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RATINGS: 148   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 252   ABV: 8.4%
The Freak is our San Francisco inspired hoppy monster. At 8.4% abv and who knows how many ibu’s, this beer is our shrine to the Hop. Absurd amounts of all the big West Coast hops give this beer it’s 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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 17, 2013
Draft at the brewery and also in a growler. Pours bright golden orange witha minimal white head. Nose is big tropical fruits: mango, peaches, nectarines, citrus, along with just a faceful of straight hops, resiny and skunky and weedy and earthy. As I drink, though, it also shows some funky Belgian yeast notes lurking behind the hops. Taste is maybe a hair on the sweet side, but I’ll take it. A fine beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
weihenweizen (2480) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - NOV 27, 2015
On tap at Duckworth’s Park. Clear golden with big/medium white head. Aroma is herbal hops, medium body, low carbonation, and good big-bubble lacing. Taste is herbal hops.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MHOSKINS (83) - Cleveland, Tennessee, USA - NOV 25, 2015
Wow! A well balanced double IPA. Very hoppy start and aroma with a sweet smooth finish. Love it! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (14042) - San Leandro, California, USA - NOV 25, 2015
On tap @ Wicked Weed. Orange in color with white foam. Super piney and resinous beer. There’s a lot of grass, some orange, and grapefruit. Pretty bitter tasting, in fact. Still, a really good citrusy aroma along with a bit of some tropical fruits. Maybe a touch of peach, too. Light caramel sweetness to the flavor, some bread, and and plenty of dankbro hops to it. Nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ElManana (1297) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - NOV 20, 2015
Bottle at tderoeck's place. Hoppy, light malts, floral, fruity, very decent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tillmac62 (511) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - NOV 17, 2015
BOD 9/1/15. Clear copper pour with a touch of garnet. World class head volume, lacing and retention. Outstanding nose of citrus (orange, tangerine), slightly dank and spruce over a solid biscuit with subtle notes of caramel. A slightly spicy element is also noted. Light medium body that is smooth. Below normal carbonation with little effervescence in the middle and moderate effervescence in the finish. The flavor profile is outstanding. Very hop forward and mildly bittered with a low level of complexity. Balance is attempted, but falls a bit short. The hop flavors of the nose are all present and semi-separate. Citrus leads then flows to dank in the middle over a very subtle biscuit. From the middle on, it becomes rather dry and a slight alcohol astringency is evident. The finish is a dry slow fade of rind, dank and notes of alcohol. As it warms, balance improves in the middle providing a slightly sweet (biscuit and caramel) influence. This one is at it’s best slightly below 65 degrees.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mwfrantz (2) - - NOV 7, 2015 does not count
500 mL bottle poured into a wine glass. Light amber color. Typical strong burst of hoppy tones and evergreen aromas. Medium off-white head with hugging lace that remains throughout. Light carbonation. Pleasant bitterness you expect from a good IPA. Citrus more in the smell than taste. Really cannot tell the alcohol content. Balanced and simple, with lingering pleasant spices on tongue. May not be Headtopper ratings but all flavors blend really well together, with consistent palate throughout making it stand out. Worth seeking out in NC!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ciocanelu (353) - Timisoara, ROMANIA - NOV 7, 2015
Clear golden color with white head. Aroma is really dank and resiny. Earthy hops, chive, herbs, grass and pine needles. Taste follows with the same notes, starts balanced but the bitterness increases towards the finish. Body is soft and carbonation is just right for the style. Alcohol is really well hidden, making the beer dangerously drinkable. Overall this is a great double IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mstrcrwly (782) - New York, USA - NOV 1, 2015
bottle poured into a snifter..hazy yellow/gold with a fluffy white head..aroma of citrus,resin,pine,florals..tastes of grapefruit,orange peel,lemons,pine..lin- gers on the palate well..good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PorterPounder (6527) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 31, 2015
Atlanta, Ga - Whole Foods - Atlanta - Briarcliff - 500 ml bottle. Light golden pour with just a slight haze to it, persistent bubbly white head that leaves a thin web of lacing, Light cat urine like aroma, a touch of spearmint. Solid citrus bitterness in the flavor, some spearmint notes, a touch of cake mix sweetness, a touch of pineapple fruitiness, Nice thick mouhfeel, Enjoyable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rajendra82 (999) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - OCT 25, 2015
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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