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Freak Of Nature DIPA - Wicked Weed Brewing

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

645 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 645
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 7.74%
Wants: 242
Gots: 76 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Wicked Weed Brewing visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: brewdude1982 on 02-16-2013

The Freak of Nature is our San Francisco inspired hoppy monster. At 8% abv and who knows how many ibu’s, this beer is our shrine to the Hop. Absurd amounts of the big West Coast hops gives this beer its citrusy, weedy nose and big, dank flavor. We dry hop with 48lbs per batch, which is over 3lbs of hops per barrel. In keeping with the classic style of the West Coast double, sugar plays a large part in creating this dry and minimally bitter double IPA. The Freak is particularly pintable for the style, so if you dare to enter, we welcome you to the Freak Show.
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Photo of wingnutter
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%

Poured from a 64oz growler I got when I was in Asheville last weekend to bring back to Tampa.

This is one smooth, tasty beer. At 8% ABV its not a huge DIPA, but the drinkabikity is off the charts.

I'd swear I almost detect a bit of weed in the aroma...taste is awesome, with citrus notes along with some biscuit and light toffee notes...the mouth feel is nothing short of creamy. So good.

Photo of charlzm
4.09/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed at brewery December 26th, 2013.

Beer is a very clear light yellow with a white one-finger head. Plenty of sheeting.

Aroma is piney and citric.

Flavor starts with bashful pale malt, then kicks in with a tsunami of piney and peppery hop flavors. A black hole of bitterness on the finish; not overdone, but goes on forever.

Slight carbonation bite. Some alcohol warmth in mouth. Otherwise, correct for style.

Serious West Coast style, done properly.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The trick to making a great "imperial" IPA is to not make an Imperial IPA at all! Sure, make an IPA, but kick it up a notch. Not so much that its residual sweetness attempts to balance the hops or that its body contradicts the IPA's supreme dryness.

This Freak of Nature kicks off with a bright golden-orange color and less haze than expected from such highly hopped ale. As a tall column of froth climbs to the rim of the glass, it retains largely with creamy texture and lacing rings within the beer's wake. Its simply a glowing ale to captivate the eye.

Bold aromatics spring forth with all-things-hops: Citrusy grapefruit, tropical pineapple and a deeply herbaceous scent that's reminiscent of chive and cannabis. Backed by a thin layer of caramel and honey, the malts simply seem to give the hop character a juicy, vibrant and ripe scent.

Equally as hop-dominant is the beer's taste, but the malts play delicately on the early palate before hand. It thin honey and caramel is bet with the terse bready sweetness of biscotti for a creamy and malty-dry upstart. Then the middle bursts with tangy, juicy fruit flavor- red grapefruit, pineapple, mango, passion fruit, apricot and lemon all converge with the semi-tart and semi-sweet fructose character before the ale develops quickly into a deeply resinous tone. The bitter taste of torn pine needles, fresh-cut grass, herbal lemongrass, chive and light cannabis dry the beer's taste with ease.

Medium bodied, the beer's early creaminess dissolves on the middle palate as the racy carbonation pulls from the malt and its sweetness dissolves. What's left is the arid hop dryness and light alcohol warmth that closes the session with firm dryness and lingering resin.

Freak of Nature isn't really any freak at all- its a beer that straddles the fence of standard American IPA and that of more imperial-ized versions. Yet, it capitalizes on the best of both worlds- the body and showcased bitterness of IPA but with the drippy goodness and focus on hop aroma and early taste of Imperial types- a "dip and duke" that works out marvelously.

Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.44/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

5 oz pour into a tasting glass on tap at the Wicked Weed taproom.

L – Medium amber color with a 1-finger creamy, cream-colored head. Nice retention and some patches of lacing. Clear with a good amount of bubbles.

S – Tons of hops with grapefruit, orange, and mango notes. There may be some bready malt here, too, but this is loaded with hops.

T – Just like the aroma, the taste is filled with bitter grapefruit, orange, and mango hops. That bready, caramel malt shows up for a second at the beginning and is quickly overshadowed by the bitter blast of hops. Really tasty.

F – Medium-to-full-bodied, good carbonation, a sticky and chewy mouthfeel, and a very bitter and dry finish. Grapefruit and mango hop bitterness lingers and pairs well with the mild throat-warmth from the alcohol.

O – This is a really tasty DIPA. It is loaded with hops that shine through in the aroma and the taste, and the mouthfeel is great. For a beer this big with an ABV like 8%, it is crazy drinkable, too. Really nice beer from Wicked Weed.

Photo of barczar
4.22/5  rDev -3.9%

Resiny, piney, grapefruit pith, with a fairly bitter finish. The bready malt backbone stands up well. Onion is a bit strong for my palate, but I think they have the bittering hops and malt balance nailed.

Photo of mst934
4.29/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

After bringing a 32oz bottle back to the house, I noticed it was cloudy. Also, a bit rainy. I sat down, cracked open the bottle and filled up a glass. I let the beer sit for a minute or two. After the first sip, a stiff North West wind was felt. Another sip, and I noticed the clouds began to break and the rain stopped.

All is right now. I give credit to this beer. Well done Wicked Weed. A DIPA that goes down like a Session IPA. But you know, with some balls.

Photo of oberon
4.14/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear light golden with a thinner but quite sticky bone white head atop,grapefruit and fresh mown grass in the nose with a tinge of sweet onion,some alcohol sweetness as well.Sweet onion and pithy grapefruit flavors really hit ya at the onset,big almost raw-like hops just juicy and great,some sugary sweetness along with that lingering alcohol as well.A DIPA that's not as sweet and sugary as alot of them and the hops are large and in charge,a great DIPA here.

Photo of chinchill
3.98/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub in Asheville.
Pours clear with a light amber body and a very good head. Nice lacing.

This DIPA has a load of fruity hops in the nose. Pungent aroma.
Flavor: fruity but herbal and slightly dank hops dominate. Mild bitterness for style.

Photo of tastybeer
4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Surprisingly light clean tangerine-gold color with a nicely formed, basically white head. Good retention + some nice strangely lace on the glass.

S: This is an extra fun beer to smell. The cleanness carries through into the aroma. Very light but plentiful malts make a showcase for massive happy hoppiness. Very pleasantly fragrant. Bright citrus, dank red juicy berries, an array of miscellaneous floral scents, and some kind of stinky earthiness.

T: Big and flavorful. Super fresh too. Sweet, sour, bitter, resinous, juicy & mouthwatering. Flavors are clean like appearance and smell and there is certainly a massive pile of hops all over. I think I've traveled to super hop clarity-ville.

M: Texture is slick, smooth, and fluid. Body is fullish but easy going and far from too heavy feeling. Nice.

O: Fuck Yeah.

Photo of tdm168
4.04/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A 32 oz growler given to me as a birthday gift from brewdude1982's recent trip to Asheville

A - clear orangish yellow with a huge, dense, foamy, pure-white head that has great retention

S - huge juicy citrus notes, ruby red grapefruit and orange

T - faint dark bread malt character, mild rind-like bitterness, huge citrus notes of grapefruit and maybe some pineapple, a mild sweetness towards the finish, and some warming alcohol in the finish, lingering bitterness

M - medium bodied, warming alcohol, well carbonated

This is a hugely hopped, intensely citrusy DIPA. Outside of some of my groups' homebrews, I'm not sure I've tasted anything this intensely citrusy. The malt is there but it doesn't have the backbone to stand up to the immense hop character. There is also a strong bitterness that comes along and tries to lend depth. Ultimately, this is a good DIPA. It has decent flavor and I could drink a few of these without getting bored. I would like to see a bit more balance and depth, but even as it stands, it is worth a try.

Photo of dirtylou
4.49/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on-tap, duckworths

This beer carries quite a deal of critical acclaim in the NC marketplace, and for good reason. There really isn't a whole lot of competition in the state for the title of DIPA champion (Redeemer maybe?) and this clearly belongs at the top. Light, fresh, and punching with grapefruit, blood orange, lemon peel and tropical fruit. Bursting with flavor and solid in every aspect.

Photo of simcoeluv
3.01/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Aroma - grassy

Taste - grassy

Does not match up with the better DIPAs available (at least in the NW).

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.22/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Hunahpu Day. Served in a wine glass.

Appearance - Hazy bright orange. Nice white head.

Smell - Dank and citrusy. Doughy malts.

Taste - Herbal and kinda grassy. Orange hops. Sweet pale malts.

Mouthfeel - Creamy with medium carbonation. Medium body.

Overall - Really nice. Went back for this a couple times.

Photo of wedge
4.41/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not much hiss from a three day old growler (frown), so I gave it a hard pour. Super clear yellow-gold with a tight, creamy head on top. Fresh, fruity, herbal, and dank hop aromas...skunky, oily, and resinous. A freshly opened bag of hop pellets. A big, fat, satisfying smack of hops greets the tongue. Mango, resin, weed, peach, peppery spice, a little melon. Some zesty grapefruit, but otherwise not particularly citrusy. No malt to speak of either, but oh so much hoppy dankness. Despite the audible and visible shortage of carbonation, the mouthfeel is very good...prickly carbonation joins an increasing bitterness and a moderately dry finish. Medium bodied and creamy. I really like the 8% level for DIPAs. Just hop the shit out of it and don't make it too sweet and heavy. Job well done Wicked Weed.

Photo of metter98
4.27/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Wicked Weed Brewing, Asheville, NC

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with delicate lacing covering the surface.
S: Moderately strong aromas of citrusy and pine resin hops are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of citrusy and pine resin hops along with a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite drinkable for a bold IPA as most of the alcohol is well hidden from the taste.

Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.49/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at the Wicked Weed tasting room in Asheville, NC. The pour was very clear and golden-amber in color. It sports about a finger of tight white foam with pretty good retention. The nose is very pleasant. I get lots of ripe oranges, lemons, grapefruit, and a hint of pine sap.

Medium body with a very firm, creamy feel. I get flavors of fresh bread up front, then marmalade, peaches, oranges, grapefruit, and pineapple. This is easily one of the most balanced IIPAs I've had. The hop bill is extremely well-integrated with the malt and the flavors all pop together. It's one of those magical beers that seems much less bitter than it actually is. It finishes with a nice oily hop kick that leaves you salivating for more.

I lived in Asheville about 10 years ago and still go back 2-3 times per year. I'm well-aware of all the brewing activity taking place there, but prior to this experience have never once been overly-impressed with an Asheville beer. Obviously, that has now changed. Freak of Nature is a world-class IIPA. If I still lived in Asheville, I'd drink it all the time.

Photo of HattedClassic
4.41/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice and strong dank and citrus hops that mix very well in the smell and taste. The citrus and pine hops are stronger though. A nice smooth and heavy body with a fantastic dry finish. Recommend.

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.34/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the brewpub in Asheville. Pours a golden color with sticky lacing. Looks thin but the sticky lacing look great. Huge pine hop aromas with a hint of citrus. Taste is massive west coast hop..lots of pine with a slight slight citrus finish. Its not over bitter for such a hop bomb which makes this fantastic. Awesome brew.

Photo of mntlover
4.21/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear golden color with some orange highlights. Head is thumb sized white that falls to a ring leaves some nice sheet lacing.

Aroma is nice honey sweet malts holding big fruity hops pineapple, mango, grapefruit and hints of clover. Pretty nice west coast nose.

Taste is big hop forward some light hints of malt sweetness right at the start but hops jump right in some light fruitiness mango, pineapple in the middle. Finish is grapefruit bitterness along with some pine resin and minty hints.

Mouthfeel is solid medium with good medium carbonation level, fine for the style.

Overall nice big IPA big hop forward one malt being on the lighter side. On the board they had the IBU listed as ? mark meaning to many to count but doesn't seem anymore potent then most I2PA's.

Photo of surfcaster
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

On tap with freshly tapped keg only a couple days old from WW.

The nose lets you know from 6 inches away this one is going to be special. Powerful citrus and floral notes. Explodes on the tongue with bitterness that evolves during the tasting but never overwhelms.

I think this is the closest thing I have had to Nelson on the east coast and that is my highest compliment.

Photo of dbrauneis
4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a medium golden yellow in color with light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some apricot + peach + orange highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy/sudsy white head that slowly reduces to a medium sized medium thick patch with a thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of citrus/grapefruit and tropical/pineapple hops with a light amounts caramel malt sweetness. Light hints of pine hops as well.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of caramel malt sweetness that is quickly overtaken by strong flavors of citrus/grapefruit, tropical/pineapple, and pine hops - those hops contribute a moderate amount of lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp with light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: This is an excellent DIPA with wonderful citrus and tropical hop aromas/flavors. There is enough sweetness from the malts to make this one not overly bitter and it is very enjoyable.

Photo of UpToMeBeer
4.15/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I was lucky enough to try this in Colorado. It was shipped in a growler. The only drawback was it had been in the grolwer about 3 weeks, so not super fresh. Having said that, it was still a top-notch Double IPA. So I can only imagine (er, fantasize?) how great it would be fresh.

The hops really shine on this beer. It's more of the "East Coast" style, in my opinion. More on the earthy/spicy side with just hints of fruit. There's just enough malt to take the edge off.

It's a pleasant sipper. The alcohol makes itself known but doesn't overwhelm you. The finish is dry, and clean enough to bring you back for more.

This is a real eye-opener for me as I've had little (if any?) prior contact with Asheville, N.C. beers - and I'm starting to realize what a beer mecca it's become. I'm glad to see Colorado breweries expanding there.

Photo of IrishColonial
3.67/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Smells and tastes a bit stale but can tell something good may be simmering underneath. Still decent but hope to try it on tap at the source at some point.

Photo of Paincane
4.8/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Bright clear golden body topped by white head with great lacing. Excellent head retention.
S: Great citrus aromas with grapefruit, lemon peel and pine notes.
T: Grapefruit, pine, hop flavors abound making for a wonderful crisp body with a terrific bitter hop finish.
M: Crisp, flavorful, hoppy masterpiece.
O: Beautiful DIPA.

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured on-tap and served in a shaker pint, the beer is a hazy, copper-bronze coloring with a filmy, white head. Nose of grapefruit, marijuana, cut grass, moss, and resin. Flavors are very dank and bitter forward, with a rich, resinous, piney, and bitter blast. Pepper spices in the backbone, with a subtle grapefruit and caramel ribbon throughout. Very bitter and green aftertaste, with spices and floral highlights. Bitter, dry, and smooth finish. Beastly brew.

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Freak Of Nature DIPA from Wicked Weed Brewing
97 out of 100 based on 645 ratings.