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: 158 | Ratings: 1,246
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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Photo of Taybeh
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

from a 16.9 oz bottle (5 weeks old) into a spieglau ipa glass, pours a very clear pineapple with a tint of orange, and a bit foamy creamy eggshell white 2 finger head with some retention and decent lacing. Nose has a lot of pine and resin, some fragrant lemon blossom and other flowery stuff, and some dank vegetal's a nice change of pace from all the tropical fruit bombs I've had recently. The taste follows the nose, but brings out the dank bitterness a bit more, in the middle, which is just fine by me, and then ends with some resin and piney notes. Throughout, you get some solid biscuity malts and just a light touch of caramel. Carbonation is middling, and its body isn't particularly thick or substantial; it dries out at the end, and there's a nice bitterness to it. Alcohol is very well burn at all.

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

pours a clear golden amber with a small head that poofs. nose; grassy hops and light onion. taste; sweet thin malt, lemon pith, grapefruity zest and a resinous, vegetal aftertaste. medium carbonation and mouthfeel. given the name, i wasn't expecting how simple and safe this was - overall, it's a bit like a souped-up mosaic session ale.

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Photo of spacecake9
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle on my recent drive to Florida. Wish I had bought more.
Poured into my DFH IPA glass.
A - Pours a light golden orange with 2 fingers of head that settles to a ring with some lacing.
S - Aroma is hops with a bit of grapefruit.
T - Very well balanced. Some grapefruit on the front end, then some piney flavor and bitterness.
M - Medium mouth feel and carbonation.
O - The incredible balance is what strikes me about this beer. Nothing is over the top, the aromas and flavors all come at you in equal doses, one at a time so you can enjoy them. I wish i lived near a bar that had this on tap.

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Photo of farrago
3.96/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Big airy head which crests above two fingers, kind of eggshell white, its whipped up nature diminishes retention, lacing seems on the wispy side as well. Dark golden hue to the liquid, verges on a coppery orange, clear with a hint of gauziness, only a few bubbles visible, slow and sluggish. Erect nose of bread crusts, black pepper, pine and tangerine to blood orange scents, tar resin and damp earth, mango, apricot, nectarine and kiwi fruit element strong yet somehow still manages to not seem juicily ripe. Full-bodied, lots of dry extract and it sticks tenaciously to the tongue and palate. Slightly more floral, the cocoa and mocha accents come through, the oily bitterness does not take full command. More tar, ash, resin and a healthy dose of tangerine and lemon citrus, almost minty at times. The carbonation seems a bit light for its overall weight. What is nice is its freshness in spite of its thicker mouth feel. There’s nothing “obvious” about it yet it hits the standard notes, hard to deliver this kind of layered presentation without appearing to have tried to do so. Good drinkability for the ABV. Would happily imbibe again.

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Photo of Apellonious
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. Bottled 11/3/15.

A - Clear golden orange with a one finger head that moves to a creamy lace. Decent retention.

S - Grapefruit, dank, resin, and sea salt

T - Follows the nose. There's a light amount of sweetness, and a touch of heat.

M - Fairly light for a DIPA, carbonation is medium low. Somewhat drying.

O - A solid offering. Worth trying out, especially those who like a little less balance, some dryness, and whopping amount of hops in their DIPA.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.04/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

BOD 9/1/15. Clear copper pour with a touch of garnet. World class head volume, lacing and retention.

Outstanding nose of citrus (orange, tangerine), slightly dank and spruce over a solid biscuit with subtle notes of caramel. A slightly spicy element is also noted.

Light medium body that is smooth. Below normal carbonation with little effervescence in the middle and moderate effervescence in the finish.

The flavor profile is outstanding. Very hop forward and mildly bittered with a low level of complexity. Balance is attempted, but falls a bit short. The hop flavors of the nose are all present and semi-separate. Citrus leads then flows to dank in the middle over a very subtle biscuit. From the middle on, it becomes rather dry and a slight alcohol astringency is evident. The finish is a dry slow fade of rind, dank and notes of alcohol. As it warms, balance improves in the middle providing a slightly sweet (biscuit and caramel) influence. This one is at it's best slightly below 65 degrees.

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

Poured into DFH IPA glass

L-Golden, slightly hazy, big, white, frothy 1 inch head that has great retention. continual carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass, thick lacing that quickly slides down the glass

S-Citrus hops at the forefront with some tropical fruit closely following, maybe some slight sweet pine, grapefruit, berry, peach, pineapple, mango

T-citrus rind, pine, lemon bitter finish, not as much as the tropical flavor as the nose might indicate, floral, some malty sweetness, tropical notes appear as it warms

M-medium body, nicely carbonated, slick, creamy feel

O-HIghly drinkable, alcohol well hidden

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle from the brewery. dated 10/7/15

pours a medium golden color. clear. good head retention and lacing. mix of tropical fruit and dank hop aroma. taste has a bit more of a malt presence than their single IPA. but again not bitter at all. dominated by the same hop flavors. medium bodied.

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Photo of Irbycp
4.66/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Brewed 10/5/15. Never had before- only 8.1% so not overpowering alcohol content. Drank out of bottle.

Very cool smell hoppy and woodsy, a lot of pine here. Very dry taste and not overly bitter; very well rounded overall. Not hipster hoppy, but solid. One of the better DIPAs I've had in a long time.

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

Clear golden color with white head. Aroma is really dank and resiny. Earthy hops, chive, herbs, grass and pine needles. Taste follows with the same notes, starts balanced but the bitterness increases towards the finish. Body is soft and carbonation is just right for the style. Alcohol is really well hidden, making the beer dangerously drinkable. Overall this is a great double IPA.

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Photo of wdberkley
4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Totally impressed with this NC IPA. Didn't expect it to be as west coast influenced as it is. Citrus (orange, grapefruit, pineapple;e) + huge hit of hops.

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

Half pint ordered at the brewery during lunch, another pint at the downstairs taproom when we went back after dinner (notes taken on first 1/2).

A= Golden, slightly hazy, allowing light to pass through. White one finger head is foamy, dissipates slowly into foam ring around the glass. Bit of lacing hangs on the glass.

S= Mix of citrus rind and juice with an earthy and pine hop aroma. Background of sweet malts and touch of caramel.

T= First taste is citrus, orange zest followed by resinous pine. The malt background comes through as a touch of candy sweetness and caramel.

M= Medium body with moderate carbonation.

O= Tastes great, nice layering of hop flavors and balance with the malt sweetness. .

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

Pours a very light color, which is only accentuated by the pure white head that isn't much, but stays the entire drink. The smell is tropical and sweet. The taste is the same way... for about 1 second, then the hops take over and finish in a bitter pine finish. Very well done as the 3 stages blend together seamlessly; and the aftertaste is slightly sweet but mostly a dry pine flavor. Solidly smooth, doesn't stand out. Overall excellent, fruity IPA

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Photo of rajendra82
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The body was golden amber in color, with high clarity. The head was two fingers thick. The pour fit perfectly in a Duvel tulip. The smell of the beer was herbal, and dank, with aromas of pine, juniper, spruce, and some grapefruit. The taste was earthy and spicy, showcasing the hops big time. I could taste lots of resin,and some black pepper. The caramel malt was there as well, providing some butterscotch candy like sweetness. There was some fruity flavors mid palette, and the finish was clean and short. The feel of the beer was medium dense, with a touch of stickiness. Nice IPA, more similar to many West Coast offerings, than others from the mountains of North Carolina.

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Photo of ryanhooks81
4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

poured from 500 ml bottle into pint glass. beautiful golden color, nice fluffy white head. dissipates quickly, leaving a ring around the edge. resin and citrus. fantastic mouthfeel. great carbonation. thankfully ill be able to get in ga now.

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Photo of ClePaul
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Freak Of Nature

Look 8/10
Smell 18/20
Taste 36/40
Feel 9/10
Drinkability 18/20

Overall 89/100

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Photo of jlindros
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to rudzud.

Light fizzy head swirls to a nice creamy head and nice lacing , little lacing, hazy golden yellow color.

Nose is nice, bright citrus floral hops, little grapefruit tangy citrus, little grassy earthy, little woodsy and piney, tangy fruity, little sweet candy malt.

Taste brings sweet candy malt, sticky pine resin hops but not a ton, mild orange peel citrus thing, fruity, little bubblegum note, grassy earthy herbal piney, Amarillo perhaps. Finish is super bitter, slightly dry, little sticky sweet, pine, orange peel fruity hops lingering.

Mouth is med bod, little sticky, decent carb.

Overall solid ipa but fairly cut and dry nothing that sets it apart.

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Photo of rudzud
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a slightly hazy golden hue with a thin white head that fades to leave thin wisps.

S - Aromas of earthy hops, light citrus, nice faint dankness. Definitely a fresh west coast style, light tropical hop too.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, earthy hops, light citrus peel, faint tropical hops. Fair amount of bitterness on the finish. There is a nice grassy note too. Pretty straightforward..

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, loads of bitterness.

O - Overall this beer was a solid representation of the style. Like the bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

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Freak Of Nature DIPA from Wicked Weed Brewing
4.28 out of 5 based on 1,246 ratings.
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