Death By Hops | Olde Hickory Brewery

Death By HopsDeath By Hops
BA SCORE
76.7%
Liked This Beer
3.88 w/ 554 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
Ranking:
#7,972
Reviews:
184
Ratings:
554
Liked:
425
Avg:
3.88/5
pDev:
11.6%
Alströms:
3.92
 
 
Wants:
40
Gots:
81
Trade:
3
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Ratings: 554 |  Reviews: 184
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 Bustersuess
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Hohnbaum
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of rangerred
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass out of a 22oz bomber.

Pours a slightly hazy medium orange with a rocky white two finger head. Tons of lacing and amazing head retention.

Aroma is full of citrus hops, orange and pineapple. There is also a healthy dose of caramel and biscuit malt that nicely balances out the hops. Quite a pleasant, if not common, aroma.

The flavor is a little lighter on the citrus with some pine coming through. Lots of caramel and biscuit paired with a moderate bitterness. A really nice lingering hoppyness combines with a slight stickyness in the finish.

Overall, a really good IPA but it is definitely not a IIPA; not sure why is is labeled that here. Nice balance between malt and hops and something I would drink a lot of if it were available locally.

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Photo of Gavage
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours an orange color with a 1/2" head that falls apart quickly.

Smell: loads of citrus and an earthy hop bitterness comes through to the nose.

Taste: caramel, orange, grapefruit, pine, and a strong earthy bitterness are the main flavors.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp throughout with a dry aftertaste. Long lasting bitterness rides the tongue for a while.

Overall: for those that enjoy aggressively hopped beers, this one will make you happy.

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Photo of CavemanRamblin
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Spaten454
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of mjtiernan
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of HopAttack3
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of MrVonzipper
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before date of 2/12
Pours a nice hazy caramel color with a foamy/bubbly 2cm eggshell colored head with pretty good retention and lacing.

Nice floral and fruity hop notes up front on the nose with some sweet citrus, candy sugar and light caramel.

Flavor is good and pretty well balanced. It's pretty malt forward actually with a pretty nice but not strong floral hop character. It finishes a little bitter hops. The flavor and hop character just doesn't stand up to the name.

Mouthfeel is smooth, a little oily and creamy with medium carbonation.

It's a pretty good IPA but just doesn't stand up to CA ipas or it's name for that matter. It's very drinkable and might have a ton of hops in it, but lacks great distinguishing hop notes and flavors.

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Photo of twowheelssoar
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good friend brought a bottle of Olde Hickory Death By Hops here to Chicago with him from NC. The beer pours a clear orange copper with finger thick slightly off-white head that is lacing. The smell is definitely hopslight pine and citrus notes. The taste is an explosion of hop flavors all mixed into one. There is bitter citrus, pine, and floral notes...almost too much going on. The bottle says five west coast hops...hence "death By Hops"....and they aint lying!!! The mouthfeel is a medium to full body with good carbonation. Overall it is a decent beer....but one per session is probably enough.

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Photo of qcbrewer
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of dailyminefield
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber into a couple of snifters. Thanks go to Barscream for sharing this one with me.

Pours a clear copper, with a finger of slightly off-white head. This maintains a rich frothiness that slathers the sides of the glass with creamy swathes of lacing. The aroma smells fresh, leafy, and herbal, with some pine and spice thrown in. An underlying mix of green grapefruit, lighter tropical fruit, and then some soft doughy grains give this a nice platform for those more airy aspects of the hops to bounce off of.

The taste has a fresh, crisp, and green bitter to it that spreads leafy spice and pine out into the mouth. There is just enough of a malt presence here for balance, which works well with the bright citrus, softer tropical notes, and herbal flavors from the hops to help keep this fairly smooth and accessible despite the assertive mix of pith, resins, and spice that finish this with a bone dry feel. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a crisp and prickly feel to the carbonation up front that then gets much more slick and oily as this spreads out across the back. The feel is pretty much spot on here for 7%.

This was a pretty darn solid IPA. It’s certainly got its aggressive aspects but wasn't quite an all out bitter bomb and I liked how the malt worked in tandem with the softer character of the hops to help keep this balanced and rather quite accessible all things considering. This is one of the better Southern IPAs that I’ve had.

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Photo of Renegawam
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of sonofliberty2
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of hemorhoidzz
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of SpdKilz
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to mullenpc for this great extra. Cheers! Drink before April 2012 (which reading from the below review means this was just bottle a few weeks ago).

Appearance – Hazy orange color with slight tan head that lingers around for a while leaving chunky lacing.

Smell – Hops, pine, resin, bitter grapefruit, slight malty backbone.

Taste – Bitter piney and floral hop flavors, grapefruit and orange rind, a hint of sweet pale malt backbone.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, decent carbonation, slightly oily.

Overall – Not a bad DIPA. Relatively bitter and a pretty good attempt at, in my opinion, a take on a West coast DIPA. Could have a bit more citrus though...the bitter hops and fruit rinds is a bit much when it’s all said and done.

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Photo of JeffreyJDavis
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bomber, from Appalachian Vintners, my preferred store in AVL.

A: The double IPA is a darker golden orange color, the browner hues adding to the darkness. An eggshell white head, sizeable on first pour, leaves plenty of lace behind - a foamy legacy.

S: Sharp grapefruit, biting and abrasive. Indeed a slow death by hops. The nose is very oily, the bitterness of the hops leading to a black peppercorn scent. Pine needles pop up too, just for good measure. The intensity of the hops lends to a very thick nose, bitter but engrossing. Caramel is there, the malts balancing things out to a small degree.

T: The double IPA starts out with a twist - caramel and breads lendy a starchy feel. The oily hops follow quickly, jumping into the void with a viney vegetal feel and plenty of bitterness. The grapefruit and pine flavors, strong up front, somehow manage to intensify as the ale warms, getting stronger and oilier, resiny even. That's a lot of adjectives to describe te beer but they are accurate. Surprising especially because the nose, while aromatic, isn't nearly as fragrant as the body. Deadly indeed.

M: Oily and resiny, the hops are powerful strong. Balanced to a degree too, aiding the drinkability. Too bad that was my only bottle.

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Death By Hops from Olde Hickory Brewery
Beer rating: 76.7% out of 100 with 554 ratings
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