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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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Reviews: 151 | Ratings: 1,211
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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Photo of agreenman19
4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L - pale golden amber. Slight murk. Thick, luscious, fluffy head with lasting power.

S - smells like the west coast. Bright, floral and piney character. Melony fruits. Grassy. Herbal.

T - upfront juice and pine. Very citrusy. Hops galore. Lingering bitterness. And I mean lingering. Sits in the back of your mouth and around the sides of the tongue, setting up camp. In it for the long haul as it transforms into dank, resiny onions. Some serious IBUs here. Leaves a chalky feel in the mouth. Pure hop oils.

F - light upfront as it touches the lips. Fluffy and deceptive as it turns to the dark side with a low/medium carb when the dank comes out. Nice transitions.

O - Wicked Weed does not disappoint. IPAs are solid. Can't wait to dig into the sours.

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Photo of frasergrove
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a medium pale golden, good level of haze, a huuuuuge billowing head. Aroma pops with the smell of fresh cascade hops - dank resins, lemon, pine...complex and delicious. Nice bitter body, some sweetness from the alcohol and malt. Clean bitterness, some essence of citrus. Super double IPA.

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Photo of SteveB24
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look-clear copper, lots of visible carbonation in the beer and pours about a finger of eggshell head.
Smell-Lots of tropical fruit;mango, papaya, pineapple, as well as a bit of piney resin.
Smell-just like the aroma, lots of tropical notes, a solid malt backbone to stand up to the hops with a piney and citrusy finish.
feel-Medium body, very carbonated, finishes on the juicy side.
Overall-very enjoyable beer, one of the best west coast style IPA's that isn't; well, from the west coast:)

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Photo of Extol
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - nice yellow orange color. Smell - fruity and piney. Taste - follows the nose, but smooth. My girlfriend hates beer but she likes this. Overall - would get again. Another good Wicked Weed offering.

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Photo of RockRuler
3.94/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a bomber bottled 11.23.15.
A hazy yellow appearance. Big citrus aroma. Well balanced. Grapefruit bitterness with a hint of pepper aftertaste. Smooth. A solid DIPA. Glad I tried it. Cheers!

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Photo of BeerDocT
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I was less than impressed with my first experience with Wicked Weed brewery from my hometown of Asheville, NC (I previously reviewed "Pernicious" IPA). However, I decided to give them a second chance and pick up a bomber of their attempt at one of my favorite styles: the double IPA.

Poured into another chilled tulip glass.

Appearance 4.25: Beautiful, deep golden in color. Good 1/4" head. Good lacing.

Smell 4.25: Very strong and pleasing bouquet. Pineapple upside down cake mixed with citrus and tropical fruits. Promising!

Taste 4.25: Front is surprisingly bitter; a nice, clean bitterness. Middle is remarkably dry, with some slight malty sweetness in the middle part of the palate. Finish is a very nice mix of hop bitterness and hoppy citrus with a slight tinge of sweet malt. Aftertaste is short and alkaline, with a nice slightly minty feel.

Mouthfeel 3.75: Overall balanced, but a bit too much on the dry side.

Overall 4.25: Very good beer. A great reprieve for this brewery. Not really that big (8% ABV) as DIPAs go, this beer nonetheless does a good job of disguising its alcohol content behind waves of yummy hop goodness. Very good hop blending with this beer, a far cry from the blend in "Pernicious." Worth a try if you are a fan of Double IPAs.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Golden Amber pour; loose white foam; thick lace; a little cloudy, but overall decent clarity. Earthy and juicy grapefruit and pine nose. Bitter, hoppy, weedy juice; a touch dank, with weedy earthy flavors alongside grapefruit; dank, earthy hop finish. Moderate carbonation; medium lite mouthfeel; slightly resinous tongue coating. Overall quite good bitter linger finishing more earthy than citrusy.

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Photo of reds2harleys
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this on a trip to NC recently and was happy to have found some - which was not easy. Very nice drinking DIPA with nice flavor. Drinks very easy for a 8.0 ABV - hop hit up front and that nice fruity flavor after - its got a little different taste to it than I'm used to. Some might call it funk - very tasty brew worth looking for if your in the area. Next time I go I'll certainly search it out. Cheers

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

Poured into a snifter

Appearance: orange-gold with some "hop haze" from the lupulin. The head forms vigorously to a light tan 1-finger head, which then recedes to lacing at the edges.

Aroma: hops and light, sweet malt and mild alcohol. Very pleasant. All things in place and none out of place.

Flavor: the hops approach spicy and very dry, which grow fruity as the beer warms. A combination of pine and Juicy Fruit gum. The malt is present and provides a great foundation to support the hops.

Mouthfeel: full bodied, that's for sure. This beer packs some weight but thins as it warms (for the better).

Overall: a damn solid platform to showcase the hops. My only "wish list" change to this beer is that WW would offer this beer with different hop varieties. Everything about this beer is spot on and well executed. I prefer tropical fruit in my hops; this beer is pine, dry and spicey. This beer reminds me of a heavier bodied Odells Myrcenary.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from the Christmas party, thanks Mike C for the hookup!
Slightly hazy light golden color. Dank resinous fruity earthy aroma and flavor. That's a pretty damn good IPA right there!

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Freak Of Nature DIPA from Wicked Weed Brewing
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