fruit hop with musky coffee. The coffee comes through a little cardboard-like unfortunately. Dusty and earthy over creamy biscuit malts with tangy citrus and a touch of floral.

Taste is less in the stale coffee territory. More like a zesty citrus pine ipa with subtle coffee worked in. Im still not sure the coffee has been integrated in the best of ways though. Interestingly fruity as well.

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

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3/5  rDev -20%

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4.5/5  rDev +20%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.85/5  rDev +2.7%

The aroma is well balanced as I get the tones of bitter resins and light pine and grapefruit. The coffee smells top notch and has a nice strong brewed tone.

The coffee flavor stands out at the front. Fresh brewed coffee taste with a little bean and roast. It Think I might taste chocolate at mid palate. It ends with strong bitterness, which may be why it's called "Wake Up Bitter." The bitterness is that of resiny piney hops and doesn't taste like coffee bitterness.

I like this interestingly different brew and think it's a must to try.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

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3.89/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4.28/5  rDev +14.1%

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3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber body under a tall, thick head of off-white foam. Slightly stale wet coffee grounds, orange, lime, cocoa, and a green, earthy pine element comprise the aroma. The taste is more hop forward with a decent coffee finish. Bitter green, piney hops, grassy and floral, with some zesty citrus. The coffee is better here, more like a light roast in its fruitiness, which is appropriate, but it doesn’t grab me. Creamy, medium bodied. This was fine, not nearly as good as Stone’s Dayman though. I wish the coffee had more of a deep, pure, oily quality like fresh beans. Not bad, not great.

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2.91/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Bitter coffee flavor but not much else to compliment overall enjoyment

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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Wake Up Bitter from Olde Hickory Brewery
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 68 ratings