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 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 brewduder
3.14/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of begforme4484
3.2/5  rDev -17.5%
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 -17.5%
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 Subvette
3.21/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Hopcycle
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of jerefreakinmiah
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of mwbrady12
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of oldp0rt
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of nmann08
3.28/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Sbiggs99
3.29/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of veinless
3.29/5  rDev -15.2%
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 dfclav
3.3/5  rDev -14.9%
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 JoshuaShort13
3.36/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Cpmitchno1
3.37/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of riotontheroad
3.4/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ghirsh
3.4/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of papat444
3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Resiny with bitter malt and some orange flavor. Ok but not great.

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
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 tlema1
3.44/5  rDev -11.3%
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 n2185
3.45/5  rDev -11.1%
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 -11.1%
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 SteveGNC
3.47/5  rDev -10.6%
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 CharlesK
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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