Freak Parade
Drekker Brewing Company

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From:
Drekker Brewing Company
 
North Dakota, United States
Style:
New England IPA
Ranked #552
ABV:
8.2%
Score:
94
Ranked #1,930
Avg:
4.28 | pDev: 5.14%
Reviews:
32
Ratings:
88
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jan 25, 2023
Added:
Dec 12, 2017
Wants:
  4
Gots:
  11
SCORE
94
Outstanding
Freak ParadeFreak Parade
Notes: We packed this beast with an absurd amount of Vic Secret, El Dorado, and Mosaic hops and the result is a juicy citrus, melon, and stone fruit burst of pure radness wrapped in a pillowy soft bundle of awesome.
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Reviewed by defunksta from North Dakota

4.04/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Canned 1/10/22 (2 weeks ago)

Appearance: Pours a completely hazy (5-10% clarity) medium but bright orange color with a strong white head. SRM of 6-7. (4.25)

Aroma: Strong aromas of dank orange, overripe pineapple and melon. Almost some bubblegum and yeast aromas.

Flavor: Strong flavors of overripe orange, pineapple, melon. Somewhat stanky like the fruit has been sitting out in the sun. Then some bubblegum and yeast on the finish.

Feel: Medium-bodied, strong carbonation. Some yeast lingers on the palate that almost feels prickly.

Compared to Drekker Garbage People 1/2023: Pours darker, hazier, brighter. More overripe fruit and yeast. Less juicy pineapple and grapes. Hazier, yeastier but less juicy.

Overall: Very nicely done NEIPA here. Strong overripe flavors that almost provide a stanky note to the orange, pineapple, and melon. The some yeast to dry the palate and allow it a somewhat prickly feel. Suppose that might be from the hoppiness as this beer is only two weeks out. Going to try it again after it ages a bit to see if that tames down and bit. (Rating: 4.04+)
Jan 25, 2023
 
Rated: 4.31 by craigbelly from Iowa

Sep 05, 2022
 
Rated: 5 by Shan-man from New Jersey

Aug 22, 2022
 
Rated: 4.19 by BarrelAgedG from California

Aug 22, 2022
 
Rated: 4.34 by Gkruszewski from New York

Aug 06, 2022
 
Rated: 4.25 by petrusek23 from Ohio

Jul 05, 2022
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Reviewed by vette2006c5r from Minnesota

4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Freak Parade pours a darker, hazy yellowish color, with a lager, long lasting head. Aroma is dry and filled with tropical fruits. Flavor is dry, with sweet tropical fruit, and a perfect mixture of bitterness. Lots of flavors masterfully put together. Good body and feel.
Jun 23, 2022
 
Rated: 3.79 by westcoastbeerlvr from California

Jun 18, 2022
 
Rated: 4 by a77cj7 from South Dakota

Mar 13, 2022
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Reviewed by beerbully from New Jersey

4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
L- Golden, little to no head....lacing was sparse

S-very faint.....some over riped melon, pineapple and peaches

T- Herbal hop dust......musty over ripe melon, pineapple and papaya.....this yields to greatfruit, passionfruit, and orange peel.....leaves a lingering citrus rind bitterness

F- Less then medium......slick.....oily

O- Good beer.....the initial rating wasn't submitted......so this is a rating based on 2nd impressions
Jan 29, 2022
 
Rated: 3.9 by Mikexw from New York

Jan 26, 2022
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Reviewed by MacMalt from New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Canned on 11/1/2021. Poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass. It pours a murky, dirty tangerine with a generous, foamy, milk-white head and thick, clinging lacing. The nose is fruity and fragrant with pineapple, ripe melon, and lemon, along with a whiff of vanilla. The taste follows the nose but the various flavors are more pronounced. There is abundant pineapple and ripe honeydew, along with a hint of berry and some tropical fruit notes from the Vic Secret hops. At mid-sip I detect tart citrus: lemon peel and a touch of grapefruit. The El Dorodo hops add clean bitterness toward the finish. It's nicely balanced. The mouth feel is great! Rich, creamy, and pillowy with pleasant carbonation. The 8.2% ABV gives it good substance. Overall, Freak Parade is outstanding. And it's held up well at 8 weeks in the can. I'm glad to see Drekker IPAs here in New Jersey!
Dec 31, 2021
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Reviewed by Powderhornphil from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Yellow hazy straw color. Pineapple, pine, melon aroma and taste. Has a bit more sweetness than a lot of the Drekker IPAs that usually seem to finish fairly bitter and dry for the style.
Nov 11, 2021
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Reviewed by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
16oz can poured regularly into a 160z pint glass.
L: Pours a thick apricot hue with a semi-dense off-white light pale straw head. It is quite hazy. Some lacing.
S: Orange, pineapple, citrus.
T: Rather sweet then tart and lightly acidic with more sour fruit flavors of grapefruit, tangerine, peach, lemon zest and some pine. It is hop forward and fairly bitter and has a long, sweet, resinous finish. Very light malt throughout. No alcohol detected.
F: A bit sharp, firm at first then softens. It is not overly dry and has a med long finish. There is a mild chalky feel to it. It has a heavy mouthfeel and remains brisk throughout the pint.
O: A colorful array of firm fruit flavors here. Generously hopped, it has a luxurious IPA feel and is fairly easy drinking for it's ABV. Excellent.
Jul 02, 2021
 
Rated: 4.5 by RBorsato from Virginia

Jun 24, 2021
 
Rated: 4.23 by d5001986 from Wisconsin

Apr 03, 2021
 
Rated: 4.25 by cbcrunch from Wyoming

Mar 25, 2021
 
Rated: 4.02 by WillieThreebiers from Connecticut

Mar 18, 2021
 
Rated: 4.51 by Old_Dead_Oak from Wisconsin

Jun 04, 2020
 
Rated: 4.09 by einman from Minnesota

Apr 22, 2020
 
Rated: 4.29 by Big_V from Maryland

Mar 09, 2020
 
Rated: 4.29 by Boone757 from Virginia

Mar 06, 2020
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Reviewed by barnzy78 from Illinois

4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
16oz can, no apparent freshness date. So I used to live in North Dakota (almost 20 years ago) and even though it was well before the craft boom, I never had a beer brewed in ND. Fast forward to now, and I am trying to find and drink a beer from every state and I came across this beauty! Opaque yellowish body with a foamy white head. Big juicy citrus and tropical fruit hop aroma: passion fruit, tangerine, grapefruit. Great meld of hop forward flavors in this one: passion fruit, grassy green hops, tangerine, grapefruit, melon, faint boysenberry, and some mild nutty oats. Full body, moderate carbonation, modest bitterness with dry piney oils coating the palate and drying it out on the finish. This was excellent!
Mar 01, 2020
 
Rated: 4.35 by nruhlig from Minnesota

Mar 01, 2020
 
Rated: 4.32 by Tokyob from Wisconsin

Feb 28, 2020
 
Rated: 4.25 by rare_bird from Michigan

Dec 03, 2019
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Reviewed by argock from Virginia

4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
No canned on date - c'mon Drekker!

Hazy Arnold Palmer hue with 1-2 fluffy white head with decent retention and lacing.

Lots of melon and blueberry with lemongrass notes.

Flavor is delicious but not terribly distinctive with a lot of honeydew and cantaloupe with strawberry and blueberry and lemongrass herbal. Low bitterness.

Soft slightly chalky feel with medium body and low carbonation.

A really good but not quite great NEIPA.
Nov 21, 2019
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Reviewed by bbtkd from South Dakota

4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Drekker Freak Parade Double IPA, 8.2% ABV. Pours hazy light orange, with a three-finger white head that left slight lacing. Nose is sweet pineapple and orange, slight pine, juicy. Taste is orange, grapefruit, general fruitiness, and pine - moderately bitter. Excellent dry mouthfeel, overall excellent.
Nov 09, 2019
 
Rated: 4.1 by bschmidt_37 from Illinois

Nov 05, 2019
 
Rated: 4.5 by Dutchcraftbeergeek from Netherlands

Sep 16, 2019
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Reviewed by JamFuel from Sweden

4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Pours a thick, hazy orange with soft, fine head.

Smell is juicy and very hoppy, with notes of mango, pineapple, vanilla and some sweetness.

Taste is exemplary. Juicy and tropical with a ton of hops, and notes of mango, peach, papaya and a hint of licorice. Soft but sturdy bitterness, and just the right amount of hop burn.

Mouthfeel is medium, soft and pillowy, well carbonated.

Overall, a superb NE DIPA.
Aug 22, 2019
 
Rated: 4 by Dovers from Wisconsin

Aug 16, 2019
 
Rated: 4.29 by Chrispy_Creams from Minnesota

Aug 15, 2019
 
Rated: 4.35 by mcthfg from Korea (South)

Aug 14, 2019
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Canned 11/1/21; drank 11/18/21 @ the Yarchives.

Opaque dull orange/yellow appearance.

A rough pour yielded a huge eggshell head; a thick curtain of tree-rung lace.

Dried mango, orange peel & mild wheat notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Dried mango, dry grass & dry wheat.

For a NE IPA this was real dry; not bitter, but dry. Decent enough but I've had my last.
Aug 11, 2019
 
Rated: 3.94 by LostHighway from Minnesota

Aug 05, 2019
 
Rated: 4.24 by eljabak from Michigan

Jul 25, 2019
 
Rated: 4.25 by NickThePyro from Washington

Jul 11, 2019
 
Rated: 4.48 by Donkster46 from Washington

Jul 10, 2019
 
Rated: 4.5 by paulish from New York

Jul 03, 2019
Freak Parade from Drekker Brewing Company
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 120 ratings