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Death By Hops | Olde Hickory Brewery

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181 Reviews
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Olde Hickory Brewery
North Carolina, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by ROBORB on 09-22-2010

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

grabbed a nice sample of this off the cask at barelys tonight while i was in town with the kids for the day. only beer of the day for me so i had to make it good!

ich dark orange amber pour was very cloudy even from the start. A nice head nearly two inches high then came up and over the top, settling down with lots of webbing and lacing down the sides of the glass. Lots of visible carbonation was also apparent from the very beginning. A very nice overall look, classic for the style.

Aroma is very fresh, lots of ripe, astringent citrus notes coming through the air almost immediately. Very floral and juicy. As it warmed a light bit of pineapple and grapefruit start to separate them, but there was by no means any bit of a malty balance here, this was a straight up hop lovers dream. Biting, sharp hops pierce the tongue immediately. Again lots of fresh fruity notes, orange, grapefruit, citrus, tons of sharp hops. Very nice light body is well carbonated and this lends itself well to hiding any ABV that might be a concern. Loads of follow through here as the flavor seems to longer on the palate for what seems like forever before you can finally shake that last taste.

Overall this was a great, great DIPA. So soft and bitingly sharp with the flavors, light, easy to drink and very enjoyable. Glad I have a couple bottles and would not mind having this all the time.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip Style Glass. Yellow/amber in color, decent clarity, but a slight haze. Glows orange when held up to the light. Off white creamy colored head. Some lacing, not in credible, but it's there.

Smell is really good, better than your average IPA that's for sure. Very hoppy without being too aggressive. Hops are the feature presentation when it comes to the aroma on this IPA. Floral, citrus, herbal, pine, and earthy tones. All very good.

Taste is also very good, as equally excellent as the smell. Strong citrus zest, grapefruit and clementine so it's both bitter and sweet, but also fully ripe. Some malt presence, pale caramelized malts detected, but hops are again the main feature here. Overall some big flavors, almost crosses into a DIPA territory.

Moutfeel is very good, light bodied with an excellent carbonation level. Smooth feel overall fairly clean with a sharp bitter finish. Well balanced and big flavors all together, quite a bit going on here, better than your average IPA. My first Olde Hickory Brew, very glad to try it. Thanks JCB for the trade!

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Photo of gford217
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Big, big thanks to Trevor for this bottle.

Pours a bright hazy amber with a medium beige head that recedes slowly and leaves a clump of foam in the middle and very little lacing.

The aroma is fantastic with tons of juicy citrus and slightly resinous floral hops. Lots of pineapple, oranges and mango with pine as a complement. Biscuity malts are present but the hops are the star.

The taste is just as good and starts with a scathingly bitter pithy citrus kick. Really just fills the mouth with oranges, grapefruits and pine. The bready malts are there to support the hops which leaves a big ol' bitter finish.

The mouthfeel is light to medium (for a DIPA) but on the heavier side of an IPA with sticky hops leaving their mark on the palate after each sip.

Well, this is an excellent beer. I struggle with how to categorize it as it's not quite big enough to stack up to the big DIPAs. That said, it's 7% and is likely the best 7% IPA/DIPA I've had in a long time. If we're going to call it a DIPA, then the drinkability is INSANELY high. Whatever, kudos to Olde Hickory for this beauty.

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Photo of GregSVT
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into a tulip

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden orange with a big white head that fades to a layering and leaves a ton of lacing on the glass.

S: The nose starts with big notes of pine and grapefruit along with a sweet malt aroma. There are also hints of tropical fruits in the background.

T: The taste is a mirror of the nose with huge flavors of piney hops, tropical fruits, and sweet malt. The taste reminds me of fresh Pliny actually with maybe a bit more bitterness.

M: The feel is medium bodied and drying on the finish.

O: This is a hop bomb! Nice DIPA which is what it says on the label. I would drink this occasionally if it was available to me. Nice example of a big hop bomb.

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Photo of BeerBeatnik
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On my quest to try more local crafts, I tried this at Duckworths. Great IPA. The bartender told me it was created by a homebrewer. So I don't know whether to give the credit to the homebrewer or the brewery. So I'll give credit to the brewery for finding a great homebrewer to make a great hoppy beer.

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Photo of Jazzfan333
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow - this beer is sparking some extreme reviews and I guess that shouldn't be surprising since (as the name implies) this is somewhat of an extreme IPA.

Poured out of a 22 oz. bomber into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - light orange - typical for the style - small head with good lacing

S - Smells great like an uber-hopped IPA should - lots of citrus (grapefruit and orange) and a little pine; appropriate strength of aroma for a big IPA; I did not get any of the vegetal, onion, garlic, grass aromas (or taste) noted by some of the other reviews at all (that kind of smell in an IPA usually comes from Summit hops, like those used in Oskar Blues Gubna and Green Flash Imperial IPA, and to my knowledge DBH doesn't use Summit hops) ...

T - It starts with citrus sweetness at the front of the tongue and then the hop bitterness builds slowly with layer upon layer of glorious hop complexity. It finishes dry with a long, lingering, overpowering, palate destroying hop bitterness. I think the divergent opinions on this beer may be based in large part on the finish which is among the most bitter I've ever tasted on an IPA/DIPA. It is definitely a hop forward beer - not a lot of balance from the malts. For me the hop overload on this beer is outstanding, but I can see that for others (even those who are fans of big IPAs) it might be a bit much.

M - Fairly typical for the style (for an IPA, not a DIPA) - not a lot of carbonation, but adequate

D - At 7% ABV the reason this beer is classified as a Double IPA is solely because of it's extreme hop forward nature and the long bitter finish. While theoretically you could knock back several of these without feeling the alcohol, the palate punishing hop load means for most people (myself included) a single bomber will suffice.

This will definitely become a regular part of my IPA rotation now that is is available in bottles. I'm very glad to have such an outstanding IPA brewed and bottled locally.

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Photo of Mojo
4.34/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bomber -> tulip glass

A - pours up crystal clear copper with a two finger off white head. Retention is decent and lacing is extensive.

S - very pine, resin, and earthy

T - strong caramel malt presence with very bitter piney hops on the finish. A bit spicy too.

M - thinner than I expected for a taste that big. Good carbonation

O - loved this one. Nice and bitter. Not sure what the IBUs for this one is but I bet it is in excess of 75.

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Photo of tastybeer
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours orangy-red with a poofy, frothy oversized head. Nice bubbly goodness. Slightly hazy throughout. Aroma is mouthwateringly hoppy. Dankness across the table. Smells like candied oranges, misc tropical fruits, pear, apple, all comfortably resting on a nice malty base. Taste is pretty awesome. Perfect balance between bitter and flavor hops, and excellent mix of flavors. Slick texture with a tad of grittiness. Also a bit chewy and sticky, start to finish.

Overall this beer kicks ass. I could go for another methinks....

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Photo of wedge
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoy By: April 2012

Golden orange under a towering frothy off-white head. Solid sheets of lace. Deep, fresh hoppy nose...ripe, juicy orange and tangerine zest, flowers, pine sap. Potent hoppy flavor. Orange and grapefruit juice, heavy piney bitterness, mango, light floral notes in the background. Some caramel running through the middle, but I wouldn't call this malty or balanced in any way. Medium bodied, bitter, and slick with oily lupulin goodness. Super-fresh and super-tasty!

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Photo of BulbMan
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 22 at Brawley's on a recent trip to NC... Pours a very nice copper color with a fair amount of head. Some pleasing grapefruit on the nose. Didn't know what to expect from this one, but found it very nicely and surprisingly balanced. Hoppy per the name with some bitterness on the finish, but more DIPA sweetness than I expected for 7.0% - feels like closer to 9% or 10%. Mouthfeel is medium at least and really pleasant. Death by Hops gets even nicer as it warms.

Search this out if you're in NC and give it a try. I would definitely buy again.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is SERIOUSLY hoppy, typically woody with a strong evergreen overtone, screaming "Great IPA!" Pours an appetizing clear copper with a fairly thick, if not too persistent, fluffy off-white head. Strongly hoppy flavor has a woody core and a strong evergreen note with herbal and citrus hints and a fair amount of bitterness. Lively, fizzy texture makes it dance on your tongue; you feel it going down the pipes! This is a must for any IPA lover.

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Photo of engagechad
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired via trade with n2185 - thanks! - DFH snifter

Pours a really nice slightly hazy gold color with perfect head and nice lacing. Smells amazing, I wasn't expecting this but it was big on grapefruit.. very very fruity and I love it. Taste follows, perfectly bitter with great finish and feel. ABV is right on, not too much not too little, this was just a perfect beer and it makes me wish I lived down there in NC

If you're near this brewery you must pick this up

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Photo of MacQ32
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a golden orange color with a nice finger of creamy off white head. Nice lacing and good retention, looks great!

S - Smells like heaven, seriously. Amazing citrus hop aromas as well as piney hops. A bit of sweet malt shines through as well.

T - Tastes pretty damn good, a bit of sweetness but citrus hops primarily and then floral hops come through. Just a great IPA

M - Perfect carbonation, medium bodied, good all around

O - Smell is magical, taste is damn good and drinkablity is great too, this ones a winner

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Photo of pat61
4.44/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: A hazy gold pour produces a 2”off-white foam cap that takes 5 minutes to recede to a thick, lacy, clingy film.
S: Tropical fruit aromas, a hint of citrus, and herbal vegetal aromas with a trace of garlic.

T: Big citrus, fruit, and tropical fruit flavors, medium malt with a light malt-fruit sweetness, finishing with a big grapefruit rind bitterness seasoned with a little savory herbal vegetal flavor. The hop bitterness is assertive, fairly high but well balanced by the malt and the hop derived fruit flavors.

F: Medium body, medium to medium low carbonation.
O: A big bitter elixir.

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Photo of ROBORB
4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a regular pint glass at Thirsty Monk and Duckworth's; this beer pours with a hazy orange color and a 1 finger head. There is great lacing with both pours.

The smell has a lot of citrus characters and is somewhat floral. I don't get much more from this beer but it is enough to keep me interested.

The taste was fantastic. It has a slight sweetness to it up front and then it gets really bitter. If you like your IPA's to have a bitter backbone then this beer is for you. The mouth feel was overly carbonated. If it was toned done just a bit it would have been perfect. I could drink this beer everyday. What a fantastic brew from an unexpected brewery.

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Photo of gothedistance
4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to chefkevlar for this beer! Bottle marked 'drink by 4/2012'.

Writing this as I enjoy it :)

A- medium orange in color. some lacing, not much, and a small head that dissappates quickly.

S- huge hop aroma. is it possible for it to be piney and citric at the same time? Wow

T- quite bitter up front, mid palate is smooth, long and bitter finish. Not sure what the IBU's are on this but it has to be significant.

M- mouthfeel - really complex with layers of flavor. Gentle malt flavor, but tons of hops all over my mouth. Not super heavy in body. My mouth is watering for some food with this to complement the beer.

O- This is a really interesting beer. Literally a 2 minute finish on it. You can tell this was made with loving care. I love it!

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of DaveAnderson
4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to unionturf for trade.

After drinking a lot of DIPAs, it's easy to forget what's great about IPAs. Thankfully, Olde Hickory's Death By Hops brought be back.

It pours a nice hazy straw-amber, with a modest (but not colorless) head. Lacing is minimal, which suggests a clean finish, and that is exactly what this beer delivers.

It smells great. I have to confess a proclivity toward aromatic beers, so this puts me in happy land. The bottle says it's fruity, but I'm not buying. This is a hop bomb all the way. No, wait -- that sounds pejorative. Let's call it hop fireworks. I can hold my nose in the glass and just breathe, like when I get a really profound blanco tequila -- the herbal subtleties reveal themselves in due time.

There is no letdown when I drink. I was afraid this might sneak some DIPA sweetness in, so I was relieved when it did not. It has a classic IPA body, with lots of extra floral hoppiness and a satisfying, lingering bitterness that is not overpowering.

I shared this bomber with 3 others, but would have been happy to drink it -- and another -- by myself. Ahhh, the joy of an IPA. Good to be back.

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Photo of jsdunlop
4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a chalice, nice size frothy white head forms up and quickly recedes to a minimal layering, nice lacing present and throughout. Golden-orange in color with some ruby hues, a bit cloudy. Aroma consists of sweet citrus notes, pine needles, fresh baked sourdough bread and a touch of floral hoppiness. Taste is milder than what I was expecting, or compared to what the label implied...however, this is a good beer. Huge pineapple fruity and malty sweetness empowers the tastebuds at first, then the hops attack, with strong flavored piney notes while resiny hop oils leave a slick feeling on the hard palate. Very slight alcohol presence presents in the aftertaste, while a citrusy, yet very floral boutique makes its way out as well. Slight bitterness in the aftertaste, but not overpowering, rather inviting. There is so much hop flavor going on, I feel like I can chew this beer, it's layered in flavor. Mouthfeel is nice and smooth with moderate carbonation, slick and oily on the palate, nice medium-heavy body. A very balanced and layered beer, extremely drinkable and enjoyable. Wow, highly recommended.

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Photo of atsprings
4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber into a DFH Signature glass pours a slightly hazy orange with a thin off white head that diminishes to a ring and leaves slight lacing on the glass. Aroma is a nice amount of pine and citrus hops with just a bit of caramel malts. The taste is a very nice balance of crisp fresh citrus and pine hops in front of a nice solid caramel malt backbone. The beer is quite light bodied with it's 7%abv very well hidden. This is a very enjoyable, super hoppy IPA, I'm sure it benefits from being bottled 4 days ago! I must say, without doubt, that Olde Hickory is my new favorite NC brewery, and this beer is one of the reasons why!

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Photo of smakawhat
4.48/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Deep caramel, and reddish to orange rusted and bright clear bronze body. Great amount but not excessive carbonation, rising at a good normal clip through the body. Head is big and booming, four fingers, slightly soapy off white with almost a vanilla yellow cream color to it. Very thin retention, but plenty of classic big IPA staying power. Great looking brew.

Delicious hop aroma and controlled bouquet. Icing like small sweetness with leafy mint to herbal hops at first. Some good floral notes but seems to not be as citrus forward to me as the label says. Slightly juiced, but also some mild caramel and some good malt sweetness which really accentuates the hop angle in a better angle almost to a cake like and desert maple and frosting controlled sweetness, but not overboard. Some tropical notes but just a little mushy and indistinct. A lot going on here, varied, very impressive.

Palate brings hop goods. Juiced mid palate brings fruit zest richness, but then the aftertaste explodes in sharp pine and citrus zest. Piney and very good lingering aftertaste with just a hint of caramel sweetness for a really nice balance. Mouthfeel really gets into a real nice full coating, but doesn't quite get to large or big push in the flavors. Lingering lime and pine finish, a bit of spicy mild burn in the mid tongue, but manages to be really playful and not distracting. Tropical and citrus aromas are not really coming out on the palate, but seem to be replaced by a different hop focus that is at least very impressive.

As classic hop forward in style, probably not the hopheads or new valued "it hop" flavor of the week for some, but love the basic variety, distinct touch of unique hop character and balance with this. Very well put together package here.

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Photo of Habmike
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Duckworths in Charlotte.

Golden color with excellent clairty. Light white head, great lacing and decent retention.

Great hoppy aroma with notes of citrus and pine. Some undertones of honey and apple in the nose as well.

Wow! What a blast of hops. Initial and finishing bitterness is pretty intense. Getting past that bitterness is "fun". Citrus and strong pine flavors here.

Nearly perfect mouthfeel with great carbonation and excellent flow.

I could definitely drink a lot of this one and at 7% abv it wouldn't completely annihalate my soul. Although the hops would serve me a happy death!

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Photo of MayLattimore
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright straw color with a little bit of cloudiness. About a quarter inch of head that fell quick. Real nice aroma. Sweet and hoppy. Real good earthy and citrusy notes. This beer has a great scent, smells so fresh. Like most IPAs, the main focus is the hops. However, only good IPAs are bold but balanced, this hits that perfectly. Enough malty sweetness at first then a great hop combination. Great mouthfeel. IPAs are one of my favorite beers so I could drink plenty of these, it is a sessionable beer for me.

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Photo of ssuggs01
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite beers right now.. Cant get enough. On tap at Duckworth's served in a pilsner. THe appearence is top notch, hazy orange color with about a half inch of white foam. Can barely see my fingers through the glass. Smells of wonderful floral hop aromas. Some grapefruit or other hints of citrus. Taste is consistent with the smell and the slightly creamy and full mouthfeel leaves you wanting another sip. Hop taste doesnt linger in your mouth for long which I like because I can easily enjoy on of my favorite stouts afterwards if I please

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Photo of TheHopMonster
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy orange, fast rising bubbles and a decent white foamy head. Pretty good retention with consistent webbing throughout.

Powerful aromas of pine, cedar, grass, citrus fruit, and earth. A mild sweetness coming from the crystal caramel malt.

Excellent hoppiness up front with strong bitterness throughout. Sweet towards the back and then the dryness follows inviting you to take another sip. The hop selection is amazing I can pick out the grapefruit cascade hop, and the intensely floral centennial hop.

Leaves mouth feeling dry and fruity.

Overall this was an amazing IPA and I have two more bottles of this so I'm excited to break into those at some point

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Photo of dirtylou
4.57/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

"COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Winner of the First Olde Hickory Pro Am competition. Very limited production. Our brew master says: 71lbs of high alpha hops were used to make this limited production beer of only 13 barrels. That's just over 20 grams of hops used for each pint! DBH was brewed with 2 row barley, Carapils and Crisp Crystal 45 malts and fermented to 7% alc/vol. DBH was hopped with 5 different West Coast hops: Chinook, Columbus, Simcoe, Centennial and Cascade. Additionally, DBH was twice dry hopped with different combinations of these hops. The net result is an amazing aroma of ripe juicy fruit mixed in with a bouquet of spring flowers. DBH was brewed to a level of bitterness of 108 IBU's, and leaves a lingering bitterness; it is, after all, a Double IPA!
"

on-tap, duckworths in charlotte

appearance: served in a 10.5oz vessel - hazy orange body, frothy white cap

smell: pungent citrus - grapefruit zest, tangerine and orange, pine resin. great nose

taste: Extraordinary IPA to be honest - sweet grapefruit zest, mango, pineapple, tangerine, orange, pine, very fresh and floral. I'm going back tomorrow night, and i will be drinking more of this - really impressive.

mouthfeel: medium, moderate bitterness, hops blast the palate

drinkability: good

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Death By Hops from Olde Hickory Brewery
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