Bestway IPA, IPA Aged On Oak | Olde Hickory Brewery

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3.69 w/ 86 ratings

Brewed by:
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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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of GRG1313
3.04/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Best by date of January 2012/consumed 09/07/11.

Pours a dark amber with brown tones and a white head. Looks a bit dark for an IPA but not bad.

Nose is really pleasant with assertive fresh pineapple one might expect and hope for but there is also tones of oak and nice floral undertones.

Mouthfeel is medium/full and mouthfilling but there is no "brightness" to this beer that I favor so much in all brews.

Flavors are a bit of a disappointment, partly because the brightness is lacking but also there is a dull bitter; a "tree bark" herbal type of bitter that may be hops but remain somewhat unappealing.

The finish is big, bold and assertive but, again, there is a dull, "old grapefruit skin" character to the finish that is overwhelming.

Not a beer for me although I really appreciated the chance to try it from a brewery that I don't often see.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

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 oberon
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I spend alot of time on aisle 7.Roger (a true Michigan man) has made Greensboro a beer "destination" in NC.,for that he should be commended.Great to see OH make a beer like this,poured into an impy pint glass a clear rich copper with a one finger tight formed white head that settled into a frothy mass that took quite awhile.Leafy hops and unsweetened oak aromas,I like the fact that wood was added without hefty sweetness.Flavors are somewhat hop muted with leafy hops coming thru,the oak adds some dryness with I notice a light tinge of peppery spice in the finish.Hey its a solid ipa,it wont blow ya away but its complex enough to not take for granted.Hey Rog...Go Blue!

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a hazy golden orange in color with light to moderate amounts of gentle visible carbonation and some apricot highlights. The beer has a two finger tall foamy off-white head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of hops - pine, earthy, and lighter amounts of citrus/grapefruit. Underneath there is a biscuit malt body with hints of caramel sweetness. Light to moderate aromas of oak and vanilla.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of biscuit malts with light amounts of caramel sweetness present. There are some light flavors of oak and vanilla from the aging but not sweet... Finally, there are slightly stronger than moderate flavors of pine and earthy hops with a light amount of citrus/grapefruit pith hops. Just heavier than moderate amounts of bitterness which linger for quite a while.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Moderate to significant amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Nothing that is going to blow you away but a very solid IPA that I enjoyed - I would have preferred a little less of the piney bittering hops but it was still quite easy to drink. As a guy that loves to shop on Aisle 7 in the Bestway, I could not pass this one up.

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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of tdm168
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - dark orangish-amber with a quarter of an inch of soft, off white-brownish head that quickly fades to a thin lacing

S - orange peel, pineapple, bread, alcohol

T - bread, faint birthday cake sweetness, piny, earthy, bitter, faint citrus, oaky finish

M - smooth, well carbonated but with a very dry finish

This is a somewhat disappointing IPA. The appearance and nose were great, but the flavor just didn't follow suit. The potential is there. The malt character is on point but is subdued, I'm guessing, by the oak aging. The hop character is a bit heavily piny and bitter and clashes with the sweet malt. In my opinion a little more citrus character would do nicely here. The oak isn't very evident in the flavor, but it's very evident in the mouthfeel. It's very dry much like an oaky wine would be. I'm glad to have tried it because I love Olde Hickory and I was impressed by Bestway, but I'll pass in the future.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
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 dark, hazy, copper coloring, with a filmy, clingy, off-white head. Aromas of rich caramel, with roasted notes, and a strong resinous characteristic, bitter hops character, cut grass, woody notes of spice and earth, and subtle tart citrus notes. Flavors are bitter and roasted forward, with resinous notes, mossy and grassy character, a roasted caramel backbone, grapefruit and lemon rind tart, and pepper and wood spice in the tail end. Smooth, slightly dry, mid-body, with a roasted and bitter resin aftertaste. The finish is crisp, dry, and slightly slick. Nice brew.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of KAF
3.49/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Axnjxn
3.59/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into a pint glass. best by 12/2013 hand checked on the side

pours a dark golden color with an inch thick or so white head. not much retention. Piney hop aroma, pretty solid smell all around. The taste is a bit lacking. Not huge hoppiness, but definitely a big bitterness. Bitter is the dominating, lingering flavor here. medium bodied with medium carbonation. Drinkability is hurt with the dominate bitter quality.

Overall an okay IPA. Too bitter for my liking. Olde Hickory is great, but this one didn't live up to the brewery standard. However, the price point is great at $3.99 a bomber, so i'm not complaining too much.

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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 8.15.12.

A - Pours a hazy dark orange with a huge, light tan head with great retention.

S - Pine first, then wood,then some citrus.

T - Pine and wood. Simple but nice.

D - Good caronation with a light wood body, dry light wood finish.

O - IPA on wood. Dark, nice simple finish.

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of wedge
3.96/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoy by: D 13

Color is a glowing orange with an attractive head of cream on top. Soft aroma of oak, toffee, and a green hoppiness that evokes pine needles and melons. Flavor is interesting: piney hops, biscuits, subtle vanilla, woody spice, and bitter rind. Creamy feeling, medium bodied. A lot better than expected. Quite nice!

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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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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