Freak Of Nature
Wicked Weed Brewing

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Style:
American Imperial IPA
Ranked #83
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
96
Ranked #754
Avg:
4.31 | pDev: 7.66%
Reviews:
204
Ratings:
1,494
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Wicked Weed Brewing
 
North Carolina, United States
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Year-round
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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.
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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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Tony210 from New Jersey

4.24/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours clear and golden yellow, minimal head. Pleasant mellow aroma of malt and resins, not overly hoppy or citrusy. Taste is tropical fruit, like fruit punch. Papaya, mango, lemon, slight bitterness on the finish. Carbonation is crisp yet slightly creamy. Very nice IIPA.

5/4/18
12 oz bottle dated 3/16/18
4.25 rating

May 05, 2018
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MittenBreezeMD from Tennessee

4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured nicely, with a dark "roasty" orange color. Smells great, mostly of some tropical fruits and lots of sweet resins. Taste is full on malty, syrup with strong notes of breadfruit, citrus, and papaya. Overall a great tasting beer that hides the gravity it boasts. Overall a great beer, but not my particular style. Regardless, highly recommended to anyone looking for a decadent DIPA!

Apr 01, 2018
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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

4.74/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Freak of Nature has a thin, ivory head, a mostly clear, orange appearance, with powdery sediment, and minimal lacing. Aroma is of resins & mango. Tatse is of sweet, white bread crust, mango, resins, and lots of strong bitterness. Mouthfeel is high medium, and Freak of Nature finishes medium dry. RJT

Mar 18, 2018
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Tim5085 from Virginia

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

Appearance: Golden/amber with lite haze
Aroma: Hops with a malt untone.
Taste: Hoppy and slightly harsh. Ive had it before when it wasn't quite as aggressive
Overall: Still enjoy it, but it seems a bit more aggressive than last time I had it.

Dec 15, 2017
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avalon07 from South Carolina

4.04/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a bright amber color and a cloudy consistency. There was an inch of foamy, pretty long-lasting head. Decent, but not great, lacing.

S: A very good aroma of hops, light fruit, malt, and pine as well.

T: Tasted of some tropical fruit (mango, pineapple), a big, dank hops presence (quite bitter finish), a hint of pine, light malt notes, and citrus fruit (grapefruit, orange). A sweet, hoppy, likable flavor. It has a focused complexity, with the fruit and pine playing well together. Slightly overhopped, but not obnoxiously so.

F: A well-carbonated beer with a dry, if bitter, finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This beer does have its minor flaws, but in general it succeeds. Drinkable.

Oct 30, 2017
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buschbeer from Ohio

4.19/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500 ML bottle
Served in a tulip glass

This beer pours a light shade of amber with golden highlights. It is topped with two inches of eggshell head that leaves some decent lacing.

The aroma is dank with some citrus and tropical notes.

The taste is dank with hints of citrus and a pine finish.

Medium mouthfeel. Very smooth

This is a very good DIPA. It has a classic, transcendent flavor that would keep me coming back if it were locally available. I figure since ABI is now the owner I will see it locally in the near future.

Sep 03, 2017
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SawDog505 from New Hampshire

4.54/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 16 oz Magnify Snulip glass, bottled on 7/25/17. Pours a beautiful orange amber with a massive 2 plus finger sticky white head that leaves loads of streaks of lace behind as it slowly settles into a thin layer of bubbles, with excellent retention.

Smell is apricot, guava, marijuana, tangerine, pine resin, and grapefruit rind.

Taste follows, east meets west coast, tropical upfront with some dankness leads to a piney grapefruit finish that assaults your entire palate with hoppy goodness.

Mouthfeel is big and sticky, plenty of life, a tad dry from all the intense tasty hops, and extremely approachable for its ABV.

Overall I think it would be difficult to get sick of this beer, in a work filled with hazy tropical beers, this thing is exceptional in its own way.

Aug 25, 2017
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weareallfalafel from Virginia

4.92/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

So upset that such a good brewery that makes such good stuff went the way of so many others and got bought out by AB-InBev, but damn, this is dank af.

Aug 12, 2017
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Kadonny from Pennsylvania

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

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a nonic pint glass. Bottle dated June 17, 2017 so nice and fresh.

L: A medium slighly hazy orange color. This is not a hazy/cloudy DIPA though. Two finger bright white head lasts and creates nice glass lacing.

S: Loads of pineapple, peach, mango and candy fruity sweetness. I get some slight pine too. Great smelling beer.

T: The pineapple in this beer is amazing. It mixes with some other tropical fruits such as mango and papaya. A decent amount of ripe peach along with some citrus of tangerine mix in as the hops just slap you in the face. This is loaded with fruity agressive hops. Sweetness is candied fruit that gets overpowered at the end by the fruity hops and some pine on the finish. Nice bitterness at the end turns somewhat dry but a bit of sweetness lingers. This is a really agressive hop in your face beer that lies with the traditional west coast style of DIPAs.

F: Full, coating, prickly, bitter, some alcohol and totally in your face. Nice carbonation.

O: I loved this beer. WW is just coming to PA with the AB purchase and this is the first time I've seen the Freak. Needless to say this is a phenominal beer in the traditional sense of just pure "in your face gonna smack you down" with hoppy goodness. Old school, but so damn good. Please keep this beer flowing to PA, please. Excellent.

Aug 10, 2017
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BeerSexLove from Virginia

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

This is like drinking from the breast of the Hops Goddess. Sweetly biting, balanced and bitter, honey biscuits in the forest, fruity and floral - wickedly pleasing.

Aug 01, 2017
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Jwale73 from Rhode Island

3.56/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle served in a tulip. Bottled on 03.07.17 printed on the label. Pours a lovely golden orange with a translucent clarity and a loose, half-inch, bright white head that slowly dissipates into a frothy slick. Nothing particularly special to the nose - citrus and herbal notes. Taste follows nose with a hint of biscuit malt. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with an even carbonation and a mild, acidic bite at the finish that comes off a little harsh. All and all, a bit disappointing. Not much complexity and I'm quite surprised by the ratings.

Jul 16, 2017
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Wasatch from Colorado

3.4/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

500 ml Bottle
Date Bottled: 03.21.17

Poured into a tulip a pretty nice clean/clear orangy color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy one-finger white head, which also leaves some pretty nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, with some nice citrus, with some pineyness. The taste is pretty nice, hoppy, nice little citrus note, some pineyness. Medium body, ABV hidden fairly well, too spicey/hot. Overall, a tasty brew.

Jun 24, 2017
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dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 5/16/17 into pint glass. Pours a clear amber-gold color with a modest off-white head. Nice lacing. Initial impression is pine resin, citrus rind, dank earth, and pineapple. There is a noticeable but subtle bitterness that eventually asserts itself. Mouthfeel is smooth and sticky, tending toward medium-thick. Carbonation is on the light side - just about perfect for the style. Alcohol is quite well hidden. Finish is a little bitter, but dry and refreshing.
Wicked Weed is one of my favorite breweries. This DIPA showcases their considerable talents. I'd buy it by the case if I could find it.

Jun 21, 2017
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outdoor7or24 from Georgia

4.07/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle dated 1-24-17, picked up on trip to NC outside Asheville for $4.
A: thin white foam head, carbonation, crisp golden body
S: citrus, tropical fruit, biscuit, sweet malty bread
M: medium heavy body, thick creamy resin on the tongue
T: citrus, pineapple, sweet malt, earthy bitter hops that are hard hitting but not over powering,
O: solid DIPA, maybe the brew is a little past prime.

May 26, 2017
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