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Beer Review: Olde Hickory Brewery, Death By Hops

May 19, 2012

Ding Points: 19.50

Pour: 70.00, Nose: 60.00, Palate: 00.00, Mouth: 00.00, Global: 00.00

Tasting Notes:

Purchased on a recent trip to Raleigh at Bottle Revolution. An attractive pour with a good clarity on a light copper color. Unfortunately, that’s as good as it gets, the rest is frankly awful, truly awful.

Olde Hickory Brewery, Death By Hops

Olde Hickory Brewery, Death By Hops

The nose offers only a hint of the disaster that follows, but it does reveal some diacetyl, some metal and some oily notes.

In the mouth the tastes are TERRIBLE. One of the worst beers I recall drinking in some significant time. There is a horrendous, enamel stripping metallic note with wave after wave of diacetyl nastiness along with onions and other vegetal junk.

That would be bad enough, but then comes the kicker. A combination of old metallic hops and oily bitterness. Syrupy, totally unbalanced with a salty assault on the palate, truly awful.

It’s absolutely vile, undrinkable and 100% a drainpour. Undrinkable, so that’s why I gave the three 0.00 scores for palate, mouth and global.

Possible the worst beer I’ve comes across in a few years. If I had home-brewed this I would have thrown the batch, but as a commercial exercise this is pathetic. What’s most worrisome about this is NOT the fact that Olde Hickory brewed a bad beer, that can happen to the best brewers in the world, it’s that someone thought it was OK to release this as a commercial exercise – truly unacceptable.

Other: 7.0%, American Double IPA.



  1. Woody

    You don’t think that you could’ve just had a bad bottle?

    • Ding

      Feasible I suppose, but this didn’t seem infected, ‘off’ or tainted in any way, it just tasted like a very, very, very badly made beer.


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