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RATINGS: 174   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   IBU: 108   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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Winner of the First Olde Hickory Pro Am competition. Very limited production. Our brew master says: 71lbs of high alpha hops were used to make this limited production beer of only 13 barrels. Thatís just over 20 grams of hops used for each pint! DBH was brewed with 2 row barley, Carapils and Crisp Crystal 45 malts and fermented to 7% alc/vol. DBH was hopped with 5 different West Coast hops: Chinook, Columbus, Simcoe, Centennial and Cascade. Additionally, DBH was twice dry hopped with different combinations of these hops. The net result is an amazing aroma of ripe juicy fruit mixed in with a bouquet of spring flowers. DBH was brewed to a level of bitterness of 108 IBUís, and leaves a lingering bitterness; it is, after all, a Double IPA!


3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
scooter520 (185) - - MAY 23, 2012
Bottle exp. date 8/2012. Appearance: nice clear orange/amber color with finger off white head quickly dissipating. Aroma: pine, mango, grapefruit, strong sugary sweet aroma, really nice and slightly "different". Taste: POW! Bitter hops from start to finish...touch of floral and grapefruit notes right at the beginning and then just a tongue scraper; no indication of malt that I can pull out. Mouthfeel: light to medium body with medium carbonation which I canít fully distinguish between the carbonation and bitter "stabbing" on the tongue. Overall: I really wanted to love this beer because I grew up in Hickory, NC way before these guys were around (and before I was old enough to drink!). In my relatively new quest/obsession with craft beer, this one really helps me understand the importance of balance between malt and hops. No balance here whatsoever. I really do enjoy the bitterness a lot, but actually would like a touch more balance on the malts. Great learning experience!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcos (1600) - Maryland, USA - MAY 22, 2012
Location/Date:Bottle on May 18th, 2012.

Appearance: Pours a dark orange cloud.
Aroma: Aroma is pf citrus.
Taste: Medium bitterness, grapefruit.
Palate:Medium body, lingering aftertaste..

Summary: Solid IPA, enjoyable.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bmerz (719) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAY 18, 2012
Bottle brought back from NC. Jeez this is a bitter IIPA. Thereís no balance between IBU and the caramel and earthy grain bill peeping through. The aroma is sweet cool grapefruit and some piney funk. That part is very nice. The flavor is primarily grapefruit some resin and pine (sol). Itís too imbalanced to be really enjoyable but is a well made beer for sure. The body is dry slick and kinda dead. Great looking sugary legs that would fool you into thinking this might be balanced.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thornecb (4591) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 17, 2012
Pours deep amber into a tulip. White head with medium retention recedes to skim surface. Deep resin aromas. Well balanced with sweet deep caramel upfront turning to pine before the lasting grapefruit finish.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
574deadzone (1110) - North Central, Indiana, USA - MAY 7, 2012
Pours a golden copper with a big fluffy, rocky off white head. Nose is very spicy hops with some citrus and a lot of pine and floral goodness, but mostly just very spicy, pungent hops. Pretty awesome. Taste is so so bitter, and hardly sweet though itís in there. Palate is not too light with an extremely lengthy finish. A big, bold, awesome IPA with just boatloads of hop character. Really amazing stuff that I hope I will be able to try again sometime. Thanks to Alex from Hops & Vines who created this beauty. A must have for any hophead.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dbarnold (1126) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - MAY 3, 2012
I was extremely impressed by this beer...The nose is amazing! Grapefruit and citrus all over the place, could be used as an air freshener. The palate opens with nice bitterness, a ton of citrus, and some pine. Body is medium-light and very refreshing with a crisp, clean finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 30, 2012
Originally reviewed: 5/13/11. 22oz bottle picked up at Peabodyís in Boone. Best by September í11 marked on the label. Poured into an Allagash chalice. Pours a dark honey-gold with a thick off-white cap. Decent retention. The nose is fresh with tones of pine, grapefruit, mango, but it just doesnít last long. Smells nice, just not really bold. Good full creamy mouth. Carbonation level backs it up nicely. Not too heavy, as I downed the bomber happily, but just "big" enough. Good fresh hoppy bitterness. Alcohol is non-existent, which is no surprise since this is only 7.0%. Juicy citrus fruits, caramel, light toffee-like sweetness, mild finish. This beer wasnít a smack in the face, and it surely wouldnít cause ídeath,í but it was tasty nonetheless

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (11669) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 26, 2012
Bomber from Bruisin Ales. Pours clear copper with a creamy/foamy near-beige head. Aroma is mixed floral/grapefruit over a shy caramel backbone. Med body. The hop is definitely mixed. Itís strong. The grapefruit rind tends to dominate, but I think thereís plain old citrus and some floral. Probably resin, given the impact on the mouth. Wonít need embalming after this. Purely preserving ale. Finishes flashily bitter. 108 IBUs! Brilliant.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (5192) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - APR 20, 2012
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Bottle: The aroma consists of light tropical fruits, citrus, and a touch of grapefruit. It pours a hazy, bordering on cloudy, amber with a small white head. The flavor starts with tropical fruits and light toffee and caramel. The finish has moderate grapefruit. I am Itís light-medium bodied with soft carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale Łber alles, Arizona, USA - APR 16, 2012
on tap at amos howards 7/12/11. hazy gold pour with a whitish head. the aroma and flavor are really dank... mixed with onions, armpits, grapefruit, pine and florals with a malty backbone. thereís a resinous waxy bitterness on the finish and lingering in the aftertaste. it is a touch sweeter/maltier than i like but there is certainly no shortage of the hop goodness. 8/4/7/3/16


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