Freak Of Nature DIPA - Wicked Weed Brewing

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Reviews: 48
Hads: 698
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 5.34%
Wants: 254
Gots: 85 | FT: 1
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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 IrishColonial
3.67/5  rDev -14.8%
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. (155 characters)

Photo of macrosmatic
3.88/5  rDev -10%
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. (1,409 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.98/5  rDev -7.7%
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. (259 characters)

Photo of stakem
4/5  rDev -7.2%

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. (709 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev -7.2%
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. (880 characters)

Photo of tdm168
4.04/5  rDev -6.3%
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. (1,041 characters)

Photo of GPHarris
4.05/5  rDev -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. (360 characters)

Photo of charlzm
4.09/5  rDev -5.1%
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. (460 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.14/5  rDev -3.9%
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. (470 characters)

Photo of UpToMeBeer
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
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. (838 characters)

Photo of Mdboulier
4.18/5  rDev -3%
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. (238 characters)

Photo of kevanb
4.19/5  rDev -2.8%

32oz growler poured into a Wicked Weed snifter.


The beer pours a super clear, golden copper color, quite a few bubbles rising to the top of the glass at first but it settles well with a soapy finger and a half of white head that has moderate retention and leaves some sparse, sticky, lace. The aroma is very piney, bitter, resinous, with some assertive grapefruit peel, light wildflower with some mild tropical fruits and just a touch of sweet malt. The flavors mirror very well, strong bitter pine, fruity grapefruit, tangerine and some mango and pineapple fruit and a touch of wildflower with just a light malt, a bit sticky but very minimal. The mouthfeel is a bit thin, it does have some nice stickiness to it and it coats the mouth fairly well, but it feels a bit lighter than I expected, the carbonation is a bit higher than I prefer, and the finish is nice and dry.


Verdict: A very nice DIPA from Wicked Weed, my first experience with their beers. It's balanced and has a very clean flavor profile, perhaps a bit overly bitter, but quite enjoyable. A very, very well made beer and one I hope to have again. (1,118 characters)

Photo of mntlover
4.21/5  rDev -2.3%
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. (781 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Hunahpu Day. Served in a wine glass.

Appearance - Hazy bright orange. Nice white head.

Smell - Dank and citrusy. Doughy malts.

Taste - Herbal and kinda grassy. Orange hops. Sweet pale malts.

Mouthfeel - Creamy with medium carbonation. Medium body.

Overall - Really nice. Went back for this a couple times. (330 characters)

Photo of barczar
4.22/5  rDev -2.1%

Resiny, piney, grapefruit pith, with a fairly bitter finish. The bready malt backbone stands up well. Onion is a bit strong for my palate, but I think they have the bittering hops and malt balance nailed. (204 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Huge thanks to Jay for this one! 64 oz growler into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color. The head is less than a finger high, and white in shade. Retention is quite poor, though the beer doesn't look entirely still. No lacing here, either. (3.25)

Smell: Well, this one doesn't play around. It's really bringing the tropical fruits and the berry qualities nicely, along with some floral and grapefruit notes. Malt is slightly prevalent, just slightly. It's an excellent nose, it really is, it just has a bit too much in the way of onion-y Mosaic notes. (4)

Taste: First off, it's really fresh. Most of the tropical goodness lies closer to the finish and aftertaste, but I also taste a nice dankness to it. The hops have a decent complexity here: I taste grapefruit, weed, mango, melon, pine, grass, and onion. It actually opens up with a slight sugar character before the hops utterly take over. It's hoppy, but not abrasively bitter, either. Very, very delicious in all, but it isn't quite perfectly balanced.

No...wait, it's getting smoother and smoother as I drink more of it. Imagine that, a DIPA that's easy to drink a whole lot of...maybe it IS perfectly balanced overall? Yep, I'm totally conviced now - this is fantastic. (4.5)

Mouthfeel: Not as under-carbonated as I feared, thankfully. The bubbles here are very fine and scrubbing in nature. This has a medium body and a bit of initial sweetness, but that leaves the palate faster than you can say "Keep Asheville weird." Very easy to drink, without a hint of the 8% anywhere. (4.25)

Overall: This is definitely a top-tier DIPA. Initially, it didn't quite seem world-class to me, but the more I drink of it, the more I'm convinced this can stand up to any IPA coming from California. The hops express themselves quite well, and the malts stay out of the way. Seriously, seek this one out. (4.25)

4.26/5: If this is the kind of beer I can regularly expect from Asheville...well then, I'll have to save some scratch for a vacation! (2,012 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (462 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (2,091 characters)

Photo of LauraTheExplorer
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Happy to finally try this nice DIPA! An awesome fellow BA member sent us howler of this and we were pleasantly surprised by it.
Nice grapefruit, melon tones with a bit of (desirable) bitterness and slight malt to balance the hops. To me, it's reminiscent of Founders Centennial IPA...but a bit more lush and rich. NICE ! (325 characters)

Photo of metter98
4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
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. (581 characters)

Photo of brewdude1982
4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
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. (456 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.29/5  rDev -0.5%
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 (482 characters)

Photo of mst934
4.29/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

After bringing a 32oz bottle back to the house, I noticed it was cloudy. Also, a bit rainy. I sat down, cracked open the bottle and filled up a glass. I let the beer sit for a minute or two. After the first sip, a stiff North West wind was felt. Another sip, and I noticed the clouds began to break and the rain stopped.

All is right now. I give credit to this beer. Well done Wicked Weed. A DIPA that goes down like a Session IPA. But you know, with some balls. (463 characters)

Photo of Cjwelte
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
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! (617 characters)

Photo of blordo1685
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a clear amber with minimal head.

S- Holy cow! This thing had ripe peach, pineapple, even watermelon coming out of it. I had to do a double take to make sure that nobody walked by with perfume.

T- What a refreshing summer drink! And 8.5 percent alcohol which you do not taste. The tropical flavors and wonderful hops are abundant. Mouthfeel is light considering the abv , and malt is faint, actually lighter than I would prefer. This is why I would call this an amazing summer IPA/DIPA .

O- Probably the best IPA or DIPA in Asheville. Though I prefer more of a malt backbone, I'm glad I had it in summer. It was refreshing on a hot day.

IPA lovers, the Wicked Weed is your destination in Asheville. Be warned, the service here is lacking and quite inattentive. But so is every place in Asheville.

Oh, the food is really good here too. (847 characters)

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Freak Of Nature DIPA from Wicked Weed Brewing
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