Freak Of Nature DIPA | Wicked Weed Brewing

Freak Of Nature DIPAFreak Of Nature DIPA
BA SCORE
96.5%
Liked This Beer
4.31 w/ 1,350 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:
1,350
Liked:
1,303
Avg:
4.31/5
pDev:
7.66%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
275
Gots:
302
Trade:
9
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,350 |  Reviews: 187
Photo of clm9
4.29/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JohnBradSC
4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.75

Photo of RBorsato
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of glf60
4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of buschbeer
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.

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Photo of Ronl12
4.65/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of SawDog505
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.

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Photo of Kettle1
4.51/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Patches826
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of weareallfalafel
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.

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Photo of Kadonny
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.

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Photo of Blackrobe
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Muss42
4.21/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of BeerSexLove
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.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.13/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of KShophead
4.49/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Kurzman
3.44/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Roy1586
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of magic_swaggin
4.85/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of CTbrew32
4.41/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jwale73
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.

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Photo of Ben1313
4.12/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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Freak Of Nature DIPA from Wicked Weed Brewing
Beer rating: 96.5% out of 100 with 1,350 ratings
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