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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161
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1,259
Avg:
4.28
pDev:
7.71%
 
 
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Photo of wuthrichj15
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Awesome double IPA poured a beautiful orange collar with a large white head. Lots of hops and tropical fruits on the nose. Taste was wonderful plenty of hop bite. Some nice fruit taste detected as well. A nice malt back down to balance it out. A nice malt back down to balance It out.

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Photo of Beaver13
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle, bottled on 1/11/17. Pours clear straw gold with a big fluffy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet malts with lots of fruity resiny piney hops.

The flavor is some sweet bready malt with lots of fruity, resiny, spicy hops and some alcohol in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a very nice well balanced DIPA.

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Photo of Terp96
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 1/11/17. Poured a clear amber color with slight head. Good lacing. Smell is citrusy, tropical fruit, slight pine. Taste is slight tropical fruit but dank bitterness takes over almost immediately. Finishes very piney with a prickly, dry finish. Oily slick. A ton going on here. One of the best DIPAs out there, especially for the price.

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Photo of mf86
5/5  rDev +16.8%
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 delta490
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's a beautiful clear gold with about a half finger of creamy off white head. It has great retention and leaves splotches of tight sticky head on the side of a nonic pint glass. The aroma is lighter but offers some tropical fruit hops and a whiff of caramel malt sweetness. The taste is equal to its aroma with maybe a little more hops to the flavor than the smell. The body isn't particularly heavy, but it's has a nice feel, mostly smooth with a hint of carbonation.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 11/29/2016. Poured into Wicked Weed goblet. It pours a clear golden color with one finger of milk-white head and lacing with very good retention. It smells of bready malt, lemon peel, grapefruit, pineapple, onion, and dank floral hops. The taste is nicely balanced with some sweet tropical fruit, citrus, slightly sweet malt, a hint of caramel, and biting, bitter hops. Everything works well. It finishes dry and bitter. This is a fairly light, crisp DIPA, with pleasant carbonation, and the 8.5% ABV gives it a nice pop. Overall, this is a terrific DIPA: It has more flavor and pop than Pernicious, and that's saying a lot!

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Photo of acmurphy696
4.86/5  rDev +13.6%
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 teromous
3.15/5  rDev -26.4%
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 JayQue
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great DIPA!!! Pours a slightly hazy (almost clear) dull gold color with a foamy medium sized head. Head retention is very good with a thin cap hanging in till the end. Some bands of lacing on the glass. Aroma is citrus hops but the aroma is not as impressive the other aspects of this beer. Flavor and mouthfeel are truly outstanding. The taste includes plenty of citrus (pineapple and tangerine) and bready malt. The other flavor that many describe as weed, seems more like tobacco to me. The flavors blend greatly and are really pronounced and tasty. Mouthfeel includes a good sharp bitterness balanced with with an almost pillowy softness from the malt. the bitterness is sharp but does not overwhelm the beer. Some alcohol burn is felt but not a major component. This beer truly deserves the world class designation. Very enjoyable!!!!

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.69/5  rDev -13.8%
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 cjgiant
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
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 kojevergas
2.97/5  rDev -30.6%
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 Prager62
3.94/5  rDev -7.9%
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 gatornation
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a golden sunset color with with a white head and streaks of lacing. smell is w/c with tropical fruits , pine and garden dankness. Taste is very dank garden earthy hops mix with a pine and citrus taste sweet caramel malts balance this beast. Well carbonated and hoppy with a sweet finish very little bitterness. A signature brew for WW.

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Photo of EnzymaticHops
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. One of the most amazing aromas of bubblegum, citrus, and pine combined; absolute heaven. Again, tasted of bubblegum, a bit of dank earthy hop, and some grapefruit thrown in for good measure. Definitely a complimentary mixture of hop profiles here; one of the most extensive hop showcases I have ever had. A perfect beer for enjoying with rich foods.

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Photo of Bossgarlic
4.76/5  rDev +11.2%
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 JBowenGeorgia
4.52/5  rDev +5.6%
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 StoutElk_92
4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
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 +14.5%
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 -9.1%
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 -3.3%
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 -2.8%
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 -5.6%
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 +1.9%
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 +2.1%
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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Freak Of Nature DIPA from Wicked Weed Brewing
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