durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 28, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at the brewery. Pours a bright orange with a slight haze. Smallish white head. Nose of mango and papaya and Amarillo hops (wasn’t hard to guess). Fruity and easy to drink. Something a bit too soft/watery in the palate and not quite as bitter as I wanted, but still damn good.
jmm635 (806) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 12, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured bright orange in color with a thin white head. Lots of fresh hops and fruit juice on the nose. Not sure I could personally identify papaya but I trust them. Great beer!
drsordr (572) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 27, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Draft at the restaurant. Color clear orange with minimal head. Nose very strong hop forward, mango, pine, resin and fruit. Taste also hop forward with tropical fruit and pine hops. Definite papaya after taste, plays excellently with the hop flavors. The fruit addition doesn’t add sweetness, but instead enhances the underlying flavors. Excellent.
NachlamSie (2540) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 27, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Growler. How is Wicked Weed so good? Whoever is in charge of this operation knows what the hell they are doing. This is yet another winner, especially in the hop department. Normally I cringe when I see fruit addition to a beer, but Wicked Weed adeptly incorporates something like papaya into an IPA seamlessly while making the hops, malt and yeast the highlight more than the adjunct. The aroma is a blast of citrus, melon and pine with a sturdy caramel backbone. I couldn’t tell you that papaya was definitely used unless I read it. With that suggestion in my mind I feel an underlying fruity tartness melding perfectly with the typical, but enjoyable and clean IPA flavors. The body is pretty sturdy, mildly sticky even. Lots of juicy citrus and fruity bouquet in the finish, lingering on a dry herbal note. What a great beer! I may have a new favorite southern brewery.