Death By Hops | Olde Hickory Brewery

BA SCORE
87
very good
552 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:
552
Reviews:
182
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
11.6%
 
 
Wants:
40
Gots:
78
For Trade:
3
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Photo of Cpmitchno1
3.37/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of koopa
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22oz bomber received in a trade with a buddy.

Appearance: Pours an attractive and fairly transparent dirty orange to copper with a 1 finger white crown that displays good retention and lace.

Smell: A nice bouquet of candied orange, grapefruit, and a dominant floral hop note. Some underlying onion and cut grass notes are present.

Taste: The same ingredients as the nose but more vibrant and enjoyable. Finishes with a nice lasting herbal hop bitterness. Flawed but enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: A touch thin but not off putting in any way.

Drinkability: Exceptional.

This brew has flaws but I still enjoyed it.

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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 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 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 Ohiovania
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of richkrull
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of Bilco
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kiniey01
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of unclekeith
3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ncstateplaya
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Chaney
2.11/5  rDev -45.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I picked this up at a fantastic beer store in Winston-Salem, NC during the Sexual Chocolate release weekend.

A: Very mildly cloudy orange, with hardly any head or carbonation to speak of... very curious. A very small amount of white foam attached itself to the glass.

S: Almost salty and onion-like, with a strong citrus undertone. Yep.... that combination is as odd and even gross as it sounds.

T: A HUGE amount of hop bitterness on the front end... almost sucking the saliva from my mouth dry. The trouble was, there was absolutely no fruit body to back that up. I liken this experience to biting into a chocolate bar, only to find out within seconds that it was unsweetened baker's chocolate.

M: Not much more pleasant in this area either. This brew was basically flat as a pancake, and gave me no hope that carbonation bubbles would rescue my taste buds from the hop assault. Painstakingly bitter!

D: Admittedly, I only have limited experience with this brewery and I picked up a few other nuggets by Olde Hickory while in NC. I've dug the stuff I had tried up to this point, but I would recommend for everyone to steer clear of this entry...

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Photo of jsanford
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass.

A - Pours a hazy orange with a 1-inch creamy white head that recedes to a craggy haze, leaving tons of soapy lacing behind.
S - Hops! Incredibly pungent hop aromas, very green and vegetal, with notes of pineapple, pine resin, and grapefruit.
T - Again, very hoppy, with lots of dank flavors of grapefruit, pineapple, and pineapple with a long-lasting bitter finish. Not as much up-front hop flavor as I'd expected, this is more on the bittering hops end of the spectrum. Still, for a "regular" IPA this is HUGE.
M - Smooth and slightly creamy, with a medium body and crisp carbonation. You can really feel the hop resins in here.
O - Excellent IPA, certainly an intense experience. Hop-heads rejoice!

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Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.72/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to dgfair for sending me this nice bomber (best tasted by July 2011 date on label) which was poured into a pint glass. The beer pours with a hazy orange color and a 1-finger head which diminishes rather quickly. There is decent lacing throughout the session. The smell has a lot of citrus characters and is somewhat floral - juicy fruity. The taste was fantastic. It has a slight sweetness to it up front and then it gets somewhat bitter, but in a good way (in a HopSlam type of effect). Medium bodied and a decent level of carbonation going on. A very nice dry hopped DIPA overall! Quite sessionable, indeed.

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Photo of leroybrown10
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an amber-orange with a 2 finger cream colored head. Fairly good retention on the head and a huge mass of sticky lacing left behind.

Grapefruit, pine and orange peel on the nose. Really big caramel malt. Doughy.

Dank pine hops and caramel malt on first sip. Orange peel, lemon zest, and grapefruit. Bread dough. More caramel at the end.

Medium bodied going to a touch viscous. Medium carbonation. Some sweetness form the malt balanced by lingering piney dankness.

Really interesting IPA. Such a huge amount of caramel, much more than most IPAs.

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Photo of kristougher
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of oldp0rt
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of Onenote81
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle picked up at Peabody's in Boone. Best by September '11 marked on the label. Poured into an Allagash chalice. Pours a dark honey-gold with a thick off-white cap. Decent retention. The nose is fresh with tones of pine, grapefruit, mango, but it just doesn't last long. Smells nice, just not really bold. Good full creamy mouth. Carbonation level backs it up nicely. Not too heavy, as I downed the bomber happily, but just "big" enough. Good fresh hoppy bitterness. Alcohol is non-existent, which is no surprise since this is only 7.0%. Juicy citrus fruits, caramel, light toffee-like sweetness, mild finish. This beer wasn't a smack in the face, and it surely wouldn't cause 'death,' but it was tasty nonetheless

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Photo of HamdenHector
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: slightly hazy; burnt orange in color; <1 finger off white head that receded to a thick collar; nice lacing;

S: all hops; tropical fruit, floral, and a little pine;

T: mostly floral through mid-palate; at the finish, it's earthy, floral, piney, and assertively bitter;

M: medium bodied; moderately carbonated; lightly dry finish;

O: a true hop bomb in every sense;

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Photo of RedneckBeerz
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of atsprings
4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
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 babaracas
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange-amber with two finger creamy white head that fades to a half inch leaving a few thin rings of lace behind.

Smell: upfront some soft tropical fruit that is overcome by grapefruit peel and a raw, green resiny component. Mild biscuity malt way in the back. Unexpected somewhat melony yeast contribution.

Taste: juicy grapefruit and citrus peel dominate with resinous and spicy additions. Raw oiliness all over this one. Light caramel and biscuit are overwhelmed. Nice hop flavors and serious bitterness.

Light-medium bodied with soft carbonation and a tongue numbing bitter drying finish.

Best (D)IPA out of NC for me (so far).

Best by July 2011.

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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 italianstallion
3.64/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Death By Hops from Olde Hickory Brewery
3.88 out of 5 based on 552 ratings.
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