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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: 98
Hads: 878
Avg: 4.3
pDev: 7.67%
Wants: 264
Gots: 158 | 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 IrishColonial
3.67/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

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Photo of rodmanfor3
3.85/5  rDev -10.5%
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 macrosmatic
3.88/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Bradaplast for sending this one! Reviewed from notes. Poured from 32 oz. screw-top growler into a Cigar City pint glass.

A: Nice gold color, and almost entirely clear with a touch of chill haze as well. Forms a thin white head that fades fairly quickly, and low visible carbonation. Despite being consumed within a couple days of receipt, the last two aspects may be due to the growler serving.

S: This isn't one of the DIPAs that you can practically smell from across the room, but it's decent enough. Tropical fruits, crisp cracker malts, citrus rind, crisp apple, and some grassiness.

T: Tropical fruits, mangoes, and grapefruit that seems pink and juicy. There's melon, a bit of onion/spice character, grassy, and just a touch of resin. The malt bill provides some background sweetness but largely stays out of the way. No caramel flavors at all, which I appreciate in this style for sure. Finishes dry with only moderate bitterness levels for the style.

M: Crisp light body. Carbonation sensation is fairly low, although again I blame that on the growler serving. Very low alcohol presence.

O: This was tasty, and almost everything I would look for in the style. The hop profile was just not my favorite. If they would rebrew this one with different hops, it might be one of my favorites - but again, this is simply personal preference. Still, it's good and would be quite sessionable.

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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 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 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 chinchill
3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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Photo of KYGunner
4/5  rDev -7%
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 stakem
4/5  rDev -7%

1-liter growler poured into a matching wicked weed snifter. The brew appears a clear golden orange color with an off-white cap that fades slow leaving patchy lace.

The smell containd notes of citrus zest, fruity rinds and grassy herbs. Its very piney and herbal smelling of hops with litle to no other character, just all hoppiness and its good.

The taste is pine, with citrus zest, pith and pulp like rindy oranges and grapefruit with a lasting dank appeal and faint extended fruity quality that is bitter. No indication of that 8% alcohol or really any malt backbone.

This is medium bodied with a light amount of carbonation. Pretty decent stuff that fits the bill for their west coast style description.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev -7%
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 StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i liked this beer quite a bit, but think its absurd to consider it among the best big india pales in the world. wicked weeds contribution for me is their funky stuff, this is just an over hopped beer that seems less refined than their other stuff. maybe its hype for the brewery or something, but for this to be rated so highly is a bit ridiculous in my opinion. the beer really is excellent, light but balancing malt base, aggressive pine family hops, with a clean finish and only moderate bitterness. its excellent actually, super fresh and feels great on the palate too, lighter than many, not having that oily honey texture some get, and not getting heavy with the vegetal aspect of the hops. but i dont think its unique or nuanced enough to be measured against the likes of the best in the world. certainly not a top 250 beer for me, although it is great, its not that great.

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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 tdm168
4.04/5  rDev -6%
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.

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

a - poured a one finger thick off-white head into a snifter that left nice lacing throughout. the body was a bright golden color that had an orange tint to it.
s - sweet like honey with a big citrus hop aroma.
t - citrusy with some pine and grassy hop flavors as well.
m - medium and slick.
o - first WW beer and i was impressed. big hop bomb and i enjoyed it.

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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 RyBrew54
4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
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 MacQ32
4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours a glowing straw/yellow with a finger of voluptuous near white head. Decent retention, fantastic lacing.

S - Big bitter dank hops. Lightly spiced, some less citrusy melon flavors (cantaloupe-ish), light caramel malts.

T - Inititally, crisp, dry, spicy bitter hops, some melon sweetness comes through in the middle, straight bitter blast at the finish. Fairly one dimensional, but very good.

M - Medium bodied, the dryness lends into seemingly intense carbonation. A little slick thickness on the tongue.

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Photo of hman43
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
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 charlzm
4.09/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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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 oberon
4.14/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of UpToMeBeer
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Freak Of Nature DIPA from Wicked Weed Brewing
94 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.