Bestway IPA, IPA Aged On Oak | Olde Hickory Brewery

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Olde Hickory Brewery
North Carolina, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by oberon on 08-19-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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5/5  rDev +35.5%

Photo of VncentLIFE
4.27/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured it a bit cold, but whatever.

No head at all. Body is a nice amber.

Smell has a bit of pine resin, lemon zest, and powdery malt. Spicy woody oak notes in the backround.

I think what sets this apart from other IPAs of similar ABV is the complexity. Grassy hops flash across your tongue only momentarily leaving a woody oak bitterness in its place. Its light and drinkable for sure. Theres just a small hint of lemon zest and grapefruit rind mixed in. The bit of the malt bill I get feels powdery like a light Two-Hearted.

The bitterness lingers for a while (from the hops, not wood). Feels undercarbonated and slick, but that compliments the bitterness quite well. All in all, a well put together beer from whats quickly becoming my go-to NC bottled beer.

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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of brentk56
4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a sparkling clear amber topped by several inches of foam; great retention and plenty of lacing drips along the side of the pint glass

Smell: One whiff and you know this beer has been oak-aged as there is a nice vanilla, woody character that blends in with the toffee malt; the hops are present, as well, adding an earthy bitter tone

Taste: Biscuity malt, up front, with the oaky vanilla and earthy/piney hop flavors arriving by mid-palate; after the swallow, the bitterness picks up in intensity, but the oaky elements linger on the tongue in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: This is a very flavorful beer with enough of a twist to be different; loads of flavor at a modest abv level and, unlike some other oak-aged beers, the malt and vanilla flavors are muted and do not battle with the hops for supremacy - that's the best way for me

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Photo of cwguy5
4.12/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

reviewed from notes taken on 9.16.11.

A - clear amber color with a thick, white head; good retention; moderate lacing on glass

S - hops, green apple, leather

T - fruity and tropical at first then mellow oak notes including light vanilla and caramel; typical ipa bittering bite towards end

M - low-ish carbonation is very smooth; light bodied but not too thin for the style; moderate drying finish

O - very nice. the oak was done extremely well in my opinion. i thought there was a nice balance of fruity and bitter hops and mellow oak barrel. i hope that they make this again.

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Photo of brstls4drmrs
4.12/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours an amber transluscent color with a nice white foam head. Some good lacing occurs and some foam sticks to the glass.

S - Oak hits right off the bat along with some pine/fruit notes and malty sugars. Smells really good.

T - Some oak and even cedar notes in there with bits of pine, hops and a nice earthy tone. A dry aftertaste which obviously comes from the oak and a very crisp finish.

M - Medium body with a good crisp feel.

O - A very good IPA.

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Photo of Hallabrew
4.07/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle served in a sniffer
A: This beer has a cloudy orange color with a white tan head the head did not retain for very long but it was certainly well carbonated.
S: this is not an overly hoppy smelling IPA. I smell some citrus and tropical fruit.
T: this one is well balanced its a smooth hop flavor that blends nicely with the malt, the tropical fruit comes through in the end adding a really nice sweetness. The finish also allows the hops to linger for a short while which is always nice.
M: This beer has a good smooth mouth feel that neither attacks or underwhelms. The carbonation is good and there are no off flavors and no bad aftertaste.

Overall, This is a really nice approachable IPA that isn't trying to bombard you with hops It would be a great starter IPA for people who say they don't like them. If you want an intense IPA this one is not it. However if you find your self at Bestway in Greensboro, NC you should at least try it out. its good its solid and its on aisle 7.

It would pair well with a Hawaiian Pizza which I will do next time I have a Hawaiian pizza


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Photo of kwesib
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had to keep reminding myself that this was a basic IPA...on Oak. And, it appears that I am the first "draft" review. Also, had it at Busy Bee Cafe so am confident in the clean tap lines and the temperature of the pour was excellent. I would definitely look for the bottle after this taste.

Pours a nice what I would call light orangesh color into a sorta 12.5 oz Tulip glass. No real head until swirled a bit. That also brings up the hop aroma and nice lacing. My nose is not the best but i don't get oak or floral, mor piney and earthy but definitely pleasant.

IPA character pronounced as is ithe oak. But the latter not overpowering. Pushes up on a double character but without the booziness. Others have described the bottle pours as a bit dry but I'm not getting that at all. Easy drinking if you are a hop lover like me.

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4.02/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Straight amber with a pleasantly poofy head of both small and large bubbles.

S: Fruit and wood, sweet cream and caramel. A little nutty and oily, soft, bright, and fragrant.

T: Interesting flavors of cream soaked orange, pine, tropical fruits, and tea.

M: Thick and swirly, lightly syrupy, well carbonated, and solidly bitter. Medium to full bodied.

O: Im enjoying this. I'd like to try it on tap sometime.

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of wcudwight
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper and amber in color with a thin sticky head that last until the glass is empty. Nice mixture in the aroma of sharp tropical hop smells with a vanilla oaky smell. First and foremost this is a solid IPA with a sharp hoppolicious bitterness. The oak ads some soft character but this is an IPA first, which is important to me. Mediumbodied with a sharp tingly mouthfeel. Goes down easy and the 5.5% abv just means you can drink more.

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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Bestway IPA, IPA Aged On Oak from Olde Hickory Brewery
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