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RATINGS: 96   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 252   ABV: 8.4%
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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.


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4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (4138) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - FEB 9, 2013
Very happy to try a small growler of this at Beer Study. Clean sharp yellow pour with one finger of white head. Super resinous and oily nose, thereís a mild onion/garlic component with lots of citrus. Super hoppy and resinous, pretty awesome.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (8135) - 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 (10438) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrob21 (2668) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 28, 2014
Growler from Appalachian vintner. Pours a straight up oramge with a quickly dissipating white head. Chewy fruit aromas and flavors. Orange tangerine some green apple. Great body and light sweetness. Tasty.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hunter112 (56) - Nanuet, New York, USA - NOV 11, 2014
Iím a Northwest hop head, and this IIPA warms my heart. Yes, I know WW is famous for its sours, but FoN proves solidly that they are masters of other styles as well.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jredmond (5624) - Manhattan, New York, USA - NOV 4, 2014
Sampled at GABF 2014. Pours a light golden orange body with faint haze and white lacing. Aroma is fresh citrus and tropical notes all the way through. No dank character at all really, more just fresh and juicy citrus/tropical fruits, melon, mango, pineapple and bright fresh hop. Super sessionable.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ianwelby (531) - SCOTLAND - NOV 2, 2014
Slightly hazy golden beer with a surprisingly light citrus aroma. Flavour is heavy hop, strong citrus (mainly grapefruit) with a touch sweet fruit for a touch of balance. The strength isnít disguised so itís not a guzzler but itís very nice.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kaser (3113) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 25, 2014
Incredible beer. Reminds me of two hearted ale. Draft at wicked weed in their basement. Yellow clear pour. White head. Tropical candy aroma. Deliciousness hoppy fruity heaven.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Don2711 (157) - - OCT 24, 2014
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2014 Excellent. Citrus aroma fantastic hops. Fine strength. Lovely on palate. Only down really is the cloudy appearance. You know you?ve had a pint when you have one of these.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Westmeister (1828) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 24, 2014
Draft @ the source. Beautiful pour that was split with the lady. Big bitter grapefruit, orange and pine. Bold agressive double ipa.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
garthicus (2724) - Dublin, IRELAND - OCT 23, 2014
On cask at spoons. Appearance: Tea red, dirty white head. Aroma: Super hoppy, mango, citrus rind, pine needles. Flavour: big sticky pine flavour with caramel and peppery mango and over ripe oranges throughout, long bitter hop finish. Lovely !


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