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Freak Of Nature DIPA - Wicked Weed Brewing

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

513 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 513
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 7.76%
Wants: 163
Gots: 49 | FT: 1
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:
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.

(Beer added by: brewdude1982 on 02-16-2013)
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4/5  rDev -8.7%

Sammy, Aug 15, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

spycow, Apr 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

zestar, Oct 19, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Texasfan549, Aug 06, 2014
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4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

metter98, May 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

kjkinsey, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of brentk56
4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
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

brentk56, Dec 20, 2013
Photo of BEERchitect
4.25/5  rDev -3%
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.

BEERchitect, Mar 11, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

ygtbsm94, Jun 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

kylehay2004, Jul 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

Knapp85, Jan 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8.7%

SocalKicks, Oct 06, 2014
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4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

oberon, Feb 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

StonedTrippin, Oct 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8.7%

Jason, Aug 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

Kegatron, Sep 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

XmnwildX12, Dec 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

mendvicdog, Jul 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8.7%

Rifugium, May 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

MarkyMOD, Mar 28, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

DrunkinYogi, Jun 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

InspectorBob, Nov 26, 2013
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4.35/5  rDev -0.7%

drewone, Oct 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8.7%

yourefragile, Mar 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8.7%

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.

stakem, Sep 11, 2014
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Freak Of Nature DIPA from Wicked Weed Brewing
97 out of 100 based on 513 ratings.