Freak Of Nature DIPA | Wicked Weed Brewing

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Freak Of Nature DIPAFreak Of Nature DIPA

Brewed by:
Wicked Weed Brewing
North Carolina, United States

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.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

bottled on 5/3/16 ... glad to see fresh wicked weed showing up in NE!!

cool design on the bottle (+.25), pours an almost clear golden orange color, nice white head with good retention, leaves a bit of lace.

not huge on the nose, grassyness, earthy dankness, light lemon, and some sweet malts. faint tropical character coming out as it warms. wasnt blown away by the flavor profile, some citric hops up front, pleasant piney bitterness that is balanced by a caramel flavor. body feels medium, coats nicely. overall this was an enjoyable beer, got a couple bottles but probably wont buy it again because I feel there are a number of better options.

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Photo of tbryan5
4.51/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a translucent deep golden with medium head. The smell is tropical and citrusy hops with just the right amount of malt. Tastes of pineapple, lemon zest, tropical fruits. Delicious! Another winner from one of my new favorite breweries!

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

Had a pint at the brewpub today for $5.50.

Beer was served golden orange with a nice white head that left lacing behind.

Nose is dank hops forward.

Taste was dank as well, citrus and pine play nice with the malt base.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, surprisingly light for this big of beer.

Overall an awesome beer that I am very happy to have tried!

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Photo of John_M
3.57/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Was looking forward to trying this one.

The beer pours a golden amber color, with good head retention and lacing, This beer certainly looks attractive enough. The nose is pretty decent as well, as I get some light citrus, a hint of tropical fruit, and a considerable onion aroma (all of which is OK in my book). The aroma profile struck me as a bit lean (minimal sweetness), something that was confirmed on the palate. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely, and the beer was very dry and bitter on the finish. However, there is considerable heat from the noticeable alcohol on the finish, and it really mars this beer's drinkability (IMO). If anything, the noticeable alcoholic bite became more and more pronounced as I went along, and I finally just gave up and dumped the rest (about a 4th of the bottle). I'm fairly certain the bottle I had was pretty fresh, so I honestly don't know what the problem was.

At least for me, I did not find this to be an enjoyable DIPA (I much preferred the regular pernicious).

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Photo of gcamparone
4.14/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 2.22.16. Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Wicked Weed snifter. Thanks Steve for hooking me up with this, been wanting to try it for a while.

Pours a lightly hazy amber body with a big frothy white head that sticks around for a while to leave behind chunky lacing and retention. Just what an IPA should look like.

Resinous, dank aromas, citrus and pine, lightly earthy with some rye and floral aromas. On the Tropical to Resinous spectrum, the aromas indicate that this falls heavily to the resinous side.

The tongue is very similar to the nose. Upfront is a big punch of resinous, piney, west coast hops that dominate the follow through as well, sitting on a pretty heavy hop backbone. Finish is bitter and piney with a distinct west coast astringency that sits around for a minute. Pretty easy drinker considering the 8.5% ABV, medium body with medium low carbonation.

A nice change from the east coast style, definitely showcases the roots of the American IPA with citrus, pine, and resinous notes.

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Photo of leroybrown10
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours gold and clear. Very large cream colored head. Tremendous retention and lots of sticky lacing.

Aroma is orange rind, grapefruit, and lemon peel. Some pine and mango. Caramel malt.

Citrus hops on fist sip. Orange rind in particular. Lemon, mango, and grapefruit. Caramel malt and some oak. Pine-y and herbal.

Medium body with medium carbonation. Some creaminess on the tongue and mild bitterness. Lingering citrus.

Really nice DIPA. Big hops with enough malt balance to smooth things out.

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Photo of Brewhaha
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Happy visit from the Owner/brewer to New England; 12 ounce pour on tap at the Independent in Somerville Massachusetts. This ale is a shining example of the craft and complexity being built on the many varieties of the noble hop flower. The eyes perceive deep golden amber body and creamy head as the nose greets the rich hop bouquet. The first slip brings on waves of hop notes, so many notes that they literally dance on the tongue: tropical notes of many fruits, barnyard notes, this is taking "dank" to a new level, and the malt backbone provides a perfect bass-line for this hop performance. Alcohol is present, and woven neatly into the fabric of the beer, and the finish is surprisingly clean, leaving my mouth watering and wanting more. An impressive performance by WW all around!

Note: this beer was tasted head to head with Stone Enjoy By 4/20/16 and the WW was the clear victor in this pairing. Either the Stone is over-rated or the WW reviews are not giving justice to this fine brew.

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25


A: Big, danky, citrusy hoppy aroma with a very light malt presence.

A: yellow-orange color, totally clear with a frothy white head that has moderate carbonation. There is light lacing in the glass.

T: Crisp, danky, citrusy hoppy flavor, light malt presence, with a light bitterness on the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, with no noticeable alcoholic warmth.

O: Pretty tasty; some DIPAs have almost overripe hop flavor, but this beer is crisp with great dank, citrusy flavor (thanks to the massive dry-hopping). The huge hop aroma and flavor, along with light bitterness makes this beer quite enjoyable to drink.

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Photo of Jay_P22
4.59/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Nabbed from the brewery. First Wicked Weed beer. Poured into a snifter.

Look is a bright copper brew, slight haze, thick head a leaves good lacing.

Smell is full of hops, and nature - fruits, tropical, pineapple. Dank.

Taste is complex with all these tropical flavors. Name fits. Love it.

Medium bodied brew. Well balanced. A litter bitterness and a easy finish.

Overall it's great. A well balanced DIPA that allows the citrus and hops to shine. Lots of different earthy flavors. Wish I had more.

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Photo of AdamAlway
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Golden orange that is mostly clear with a slight haze. Very light white head with very little retention, but leaves pockets of film and so-so lacing.

S: A blast of juicy hops and a mess load of pineapple. Very light and tropical.

T: Much more hop dominate with a small taste of citrus before a good amount of bitterness kicks. The finish is dominated by pine that leaves a very crisp finish.

F: Very dry, medium to light on the body. Medium carbonation that really helps the overall experience.

O: The name is very fitting with a great balance between taste and smell of a wide variety of nature themes. The hops dominate to make for a great DIPA base. Very clean and refreshing that fits so well with the weather warming.

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Photo of Gavage
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: pours a hazy yellowish orange color with a 2" head that lasts a while. Nice lace paints the glass.

Smell: loads of citrus and dank hop bitterness.

Taste: caramel, grapefruit, orange, pine, a hint of mango, and a hearty earthy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp throughout with dry finish. Long lasting citrus and earthy tones stick to the tongue for while.

Overall: a delicious DIPA with a serious hop presence that keeps the tastebuds happy.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a golden orange body with one-finger head and leaves a lace ring down the glass. The aroma is full of citric and dirty hops with bit of pine. Smooth, light bodied, possible medium bodied, hops are in full force as they give off citric, bitter, earthy and dry flavors with just enough malt sweetness and base on backend for a bit of balance and to keep the hops from dominating.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Flowery. Pine, grapefruit, dank, and resinous. A touch of sweetness in the mid palate. Lower carb, drinkable. Very dry on the finish. It's pretty good. I think I was expecting a bit more, but it's still worth trying.

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Photo of smcolw
4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Moderately foamy head. Settles quickly but leaves spots of lace on the way. Dark gold color. Mild haze.

Prickly evergreen nose with a solid grapefruit presence. Light malt.

Highly carbonated, which enhances the strong spicy hop bite--black pepper like. Good malt start but it gets completely dominated by the grapefruit rind tasting finish. Long aftertaste as one would expect.

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Photo of ordybill
4.81/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a golden yellow with a medium sized white head. The aroma is hop driven. An outstanding beer.

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Photo of psycHOPathy
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pale golden orange with khaki foam
Smell of crisp grapefruit, apricot, orange, lemon zest, bread
Taste is grapefruit cut with breadiness. Very hoppy, a little piney
Sharp aggressive carbonation
The bitterness isn't fully balanced but it's a very complex hop-forward DIPA

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours a cloudy yellowy orange. Light foam. Aroma is like gin. Pine and juniper and spruce. God damn that is piney. Smells better than Pernicious, though. Flavor attempts to balance out the gin-like hoppiness with a violent candied sweetness (found said sweetness in Pernicious). Pine needles and botanical hops meet rock candy and sugar water. I somehow enjoy this combination to a certain extent. Underlying sugar-drizzled fruit hops. Medium bodied with a long lick of bitter and some booze. Wicked Weed seems to have a very unique take on hoppy beers. They near on "sweetness overload" for me but I'm sorta digging this one.

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Photo of tlema1
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Nice golden color, nice white head that seems to stick around for a while
S: Tons of citrus
T: Nice balance or citrus, pine and malt
F: Great mouthfeel, really coats the tongue
O: This is a great DIPA from a really cool brewery

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Photo of Griffin2
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a snifter.
L- Pours a deep amber with a thick white head.
S- Smells very citrusy.
T- Tasted very much of grapefruit and orange peel.
F - Medium carbonation with a dry finish.
O- I really enjoyed this beer. I wish I had more bottles in the fridge.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.96/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Consumed 2/20/16

A: Pale tangerine-gold to medium orange - lightly hazy - pours with a small, bright white head, fades to a few wisps, leaves some spots of lacing

S: Big and hoppy - potent citrus, with orange and loads of grapefruit flesh, zest, oil, and pith - herbal, resinous, with a touch of spice - lightly dank - some light fruits - touch of onion - earthy - pale malts, caramel malts, touch of bread, biscuits

T: West Coast, from the East Coast, or something like that - lots of citrus, orange, emphasis on grapefruit, oil, zest, peel, and pith - herbal, lightly dank, lightly resinous, earthy - some light fruitiness - sharp touch of onions - above-average bitterness, straight-up aspirin that lingers - pale malts and caramel malts, light bread, lightly toasted biscuits

M: Medium body, smooth, carbonation on the low side, oily, lingering bitterness

O: Le freak, c'est chic

I'm tempted to compare this to a few classic West Coast DIPAs, as it really reminds me of some other beers. Bitterness is high, as is the sheer amount of citrus and grapefruit. The herbal, dank notes really round things out. This is worth a try.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into a pint glass

A- pours a slightly hazy golden color, one finger creamy white head with good retention and lacing

S- pure west coast IPA aroma; lots of citrus, dank green resin, pine, grapefruit & orange

T- intense citrus hop notes up front with tons of citrus peel, mango, guava, fresh gras, resin & pine. Faint underlying toasted malt allows the hops to shine

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel and a crisp dry finish

O- a textbook west coast ipa, a pure showcase of citrus hops, world class

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Photo of Damian
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 500 ml/1 pint, .09 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Craft Beer Cellar, Winchester, MA
Bottled On: 01.05.16
Served in a snifter

A finger tall crop of tight, frothy, off white foam topped the nearly crystal clear, medium amber body. The head dropped relative quickly to a thin film before dissolving. Large patches of streaky, drippy lacing clung to the glass.

The nose was fantastically hoppy and bright. Super fragrant with loads of fruity notes. Citrus dominated. Juicy orange came through strong. Zesty and semi-sweet. Bit of caramel malt sweetness. There was an intense weed-like note as well. Really dank. This reminded me of fresh bud. Tropical fruits were also apparent. Mango was most noticeable. As the beer warmed, the cannabis notes really intensified.

The flavor profile was similar to the nose but pithier and not quite as intense. Again, juicy orange notes came through big time. Lots of candied orange peel as well. Somewhat bitter. The beer was anchored by a subtle malt backbone. Peach and apricot notes appared in the center. Bit of tropical fruitiness. Mango was also noticeable. Grapefruit came through in the finish. Very rind-like and fairly bitter. Some piney, resiny notes were apparent as well.

On the palate, the beer was medium bodied and highly effervescent. Lively and sprightly. The prickly liquid initially seemed a bit over carbonated. As the beer settled on the palate, it turned fluffy and frothy. With time, the carbonation eased up to a more moderate level and the beer turned really smooth and creamy. Impressive.

Freak of Nature is a fantastically fruity, juicy and dank, West Coast-style double IPA. With a month-plus of age on this bottle, it still drink remarkably well. I can only imagine how good this must be fresh.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.46/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Light golden yellow, good amount of lacing on the surface and the glass.

Peach, pineapple dankness wafts strongly over this one.

Nicely balanced hop bitterness with a fruity sweetness. Pretty good, better than most overly harsh/bitter actual West coast IPAs.

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Photo of Cobrito
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

How can I possibly be turning in the first 5 score for this amazing beer?

For some reason I was disappointed in this at first--I think because I was feeling the pain of paying $6 for a 500 ml beer. But I was wrong, oh so wrong, this is easily the best IPA in the South and compares with the best IPAs anywhere.

Many Freaks later and I can barely drink any other beer. I am hooked on Freak's complex, herbal/fruity/weedy flavors and absolutely perfect dry but not too dry mouthfeel. In comparison, other beers now all taste thin or simple or unnatural.

The Pliny of the Southeast. Spectacular.

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

On-tap at The Publick House for the Wicked Weed launch party on Wednesday, February 3rd for EBF week. A massive hop bomb. Like sipping straight hop oil extract. Super dry and almost like chewing on a piece of spruce, but in a good way. A bit one-sided, though I think that was their intention.

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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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