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Freak Of Nature DIPA - Wicked Weed Brewing

Freak Of Nature DIPAFreak Of Nature DIPA

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Ratings: 204
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 6.86%


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:
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(Beer added by: brewdude1982 on 02-16-2013)
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.98/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-11-2014 03:04:58 | More by chinchill
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tdm168

North Carolina

4.04/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Serving type: growler

02-20-2013 01:16:18 | More by tdm168
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GPHarris

Alabama

4.04/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Serving type: growler

12-04-2013 18:53:40 | More by GPHarris
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charlzm

California

4.1/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-14-2014 20:29:51 | More by charlzm
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oberon

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev -5%
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.

Serving type: growler

02-02-2014 22:24:06 | More by oberon
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UpToMeBeer

Colorado

4.15/5  rDev -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.

Serving type: growler

03-19-2014 18:20:00 | More by UpToMeBeer
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Mdboulier

North Carolina

4.19/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Excellent pour right from the tap. Great light amber color and nice foam which left a nice lace as I drank. Above average aroma, but not over the top. Well balanced malt-to-hops. Wish I had more time to explore past their "flagship" beer.

Serving type: on-tap

09-30-2013 00:30:19 | More by Mdboulier
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mntlover

Tennessee

4.21/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Serving type: growler

10-11-2013 20:09:18 | More by mntlover
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Serving type: growler

03-11-2014 17:59:47 | More by BEERchitect
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-31-2014 01:30:26 | More by GarthDanielson
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brewdude1982

North Carolina

4.26/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This was a pint poured at Wicked Weed in Asheville, NC.

This beer is cloudy and yellow with low retention and decent lacing. It smells like ruby red grapefruit to me. Very easing aroma. It tastes malty and then rolls right into the hops which start off more subtle and then transition to a more powerful bitter taste. I am excited by this beer. Rocking in at such a high percentage this beer really produces. I highly recommend to anyone who likes IPAs.

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2013 21:50:24 | More by brewdude1982
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metter98

New York

4.28/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-28-2013 16:52:01 | More by metter98
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with an impressive head that leaves plenty of lacing behind

Smell: Big tropical aromatics, with pineapple, grapefruit pith and papaya

Taste: Shortbread malts, up front, and then its a launch into hop assault territory, with pithy citrus, pineapple and papaya; citrusy and slightly sweet, in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: North Carolina's best DIPA, this is an impressive brew for the hopheads

Serving type: growler

12-20-2013 00:11:07 | More by brentk56
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Cjwelte

North Carolina

4.31/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- beer was very clear with very little head

S- piney with an intense citrus grapefruit aroma

T- hoppy hit to the face on the first sip.. Kind of a grapefruit after taste... A little dry but love the citrus throughout.... Leaves the mouth wanting more hops!!!

M- dry hop and leaves with a citrus taste.. Very nice

O- extremely good beer... Love how the hops hit you on the first sip but doesn't take you away from the flavor of the beer. The citrus ending keeps you coming back for more!! Wicked Weed Brewery is by far the best brewery in Asheville and is a must go if you make it here. Great selection of beer!

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2014 20:18:28 | More by Cjwelte
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Axnjxn

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

growler.

dark orange, nice head. smell is real big on grapefruit and tropical fruits. the taste remains true with a huge amount of hops, grapefruit flavor and very appropriate bitterness. real beast of a dipa that is so drinkable. medium bodied, medium carbonation.

overall superb. recommended to all

Serving type: growler

09-04-2013 21:47:49 | More by Axnjxn
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-05-2014 18:42:12 | More by DrinkSlurm
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.36/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Serving type: growler

08-09-2013 23:42:19 | More by dbrauneis
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charlottemoeron

North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is awesome. My second time going to Wicked Weed over the past 2-3 months and it is every bit as good as I remember. A very golden/orange color in the glass. Grapefruit and other citrus all over the smell and taste. Great balance on the alcohol level. I could drink this every day if I could find it in Charlotte. Too bad they only fill 32oz growlers. This one just got opened and it wont last but an hour.

Great job Wicked Weed!!!

Serving type: growler

05-21-2013 00:15:31 | More by charlottemoeron
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wedge

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Serving type: growler

04-25-2013 00:23:01 | More by wedge
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tastybeer

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Serving type: growler

04-25-2013 00:47:36 | More by tastybeer
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BlackBelt5112203

South Carolina

4.44/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-26-2013 21:19:20 | More by BlackBelt5112203
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Fcolle2

Illinois

4.49/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Serving type: growler

09-24-2013 00:02:40 | More by Fcolle2
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dirtylou

Washington

4.49/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2013 19:46:19 | More by dirtylou
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deegan42

North Carolina

4.73/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Serving type: growler

03-10-2014 19:46:09 | More by deegan42
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Paincane

Georgia

4.79/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-03-2014 01:55:57 | More by Paincane
Freak Of Nature DIPA from Wicked Weed Brewing
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