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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 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 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 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 oline73
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a finger and a half of creamy off white head. This beer has good retention and decent lacing.

Smell: Sweet but very hoppy. The sweetness reminds me of bitter citrus juice. The hops smell like the beer is quite fresh.

Taste: Bitter hops dominate the smell but there is enough malt to back it up. I would have liked the middle of the sip to be a bit lighter. The finish is bitter like grapefruit peel.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with carbonation on the mild side and a dry finish.

Overall: I'm enjoying the hop profile, but the heaviness of the bitter flavors was a bit much. This is a good DIPA, and I might have another given the chance.

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Photo of argock
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz brown bomber into a clear, stemmed, glass goblet. No freshness date. Purchased at Peabody's Wine and Beer Merchants (Boone, NC) for $6.29.

A: Slightly hazy golden with a 2-finger off-white densely bubbled head with good retention and a moderate amount of thin lace tracings around the glass.

S: Very fruity and floral aroma with mostly juicy citrus and orange blossom aromas and a tight, biscuity, caramel maltiness.

T: The flavor is too tame for the DIPA style, and this brew, while good, has no chance amongst the best of this style. The maltiness is far to sweet and strong with prominent biscuit and caramel tones. The hoppiness is very significant but is lost to some extent in the multiple malt qualities.

M: The mouthfeel falls far short of optimal for the style with a medium body and an oily overall feel due to low carbonation.

O: A good IPA but merely an average DIPA. I like Olde Hickory's main offerings quite a bit, but Death by Hops needs to land in the IPA category.

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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 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 Hopstuff
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a good beer. Seriously though I do wake up some morning having dreamed about this one. I am still impressed every time I drink something from these folks, thinking yes, maybe they still are the best NC brewery!?!? This effort from Old Hickory makes my mouth OK, what you got, but then delivering a perfectly planned suicide of hopness that makes we go....emmm, yes please. If you have not tried this brewery, you must. They are seriously on their way to a great run as a down home brew pub turned stand up brewery. This is a good effort by them which could stand on its on in a a fight between Brad Pitt in Troy and those special effects 300 tried to pull off as a Troy on acid.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Jason for sharing this one. Served in a Three Floyds pint glass. The bottle implies this is a DIPA, but the alcohol seems low.

A - A finger of creamy white foam settles to a thick cap, leaving some splotches of lace. Good retention on this one. Transparent golden orange body.

S - Smell is definitely DIPA in nature - copious orange and grapefruit zest, pine, bready malts, burnt sugars, and perhaps a faint bit of alcohol. Quite pleasant and very enjoyable.

T - Unfortunately the taste goes of the rails a bit. Bitter, astringent, and strangely papery. Bread malts and not much in the way of hop flavor. If I plug my nose while drinking, this isn't very good at all.

M - Medium-full body, lower carbonation, some faint warming alcohol. Lots of residual resinous hop oils.

D - Initially quite promising, but the the taste is a miss in my book. I'd try this again if I heard about some recipe tweaks, but as it stands this is a miss for me. I had a hard time getting through my 4oz due to the unpleasant taste.

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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 depth...as 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 facundoCNB
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

an opaque copper/orange pour with a finger of white head and some great lacing left behind. smells of pine, almonds, grapefruit.. first time i've ever smelled that almond in a beer, hmm. the flavor is a tangy grapefruit with some oddball grain notes.. hmm, i can definitely taste a nutty malt profile, there is a very earthy bitterness coming out of this beer - honestly, i'm not feeling the flavor profile as much as i did the smell. the citrus aspect i nice, but the bitter earthy hops does not work with this at all.
medium body, low carbonation.

this started off as an awesome looking/smelling beer and escalated to a lot of sad face. the flavor is just off - weir nuttyness with bittering hops, citrus tone overall. it just doesn't blend. i still appreciate it in a way though, because of the bitterness and the citrus combination, but after each sip i realize NO THIS IS WRONG.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
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 Crazy4LegMoose
3.69/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Best by date of August 2014

A: Golden crystal clear honey hue with 1 finger of thick creamy head. The head lasts a good while and leaves good lacing down the glass.

S: Strong aroma of floral hops with a lot of malt sweetness. The aroma is more bitter than the taste of this one. Hints of honey, caramel and mango in there.

T: Nice mango fruity hop flavor that finishes with a clean vanilla/caramel finish. Hops dominate the palate up front with the mango sweetness and piney finish but are not overly bitter or punchy. More balanced ipa with the malt sweetness combined with the mango sweet flavor in the hops leave you with more of a sweet balanced ipa more than an overly bitter flavor.

M: Medium to thin mouthfeel, nice carbonation to finish the beer off with a slightly sweet aftertaste.

O: Nice balanced version of a west coast style ipa.Good solid beer, but I was expecting more of punchy up front hop flavor and aroma with a name like Death by Hops. I thought the hop blend was good giving it a slightly sweet flavor and good malt profile to balance out the total flavor. Overall good beer but the name left me wanting more of a hop bitter punch.

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Photo of Dope
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Best before 4/13

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden orange. Enormous fizzy tan head, which fizzes away pretty quickly. Nice head retention with an island of foam. Pretty solid fluffy tendrils of lacing too.

S: Lots of sweet caramel. Might have waited a little long to drink this one. There is some sweet citrus, tropical fruits and resin in there. Flowery, even. Honestly not bad, just not what I was expecting from a beer named "Death By Hops". I'll give it a reasonable score since it might be a bit past its prime.

T: Despite the modest aroma, surprisingly hoppy in the flavors. Lots of sweet, juicy fruits. Mainly oranges and grapefruits but hints of tropical fruit like mango and maybe even pineapple. Decent sharp bitterness towards the middle along with the sweet caramel malt. Moderate resin in the finish with some floral hops. Nice long lingering bitter and floral aftertaste.

M: High carbonation, medium bodied. A little too airy and sharp as a result.

O: Not bad, perhaps needs to be a little younger to get the full "death by hops" experience. Floral character is a little strong, primarily composing the finish. Not bad but nothing amazing at the same time.

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Photo of Pourharddrinkslow
3.72/5  rDev -4.4%

I'll make this review short and sweet. Pours a light color with not much head to speak of. I don't care too much for looks, so let's get to the taste. This is basically, in my opinion, just a standard quality IPA. Nothing fancy or over the top here. The name certainly rings true as the first taste is a strong hoppy bitterness. Little hints of grapefruit that surprisingly lingers for longer in between sips than the strong hop taste. If you can find this for a good price, it's worth a shot, just don't expect anything life changing and you will enjoy this solid offering from Olde Hickory

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Photo of Retsinis
3.72/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fellow BA (thanks Skuter) got this in a trade, and brought this to a recent tasting.

A: Poured from the 22oz bomber into a Bruery tulip glass. The beer pours a copper color, with a half inch of white head that quickly fades without deposting much in terms of lacing.

S: I pick up citrus scents of grapefruit, some floral hops, grass, and a mild earthy note.

T: Grapefruit again up front, with a little too sweet caramel malt background. Mild pine also comes through.

M: Lightly carbonated, and a little thin.

O: Not bad, glad I got to try it. It's a bit light for an Imperial IPA @ 7.00%. Admittedly though, with the large high quality, availability, and variety of IPA's, DIPA's, IIPA's in California, it's hard for me personally to be impressed, for what it's worth though, this was good, and certainly not average, in my humble opinion.

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Photo of smellandsip37
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz into a pint glass

A- Nice tiny bubble head one finger deep, seems to have some carbonation, good sign that it will have a lively mouthfeel.

S- All day this is an IPA/DIPA. Pine/citrus hop nose, the closer you get the more floral. Grapefruit too, there is even a hint of sweet something, could that be malt...

T- When this was brewed by Alex last year it might very well have been a DIPA, now there is other stuff that people use as weapons of palate destruction, so for me this is just a plain IPA. Being how much of taste is smell, all those smells come through. Its not a heavy mouthfeel, but some carbonation keeps it lively and aids it not having a 'dead' or 'stale' feeling. As it warmed the heat came through a bit, not so much to turn me off. I REALLY like how this tastes, I just wanted a little more malt.

O- This is almost a back to back drink, as long as you do not have too sensitive a palate and you are just drinking beer. I really enjoyed it, now if only it was not so expensive to make I might be able to drink it more often

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

4.0 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.

3.5 S: Piney, floral and citrusy hops. Pine, grapefruit, and orange stick out the most. Also a touch of sugariness in there as well. Malts are bready and slightly biscuity. Not bad.

3.5 T: Pretty much exactly like the nose. Bready malts with a touch of caramel. Hops are piney with orange and grapefruit citrus.

4.5 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 arizcards
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a bomber from Loews in Banner Elk Saturday for$6.49. Bottled on 12-2-2015...hopefully it has been refrigerated!

Beer poured orange with a nice white head that is leaving lacing.

Nose is lacking, just a light hint of citrus.

Taste is citrus forward with a nice pine finish.

Feel is full drinking like a double IPA.

Overall this is a decent brew that is worth a shot.

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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 GarthDanielson
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint, the beer is a pale golden-copper coloring with a filmy, light, thin, white head. Aromas of subtle citrus highlights, tropical fruit notes, and a rich, malty backbone. Some toasty and bready notes in the nose, as well. Flavors are bitter forward, very bitter, with a blast of tart grapefruit, some pepper spicing, and a toasty backbone. The bitter and tart is super heavy on the front-end, but does ease up towards the end, with a lingering grapefruit tartness throughout and grassy notes coming forward. The body is smooth and slightly light, with a bitter, resinous aftertaste of cedar, cut grass, and earthy notes. The finish is slightly effervesced, with a bitter and citrus tart linger.

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Photo of fear025
3.76/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma:Tons of grapefruit assault my nose on first sniff. There's a little orange and peach, and a tiny bit of pine, but mostly grapefruit.

Appearance:Clear and gold in color. Very little visible carbonation. Lots of very white head, with just OK retention.

Taste:This beer packs a pretty big flavorful hop punch. There's grapefruit, apricot, pine, and grapefruit/lemon rind. Actually, I could do without the rind, as it's pretty strong and a little off-putting, but after a few sips, it doesn't bother me as much. The hop bitterness actually increases through the midtaste, and fades very slowly with the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel:This one is about medium thick with low to moderate carbonation. The hops produce a little astringency.

Drinkability:This beer has a lot of complexity once I get past some of the off-flavors from the hops, but those flavors would dissuade me from having a second glass.

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Photo of hotpauko
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

See Vette's review previous. Big ole mouth of hops with above average bitterness even grapefruit lemony bite. Strong malt backbone. Says double but not quite a double IMHO. Good beer.

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Death By Hops from Olde Hickory Brewery
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