Death By Hops | Olde Hickory Brewery

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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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Photo of vande
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a - a 14k golden color, somewhat more dense looking then, say, a miller light - but much prettier... a soft, cushiony, lace-filled head of about 2 fingers in it recedes, it leaves a lasting impression upon my pint..

s - lemon grass, spring house hold cleaner, pine odor.. a very 'clean' smelling beer..

t - piney hop note with a sprig of lemon rind and pine presence with hints of malt mixed in... a dry finish that leaves one schmacking thier lips a bit...

m - light-to-medium in body, somewhat creamy in texture...

0 - pretty good ipa...probably would/could get lost in the shuffle of such a deep category...

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Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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 KrausenRingKing
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bursting aroma of fruity hops and faint hint of malt. Color was orange and fairly clear. The flavor was hops all the way through with just enough malt presence to give it some balance. The bitterness lingers for quite a while. It did not have much head retention but the carbonation was about spot on for the style. I would make this one to try if you live in NC. I'm not sure what the distribution area is for them.

I recommend serving it at about 45-50 degrees. As it warms the hop aroma continues to intensify.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

Thanks to josefiak for this bottle!

Review #2300. Well, I know the dessert Death by Chocolate is loaded with the dark stuff, so there's definitely some expectations for this here brew... It pours a clear sunrise amber topped by a touch more than a finger of cream-white foam. The nose comprises light biscuit, grapefruit zest, pine resin, orange zest, and a touch of booze. The taste generally follows suit, though the resin and citrus peels combine with a now stronger booze component, creating a bitterness that at times comes off a bit astringent, though luckily not too often. Beyond that, there's plenty of hops, with a mild contingent of toffee in the background, vainly attempting to balance things out. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, a hop-bomb indeed. Not bad, not great, but good stuff.

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Photo of tdm168
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at World of Beer at North Hills 2/16/12.

Pours a medium amber with a thin soft head that has good retention. The nose has an intense citrusy hop aroma. The flavor is overly hoppy with only slight malt to balance; toasty, piny, bitter, woody, earthy. The mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.

This was an enjoyable beer. A little unbalanced and could use some more malt balance. Overall, a respectable, tasty beer that's worth trying.

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Photo of jpro
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber from Peabody’s. Into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint -

A: Golden orange; eggshell head; about two-fingers, leaving chunky wads of lace; good retention and steady bubbles.

S: Citrus hops; woodsy / nutty notes... kind of weird.

T: Big citrus and pine hoppiness; pretty heavy bitterness on the end; a touch boozy and almost hot.

M: Big bitter / puckering bite on the end; pretty full-bodied and high carbonation.

O: Pretty good, but nutty / wood flavor throws things a bit; not bad, though.

(from notes)

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Photo of Mantooth
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Sammy's in Belmont, poured by Heather into a Coors Light pint glass (silver bullet, bitch!)

A: Amber - loverly colour - ample head and some cling for life lacing.

S: Does bitterness have a smell? Uh, yeah - hops, grass, citrus, butterscotch.

T: Yowza, welcome to FLAVA TOWN. She opens up with hops and some malt fighting to be noticed, finishes with off-the-charts hop bitterness, grapefruit on par with Sierra Nevada Celebration. "Excuse me miss, I'd like a tall glass of grass and sunshine please." I almost get some whisky out of this too.

M: Some initial chew prior to a big wet nasty oil slick of hop goodness. I wish I could roll this beer up and smoke it.

O: Lives up to the name with a bombastic hop finish. Is this the best brewery in NC?

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Photo of sliverX
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a light orange/watered down copper nice white head that was thin but stayed forever, good lacing
smell is a hoppy orange rind with a hint of pine a bit of spicy hops as well
Taste is astringent orange rind and bracing pine, not sure why this caught me off guard so much but just punched me in the face. A bit soapy after swallowing.
Mouthfeel is a thin medium nice carbonation
overall its ok but had it had a bit more malt backbone i think it would be an excellent ipa

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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 Hopsedge
4.19/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is all about the aroma and the aftertaste, both of which are really great. Initial taste is underwhelming, but this is more than made up for by the aftertaste, which is dry and lingers forever. This is not a sweet, malty beer. If is light enough to enjoy a lot of it without getting weighted down by sweetness. Definitely one I will return to.

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Photo of Kadonny
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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 CliffBrake
3.61/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to HeadyHops81 for the bottle. Dated best by May 2012.

Medium orange color, slightly hazy with a nice head and good retention.

I would describe the nose as spicy shortbread. Spicy hops dominate the taste, balanced by sweet bready malts, resolving into a long peppery finish.

Medium body with good carbonation.

Overall the peppery finish is quite prevalent and overtakes the impression of this beer. Other than this aspect, it seems reminiscent of 90 Minute IPA.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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 seanwhite
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
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 inlimbo77
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber bottle (thanks UNCCTdawg). Best by date 4/12. Poured into a small Victory tulip/snifter. Split between two.

A: Hazy cloudy orange color. On the first pour I got a faint quarter finger off white head (second pour a got more head). Dissapates quickly. Some carbo streaming off the bottom of glass. Not that much sticky lacing.

S: The nose is very nice. I get those West Coast hop notes of citrus fruits etc., but also get some piney notes. There is some breadiness actually sneaking through. It's actually labeled as a "DIPA" on the bottle even at 7% so maybe that is the hop balance I am smelling.

T: Wow. Been a while since I've had that strong piney atrigency from an IPA as opposed to the citrus fruit hop bombs of late. I like it. Little bit of bitterness on the tip of the tongue then a blast of pine notes in the middle of the mouth. Also some fruit but not the overly citrus based hops. The close is not mouth puckering but there is some piney bitterness. The piney notes linger for a while. It's unbalanced, but that is what I like in IPAs.

M: It's a medium bodied IPA. Nice coating of hop flavors but not overpowering.

O: I really enjoy this one. Maybe A minus or A on the grading scale. First offering from Olde Hickory didn't disappoint. I can't wait to dig into the stouts shortly here.

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Photo of lnashsig
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Chrisheartsbeer for the chance to taste this one. Never heard of this, and looking forward to giving it a try. Bottle calls to be drank by May 2012, so I am assuming this is screaming fresh. Poured from bottle into DFH snifter. Pours a dark orange but transparent color, frothy white head sticks all over the glass, recedes slowly. Smell- bright sunshiny citrus flavors. lemon-lime, followed by some tropical sweetness. Definitely West Coast hops here, some mango, papaya, etc. Taste- WOW. Blasting bitterness at the front of the palate. The tropical hops present themselves, but I struggle to find a real malt backbone to counter balance the waves upon waves of bitterness onslaught. Feels like the hop oils are just creeping down the back of my throat. The mouthfeel has a slick feel to it. Decent carbonation, but almost oily from the hop resin. This is one aggressive IPA here- more brutally hoppy and bitter than most West Coast IPAs that I am accustomed to drinking. The weakness of this beer is its strength: the tremendous bitter hoppy presence is not balanced with an appropriate malt backbone. The sweetness that presents itself in the aroma does not come out in the taste. Pine needles, grapefruit, tropical hoppy flavors all abound in the taste. Overall, this is a nice IPA, but good god it is brutal. I would have it again for sure.

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Photo of JayAre46
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks louis for this extra. let me start off by saying this is one of the ugliest labels ive ever seen, hilarious. alright poured out of a bomber into a pint glass, appears a light amber with some haze and oranges hues. big two finger head sits on top and shows ridiculous retention, awesome. amazing sheets of lace on the way down. the aroma is piney, straight hops and dank. not getting much malt but i know its there. the taste is an absolute hop onslaught, jesus christ! just piney, and very resiny. there is a sweet malt there for balance but i don't think that was their goal. extremely sharp and dry in the finish. the mouth feel is amongst the most prickly and stabbing ive had. overall the name "death by hops" i thought was a medicinal remedy and since i don't feel to well i thought i would crack it and see if i felt better afterwards. didn't work. but this is a solid brew and i appreciate getting fresh dipa/ipas as extras. i will say as simple as it is, i feel they achieved their goal. well done olde hickory and thank you louis.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from notes taken a bit earlier in the evening. enjoyed in a pint glass. poured a classic yellow orange transparent with 2 fingers of off-white frothy head. Great sweet hop smell. Not piny, but sweet. Not sticky or sweaty as I prefer, but not bad. Surprisingly bitter flavor. Intensely bitter actually...many people who were around when I tried this one took a taste and found it too bitter to drink at all. I didn't mind it, but definitely more bitter than I had expected. Medium to full bodied. Overall, this one is just a bitter bomb. Kind of one-dimensional...just some sweetness followed by bitterness.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.2/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Received as an extra from Beerverage; thanks Curtis! Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip. Best by May 2012 on the side of the bottle.

a - Pours a hazy bright orange color with two fingers of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident. Head lasts for several minutes and leave some spotty lacing on the glass

s - Smells of citrus hops, grapefruit, tropical fruits, fruity malts, and some floral hops. Grapefruit and citrus are pretty strong and up front. Pretty nice.

t - Tastes insanely bitter. Tons of bitter grapefruit, citrus hops, light bready malts, light caramel malts, and fruity malts. Taste is way too bitter…it dominates the taste and makes it pretty unenjoyable.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Huge bitter bite up front and throughout drinking it.

o - Overall this one was just way to bitter in the taste for me, and made it tough to drink a whole 22 oz. bottle. The nose was really nice and full of fresh citrus hops, but the taste is just too bitter and too much for me. Probably wouldn't seek it out again due to that.

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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 Cresant
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served this 22 oz. brown bottle in a Sierra Nevada Hops glass. (thanks brentk56). The body was lightly hazy but bright golden/orange in color. The white head was creamy and a thick film remained. Minimal lace.

The smell was citrus and pine shavings. I smell a compost pile here. Not in a bad way but in an earthy, leafy way.

The taste was citrus rinds. There was definitely a sweetness to this one from a heaping of malts but the star was the pithy citrus character of the hops. Drying finish. Well hidden alcohol. Drinks bigger than the 7%.

The mouthfeel was medium to full bodied and smooth.

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy orange with a finger of white creamy head. Spotty lacing down the glass.

Smells like a west coast IPA. Lots of good citrus and pine hops and the malt takes a backseat.

Starts out with just a tick of citrus/floral taste. Malt makes a brief appearance, but is very much overshadowed by the hops. Finishes very piney and a little floral with intense bitterness lingering on the tongue. Finishes very dry.

Pretty good carbonation and mouthfeel. Just enough malt to not be too thin.

Most brews with names like this don't live up to the name, but this one definitely does. It's an assault on the taste buds from sip one. I'll knock it down just a tick because the hops don't compliment each other as well as they could, but it's still a tasty beer.

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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 SpdKilz
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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 Khazadum
3.05/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Bottle says to drink before April of 2012, called brewery and their words were "that would have been brewed just a couple weeks ago." Very exciting news for me!

A- Clear to turbid body with great carbonation. Tons of miniature bubbles, no streams. Pretty solid lacing, great stickiness and retention time. Pure white froth, not pharmaceutically creamy but many identifiable individual bubbles.

S- Very grassy, super grassy even. Lots of light citrus notes, kind of orangey, Some light to medium pine fragrance.

T- Instant super bitter! Like brushing your teeth with a pine frond and cone. The back of your tongue erupts in never ending battle of stabby mcstabbity stab hop variety. The opening does give it a bit of balance with a caramel and sweet characteristic, but the hint of tangerine that is supposed to help last into the finish is barreled over and destroyed by just bitter, bitter, bitter! Not even much grassy hops can make it through this tremendous force of nature.

M- Tremendously crisp opening, almost too much carbonation prickles the taste buds. Too sticky finish and bitingly harsh flavors cause this beer to be a chore rather than an enjoyment. Full body, not necessarily creamy or velvety... at times watery actually, but only sometimes.! Its really unbalanced, and not even enjoyable a quarter of the time. Its truly an oppressive beer.

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Death By Hops from Olde Hickory Brewery
3.89 out of 5 based on 550 ratings.
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