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:
1,341
Reviews:
185
Avg:
4.27
pDev:
7.96%
 
 
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277
Gots:
299
For Trade:
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Photo of bgold86
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NelCet
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of MilaMila
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of cbutova
3.78/5  rDev -11.5%
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%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of Jmccanless
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheIPAHunter
4.09/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ltdsaint
4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
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 -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TLA
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Casey3236
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rimbimhoot
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bret717
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of madelf66
3.99/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of brunsojw
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
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 +6.1%
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 -0.2%
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 -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of _Adam_
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nat1975
4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ladle69
4.76/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mscudder
3.79/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nick_perry
4.96/5  rDev +16.2%
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 +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JamFuel
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
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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Freak Of Nature DIPA from Wicked Weed Brewing
4.27 out of 5 based on 1,341 ratings.
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