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RATINGS: 83   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81   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.


4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
unclemattie (4199) - Georgia, USA - SEP 15, 2014
Soo delicious. Orange pour. Heavy aromas of hops. So much citrus nose. Heavy bodied. Thick and sweet malt. Not overly bitter. Well balanced. So much hops taste. (4183)

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DWestrick (434) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 13, 2014
on tap at Wicked Weed in Asheville. One of my favorites of my vacation. Excellent DIPA

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
artmcd8 (1617) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 1, 2014
On tap at the brewery. Orange clear white head. Citrus hop. Some grass. Taste is bitter side of balanced. Some alcohol aromatics.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (11983) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 31, 2014
Draft at the source, RBWG Asheville. Crystal clear golden yellow color. Aroma of bright pineapple and pine. Taste is bright and fruity, not very bitter. Very drinkable.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ross (2088) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - AUG 19, 2014
Tap - yellow color, white head. Huge hop nose, grass, grapefruits. Bitter, yet refreshing beer. I really liked it but if you are going for an IPA go for the hop burglar. Still, one of the best IPAs i have had from an NC brewer.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (8679) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 11, 2014
On tap at appalachian vinter. Big retained head and lace sheet. Fresh citra hops. Good drinkability.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bconch (290) - - JUL 31, 2014
Nose of grapefruit and pine. Taste is very bitter with a sticky aftertaste. Not bad but not up there with the best.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
popery (1422) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 23, 2014
The beer is bright gold in color. It has good clarity and a nice white head. Bubbles swirl up readily even out of this stubby growler. Lots of lacing. Decent retention. The head dies down after a couple minutes, not bad for a beer above 8% abv. The aroma is full of sweet hop flavors. Thereís big citrus, tropical notes, some pine and a floral background. Fruit-wise, I get tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, mango, lemon, lime, mild grape and mild berry. Itís not as huge on the new, fancy hop flavors as some recent hoppy beers, but it excels in execution. The hops are expressed wonderfully with no off notes. Thereís light background sweetness from the malt that blends into the hop fruitiness. The taste is full of hop flavor with a perfect balance of sweetness and moderate bitterness. Starts off with floral/grape hoppiness and malt sweetness. Then, pineapple, tangerine and grapefruit take over, before a finish of pine, pepper and citrus rind. The feel is light and smooth. Normal carbonation, though again, itís a growler. It strongly reminds me of Pliny. The flavor and intensity of the hops is strong but itís still a very easy beer to like because everything is held in a very careful balance. Excellent stuff.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
michcam8 (297) - Ohio, USA - JUL 16, 2014
Nice DIPA. Pours a clear golden/orange glow. Aroma of grapefruit, zest, pine....yum. Taste is similar, sticky, piney, somewhat bitter taste. Excellent beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nearbeer (3750) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 15, 2014
Pint on tap. Clear orange golden with a lasting spit of cream. Nose is dank green herb with touches of citrus, resin and caramel. Tastes of the same mix. Medium body has smooth medium carbonation and is definitely dry.


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