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Death By Hops | Olde Hickory Brewery

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87
very good
181 Reviews
Death By HopsDeath By Hops
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Olde Hickory Brewery
North Carolina, United States | website

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
Reviews:
181
Ratings:
536
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
20.05%
 
 
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Photo of zhanson88
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a very hazy, bright nectarine color. Really can't remember the last IPA I had that was this unfiltered. Interesting. About 1/2" of eggshell white head forms, which produces a slight amount of lacing and only a bit of head retention.

Smell: Quite a bit of citrus and grapefruit shows immediately. I do get some malts as well. Pretty bitter smelling as well; very dank hop character.

Taste: A touch of caramel malts show up front, followed by citrus and grapefruit. Back end and finish is extremely bitter, part of which comes across as floral, the rest as dankness. Not bad....a little less bitterness would allow me to enjoy it more.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Every bit of medium bodied, and probably over that. Fine carbonation that isn't too prevalent. Very nice. Overall, I enjoyed this but as I stated before, just a bit too much bitterness. Still, a good IPA.

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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 dgfair
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle poured into Corsendonk tulip.

Beer pours a beautiful clear golden color with a brilliant white head that leaves delicate lacing all over the interior of the glass.

The smell is sweet, sweet citrus. I get tons of grapefruit and orange. I also pick up pineapple and guava with a little bit of passion fruit. Very tropical and very sweet in the nose. I pick up a slight touch of rotten fruit at the end that is less than pleasurable.

The taste is extremely bitter. Very piney and grapefruity, and not much else at first taste. Once my palate starts to recover from the assault, there is a decent little malt backbone with some nice biscuit flavors and a little bit of yeasty dough. Definitely for the uber hopheads who want a tongue lashing (pun intended). Too bitter for me.

Mouth is fairly slick and oily and the drinkability is pretty low due ton the complete overpowering bitterness. I could see some hopheads really locoing this one. I like it for what it is, but it is slightly too hoppy for me.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
3.56/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a perfect pint

A- pours a cloudy shade of a dark yellow, light orange with a half a finger white head that fades pretty quickly. Disappointing

S- there's a real pleasant citrus aroma coming out of this one that absolutely tickles my nasal passages...lots of orange in this

T- the bitterness is strong in this one. I honestly am not getting a lot of flavor out of it though, just a lot of bitterness...strange

M- pretty thick, close to being syrupy. Not a huge fan

O- not a huge fan of this at all. The hoppiness is more grating as opposed to flavorful, and the feel doesn't help matters at all

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Photo of brian44556
3.56/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed this beer 3/27/11 while watching UK beat UNC in the Elite 8! I was lucky enough to pick this up in Winston-Salem while attending the Sexual Chocolate release.

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an Allagash 16.75oz Cervoise glass.

Dark copper color, small off white head, small amounts of lacing. Looks like a good DIPA should. The smell wasn't very impressive. Caught the initial bitterness and sweet hops, but the smell didn't seem to last. I enjoyed the taste of bitter grapefruit and tropical fruits on some drinks, but on others I tasted hints of dish soap. Very strange... Overall the beer had decent carbonation and a decent taste, SOMETIMES. Glad I had a chance to snag a bottle and try, but it isn't something I would seek out in the future.

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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 barczar
3.54/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Resin, pine, dank hops, and muted grapefruit in aroma, touch of bready, toasted malt.

Flavor is floral initially, then extremely bitter. Nice citrus notes, herbal, but waaaay too bitter for me.

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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 UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Jzmhector for sending me this one!

Best by 8/2012.

Pours a clear honey orange with a beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt and some herbal hop aromas. Taste is the same with a slight soapy flavor present as well. There is a medium amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good DIPA but nothing too special in my opinion.

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Photo of beerdown77
3.52/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a perfect example of a smaller brewery putting out a product that is fine if you are already a fan. It is probably fun to go to the brewery and have a fresh IPA from the tap room. However, I just can't say that this beer has the well-rounded qualities that are evident in beers from bigger operations. The appearance was not memorable and I thought that it was a little harsh and dirty in flavor. If you want hops, look no further. It's almost as if they garnish it with hops just before serving it. It took me a while to put this one down, but I would like to give Olde Hickory another shot. I love trying local stuff!

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Photo of SteveGNC
3.47/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not sure why this is classified as a double or imperial IPA. I think this is simply an American IPA at7% abv. - very average. Not bad but not great either. Pours a cloudy copper orange some head and pretty good lacing. Fruity hoppy aroma. the taste is good, but the finish is more bitter than I like. Not one I would buy again, but certainly would not turn down if offered at a party.

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Photo of n2185
3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear, honey orange with about a finger of frothy white head. The head recedes into a thin film with some big bubbles forming a ring around the glass and very little lacing.

S: Sweet orange and pineapple on the nose followed by some piny bitterness. It smells good, but it's a bit muted--I really had to agitate the beer to pick up on all the aromas.

T: Taste is of grapefruit rind at first followed by a strong pine flavor and some bitterness. The aftertaste is quite bitter, coating your tongue.

M: Medium body and carbonation with no unpleasant oily texture that many piny IPAs get.

D: It goes down pretty smooth, but the lingering bitterness keeps it from being extremely drinkable.

Overall, a pretty good IPA.

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Photo of chaz410
3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've had this fella in multiple forms but I'm drinking it off of a keg I have at the house.
Pours a mild amber hued body with froathy white head.
Smells of grapefruit, lemon grass, pine, and citrus rinde. It has an undertow of caramel aroma and some grainey astringencies but it's mostly sharp hop citrus flavors that dance in the nostrils.
Taste is similar to smell initially. Some heavy citrus and rinde flavors masked over caramel and the typical two-row base sweetness. There's a decent amount of hop veggie taste at the finish and a very bitter bite that seems accentuated by the veggie notes.
THe mouthfeel is decent and medium bodied. Nothing outstanding but nothing lacking for an IPA.
Considering the level of bitterness in the beer I believe it's very drinkable

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Photo of tlema1
3.44/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: deep gold, long lasting thin white head
S: dank and piney
T: bitter up front, resinous and faint citrus
F: good mouthfeel
O: not my favorite DIPA

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes to GehenHerzog for this bottle. Split into tulips.

A: Cloudy golden orange hue. About a finger of cream hued head recedes leaving sticky lace.

S: Full on piney hops burst out of the glass. Like fresh cut evergreen branches. A hint of burnt rubber comes through as it warms.

T: Wow this is bitter. Loads of piney hops and burnt rubber. Almost acrid and harsh as I sip it.

M: Medium creamy body. Soft carbonation.

O: This was a pine hop bomb. Good but maybe a bit over the top for me.

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Photo of dfclav
3.3/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to n2185 for this generous extra.

A - pours a lighter amber color a little more on the yellow side with a 1 1/2 finger head, and not so active carbonation. The lacing however is very sticky and does a good job coating the glass.

S - a good bunch of floral notes, lemon peel, grapefruit, and oranges with some more subtle tropical fruits hanging around. A surprising amount of candied sugar is noted, then in typical IPA's. Barley is detected more and more as it warms.

T - taste is a good amount of lemon mixed with a slight amount of booze and grapefruit. The hops are noticed in this beer and very well balanced. Floral taste pretty big here too. That being said it's a bit bland and not too complex for an IPA. Barley really noticeable in the finish.

M - medium bodied and quite refreshing. Good zip on the carbonation but the hop twang isn't too powerful.

O - overall I'm not too impressed with this. There are a good number of flaws in this beer and many better examples of the style. This, however would be a fairly good beer for a beginner on IPA's as it's not crazy aggressive. I wouldn't recommend it unless you are just getting someone into the style.

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Photo of veinless
3.29/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to NCBeerFan for sending this along with other Foothill/Olde Hickory beers in our trade.

Pours a hazy yellowish orange, almost like your average hefeweizen. Surprised by the level of cloudiness in this. Head is very finely bubbled and thick, but dissipates quickly leaving inconsistent, below average lacing.

Nose is of fruit - citrus and tropical both, with grapefruit and mango being the main players. Floral scent is nice, and the caramel malt backbone certainly makes itself known too. Solid, if not spectacular smell; the whole package could use some more strength.

Taste starts very tropical, and actually creamy. Rindy, weedy citrus comes in next and the bitterness is acrid and right at the start. The hoppy, planty bitterness is quite strong and dry though overall, so it's nice. Malts definitely take a backseat in this one, as I don't get the caramel from the nose that much other than right before the most intense bitterness comes about. This is a way hoppier beer than I thought it would be; I think my thoughts were dumb in the first place. The hops are misguided in my opinion, as they are channeled into a harsh kick, but the beer is decently tasty anyways.

The beer is crisp and smooth, with a creaminess I wasn't expecting at the start, but the mouthfeel is desert level dry once the hops kick in. The dryness is really nice to experience, but in terms of drinkability, some level of balance is required and this beer just doesn't have it. I mean that's not to say it isn't easy to drink this, just that the level of acrid, harsh character during the hops is too much to have swig after swig. It's a good beer, but unfortunately this style is populated with the best of the best, so it falls well short of the top.

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Photo of begforme4484
3.2/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a bottle at Tasty Beverage Company in Raleigh, NC. Enjoy by 3/2013 on the label.

Pours a light amber with golden edges. Had a ton of off-white/tan head with a medium aggression pour. Tons of bubbles rushing up through the standard pint glass.

The smell is somewhat lacking in pungency for a DIPA. A good bit of doughy bready malt with a piney and dirty hop aroma lingering in there as well.

A somewhat astringent bite at first which goes away into a piney, earthy, bitter hop front. The bready malt mixes in well with the hops. An oily hop resin after taste remains on the tongue.

Medium bodied with plenty of carbonation. A bit oily from the resin, but not too bad.

The beer definitely doesn't drink like a DIPA. If it were considered a single IPA, it would fit that description much better.

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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 Gigantor
3.11/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I really like old hickory, but I must admit I was a bit disapointed with there latest release of death by hops. There beer looks really good and has a strong hop aroma, but the taste leaves something lacking. I cant quit put my finger on what is going on with the taste but something is missing. I origonally had this beer on draft with there 1st release a while ago and loved it! The smell, taste and look of the beer was right on. But since they have bottled it with this most recent batch Im not sure if the recipe has changed or what they did differently with this bay=tch, but I dont think it is the same beer that is was on its initial release. I do love old hickory and will continue to drink there beer, but untill they figure out what went wrong with the death by hops Ill probably stick to something else.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.11/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From 22oz bomber to Bruges hybrid glass on 4/4/11
*From notes

A: Rich sunset amber which glows in the light. It really is a thing of beauty. A dissapointing one finger head with very little lacing.

S: Alcohol and a bit of astringency. There is a slight bit of fruit, but it's really meek and easily overwhelmed.

T: Bitter from start to finish. Not as BIG as I would have expected given the name (which is great BTW), but it's certainly hoppy. As it warms, things turn for the worse. I get a generous amount of burning rubber attacking my taste buds - bleck.

M: Thin. Well, thinner then I had expected for a DIPA. It's got a good level of carbonation, but it feels slightly oily.

O: The potential here is great, it simply needs some tweaking. Olde Hickory's Death by Hops starts well but ends on a bit of a dissapointing note. Don't go out of your way for this one.

*Paired with homemade Chicken Tetrazzini

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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.

I...do...not...like! Its really unbalanced, and not even enjoyable a quarter of the time. Its truly an oppressive beer.

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Photo of wino47
2.86/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I was a little disappointed with this offering from Olde Hickory. Aromas of piney hops with a subtle spice. The malt is a little heavy handed on the palate with a slightly unpleasant, soapy character coming through. the finish has plenty of hop bite but it comes off a little sloppy with citrus, earthy notes and sweet malt leaving me wishing this one was a little more balanced. Overall i was glad i tried it but wasn't blown away as some other people have been on this IPA from OH.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
2.81/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle generously sent by Onenote81 - Thanks, pal!
Best By July 2011

Appearance -- Pours a hazy amber hue with a slim creamy/bubbly white head. Mild amount of lacing. Not too shabby.

Smell -- Grapefruit, juicy citrus, peaches, leafy hops, and caramel. A few goofy elements, but good moreover.

Taste -- Lots of grapefruit and juicy fruit up front. Malt base is all soft caramels; probably too sweet, but not offensive. Toward the finish the train comes off the rails as the flavor profile becomes completely dominated by the taste of bitter leafy hops, like sucking on a hop cone in the worst way possible. Finish is all leafy bitter vegetation.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-bodied with very mild carbonation. Meh.

Drinkability -- This beer would have been SOOOO much better if that bracingly bitter vegetable flavor was gone. Malt base is a little too sweet, the carbonation is too gentle, but there are still plenty of redeemable features. However, the sum of the flaws outweighs the sum of the good features.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
2.77/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

22 oz courtesy of Fletcher. Thank you!

Orange pour with spotty dish soap bubbles that chunk and clump without cohesion.

Tropical and floral with a slight hint of bitterness and little in terms of malt...anticipating good things here

Damn you anticipation! Thin and aggressively bitter. Leafy, chalky, vegetation, wrapped in a bitch slap of an angry grandmother's backhand. Promise of the nose is broken like so many adolescent secret alliances.

Not feeling this. Mediocre in that hops seem to be thrown haphazardly into the mix and the results are a letdown.

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Death By Hops from Olde Hickory Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 181 ratings.
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