Freak Of Nature DIPA | Wicked Weed Brewing

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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
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162
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1,261
Avg:
4.27
pDev:
7.73%
 
 
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Photo of kojevergas
2.97/5  rDev -30.4%
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 teromous
3.15/5  rDev -26.2%
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 afroskully
3.32/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

grabbed a bottle this past weekend. wasn't all that impressed with this DIPA, found it way too malty and sweet. I thought the pernicious IPA was much tastier and better balanced.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.46/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Light golden yellow, good amount of lacing on the surface and the glass.

Peach, pineapple dankness wafts strongly over this one.

Nicely balanced hop bitterness with a fruity sweetness. Pretty good, better than most overly harsh/bitter actual West coast IPAs.

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Photo of John_M
3.57/5  rDev -16.4%
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 IrishColonial
3.67/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Smells and tastes a bit stale but can tell something good may be simmering underneath. Still decent but hope to try it on tap at the source at some point.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.69/5  rDev -13.6%
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 rodmanfor3
3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer smells like weed. That much matches the description provided by the brewery. Everything else is just verbiage.

Beyond the nose, there is little else going on with this brew that makes it anything other than a very average IPA.

North Carolina can keep this beer. I will stick to better New England IPA's.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
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 Jimmys
3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle. bottled 09.22.2015.

pours a fairly clear with a bright white head. a very light amber hue. aroma is very resinous. hoppy but not overly bitter, boozy, or sweet. fairly well balanced. definitely a good DIPA, but I cannot say my socks are blown off.

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Photo of Radome
3.89/5  rDev -8.9%
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 ryho
3.91/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip glass from a 500 mL bottle. Pale in color, nice head.

Smells dank and citrusy.

Tastes the same as it smells. Fairly light and drinkable for the high alcohol. High level of bitterness for the amount of malt flavor. I would personally prefer a little less bitterness.

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Photo of Prager62
3.94/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 500ml bottle with no date stamped on the label section that lists bottled on. Pouring it in a 12oz. snifter/tulip for the review.

Look- Pours a nearly transparent gold color with a finger of white foam. Tiny carbonation bubbles float to the top as it settles leaving some lacing behind.

Smell- Grapefruit, bread and a hint of floral esters.

Taste- Its very bread forward followed by floral notes. A kiss of grapefruit and malt sweetness in the finish.

Feel- Crisp, clean and dry.

Overall- As DIPA's go I'd put this one in the middle of the flavor spectrum. It leans a bit on the malty side, but has palate pleasing floral-citrus notes to nearly balance the scale. Pretty drinkable for a 8.5% beer, but I was expecting more for the style.

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Photo of RockRuler
3.94/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a bomber bottled 11.23.15.
A hazy yellow appearance. Big citrus aroma. Well balanced. Grapefruit bitterness with a hint of pepper aftertaste. Smooth. A solid DIPA. Glad I tried it. Cheers!

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Photo of cjgiant
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Crowler had night of purchase:
Pours a clear golden color with a fluffy white head that produces spotty lacing, even though it covers the beer for most of the pour.

Nose is a little on the vegetal side of a classic IPA - piney, grapefruit pith, very light tropical notes.

Taste follows the nose, with a nice crisp opening that brings a melon to diluted tropical note with it. The power in these flavors is lower than expected, but the cleanliness of the notes detected is nice. The fact that hops is a green flower is apparent by mid taste - with a very light green onion note. The feel is a tad watery and devoid of the power of 8.5%, but allows the flavors to come out on their own.

I think a little more body is expected from DIPAs today, but I enjoyed that this didn't overpower me. That said, I enjoyed Pernicious more from this brewery.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.96/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Consumed 2/20/16

A: Pale tangerine-gold to medium orange - lightly hazy - pours with a small, bright white head, fades to a few wisps, leaves some spots of lacing

S: Big and hoppy - potent citrus, with orange and loads of grapefruit flesh, zest, oil, and pith - herbal, resinous, with a touch of spice - lightly dank - some light fruits - touch of onion - earthy - pale malts, caramel malts, touch of bread, biscuits

T: West Coast, from the East Coast, or something like that - lots of citrus, orange, emphasis on grapefruit, oil, zest, peel, and pith - herbal, lightly dank, lightly resinous, earthy - some light fruitiness - sharp touch of onions - above-average bitterness, straight-up aspirin that lingers - pale malts and caramel malts, light bread, lightly toasted biscuits

M: Medium body, smooth, carbonation on the low side, oily, lingering bitterness

O: Le freak, c'est chic

I'm tempted to compare this to a few classic West Coast DIPAs, as it really reminds me of some other beers. Bitterness is high, as is the sheer amount of citrus and grapefruit. The herbal, dank notes really round things out. This is worth a try.

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Photo of farrago
3.96/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Big airy head which crests above two fingers, kind of eggshell white, its whipped up nature diminishes retention, lacing seems on the wispy side as well. Dark golden hue to the liquid, verges on a coppery orange, clear with a hint of gauziness, only a few bubbles visible, slow and sluggish. Erect nose of bread crusts, black pepper, pine and tangerine to blood orange scents, tar resin and damp earth, mango, apricot, nectarine and kiwi fruit element strong yet somehow still manages to not seem juicily ripe. Full-bodied, lots of dry extract and it sticks tenaciously to the tongue and palate. Slightly more floral, the cocoa and mocha accents come through, the oily bitterness does not take full command. More tar, ash, resin and a healthy dose of tangerine and lemon citrus, almost minty at times. The carbonation seems a bit light for its overall weight. What is nice is its freshness in spite of its thicker mouth feel. There’s nothing “obvious” about it yet it hits the standard notes, hard to deliver this kind of layered presentation without appearing to have tried to do so. Good drinkability for the ABV. Would happily imbibe again.

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Photo of chinchill
3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub in Asheville.
Pours clear with a light amber body and a very good head. Nice lacing.

This DIPA has a load of fruity hops in the nose. Pungent aroma.
Flavor: fruity but herbal and slightly dank hops dominate. Mild bitterness for style.

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

Fruity melon, tangerines and lemon to start but a rather harsh, bitter piney finish. I get some herbal notes, resin and lupilin throughout. The bitterness is prevalent and may be more than I want.

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

pours a clear golden amber with a small head that poofs. nose; grassy hops and light onion. taste; sweet thin malt, lemon pith, grapefruity zest and a resinous, vegetal aftertaste. medium carbonation and mouthfeel. given the name, i wasn't expecting how simple and safe this was - overall, it's a bit like a souped-up mosaic session ale.

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Photo of stakem
4/5  rDev -6.3%

1-liter growler poured into a matching wicked weed snifter. The brew appears a clear golden orange color with an off-white cap that fades slow leaving patchy lace.

The smell containd notes of citrus zest, fruity rinds and grassy herbs. Its very piney and herbal smelling of hops with litle to no other character, just all hoppiness and its good.

The taste is pine, with citrus zest, pith and pulp like rindy oranges and grapefruit with a lasting dank appeal and faint extended fruity quality that is bitter. No indication of that 8% alcohol or really any malt backbone.

This is medium bodied with a light amount of carbonation. Pretty decent stuff that fits the bill for their west coast style description.

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

Bottle shared by RussianDragon. Thanks man.

Golden orange body with a thin white cap. Dank hops, floral notes, tangy, bitter hops. A hint of medicinal character with ample bitterness. Tasty.

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

i liked this beer quite a bit, but think its absurd to consider it among the best big india pales in the world. wicked weeds contribution for me is their funky stuff, this is just an over hopped beer that seems less refined than their other stuff. maybe its hype for the brewery or something, but for this to be rated so highly is a bit ridiculous in my opinion. the beer really is excellent, light but balancing malt base, aggressive pine family hops, with a clean finish and only moderate bitterness. its excellent actually, super fresh and feels great on the palate too, lighter than many, not having that oily honey texture some get, and not getting heavy with the vegetal aspect of the hops. but i dont think its unique or nuanced enough to be measured against the likes of the best in the world. certainly not a top 250 beer for me, although it is great, its not that great.

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Photo of smcolw
4.02/5  rDev -5.9%
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 VelvetExtract
4.02/5  rDev -5.9%
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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