Pernicious IPA
Wicked Weed Brewing

Pernicious IPAPernicious IPA
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American IPA
Ranked #65
Ranked #1,359
4.23 | pDev: 7.57%
Wicked Weed Brewing
North Carolina, United States
Pernicious IPAPernicious IPA
Notes: Pernicious implies influence that is harmful in a way not easily noticed. This beer is harmful, not because of overwhelming hop bitterness, but because its balanced brightness insidiously ruins your expectations for all other IPAs. This hop delivery vehicle is crafted to enjoy fresh and often and because of its drinkability and clean finish you’ll never look at IPAs the same again. The harm is done.
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4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I know that my CANQuest (tm) standing is taking a hit, but now that I have started, I want nothing more than to eradicate these #&*%^* Bottles from my backlog & by extension, from my life! I know all about the A-B/InBev takeover of Wicked Weed, but I tend not to get too hung up about such things. I bought this one more for the name than any thing else. It puts me in mind of Dr. J. Frank Parnell's speech in "Repo Man (1984)": ""Ra-di-a-tion. Yes, indeed. You hear the most outrageous lies about it. Half-baked goggle-box do-gooders telling everybody it's bad for you. Pernicious nonsense! Everybody could stand a hundred chest X-rays a year! They oughta have 'em, too." Yow! I am a classically-educated, erudite reader & writer & yet, that was my first encounter with the word. It has clearly resonated.

From the Bottle: "Pernicious India Pale Ale"; "Keep It Cold, Drink It Fresh."; "Pernicious influences harm us in ways we rarely notice. This beer's balanced brightness insidiously ruins your expectations for all other IPAs. Tropical complexity and effervescence make this the perfect IPA to be enjoyed fresh and often. Because of its drinkability and clean finish, you’ll never look at IPAs the same way again. The harm is done."; "Silver Medal recipient in American-Style India Pale Ale, 2015 Great American Beer Festival (R)".

I Pop!ped the cap & started up a very slow, gentle C-Line pour since I had not followed directions & I wanted to give it the best chance possible. It foamed beautifully to form just under two fingers of dense, foamy, soapy, bone-white head with great retention, leaving massive lacing in its wake. Color was Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4-5) & I was once again joined by my partners in crimes, The Gelt Gang of Mammon, Croesus & Midas. We had just had story time, with today's selection from Pete Brown's "Hops and Glory"
( ) and everyone was anxious for a taste. Nose had a beautiful floral minty pine quality, indicative that I had not abused it & that it had held up well. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was very minty & piney, just the way that I prefer my AIPAs. Finish was cool & dry, again, just the way that I like 'em. YMMV.

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woodychandler from Pennsylvania, Apr 06, 2020
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4.02/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good IPA. Pours a clear, gold lager color with a good sized white head, good retention and plenty of lacing. Aroma and taste are heavy on grapefruit with good strong bitterness. Not just a hop bomb, there is plenty of flavor,here. Mouthfeel is rich and bitter. No heavy alcohol presence or burn. I had mine with dinner as t Costa's Italian Restaurant near Myrtle Beach SC. Stood up well short ribs.

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JayQue from Virginia, Mar 10, 2020
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4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful clear golden color with little head. Aroma of starfruit amd grapefruit. Taste is very floral with grapefruit, orange peel and and a malt backbone. Not too bitter either.

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Photo of Davidstan
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great aroma. Bought a case at Costco for 34.00 not knowing what i was getting but knew WW was a good brewery. Great upfront taste of malt and pine/citrus and smooth after taste. Yeah great beer

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Davidstan from Alabama, Feb 22, 2020
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3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12oz bottle dated 11/21/19. West Coast in style. Really no haze at all & looks much like a nice golden helles lager. Good citrus and dank on the nose with plenty of bitterness.

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322wingedfoot from Pennsylvania, Dec 28, 2019
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4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

In Laurel:
LOOK: Pours a slightly hazy pale gold color with an all white head that has some nice retention.
AROMA: Resin, pine and some sharp citrus(mostly mango) hops.
TASTE: Outstanding balance, malts up front with the pine, and citrus hops right behind them.
FEEL: Slightly bitter and dry.
This was a superior IPA.

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jadpsu from Georgia, Dec 24, 2019
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4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap, appeared typical golden, wall white head, fairly standard ipa aromas and flavors, nothing really special or super amazing, but who knows how old it was. Not as good as Two Hearted or Jai Alai

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SmokySignals from North Carolina, Dec 08, 2019
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4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear medium gold producing 3 fingers of glowing white, moderately lasting, dense foam head that leaves streaks and splotches of lace on the sides of the glass as it recedes to a bubbly collar and thin surface cap. Aroma is juicy tangerine and tropical fruit (pineapple, mango, etc...) with pine, floral and herbal hints in a wash of pale malt. Very clean smelling. Taste is a mouth-filling burst of fruity flavors: tangerine, grapefruit, tropical fruits and a hint of melon, bright and succulent. The malt is pale and delicate. Finishes clean with a low level of bitterness for the style but intensifies and lingers in the leafy, citrus aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy bodied with superbly adequate carbonation, juicy, slightly slick, tongue coating and mouth filling. Well balanced. A very nice job!

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4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft in Raleigh, NC. While this is a really nice tasting and smelling beer (really nice seriously), it’s a lackluster pour and look (compared to the flavor notes) and doesn’t have the most appealing after palate. But to the good: caramel and pine dominate the nose and continue into the palate coupled with some subtle stone fruit, more resin and a bit of malty backbone. This is a great IPA for taste and just middle of the road for look and feel.

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osheamatth from New York, Oct 15, 2019
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4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up as part of my contribution to the family supply for my cousin's wedding weekend but it went unused. Now I am psyched about that because this is an awesome IPA I had never even heard of.

Citrus and mellow piney hops in the nose. Juicy texture contrasts with agressive pine backbone and light malt ribbing. Medicinal and herbal hops really shine here. This one is more complex than it seems and grew on me.

Now I regret visiting Asheville dozens of times while living in NC for a decade and never going here even though I remember walking by it repeatedly.

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daliandragon from Maryland, Sep 23, 2019
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4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can, about 3 weeks old. Happy to find this fresh and in cans now.

I know wicked weed sold out to big beer, but this beer still fuckin rips. A great change of pace from all the stupid overly yeasty and hazy NE IPAs. This beautiful baby is hoppy, bitter and dry as hell. Amazing stuff.

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hoppytobehere from District of Columbia, Sep 17, 2019
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4.85/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a golden color with a lot of haze.
Smell of pine with notes of citrus.
The taste is refreshing and Exactly what was said to be, with A kick of dank on finish. The 7.3% abv is well hidden with a refreshing after taste.
By far a favorite of mine.

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Johnjohn51 from North Carolina, Aug 23, 2019
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4.11/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very light, golden color with a touch of haze. Nice, fluffy white head. Great looking beer.

Aroma is fresh cut grass, some mild citrus, and a healthy malt backbone.

Flavor is slightly dominated by malt, but the mild citrus is present. Drinks much lower than it's 7.3% ABV.

Mouthfeel is spot on for the style with just enough bitterness to balance the sweet malts.

Overall, pretty crushable and very enjoyable. The 12oz can option is a nice change, although it doesn't last long!

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3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a straw-hued body with a touch of haziness, capped by an inch of deflating, white foam.

Smell: Softly citrusy, fruity and floral with a vein of bitter herbs atop a gently bready base maltiness housing, seemingly, a bit of pils.

Taste: A light pale maltiness with a bit of tanginess and a clean touch of grain. Minimally sweet, with a sprinkling of confectioner's sugar. Floral, fruity with a good herbaceous backing and escalating citrus factor as a sense of orange-lemon-lime displays on the smooth finish. A bit of that punchier ABV is felt, but it all blends and move fairly seemlessly.

Mouthfeel: On the full end of medium-bodied.

Overall: Pretty good IPA.

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Photo of hogrider
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Got me a six pack of this brew for no particular reason and I am glad I has a handsome look to it, the snifter shows a nice golden glow of the beer, as I bring it to my mouth a delightful hop aroma hits the schnonsola, the downdraft doesn't disappoint, well got a four star in my book....drink beer and support your local Brewery.HOG

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hogrider from Florida, Jul 20, 2019
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3.34/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Somewhat disappointed by this beer. Had high expectations after reading 4+ BA ratings & commentary. Found it to be an ok brew, crisp and reasonably tasty, but not exceptional.

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Pablo35 from Pennsylvania, Jul 05, 2019
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4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into chalice, good 2 finger cream colored head, good retention and lacing. Bright golden in the glass, not quite clear, probably chill haze. Smells of citrus, peach, apricot and ripe pineapple. Taste initially sweet malt, slight caramel, citrus, apricot and pineapple/pine thru the middle. The finish is mild on the bitterness, easy drinking IPA for the ABV.

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Photo of j_philli
4.72/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This has quickly become my favorite IPA ever. The taste will ruin your expectations for other IPAs, as the name implies. My previous favorite was the Grapefruit Sculpin from Ballast Point for context. Give it a try!

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j_philli from North Carolina, Jun 21, 2019
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4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with a one inch white head that good lacing, some visible carbonation. Smells ofmcitrus, pine and a little malt. Tastes of grapefruit, pine, apricot and some sweet malts in the background. Medium bodied and carbonation, light bitterness, mildly dry finish.

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EMH73 from New York, Jun 19, 2019
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4.01/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, color is a transparent golden orange with a small amount of precipitating carbonation. Head of thin white tiny bubbles that quickly fades to leave a small collar and some clumping along the glass edges. Nose primarily of citrus/grapefruit. Flavor again is primarily citrus/grapefruit with a good balance of sweetness to hoppiness. Reminds me of the better grapefruity IPAs. Mouth is extremely smooth and silky. Overall, a very good moderate to high hops citrus IPA.

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jettjon from Florida, Jun 02, 2019
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4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in pint glass. A yellow-gold color with decent lacing. Aroma is hops and more hops with some malt lurking in the background. Mouthfeel is medium and viscous. Flavors of grapefruit, pine, sweet citrus, white bread.

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Foyle from North Carolina, Jun 02, 2019
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3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy light brown color.
The aroma is on the sweet side.
Taste is a strong body hop but it is not piney. Strong, almost bitter but balanced nicely on the edge.
After taste dries your mouth out a little but not completely

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Burniefloyd from Rhode Island, May 21, 2019
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4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours mostly clear with a smaller head and limited lacing. Nose is maltier than expected with more pine and less dank than I thought there would be. Some over-ripe fruits in the background suggesting sweetness. Taste has both the bitter hops and some malt. Apricot and peach alongside the pine and some dankness. Good beer overall although a bit rough on the tongue.

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Photo of jmc65267
3.22/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Okay IPA. Not great. Actually it’s a let down I was expecting better flavor and smell and feel. Just all around a disappointing experience. I’m a fan of IPA’s but it’s at the point where some are just impersonating an IPA and this is one of those.

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jmc65267 from Georgia, May 01, 2019
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a 7.3% ABV IPA and has a suggestively sinister name with a creative box-art and label.

Look-This IPA pours a light yellow with pretty clear clarity and a thin foamy white head.

Smell-It smells really fruity and juicy! I get pineapple, tangerine, and mango.

Taste-I taste the natural hop essences such as pineapple, tangerine, citrus zest, mango, and other juicy and fruity flavors that were apparent on the nose. It has a subtle bitterness to it, but it is all well-balanced. The malts are sort of like a honey-suckle which is a delicate and delicious malt-backbone and is a nice change of pace from the sort of caramel malt background in average IPAs.

Overall- Like the namesake of the beer suggests, there is such a delicious and well-balanced flavor here that you’re almost ruined for the average IPA. This may be my new go-to beer for a while. Cheers!

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