Freak Of Nature DIPA | Wicked Weed Brewing

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Freak Of Nature DIPAFreak Of Nature DIPA

Brewed by:
Wicked Weed Brewing
North Carolina, United States

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.

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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 Cobrito
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

How can I possibly be turning in the first 5 score for this amazing beer?

For some reason I was disappointed in this at first--I think because I was feeling the pain of paying $6 for a 500 ml beer. But I was wrong, oh so wrong, this is easily the best IPA in the South and compares with the best IPAs anywhere.

Many Freaks later and I can barely drink any other beer. I am hooked on Freak's complex, herbal/fruity/weedy flavors and absolutely perfect dry but not too dry mouthfeel. In comparison, other beers now all taste thin or simple or unnatural.

The Pliny of the Southeast. Spectacular.

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Photo of twistwrist
4.9/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Slightly cloudy in appearance but still beautifully transparent, subtle but present lacing left on the glass, and a perfectly thin head layer. Strong citrus smell and taste that lingers citrus on the back of your tongue and delicious bitterness shows itself a few moments later. Mouthfeel is crisp. Fantastic beer. I hope there are more when I get back to my beer store tomorrow!

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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 humuloner22
4.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On draft numerous times at the brewpub, I don't know why it has taken me so long to review this one, but it has. Anyway far and away the best DIPA in the state.

Appearance: Very clear bronze gold decent head retention that sticks to the side of the glass throughout the pour.

Aroma: Piney resin, tropical fruit notes like mango, papaya and guava. Beautiful bouquet!

Taste: So smooth, there is a lot going on with this beer, its very smooth but with the right amount of bitterness going on in the right places but its not overwhelming in that sense. Tropical fruit notes and some piney resinous flavors as well. It washes over your tongue with pure smooth tropical mango and some mild citrus notes.

Overall: Without a doubt the best IPA/DIPA made in NC right now, edges out Jade as my favorite but loses some points because for now all you can get is at the brewpub or select stores which may have it on growler. I cannot wait until this one is being canned! Watch out New England and CA, we have something worthy of trading!

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Photo of ordybill
4.81/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a golden yellow with a medium sized white head. The aroma is hop driven. An outstanding beer.

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Photo of Paincane
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Bright clear golden body topped by white head with great lacing. Excellent head retention.
S: Great citrus aromas with grapefruit, lemon peel and pine notes.
T: Grapefruit, pine, hop flavors abound making for a wonderful crisp body with a terrific bitter hop finish.
M: Crisp, flavorful, hoppy masterpiece.
O: Beautiful DIPA.

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Photo of 95Pirate
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Legit in every way. Well done Wicked Weed. Tons of citrus, hop forward, very drinkable. Go get some....well that's the hard part and if you live in NC you're lucky.

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Photo of Bossgarlic
4.76/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Just tapped. Crisp, clean, smells amazing, not too heavy, not too sweet, not too hoppy. Slightly herbal. Not a palate wrecker! : ] this is an excellent dipa. My partner hates ipas but loves this.

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Photo of surfcaster
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

On tap with freshly tapped keg only a couple days old from WW.

The nose lets you know from 6 inches away this one is going to be special. Powerful citrus and floral notes. Explodes on the tongue with bitterness that evolves during the tasting but never overwhelms.

I think this is the closest thing I have had to Nelson on the east coast and that is my highest compliment.

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Photo of Brackh
4.74/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured out of a growler a buddy brought back to me. Pours a lighter clear yellow. Smells all pine and citrus. Taste has a good bite up front. So drinkable though. Fruity, hoppy, beautiful. Awesome all around.

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Photo of deegan42
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

This beer is one of the finest in Asheville. Wicked Weed is fairly new but their beer is out of this world.

A - The beer is very clear and the head i light. It looks lighter than it is.

S - The smell is awesome and you can really get a good whiff of the simcoe. It has a small hint of onion in the dankness. The smell is one of the best features of this beer

T - It takes just like it smells, delicious! The hops are just the right amount of heavy for the alcohol content. The bitterness does not take away from overall flavor at all. Citrus and grapefruit flavors are pleasantly intent throughout each sip.

M - The mouthfeel is light and this is not my usual preference. However, these folks make it work very well. This is a DIPA that is extremely easy to drink and even the newest IPA enthusiasts will fall in love with it. The awesome flavor lasts well after the last sip.

Overall - This is one of the better beers i have tasted and the only others that i have enjoyed this much are Heady Topper and a private batch of DIPA from the owner of Greenman Brewing. I highly recommend this beer if you visit Wicked Weed.

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Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
4.69/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On draft @ Star Bar in Denver for Wicked Weed special tap event (and nobody was there...what the hell?!?). Ok, so, this beer is stupid good and tasting this was like seeing my first adult film. I had zero expectations and when I saw this bright, golden elixir, I knew I wanted it in my mouth. This is so dank, so resinous, so juicy - if a hop-head had this in a dream, it's immediately becoming a wet dream. Would drink this again and again and again!

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Photo of Irbycp
4.66/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Brewed 10/5/15. Never had before- only 8.1% so not overpowering alcohol content. Drank out of bottle.

Very cool smell hoppy and woodsy, a lot of pine here. Very dry taste and not overly bitter; very well rounded overall. Not hipster hoppy, but solid. One of the better DIPAs I've had in a long time.

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Photo of TGriffing26
4.64/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer. Orange/Copper color. Nice lacing. Citrusy nose. Orange, grapefruit taste with a piney finish. Lingers on the palate, but not in an off putting manner. Definitely know why its won an award. Great pick up if you can find it...or just drive to Asheville. Cheers!

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Photo of wdberkley
4.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Totally impressed with this NC IPA. Didn't expect it to be as west coast influenced as it is. Citrus (orange, grapefruit, pineapple;e) + huge hit of hops.

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Photo of Jay_P22
4.59/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Nabbed from the brewery. First Wicked Weed beer. Poured into a snifter.

Look is a bright copper brew, slight haze, thick head a leaves good lacing.

Smell is full of hops, and nature - fruits, tropical, pineapple. Dank.

Taste is complex with all these tropical flavors. Name fits. Love it.

Medium bodied brew. Well balanced. A litter bitterness and a easy finish.

Overall it's great. A well balanced DIPA that allows the citrus and hops to shine. Lots of different earthy flavors. Wish I had more.

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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 Treyliff
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into a pint glass

A- pours a slightly hazy golden color, one finger creamy white head with good retention and lacing

S- pure west coast IPA aroma; lots of citrus, dank green resin, pine, grapefruit & orange

T- intense citrus hop notes up front with tons of citrus peel, mango, guava, fresh gras, resin & pine. Faint underlying toasted malt allows the hops to shine

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

O- a textbook west coast ipa, a pure showcase of citrus hops, world class

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Photo of jhavs
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Half pint ordered at the brewery during lunch, another pint at the downstairs taproom when we went back after dinner (notes taken on first 1/2).

A= Golden, slightly hazy, allowing light to pass through. White one finger head is foamy, dissipates slowly into foam ring around the glass. Bit of lacing hangs on the glass.

S= Mix of citrus rind and juice with an earthy and pine hop aroma. Background of sweet malts and touch of caramel.

T= First taste is citrus, orange zest followed by resinous pine. The malt background comes through as a touch of candy sweetness and caramel.

M= Medium body with moderate carbonation.

O= Tastes great, nice layering of hop flavors and balance with the malt sweetness. .

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

Poured from 500ml bottle dated 8/12/15

A: Beautiful golden beer with 2 finger fluffy head that sticks around. Plenty of lacing.
S: Piney, resiney, dankness.
T: Pine, resin dank goodness some b citrus and rind floats through the background
MF: 8.5% Alcohol is well hidden. Mouth is coated with dankness.
O: Very good beer. If you are a fan of the dank thisbis for you. Not for the lover of a citrus forward IPA

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

Stumbled across this gem today at my local bottle shop, glad to see the Asheville beers popping up here in GA.
Poured from a 500ml bottle into a pint glass, slightly cloudy golden color with a touch of amber. Decent white head that dissipates quickly leaving some lacing behind. Smells of citrus but not overpowering. Tastes the same at first but definitely has some alcohol heat to it. Medium carbonation, finishes clean. I'd drink it again!

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Photo of tbryan5
4.51/5  rDev +5.6%
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 Ciocanelu
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden color with white head. Aroma is really dank and resiny. Earthy hops, chive, herbs, grass and pine needles. Taste follows with the same notes, starts balanced but the bitterness increases towards the finish. Body is soft and carbonation is just right for the style. Alcohol is really well hidden, making the beer dangerously drinkable. Overall this is a great double IPA.

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Freak Of Nature DIPA from Wicked Weed Brewing
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