Death By Hops | Olde Hickory Brewery

BA SCORE
87
very good
551 Ratings
Death By HopsDeath By Hops
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Olde Hickory Brewery
North Carolina, United States
oldehickorybrewery.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by ROBORB on 09-22-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
551
Reviews:
182
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
11.6%
 
 
Wants:
40
Gots:
77
For Trade:
3
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Photo of seanwhite
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

S: Piney, floral and citrusy hops. Pine, grapefruit, and orange stick out the most. Amazing aroma of ripe juicy fruit mixed in with a bouquet of spring flowers.

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

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.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Death By Hops pours a hazy copper color with a small but lacing head. Big hoppy aroma, big bitter notes. Big hop flavors, bold malt backbone, big bitter aftertaste. Flatter body, but nice flavors. Overall its drinkable, flavorful, big bitterness.

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Photo of fields336
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle dated best by Nov 12
A: dark orange copper color, slight chill haze small 1 finger head but I may have overchilled it
S: sweet, tooti-fruity, orange, mango, peach, pine, earthy, flowery
T: pine, sweet mango, orange, pineapple, caramel, bread,earthy, tobacco Pretty tasty

M: medium bodied with a dry finish bitter but drinkable

O: a pretty good IPA, I wouldn't call it a double

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Photo of ffejherb
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Deuane for sharing a bomber of this on 9/20/11.

A - Emerged from the bottle as a hazy amber, orange-toned liquid with a slim white head that yielded some stringy lace.

S - Opens with a really bright, chipper hop character suggesting citrus fruit and a hint of floral notes. Nose is reminiscent of a West Coast IPA. Malt character is sweet and unobtrusive.

T - Flavor is dominated by citrus hops, although the hop profile is rounded out with some lighter floral notes. A mild alcohol tang emerges midway through, followed by a balancing malt sweetness, then finishes with quite a bit of bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with an oily texture and mild carbonation. Finish is fairly dry with lingering bitterness on the palate.

D - Pretty solid IPA from a brewery I'd never heard of until now. While I enjoyed the aroma a bit more than the flavor, this was still a good beer overall.

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Photo of brstls4drmrs
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a golden amber color with a white frothy head. The head lingers on the top for a bit.

S - Heavy floral hops with some citrus lingers and pine scents. Other fruits often splash around such as some lemon and orange. A refreshing smell.

T - A citrus pine with a hops of a punch.

M - A very crisp drink with a tangy bitter aftertaste. It almost feels a bit cleansing to the palate. Leaves my mouth very dry after a few seconds.

D - The bitter & tangy aftertaste prevents me from drinking too much of this brew. Its overall a crisp, refreshing brew. A good smelling and tasting HOP brew.

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Photo of metter98
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear light amber in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that died down, leaving lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of caramel hops are present in the nose along with notes of citrusy hops.
T: The taste is a little more citrusy compared to the smell and has a light to moderate amount of bitterness. Notes of tropical fruits are also detectable.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is rather well balanced considering the amounts of hops as it has nice hop aromas and flavors without being overly bitter.

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Photo of gopens44
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Looked frighteningly carbonated at first as soda - like bubble action in this slightly hazy burnt orange creates a foamy beige head. Luckily, the body is far more pronounced than what the pour suggested. Hop stank is big with earthy and grapefruity taste. Nose sells more malt than what comes through but we still have pretty nice balance. Yep, pretty decent this one.

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Photo of AD17
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jzeilinger
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy medium to dark orange with a creamy and dense white head. As the beer warms up the haze fades away to a bright, clear beer.

S - A little on the light side but has a nice amount of grapefruit, pineapple, mango, and some tangerine. The aroma has some resinous character to it and there's some light caramel in the background.

T - Hops from start to finish with more hops thrown on top in case there weren't enough to begin with! Juicy tropical fruit that follows the nose: grapefruit, tangerine, mango, and a little pineapple hits immediately up front with assertive sweet bitterness, dips a little in the middle to let some of the caramel malt come through, and then finishes with a strong grapefruit/floral, slightly resiny and extremely lingering finish.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation in the beginning and and softens after a period of time.

O - The only reason this beer doesn't live up to its name is because I'm still breathing and very much alive! A solid D-IPA (although I would classify this in the IPA category despite what the label says and who am I to argue?). On a fresh palate and a cold bottle, the finishing bitterness is much more sharp and lingering; as the bottle warms the sharpness is more rounded, although it still finishes bitter, more resin starts to surface. One bottle of this will definitely trash your palate.

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Photo of nrbw23
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bendurgin
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Craytonic for this. Poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy light orange color with just a layer of foam that dissapears about as soon as it forms. The smells has a real nice citrusy aroma with a good hop profile. Piney hop flavor and citrus sweetness to round out the flavor. It's good. Nice feel to this, light crisp body with a nice bitter finish. Another real nice DIPA here, real glad to be able to try it.

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Photo of Vec2267
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a - burnt orange with a white head, ample lacing that persists
s - pure hops
t - hops, grapefruit pith, not much else, pure hops
f - medium to light in body, more IPA than DIPA
o - simple, nothing nuanced about this beer, straight out hop assault

To me this seemed more IPA than DIPA. More malts to provide a little balance would get this into a DIPA territory and improve the beer by balancing the hops at least a little. They certainly have the hops down.

This is a very simple in your face hop bomb. Don't bother if that is not what you want.

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Photo of Gushue3
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to TravisMEB for this brew

A- head is a little bigger than 1 finger which quickly bwcomes half the size and stays there. The body is yellow with a small orange hint. Moderate lacing.

S- big piney bitter scent wig bitter citrus like grapefruit. Nice and hoppy with a little malt behind the scenes. Really nice scent.

T- mostly bitter and citrus hops upfront that blast my mouth. They sweeten up toward the middle and bring you to quite bittrr thst lingers.

M- mouthfeel is big and bitey definately a heavy feel for an IPA. Smaller carbonation bubbles and makes a smooth and creamy drink. Really nice full body.

O- nice IPA thats good all over.i would love some more. Thanks a ton Travis.

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Photo of Morockm
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #58 (November 2011):

LOOK: Hazed peach

SMELL: Herbal, minty, papaya, mango, doughy, alcohol

TASTE: Hoppy, tobacco, herbal, leafy, earthy, grassy, pulling, astringent, stone fruit, earthy, woody

We're not dead yet, actually just getting our hop fix. Excessive hopping is noticed. The palate does not get devastated by the bitterness, but it does get taken over by the massive amount of hop flavor, so much so that you should not expect to taste much after knocking this one back. A worthy hop bomb.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Label claims this is a "double IPA," the ABV puts it right on the fence...it's really going to be for the palate to decide, but I'll consider it a double IPA since the brewer says it is.

So, Death By Hops, eh? I can think of worse ways to go...like most other ways. The label is great too, making it clear that death by hops could be a rather peaceful alternative to the many messier ways to go down. Anyway...

The pour results in a fairly thin, wispy head...full coverage of the liquid for about 20 seconds, but then minimizing to a skim real quickly. Color is on the paler, more washed out side of the sunny orange/reddish double IPAs you often see.

Aroma has Death By Hops sitting on the double IPA side of the tracks. Big juicy whiffs of orange flesh, citrus rind, grapefruit and mutant peach. Nice piney exterior too. Ultimately the malt sits back and lets the hops dance all over it.

Taste is a rather green, leafy, slightly strained bit of hoppiness, with a thinner body than expected. Some warming helps bring out the more exotic citrus/rind tones, and while the hops try and reach levels of crazy intensity, something is holding them back. I'm wondering if it might be a stingy brewer trying to save money and not chucking in enough malt to really give this that extra special something? Who knows. As the label states, the hop profile gives it a total West Coast IPA feel ("brewed with 5 different West Coast hops"), and that's really the factor that I enjoy the most here. Had it had a thicker, stickier body and a bit more malt presence, this would definitely impress more than it does.

Not bad, not bad at all...a rather hopped up North Carolina beer that is all San Diego in spirit, though no tongue-ripper and with a reasonable ABV that makes it an easy drinker. Not Olde Hickory's best (that's Event Horizon), not their worst.

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Photo of BEER88
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Teleweizen2
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - pours an orangey amber color. Thick bubbly white foam leaves decent lacing. Doesn't last long.

S - intense aroma like walking into a green house. Lots of floral and grassy notes. Stone and citrus fruit notes cut through with notes of apricot and pink grapefruit.

T - caramel malt sweetness upfront. As the beer warms on the tounge biting citric bitterness comes forth. Notes of pine and bitter orange peel dominate the palate. The piney bitter notes last well past the finish and keeps on going.

M - medium bodied. Creamy texture. High carbonation.

O - excellent beer. Touch on the sweet side for me but I love the piney notes on the tounge and the floral and apricot notes of the nose. Good showing from Olde hickory.

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Photo of mrebeka
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of msubulldog25
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. brown bottle, a label with the words 'DEATH BY HOPS' floating angelically amidst the clouds. Poured to a pint glass between sessions of Sunday afternoon yardwork. Big thanks to Metalmonk for sending.

I 'ensure[d] brewery fresh taste' by keeping/serving cool and enjoying before the marker-notched 'S 11' dating. Side label tells me this beer is 'the winner of Olde Hickory's first Pro-Am event ... designed by Alex Buerekholtz' - he's a homebrewer and owner of Hops and Vines in Asheville, NC.

A: Lovely golden butterscotch, barely hazy. Lots of swirling carbonation, small and steadily rising to a finger-thick tuft of white cream. Good retention and gorgeous lace in broad, twinkling bands. A dense cap of cream holds sturdily, hugging at the sides of the glass.

S: Aroma has decent strength... a notable biscuit/caramel pale malt breadiness with modest citrus (sweeter tangerine and mild/pithier orange). Grassy, meadow-like, flowery perfume. Though it's not so strong, it is undeniably enticing.

T: Grassy, herbal spice leads to a bright tanginess that hints at being 'metallic' without ever quite crossing that line. Label lists '5 different West Coast hops' (not named, but I'd bet Simcoe and Cascade lead the way) and then added dry hopping (twice), so it's no wonder that the pithy, more abrasively bitter lupulin eventually catches up to a maltier/tamer breadiness found in the first few sips. I love the balance.

M: A crisper, more 'biting' feel; carbonation seems creamy enough but the latent hop oils coat tongue and cheeks profoundly... what a 'juicy' mouthfeel! NOT STICKY! I think the 'bite' comes from salivary glands working overtime; my cheeks are actually a little sore after finishing the bottle. Alcohol is pretty well hidden for 7%, but there is a subtle warmth.

O: A well-balanced 'just bitter enough' IPA that satisfies my like of hops and need for maltiness to match. With a name like 'Death by Hops', I miscalculated for a ridiculous West Coast (where I live) hop-bomb taste bud murderer. and instead got a pleasing, flavor-forward IPA/DIPA. Sure, it's a bit simpler (not quite living up to its name), but it's plenty appealing, above average and is something I'd be happy having again. Thx, Jeff!

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Photo of JayAre46
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks louis for this extra. let me start off by saying this is one of the ugliest labels ive ever seen, hilarious. alright poured out of a bomber into a pint glass, appears a light amber with some haze and oranges hues. big two finger head sits on top and shows ridiculous retention, awesome. amazing sheets of lace on the way down. the aroma is piney, straight hops and dank. not getting much malt but i know its there. the taste is an absolute hop onslaught, jesus christ! just piney, and very resiny. there is a sweet malt there for balance but i don't think that was their goal. extremely sharp and dry in the finish. the mouth feel is amongst the most prickly and stabbing ive had. overall the name "death by hops" i thought was a medicinal remedy and since i don't feel to well i thought i would crack it and see if i felt better afterwards. didn't work. but this is a solid brew and i appreciate getting fresh dipa/ipas as extras. i will say as simple as it is, i feel they achieved their goal. well done olde hickory and thank you louis.

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Photo of dsshuck
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of portia99
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle (best by July '11) received as another fine extra from jpmclaug...as always, big thanks! Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - A slow, steady pours results in a well hazed dirty amberish orange color with a finger of cream colored foam that dies fairly quickly and leaves behind some sparse lacing on the glass.

S - Very fruity hops, sweet and citrusy with lots of oranges and grapefruit. Some tropical fruits too - mango especially. A hint of mild caramel malt kicks thru the hops but not much else in the aroma from the malt.

T - Fruity and tropical hop flavors up front - mango and pineapple dominate with some grapefruit subtley in the background a bit. Bitterness is mid level and clean. Caramelly malt makes a small contribution, pretty much in line with the intensity in the aroma.

M - Body is medium with matching carbonation level. A good clean bitterness stays behind past the swallow and encourages another sip. Alcohol is noticeable but not distracting...adds some flavors and a bit of feel,although I wouldn't go so far as to call it warmth.

D - A nice IPA...definitely hop focused as I like it. Hop flavors are good, but don't stand out in the crowd of excellent IPA's out there. A solid beer though in anyone's book.

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Photo of eclipse54
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A 22 ounce bottle from inlimbo77; thanks! Best before 08/2012.

Body is a copper and orange color and boasts a two centimeter wide head consisting of minuscule, frothy bubbles. Retention is good with lots of sticky lacing coating the glass.

The aroma is of citrusy hops (grapefuit, orange, lemon), plenty of floral and grassy notes, pine, and a bit of spicy earthen hop character as well. The nose certainly screams hops, with little to no malt pulling through here.

Taste continues to be hop-forward, though a bit more caramel malt shows up towards the end. Otherwise, it’s spicy hops, cinnamon, pine resin, orange citrus, and lemon zest that dominate the palate.

It’s amply carbonated, but finishes rather dry. The spice notes also seem to linger a bit longer than usual - especially the cinnamon - which is unfortuante.

Overall, a good DIPA, especially considering it was a Pro-Am winner. It’s always nice to see breweries promoting their local homebrewers.

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Photo of MasterRigger
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Death By Hops from Olde Hickory Brewery
3.88 out of 5 based on 551 ratings.
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