Freak Of Nature
Wicked Weed Brewing

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Style:
IPA - Imperial
Ranked #96
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
96
Ranked #836
Avg:
4.31 | pDev: 7.66%
Reviews:
217
Ratings:
1,539
From:
Wicked Weed Brewing
 
North Carolina, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  280
Gots
  352
SCORE
96
World-Class
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Notes: The Freak of Nature is our San Francisco inspired hoppy monster. At 8% abv and who knows how many ibu’s, this beer is our shrine to the Hop. Absurd amounts of the big West Coast hops gives this beer its citrusy, weedy nose and big, dank flavor. We dry hop with 48lbs per batch, which is over 3lbs of hops per barrel. In keeping with the classic style of the West Coast double, sugar plays a large part in creating this dry and minimally bitter double IPA. The Freak is particularly pintable for the style, so if you dare to enter, we welcome you to the Freak Show.

Style: Double IPA/IPA
OG: 1.071°
Hops: Centennial/Chinook/Columbus/Warrior
Dry Hops: Amarillo/Centennial/Columbus/Simcoe
Yeasts: California Ale Yeast
Malts: 2 Row/Carifoam/Crystal Light
Reviews: 217 | Ratings: 1,539 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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superspak from North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 ounce can into IPA glass, canned on 06/26/2021, best before 9/9/2021. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy medium golden yellow color with a 3 finger dense and fluffy off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Thick soapy lacing on the glass with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas and flavors of big red grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, passion fruit, mango, melon, citrus peel/rind, wood, peppercorn, pine, cracker, biscuit, light caramel/toast, and herbal/floral/grassy hop earthiness. Moderate pine, citrus peel/rind, herbal, woody, grassy, peppery bitterness on the finish. Medium-plus carbonation and medium-plus body; balanced creamy/bready malts and sticky/resinous/rindy hops in the mouthfeel. Moderate increasing drying from lingering resins after the finish, with no astringency. Very smooth, and a bit crisp on finishing. Mildly warming 8.5%. Definitely classic west coast style taste as the hops are Centennial, Chinook, Columbus in the boil. Amarillo, Centennial, Columbus, Simcoe dry hops put in a bit of tropical notes, but it is still a big C forward profile. The body is a bit bigger than other DIPAs in this category, but I would still get it again. I would say the vibrancy and dankness of the hops is very similar to Stone Ruination but there is more balance to the malt body. Not a bad thing, just a different thing.

Nov 22, 2021
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jjamadorphd from Florida

3.79/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This was an interesting DIPA...

Super bitter, light on the the ABV (or at least how it feels to me) and overall a pretty darn good beer. I will mention the super bitterness is a bit to much for me, and the mouthfeel has a strong astringent property, but overall, I did enjoy it.

Sep 13, 2021
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BJB13 from Maryland

4.17/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 ounce can poured into a tulip.
Canned 8/5/21

L: Amber and mostly clear (chill haze), two finger cream-white head, some lace, visible carbonation.
S: Piney, resinous, citrus peel, a bit of tropical juice, biscuit/bready malt.
T: Like the nose mostly resinous, some spice, minimal sweet malt flavor, decent hop bitterness, mild alcohol, clean bitter finish.
F: Medium weight, high carbonation, soft with crisp edges.
O: Very good west coast style Imperial, correct balance, not overly bitter, decent flavor, no complaints.

Aug 31, 2021
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milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Just a bit of haze on the amber body. White head is relatively small with good laving. Dank, resinous aroma paired with citrus. Big hoppy taste with an unusual bitter footprint. The bitterness is focused at first then fades on the back of the palate only to return full force in the aftertaste. In between, there is enough malt sweetness to add balance. Dry, medium-to-full bodied, well carbonated mouthfeel.

Aug 17, 2021
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cjeep from Pennsylvania

4.21/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This Is a very nice beer but it ain’t no 96. Can says enjoy by August 30. Consuming July 31 so a good job by my local monger
L: drinking from the can and the Cannes is stylish
S: The aroma is very nice. Lots of pine and bitter citrus
T: very nice. I like it. Not as bitter as you might expect from the nose but definitely excellent hop profile
F: Smooth. Carbonation level.
O: this is a very nice offering from a top brewery. Worth seeking out

Aug 01, 2021
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puck1225 from Texas

4.12/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found this beer to be good but a bit boring. Had it on tap at the brewery. Poured into a small snifter. Nice golden yellow color with a good head and excellent lacing. Pleasantly strong pine smell and taste, with some grapefruit, orange and vanilla. Hop bitterness shines through.

Jul 24, 2021
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JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

So far, the freakish things about this are the amount of carbonation and that it's as translucent, or more so, as many an adjunct lager. This is witnessed after two twelve ounce cans were emptied into a clear glass liter mug. The color, limited as it is, could be considered amber and it's as bright as it is clear. The foam has subsided into a modest and enduring white head. A sharp hop aroma is present, bringing some optimism for the next step, the taste. This is the best part, the taste. It's dry, crisp and hoppy. The malt backbone is acceptable, providing enough body, but only adding to the taste minimally. This one is about the clean and dry hops within a potent ABV and it does that well. Maybe a little too strong and dry to be considered refreshing, but for a dry hopped Imperial India Pale Ale, this fits the bill.

Jul 16, 2021
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jkblr from Indiana

4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Half pour at taproom. Big, bold bitterness with piney bite. Sweet caramel with resinous. Mostly bright golden color. Slick mouthfeel. Really good.

Jul 13, 2021
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b-ri11 from North Carolina

4.65/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Fantastic double ipa. Does not give the over-powering alcohol taste that many at this alcohol percentage do. Very hop forward taste with a smooth finish. My #1 to start off a night. Wicked weed does it right with IPAs. Pernicious is great and this is a notch above.

Jun 12, 2021
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MackT from Florida

3.84/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz. can, tasted 40 days prior to “drink by” date on can. Bought as 12 pk with 4 Wicked Weed varieties. Translucent honey color. Smell is citrusy, herby, pineappley, quite nice. Taste is super smooth, easy drinking which could go down fast. Resinous mouthfeel, lasting aftertaste. This is clearly my favorite of the 4, and it’s not even a close call. I would buy this one again, not the other 3.

Jun 09, 2021
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NiceTaps from New Jersey

3.76/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce can in a curvy IPA glass. Six weeks since canned.

Pours a translucent golden color with a 3f white cap. Nice retention, heavy lacing. Lots of rising bubbles.

Strong yeast aroma, like wet dough made with some alcohol. There are candied citrus and tropical. Orange, lemon, pineapple, mango-they take turns. Herbal, dank, tea, sanitizer are present.

The candied fruits dominate the flavors. There are some chemistry and alcohol tastes. Malted and sugary.

Full bodied, syrupy and resinous. Hops are swimming upstream.

Not bad but not for me. At 8.5% abv, the sugar and alcohol are front and center.

Mar 19, 2021
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.75/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can from 12 pack
Packaged on 02/04/2021; Drink by 04/20/2021
Into a Parish stemmed globe

Deep west-coast gold with a creamy butter colored cap of 2 fingers, leaving tons of lace as it recedes slowly to a quarter finger.

Aroma from the can brings tons of thick, soupy grain mash and a bit diesel; grapefruit peel, sweet honey, pine, and a touch of cannabis. When it's swirled and agitated in the glass I get a bit of mango and pineapple wrapped up in caramel malt. When that's done it smells a bit like Crowd Control which is nice.

Flavor brings heavy hairspray, perfume, and stiff offensive pine. Behind that I get some over-ripe sunken mango and pineapple and some drippy grapefruit. That's the pleasant filling in this knuckle sandwich. After that it's honey and/or caramel malt. This is one of those harsh west-coast flavor bombs that if not drank extremely fresh, would taste absolutely abhorrent at its expiration. A little bit of rye and hop burn. Finish of perfume.

(3.75 is more on the respectable side because I can see the artistry in it - but if it were just based on my tongue, this would get a 3 or less)

Feel is hot and sticky, with a medium mouthfeel, busy carbonation, and a resinous finish. Alcohol heat is welcome here and is at an appropriate level.

Overall, a 96 world-class score doesn't make sense to me at all except for the fact that this was probably a love child of the early 2010's before the haze craze. It is definitely more in line with SN's Torpedo and Stone's Ruination, both of which are quite punishing to my palate and deep seated in the west-coast build. One advantage this has IMO is it has a nice mango and pineapple presence buried underneath the punishment, a good east coast signature, but it is still too stiff, harsh, and punishing for me to enjoy it fully.

I prefer the softer more approachable DIPAs, which aren't any less respectable, but won't leave you feeling like you just drank a keg of 11% hairspray.

I rated this out of a plastic cup back in 2016 and gave it a 3.69. While this experience was a little better, it was still not enough to garner my love.

Would not purchase again.

Mar 18, 2021
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Reef from South Carolina

4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. can packaged 8/7/20

Amber-orange color. One finger white variegated head. Full surface ring and cap. Slight haze, no particles.

Strong orange, tangerine, sour pineapple, yeast, pine odors.

Taste is all pine, dankness, light citrus, lemon peel, grapefruit.

Nice bitterness, coating feel, good carbonation, fruit flavors bloom mid-swallow.

Freshness and cans make a big difference for this beer, compared to the aged bottles which used to be the norm. Enjoyable.

Aug 30, 2020
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patre_tim from Thailand

3.79/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Crisp filtered Chinese gold with little carbonation. 6 fingers of white head.

Smells of creme brûlée, pineapple and toasted malt.

The taste follows the nose but adds more fruitiness and clean linen on the finish.

Medium syrupy body with moderate carbonation.

I got this in Waynesville, NC and am drinking it on a mountaintop near Canton, June 23rd 2020.

Jun 24, 2020
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bret27 from California

4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Can courtesy of BellsRinger.
Wcipa from NC. Only ~2 was old.
Appearance: Clear copper/yellow, white head and lace.
Smell: pine, citrus, lemon and grapefruit. Not overwhelming.
Taste: grapefruit/lemons, pine resins, grass. Bitter. Minimal sweetness & malt balance.
Mouthfeel: Bitter slick dry wcipa mouthfeel.
Overall: Good wcipa. Reminds me a little of SN torpedo. Hop presence refined enough that I’m happy I had it so fresh. Most likely would age poorly. Perfect to style ! Also impressive is it really is a double ipa clicking in @8.5%. Drinks much lighter.

May 03, 2020
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TheOriginal from North Carolina

4.69/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Wow, what a great IPA. Poured from a can, about 45 days old.

Pours mostly clear, slightly cloudy. The smell hits your right off with big, piney hops and dankness and a little subdued maltiness. Excellent lacing on the glass. Big white foamy head.

Taste it dank, resinous, and piney. Bitterness is very high in this one I think. I like the bitter IPA's so may be a turnoff for some. Extremely hoppy but does have some malt backbone to it that balances greatly with the bitterness.

Overall, a must have beer. Glad to see it available in six packs for an extremely reasonable price, $12.99 a sixer.

Apr 23, 2020
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322wingedfoot from Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a 12oz bottle dated 7/29/19. Nice West Coast IPA in style. Slight haze, nice nose of dank, citrus and malt, and a similar palate. Plenty of bitterness. Nice DIPA and probably much better when fresher than the bottle I tried.

Dec 28, 2019
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.76/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a rich golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is dank, lots of pine. Taste is of pine, some resin and tropical fruits, considerable bitterness. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer, I wish I could have gotten a fresher bottle.

Jul 25, 2019
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Tilghman from Maryland

4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very good IPA. Solid complex hoppy beer and at 8.5 abv it was all I could handle. Bought at my local liquor store in a four pack of bottles, that were almost a year old! Probably be even better if I could find some fresh!

Mar 22, 2019
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the bottle, it pours a nice golden color with a nice head that lasts and leaves lacing. in the nose, it is pine and citrus . In the mouth, heavily pine in the west coast style.

Jan 01, 2019
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tobelerone from New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

What an enjoyable brew and a nice change of pace in the contemporary IPA landscape. It's more a traditional West Coast type imperial IPA than a New England style but definitely shows the influence of the latter in its restrained but present bitterness and secondary juicy, tropical fruit underpinnings. Still, pine dominates the palette, with some weedy, resinous dank characteristics. Aftertaste has some length but none of the aspirin like qualities of the old school tongue stripping hop monsters. I found the aroma to be a little weak, pleasant but restrained - I would have enjoyed a bit more "bursting from the glass" aromatics.

Mostly clear dark gold with a nice little cap of foam, crisp, medium body, has life on the tongue but still quite smooth, very easy to drink. Would definitely buy again if distributed to my area.

Nov 19, 2018
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Tennisballa07 from Georgia

3.89/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Sunburst yellow color and very hoppy taste. Taste of pine. West Coast Style IPA


“Flavor & Aroma: Big pine, grapefruit peel and dank hop aromas
Color: gold Style: double IPA
hoppy: 5 malty: 1.5 fruity: 0“

Jul 14, 2018
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BillRoth from Maryland

4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap /kicked keg at Ocean Odyssey. Excellent DIPA. Well crafted and well rounded across hops, yeast and malt. Plenty of big malt backbone but not sticky or cloying... still very drinkable. Citrusy and dank as described but not obtrusive or overwhelming. A very smooth drinkable big ale that is right there with the best.
Very happy to have had on draft. Way too much fun.

Jul 12, 2018
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Korbynlehr from Kentucky

4.39/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Beer is very clear, but a but like honey. Head is off white. Nose is heavy of the great hops as is the taste. Love this beer. The best part is the followthrough of the aftertaste. It hangs on for a bit them fades slowly.

Jun 01, 2018
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bubseymour from Maryland

4.06/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

3 mo. old DIPA when I found on shelf. Let's go.

Nice looking beer. Slightly hazy orange with a 1 finger. Head. Aroma smells like a 3mo. on IPA, stale and malty. Taste is quite floral hopped and surprisingly light and easy to drink for 8.5%. Overall, quite a pedestrian DIPA, but it is 3mo. old.

May 12, 2018
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