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RATINGS: 199   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89/5   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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3.9
   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 Iíll take it. A fine beer.


3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VRH (60) - Georgia, USA - AUG 4, 2016
Nice fruity nose, with hints of spice and maybe kale; smooth and gentle malt foundation throughout on the palate with bright lemon at the start, joined by crisp white pepper bitterness, grassiness, and green wood.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bubblehouse (1291) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUL 28, 2016
Really hoppy in the nose and in the taste. Pretty intense but easy to drink as you get in to it.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AWISLguy (2450) - Wisconsin, USA - JUL 25, 2016
500ml from source. 6/29 bottle date -- 10 days fresh. Missed it at the brewery stop as was driving another 300 miles ... Very clear orange pour. Aroma has pineapple and pine, tons of citrus. Taste is of pineapple, citrus, sweet malts, pine and chewy resin. Dank and chewy. Some alcohol presence. Medium bodied. Blend is solid. Finishes more bitter than bittersweet. A solid tasty offering - another in a line of NC IPAs that are very good. 14.5

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mark_Eck (1902) - - JUL 25, 2016
Bottle. Pours a hazy orange color. Aroma and taste are tons of juicy citrus, grapefruit, and some pine.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (9472) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 22, 2016
RBSG 2016, bus share. Bottle. Awesome thick dank weedy pine, oily and heavy, with a long bitter finish. Iím digging the dank

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
JStax (5034) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JUL 20, 2016
Bottle shared on the RBSG bus. The beer is a hazy yellow with a white head of foam. The aroma has big pine, citrus and resin to it. Bitter throughout, but has a lingering sweetness to it as well. Big body and medium carbonation.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gjohnson5528 (1) - Tennessee, USA - JUL 17, 2016 does not count
As a fan of IPA in general, this one really rocks. Medium mouth feel with just the right amount of citrus/ bitterness. Tried another IPA from another brewery in Asheville recently and might as well have been drinking a glass of grapefruit juice. Freak of Nature is well balanced and I highly recommend it.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
djd07 (9712) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 15, 2016
Bottle on RBSG bus. Pours a cloudy gold with small frothy white head that lasts. The aroma is dank, pine, resin. Medium body, dank, pine, resin finish, very good.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Wallaby501 (34) - - JUL 1, 2016
A wonderfully balanced double IPA. Mango and citrus nose that tastes the same. Great balance between malts and hops that finishes slightly oily with a good hop bite. Wonderful.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dpjuart (1112) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 30, 2016
Bottle courtesy of Trevor. Pours golden yellow with rimming white head. Mango and pineapple nose. Fruit amd modrate bitter. Citrus finish. Nice


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