Napoleon Complex | Wicked Weed Brewing

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3.91/5
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345 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by dbrauneis on 09-02-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#13,391
Reviews:
66
Ratings:
345
pDev:
7.42%
 
 
Wants:
1
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95
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Photo of Beejay
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A; A hazy yellow color with a small white head.

S: Pine and grapefruit with a touch of malt.

T: Hoppy with grapefruit and a touch of pine.

M: Light in body with, fairly high carbonation, and a slight sting in the finish.

O: Overall a pretty tasty beer, easy drinking.

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Photo of ThePold
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of OompaMentor
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

7/20/2018

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Photo of Phil9250
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Damilton5
3.21/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of GregDBoston
3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Underpowered for an IPA/APA. Nice flavor for a lager-like beer. Not bad, but nothing special.

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Photo of avisong
3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Aewachiw
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of KMcGrath
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of SFC21
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheBeeryTraveler
4.53/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of VolatileAgent7744
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TerryMills
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great apa

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Photo of Reef
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. can dated 8/2/18
Golden straw colored, perfectly clear, strong three fingers’ head from a vigorous pour. Full head remains throughout and leaves lovely full curtains of lacing.
Strong citrus aroma from the can at first, also pear or apple yeast scents after pouring.
Plenty of taste notes, grapefruit pith, light mint, pale malt.
Light bodied, abundant carbonation, bitter dry finish.
Enjoyable pale ale better enjoyed in a glass. Much of the visual appeal would be lost if drunk from the can.

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Photo of themom
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beginner2
3.66/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Part of a 4-flight at Taste of Carolina while waiting for a flight near gate B6 of the Charlotte airport.
Very well balanced APA (which I appreciate lots) that finishes dry/bitter (which I appreciate less.)
Looks are slightly below average (quickly becomes a thin film, not much lace.)
Smells and Tastes are integrated. Aromas are fruity, but tell me that the bitter hops will dominate. And they do all the way to the end. While a well-made APA and reasonably balanced for the style, I'm not likely to repeat given the choice.

This was my first Wicked Weed and I went on their website expecting the usual Mom 'n Pop shop. Finding the site a bit too stylized, I go on their BA Place page and discover they are bought by InBev. OK. That explains some of the stylized marketing. Nonetheless with a better distribution network, I hope I have the chance to sample some of this relatively young brewer's Belgian-inspired wares.

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Photo of argock
3.56/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

08/23/18 stamped on can.

A: Clear amber with 1-finger off-white head with good retention and spare lacing.

S: Aroma is mostly grassy and herbal with resin and some grapefruit in the finish. There is a soft medium caramel presence.

T: Flavor is middle of the road with medium-high bitterness and herbal, earthy hop notes like honeysuckle with grapefruit and lemon. There is a refreshing light-medium caramel malty note in the finish which provides some balance.

M: Crisp with a dry finish, medium-high carbonation, and medium body.

O: Decent beer but there are a lot of good APAs.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.76/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Despite only being 5.2%, the aromatic hops reveal a nice, complex bouquet. There are piny and earthy notes to go along with the tropical and fruity ones. The malt isn't overbearing - instead, it offers subtle cracker and table sugar that plays well with the general hop profile. It nicely follows suit on the taste buds. In general, it skews slightly towards bitter, piny hops over crackery malts, especially on the back end. Beneath the grassy bitterness lies a subtle touch of stone fruit. Luckily, it never quite becomes "lol hop water" the way many smaller hoppy ales (oops, I mean session IPAs) do. The mild bitterness makes it extremely easy to drink when combined with the crisp, slightly sharp texture. Carbonation is decent, without being overbearing. I wouldn't call this a showstopper, but I would call it a rock-solid, everyday pale ale worth anyone's time and money.

3.76/5: Napoleon wasn't that small in real life - neither was this brew

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Photo of robebo44
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tilt122
4.39/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Delicious beer at 5%. You don't usually get this much flavor in a lower alcohol beer. Pick some up now!!

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Photo of Unclevince
4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of kevintaraross
3.37/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bryant1985
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of CollinaTiger
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Napoleon Complex from Wicked Weed Brewing
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 345 ratings