Wicked Weed Brewing

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Sour - Fruited Kettle Sour
Ranked #217
Ranked #2,854
4.15 | pDev: 8.67%
Wicked Weed Brewing
North Carolina, United States
Notes: Genesis is brewed with over 200 lbs of Mango, Papaya, Guava and Pineapple and aged for 6-12 months in a variation of white wine barrels. Each batch is artfully blended to accentuate the tropical and wild nature of the yeast and fruit.
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mothman from Minnesota

3.59/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2014 bottle. Clear golden yellow. White head with some lace.

Very fruity. Tropical. Mango and guava. Pineapple is faded. A bit tart, but fairly balanced. Smooth and easy drinking. Refreshing.

Sunday at 07:05 PM
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EMV from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a tall bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Clear light golden pour with a finger of fizzy white head. Falls fast... modest ring of lacing.

S: Tart and funky mixed with tropical fruit.

T.F: On the sour end of tart... lemon citrus, passionfruit, pineapple, and papaya. Moderate acidity... apple cider vinegar and green fruit. Funk, oak, and white wine. Medium to light bodied and well carbonated.

O: An excellent fruited sour. Drinkable complex.

May 07, 2020
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RyanPoff from Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours this beautiful, hazy apricot color, but with little retention. Very bubbly and carbonated.

S: The fruit is strong. Mango, guava, orange....and it seems like sour apple.

T: I served the beer chilled. At first, it had a very tart, granny smith, sour apple juice flavor. As it warmed, much more milder notes from the mango and guava arrived.

M: Fresh, bubbly, a party in your mouth. Excellent.

This is a lovely beer, but served too cold, it becomes too tart. With Pacificmost delivering most of the thrill, that would be my budget recommendation.

Nov 23, 2017
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LloydDobler from Indiana

4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 12-20-14
Poured into mini snifter

Looks just like flat champagne on the pour. A tiny bit of fizz disappears quickly. The nose and taste are definitely of white wine grapes. Very nice sour.

Mar 31, 2017
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Phil-Fresh from California

4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Huge citrus and tropical fruit, especially mango and pineapple, lightly vinous, with a moderate sourness.

A: Bright light gold color, hazy, with a thin white head that quickly dissipates to a thin ring around the glass.

T: Crisp, citrus and tropical fruit, mango and pineapple, light guava, light funk, and lightly vinous, coupled with moderate sourness and dry finish.

M: Medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation and a very light acidity.

O: Awesome; the beer has a great citrusy tropical fruit aroma and flavor with a moderate sourness and well balanced acidity. Delicious and very easy to drink!

Feb 26, 2017
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Bluecrow from New York

4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

-pours crystal clear and golden over the top two-thirds of the bottle and some haze with the bottom. Aroma seems brett-influenced with oak and some tropical notes. The flavor is pleasantly astringent, vinous qualities with tropical fruits and citrus. There is oak flavors as well. This has a tingly and crisp mouthfeel. It is quite enjoyable.

Feb 07, 2017
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

hard not to just love everything these guys make, and man oh man do they brew a lot of different stuff. highly prolific, unrivaled even. this, like a lot of beers with these fruits, and like other wicked weed beers with multiple fruits (brettaberry comes to mind), this seems a bit muddled for what it is, like all the tropical fruit runs together a bit and ends up a sweet fruit punch sort of thing rather than any of the fruit specifically. the good news is that i love fruit punch, and so enjoyed this beer quite a lot, even though the tropical fruit is nowhere near as compelling as some of their other fruited beers done with only one kind. the pineapple is probably the most forward of them. brett is nice, some cool wet funk here in the latter stages, and the same high carbonation and acidity many of their other wild ales have. lots of barrel too, which i think helps cut the fruit a bit, sharp tannic white wine and wood, minerals and earth too, pretty dynamic beer if you dont wait for the fruit to be the focal point. love what these guys are up to, hate the price points...

edit: had a bottle of this recently and it was incredible, way better than i obviously thought it was the first time around, with a ton of tropical fruit but no real sweetness at all, a farmy rustic funkiness and clean bacterial sourness, great balance there, and all kinds of nuance from shaved coconut to hay to cut flowers, its interesting and unique and delicious. i am raising some scores too reflect how awesome it was for me this second time around. not sure why this didnt hit me like this the first time, but i was super impressed with this now. wow.

Nov 03, 2016
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Apellonious from North Carolina

4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled 6/10/16 poured into WW tulip glass. Pale golden yellow with no head. Smells of tropical fruit, funk, and cider. Sour, tart taste, that's prevalent for the duration of the glass, with tropical fruit notes. Mouthfeel is medium light, carbonation is medium high. Overall, if you like funky sour, this will work for you. It'll wear out the palate.

Oct 21, 2016
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Treyliff from West Virginia

3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2014 Vintage
550ml bottle poured into a snifter

A-pours a bright hazy yellow color with a small fizzy white head that reduces to eventually leave nothing behind

S- vinous white wine and wet oak aroma up front, followed by lots of bright fruity aromas of mango, peach, pineapple, pear, floral perfume, along with some earthy, acidic tartness

T- bright tropical fruits up front, with notes of peach, pear, mango & pineapple. The white wine notes come out promptly at the wid-palate, adding some wet oak and white zinfandel-like flavors. The finish is dry, fruity and tart, with just a hint of earthy funk on the linger

M- medium-light body with low carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel and a crisp dry finish

O- light and fruity, with plenty of the barrel character popping through

Jul 04, 2016
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DrewZ926 from New York

4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy straw minimal head. Strong smell of pineapple and mango. Geuze-like funk on the nose as it warms. Taste is tropical, lots of white wine and oak. Dry white grape like a Riesling with layers of tropical juice. Very dry and oaky. Feel is crisp and refreshing, high carbonation. Seek this out, complex and nicely balanced funk, tartness, and sweetness.

Feb 25, 2016
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Fcolle2 from Illinois

4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours light golden blonde in color with a fizzy white head. Tropical aromas of guava pineapple papaya, coconut and white white. Pineapple acidity, slight vinegar, mango and guava in the taste with some toasted coconut, oak and white winte in the finish. Crisp, refreshing, light and high carbonation

Feb 14, 2016
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SLeffler27 from New York

4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Fills a teku glass with an almost clear, pale straw (SRM 2-3). Large bubbles of carbonation cling to the glass, but produce no head.

The aroma contains strong horse blanket and old leather books. The middle is defined by fermented apple cider, oak and lemons. Warmth brings out white wine qualities.

The flavor is quite tart with a light, unexpected bitterness. Fairly acidic with oak tannins and apple cider. I also noticed lemon and kiwi. A long finish begins with a strong tartness which becomes subtle with a lingering presence.

Body is light and alcohol presence is as expected. Carbonation is mild yet effervescent. The texture is that of watery satin.

This is an easily consumable Wild Ale with refreshing and invigorating qualities. I enjoyed it while unwinding during the coldest day of the decade so far.

Nov 29, 2015
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rudzud from Massachusetts

3.19/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to JLindros for sharing.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice hazy golden hue that fades to leave light wisps.

S - Aromas of light light wine notes, super faint mango. Not much tropical.

T - Taste is similar to the nose. Very bland, not very tropical at all. Really flat on the taste.

M - Mouthfeel is really thin, barely any carbonation. Almost slimy.

O - Overall this beer was rather bland and lacked almost all taste. Not sure if it was too old or what, but, really disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

Nov 22, 2015
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.24/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

2014 vintage, thanks to Beerness for this.

Light fizzy head fades almost instantly, murky pear yellow golden color.

Nose is light, probably too old, hint if musty tropical notes, tree fruit, touch of white wine musty note, faint mango skin and papaya, juicy white wine.

Taste juicy mild fruits, little tree fruit, tart, mango skin, little malty note, little tangy note but watery, little flemmy. Finish sticky watery little tart very little fruit.

Mouth thinner and watery, little tart very little carb, little sticky flemmy.

Overall def should have been drunk a while ago but still send thin and watery.

Nov 22, 2015
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WillieThreebiers from Connecticut

4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow gold with a scant head that dissipates rapidly. Aroma of slightly funky sour grapes. Tart flavor of mildly sours grapes...refreshingly crisp. Very enjoyable.

Oct 24, 2015
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chefbigjon from Arizona

3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Lots of Chardonnay presence. Would have preferred more tropical fruit flavor as it is noticeable on the nose but hardly there in the taste. Decent but a little underwhelming.

Oct 14, 2015
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larryi86 from Delaware

4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Thank you brentk56 for this
500 ml bottle, 2014, poured into a flute

A- A clear gold with a small white head.

S- White wine, sour grapes, hints of tropical fruits, some oak, smells much more like a nice white wine than a sour.

T- Oak, white wine, mild funk, hints of tropical fruits, again more wine like than sour.

M- Smooth, light body, low carbonation, dry.

O- Nicely done, would have liked more carbonation and the tropical fruits to stand out more, but still worth trying. A good beer for wine fans.

Oct 11, 2015
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oldn00b from Virginia

4.49/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy gold. Slight fizz but no head forms.

Nose is light, little funk. Not much outside of a typical funk and spice that I generally associate with a saison.

Flavor is fantastic. Ripe bright fruit, banana, white grape, white wine attributes come through huge. This aspect is incredibly appealing. Nice sour level, a little light but works great with the bright fruit and sparkling white wine aspect.

Definitely lighter body, not overly complex, but definitely a refreshing lighter sour. Would absolutely have again.

Sep 18, 2015
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DoctorZombies from Florida

4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy pale gold (4) to deep gold (6) with a thin white head that disappeared quickly; no cap or lace to speak of; good carbonation. Sour fruit juice nose with a hint of coriander; some pineapple as this opens up. Sour peaches and mango with some funky yeast/clove flavors; juicy pineapple middle with tropical fruit finish. Lite mouthfeel with sour fruit tongue coating and wine dryness. Overall, very enjoyable - lots of sour fruit flavors, a little funk and a dry white wine linger.

Aug 10, 2015
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rodmanfor3 from Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Golden blonde

Smell: All funk

Taste: Sour upfront, super dry in the middle, tropical fruit juice flavor on the end.

Feel: Dry and bubbly

Overall: I liked it.

Jul 26, 2015
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zimm421 from Ohio

4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip. Appears a wonderful golden color with a wispy white head that leaves dissipates quickly. The nose is full of citrus, white wine notes and some mild Brett funk. The taste is fairly sour - just beyond tart. The fruit presence is definitely clear here, but the wine notes are absent. It's not overly complex, but definitely enjoyable. Overall, it's a very refreshing sour beer and very enjoyable on a hot evening. I was expecting more complexities in the flavor, but it's something I'd go back to repeatedly if I had access.

Jul 26, 2015
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HopFrenzyFl from Florida

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Delicious beer. Pours a golden color with nice carbonation. Taste is fruity, a bit winey, and theres some wood/honey in there as well. Nice dry finish. A real pleasure to drink.

Jul 22, 2015
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bowzer4birdie from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful golden color with excellent carbonation. This beer should be regarded more highly than it currently is....moderate sour, very well balanced throughout, my first WW beer and won't be my last!

Jun 26, 2015
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Tsar_Riga from Indiana

4.44/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Beautiful clear golden color, thin white head that fades quickly to a white line at the edge. Very mild lacing.

S - Wine notes predominate, with fruit flesh flashes, and a distinct horse blanket hit.

T - Mild sourness plays over the sweet fruit notes primarily of mango, and thread of barrel and wood, coupling nicely with mild minerality. The combination of fruit and wood reinforces the white wine themes brought with the barrels. It is a masterful combination.

F - Bright, clean, and pleasant. The sourness is present but controlled, and the feel does not tax.

O - This beer manages to use the tools of brewing to create a truly startling, harmonious wild ale, full of notes that remind one of a nice white wine. Not just a nice trick, this is a wonderful beer that is both fun and thought provoking, and, most importantly, delicious.

Jun 11, 2015
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spoony from Colorado

4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 500 ml bottle (bottled 2014) to a tulip.

A-The beer is very light in appearance, like a white wine. My normal pour produces about a finger of white head that drops quickly and leaves no lacing. Mostly clear.

S-The aroma also suggests white wine, with a good dose of yeast, straw, tart white grape, and a good mix of tropical fruits like pineapple and guava. The funk is mild and tartness is light to medium. This could pass for a fruity New Zealand sauvignon blanc.

T-The taste is also on the vinous side, but I get more tropical juiciness on the palate. Pineapple, guava, mango, and maybe a bit of honey sweetness. Tartness is light and the funk is mild.

M-The body is light in heft with a good effervescent carbonation that fits the beer.

O-This is a pretty tasty beer. The tropical fruits are VERY tropical, and there is not a ton of acidity to balance things out. That being said, the flavors are drinkable and they pair well with the bugs in the beer so that this thing never gets cloying.

May 08, 2015
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