Saturday, November 21, 2015

Wicked Weed Freak of Nature Double IPA


Beer Name: Freak of Nature Double IPA
Brewery: Wicked Weed Brewing (Asheville, NC)
ABV: 8.5%
How sold: 16.9 oz. (500 mL) bottles
Where bought: Bruisin' Ales (Asheville, NC)****
Price: $5.75 for single 16.9 oz bottle

****Bought this beer through their online store. Bruisin' Ales ships to Oregon, but no longer ships to Washington.

Bottled On Date: August 13, 2015
Date Purchased: September 8, 2015 (did not receive until October 10 due to shipping snafu)
Date Opened/Drank: October 17, 2015
When brewed? Year-round beer.
IBUs: 100

Where distributed: Check here to see if Wicked Weed ships to your area!


What's on the Bottle: "Freak of Nature. n. 1. An unusual, unexpected phenomenon. 2. An outlying, west coast-style double India Pale Ale brewed with an abnormally large quantity of hops. 3. A delicately crafted and crushable ale designed for fresh and immediate consumption. 4. A hophead's vice or downfall. Ex: Though warned about its habit-forming hoppiness, they were seduced by the dank, tropical, and drinkable Freak of Nature."

What's on the Website: "Freak of Nature Double IPA is our hoppiest ale. The focus of this beer was to create a hop delivery vehicle. We dry hop this beer at a rate of almost four pounds of hops per barrel. The resulting blend of dank and citrus forward hops make for a palate changing experience. Hopheads, rejoice. This is your beer."

REVIEW:

Appearance (5%): Poured a clear golden-orange color.. About 3 mm of frothy white head, reducing to a sudsy surface. Wonderful lacing left on the glass. 4.5/5

Smell (25%): Lovely balance of pine, malt, dank, and tropical/citrus-hop (grapefruit) aromas. 4.25/5

Taste (40%): Initially detecting a combination of pine, malt, dank, and tropical-citrus (grapefruit) flavors. Intense, yet controlled citrus-bitterness that stays on the tongue. A total hop-bomb at 100 IBUs. Slight traces of alcohol. Delicious and satisfying. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel (10%): Medium to medium-full body. Good carbonation. 4.25/5

Overall (20%): An excellent double IPA. I was 3 for 3 in picking some damn good Wicked Weed beers from the East Coast. It was $5.75 for this bottle and well worth the money spent. Again, a beer with multiple rave reviews on BeerAdvocate and RateBeer. If you desire a stronger, maltier, and dank IPA that retains a nice tropical feel, this is for you. 4.5/5

Final Weighted Rating: 4.413/5

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