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:
1,304
Reviews:
174
Avg:
4.28
pDev:
7.94%
 
 
Wants:
275
Gots:
288
For Trade:
9
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Photo of bret717
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of madelf66
3.99/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Yeehaw!

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

Crystal clear golden brew, topped with a sizeable snow white head with fantastic retention.

On the nose, this is a sweet, fruity, dank brew, featuring pine and resin, mango, orange, herb, flowers, and honey.

Hoppy brew with moderate bitterness on the palate. Pine, mango, grass, and pineapple, with lighter citrus notes and just a hint of pungent dankness.

Very lively, crisp, and drinkable, despite the 8.5% ABV.

This is a hell of a DIPA, clearly influenced by PtE et al. Really good brew that leans old school.

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Photo of Bum4ever
4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Great look of golden clear liquid with a white head that has retention.
S: light hop smell and some citrus not a ton there to me.
T: Great flavor here. Solid hop bomb followed by a little pine and some lemon and orange. Dry aftertaste.
F: medium body for a DIPA.
O: really good west coast DIPA. Balanced hop beer, little ding because not a strong smell coming off.

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Photo of SierraFlight
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of _Adam_
4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nat1975
4.06/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ladle69
4.76/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mscudder
3.79/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nick_perry
4.96/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Beautiful tropical botanical aromas. Smooth, hoppy, and very well-balanced, with an intense, complex hop profile. Citrus and pine notes. Outstanding.

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Photo of MAJ85
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JamFuel
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Ginger Man in Boston.

Pours a very clear amber, with some fluff head.

Very crisp smell, resin, citrus and some mango dukeing it out.

Taste is just... wow. Pretty much a perfect West Coast IPA, great bitter hop bite, all the citrus you could ask for and a great piney finish.

Mouthfeel is excellent, coats the tongue with crisp bubbles, and doesn't want to leave.

Probably one of the five best west coast IPAs I've had. Super balanced, but still a punch in the teeth. Great stuff!

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Photo of TheSixthRing
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottling date of 11/29/16

Appearance - Pours very clear and golden orange in color with an off-white, near finger width head. Fair retention, resulting in a thin, broken layer of suds and a thing ring around the edge of the glass. Aside from the odd tiny spot or two, there's not much to speak with regard to lacing.

Smell - Strong candied-orange citrus and caramel fill the room. Subsequent whiffs reveal hints of citrus oil and pith, and just a faint trace of grainy earth.

Taste - Follows the nose. Name a characteristic of orange, you'll find it in here. A bit of bright juiciness, some skin oil and definitely some pith. Strong caramel backbone keeps it all in check. A little taste of pine dank. Hints of leafy freshness and bitterness in the finish with a bit of lingering caramel sweetness gives the brew a fairly balanced aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation before a crisp, mostly dry finish lends itself to a refreshing overall drinking experience.

Overall - There are orange/caramel bombs, and then there's this bad boy. So much punchy orange citrus flavor with a deep caramel malt backbone. I'm in love. Just over 3 months past the bottling date and I'm not so sure that it'd be much better fresh off the bottling line. As tasty as it is, it's not available out here on the West Coast, and there are a few brews available nearby that scratch this itch, so not likely I'd wanna trade for it again, but damn sure it's something I'd keep an eye out for if I make my way back East again.

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

Photo of BubbleBobble
3.81/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice crystal copper, clear enough to read through. One finger of off-white head, nice spots of lacing. Resin-forward, sugar, malt, toffee, caramel on the nose. Not expecting much of a hop flavor based on the aroma, but dank hop bitterness is the first thing I get before the malts take this one over. Not overly sweet, but the burnt sugar/toffee notes are too prominent for me. Medium bodied, and the alcohol is well-hidden behind all that flavor.

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Photo of Moses_Malone
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Prost76
3.94/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of afroskully
3.32/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

grabbed a bottle this past weekend. wasn't all that impressed with this DIPA, found it way too malty and sweet. I thought the pernicious IPA was much tastier and better balanced.

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Photo of wuthrichj15
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Awesome double IPA poured a beautiful orange collar with a large white head. Lots of hops and tropical fruits on the nose. Taste was wonderful plenty of hop bite. Some nice fruit taste detected as well. A nice malt back down to balance it out. A nice malt back down to balance It out.

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Photo of ConradKenney
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of addiwilliams
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of G-S-M
3.78/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beaver13
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle, bottled on 1/11/17. Pours clear straw gold with a big fluffy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet malts with lots of fruity resiny piney hops.

The flavor is some sweet bready malt with lots of fruity, resiny, spicy hops and some alcohol in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a very nice well balanced DIPA.

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Freak Of Nature DIPA from Wicked Weed Brewing
4.28 out of 5 based on 1,304 ratings.
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