Redeemer | Olde Hickory Brewery

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Olde Hickory Brewery
North Carolina, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Lantern on 01-30-2013

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174
Avg:
4.07
pDev:
24.08%
 
 
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Photo of brentk56
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a cloudy honey color; about an inch of foam tops the liquid, leaving a few dots here and there

Smell: Overwhelming hop aromatics, with a strong piney element; floral citrus tones are in the mix, as well

Taste: Sugary malts quickly give way to dominance by the hops; pine dominant, with added elements of grapefruit pith and floral elements overwhelm mid-palate; after the swallow, the malt comes back to add a bit of balance but this beer (and the finish) are all about the hops

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Nice to see a DIPA of this calibre come out of a North Carolina brewery; a fine effort by Olde Hickory

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Photo of oberon
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours into an imperial nonic a slightly hazed burnt orange infused yellow with anice tightly formed one finger bone white head that never really completely settles.Grapefruti rind and pine resins really jump out nicely in the nose,quite sharp with no sweet malt or alcohol to muddle it up.A pine resiny sharp hop onslaught,again no big sugary malt or sweet stinging alcohol to get in the way of the hops,as it warms a little some alcohol sweetness lightly comes into play.The label is right you need to love the hops to enjoy this and I do on both fronts,it's raw and sharp and is unapologetic.I rank this up there with Foothills Jade as my favorite hop forward NC. beers.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.17/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Hazy amber pour into a becher, a finger of white head dwindling down to a thin foamy layer rather quickly, leaving light lacing on the glass. Lots of malty sweetness in the aroma, unfortunately, soapy, with some citrus and pine hops in the background. More of that malty sweetness in the taste, giving way to a strong bitterness, notes of orange pith and pine resin, dry, bready, and somewhat bland malts making a reprise, ending with a sticky sweetness on the palate. This seems to be the curse of many a DIPA: using too much malts to get that ABV, without having enough balance in the recipe to keep the hops in command. The bottle said Feb. '14, so it's not like it was a freshness issue. Medium body, sticky mouthfeel and a bit rough overall. Not entirely bad, good for a homebrew kit, but not something I'd go for again.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a cloudy golden orange in color with light amounts of sediment in suspension, a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation, and some apricot + golden yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall creamy dense foamy light beige head that slowly reduces to a medium sized patch of large bubbles, a very thin film covering the majority of the remainder of the surface of the beer, and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of citrus/grapefruit rind and pine hops over the top of moderate aromas of caramel malts. There are very light notes of floral hops in the background as well.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of sweet caramel malts but the flavors of this beer are dominated by the hops - moderate to strong flavors of citrus/grapefruit rind and pine hops and lesser notes of herbal and floral hops. Moderate amounts of bitterness that lingers for quite a while.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: This is a really nice DIPA and I'm excited that it came from an NC brewery (as I lived in NC for quite a few years and still have family there). Really nice balance from the malt sweetness to ensure that the hop bitterness is not too intense. Great flavors.

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Photo of tdm168
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - orangish amber with a thick, white head that has great retention

S - citrusy, piney, big herbal aroma

T - mild breadiness, some sugar, big bitter finish, some pine, intense herbal hop finish

M - medium to full bodied, well carbonated

This is a really nice beer. The hop character is intense and intricate. The ABV is well hidden giving it great drinkability. I thoroughly enjoyed this one. It's definitely worth finding.

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Photo of AlexFields
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy light amber, nice tan head.

Smell is pretty hoppy, even mix of bitter pine and citrus, juicy citrus and hints of pineapple. Smells fresh and very hoppy.

Taste is nice bitter hops, again a nice balance between piney/grassy hops and citrus hops, especially orange, some floral notes too, some light vanilla malt. Pretty bitter, big hop character.

Mouthfeel is milky smooth, good carb, alcohol is reasonably well hidden.

Very nice double IPA.

8.0/10

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Photo of rudzud
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Received in a random act of kindness from kingkong. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice hazy honey hue with a not quite one finger head that fades to leave spotty clouding and light lacing.

S - So this is from North Carolina eh? Okay, I see you. Nice grapefruit peel minus the bitterness that typically comes with that aroma. There is some malty sweetness too. Honestly, this reminds me of a well done lagered DIPA (ala Jack's Abby) with how mellow yet still aromatic it is.

T - Starts off with malty sweetness and them WHAMMY bitterness. Lots of bitter hops and grapefruit peel here. This may be above ruination level of bitterness here. Holy shit. So, I'm thinking its a bitter vein running through it that I'm tasting and not booze. I feel a little bit of heat, but the bitter hops drown out the alcohol. Very impressed at how bitter it yes, yet, still balanced with the malt sweetness. Lingering bitter hop/grapefruit peel that doesnt go away on my pallet after 15+ minutes of not sipping. Crazy.

M - Mouthfeel is solid. Nicely carbonated and that alcohol isnt really hidden nicely. Goes down dangerously.

O - Overall, surprised by this one. Appearance is alright, aroma a bit soft, but man oh man is this bitter! I guess if you're in to that sort of thing this is tasty, so luckily I am. Glad I got to try. Fun label too!

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Photo of Immortale25
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Double Barley can shaped glass. Label says Bottling Date: 03/24/16.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of sheer surface foam. This is the second pour from the bottle so there is sediment suspended in the body. Semi-resilient lacing leaves large clots behind.

S- Citrusy hop aroma with a bit of pine thrown in as well. Malt is present but only mildly so. Nearly no alcohol fume which is impressive.

T- Assertive bitterness right from the get-go. Lots of resinous piney notes. This is probably all due to the sediment being introduced which I now sort of regret because it's borderline astringent.

M- Sharp and dry with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- The first pour from this bottle was quite a bit more enjoyable than the second. I suggest retaining the sediment for best results. A very good DIPA with emphasis on the pine and earthy tones.

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Photo of JNForsyth
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a snifter

L - Amber/golden color, small head that stuck around

S - Citrusy hops, a hint of malt and funk just barely present

T - Explosion of hops, then malt takes over and dominates

F - Juicy at first then dry finish, harsh malt aftertaste

O - Decent DIPA, 10% hidden but malt taking over on the finish isn't my favorite

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Photo of dirtylou
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bomber

Don't think I've had this one before - hazy orange body, not very carbonated or at least very little in the way of head retention. Moderately bitter, lots of lush tropical fruit, candied tangerine, sugar cube, booze. Big and sticky - solid flavors, though

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Photo of Dope
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle states to enjoy by 8/13 so I assume this must be quite fresh.

A: Pours a slightly hazy amber with a big fluffy light tan head. Head fades fairly quick, leaving only moderate lacing behind. Decent retention.

S: Big big hops. Lots of onion/garlic and pine. Grapefruit abound as well.

T: Again, big hops up front. Lots of juicy citrus. Grapefruit, oranges and mango even. Some pine mixes in. Caramel malt tries to interject and barely succeeds. Strong pine and resin on the back end with a big wave of bitterness. Lingering drying and oily sensation sticks around for a long time.

M: Medium bodied, does not nearly feel 10% due to the hops wiping out everything.

O: Huge hop bomb. Almost no discernible malt even at 10% ABV. From start to finish it's just waves of different types of hops and bitterness. Great variety of flavors, all well balanced to boot. Excellent huge DIPA.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #76 (May 2013):

Brewed with Columbus, Centennial, Amarillo, Cascade, and Zythos hops; a solid malt backbone elevates the complexity and even drinkability. Simply superb, everything a growing hophead wants in an Imperial IPA. Top notch!

STYLE: Imperial IPA
ABV: 10.0%
AVAILABILITY: Limited

LOOK: Hazy amber, sufficient lacing

SMELL: Macerated oranges & grapefruit, faint tobacco, piney, pineapple, guava, rose water, mild grassiness

TASTE: Slightly chewy, biscuity foundation, pungent hops, big bitterness, juicy, hint of yeast, estery, quite warming, hemp seeds, peach cobbler, grassy, mild nuttiness; semidry, bitter finish

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Photo of blackie
4.52/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bomber muled from Bottle Mixx into a wide Crooked Stave chalice. The pour gives up a low, white head, the beer itself a slightly hazy, deep golden color - lots of chunky yeast in the final pour. Impressive tropical nose at first hit - big passionfruit and mango with some minor kiwi, guava - very pungent, sticky spicy-sweet juice with a clean malting, sweet alcohol, great start. Smooth on the palate with a medium body and lighter, slightly prickly carbonation, a little sugar residue strikes a lovely balance with the acidic bitter. On the palate more of the great tropical structure - passionfruit and spicy mango rind - with a moderately sweet but clean malt balance. A pleasantly intense red grapefruit oil bitterness closes things out, lingering long. A pretty fantastic DIPA, maybe the best I’ve had from the state - preferred to the DBH draft I had last weekend.

Move over Wicked Weed! (sarcasm)

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Photo of wedge
3.28/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

@ Ridgewood

Foggy dark gold with a little white creaminess on the surface. Herbal, scallion-like, and sticky pine resin aromas. Big, bitter hoppy flavor. Dark, sappy pine, pulpy citrus juice, oily, heavy earth flavors over a thick caramel base way in the back. Some fleshy tropical fruit sweetness, but the hops stay very raw. Heavy with a lingering, hefty bitterness. I wouldn't call it boozy, but the 10% is obvious. A strong punch in the face with not the most attractive blend of hops for my tastebuds. A half pour would have been fine.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip glass

A- pours a slightly hazy golden amber color with a two finger foamy white head that reduces to a long lasting small layer skimming the top, leaving little lace

S- citrusy west-coast hops with notes of grapefruit, pine and orange zest. Crackery malt on the back end balances it out. A bit more balanced aroma than other DIPA's I've tried

T- bright and intense citrus hop flavor with notes of fresh grass, orange rind, grapefruit and sweet melon. Just enough sweet malt to make its presence known. Finish is slightly sweet with more pungeant hops at the end.

M- medium body and carbonation, slightly foamy mouthfeel with a bit if a warm finish, alcohol is hidden pretty well, would prefer a bit more carbonation

O- great string citrus flavors, definitely a hop lovers beer. Aroma was a little weak, but the flavor delivered. Solid hop bomb

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Photo of Onenote81
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So happy to see plenty of this one on the shelves at my local haunt. Grabbed some and popped a bottle with a friend whilst we played some darts.

Now this is the chunkiest beer I have ever poured. A massive amount of yeast sediment floats in this beer. It reminded me of that Orbitz drink from when I was a kid...but I hope these chunks aren't to be chewed. A cloudy dark honey color with a small white cap of lace. Spotty lace sticks to the glass. Aroma is pretty fresh with lots of citrus - pineapple, grapefruit and starfruit.

The body is a bit slick with a slightly oily feel on the finish. Drinks easy enough though. Carbonation level is moderate. Nice hoppy flavor that keeps me sipping as nothing really lingers. It's not the freshest or juiciest of hops as far as flavor goes, but they impart a nice bitter pop for sure. Mild peppery finish. Sweet and bold, this one is a good one. Nice work, OHB, I much prefer this to it's "milder" sibling, Death by Hops.

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Photo of Omnium
3.22/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Bomber > tulip glass

A - Hazy gold with a two finger foamy white head, medium lacing.
S - Pine and orange juice, grapefruit, green pepper, some peach, big maltiness.
T - Wow, not expecting the massive bitterness and the huge malt presence, all you taste is malt, big bitter soapy pine bitterness and alcohol.
M - Lingering soapy bitterness, alcohol burn.
O - Aroma wasnt bad but what the heck happened here?! This tastes atrocious.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz, Best by August 2013 knotch
DFH IPA glass

A: Hazy bright orange color. Might have just been hop haze, as it became more clear as I drank it. Soapy off white head. Faint and fades quickly into a small layer. Sticky lacing that lasts the duration of the sip.

S: Big fruity hops. Big mango and peach. Orange rind. Sweet malts, but primarily this is a hop attack.

T: Nice fruity hop bitterness. Sweet malty backbone. Good balance. Dry finish.

M: Medium bodied.

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Photo of mentor
3.34/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a half-finger lightly yellowed head over a murky apricot liquid. Smells lemon, pine, oranges, lime, grapefruit. Tastes nice, but a bit sweeter than I'd expect. Hop flavors come across muted due to malt sweet that sticks a bit. The clean hop bitter fights with malt sweet, though sharp carbonation sides with the bitter, the bitter doesn't shine like I'd expect for the style. Hop flavors are grapefruit pith, pine, baby aspirin. Esters are nearly absent pear and apricot. Malt flavor is . The hop bitter combines with pine hop piercing and sourish to make the beer come across as medicinal. Clean alcohol sting is appropriate, mild but sharp carbonation, medium-light in the mouth.

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Photo of bum732
4.26/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

S: Bright fruitiness, passion fruit, grapefruit sweetness, lots of pineapple with some mango, candy like sweetness.

L: Hazy burnt orange, creamy white head that dissipates slightly. Solid lacing.

T: Resiny dankness up front followed by a medium large malt sweetness. Medium high fruity sweetness, a slight grapefruit bite. There is a short, pronounced bisquity malt that fades quickly to a deep burnt pineapple. Finishes quite resiny and semi-dry.

M: Medium full body, medium carbonation, alcohol barely noticeable.

Pretty good overall, a little heavy, but great flavors.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a hazy orange color pour with a finger of head which quickly dissipated. smells of fruity hops, peaches, grassy hops, bready. the flavor is extremely bitter grapefruit up front and it lingers, OH IT LINGERS! a deliciously sweet backbone tries to even it out, but holy hell this is a very earthy bitterness overall - don't get me wrong, i love it. medium in body, though it feels a bit thin for the abv %, moderate carbonation.

overall this is a decent dipa.. i've had better, but it is quite unique with the hop profile, lots of fruity citrusy hops, yet such an overwhelming earthy dirt-like bitterness!

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Photo of Lantern
4.99/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this from a kegerator at Hops & Grapes in Hickory, NC.

A- Poured an opaque orangeish-honey color with about a half-inch off-white head.

S- Smells of citrusy hops and just a hint of pine. A little tropical. Excellent!

T- WOW! Nice citrusy hop EXPLOSION to the tongue. This one is BIG and aggressive, almost abrasive (but that's a good thing!) A little pine in there as well as the citrusy sweetness. Alcohol is pretty well hidden by the hops. Tastes outstanding.

M- You have the aforementioned abrasiveness that attacks the enamel of your teeth, but this one feels smooth with it's medium body. A little stickiness, but not syrupy.

O- OHB knocks this one outta the park. This beer reminds me a lot of Palate Wrecker. I hope this one makes another appearance!!!

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.86/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Rusel_G for the bottle.

Appearance: Slight haze on burnt gold/peach. Head is sticky and bright-white. Drops to a tiny clumpy cap and collar. Nice sheets of lacing. Nice full pour with a moderate to low carbonation.

Smell: Dank with bitter oily pine. Big tropical elements as well. Mango, cooked and caramelized pineapple, tangerine. Even runs to some juicy grapefruit. Wet and juicy. Sweet malt body has a bit more heft than expected. Sweet with some caramel malt and lighter biscuity elements. Warming brings out some straight up aspirin like bitterness. Backing fruitiness adds some apple to the mix.

Taste: Big bitterness up front. Herbal and oily with a solid punch of bitter pine resin. A nice tropical component, but it's less assertive than the nose would indicate. Malt backbone is substantial, bringing some cooked and caramelized malt sweetness. Biscuity note hits and fades quickly. Juicy tangerine and orange as it warms. Lingering bitterness. A bit of mint and aspirin in the back.

Mouthfeel: Slick and oily. Body runs on the full side of medium but doesn't ever push over. Moderate to light carbonation doesn't help break it up. Wet and slick up front, with a very slightly dry finish.

Overall: Offering salvation by the pint.

If North Carolina is making IPAs and DIPAs of this caliber or better, I'll be seeking them out without question. This isn't a beast by any means, but it's got a ton of flavor and manages to be interesting enough to make me want to drink the whole bottle.

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Photo of beer2day
4.68/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy light orange pour with very little head. Not much in the way of lace, either.

Nose is very well balanced. Pine hops are complimented with grassy, herbal, earthy hops. Even a light shot of orange citrus. A veritable hops smorgasbord.

The initial hit hints at that light orange flavor, but is quickly overcome with grassy-to-floral hops and finished off with a pine note. Significant malt backbone here, but the varied hop flavor blocks most of that out. Very dry finish, almost arid but with enough hop resin to make it interesting. Very nice west-coast interpretation.

Feel is spot on. Not too heavy, not too sweet, not too thick. Just right.

Could this be the DIPA NC was waiting for? It's not a sweet citrus entry, but a very very good entry nonetheless.

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Photo of kemoarps
3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque rich amber/honey colour. Looks like delicious homemade apple cider. Small head, decent retention for it's starting size, minimal lacing.

The nose starts off with some floral hop notes, but gives way pretty quickly to bread dough. Like straight up freshly kneaded bread dough. I happen to love baking, so this is actually really enticing to me, but I don't get the big oily aroma that others seem to be noticing.

There's some bready malt in the flavour, but the hops definitely step up and take center stage here. I'm getting largely piney and pithy grapefruit. There's a calm honey/caramel to help the back end slope off instead of just dying, but the aftertaste returns the dominant grapefruit rind.
Good medium to thick body with a hugely bitter finish that I almost want to refer to as dry, but am hesitant to do so.
Hides the alcohol very well, as the hops step in and command all the attention.

Good DIPA, very enjoyable on this fathers day (I gotta remember to call my dad!); enjoyable as a treat, but not one I would drink every single day.

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