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 | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

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 wdberkley
4.63/5  rDev +7.9%
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 +5.6%
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 +1.2%
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 +2.6%
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 -0.7%
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 BrewUSA
4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
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 -6.1%
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 -6.1%
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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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A 20 oz bottle with a bottled on date of 9.22.15

L - Yellow with some clarity, 1 finger of head.

S - Big dank hops, obviously dry hopped. Citrus and bitter.

T - Dank and bitter, nice citrus notes. Very well balanced and tasty. Alcohol is well hidden.

F - Light body and medium carbonation

O - A very tasty DIPA. Well done

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Photo of ryho
3.91/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip glass from a 500 mL bottle. Pale in color, nice head.

Smells dank and citrusy.

Tastes the same as it smells. Fairly light and drinkable for the high alcohol. High level of bitterness for the amount of malt flavor. I would personally prefer a little less bitterness.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.88/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle. bottled 09.22.2015.

pours a fairly clear with a bright white head. a very light amber hue. aroma is very resinous. hoppy but not overly bitter, boozy, or sweet. fairly well balanced. definitely a good DIPA, but I cannot say my socks are blown off.

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Photo of egrapplesberg
4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Finally in Georgia!! Bottled on 9.22.15. Poured into a pint glass. Color is clear copper with a moderate amount of carb bubbles. Giant almost white two inch frothy head that crackles as it slowly recedes leaving thick lacing. Smell is dank pine, orange, pineapple, and grass. Taste is pine with grapefruit and orange. Kind of creamy feel and not too carbonated. Terrific beer but definitely enjoyed the pernicious a little more. Cheers!

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.06/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500mL bottle from Craft Beer Factory (Marietta, GA). 5.99. Bottled 9/22/15. Served in a Wicked Weed snifter.

Pours a hazy pale gold with a finger and a half near-white head. The thin veil of retention leaves no lace.

The nose on this is bold and hoppy. Intense dankness with some strong pine and citrus notes. A hint of vague, bready sweetness is barely noticeable behind all those strongly aromatic hops. Tropical fruits come into play as it warms, making it that much more difficult to pry my nose away from the rim of the snifter.

This beer is bitingly bitter. Luckily there is also plenty of flavor backing that up. Grapefruit zest, orange peel, pine, onion/ garlic, lemon, pepper, faint mint, under ripe peach, slight bread, vague cantaloupe and a light nip of alcohol. It rides the line between hop bitterness and flavors. I wouldn't necessarily agree with the "crushable" written in the description on the bottle but I had zero problems making this disappear.

Oily, medium full feel with soft but active carbonation. Bitter, seemingly never-ending finish with citrus peel, peach skins, pine and melon rind.

Welcome to Georgia, Wicked Weed! It's been quite a while since I've enjoyed such a bitter imperial IPA. The bitterness comes from so many flavorful sources that this remains quite drinkable. I foresee several more of these in my future.

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Photo of MarkQ617
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on tap at wicked weed. Color is lighter than I would have expected, translucent yellow-gold. The flavor and aroma were outstanding. Bold hops, lots of citrus and pine...amazing. The mouthfeel was very good as well, fairly smooth for the genre. Met the hype.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Bottled September 1st 2015.

Shimmering clarity, but not quite crystal, with a great apricot orange colored glow for the body color. Real nice fine streams of rising pinhead carbonation, some fast, some slow. Head is booming, off white and vanilla yellow colored with a nice perfect four finger size. Soapy retention and huge staying power, this sucker just wont budge. Great looking.

Aroma is bringing excellent hop flavors. Mixed dank and mild weedy earth. Slight juiced orange citrus big and full. Thick sensing malt, with mild sweet tones cutting through for a great balance and contrast. Inviting stuff, and a bit of mild salty like and herbal green whiffs keep coming.

Palate delivers the goods. Hop large mid palate of thick oils of grass and dank earth qualities. Juiced and thick but nicely supportive finish. Hot almost peppery astringent hop bent on the swallow, with large amounts of black and white pepper crushed on your tongue. Mild sensing fruit juice which does also bring out some hints of juiced tangerine as well. Palate really bounces around from sip to sip as well.

A nice big dank winner in the Wicked Weed column for sure.

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Photo of anonymoose
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a peach color. The aroma is pine and resin with a hint of fruit. The taste is massive pine that stays on your tongue followed by delicious tropical fruits that complement the bitterness and a light biscuity malt. There's a lot going on in this beer.

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Photo of Keananmichael5
4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great ipa! both the ipa's and sours form Wicked Weed were great at gabf. This one has really fresh hop flavor and aroma. Beer was both refreshing and delicious.

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Photo of TGriffing26
4.64/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer. Orange/Copper color. Nice lacing. Citrusy nose. Orange, grapefruit taste with a piney finish. Lingers on the palate, but not in an off putting manner. Definitely know why its won an award. Great pick up if you can find it...or just drive to Asheville. Cheers!

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Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
4.69/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On draft @ Star Bar in Denver for Wicked Weed special tap event (and nobody was there...what the hell?!?). Ok, so, this beer is stupid good and tasting this was like seeing my first adult film. I had zero expectations and when I saw this bright, golden elixir, I knew I wanted it in my mouth. This is so dank, so resinous, so juicy - if a hop-head had this in a dream, it's immediately becoming a wet dream. Would drink this again and again and again!

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Photo of hman43
4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It pours a clear golden with a foamy white head and plenty of lacing. It has aromas of citrus, grapefruit, some bread, and other hoppy aromas. There are flavors or citrus, grapefruit, grapefruit peel, and bread malts. It has a moderate to high bitter finish.

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Photo of larryi86
4.37/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thank you brentk56 for this
500 ml bottle, dated 8/12/15, poured into a teku

A- A clear golden copper color with a four finger white head.

S- Citrus/grapefruit, slightly dank, some resin, caramel malts, earthy/floral/fresh cut grass.

T- Citrus/grapefruit rinds, big dank bitter finish, just enough malt backbone, slightly grassy, hints of pineapple, nicely balanced.

M- Smooth, medium body, dry.

O- Well done, reminds me of Enjoy By. Worth seeking out, easy to drink.

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Photo of gopens44
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Textbook beautiful pour. Slight haze, solid luxurious white foamy head, picture perfect lacing. Stunning.

Nose is full of citrus, a little earthy funk (not funky but something with a bit more earthy depth) and a savory herbal finish.

Taste immediately runs to citrus. Grapefruit, hint of mango and lemon zest. Following up is the earthy bitter that's duking it out with a touch of sweet malty depth.

Feel is slightly chalky, resiny, puckeringly bitter and punishing on the tongue as an aftertaste.


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Photo of MatthewHopHead
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pint bottle poured into Teku glass.

Look: Golden/Orange almost completely clear with a huge fluffy head.

Smell: Apricot/peach and sweetness.

Taste: Delicious, dank hops with a a little stone fruit/apricot.

Feel: Medium bodied. Very Nice carbonation, dank hops are not overwhelming with a persistent palate coating hoppiness.

Overall: a very good beer. Not world class but definitely outstanding.

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Photo of OldManMetal
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Freak pours to a brief thin, slightly pebbly white head that leaves surprisingly thick rafts and ladders of lacing. The beer itself is deep gold in color, clear, and very effervescent. On the nose, it is moderately assertive and enticing: a spicy cotton candy aroma dominates, blended deliciously with more moderate amounts of citrus, florals and pine, with hints of bitter grapefruit and alcohol. Up front the palate is super-tangy citrus and resinous pine; by mid-palate, floral notes emerge and blend with the pine to create that IPA soapiness, the hops bitterness builds significantly, and a nice light bready malt foundation begins to show. Some alcohol undertones show on the back of the palate. The finish is floral/piney, followed by the onset of a nice strong, long-lasting clingy bitterness. Mouthfeel is biggish for the borderline light/medium body, and the texture is creamy and prickly from some very strong carbonation. There is a hint of sweetness to be had here, but this is definitely a hop-forward Imperial IPA. (growler)

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Photo of winningwes91
4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours out a clear golden color with egg white head. Smells of juicy grapefruit, pine, pineapple, and some malts with hops. Taste is exactly the same. Very juicy and dangerously drinkable. Probably the best west coast ipa brewed on the east coast no less! Representing my home state! Best ipa from NC, hands down.

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Freak Of Nature DIPA from Wicked Weed Brewing
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