Freak Of Nature DIPA | Wicked Weed Brewing

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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
Reviews:
161
Ratings:
1,259
Avg:
4.28
pDev:
7.71%
 
 
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Photo of SammyJaxxxx
4.52/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 500ml bottle dated 8/12/15

A: Beautiful golden beer with 2 finger fluffy head that sticks around. Plenty of lacing.
S: Piney, resiney, dankness.
T: Pine, resin dank goodness some b citrus and rind floats through the background
MF: 8.5% Alcohol is well hidden. Mouth is coated with dankness.
O: Very good beer. If you are a fan of the dank thisbis for you. Not for the lover of a citrus forward IPA

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle. Clear light golden amber, thick fluffy white head fades slowly leaving tons of lace. Aroma is all weed. The taste follows the nose, dank weedy hops with pine and a little citrus. Good malt balance. Finishes dry with just a touch of alcohol burn. Light bodied and semi slippery. Overall a delicious dank weedy IPA.

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Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

My first opportunity to try this beer that has been one that I was looking forward for quite some time. This one is a new bottling and is incredibly fresh, date on the bottle says 08/12/15. One difference from the BA stated listing is that the bottle lists the alcohol content at 8.5%.

A strong pour easily generates three fingers of attractive beige head. Retention is very very good and turns mountain like as it slowly fades. Big waves of lace are left behind. Body is a rich hue of amber perfection. The nose on this beer has a lot going on. It hosts notes of pine, fresh cut grass and rhubarb all with a nice malt backbone. With first sip you get a cornucopia of hoppy goodness. Piney and rustic while still having bright citrus tones. This is both luscious and juicy while having a wonderfully bold and full body. This one is really made with the hop lover in mind. Nicely drinkable bold brew that I wish I had a fridge full of.

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Photo of 95Pirate
4.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Legit in every way. Well done Wicked Weed. Tons of citrus, hop forward, very drinkable. Go get some....well that's the hard part and if you live in NC you're lucky.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours quite clear with a decent white head that leaves a bit of lacing. Smells like flowers, pine, citrus and sweet malt. The taste is the same as the smell with a great hop bitterness at the end. Great version of a West coast IPA and is definitely a contender for best NC IPA.

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Photo of RyBrew54
4.06/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh at the brewery. Pours a bright golden color. Strong lacing throughout. Excellent nose with strong piney florals, citrus, blended nicely in hop harmony. Taste is hop forward, citus present, then slight spice notes, followed closely with a bitter pone residual. Easy drinking with a light body despite the 8.6% abv. A very nice offering of a DIPA, worth a try.

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Photo of KYGunner
4/5  rDev -6.5%
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 vince321
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is so hoppy and with a great nose. Hop profile feels original or different and that makes for a memorable experience. A bit more body, and this would be almost perfect.

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Photo of Zach136
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Crystal clear body. Medium+ intensity citrus and tropical nose, palate follows. Low to no alcohol, and apparent bitterness. More drinkable than their single IPAs IMO!

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a nice white and fuzzy head that dissipates quickly. The beer itself is a nice looking copper color that is clear. The main notes are a very nice and strong dank and tropical citrus hops that mix very well in the smell and taste. The citrus and pine hops are stronger though. The feel is pretty good since it is a nice, smooth, and heavy body with a fantastic dry finish. Recommended.

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Photo of Brackh
4.74/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured out of a growler a buddy brought back to me. Pours a lighter clear yellow. Smells all pine and citrus. Taste has a good bite up front. So drinkable though. Fruity, hoppy, beautiful. Awesome all around.

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Photo of -Rick
4.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: clear golden yellow, with a nice white head. (from a growler)
S: pine, hop resin, sweet fruits
T: this beer has a lot going on. There is a big pine presence, up front, followed by a mango like sweetness. There is also a decent amount of bitterness in there.
O: a great double IPA. So easy to drink, you would think its a single IPA.

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

On tap at Hunahpu Day. Served in a wine glass.

Appearance - Hazy bright orange. Nice white head.

Smell - Dank and citrusy. Doughy malts.

Taste - Herbal and kinda grassy. Orange hops. Sweet pale malts.

Mouthfeel - Creamy with medium carbonation. Medium body.

Overall - Really nice. Went back for this a couple times.

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Photo of humuloner22
4.85/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On draft numerous times at the brewpub, I don't know why it has taken me so long to review this one, but it has. Anyway far and away the best DIPA in the state.

Appearance: Very clear bronze gold decent head retention that sticks to the side of the glass throughout the pour.

Aroma: Piney resin, tropical fruit notes like mango, papaya and guava. Beautiful bouquet!

Taste: So smooth, there is a lot going on with this beer, its very smooth but with the right amount of bitterness going on in the right places but its not overwhelming in that sense. Tropical fruit notes and some piney resinous flavors as well. It washes over your tongue with pure smooth tropical mango and some mild citrus notes.

Overall: Without a doubt the best IPA/DIPA made in NC right now, edges out Jade as my favorite but loses some points because for now all you can get is at the brewpub or select stores which may have it on growler. I cannot wait until this one is being canned! Watch out New England and CA, we have something worthy of trading!

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Photo of IrishColonial
3.67/5  rDev -14.3%
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 deadonhisfeet
4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at the Wicked Weed tasting room in Asheville, NC. The pour was very clear and golden-amber in color. It sports about a finger of tight white foam with pretty good retention. The nose is very pleasant. I get lots of ripe oranges, lemons, grapefruit, and a hint of pine sap.

Medium body with a very firm, creamy feel. I get flavors of fresh bread up front, then marmalade, peaches, oranges, grapefruit, and pineapple. This is easily one of the most balanced IIPAs I've had. The hop bill is extremely well-integrated with the malt and the flavors all pop together. It's one of those magical beers that seems much less bitter than it actually is. It finishes with a nice oily hop kick that leaves you salivating for more.

I lived in Asheville about 10 years ago and still go back 2-3 times per year. I'm well-aware of all the brewing activity taking place there, but prior to this experience have never once been overly-impressed with an Asheville beer. Obviously, that has now changed. Freak of Nature is a world-class IIPA. If I still lived in Asheville, I'd drink it all the time.

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Photo of LauraTheExplorer
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Happy to finally try this nice DIPA! An awesome fellow BA member sent us howler of this and we were pleasantly surprised by it.
Nice grapefruit, melon tones with a bit of (desirable) bitterness and slight malt to balance the hops. To me, it's reminiscent of Founders Centennial IPA...but a bit more lush and rich. NICE !

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Photo of jjboesen
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Enjoyed this quaff at the upstairs bar during a recent trip in November 2014. This well crafted beer is dry-hopped with 4 pounds of hops per barrel - nice. The body is a translucent amber with a wispy head and a dearth of carbonation. There is some moderate splocthes of lace. The nose emits faint whiffs of grass and pine with a few hits of mango at the end. On the palate, there is plenty of grass and honey along for the ride. A lttle bit of bread on the mouthfeel with some subtle ryness at the end.

Despite the hype, this is a suprisingly easy quaff. However, it does tout an 8.6% abv, so caution must be observed no matter. Perhaps, his majesty King Henry VIII was right: the hop is a pernicious and wicked weed. Nice beer indeed!

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Photo of surfcaster
4.75/5  rDev +11%

On tap with freshly tapped keg only a couple days old from WW.

The nose lets you know from 6 inches away this one is going to be special. Powerful citrus and floral notes. Explodes on the tongue with bitterness that evolves during the tasting but never overwhelms.

I think this is the closest thing I have had to Nelson on the east coast and that is my highest compliment.

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Photo of wingnutter
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%

Poured from a 64oz growler I got when I was in Asheville last weekend to bring back to Tampa.

This is one smooth, tasty beer. At 8% ABV its not a huge DIPA, but the drinkabikity is off the charts.

I'd swear I almost detect a bit of weed in the aroma...taste is awesome, with citrus notes along with some biscuit and light toffee notes...the mouth feel is nothing short of creamy. So good.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
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 StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev -6.5%
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 ThisWangsChung
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Huge thanks to Jay for this one! 64 oz growler into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color. The head is less than a finger high, and white in shade. Retention is quite poor, though the beer doesn't look entirely still. No lacing here, either. (3.25)

Smell: Well, this one doesn't play around. It's really bringing the tropical fruits and the berry qualities nicely, along with some floral and grapefruit notes. Malt is slightly prevalent, just slightly. It's an excellent nose, it really is, it just has a bit too much in the way of onion-y Mosaic notes. (4)

Taste: First off, it's really fresh. Most of the tropical goodness lies closer to the finish and aftertaste, but I also taste a nice dankness to it. The hops have a decent complexity here: I taste grapefruit, weed, mango, melon, pine, grass, and onion. It actually opens up with a slight sugar character before the hops utterly take over. It's hoppy, but not abrasively bitter, either. Very, very delicious in all, but it isn't quite perfectly balanced.

No...wait, it's getting smoother and smoother as I drink more of it. Imagine that, a DIPA that's easy to drink a whole lot of...maybe it IS perfectly balanced overall? Yep, I'm totally conviced now - this is fantastic. (4.5)

Mouthfeel: Not as under-carbonated as I feared, thankfully. The bubbles here are very fine and scrubbing in nature. This has a medium body and a bit of initial sweetness, but that leaves the palate faster than you can say "Keep Asheville weird." Very easy to drink, without a hint of the 8% anywhere. (4.25)

Overall: This is definitely a top-tier DIPA. Initially, it didn't quite seem world-class to me, but the more I drink of it, the more I'm convinced this can stand up to any IPA coming from California. The hops express themselves quite well, and the malts stay out of the way. Seriously, seek this one out. (4.25)

4.26/5: If this is the kind of beer I can regularly expect from Asheville...well then, I'll have to save some scratch for a vacation!

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Photo of barczar
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%

Resiny, piney, grapefruit pith, with a fairly bitter finish. The bready malt backbone stands up well. Onion is a bit strong for my palate, but I think they have the bittering hops and malt balance nailed.

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Photo of stakem
4/5  rDev -6.5%

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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Freak Of Nature DIPA from Wicked Weed Brewing
4.28 out of 5 based on 1,259 ratings.
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