Death By Hops | Olde Hickory Brewery

very good
553 Ratings
Death By HopsDeath By Hops

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Olde Hickory Brewery
North Carolina, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by ROBORB on 09-22-2010

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Death By Hops pours a lighter caramel brown color. It’s slightly hazy. Looks like an orange stained gold color when held to light. Looks good. It’s topped with an off-white head that stands nearly two fingers tall. It’s very slow to recede. Holds steady as a surface covering for quite a while. Lacing was very sticky and thick. Quite impressive.

The nose is good. It could use just a little more strength, but it’s still good. The malt base seems reserved. I like that. There’s a hint of sweet caramel. Not much. Perhaps a bit of bready scent. That’s about it. Hops smell lively and delicious! Grapefruit and orange scents are easily noted. There’s perhaps a touch of pine that follows. Alcohol is blended well and doesn’t come through all that strong. I’m surprised it’s characterized as a DIPA. I digress. Smells good.

The flavor is a little better than the nose, but not quite enough to warrant a score bump. The malt base tastes like a mix of caramel and bread flavors. The caramel flavor is light and restrained. It adds a touch of sweetness, but it’s not overly strong. The hop flavor is really nice. It’s mostly citrus grapefruit and orange. It definitely has a bitter kick, but it’s not palate wrecking. The hops definitely take center stage and are the focal point here. Alcohol is there, but isn’t anywhere close to warm or hot. Finishes hoppy and bitter.

The body is medium. Carbonation seems light and restrained. It’s relatively smooth and easy drinking. I probably won’t finish off the growler, but it’s tempting. It is quite good.

Death By Hops is a nice release from Olde Hickory Brewery. The hops hog the spotlight and really amp up the flavor. That’s my style for an American IPA. This one’s definitely worth picking up. I’m still not sure about the DIPA classification on here. That’s a bit peculiar, but…whatever.

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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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4.5/5  rDev +16%
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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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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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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Death By Hops from Olde Hickory Brewery
3.88 out of 5 based on 553 ratings.
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