Freak Of Nature DIPA | Wicked Weed Brewing

Freak Of Nature DIPAFreak Of Nature DIPA
BA SCORE
4.31/5
1,358 Ratings
Freak Of Nature DIPAFreak Of Nature DIPA
BEER INFO

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#529
Reviews:
187
Ratings:
1,358
pDev:
7.66%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
277
Gots:
304
Trade:
9
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Reviews by jmarsh123:
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The trick to making a great "imperial" IPA is to not make an Imperial IPA at all! Sure, make an IPA, but kick it up a notch. Not so much that its residual sweetness attempts to balance the hops or that its body contradicts the IPA's supreme dryness.

This Freak of Nature kicks off with a bright golden-orange color and less haze than expected from such highly hopped ale. As a tall column of froth climbs to the rim of the glass, it retains largely with creamy texture and lacing rings within the beer's wake. Its simply a glowing ale to captivate the eye.

Bold aromatics spring forth with all-things-hops: Citrusy grapefruit, tropical pineapple and a deeply herbaceous scent that's reminiscent of chive and cannabis. Backed by a thin layer of caramel and honey, the malts simply seem to give the hop character a juicy, vibrant and ripe scent.

Equally as hop-dominant is the beer's taste, but the malts play delicately on the early palate before hand. It thin honey and caramel is bet with the terse bready sweetness of biscotti for a creamy and malty-dry upstart. Then the middle bursts with tangy, juicy fruit flavor- red grapefruit, pineapple, mango, passion fruit, apricot and lemon all converge with the semi-tart and semi-sweet fructose character before the ale develops quickly into a deeply resinous tone. The bitter taste of torn pine needles, fresh-cut grass, herbal lemongrass, chive and light cannabis dry the beer's taste with ease.

Medium bodied, the beer's early creaminess dissolves on the middle palate as the racy carbonation pulls from the malt and its sweetness dissolves. What's left is the arid hop dryness and light alcohol warmth that closes the session with firm dryness and lingering resin.

Freak of Nature isn't really any freak at all- its a beer that straddles the fence of standard American IPA and that of more imperial-ized versions. Yet, it capitalizes on the best of both worlds- the body and showcased bitterness of IPA but with the drippy goodness and focus on hop aroma and early taste of Imperial types- a "dip and duke" that works out marvelously.

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Photo of jlindros
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to rudzud.

Light fizzy head swirls to a nice creamy head and nice lacing , little lacing, hazy golden yellow color.

Nose is nice, bright citrus floral hops, little grapefruit tangy citrus, little grassy earthy, little woodsy and piney, tangy fruity, little sweet candy malt.

Taste brings sweet candy malt, sticky pine resin hops but not a ton, mild orange peel citrus thing, fruity, little bubblegum note, grassy earthy herbal piney, Amarillo perhaps. Finish is super bitter, slightly dry, little sticky sweet, pine, orange peel fruity hops lingering.

Mouth is med bod, little sticky, decent carb.

Overall solid ipa but fairly cut and dry nothing that sets it apart.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
4.18/5  rDev -3%
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 wingnutter
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%

Poured from a 64oz growler I got when I was in Asheville last weekend to bring back to Tampa.

This is one smooth, tasty beer. At 8% ABV its not a huge DIPA, but the drinkabikity is off the charts.

I'd swear I almost detect a bit of weed in the aroma...taste is awesome, with citrus notes along with some biscuit and light toffee notes...the mouth feel is nothing short of creamy. So good.

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

A: Pours a medium golden yellow in color with light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some apricot + peach + orange highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy/sudsy white head that slowly reduces to a medium sized medium thick patch with a thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of citrus/grapefruit and tropical/pineapple hops with a light amounts caramel malt sweetness. Light hints of pine hops as well.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of caramel malt sweetness that is quickly overtaken by strong flavors of citrus/grapefruit, tropical/pineapple, and pine hops - those hops contribute a moderate amount of lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp with light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: This is an excellent DIPA with wonderful citrus and tropical hop aromas/flavors. There is enough sweetness from the malts to make this one not overly bitter and it is very enjoyable.

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Photo of charlzm
4.09/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed at brewery December 26th, 2013.

Beer is a very clear light yellow with a white one-finger head. Plenty of sheeting.

Aroma is piney and citric.

Flavor starts with bashful pale malt, then kicks in with a tsunami of piney and peppery hop flavors. A black hole of bitterness on the finish; not overdone, but goes on forever.

Slight carbonation bite. Some alcohol warmth in mouth. Otherwise, correct for style.

Serious West Coast style, done properly.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.69/5  rDev -14.4%
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 teromous
3.15/5  rDev -26.9%
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 kojevergas
2.97/5  rDev -31.1%
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 BlackBelt5112203
4.44/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

5 oz pour into a tasting glass on tap at the Wicked Weed taproom.

L – Medium amber color with a 1-finger creamy, cream-colored head. Nice retention and some patches of lacing. Clear with a good amount of bubbles.

S – Tons of hops with grapefruit, orange, and mango notes. There may be some bready malt here, too, but this is loaded with hops.

T – Just like the aroma, the taste is filled with bitter grapefruit, orange, and mango hops. That bready, caramel malt shows up for a second at the beginning and is quickly overshadowed by the bitter blast of hops. Really tasty.

F – Medium-to-full-bodied, good carbonation, a sticky and chewy mouthfeel, and a very bitter and dry finish. Grapefruit and mango hop bitterness lingers and pairs well with the mild throat-warmth from the alcohol.

O – This is a really tasty DIPA. It is loaded with hops that shine through in the aroma and the taste, and the mouthfeel is great. For a beer this big with an ABV like 8%, it is crazy drinkable, too. Really nice beer from Wicked Weed.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.88/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Bradaplast for sending this one! Reviewed from notes. Poured from 32 oz. screw-top growler into a Cigar City pint glass.

A: Nice gold color, and almost entirely clear with a touch of chill haze as well. Forms a thin white head that fades fairly quickly, and low visible carbonation. Despite being consumed within a couple days of receipt, the last two aspects may be due to the growler serving.

S: This isn't one of the DIPAs that you can practically smell from across the room, but it's decent enough. Tropical fruits, crisp cracker malts, citrus rind, crisp apple, and some grassiness.

T: Tropical fruits, mangoes, and grapefruit that seems pink and juicy. There's melon, a bit of onion/spice character, grassy, and just a touch of resin. The malt bill provides some background sweetness but largely stays out of the way. No caramel flavors at all, which I appreciate in this style for sure. Finishes dry with only moderate bitterness levels for the style.

M: Crisp light body. Carbonation sensation is fairly low, although again I blame that on the growler serving. Very low alcohol presence.

O: This was tasty, and almost everything I would look for in the style. The hop profile was just not my favorite. If they would rebrew this one with different hops, it might be one of my favorites - but again, this is simply personal preference. Still, it's good and would be quite sessionable.

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Photo of BubbleBobble
3.81/5  rDev -11.6%
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 barczar
4.22/5  rDev -2.1%

Resiny, piney, grapefruit pith, with a fairly bitter finish. The bready malt backbone stands up well. Onion is a bit strong for my palate, but I think they have the bittering hops and malt balance nailed.

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Photo of mst934
4.29/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

After bringing a 32oz bottle back to the house, I noticed it was cloudy. Also, a bit rainy. I sat down, cracked open the bottle and filled up a glass. I let the beer sit for a minute or two. After the first sip, a stiff North West wind was felt. Another sip, and I noticed the clouds began to break and the rain stopped.

All is right now. I give credit to this beer. Well done Wicked Weed. A DIPA that goes down like a Session IPA. But you know, with some balls.

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Photo of oberon
4.14/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear light golden with a thinner but quite sticky bone white head atop,grapefruit and fresh mown grass in the nose with a tinge of sweet onion,some alcohol sweetness as well.Sweet onion and pithy grapefruit flavors really hit ya at the onset,big almost raw-like hops just juicy and great,some sugary sweetness along with that lingering alcohol as well.A DIPA that's not as sweet and sugary as alot of them and the hops are large and in charge,a great DIPA here.

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Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CavemanRamblin
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of tbryan5
4.51/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a translucent deep golden with medium head. The smell is tropical and citrusy hops with just the right amount of malt. Tastes of pineapple, lemon zest, tropical fruits. Delicious! Another winner from one of my new favorite breweries!

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

Photo of Todd
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of Beaver13
4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
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 Jcorn
4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 77apm
4.56/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JakerLou
4.02/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Freak Of Nature DIPA from Wicked Weed Brewing
Beer rating: 4.31 out of 5 with 1,358 ratings
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