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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 metter98
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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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 brentk56
4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
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

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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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 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 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 dbrauneis
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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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 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 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 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 Alieniloquium
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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


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

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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 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 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 barczar
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%

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.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of lupercmda
4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a orangish yellow with a nice 1 inch head. Foamy but not overcarbonated. Smells of pine and mango and malt. Taste follows the smell with the malty backbone up front balanced nicely with the hops. A really good DIPA.

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

The beer is bright gold in color. It has good clarity and a nice white head. Bubbles swirl up readily even out of this stubby growler. Lots of lacing. Decent retention. The head dies down after a couple minutes, not bad for a beer above 8% abv. The aroma is full of sweet hop flavors. There’s big citrus, tropical notes, some pine and a floral background. Fruit-wise, I get tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, mango, lemon, lime, mild grape and mild berry. It’s not as huge on the new, fancy hop flavors as some recent hoppy beers, but it excels in execution. The hops are expressed wonderfully with no off notes. There’s light background sweetness from the malt that blends into the hop fruitiness. The taste is full of hop flavor with a perfect balance of sweetness and moderate bitterness. Starts off with floral/grape hoppiness and malt sweetness. Then, pineapple, tangerine and grapefruit take over, before a finish of pine, pepper and citrus rind. The feel is light and smooth. Normal carbonation, though again, it’s a growler. It strongly reminds me of Pliny. The flavor and intensity of the hops is strong but it’s still a very easy beer to like because everything is held in a very careful balance. Excellent stuff.

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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 jzeilinger
4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to "goingbrokeonbeer" for this 8/13/15 dated bottle.

A - Pours a bright gold color with a fluffy white, thick head which dies down to a THICK soapy ring of lacing.

S - Very resinous tropical fruit: juicy red grapefruit rind, pineapple, mandarin oranges, with some herbal character. The nose is all hops on this one.

T - Doesn't resemble the nose quite as much with the added floral/lavender presence mixed in. Starts out with bright, juicy citrus moving to weedy and floral bitterness, and finishing with a pine/citrus bittersweet bite that coats the mouth and lingers for a long time with bitterness on top and juicy tropical fruit sweetness more subdued and in the background.

M - Heavy medium to borderline thick on the tongue, resiny coating in the mouth, and with so much hop presence your mouth gets a little cotton-like in feel, gentle carbonation.

O - This is an amazing beer and it's going to be difficult to follow-up with another IPA after having this, my palate is pretty much on hop overload and shot right now. (In a good way.)

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
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!

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Freak Of Nature DIPA from Wicked Weed Brewing
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