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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1.75/5  rDev -59.4%

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1.96/5  rDev -54.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

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 100200300
3/5  rDev -30.4%

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3/5  rDev -30.4%

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3/5  rDev -30.4%

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3/5  rDev -30.4%

Photo of RandyWilde
3/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of simcoeluv
3.01/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Aroma - grassy

Taste - grassy

Does not match up with the better DIPAs available (at least in the NW).

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Photo of RobS1985
3.08/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

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 malfunxion
3.16/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of Jofroi
3.21/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of QuentinCall
3.24/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Definitely one of the dirtier dipas around -- but, overall?
Exceedingly ho-hum.

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Photo of JamesBell
3.25/5  rDev -24.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -24.6%

Photo of SkiBumbo
3.28/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Yummy DIPA

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3.31/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of afroskully
3.32/5  rDev -23%
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 GSUEAGLE
3.36/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DCgolfpro
3.39/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Wasatch
3.4/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

500 ml Bottle
Date Bottled: 03.21.17

Poured into a tulip a pretty nice clean/clear orangy color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy one-finger white head, which also leaves some pretty nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, with some nice citrus, with some pineyness. The taste is pretty nice, hoppy, nice little citrus note, some pineyness. Medium body, ABV hidden fairly well, too spicey/hot. Overall, a tasty brew.

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Photo of mothman
3.43/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Way too sticky and weedy. A hop bomb but not in a good way.

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

Photo of Sabtos
3.46/5  rDev -19.7%
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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Freak Of Nature DIPA from Wicked Weed Brewing
Beer rating: 4.31 out of 5 with 1,358 ratings
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