Freak Of Nature DIPA | Wicked Weed Brewing

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Freak Of Nature DIPAFreak Of Nature DIPA

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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 Wasatch
3.4/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

500 ml Bottle
Date Bottled: 03.21.17

Poured into a tulip a pretty nice clean/clear orangy color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy one-finger white head, which also leaves some pretty nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, with some nice citrus, with some pineyness. The taste is pretty nice, hoppy, nice little citrus note, some pineyness. Medium body, ABV hidden fairly well, too spicey/hot. Overall, a tasty brew.

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Photo of dbl_delta
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 5/16/17 into pint glass. Pours a clear amber-gold color with a modest off-white head. Nice lacing. Initial impression is pine resin, citrus rind, dank earth, and pineapple. There is a noticeable but subtle bitterness that eventually asserts itself. Mouthfeel is smooth and sticky, tending toward medium-thick. Carbonation is on the light side - just about perfect for the style. Alcohol is quite well hidden. Finish is a little bitter, but dry and refreshing.
Wicked Weed is one of my favorite breweries. This DIPA showcases their considerable talents. I'd buy it by the case if I could find it.

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

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

Photo of ledouge
3.6/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hypnotoad1
3.77/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jmg480
3.77/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beer_guy_nc
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of outdoor7or24
4.07/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle dated 1-24-17, picked up on trip to NC outside Asheville for $4.
A: thin white foam head, carbonation, crisp golden body
S: citrus, tropical fruit, biscuit, sweet malty bread
M: medium heavy body, thick creamy resin on the tongue
T: citrus, pineapple, sweet malt, earthy bitter hops that are hard hitting but not over powering,
O: solid DIPA, maybe the brew is a little past prime.

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Photo of ScaryEd
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a crystal clear golden color with a half-finger of bubbly off-white head. The head is gone instantly, leaving absolutely no lacing whatsoever. Beautiful color, but a terrible head. There's a joke in there somewhere.

The aroma is piney and grassy with a back end of grapefruit and sweet caramel malts. Slightly dank and floral, good balance all around.

The flavor is surprisingly balanced and full of flavor. There's lots of sugary citrus up front, followed by some ruby red grapefruit and orange rind. The middle is all caramel and biscuit malts, finished off by another wave of citrus and sticky pine.

The feel is medium bodied with moderately high carbonation. Slightly oily, with a strong coating of bitterness. Alcohol is well-hidden, with just a slight warming. Creamy and smooth finish.

Overall, a great DIPA that is wonderfully flavorful and beautifully balanced. It's bitter, sticky, and resinous, yet has plenty of sweet citrus and caramel malt to keep the bitterness in check. Great beer.

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Photo of papposilenus
4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 500ml bottle, dated 05/04/17. Note: stated abv is 8.5%. Served in a tulip.

Pours a brilliant, glowing pumpkin-orange with a finger-and-a-half of bubbly suds. Retention is pretty good and leaves a thickish curtain of lacing.

The nose is all caramel and smoky, bitter orange.

Taste is smooth, rich, sweet, bready malt, toast, orange oil, orange rind, lemon, medicinal herbs and fir needles. Starts with caramel sweetness and slowly transitions into a weedy, mouth-coating citric bitterness.

Feel is creamy and slick, medium-plus bodied and decently carbonated with minimal booziness.

Overall, that was a terrific DIPA! Dank and weedy, thick and creamy. Think Grand Marnier... only beer.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.11/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a two finger white head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Clear amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Pine hop nose and flavor is balanced with piney hops and malt, lingering hoppy aftertaste, higher ABV, 8.5%, is hidden. Decent DIPA. $6.95 for a 500ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma. Bottled Feb 2017.

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

Photo of cmukid87
4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of eastcoastdan
4.66/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jtnord
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mschrei
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter. Thick and creamy head and lacing, clear dark gold in color. Smell is a mix of dank and citrusy hops. Hop taste is mildly bitter with a very clean feel and well disguised alcohol.

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Photo of Bad_Attitude_Brews
1.96/5  rDev -54.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Photo of ZinFanDave
3.94/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

500ml bottle dated 4/4/17.

Pours clear light copper with an inch-plus head of moderate retention. Aromatics are dank and piney but not as pungent and floral as expected. Medium bodied with a resinous, tacky mouthfeel. Pine sap with grapefruit oil on the palate with some balancing malt and a firm bitterness. Finishes with lingering dank pine and bitterness.

Great beer with a big west-coast bite. I'd love to try an uber-fresh example as the nose on this is a bit subdued.

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Photo of pubscout
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Freak of Nature is one of the finest DIPA's you can consume. Big West Coast grassiness in the nose and on initial sip, then the bready malt makes an appearance, but doesn't steal the hop thunder. Superlative clean finish. Can we say dank? Dangerously good beer from one of the finest breweries in the East. Get some.

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

Photo of Norvelljeff
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WunderLlama
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into chalice

One finger white foam cap, settles quickly, some lacings

Citrus and Tropical fruit aroma

Dank taste

Hop bite , bitterness lingers

Good beer

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Photo of ichorNet
4.52/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ah, one of my absolute favorite double IPAs... only a couple weeks old and in my glass as I type this review. Every time I see a batch of FON hit shelves in MA, I will undoubtedly make an effort to grab at least one bottle. This is, in my opinion, one of the most spectacular strong pale ales to grace my market, and its consistency and complex, hoppy flavor plays a huge part in my rating.

Pours a precise and clear medium amber with a three-finger head that lasts for quite a while, leaving behind chunky, striated lace as it slowly fades out. Tons of active carbonation rising throughout the body of this brew. Beautiful stuff here. Though some may not like clear IPAs because they're less "en-vogue" as of late, this is absolutely one of the best-looking ones I've seen.

Nose is full of pine sap and resin, white grapefruit, fresh-cut grass and even some light notes of caramel malt and toasted grains. Considering the high-ish ABV of 8.5%, I get very little ethanol here. Fruity notes of mango and guava start to pop out as the beer warms up a bit, alongside some stone fruit elements (apricot/peach) and light dank notes which kind of meld in with the grassy scents noted earlier. Oily and pungent with some complex and subtle notes of tangerine and even spruce.

On the tongue, Freak comes across as a sly devil of a beer with a slick and tongue-buckling bitterness that highlights flavors of guava, pine resin and white grapefruit before crossing over into slightly maltier territory towards the mid-palate, as is expected from a double IPA of this magnitude. Slightly biscuity malts set the stage for a sideshow of immense grassiness and herbal, dank notes in the transition to the finish before a dry and, once again, oily showing of tropical fruit and citric intensity.

Feel is, again, slick and smooth, with a devilish ease of sipping when taken in stride with its intensity and strength. Carbonation is massaging and mild; just enough to coax some of the more complex citrus flavors along the palate. This is potentially the best "West Coast Double IPA" I've ever had, and reminds me of the first time I had Ruination years ago. The perfect recipe is at play here, combining just the right amount of crystal malt sweetness with intense and complex C hops... Freak of Nature is just an excellent stalwart beer, one that I am proud to support the release of every time I see it. High marks!

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Freak Of Nature DIPA from Wicked Weed Brewing
4.27 out of 5 based on 1,341 ratings.
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