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Freak Of Nature DIPA - Wicked Weed Brewing

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Freak Of Nature DIPAFreak Of Nature DIPA

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Reviews: 76
Hads: 793
Avg: 4.32
pDev: 24.54%
Wants: 266
Gots: 132 | FT: 6
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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Reviews: 76 | Hads: 793
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 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 Keananmichael5
4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great ipa! both the ipa's and sours form Wicked Weed were great at gabf. This one has really fresh hop flavor and aroma. Beer was both refreshing and delicious.

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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 EyePeeAyBryan
4.62/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 hman43
4.08/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It pours a clear golden with a foamy white head and plenty of lacing. It has aromas of citrus, grapefruit, some bread, and other hoppy aromas. There are flavors or citrus, grapefruit, grapefruit peel, and bread malts. It has a moderate to high bitter finish.

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Photo of larryi86
4.37/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thank you brentk56 for this
500 ml bottle, dated 8/12/15, poured into a teku

A- A clear golden copper color with a four finger white head.

S- Citrus/grapefruit, slightly dank, some resin, caramel malts, earthy/floral/fresh cut grass.

T- Citrus/grapefruit rinds, big dank bitter finish, just enough malt backbone, slightly grassy, hints of pineapple, nicely balanced.

M- Smooth, medium body, dry.

O- Well done, reminds me of Enjoy By. Worth seeking out, easy to drink.

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Photo of gopens44
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Textbook beautiful pour. Slight haze, solid luxurious white foamy head, picture perfect lacing. Stunning.

Nose is full of citrus, a little earthy funk (not funky but something with a bit more earthy depth) and a savory herbal finish.

Taste immediately runs to citrus. Grapefruit, hint of mango and lemon zest. Following up is the earthy bitter that's duking it out with a touch of sweet malty depth.

Feel is slightly chalky, resiny, puckeringly bitter and punishing on the tongue as an aftertaste.


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Photo of MatthewHopHead
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pint bottle poured into Teku glass.

Look: Golden/Orange almost completely clear with a huge fluffy head.

Smell: Apricot/peach and sweetness.

Taste: Delicious, dank hops with a a little stone fruit/apricot.

Feel: Medium bodied. Very Nice carbonation, dank hops are not overwhelming with a persistent palate coating hoppiness.

Overall: a very good beer. Not world class but definitely outstanding.

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Photo of OldManMetal
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Freak pours to a brief thin, slightly pebbly white head that leaves surprisingly thick rafts and ladders of lacing. The beer itself is deep gold in color, clear, and very effervescent. On the nose, it is moderately assertive and enticing: a spicy cotton candy aroma dominates, blended deliciously with more moderate amounts of citrus, florals and pine, with hints of bitter grapefruit and alcohol. Up front the palate is super-tangy citrus and resinous pine; by mid-palate, floral notes emerge and blend with the pine to create that IPA soapiness, the hops bitterness builds significantly, and a nice light bready malt foundation begins to show. Some alcohol undertones show on the back of the palate. The finish is floral/piney, followed by the onset of a nice strong, long-lasting clingy bitterness. Mouthfeel is biggish for the borderline light/medium body, and the texture is creamy and prickly from some very strong carbonation. There is a hint of sweetness to be had here, but this is definitely a hop-forward Imperial IPA.

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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 richj1970
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 500 ml bottle dated 8/13/2015.

A: Light sunshine yellow with 2-3 finger fluffy white head that seems to last forever and leaves some nice chunky lacing. I really like the bottle art.

S: Pine cones, grapefruit, and pineapple. Plenty of dank hops with an almost herbal quality to them.

T: Cirtusy and dank. Grapefruit, pineapple, and orange peel. Just a touch of honey and pale malts.

M: Medium body and average carbonation. Some residual hop oils coating the tongue.

O: Very nicely crafted DIPA. I wish this was available in my distro.

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Photo of warrendietrich2001
4.39/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aggressive pour into a tulip glass. Producing a nice off white head and very beautiful lacing, both stayed around for the majority of the time it to drink.
Was slightly cloudy and on the paler side of amber.
The smell was very pleasant and jumped out at me as soon as opened the bottle. Piney is how I would describe the smell.
A good west coast IPA taste with a hint of citrus and very bitter. After a few sips my taste buds were destroyed and pretty sure the beer won!!! Will not be drinking anymore IPAs for a few more hours.

This is a solid beer and very thankful I had a chance to try. Not the best DIPA out there but one that I would be happy to drink again and again.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by RussianDragon. Thanks man.

Golden orange body with a thin white cap. Dank hops, floral notes, tangy, bitter hops. A hint of medicinal character with ample bitterness. Tasty.

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Photo of Leftbob
4.39/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

pint glass on tap

Nice hazy amber presentation

Modest head. Decent hazing

Aroma - nice citrus presence ...where is the grapefruit?

Feel -fair it of body with a nice dry astringentcy

Excellent taste. VERY citrusy in the front with a full finish very good balance for a DIPA.

It qualifies for one of those dangerous beers. You want another but @ 8.5% ABV it is gonna leave a mark.

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Photo of rodmanfor3
3.85/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer smells like weed. That much matches the description provided by the brewery. Everything else is just verbiage.

Beyond the nose, there is little else going on with this brew that makes it anything other than a very average IPA.

North Carolina can keep this beer. I will stick to better New England IPA's.

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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 NolaHopHead
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle. Clear light golden amber, thick fluffy white head fades slowly leaving tons of lace. Aroma is all weed. The taste follows the nose, dank weedy hops with pine and a little citrus. Good malt balance. Finishes dry with just a touch of alcohol burn. Light bodied and semi slippery. Overall a delicious dank weedy IPA.

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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 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 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 RyBrew54
4.06/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh at the brewery. Pours a bright golden color. Strong lacing throughout. Excellent nose with strong piney florals, citrus, blended nicely in hop harmony. Taste is hop forward, citus present, then slight spice notes, followed closely with a bitter pone residual. Easy drinking with a light body despite the 8.6% abv. A very nice offering of a DIPA, worth a try.

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Photo of KYGunner
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fruity melon, tangerines and lemon to start but a rather harsh, bitter piney finish. I get some herbal notes, resin and lupilin throughout. The bitterness is prevalent and may be more than I want.

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Photo of vince321
4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is so hoppy and with a great nose. Hop profile feels original or different and that makes for a memorable experience. A bit more body, and this would be almost perfect.

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Photo of Zach136
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Crystal clear body. Medium+ intensity citrus and tropical nose, palate follows. Low to no alcohol, and apparent bitterness. More drinkable than their single IPAs IMO!

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Freak Of Nature DIPA from Wicked Weed Brewing
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