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Freak Of Nature DIPA - Wicked Weed Brewing

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Reviews: 98
Hads: 878
Avg: 4.3
pDev: 7.67%
Wants: 264
Gots: 157 | FT: 9
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 spacecake9
4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle on my recent drive to Florida. Wish I had bought more.
Poured into my DFH IPA glass.
A - Pours a light golden orange with 2 fingers of head that settles to a ring with some lacing.
S - Aroma is hops with a bit of grapefruit.
T - Very well balanced. Some grapefruit on the front end, then some piney flavor and bitterness.
M - Medium mouth feel and carbonation.
O - The incredible balance is what strikes me about this beer. Nothing is over the top, the aromas and flavors all come at you in equal doses, one at a time so you can enjoy them. I wish i lived near a bar that had this on tap.

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Photo of farrago
3.96/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Big airy head which crests above two fingers, kind of eggshell white, its whipped up nature diminishes retention, lacing seems on the wispy side as well. Dark golden hue to the liquid, verges on a coppery orange, clear with a hint of gauziness, only a few bubbles visible, slow and sluggish. Erect nose of bread crusts, black pepper, pine and tangerine to blood orange scents, tar resin and damp earth, mango, apricot, nectarine and kiwi fruit element strong yet somehow still manages to not seem juicily ripe. Full-bodied, lots of dry extract and it sticks tenaciously to the tongue and palate. Slightly more floral, the cocoa and mocha accents come through, the oily bitterness does not take full command. More tar, ash, resin and a healthy dose of tangerine and lemon citrus, almost minty at times. The carbonation seems a bit light for its overall weight. What is nice is its freshness in spite of its thicker mouth feel. There’s nothing “obvious” about it yet it hits the standard notes, hard to deliver this kind of layered presentation without appearing to have tried to do so. Good drinkability for the ABV. Would happily imbibe again.

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Photo of Apellonious
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. Bottled 11/3/15.

A - Clear golden orange with a one finger head that moves to a creamy lace. Decent retention.

S - Grapefruit, dank, resin, and sea salt

T - Follows the nose. There's a light amount of sweetness, and a touch of heat.

M - Fairly light for a DIPA, carbonation is medium low. Somewhat drying.

O - A solid offering. Worth trying out, especially those who like a little less balance, some dryness, and whopping amount of hops in their DIPA.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.04/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

BOD 9/1/15. Clear copper pour with a touch of garnet. World class head volume, lacing and retention.

Outstanding nose of citrus (orange, tangerine), slightly dank and spruce over a solid biscuit with subtle notes of caramel. A slightly spicy element is also noted.

Light medium body that is smooth. Below normal carbonation with little effervescence in the middle and moderate effervescence in the finish.

The flavor profile is outstanding. Very hop forward and mildly bittered with a low level of complexity. Balance is attempted, but falls a bit short. The hop flavors of the nose are all present and semi-separate. Citrus leads then flows to dank in the middle over a very subtle biscuit. From the middle on, it becomes rather dry and a slight alcohol astringency is evident. The finish is a dry slow fade of rind, dank and notes of alcohol. As it warms, balance improves in the middle providing a slightly sweet (biscuit and caramel) influence. This one is at it's best slightly below 65 degrees.

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Photo of beerbully
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into DFH IPA glass

L-Golden, slightly hazy, big, white, frothy 1 inch head that has great retention. continual carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass, thick lacing that quickly slides down the glass

S-Citrus hops at the forefront with some tropical fruit closely following, maybe some slight sweet pine, grapefruit, berry, peach, pineapple, mango

T-citrus rind, pine, lemon bitter finish, not as much as the tropical flavor as the nose might indicate, floral, some malty sweetness, tropical notes appear as it warms

M-medium body, nicely carbonated, slick, creamy feel

O-HIghly drinkable, alcohol well hidden

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle from the brewery. dated 10/7/15

pours a medium golden color. clear. good head retention and lacing. mix of tropical fruit and dank hop aroma. taste has a bit more of a malt presence than their single IPA. but again not bitter at all. dominated by the same hop flavors. medium bodied.

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Photo of Irbycp
4.66/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Brewed 10/5/15. Never had before- only 8.1% so not overpowering alcohol content. Drank out of bottle.

Very cool smell hoppy and woodsy, a lot of pine here. Very dry taste and not overly bitter; very well rounded overall. Not hipster hoppy, but solid. One of the better DIPAs I've had in a long time.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden color with white head. Aroma is really dank and resiny. Earthy hops, chive, herbs, grass and pine needles. Taste follows with the same notes, starts balanced but the bitterness increases towards the finish. Body is soft and carbonation is just right for the style. Alcohol is really well hidden, making the beer dangerously drinkable. Overall this is a great double IPA.

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Photo of wdberkley
4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Totally impressed with this NC IPA. Didn't expect it to be as west coast influenced as it is. Citrus (orange, grapefruit, pineapple;e) + huge hit of hops.

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Photo of jhavs
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Half pint ordered at the brewery during lunch, another pint at the downstairs taproom when we went back after dinner (notes taken on first 1/2).

A= Golden, slightly hazy, allowing light to pass through. White one finger head is foamy, dissipates slowly into foam ring around the glass. Bit of lacing hangs on the glass.

S= Mix of citrus rind and juice with an earthy and pine hop aroma. Background of sweet malts and touch of caramel.

T= First taste is citrus, orange zest followed by resinous pine. The malt background comes through as a touch of candy sweetness and caramel.

M= Medium body with moderate carbonation.

O= Tastes great, nice layering of hop flavors and balance with the malt sweetness. .

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Photo of Pourharddrinkslow
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very light color, which is only accentuated by the pure white head that isn't much, but stays the entire drink. The smell is tropical and sweet. The taste is the same way... for about 1 second, then the hops take over and finish in a bitter pine finish. Very well done as the 3 stages blend together seamlessly; and the aftertaste is slightly sweet but mostly a dry pine flavor. Solidly smooth, doesn't stand out. Overall excellent, fruity IPA

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Photo of rajendra82
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The body was golden amber in color, with high clarity. The head was two fingers thick. The pour fit perfectly in a Duvel tulip. The smell of the beer was herbal, and dank, with aromas of pine, juniper, spruce, and some grapefruit. The taste was earthy and spicy, showcasing the hops big time. I could taste lots of resin,and some black pepper. The caramel malt was there as well, providing some butterscotch candy like sweetness. There was some fruity flavors mid palette, and the finish was clean and short. The feel of the beer was medium dense, with a touch of stickiness. Nice IPA, more similar to many West Coast offerings, than others from the mountains of North Carolina.

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Photo of ryanhooks81
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

poured from 500 ml bottle into pint glass. beautiful golden color, nice fluffy white head. dissipates quickly, leaving a ring around the edge. resin and citrus. fantastic mouthfeel. great carbonation. thankfully ill be able to get in ga now.

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Photo of BrewUSA
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Freak Of Nature

Look 8/10
Smell 18/20
Taste 36/40
Feel 9/10
Drinkability 18/20

Overall 89/100

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Photo of jlindros
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to rudzud.

Light fizzy head swirls to a nice creamy head and nice lacing , little lacing, hazy golden yellow color.

Nose is nice, bright citrus floral hops, little grapefruit tangy citrus, little grassy earthy, little woodsy and piney, tangy fruity, little sweet candy malt.

Taste brings sweet candy malt, sticky pine resin hops but not a ton, mild orange peel citrus thing, fruity, little bubblegum note, grassy earthy herbal piney, Amarillo perhaps. Finish is super bitter, slightly dry, little sticky sweet, pine, orange peel fruity hops lingering.

Mouth is med bod, little sticky, decent carb.

Overall solid ipa but fairly cut and dry nothing that sets it apart.

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Photo of rudzud
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a slightly hazy golden hue with a thin white head that fades to leave thin wisps.

S - Aromas of earthy hops, light citrus, nice faint dankness. Definitely a fresh west coast style, light tropical hop too.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, earthy hops, light citrus peel, faint tropical hops. Fair amount of bitterness on the finish. There is a nice grassy note too. Pretty straightforward..

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, loads of bitterness.

O - Overall this beer was a solid representation of the style. Like the bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A 20 oz bottle with a bottled on date of 9.22.15

L - Yellow with some clarity, 1 finger of head.

S - Big dank hops, obviously dry hopped. Citrus and bitter.

T - Dank and bitter, nice citrus notes. Very well balanced and tasty. Alcohol is well hidden.

F - Light body and medium carbonation

O - A very tasty DIPA. Well done

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Photo of ryho
3.91/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip glass from a 500 mL bottle. Pale in color, nice head.

Smells dank and citrusy.

Tastes the same as it smells. Fairly light and drinkable for the high alcohol. High level of bitterness for the amount of malt flavor. I would personally prefer a little less bitterness.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.88/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle. bottled 09.22.2015.

pours a fairly clear with a bright white head. a very light amber hue. aroma is very resinous. hoppy but not overly bitter, boozy, or sweet. fairly well balanced. definitely a good DIPA, but I cannot say my socks are blown off.

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Photo of egrapplesberg
4.09/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Finally in Georgia!! Bottled on 9.22.15. Poured into a pint glass. Color is clear copper with a moderate amount of carb bubbles. Giant almost white two inch frothy head that crackles as it slowly recedes leaving thick lacing. Smell is dank pine, orange, pineapple, and grass. Taste is pine with grapefruit and orange. Kind of creamy feel and not too carbonated. Terrific beer but definitely enjoyed the pernicious a little more. Cheers!

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500mL bottle from Craft Beer Factory (Marietta, GA). 5.99. Bottled 9/22/15. Served in a Wicked Weed snifter.

Pours a hazy pale gold with a finger and a half near-white head. The thin veil of retention leaves no lace.

The nose on this is bold and hoppy. Intense dankness with some strong pine and citrus notes. A hint of vague, bready sweetness is barely noticeable behind all those strongly aromatic hops. Tropical fruits come into play as it warms, making it that much more difficult to pry my nose away from the rim of the snifter.

This beer is bitingly bitter. Luckily there is also plenty of flavor backing that up. Grapefruit zest, orange peel, pine, onion/ garlic, lemon, pepper, faint mint, under ripe peach, slight bread, vague cantaloupe and a light nip of alcohol. It rides the line between hop bitterness and flavors. I wouldn't necessarily agree with the "crushable" written in the description on the bottle but I had zero problems making this disappear.

Oily, medium full feel with soft but active carbonation. Bitter, seemingly never-ending finish with citrus peel, peach skins, pine and melon rind.

Welcome to Georgia, Wicked Weed! It's been quite a while since I've enjoyed such a bitter imperial IPA. The bitterness comes from so many flavorful sources that this remains quite drinkable. I foresee several more of these in my future.

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Photo of MarkQ617
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on tap at wicked weed. Color is lighter than I would have expected, translucent yellow-gold. The flavor and aroma were outstanding. Bold hops, lots of citrus and pine...amazing. The mouthfeel was very good as well, fairly smooth for the genre. Met the hype.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
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 +4.7%
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 -1.6%
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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Freak Of Nature DIPA from Wicked Weed Brewing
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