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Wicked Weed Freak Of Nature Double IPA

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Serve in Shaker, Snifter

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RATINGS: 104   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 252   ABV: 8.4%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
The Freak is our San Francisco inspired hoppy monster. At 8.4% abv and who knows how many ibuís, this beer is our shrine to the Hop. Absurd amounts of all the big West Coast hops give this beer itís citrusy weedy nose and big dank hop flavor. Drinking this beer is like stuffing your face into a bag of fresh hops while eating a tangerine. We dry hop with 48lbs per batch or over 3lbs of hops per barrel. In following with the classic style of the West Coast double sugar plays a big 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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (11126) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 28, 2015
Keg at the brewpub, Asheville, 17/02/15. Clear golden blonde with a decent off white covering. Nose is citric pith, grapefruit, light pine, tangerine. Taste comprises skunky hops, pine needle, grapefruit, tangerine, mandarin. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, seim drying close laced with a skunked up hop wash. Solid DIPA.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Foxbush (1406) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 23, 2015
10 oz Draft in the Basement This was my first trip to this renowned Brewpub. The D/IPA poured a light gold color with a small head and lacing. The grapefruit aroma greets you and the citrus bitterness stays with every swallow. The ale has soft carbonation and a medium body. This is well brewed D/ IPA. Sharp bitterness grips the tongue in the back, capping off this colorful D/IPA with a refreshingly dry swallow.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
kevinsenn (1303) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 19, 2015
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2015 On tap at Wicked Weed. Aroma is 11/10 - beyond perfect juicy sweet hops. Taste:... ... ... Iím back, after being in a hop coma. Before I blacked out I remember sweet tropical fruit notes brilliantly balanced out with a bitter bite. Love it; couldnít be better.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
umich03jm (2404) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - FEB 22, 2015
Howler from a trade. Clear gold pour with a small head that fades to a thin ring. Awesome aroma. Heavy dank hops, juicy pineapple, pine, juniper berries, weed, and grapefruit. Tastes very dank. Juicy malt and hops help tame the darkness. Weed, pineapple, and pine are the biggest flavors. Medium body. Ultra oily mouthfeel. Great DIPA.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
50belair (2749) - Florida, USA - FEB 17, 2015
On tap at the brewery. Burnt orange pour with a white head. Big grapefruit hop aromas. The taste follows suit. Nice balance with a sturdy malt backbone. Good body and mouthfeel.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
swoopjones (6568) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 24, 2015
draft at Wicked Weed, orangish pour, fuller mouthfeel. Resiny hops, tropical, tangerine, grapefruit. Enjoyable

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
rumproasts (3553) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 22, 2015
Tap. Golden with small head. Big tropical fruits. Light sweetness. Amazing flavors. Excellent DIPA.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ben4321 (4383) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 31, 2014
Location: Draft at Topelo Honey Asheville, 12/31/14

Aroma: The aroma is tropical hops, plenty of pine/resin, and some caramel notes
Appearance: It is clear gold in color, with a bright white head, and some nice lacework
Flavor: This one has a great hoppy flavor, with a light sweetness, and a big, crisp bitterness
Palate: It is medium bodied, the ABV is super well hidden, and it has a pretty dry finish
Overall Impression: One of my favorites of the year comes on the final day. I drink a ton of IPAs (and DIPAs, and APAs, etc.), and I like a ton of them too, but only a few really standout as world class. This is an excellent beer. This stands out as world class.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (8328) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 10, 2014
My Bottom Line:
This classic Double IPA seduces with precise citrusy, tropical fruitiness perfuming a svelte, effervescent body, leading to resinous hop bitterness.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam stays atop the misty blond shine.
-This may be a textbook example, but it is right on the money with everything it does.
-This is amazingly drinkable for a brew this strength. A bit like Pliny The Elder.
-Pale malts are a very able supporting cast.

On tap at the brewery restaurant.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (10700) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 5, 2014
A golden DIPA with a thin lacing white head. In aroma, nice biscuit malt with good floral hops, resinous and piney, clover, classic. In mouth, a nice biscuit malt with good resinous floral hops, grapefruit pulp, nice and pleasant. On tap at brewery.


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