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Freak Of Nature DIPA - Wicked Weed Brewing

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

464 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 464
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 7.52%
Wants: 143
Gots: 44 | 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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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

SeaOfAsh, Sep 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8.9%

IndyDad, Sep 28, 2014
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4.28/5  rDev -2.5%

tuowl74a, Sep 28, 2014
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4.26/5  rDev -3%
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!

ThisWangsChung, Sep 28, 2014
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4.4/5  rDev +0.2%

Zuidman, Sep 28, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

egrace84, Sep 27, 2014
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4.18/5  rDev -4.8%

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5/5  rDev +13.9%

This is my favorite Double IPA, it out performs all of the other top rated IPAs in my mind, you know which ones I'm talking about!

Stevebeergeek, Sep 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Amedlin18, Sep 20, 2014
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5/5  rDev +13.9%

mbbransc, Sep 19, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

planbee, Sep 19, 2014
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5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.4/5  rDev +0.2%

cursive7, Sep 18, 2014
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4.99/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Moshulu, Sep 18, 2014
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speakdf0, Sep 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8.9%

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4.12/5  rDev -6.2%

chefmatt101, Sep 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

PeakedInHighSchool, Sep 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

chadwicktorres, Sep 15, 2014
Freak Of Nature DIPA from Wicked Weed Brewing
97 out of 100 based on 464 ratings.