Freak Of Nature DIPA | Wicked Weed Brewing

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

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by brewdude1982 on 02-16-2013

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4.27
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Photo of WunderLlama
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into chalice

One finger white foam cap, settles quickly, some lacings

Citrus and Tropical fruit aroma

Dank taste

Hop bite , bitterness lingers

Good beer

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Photo of ichorNet
4.52/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ah, one of my absolute favorite double IPAs... only a couple weeks old and in my glass as I type this review. Every time I see a batch of FON hit shelves in MA, I will undoubtedly make an effort to grab at least one bottle. This is, in my opinion, one of the most spectacular strong pale ales to grace my market, and its consistency and complex, hoppy flavor plays a huge part in my rating.

Pours a precise and clear medium amber with a three-finger head that lasts for quite a while, leaving behind chunky, striated lace as it slowly fades out. Tons of active carbonation rising throughout the body of this brew. Beautiful stuff here. Though some may not like clear IPAs because they're less "en-vogue" as of late, this is absolutely one of the best-looking ones I've seen.

Nose is full of pine sap and resin, white grapefruit, fresh-cut grass and even some light notes of caramel malt and toasted grains. Considering the high-ish ABV of 8.5%, I get very little ethanol here. Fruity notes of mango and guava start to pop out as the beer warms up a bit, alongside some stone fruit elements (apricot/peach) and light dank notes which kind of meld in with the grassy scents noted earlier. Oily and pungent with some complex and subtle notes of tangerine and even spruce.

On the tongue, Freak comes across as a sly devil of a beer with a slick and tongue-buckling bitterness that highlights flavors of guava, pine resin and white grapefruit before crossing over into slightly maltier territory towards the mid-palate, as is expected from a double IPA of this magnitude. Slightly biscuity malts set the stage for a sideshow of immense grassiness and herbal, dank notes in the transition to the finish before a dry and, once again, oily showing of tropical fruit and citric intensity.

Feel is, again, slick and smooth, with a devilish ease of sipping when taken in stride with its intensity and strength. Carbonation is massaging and mild; just enough to coax some of the more complex citrus flavors along the palate. This is potentially the best "West Coast Double IPA" I've ever had, and reminds me of the first time I had Ruination years ago. The perfect recipe is at play here, combining just the right amount of crystal malt sweetness with intense and complex C hops... Freak of Nature is just an excellent stalwart beer, one that I am proud to support the release of every time I see it. High marks!

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Photo of cbutova
3.78/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sunset Grille, Allston, MA.

A- Fairly hazy deep golden body from the taps into a snifter. A creamy and thick white head rises to about a finger high with decent retention. A creamy ring leaves tons of lace with mostly thick sheets.

S- Strong hops off the top with some medium sweet grains in the backdrop. Intense mix of pine, citrus and floral hops with orange zest, lemon and grapefruit oil notes. The malts work out fine without causing any clashing. Hint of tropical fruits.

T- The pine and intense orange zest hops dominate at this point. Bitter and sharp resinous hop oils coat the palate. Orange, grapefruit, floral, pine hops with a medium sweet malty balance. Again the malts do not detract from the hops but are also not a great thing either. Somewhat boozy with warmth.

MF- Slick and medium to heavy body. Zesty medium level of carbonation and an intense sharp citrus oil bitter finish.

Massive amount of orange citrus hops and plenty of pine in here as well. Sweet malts poke through but do not get out of hand. Not a juice bomb which is fine but the problem here is the malts just feel awkward without being truly disruptive.

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Photo of Ltdsaint
4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a beautiful gold that would impress a king, effervescent appeal with creamy white head. Light vanilla lacing. Head lasts not forever, but not ephemeral. Smells of citrus, mango, peach, orange, hops, and strong sense of pine and a bit of honey. The taste is a strong citrus sensation including almost all of the elements that were in the nose. I will say that the taste was a bit boozier than the smell, but not bad in the slightest. Balanced carbonation with an equal, yet not overwhelming taste of hops. Feels almost ethereal on this sunny day. Will certainly buy again.

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Photo of Roguer
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear golden brew, topped with a sizeable snow white head with fantastic retention.

On the nose, this is a sweet, fruity, dank brew, featuring pine and resin, mango, orange, herb, flowers, and honey.

Hoppy brew with moderate bitterness on the palate. Pine, mango, grass, and pineapple, with lighter citrus notes and just a hint of pungent dankness.

Very lively, crisp, and drinkable, despite the 8.5% ABV.

This is a hell of a DIPA, clearly influenced by PtE et al. Really good brew that leans old school.

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Photo of Bum4ever
4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Great look of golden clear liquid with a white head that has retention.
S: light hop smell and some citrus not a ton there to me.
T: Great flavor here. Solid hop bomb followed by a little pine and some lemon and orange. Dry aftertaste.
F: medium body for a DIPA.
O: really good west coast DIPA. Balanced hop beer, little ding because not a strong smell coming off.

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Photo of JamFuel
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Ginger Man in Boston.

Pours a very clear amber, with some fluff head.

Very crisp smell, resin, citrus and some mango dukeing it out.

Taste is just... wow. Pretty much a perfect West Coast IPA, great bitter hop bite, all the citrus you could ask for and a great piney finish.

Mouthfeel is excellent, coats the tongue with crisp bubbles, and doesn't want to leave.

Probably one of the five best west coast IPAs I've had. Super balanced, but still a punch in the teeth. Great stuff!

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Photo of TheSixthRing
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottling date of 11/29/16

Appearance - Pours very clear and golden orange in color with an off-white, near finger width head. Fair retention, resulting in a thin, broken layer of suds and a thing ring around the edge of the glass. Aside from the odd tiny spot or two, there's not much to speak with regard to lacing.

Smell - Strong candied-orange citrus and caramel fill the room. Subsequent whiffs reveal hints of citrus oil and pith, and just a faint trace of grainy earth.

Taste - Follows the nose. Name a characteristic of orange, you'll find it in here. A bit of bright juiciness, some skin oil and definitely some pith. Strong caramel backbone keeps it all in check. A little taste of pine dank. Hints of leafy freshness and bitterness in the finish with a bit of lingering caramel sweetness gives the brew a fairly balanced aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation before a crisp, mostly dry finish lends itself to a refreshing overall drinking experience.

Overall - There are orange/caramel bombs, and then there's this bad boy. So much punchy orange citrus flavor with a deep caramel malt backbone. I'm in love. Just over 3 months past the bottling date and I'm not so sure that it'd be much better fresh off the bottling line. As tasty as it is, it's not available out here on the West Coast, and there are a few brews available nearby that scratch this itch, so not likely I'd wanna trade for it again, but damn sure it's something I'd keep an eye out for if I make my way back East again.

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Photo of BubbleBobble
3.81/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice crystal copper, clear enough to read through. One finger of off-white head, nice spots of lacing. Resin-forward, sugar, malt, toffee, caramel on the nose. Not expecting much of a hop flavor based on the aroma, but dank hop bitterness is the first thing I get before the malts take this one over. Not overly sweet, but the burnt sugar/toffee notes are too prominent for me. Medium bodied, and the alcohol is well-hidden behind all that flavor.

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Photo of afroskully
3.32/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

grabbed a bottle this past weekend. wasn't all that impressed with this DIPA, found it way too malty and sweet. I thought the pernicious IPA was much tastier and better balanced.

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Photo of wuthrichj15
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Awesome double IPA poured a beautiful orange collar with a large white head. Lots of hops and tropical fruits on the nose. Taste was wonderful plenty of hop bite. Some nice fruit taste detected as well. A nice malt back down to balance it out. A nice malt back down to balance It out.

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Photo of Beaver13
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle, bottled on 1/11/17. Pours clear straw gold with a big fluffy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet malts with lots of fruity resiny piney hops.

The flavor is some sweet bready malt with lots of fruity, resiny, spicy hops and some alcohol in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a very nice well balanced DIPA.

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Photo of Terp96
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 1/11/17. Poured a clear amber color with slight head. Good lacing. Smell is citrusy, tropical fruit, slight pine. Taste is slight tropical fruit but dank bitterness takes over almost immediately. Finishes very piney with a prickly, dry finish. Oily slick. A ton going on here. One of the best DIPAs out there, especially for the price.

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Photo of mf86
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

"Freak of Nature" is absolutely phenomenal. This beer is one of "if" not the smoothest double IPA's I've ever had.

Smell : Hop forward on the nose.
Tasting notes : Grapefruit, Mango, Pineapple, Caramel, Wheat & a slight hint of orange juice hitting the back end of my throat.

The only problem with this beer is that I can't get it in my state. Hoping these guys start shipping to Virginia soon.

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Photo of delta490
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's a beautiful clear gold with about a half finger of creamy off white head. It has great retention and leaves splotches of tight sticky head on the side of a nonic pint glass. The aroma is lighter but offers some tropical fruit hops and a whiff of caramel malt sweetness. The taste is equal to its aroma with maybe a little more hops to the flavor than the smell. The body isn't particularly heavy, but it's has a nice feel, mostly smooth with a hint of carbonation.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 11/29/2016. Poured into Wicked Weed goblet. It pours a clear golden color with one finger of milk-white head and lacing with very good retention. It smells of bready malt, lemon peel, grapefruit, pineapple, onion, and dank floral hops. The taste is nicely balanced with some sweet tropical fruit, citrus, slightly sweet malt, a hint of caramel, and biting, bitter hops. Everything works well. It finishes dry and bitter. This is a fairly light, crisp DIPA, with pleasant carbonation, and the 8.5% ABV gives it a nice pop. Overall, this is a terrific DIPA: It has more flavor and pop than Pernicious, and that's saying a lot!

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Photo of acmurphy696
4.86/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is an excellent IPA that greets you with an inviting aroma springing up from the glass. The taste is a nice balance of bitterness and maybe pine. It's looks a bit clearer than I would have expected, but it was a good experience.

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Photo of teromous
3.15/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the side of the label: "Boddled On: 11.29.16"

Appearance: The body is a medium gold color. Not crystal clear but good clarity nonetheless. The head is medium and fades to a short white fluffy cap. Average retention and decent lacing.

Aroma: A bit catty with some onion and a bit of garlic. Decent aroma but not the freshest smelling.

Taste: It has a bit of a rye bread crust flavor and a bit of orange peel. Not much else going on here. Light bitterness.

Mouthfeel: It feels a bit low on bitterness. Good carbonation. The mouthfeel is a tad muddy.

Overall: It wasn't the cleanest Double IPA and it really didn't have much bitterness to it. The flavors were alright but pretty muted and even they were numbered. Aroma was a bit nicer but I don't think it was enough to really bring the beer out of mediocrity. It's a decent average Double IPA but it's not a beer I would recommend or buy again.

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Photo of JayQue
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great DIPA!!! Pours a slightly hazy (almost clear) dull gold color with a foamy medium sized head. Head retention is very good with a thin cap hanging in till the end. Some bands of lacing on the glass. Aroma is citrus hops but the aroma is not as impressive the other aspects of this beer. Flavor and mouthfeel are truly outstanding. The taste includes plenty of citrus (pineapple and tangerine) and bready malt. The other flavor that many describe as weed, seems more like tobacco to me. The flavors blend greatly and are really pronounced and tasty. Mouthfeel includes a good sharp bitterness balanced with with an almost pillowy softness from the malt. the bitterness is sharp but does not overwhelm the beer. Some alcohol burn is felt but not a major component. This beer truly deserves the world class designation. Very enjoyable!!!!

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.69/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clean yellow color with mild haze. Bubbly head.

Super clean aroma! Very fresh, very hoppy, very keen.

Flavor is where it falls a little short for me. It's like a dry hopped Saison to me. Not much for flavor in the way of fruits OR pine...just spice and wood with a little hoppiness.

Feel is clean and crisp, a little resinous.

I'd pass if I ever saw it and had the chance to buy it.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Crowler had night of purchase:
Pours a clear golden color with a fluffy white head that produces spotty lacing, even though it covers the beer for most of the pour.

Nose is a little on the vegetal side of a classic IPA - piney, grapefruit pith, very light tropical notes.

Taste follows the nose, with a nice crisp opening that brings a melon to diluted tropical note with it. The power in these flavors is lower than expected, but the cleanliness of the notes detected is nice. The fact that hops is a green flower is apparent by mid taste - with a very light green onion note. The feel is a tad watery and devoid of the power of 8.5%, but allows the flavors to come out on their own.

I think a little more body is expected from DIPAs today, but I enjoyed that this didn't overpower me. That said, I enjoyed Pernicious more from this brewery.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.97/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

BOTTLE: Brown glass. Green label. Purchased at Table and Vine in West Springfield, MA. Bottled 09/26/16. 500ml format.

8.50% ABV.

Reviewed live as an imperial IPA per the label, though its scant 8.0% ABV may raise some eyebrows regarding that style categorization.

HEAD: Soft white head. ~7-8cm worth of foam. Lasts a good ~8 minutes. Leaves no lacing as it slowly recedes.

BODY: Clear clean yellow-copper, bereft of any visible yeast or sediment. Nice vibrance.

Appears well-carbonated. On the bright side for an imperial IPA, but it's nice to get something other than the tired copper you see in so many expressions of the style.

AROMA: Fresh and zesty, with popping notes of lime and citrus in addition to dank oily hops and delicately handled tropical notes. So many new world hop-based imperial IPAs beat you about the head with overbearing notes of mango, tangerine, et al., but this aroma suggests a more balanced carefully considered brew with a more subtle tangerine, papaya, and perhaps even guava focused fruitiness to its hop profile. Pale malts keep everything balanced without requiring help from any overly sweet caramalts.

This aroma suggests a tasty and drinkable imperial IPA with plenty of balance in spite of its bold hop flavours. I hope the taste delivers.

Aromatic intensity is moderate.

TASTE & TEXTURE: The somewhat dry, oily texture coupled with the scraping rindy bitterness and coating mouthfeel is a bit off-putting. It's a shame the texture throws off the execution so much, but then the flavour profile doesn't really deliver on the promises of the aroma anyway, offering a new world yogurty hop flavour coupled with some meagre floral and vaguely fruity notes. No oily or dank hop notes here (nor any resins or citrusy notes). Pale malts don't quite do their job, letting the bitterness of the hops eclipse the sweetness of the malts. Honeyed breadiness mixes poorly with the mess of papaya, guava, and pineapple in the tropical hop build.

It's a shrug of an imperial IPA as a result, but really it drinks more like an IPA. Hell, Sculpin has more perceived hoppiness and body than this does (at the same ABV, no less).

Medium-bodied, somewhat coarse on the palate, unrefreshing, overcarbonated.

Depth of flavour is wanting. Flavour intensity is moderate. Flavour duration is high (to its credit).

OVERALL: A swing and a miss from Wicked Weed, this IPA billed as an imperial IPA suffers from severe balance issues and a poorly executed mouthfeel - which is a shame since the aroma promised so much. I'll finish the bottle without much effort, but I hoped for so much more, and this isn't a brew I'd want a second bottle of. It's not that it's bad; it's just so hum-ho as to be unremarkable - and in a style as oversaturated with mediocrity as this one (whether you're considering it an IPA or an IIPA), that's death. I wanted to love this, but the scraping dryness and skewed hop profile make it tough to like.

High C (2.97) / AVERAGE

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Photo of Prager62
3.94/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 500ml bottle with no date stamped on the label section that lists bottled on. Pouring it in a 12oz. snifter/tulip for the review.

Look- Pours a nearly transparent gold color with a finger of white foam. Tiny carbonation bubbles float to the top as it settles leaving some lacing behind.

Smell- Grapefruit, bread and a hint of floral esters.

Taste- Its very bread forward followed by floral notes. A kiss of grapefruit and malt sweetness in the finish.

Feel- Crisp, clean and dry.

Overall- As DIPA's go I'd put this one in the middle of the flavor spectrum. It leans a bit on the malty side, but has palate pleasing floral-citrus notes to nearly balance the scale. Pretty drinkable for a 8.5% beer, but I was expecting more for the style.

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Photo of gatornation
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a golden sunset color with with a white head and streaks of lacing. smell is w/c with tropical fruits , pine and garden dankness. Taste is very dank garden earthy hops mix with a pine and citrus taste sweet caramel malts balance this beast. Well carbonated and hoppy with a sweet finish very little bitterness. A signature brew for WW.

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Photo of EnzymaticHops
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. One of the most amazing aromas of bubblegum, citrus, and pine combined; absolute heaven. Again, tasted of bubblegum, a bit of dank earthy hop, and some grapefruit thrown in for good measure. Definitely a complimentary mixture of hop profiles here; one of the most extensive hop showcases I have ever had. A perfect beer for enjoying with rich foods.

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