Pernicious IPA
Wicked Weed Brewing

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IPA - American
Ranked #69
Ranked #1,488
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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puck1225 from Texas

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

This is a fairly standard example of an American IPA, which is to say that it is a good beer but nothing that stands out.

Had it at the brewery poured from draft into a small snifter. Clear golden yellow color with good head and lacing. Nice citrus and pine smell and taste. Some flavor of rosemary comes out which is a nice surprise.

Jul 24, 2021
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4.83/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

It has been two month since I had this beer. I’m just not reviewing because I didn’t have an account at the time I tried it, but I remember almost every detail. Hazy, light gold color with a big, thick head of airy rough bubbles. I say hazy, but it was a pretty mild haze as far as I can remember. Not so hazy you couldn’t see through it at all, but hazy enough you could tell it was supposed to be a NE style. Taste was piney, and very citrus laced. But not so sour you pucker, or sweet that you have trouble actually swallowing it. It’s very strong in taste as I said, but it’s not a bad strong. It’s just… really good. I had this at Walk Ons just outside Orlando, FL when we were there on vacation and I am anxiously awaiting to hear back from the liquor store on whether they can order me a case or not. This was one of my favorite beers, if not my favorite right now. It’s definitely an IPA, make no mistake, but if you like IPAs, you’re sure to love this.

Jul 23, 2021
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4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

on tap at Pomodoro's, Asheville South, perfect appearance, nice white head lasted and left lacing all the way.
Smells amazingly fresh, light fruity hoppy and with strength.
Taste folles nose, some sweetness, fruity flavor flashes by and a nice bittering nd clean finish.
overall, it's a top of the heap ipa. Highly recommend.

Jul 23, 2021
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q33jeff from New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75


Golden yellow, clear, solid white head..very good retention.

More citrus and white grape, but touches of wood pine keep this pretty balanced.

Very smooth...medoum body.


Jul 22, 2021
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MackT from Florida

3.44/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear, pale yellow. Minimal head dissipates quickly. Aroma is citrusy, dank and faint. Taste is inoffensive, but lacks direction.
Mouthfeel is ok, slightly carbonated. Overall not a bad IPA, but…. Others might see this differently, I was pleased, but not overly impressed.

Jun 08, 2021
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Steve_Studnuts from Pennsylvania

3.89/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottom of can is stamped thusly:
Drink by 052721
PKG on 031321
Man, I love that. I was just thinking that there needs to be an industry standard for bottle/can dating and I hereby nominate this to be said standard.

Pours a shade darker than pale straw yellow with a nice little creamy head that settles in after a minute. Still smells very fresh two months after packaging. Very balanced between sweet malt and bitter hop, at least on the nose. Tastes nice as well. I'm getting a whole lotta grape; maybe that's just me? A little grassy, some pine bitterness and lotsa malty sweetness for balance as well. Reasonably creamy on the tongue, but just a touch too carbonated for my tastes. That certainly doesn't ruin matters, however. I like this and plan to buy more in the hopes that this style of IPA doesn't slowly die out.

May 13, 2021
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mpyle from Maryland

3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to my friend Dave for the can.

Surprisingly pale straw colored beer. Very clear with a huge creamy white head.

Strong hop aroma through the head, grapefruit and pine, maybe a bit of orange. Has a sweet, fruity nose.

Intense hop flavors, with an earthy pine element, and some tart fruit. Less fruity sweet than the aroma indicated. Hop bitterness picks up late, and finishes fairly bitter. Any malt is very secondary - flavors here are purely hops (flavor and bitterness). Earthy hop bitterness accumulates over time, and becomes less pleasant.

Fairly light body, high carbonation. Carbonation boosts the hop character, and there is a drying sensation on the tongue. Bit of a tongue coater.

I appreciate that it has a good hop bitterness, but the hop flavor didn't really stand out to me as pleasant for my palate.

May 08, 2021
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NCSapiens from Indiana

4.01/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had on tap in a plastic cup in the airport, which may have detracted a bit from the experience. Surprisingly light golden straw color. Thick white foamy head has great retention and leaves lacing along the sides of the glass. Faint piney aroma with hints of underlying malt and citrus. The taste has a biting pine and grass hop profile up front with a mango and lemon zest citrus in the middle over a backdrop of a light, Pilsner-like malt backbone. Overall it is clearly a well made IPA, but nothing about it struck me as being particularly memorable.

Apr 09, 2021
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can from Mixed 12 pack
packaged on 2/3/21
drink by 4/19/21
Parish Teku

Deep gold bronze with thick and tall off-white head of 3 fingers, destroying the glass with lace as it recedes.

Aroma is pale malt, pine, caramel malt, sulfur, white grapefruit, and cannabis.

Flavor is sweet honey malt, toasted malt, sweet onion, pine, orange peel, floral notes, tangerine, slight perfume, and green onion. Some slight white bread crust on the finish. Once it warms, you get a little more orange and mango.

Feel is resinous and slightly juicy, quite a bit of alcohol heat, and some dryness on the finish.

Overall, a pretty respectable west-coast pine bomb, wasn't expecting that, but once it warms you get a little more tropical fruit. Once again if not imbibed before the date on the can, this would turn into a soupy gross mess. When I initially saw it I wasn't sure if they just pushed you to enjoy it super fresh (a free education) or if the beer literally expired that fast. It's likely the latter.

This was better than Freak Of Nature but not better than Appalachian.
Recommended for those who like traditional west coast floral onion-pine bombs.
Nice for a trial. Will be giving the other two cans to friends to try.

Mar 18, 2021
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madness5557 from Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wicked Weed - Pernicious
Drink by date 11/30/2020, packaged 09/16/2020, poured from can into a Spiegelau IPA glass
Appearance - Pale yellow, medium head with medium lacing
Smell - Pine with a slight floral/citrus
Taste - A good bitterness but not overwhelming (for me) with a light pine and a very slight citrus/floral taste.
Carbonation is medium, perfect for me.
Feel - Medium
Overall - A good tasting IPA with a slight pine and a good amount of bitterness with underlying citrus/floral flavors. This is a good IPA and I would recommend it for those that like a bitter IPA with a very slight citrus/floral flavor. I would buy again.

Mar 05, 2021
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WIllBonds from Alabama

3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Nice golden color with plenty of head. Nice old-school IPA flavoring, no haze no tropical. Just not an outstanding flavor. Will choose SixPoint’s Resin over this every time.

Mar 03, 2021
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Dflo612 from Virginia

4.78/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pernicious has been my go-to beer lately. Hop Heads will love this beer! While I do enjoy hazy fruit forward iPas, this is a great choice if you’re looking for a more piney/resin/dank hops. 7.3% is perfect can drink a few without flooring you. Always seems to be fresh and stocked in many grocery stores in VA. Definitely worth and try and if you see it on draft at a bar it’s a must order! Looks great, smells amazing and mouthfeel is off the charts

Jan 15, 2021
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dcotom from Iowa

4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured cold from a 12-ounce can into a "snulip" glass. Appearance doesn't leave much to be desired: clear light-golden hue, crowned by a dense white two-finger head. Good retention, with quite a bit of sticky lacing. The aroma and flavor profiles feature an interplay between bright citrus, tropical fruit, pine resin, floral notes, and light caramel malt. Lots of hop character that never gets lost in the shuffle. The bitterness hits you up front and hangs around all the way to the finish. Clean and crisp on the back end, with a little astringence and lingering bitterness. This sample was included as part of a gift pack from, and was unbelievably fresh (canned 12/03/20, received less than four weeks later). Overall, what's not to love?

Jan 11, 2021
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JRybacki from Pennsylvania

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

I got this as part of my xmas 6-pak this year.
Poured from a 12oz can into a pilsner glass.
Nice 2-finger head poured easily and stuck fast to the glass.
Dark golden color and a bit hazy.
Tastes of citrus and loads of hops.
Mouthfeel is interesting as you get a little of that hop bomb up front but then comes a smooth finish that is almost a surprise- as stated on their can. It reminded me of Lagunitas Lil Sumpin' ale with that same smooth finish.
Overall, a very satisfying IPA that doesn't burn your tongue off as you drink it down.

Jan 09, 2021
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chitoryu12 from Florida

3.97/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: Greenish yellow. One finger of foamy white head with low retention.

Smell: Tropical fruit, pine resin.

Taste: Average bitterness, the nose’s fruitiness, with a dry and spicy finish.

Mouthfeel: Full and chewy, with high carbonation.

Overall: A complex and satisfying experience.

Jan 04, 2021
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GoBearsWalter34 from Illinois

4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy, lemon-orange with a thin, white head.
Smell of tangerine, grapefruit, green tea.
West coast taste with abundantly juicy hops! Tangerine, grapefruit, subtle pine resin, onion, garlic, slight dankness. Sticky hop. Wonderful!

Dec 22, 2020
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Rschis16 from Maryland

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

Some clarity in a yellow-orange beer that highlights a soft carbonation with a finger and half pillowy head that hangs around for a while. Aroma highlights a piney and grapefruit hop profile. The flavor follows suit with a little bit of citrus up front and a big sweeping piney hoppiness that balances and then some. Notes of grapefruit and a touch of citrus rind as well. It finishes with a swift drying finish but there's a strong bitter aftertaste that is not unpleasant. The balance certainly is in favor of a hopheads palate, but that could be a little aggressive for those looking for a more approachable ipa. That said, I'm a bit of a hop head and enjoy the aggressive attitude this beer has.

Nov 30, 2020
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NiceTaps from New Jersey

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

12 ounce can in a nonic pint glass.

Pours a pale yellow color with a 1-plus F of white foam. Bubbles abound, lots of sticky lacing.

Pine, west coast fruit mix, lemon citrus.

Nice pale malt flavor for a light looking brew. Some citrus and tropical fruit flavors, pine and floral.

Carbonated with a medium body. More hop tang than bitterness. Clean and refreshing.

Goes down like it looks, light and easy. The 7.3% abc is sneaky.

Nov 22, 2020
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spectru from Florida

3.63/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nov 8, 2020 - Pale, bubbly, wonderful fluffy white head, fairly retentive, lacy; Peggy says smell's like beer, it does ; Mild flavor; Good mouthfeel; It's a nice beer, but not remarkable. The blurb says drink it fresh. Mine is stamped 07 19, so it's not fresh. When this six is done I will be on the lookout for some fresh Pernicious.

Nov 08, 2020
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Shroom from South Carolina

4.49/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On draft in downtown Durham, NC. Excellent IPA, maybe best west coast style available in NC. I had several before in a bottle- on tap tastes much better.

Oct 30, 2020
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Weisenbeer from Ohio

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

Very much and above average IPA by all measures ... Not very sexy to look at, decent nose, and refreshing on the tongue ... Pine and fruit/citrus are most notable .. good beer from this well respected Asheville brewery

Sep 22, 2020
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Das_Reh from Florida

4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

First review in quite some time, so here goes.

Canned on 8/25/2020, Reviewed on 9/22/2020

A - Pours a light shade of yellow with about a finger and a half of dense, off-white head. Good lacing on the glass, plenty of effervescent bubbles rising from the bottom.

S - Dank pine, citrus pith, notes of lemon and peppery herbs, a touch of tropical fruit

T - Deep, pithy grapefruit character with a strong pine presence; hop character is prickly, leafy, and peppery. An oily hop bitterness coats your tongue. There is less residual sweetness than other IPAs I have had in recent memory, and the pale malt and sweet tropical hop notes take a back seat to in-your-face pine and grapefruit bitterness. Certainly not the most bitter or aggressive IPA I've had, but it is snappy and finishes dry. Does not "feel" like 7.3% ABV.

F - Prickly on the tongue, medium carbonation, oily and slick finish that coats your mouth with hoppy bitterness.

O - A good change of pace from sweeter, more fruit-forward IPAs on the market, feels more like something you'd find before the tropical/hazy trend

Sep 22, 2020
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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can poured into Pint glass

Two finger creamy white foam cap , very good retention, good lacings , settles to a solid thin layer over a translucent golden liquid

Aroma is pine Hops

Taste is pine hops

Medium sudsing , smooth , full hop flavor that nicely lingers but doesn’t bite

Good beer

Aug 29, 2020
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MaxBrews from Massachusetts

3.96/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Packed Date: 2/20/2020 - this can is about 5 months old and it's still pretty damn good. I've bumped it a few points as well, because I'm sure it's better when it's fresher.

Look: A fairly standard carbonation, in the realm of what I would call "super market" craft. A shade darker than a pilsner, a slight chill haze, but otherwise a very pale, clean looking IPA.

Smell: Nothing remarkable, perhaps the dry hops have faded. A slight pine and stone fruit presence. A fairly standard "ale" aroma.

Taste and Feel: This is where this beer comes alive. A very complex melange of hop flavors ranging from the old school earthy pine, dank and tropical fruit. It's really running the gambit of flavors that can be extracted from hop. This beer seems pretty tame and light up front, but absolutely crushes you with a drying bitterness. I absolute adore bitter IPAS, it's perhaps a bit drier than I'd like, but in terms of fitting into the West Coast IPA style it's 100% on the mark. It feels like a sessionalable IPA but the both the alcohol and drying quality catch up to you, leaving you tipsy and with a leathery mouth.


This keeps up with some of the quintessential West Coast IPAs. I wouldn't have imagined this beer was conceived in Asheville NC. ABV inbev or not it's a quality beer.

Jul 09, 2020
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jonwiseman from Florida

3.77/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Although this beer starts off thin in look and smell, it compensates with a very good smooth skunky Pine taste. This more than makes up for any perceived inadequacies. The sum is greater than the parts. I’ll always order it when on draft. Decent lacing and finishes with bread notes. A decent beer

Jul 04, 2020
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