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Brewed by:
Wicked Weed Brewing
North Carolina, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

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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141
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1,165
Avg:
4.29
pDev:
21.68%
 
 
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Photo of macrosmatic
3.88/5  rDev -9.6%
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 -6.8%
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 -1.4%
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 -1.6%

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 -6.8%

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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Photo of kevanb
4.19/5  rDev -2.3%

32oz growler poured into a Wicked Weed snifter.


The beer pours a super clear, golden copper color, quite a few bubbles rising to the top of the glass at first but it settles well with a soapy finger and a half of white head that has moderate retention and leaves some sparse, sticky, lace. The aroma is very piney, bitter, resinous, with some assertive grapefruit peel, light wildflower with some mild tropical fruits and just a touch of sweet malt. The flavors mirror very well, strong bitter pine, fruity grapefruit, tangerine and some mango and pineapple fruit and a touch of wildflower with just a light malt, a bit sticky but very minimal. The mouthfeel is a bit thin, it does have some nice stickiness to it and it coats the mouth fairly well, but it feels a bit lighter than I expected, the carbonation is a bit higher than I prefer, and the finish is nice and dry.


Verdict: A very nice DIPA from Wicked Weed, my first experience with their beers. It's balanced and has a very clean flavor profile, perhaps a bit overly bitter, but quite enjoyable. A very, very well made beer and one I hope to have again.

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Photo of mst934
4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

After bringing a 32oz bottle back to the house, I noticed it was cloudy. Also, a bit rainy. I sat down, cracked open the bottle and filled up a glass. I let the beer sit for a minute or two. After the first sip, a stiff North West wind was felt. Another sip, and I noticed the clouds began to break and the rain stopped.

All is right now. I give credit to this beer. Well done Wicked Weed. A DIPA that goes down like a Session IPA. But you know, with some balls.

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Photo of lupercmda
4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a orangish yellow with a nice 1 inch head. Foamy but not overcarbonated. Smells of pine and mango and malt. Taste follows the smell with the malty backbone up front balanced nicely with the hops. A really good DIPA.

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Photo of MacQ32
4.06/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours a glowing straw/yellow with a finger of voluptuous near white head. Decent retention, fantastic lacing.

S - Big bitter dank hops. Lightly spiced, some less citrusy melon flavors (cantaloupe-ish), light caramel malts.

T - Inititally, crisp, dry, spicy bitter hops, some melon sweetness comes through in the middle, straight bitter blast at the finish. Fairly one dimensional, but very good.

M - Medium bodied, the dryness lends into seemingly intense carbonation. A little slick thickness on the tongue.

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

The beer is bright gold in color. It has good clarity and a nice white head. Bubbles swirl up readily even out of this stubby growler. Lots of lacing. Decent retention. The head dies down after a couple minutes, not bad for a beer above 8% abv. The aroma is full of sweet hop flavors. There’s big citrus, tropical notes, some pine and a floral background. Fruit-wise, I get tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, mango, lemon, lime, mild grape and mild berry. It’s not as huge on the new, fancy hop flavors as some recent hoppy beers, but it excels in execution. The hops are expressed wonderfully with no off notes. There’s light background sweetness from the malt that blends into the hop fruitiness. The taste is full of hop flavor with a perfect balance of sweetness and moderate bitterness. Starts off with floral/grape hoppiness and malt sweetness. Then, pineapple, tangerine and grapefruit take over, before a finish of pine, pepper and citrus rind. The feel is light and smooth. Normal carbonation, though again, it’s a growler. It strongly reminds me of Pliny. The flavor and intensity of the hops is strong but it’s still a very easy beer to like because everything is held in a very careful balance. Excellent stuff.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Delirium Tremens snifter. Label says Bottled On: 12.14.15.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a broken ring behind.

S- Lots of dank hops that also bring a citrus quality.

T- The bitterness and hop flavors are seamlessly integrated. There's a touch of booze and malt but most of what's here is citrusy hop flavor bringing notes of grapefruit, pineapple and papaya.

M- Very sharp and zesty with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- A great DIPA that doesn't skimp on the hop character. I still think Pernicious is the king of the Wicked Weed hoppy beers but this ain't too bad either.

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Photo of blordo1685
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a clear amber with minimal head.

S- Holy cow! This thing had ripe peach, pineapple, even watermelon coming out of it. I had to do a double take to make sure that nobody walked by with perfume.

T- What a refreshing summer drink! And 8.5 percent alcohol which you do not taste. The tropical flavors and wonderful hops are abundant. Mouthfeel is light considering the abv , and malt is faint, actually lighter than I would prefer. This is why I would call this an amazing summer IPA/DIPA .

O- Probably the best IPA or DIPA in Asheville. Though I prefer more of a malt backbone, I'm glad I had it in summer. It was refreshing on a hot day.

IPA lovers, the Wicked Weed is your destination in Asheville. Be warned, the service here is lacking and quite inattentive. But so is every place in Asheville.

Oh, the food is really good here too.

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

First enjoyed this beer at a beer fest, 3 ozs at a time...feel in love this stuff. Flash-forward a bit and now found locally in bottles and it's just as good, if not better! Solid hop forward taste with a slight nod to the abv! This is the best NC example of the IPA IMHO and on par with the best SoCal version that "supposedly" invented the genre (and where most of the best I've had are born)! The look, smell, taste, and feel are awesome...do yourself a favor and try one if you can! Want the best experience, go to Asheville and have a fresh one...mmm, mmm good!

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.37/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - A clear golden beer, with white head that forms up full and pillowy, fading to a whispy white trace, with significant lacing.

S - Pine and sharp hop fruit notes of lemon and grapefruit.

T - Starts with a bright fruity elements, primarily of grapefruit pith and lemon zest. Middle remains bold, but the pine comes forward and the malt sweetness underlies these hop characteristics. In the close, the bitterness rises and hits hard, finishing things with a long bitter trail.

M - Significant carbonation, but the close of bitterness builds over time.

O - This is a delicious DIPA, with solid hops and subtle malt. The close is bitter, but not enough to shake me off this brew.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2014-05-02 at the brewery and again on 2015-08-26 in Charlotte, NC at Duckwoth's on tap.

A - Clear gold. Short white head. Light lace.

S - Citrus, pine, hop resins.

T - Hop forward, citrus, lots of pine, cracker, earthy spice. Not sweet. Good bitterness.

M - Light-medium body and carbonation.

O - Great beer.

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Photo of Paincane
4.8/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Bright clear golden body topped by white head with great lacing. Excellent head retention.
S: Great citrus aromas with grapefruit, lemon peel and pine notes.
T: Grapefruit, pine, hop flavors abound making for a wonderful crisp body with a terrific bitter hop finish.
M: Crisp, flavorful, hoppy masterpiece.
O: Beautiful DIPA.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured on-tap and served in a shaker pint, the beer is a hazy, copper-bronze coloring with a filmy, white head. Nose of grapefruit, marijuana, cut grass, moss, and resin. Flavors are very dank and bitter forward, with a rich, resinous, piney, and bitter blast. Pepper spices in the backbone, with a subtle grapefruit and caramel ribbon throughout. Very bitter and green aftertaste, with spices and floral highlights. Bitter, dry, and smooth finish. Beastly brew.

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Photo of UpToMeBeer
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I was lucky enough to try this in Colorado. It was shipped in a growler. The only drawback was it had been in the grolwer about 3 weeks, so not super fresh. Having said that, it was still a top-notch Double IPA. So I can only imagine (er, fantasize?) how great it would be fresh.

The hops really shine on this beer. It's more of the "East Coast" style, in my opinion. More on the earthy/spicy side with just hints of fruit. There's just enough malt to take the edge off.

It's a pleasant sipper. The alcohol makes itself known but doesn't overwhelm you. The finish is dry, and clean enough to bring you back for more.

This is a real eye-opener for me as I've had little (if any?) prior contact with Asheville, N.C. beers - and I'm starting to realize what a beer mecca it's become. I'm glad to see Colorado breweries expanding there.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
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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Photo of deegan42
4.7/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

This beer is one of the finest in Asheville. Wicked Weed is fairly new but their beer is out of this world.

A - The beer is very clear and the head i light. It looks lighter than it is.

S - The smell is awesome and you can really get a good whiff of the simcoe. It has a small hint of onion in the dankness. The smell is one of the best features of this beer

T - It takes just like it smells, delicious! The hops are just the right amount of heavy for the alcohol content. The bitterness does not take away from overall flavor at all. Citrus and grapefruit flavors are pleasantly intent throughout each sip.

M - The mouthfeel is light and this is not my usual preference. However, these folks make it work very well. This is a DIPA that is extremely easy to drink and even the newest IPA enthusiasts will fall in love with it. The awesome flavor lasts well after the last sip.

Overall - This is one of the better beers i have tasted and the only others that i have enjoyed this much are Heady Topper and a private batch of DIPA from the owner of Greenman Brewing. I highly recommend this beer if you visit Wicked Weed.

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Photo of Cjwelte
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- beer was very clear with very little head

S- piney with an intense citrus grapefruit aroma

T- hoppy hit to the face on the first sip.. Kind of a grapefruit after taste... A little dry but love the citrus throughout.... Leaves the mouth wanting more hops!!!

M- dry hop and leaves with a citrus taste.. Very nice

O- extremely good beer... Love how the hops hit you on the first sip but doesn't take you away from the flavor of the beer. The citrus ending keeps you coming back for more!! Wicked Weed Brewery is by far the best brewery in Asheville and is a must go if you make it here. Great selection of beer!

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Photo of charlzm
4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed at brewery December 26th, 2013.

Beer is a very clear light yellow with a white one-finger head. Plenty of sheeting.

Aroma is piney and citric.

Flavor starts with bashful pale malt, then kicks in with a tsunami of piney and peppery hop flavors. A black hole of bitterness on the finish; not overdone, but goes on forever.

Slight carbonation bite. Some alcohol warmth in mouth. Otherwise, correct for style.

Serious West Coast style, done properly.

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Photo of chinchill
3.98/5  rDev -7.2%
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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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the brewpub in Asheville. Pours a golden color with sticky lacing. Looks thin but the sticky lacing look great. Huge pine hop aromas with a hint of citrus. Taste is massive west coast hop..lots of pine with a slight slight citrus finish. Its not over bitter for such a hop bomb which makes this fantastic. Awesome brew.

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Photo of oberon
4.14/5  rDev -3.5%
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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Freak Of Nature DIPA from Wicked Weed Brewing
95 out of 100 based on 141 ratings.
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