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

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178
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4.27
pDev:
7.96%
 
 
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Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of acurtis
3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of jaydoc
4.09/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of spycow
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

edit: had this again on tap recently (years later than original review) and was super impressed. right in the center is this super dank pine element, almost like fresh heady weed, flashes up and then dies back, but that little pop is so unique, i dont remember that from before. this is better than i first gave it credit for being, and i have to raise a couple of scores and rescind my negative tone...

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of nmann08
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of metter98
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Wicked Weed Brewing, Asheville, NC

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with delicate lacing covering the surface.
S: Moderately strong aromas of citrusy and pine resin hops are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of citrusy and pine resin hops along with a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite drinkable for a bold IPA as most of the alcohol is well hidden from the taste.

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4.49/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The trick to making a great "imperial" IPA is to not make an Imperial IPA at all! Sure, make an IPA, but kick it up a notch. Not so much that its residual sweetness attempts to balance the hops or that its body contradicts the IPA's supreme dryness.

This Freak of Nature kicks off with a bright golden-orange color and less haze than expected from such highly hopped ale. As a tall column of froth climbs to the rim of the glass, it retains largely with creamy texture and lacing rings within the beer's wake. Its simply a glowing ale to captivate the eye.

Bold aromatics spring forth with all-things-hops: Citrusy grapefruit, tropical pineapple and a deeply herbaceous scent that's reminiscent of chive and cannabis. Backed by a thin layer of caramel and honey, the malts simply seem to give the hop character a juicy, vibrant and ripe scent.

Equally as hop-dominant is the beer's taste, but the malts play delicately on the early palate before hand. It thin honey and caramel is bet with the terse bready sweetness of biscotti for a creamy and malty-dry upstart. Then the middle bursts with tangy, juicy fruit flavor- red grapefruit, pineapple, mango, passion fruit, apricot and lemon all converge with the semi-tart and semi-sweet fructose character before the ale develops quickly into a deeply resinous tone. The bitter taste of torn pine needles, fresh-cut grass, herbal lemongrass, chive and light cannabis dry the beer's taste with ease.

Medium bodied, the beer's early creaminess dissolves on the middle palate as the racy carbonation pulls from the malt and its sweetness dissolves. What's left is the arid hop dryness and light alcohol warmth that closes the session with firm dryness and lingering resin.

Freak of Nature isn't really any freak at all- its a beer that straddles the fence of standard American IPA and that of more imperial-ized versions. Yet, it capitalizes on the best of both worlds- the body and showcased bitterness of IPA but with the drippy goodness and focus on hop aroma and early taste of Imperial types- a "dip and duke" that works out marvelously.

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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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4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with an impressive head that leaves plenty of lacing behind

Smell: Big tropical aromatics, with pineapple, grapefruit pith and papaya

Taste: Shortbread malts, up front, and then it's a launch into hop assault territory, with pithy citrus, pineapple and papaya; citrusy and slightly sweet, in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: North Carolina's best DIPA, this is an impressive brew for the hopheads

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4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of mothman
3.43/5  rDev -19.7%
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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4.11/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of oberon
4.14/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear light golden with a thinner but quite sticky bone white head atop,grapefruit and fresh mown grass in the nose with a tinge of sweet onion,some alcohol sweetness as well.Sweet onion and pithy grapefruit flavors really hit ya at the onset,big almost raw-like hops just juicy and great,some sugary sweetness along with that lingering alcohol as well.A DIPA that's not as sweet and sugary as alot of them and the hops are large and in charge,a great DIPA here.

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Photo of jlindros
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to rudzud.

Light fizzy head swirls to a nice creamy head and nice lacing , little lacing, hazy golden yellow color.

Nose is nice, bright citrus floral hops, little grapefruit tangy citrus, little grassy earthy, little woodsy and piney, tangy fruity, little sweet candy malt.

Taste brings sweet candy malt, sticky pine resin hops but not a ton, mild orange peel citrus thing, fruity, little bubblegum note, grassy earthy herbal piney, Amarillo perhaps. Finish is super bitter, slightly dry, little sticky sweet, pine, orange peel fruity hops lingering.

Mouth is med bod, little sticky, decent carb.

Overall solid ipa but fairly cut and dry nothing that sets it apart.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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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