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Freak Of Nature DIPA - Wicked Weed Brewing

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Reviews: 76
Hads: 795
Avg: 4.32
pDev: 24.54%
Wants: 266
Gots: 131 | FT: 6
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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 humuloner22
4.85/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On draft numerous times at the brewpub, I don't know why it has taken me so long to review this one, but it has. Anyway far and away the best DIPA in the state.

Appearance: Very clear bronze gold decent head retention that sticks to the side of the glass throughout the pour.

Aroma: Piney resin, tropical fruit notes like mango, papaya and guava. Beautiful bouquet!

Taste: So smooth, there is a lot going on with this beer, its very smooth but with the right amount of bitterness going on in the right places but its not overwhelming in that sense. Tropical fruit notes and some piney resinous flavors as well. It washes over your tongue with pure smooth tropical mango and some mild citrus notes.

Overall: Without a doubt the best IPA/DIPA made in NC right now, edges out Jade as my favorite but loses some points because for now all you can get is at the brewpub or select stores which may have it on growler. I cannot wait until this one is being canned! Watch out New England and CA, we have something worthy of trading!

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Photo of Paincane
4.8/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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Photo of 95Pirate
4.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Legit in every way. Well done Wicked Weed. Tons of citrus, hop forward, very drinkable. Go get some....well that's the hard part and if you live in NC you're lucky.

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Photo of surfcaster
4.75/5  rDev +10%

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.

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Photo of Brackh
4.74/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured out of a growler a buddy brought back to me. Pours a lighter clear yellow. Smells all pine and citrus. Taste has a good bite up front. So drinkable though. Fruity, hoppy, beautiful. Awesome all around.

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Photo of deegan42
4.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

This beer is one of the finest in Asheville. Wicked Weed is fairly new but their beer is out of this world.

A - The beer is very clear and the head i light. It looks lighter than it is.

S - The smell is awesome and you can really get a good whiff of the simcoe. It has a small hint of onion in the dankness. The smell is one of the best features of this beer

T - It takes just like it smells, delicious! The hops are just the right amount of heavy for the alcohol content. The bitterness does not take away from overall flavor at all. Citrus and grapefruit flavors are pleasantly intent throughout each sip.

M - The mouthfeel is light and this is not my usual preference. However, these folks make it work very well. This is a DIPA that is extremely easy to drink and even the newest IPA enthusiasts will fall in love with it. The awesome flavor lasts well after the last sip.

Overall - This is one of the better beers i have tasted and the only others that i have enjoyed this much are Heady Topper and a private batch of DIPA from the owner of Greenman Brewing. I highly recommend this beer if you visit Wicked Weed.

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Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
4.69/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On draft @ Star Bar in Denver for Wicked Weed special tap event (and nobody was there...what the hell?!?). Ok, so, this beer is stupid good and tasting this was like seeing my first adult film. I had zero expectations and when I saw this bright, golden elixir, I knew I wanted it in my mouth. This is so dank, so resinous, so juicy - if a hop-head had this in a dream, it's immediately becoming a wet dream. Would drink this again and again and again!

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Photo of TGriffing26
4.64/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer. Orange/Copper color. Nice lacing. Citrusy nose. Orange, grapefruit taste with a piney finish. Lingers on the palate, but not in an off putting manner. Definitely know why its won an award. Great pick up if you can find it...or just drive to Asheville. Cheers!

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Photo of SammyJaxxxx
4.52/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 500ml bottle dated 8/12/15

A: Beautiful golden beer with 2 finger fluffy head that sticks around. Plenty of lacing.
S: Piney, resiney, dankness.
T: Pine, resin dank goodness some b citrus and rind floats through the background
MF: 8.5% Alcohol is well hidden. Mouth is coated with dankness.
O: Very good beer. If you are a fan of the dank thisbis for you. Not for the lover of a citrus forward IPA

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Photo of smakawhat
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Bottled September 1st 2015.

Shimmering clarity, but not quite crystal, with a great apricot orange colored glow for the body color. Real nice fine streams of rising pinhead carbonation, some fast, some slow. Head is booming, off white and vanilla yellow colored with a nice perfect four finger size. Soapy retention and huge staying power, this sucker just wont budge. Great looking.

Aroma is bringing excellent hop flavors. Mixed dank and mild weedy earth. Slight juiced orange citrus big and full. Thick sensing malt, with mild sweet tones cutting through for a great balance and contrast. Inviting stuff, and a bit of mild salty like and herbal green whiffs keep coming.

Palate delivers the goods. Hop large mid palate of thick oils of grass and dank earth qualities. Juiced and thick but nicely supportive finish. Hot almost peppery astringent hop bent on the swallow, with large amounts of black and white pepper crushed on your tongue. Mild sensing fruit juice which does also bring out some hints of juiced tangerine as well. Palate really bounces around from sip to sip as well.

A nice big dank winner in the Wicked Weed column for sure.

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Photo of TheRougeBastard
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First enjoyed this beer at a beer fest, 3 ozs at a time...feel in love this stuff. Flash-forward a bit and now found locally in bottles and it's just as good, if not better! Solid hop forward taste with a slight nod to the abv! This is the best NC example of the IPA IMHO and on par with the best SoCal version that "supposedly" invented the genre (and where most of the best I've had are born)! The look, smell, taste, and feel are awesome...do yourself a favor and try one if you can! Want the best experience, go to Asheville and have a fresh one...mmm, mmm good!

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Photo of anonymoose
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a peach color. The aroma is pine and resin with a hint of fruit. The taste is massive pine that stays on your tongue followed by delicious tropical fruits that complement the bitterness and a light biscuity malt. There's a lot going on in this beer.

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Photo of popery
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer is bright gold in color. It has good clarity and a nice white head. Bubbles swirl up readily even out of this stubby growler. Lots of lacing. Decent retention. The head dies down after a couple minutes, not bad for a beer above 8% abv. The aroma is full of sweet hop flavors. There’s big citrus, tropical notes, some pine and a floral background. Fruit-wise, I get tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, mango, lemon, lime, mild grape and mild berry. It’s not as huge on the new, fancy hop flavors as some recent hoppy beers, but it excels in execution. The hops are expressed wonderfully with no off notes. There’s light background sweetness from the malt that blends into the hop fruitiness. The taste is full of hop flavor with a perfect balance of sweetness and moderate bitterness. Starts off with floral/grape hoppiness and malt sweetness. Then, pineapple, tangerine and grapefruit take over, before a finish of pine, pepper and citrus rind. The feel is light and smooth. Normal carbonation, though again, it’s a growler. It strongly reminds me of Pliny. The flavor and intensity of the hops is strong but it’s still a very easy beer to like because everything is held in a very careful balance. Excellent stuff.

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Photo of jjboesen
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Enjoyed this quaff at the upstairs bar during a recent trip in November 2014. This well crafted beer is dry-hopped with 4 pounds of hops per barrel - nice. The body is a translucent amber with a wispy head and a dearth of carbonation. There is some moderate splocthes of lace. The nose emits faint whiffs of grass and pine with a few hits of mango at the end. On the palate, there is plenty of grass and honey along for the ride. A lttle bit of bread on the mouthfeel with some subtle ryness at the end.

Despite the hype, this is a suprisingly easy quaff. However, it does tout an 8.6% abv, so caution must be observed no matter. Perhaps, his majesty King Henry VIII was right: the hop is a pernicious and wicked weed. Nice beer indeed!

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Photo of dirtylou
4.49/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.49/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.49/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours quite clear with a decent white head that leaves a bit of lacing. Smells like flowers, pine, citrus and sweet malt. The taste is the same as the smell with a great hop bitterness at the end. Great version of a West coast IPA and is definitely a contender for best NC IPA.

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.49/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours burnt orange with hues of amber. Thin half finger head retains very nicely.

There are some great hop aromas coming off this, mostly mango and papaya but some hints of grapefruit are also detectable. There is a caramel malty backbone that gives it a rich smell.

Taste is great, hops are forward and give some great pineapple citrus and mild herbal notes that are mixed with some moderate piney bitterness midway through the swallow. Malt is near the end and is slightly hard to detect through the bitterness.

Mouthfeel is good, lots if bitterness typical to double ipas and moderate carbonation to keep it drinkable.

Overall this is a really great double ipa, lots of tropical fruit hops make for a really tasty brew.

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4.48/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

My first opportunity to try this beer that has been one that I was looking forward for quite some time. This one is a new bottling and is incredibly fresh, date on the bottle says 08/12/15. One difference from the BA stated listing is that the bottle lists the alcohol content at 8.5%.

A strong pour easily generates three fingers of attractive beige head. Retention is very very good and turns mountain like as it slowly fades. Big waves of lace are left behind. Body is a rich hue of amber perfection. The nose on this beer has a lot going on. It hosts notes of pine, fresh cut grass and rhubarb all with a nice malt backbone. With first sip you get a cornucopia of hoppy goodness. Piney and rustic while still having bright citrus tones. This is both luscious and juicy while having a wonderfully bold and full body. This one is really made with the hop lover in mind. Nicely drinkable bold brew that I wish I had a fridge full of.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.46/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to "goingbrokeonbeer" for this 8/13/15 dated bottle.

A - Pours a bright gold color with a fluffy white, thick head which dies down to a THICK soapy ring of lacing.

S - Very resinous tropical fruit: juicy red grapefruit rind, pineapple, mandarin oranges, with some herbal character. The nose is all hops on this one.

T - Doesn't resemble the nose quite as much with the added floral/lavender presence mixed in. Starts out with bright, juicy citrus moving to weedy and floral bitterness, and finishing with a pine/citrus bittersweet bite that coats the mouth and lingers for a long time with bitterness on top and juicy tropical fruit sweetness more subdued and in the background.

M - Heavy medium to borderline thick on the tongue, resiny coating in the mouth, and with so much hop presence your mouth gets a little cotton-like in feel, gentle carbonation.

O - This is an amazing beer and it's going to be difficult to follow-up with another IPA after having this, my palate is pretty much on hop overload and shot right now. (In a good way.)

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Photo of winningwes91
4.46/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours out a clear golden color with egg white head. Smells of juicy grapefruit, pine, pineapple, and some malts with hops. Taste is exactly the same. Very juicy and dangerously drinkable. Probably the best west coast ipa brewed on the east coast no less! Representing my home state! Best ipa from NC, hands down.

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Photo of lupercmda
4.46/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a orangish yellow with a nice 1 inch head. Foamy but not overcarbonated. Smells of pine and mango and malt. Taste follows the smell with the malty backbone up front balanced nicely with the hops. A really good DIPA.

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Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of tastybeer
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of wedge
4.41/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Freak Of Nature DIPA from Wicked Weed Brewing
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