Freak Of Nature DIPA | Wicked Weed Brewing

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Freak Of Nature DIPAFreak Of Nature DIPA

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Wicked Weed Brewing
North Carolina, United States | website

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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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.49/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz. bottled on 08.16.16

Pours golden amber orange with a dense creamy frothy white foam head. Smells like green onion, cilantro, dank resinous pine, earthy herbal grass, some caramelized toasted bready crackery malts, with orange citrus rind, grapefruit, some peach, tropical mango, passionfruit, and spicy guava. Tastes like peach, orange citrus, some grapefruit, tropical mango, passionfruit, spicy guava, slightly boozy toasted bready crackery caramelized malts, with green onions, cilantro, dank resinous pine, and earthy herbal grass. Feels medium-light bodied, creamy and slick with moderate low carbonation. Overall a really nice DIPA.

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Photo of twistwrist
4.9/5  rDev +14.2%
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 Radome
3.89/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted from a 500 ml bottle into a wine glass.

L - Crystal clear and light golden color. Head is very low and consists mainly of a tiny froth around the edge of the glass. It appears attractive and delicate, almost like a champagne instead of beer.

S - Intense pineapple and tropical fruit hop aromas, mixed with a floral/herbal note that reminds me of chamomille. No malt or yeast notes emerge.

T - Flavors totally dominated by intense, tropical fruit-like hops. Bready malt appears only faintly in the finish.

F - Hugely aggressive hops bitterness in a thinnish body. Moderate to high carbonation. Strong alcohol presence.

O - This is defintiely a DIPA aimed at hopheads. There is no hint of the balancing maltiness that I normally enjoy in the style. This is an unapologetic hop bomb, great for those who are looking for that, but slightly disappointing to me.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
4.14/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle served cold into a Innis & Gunn flute / tulip glass. Thanks to Joe C for this beer via my mom. Sample was bottled June 29, 2016 and is advertised at 8.5% ABV.

Appearance - Rich and bright golden color, with just a hint of amber. A robust two fingers of long-lasting white head are poured and the clarity is rather exceptional with minimal haze.

Smell - The nose is a bit of pine mixed with citrus of grapefruit and orange. Simple, straightforward and too the point but well executed.

Taste - Pretty much like the nose, rather citrusy and elements of pine, without being an absolute hop monster nor dominated or counteracted with a big offsetting malt to balance. Rather balanced as is without that big flavor. As a couple of other posters have pointed out, it is basically an IPA, with a little more intensity and alcohol, but not reaching the extreme levels that many DIPA's can.

Mouthfeel - Brilliant. Well -carbonated but really easy to knock back, could easily see myself getting into trouble with this if supplies weren't limited. Light body with a near-perfect feel.

Overall - While Freak of Nature DIPA isn't my favorite hoppy beer from Wicked Weed, it is a very well made DIPA, that feels more like a IPA with the intensity turned up a single notch. Certainly worth a try and it's excellent reputation.

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Photo of dar482
4.16/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a medium to deep gold color, full on clarity.

The aroma smacks of pine, oniony/chive dank, orange, hints of tropical, some bready sweetness.

The flavor dank, garlic/chive, with a restrained grapefruit and orange quality, with a medium bready sweetness in the middle, onto a medium plus bitterness at the end familiar with West Coast DIPAs.

Well constructed and true to style. Reminders of Pliny come through.

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Photo of BigGold
4.04/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

First had in 2015, poured into clear plastic hotel water cup and then red Solo cup, from growler filled at Stella Brew, Winston-Salem, NC, and most recently in 2016, at the Boston-Fenway Yard House, on draft into tumbler. Long the IPA that pulled hop heads to Wicked Weed, it now has competition in Pernicious, but should not be ignored.

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Photo of Buck89
4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter. Hazy pale golden yellow color with a modest but resilient white head. Bright grapefruit and citrus aroma, with some scratchy earthy and bready notes. I tasted plenty of bitter citrus, and it was balanced nicely with pine, herbal notes, and a nice subtle malt backbone that was dry and crackery. Medium-bodied, and easy drinking for such a big beer.

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Photo of Beers-es
4.37/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap, pours a clear orange with an inch of dense white foam that leaves scads of lacing. Smell is citrus and pine, nice but not a huge nose. Taste follows and is pretty fantastic. Good medium feel. Overall a really great IIPA.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

bottled on 5/3/16 ... glad to see fresh wicked weed showing up in NE!!

cool design on the bottle (+.25), pours an almost clear golden orange color, nice white head with good retention, leaves a bit of lace.

not huge on the nose, grassyness, earthy dankness, light lemon, and some sweet malts. faint tropical character coming out as it warms. wasnt blown away by the flavor profile, some citric hops up front, pleasant piney bitterness that is balanced by a caramel flavor. body feels medium, coats nicely. overall this was an enjoyable beer, got a couple bottles but probably wont buy it again because I feel there are a number of better options.

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Photo of tbryan5
4.51/5  rDev +5.1%
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 arizcards
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a pint at the brewpub today for $5.50.

Beer was served golden orange with a nice white head that left lacing behind.

Nose is dank hops forward.

Taste was dank as well, citrus and pine play nice with the malt base.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, surprisingly light for this big of beer.

Overall an awesome beer that I am very happy to have tried!

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Photo of John_M
3.57/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Was looking forward to trying this one.

The beer pours a golden amber color, with good head retention and lacing, This beer certainly looks attractive enough. The nose is pretty decent as well, as I get some light citrus, a hint of tropical fruit, and a considerable onion aroma (all of which is OK in my book). The aroma profile struck me as a bit lean (minimal sweetness), something that was confirmed on the palate. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely, and the beer was very dry and bitter on the finish. However, there is considerable heat from the noticeable alcohol on the finish, and it really mars this beer's drinkability (IMO). If anything, the noticeable alcoholic bite became more and more pronounced as I went along, and I finally just gave up and dumped the rest (about a 4th of the bottle). I'm fairly certain the bottle I had was pretty fresh, so I honestly don't know what the problem was.

At least for me, I did not find this to be an enjoyable DIPA (I much preferred the regular pernicious).

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Photo of gcamparone
4.14/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 2.22.16. Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Wicked Weed snifter. Thanks Steve for hooking me up with this, been wanting to try it for a while.

Pours a lightly hazy amber body with a big frothy white head that sticks around for a while to leave behind chunky lacing and retention. Just what an IPA should look like.

Resinous, dank aromas, citrus and pine, lightly earthy with some rye and floral aromas. On the Tropical to Resinous spectrum, the aromas indicate that this falls heavily to the resinous side.

The tongue is very similar to the nose. Upfront is a big punch of resinous, piney, west coast hops that dominate the follow through as well, sitting on a pretty heavy hop backbone. Finish is bitter and piney with a distinct west coast astringency that sits around for a minute. Pretty easy drinker considering the 8.5% ABV, medium body with medium low carbonation.

A nice change from the east coast style, definitely showcases the roots of the American IPA with citrus, pine, and resinous notes.

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Photo of leroybrown10
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours gold and clear. Very large cream colored head. Tremendous retention and lots of sticky lacing.

Aroma is orange rind, grapefruit, and lemon peel. Some pine and mango. Caramel malt.

Citrus hops on fist sip. Orange rind in particular. Lemon, mango, and grapefruit. Caramel malt and some oak. Pine-y and herbal.

Medium body with medium carbonation. Some creaminess on the tongue and mild bitterness. Lingering citrus.

Really nice DIPA. Big hops with enough malt balance to smooth things out.

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Photo of Brewhaha
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Happy visit from the Owner/brewer to New England; 12 ounce pour on tap at the Independent in Somerville Massachusetts. This ale is a shining example of the craft and complexity being built on the many varieties of the noble hop flower. The eyes perceive deep golden amber body and creamy head as the nose greets the rich hop bouquet. The first slip brings on waves of hop notes, so many notes that they literally dance on the tongue: tropical notes of many fruits, barnyard notes, this is taking "dank" to a new level, and the malt backbone provides a perfect bass-line for this hop performance. Alcohol is present, and woven neatly into the fabric of the beer, and the finish is surprisingly clean, leaving my mouth watering and wanting more. An impressive performance by WW all around!

Note: this beer was tasted head to head with Stone Enjoy By 4/20/16 and the WW was the clear victor in this pairing. Either the Stone is over-rated or the WW reviews are not giving justice to this fine brew.

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25


A: Big, danky, citrusy hoppy aroma with a very light malt presence.

A: yellow-orange color, totally clear with a frothy white head that has moderate carbonation. There is light lacing in the glass.

T: Crisp, danky, citrusy hoppy flavor, light malt presence, with a light bitterness on the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, with no noticeable alcoholic warmth.

O: Pretty tasty; some DIPAs have almost overripe hop flavor, but this beer is crisp with great dank, citrusy flavor (thanks to the massive dry-hopping). The huge hop aroma and flavor, along with light bitterness makes this beer quite enjoyable to drink.

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Photo of Jay_P22
4.59/5  rDev +7%
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 AdamAlway
4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Golden orange that is mostly clear with a slight haze. Very light white head with very little retention, but leaves pockets of film and so-so lacing.

S: A blast of juicy hops and a mess load of pineapple. Very light and tropical.

T: Much more hop dominate with a small taste of citrus before a good amount of bitterness kicks. The finish is dominated by pine that leaves a very crisp finish.

F: Very dry, medium to light on the body. Medium carbonation that really helps the overall experience.

O: The name is very fitting with a great balance between taste and smell of a wide variety of nature themes. The hops dominate to make for a great DIPA base. Very clean and refreshing that fits so well with the weather warming.

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Photo of Gavage
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: pours a hazy yellowish orange color with a 2" head that lasts a while. Nice lace paints the glass.

Smell: loads of citrus and dank hop bitterness.

Taste: caramel, grapefruit, orange, pine, a hint of mango, and a hearty earthy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp throughout with dry finish. Long lasting citrus and earthy tones stick to the tongue for while.

Overall: a delicious DIPA with a serious hop presence that keeps the tastebuds happy.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a golden orange body with one-finger head and leaves a lace ring down the glass. The aroma is full of citric and dirty hops with bit of pine. Smooth, light bodied, possible medium bodied, hops are in full force as they give off citric, bitter, earthy and dry flavors with just enough malt sweetness and base on backend for a bit of balance and to keep the hops from dominating.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Flowery. Pine, grapefruit, dank, and resinous. A touch of sweetness in the mid palate. Lower carb, drinkable. Very dry on the finish. It's pretty good. I think I was expecting a bit more, but it's still worth trying.

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Photo of smcolw
4.02/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Moderately foamy head. Settles quickly but leaves spots of lace on the way. Dark gold color. Mild haze.

Prickly evergreen nose with a solid grapefruit presence. Light malt.

Highly carbonated, which enhances the strong spicy hop bite--black pepper like. Good malt start but it gets completely dominated by the grapefruit rind tasting finish. Long aftertaste as one would expect.

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Photo of ordybill
4.81/5  rDev +12.1%
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 psycHOPathy
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pale golden orange with khaki foam
Smell of crisp grapefruit, apricot, orange, lemon zest, bread
Taste is grapefruit cut with breadiness. Very hoppy, a little piney
Sharp aggressive carbonation
The bitterness isn't fully balanced but it's a very complex hop-forward DIPA

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.02/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours a cloudy yellowy orange. Light foam. Aroma is like gin. Pine and juniper and spruce. God damn that is piney. Smells better than Pernicious, though. Flavor attempts to balance out the gin-like hoppiness with a violent candied sweetness (found said sweetness in Pernicious). Pine needles and botanical hops meet rock candy and sugar water. I somehow enjoy this combination to a certain extent. Underlying sugar-drizzled fruit hops. Medium bodied with a long lick of bitter and some booze. Wicked Weed seems to have a very unique take on hoppy beers. They near on "sweetness overload" for me but I'm sorta digging this one.

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Freak Of Nature DIPA from Wicked Weed Brewing
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