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
Ratings:
1,317
Reviews:
180
Avg:
4.27
pDev:
7.96%
 
 
Wants:
275
Gots:
290
For Trade:
9
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Photo of GilGarp
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JCarson410
4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of KenC
4.09/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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 weezarc
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of brpendergast85
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gavilan
3.92/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Celtics76
3.92/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 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 PSU_Mike
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JonSchwartz
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It's still a great beer. But before the scaled up production, it was much better than that: it was one of the best IPAs any where, three years ago.

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Photo of bwbetts
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of denver10
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rkarimi
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

3-10

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Photo of VAcrossr
4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 DCgolfpro
3.39/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of gatornation
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
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 +4.2%
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 Dreynolds1808
4.54/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bossgarlic
4.76/5  rDev +11.5%
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 yergermeister
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of spacebear09
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Freak Of Nature DIPA from Wicked Weed Brewing
4.27 out of 5 based on 1,317 ratings.
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