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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Photo of GRG1313
3.04/5  rDev -18.3%
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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Photo of brentk56
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
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 +1.6%
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 +1.3%
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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Photo of tdm168
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
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 +0.8%
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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Photo of Axnjxn
3.59/5  rDev -3.5%
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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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
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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Photo of wedge
3.96/5  rDev +6.5%
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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Photo of kbutler1
3.11/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle. Pours a dark copper color with a light white tan head. Malty, caramel notes in the nose with some hints of the woodiness that it was aged in, not overpowering but there. Some citrus in the nose as well. Sweet start with some minimal citrus rund notes that then turn slightly bitter. The oak adds a slightly tanic, earthy note that is a little overpowering to me. I like the appearance but the aroma and the taste is just ok. Medium mouthfeel.

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Photo of tastybeer
4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
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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Photo of wcudwight
4/5  rDev +7.5%
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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Photo of Bendurgin
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of brent. Poured into a tulip. This one pours a clear amber with a finger of white bubbly head.

Oranges and pineapple in the aroma. Lots of tropical fruit with hints of spicy hops in the background. Lots of bitter hops here for sure but it kind of masks anything else. A little woody on the pallet but this is more or less a hop mess; just bitter with not much else.

A little bit sharp on the feel and medium bodied.

I gotta say I love hops but this seems to just be bitter. Not necessarily a bad thing but I would like a little more flavor diversity. Not bad, but a little one dementional for me.

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Photo of VncentLIFE
4.27/5  rDev +14.8%
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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Photo of andrewinski1
3.28/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to Bendurgin for sharing. Poured into a tulip. There is a fluffy one inch head with a lot of sticky lacing. the color is orange-red.

The aroma has some sweet pineapple with a lot of woody malt.

The taste is light in malt flavor with a lot of minty hops, particularly in the finish. There is a smooth bitter finish.

This is very light in body and has a nice fluffy carbonation.

Not bad, not great. Definitely worth drinking though.

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Photo of Apellonious
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bomber from Lil Roberts poured into a tulip glass.

A- A cloudy orangish brown ( more orange), one finger head that dissapates quickly

S - Smells delicious. Fruit, vanilla, floral hops.

T - Citrus, topical fruit, oak/bourbon notes,grains,some vanilla

M - Thin,slightly watery

O - An interesting local IPA. Not for the hop heads, but it is well made. An improvement in the mouthfeel would bring this up a notch.

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Photo of humuloner22
3.36/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was very reasonably priced for a bomber. I believe I paid something like $4 for this one. Really, that is where MOST bomber should be, at least the $4-$6 range, too bad that is not normally the case.

Appearance: Nice tawny color, great head retention and crystal clear.

Smell: Not really a lot going on with this one. It had very little hop boom going on for an IPA. I got some light citrus notes and some graininess, as far as the barrel aging I didn't detect much in that department.

Taste: This tastes like an Olde Hickory IPA, they must use the same type of hops in basically everything they put out, with maybe the exception of Redeemer. I think these guys are better at other styles. I love the brewery, but I am also a fan of IPA's and they don't really do them all that well. I got very little balance, very bitter, but as I progressed through the beer it did begin to taste better than it did when I started. Maybe it was the alcohol kicking in and dulling the senses a bit. I didn't get very much if any of the barrel character in the taste either. They must not age it very long.

Overall: I am happy I tried it, I was good with the price, it was right on point as far as that goes. If you run across this oddball in the OHB lineup give it a try. You may like it.

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Photo of cwguy5
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
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 fields336
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: caramel, light brown color with a 1/2 finger light foamy head that dissipates somewhat quickly.

S: pine, grapefruit, oak, vanilla, wood, spicy, earthy, very torpedo-esque

T: pine, grapefruit, wood, oak, citrus, slight peach/pineapple flavor. it's like SN torpedo-Lite. the wood flavor gives it a nice nuance

M: slick dry mouthfeel not the best. i like it dry but not sweet on the initial taste, not too balanced

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Photo of brstls4drmrs
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
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 kwesib
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
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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Photo of Hallabrew
4.07/5  rDev +9.4%
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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Bestway IPA, IPA Aged On Oak from Olde Hickory Brewery
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