Death By Hops | Olde Hickory Brewery

Death By HopsDeath By Hops
BA SCORE
3.88/5
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:
#8,133
Reviews:
184
Ratings:
554
pDev:
11.6%
Bros Score:
3.92
 
 
Wants:
40
Gots:
81
Trade:
3
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Photo of VncentLIFE
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at rockfish seafood grill in Durham. A warm up for BA Siberian night!

Dark cloudy straw color with minimal head.

Smells like shitload of hops (extract and dry). Piney hops to be specific. Malt smells sweet.

Now this is how to use hops! Enough hops to be the leading flavor, yet aroma hops keep things in check. malt feels syrupy, light, and slightly sweet.

Hops really dominate the aftertaste. I like it. Malt kind of balances things out.

One hell of an IIPA!!

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

I got this via trade with cwguy5, thanks Will. Poured from a fresh bomber bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A: A medium amber and orange color with a two finger white fulffy head. Nice glass lacing, this looks yummy.

S: Hops, hops, hops! Deep notes of pine and floral herbal smells with some caramel malt sweetness and a hint of some citrus.

T: Dark and piney, the hops give off a huge pine and floral flavor that does get brightened slightly by some citric notes. The hops never die but get supported by some nice caramel malt sweetness that keeps the hops from totally ruining your mouth. The hops turn bitter and prickly on the finish and leave a herbal flavor in your mouth on the finish. Nice beer.

M: Perfect mouth feel that is bitter, prickly and coating. If you like hops, you'll love this beer. Slight alcohol on the finish, but almost a perfect mouthfeel.

O: A wonderful IPA that is balanced, hoppy and very enjoyable all in one package. This would be the perfect every day IPA and those that can get it are lucky.

I am so glad I got to finally try this beer because I just loved the name. No doubt it lives up as it is one hoppy beer. Nice job on this one.

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Photo of FanofHefe
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber, labeled best by Jan 2013, that pours a slightly hazy golden body with a one-finger bubbly white head. The head dissipates quickly and leaves a bit of lacing.

Piney hops dominate the aroma. Not a very complex aroma overall. After the pine hops, there is a light amount of grapefruit notes, but not much else. I expect this might have more "punch" if very fresh, since the label notes significant dry hopping.

The taste picks up where the aroma left off and adds some decent caramel malt taste to a solid pine and grapefruit hop flavor. The blend of the hops and malt flavors works pretty well in this brew.

Medium mouthfeel with a bit of oily hop texture. A very nice IPA, but not sure it rises to the level of a DIPA as labeled. Solid overall.

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Photo of twizzard
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of aleckpa
4.11/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
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 msscott1973
3.11/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Too much bitterness, nothing to balance it out.

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Photo of jamie2dope
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big thanks goes out to mikesgroove for throwing in this extra in our recent trade. A hazy orange color this beer is, with a finger of white heading. Spicy hops come to mind first with the aroma, followed by fruit: peaches and pineapple especially. The hop flavor is very prominent in the beginning of the taste. They start off very spicy, and then become more fruity as it settles. The alcohol can definitely be detected, but it isn't a deterrent. I would have guessed the ABV was higher than 7%. At the same time I really like that they placed this right on the border between regular and imperial IPA. This beer definitely gets the point across as far as hops and flavor. I very much look forward to trying more beers from Olde Hickory.

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Photo of GennyCreamAle
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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 CarolinaKev
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of JCam9981
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of ToddThompson
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of juliusseizure
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of ToadiesForCody
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of DaveAnderson
4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
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 Amedlin18
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RyanAU
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of DerekCarruth
4.11/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of wingnutter
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Lunch
1.39/5  rDev -64.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Received a couple bottles in some in-person trades at Sexual Chocolate 2011, thanks!

Really looking forward to this beer as I know it's been freshly bottled.

Beer looks fine, but there is little head. A light orange/straw color with little lacing. This is by far the best aspect of the beer and that is not saying much.

Oh dear...this smells interesting. Goddamn, this smells like boiled vegetables with some spice and perhaps a hint of hops. Very disapointing.

The aroma translates miserably into the flavor. There is something seriously wrong here. This reminds me of a bad can of Gubna.

Mouthfeel is fine, but it's hard to judge as the taste and aroma are so off.

Not drinkable at all, drainpour.

Very disappointing.

Update: I decided to crack my other bottle last night for the sake of comparison. This bottle was just a vile as the first. I did pick up some more chalk, but the vegetable flavor and aroma continue to dominate this self-proclaimed hopbomb. I'm a huge fan of hops. I like IPA/DIPAs that are bitter, sweet and everything and anything in between, but they must be well crafted. This beer is just a complete mess and it misses the mark substantially in virtually every aspect. I hate to shit on other's work, but this beer is just dreadful.

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Photo of JohnQVD
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of rapidsequence
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. Best by Apr 2012, so I'm guessing it will be brewed a few months from now. Thanks to Chris for this little treat.

Appearance: Clear orange, off white head with great retention, excellent lacing in thick sticky sheets.

Smell: Sharp citrus and sweeter tropical fruits. Some florals and a little touch of earth. Slight hint of pale malt sweetness.

Taste: This has a great sharp hoppy bite. Nice fruity hops flavors and pithy grapefruit bitterness. A bit of spicy hops flavor too. Hint of caramel malt. Towards the end of the bottle, the high level of bitterness wears on me a bit, but overall its very good.

Mouthfeel: Very well done. Just the perfect level of carbonation, smooth and bubbly, but not harsh. Incredible resiny stickiness.

Overall: This is an IPA hopped like a DIPA. Its a beast. Just a touch too high on the bitterness, but hey, its called Death By Hops.

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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 StlHopHead77
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Death By Hops from Olde Hickory Brewery
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 554 ratings
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