Death By Hops… I can’t really think of a better way to go. With 7.5 grams of hops per pint, that’s exactly what this IPA by Olde Hickory Brewery might do! This beer is for the bitter lover. I’d like to take this time to point out that your ability to taste bitterness acts as a warning sign of poison or potentially lethal substances. So the aptly named Death by Hops is making your body scream “WTF!?” on a subconscious level. Being a bitter lover myself, I’m kind of questioning why I have such an affinity for a flavor that is supposed to be alerting me of deadly toxins. I guess IPA enthusiasts are just living on the edge… probably of a couch or barstool…
Death By Hops pours a warm, slightly murky amber with a flattopesque head. The aroma has a bountiful orange scent with a bouquet of floral and fruity notes. In a word: hoppy. The appearance is spot-on for the style, and the aroma is slightly more complex than your baseline IPA.
I know this is called Death By Hops, but I was most certainly not prepared for the intensity of the flavor. I’ve never had a beer that is just straight bitter from front to back. This brew probably has the highest intensity level of anything I’ve had under 8% ABV. While the overpowering bitterness has its own private jam session, there are notes of lemon, orange, and floral hops that are knocking on the door. This IPA closes out with a spicy/bitter flavor that lingers on the palate for a substantial amount of time.
If you love IPAs, hops, bitterness, or are just looking for an experience in general, you owe it to yourself to give this a try. Death By Hops is ridiculously bitter in the best way possible. Ignore your internal instincts warning you of toxic venom and throw one of these back with a thick, juicy steak (or a pizza… everything goes with pizza). After that, you should probably seek professional help for loving something that is a clear warning sign of hazardous victuals.
- Appearance: Amber
- Aroma: Orange, floral, fruity
- Flavor: Floral bitterness, lemon, orange, spicy/bitter finish
- Mouthfeel: Medium
- ABV: 7%
- Size/Price: 6pk 12 oz. / $12-$14
- Score: 87