Wake Up Bitter
Olde Hickory Brewery

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IPA - American
3.8 | pDev: 15%
Olde Hickory Brewery
North Carolina, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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JohnnyK from North Carolina

1/5  rDev -73.7%

May 21, 2014
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GarthDanielson from Virginia

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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 -1.3%

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dailyminefield from North Carolina

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Axnjxn from North Carolina

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bomber fresh off the truck. Thanks Leif!

Pours a light toffee color with a nice inch and a half finger off white head. Smell is HUGE on coffee with some hops thrown in for good measure. Taste is just how it smells. massive coffee in your face and honestly all the way through, with a good amount of bitterness from the hops.. just enough so you can still call this an IPA. I really dig this and Olde Hickory nailed it out of the park. Mouthfeel is medium as well as carbonation and the drinkability is huge.

overall if you like coffee, and you like IPAs, you are going to LOVE this! Of course, drink it fresh!

May 14, 2014
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bcp5296d from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +5.3%

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KYGunner from Kentucky

3.85/5  rDev +1.3%

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.

Dec 05, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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Wake Up Bitter from Olde Hickory Brewery
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 68 ratings