Freak Of Nature DIPA | Wicked Weed Brewing

Freak Of Nature DIPAFreak Of Nature DIPA
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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.

Added by brewdude1982 on 02-16-2013

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Ratings: 1,351 |  Reviews: 187
Photo of jtnord
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mschrei
4.31/5  rDev 0%
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 -54.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Photo of ZinFanDave
3.94/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brewandbbq
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
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 +6.7%
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 -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Norvelljeff
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WunderLlama
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
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 +4.9%
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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Photo of bgold86
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NelCet
4.13/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of MilaMila
4.13/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of cbutova
3.78/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sunset Grille, Allston, MA.

A- Fairly hazy deep golden body from the taps into a snifter. A creamy and thick white head rises to about a finger high with decent retention. A creamy ring leaves tons of lace with mostly thick sheets.

S- Strong hops off the top with some medium sweet grains in the backdrop. Intense mix of pine, citrus and floral hops with orange zest, lemon and grapefruit oil notes. The malts work out fine without causing any clashing. Hint of tropical fruits.

T- The pine and intense orange zest hops dominate at this point. Bitter and sharp resinous hop oils coat the palate. Orange, grapefruit, floral, pine hops with a medium sweet malty balance. Again the malts do not detract from the hops but are also not a great thing either. Somewhat boozy with warmth.

MF- Slick and medium to heavy body. Zesty medium level of carbonation and an intense sharp citrus oil bitter finish.

Massive amount of orange citrus hops and plenty of pine in here as well. Sweet malts poke through but do not get out of hand. Not a juice bomb which is fine but the problem here is the malts just feel awkward without being truly disruptive.

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Photo of malfunxion
3.16/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of Jmccanless
4.24/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheIPAHunter
4.09/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ltdsaint
4.46/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a beautiful gold that would impress a king, effervescent appeal with creamy white head. Light vanilla lacing. Head lasts not forever, but not ephemeral. Smells of citrus, mango, peach, orange, hops, and strong sense of pine and a bit of honey. The taste is a strong citrus sensation including almost all of the elements that were in the nose. I will say that the taste was a bit boozier than the smell, but not bad in the slightest. Balanced carbonation with an equal, yet not overwhelming taste of hops. Feels almost ethereal on this sunny day. Will certainly buy again.

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Photo of waddellc2
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TLA
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Casey3236
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rimbimhoot
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bret717
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of madelf66
3.99/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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


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Freak Of Nature DIPA from Wicked Weed Brewing
Beer rating: 96.5% out of 100 with 1,351 ratings
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