Freak Of Nature DIPA - Wicked Weed Brewing

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Reviews: 47
Hads: 697
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 5.34%
Wants: 255
Gots: 86 | FT: 1
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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 -0.9%
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 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 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 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 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 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 dbrauneis
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
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. (1,086 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 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 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 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 Axnjxn
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
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 (303 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
4.49/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (396 characters)

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 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 popery
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
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. (1,232 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 DrinkSlurm
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (329 characters)

Photo of Zach136
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Crystal clear body. Medium+ intensity citrus and tropical nose, palate follows. Low to no alcohol, and apparent bitterness. More drinkable than their single IPAs IMO! (169 characters)

Photo of wedge
4.41/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (805 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 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 HattedClassic
4.41/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice and strong dank and citrus hops that mix very well in the smell and taste. The citrus and pine hops are stronger though. A nice smooth and heavy body with a fantastic dry finish. Recommend. (199 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 tastybeer
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (823 characters)

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Freak Of Nature DIPA from Wicked Weed Brewing
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