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RATINGS: 93   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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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.


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hunter112 (54) - 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 (5548) - 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 (515) - 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 (2973) - 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 (147) - - 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 (1804) - 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 (2711) - 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 !

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daknole (9401) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 20, 2014
Bright gold pour, sticky white head. GABF pour. So fruity and juicy, loads of hops, citrus, oranges, meyer lemons. Vibrant and quite delicious.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rosenbergh (7236) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 19, 2014
Draught at the Wicked Weed, Asheville, NC. Clear golden colour with a small white head. Candies, sweet fruits, sweetness and sweet malt in the aroma. Yummy! The flavour is sweet hops, resin, fruits, caramel and malt. The sweetness is very much present. A strong one. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badcat73 (19) - - OCT 17, 2014
Swan Hotel Leighton Buzzard. Cask JDW October 2014 IBF. Dark golden colour. Strong raisen aroma. Short lived bitter-sweet initial hit gives way to slightly metallic bitter after taste. The high alcohol percentage leaves a subtle warm glow.


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