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Pernicious IPA | Wicked Weed Brewing

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4.23/5
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Pernicious IPAPernicious IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Wicked Weed Brewing
North Carolina, United States
wickedweedbrewing.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,862
Reviews:
211
Ratings:
1,115
pDev:
7.57%
 
 
Wants:
72
Gots:
370
Trade:
9
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Ratings: 1,115 |  Reviews: 211
Photo of Eman17
4.07/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Scott_McCool
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SLewis
4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BrewsandBlues
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Samnem
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hopphead31415
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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Photo of GreenBayBA
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TPAbeerguy
3.96/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A little more bitter than I'd prefer for a good hoppy IPA.

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Photo of psycHOPathy
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clean golden body, healthy finger of white head
Juicy citrus, apricot, peach, grass, corn
Orange peel, caramel, grassy hops
Rough on the tongue
Not very drinkable. Very bold flavor though

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Photo of gruves33
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ovaltine
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I’m so excited to try this iconic IPA. Pours a bright golden yellow color with an off-white head, just a gorgeous beer. The nose is dank citrus and some pine.

The dank citrus is forward on the taste, but the pine is also prominent. This is a superbly balanced world-class IPA, IMHO.

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Photo of CobraDC23
3/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Scottsbeer
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This was rated after I had just finished a Pliny the Elder so it may have been a little higher on a fresh pallet.

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Photo of C_Adams
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dazedman
4.07/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of pubscout
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wicked Weed's Pernicious is listed as one of the 50 best IPA's in the country--and the best in NC. While The PubScout is not usually a subscriber to any "best of" lists (beer drinking is so very subjective and there are some exceptional IPA's out there from every state, including NC), I will not take issue with Food and Wine's choice here. Pernicious is a damned fine IPA, as well as a wonderful example of the style. Lovers of Haze/Milkshake-Bombs will likely not be as impressed, but that's their problem. Perfectly balanced between a few varieties of hops and Malts, true IPA lovers like Der Braumeister Hoffmann in Roselle Park will appreciate the craft here (even though WW is now owned by AB). Not a Brit clone by any means, this is an American IPA though and through, and apparently perfectly centered between a West Coast IPA and an NEIPA. And I can attest it's even better on tap directly from the Asheville Brewery.

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

Photo of Chiefy
4.78/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L- light golden, semi hazy, tempting ipa
S- very fruity, mostly pineapple with some sweet hoppiness. I get a slight orange smell.
T- this is my favorite tasting beer, bar none. Wicked weed hit the bullseye on this. It is initially fruity with pineapple/tangerine to begin. Then i taste the beery, malty flavors with perfect, slight bitterness on the finish. It is just delicious.
F- surprisingly light. Goes great with dinner or by itself. Could drink a few if it werent for the abv (and the price: $9/4pk)
Overall this is the prime example of what beer should be, and just about the best ipa that money can buy. If i could afford to pay the $9 per 4pk or the $12/6pk of cans that is available here in the triad in NC, this would be all I drink. Until then, this is the best beer for celebrations or when I really need a dang good beer. Cheers!

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

Photo of Carmack
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mattreitz49
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mxsluis
3.59/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Curt3
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MichaelDunn
2.8/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Was sitting at the bar puzzling over a known entity, Ipswich 1A, or this thing. All I can say is that NC beer folks skewed the tastes. It’s ok. I mean, I will finish this draft. But a 4+ average? Yikes. I’m happy to live in hazy ipa country is all I can say.
I’m not trying to bust chops on this beer. It’s okay. It ain’t a 4 in mass and Vermont.

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Pernicious IPA from Wicked Weed Brewing
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 1,115 ratings