Wicked Weed Lieutenant Dank

Although Wicked Weed was taken over by AB Inbev and a lot of people now avoid this brewery, I still will give them a shot every now and then. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 6.5%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “In 2011, Walt and Luke’s lifelong friend Ryan Guthy and his parents Rick and Denise all sat down at the Guthy’s house in the mountains of Western North Carolina to taste Luke and Walt’s creations, while discussing ideas and strategies for what would become Wicked Weed Brewing. After weeks of thoughtful research and soul-searching, the Guthys joined the Dickinsons. With the team and the vision in place, a truly unique and progressive brewery was born. Wicked Weed Brewing found a home at 91 Biltmore Avenue, in a former hardware store building that seemed destined to be a brewery. In 2017, Wicked Weed Brewing entered into a partnership with the Anheuser-Busch family of craft breweries. Wicked Weed’s original founders enjoy the same independent freedom and control over their recipes and brand development they’ve had since being founded in 2012. Wicked Weed operations, innovations, and brewing are managed by Wicked Weed employees in Asheville, North Carolina.”

Random: I’ve always wanted to go to Asheville, North Carolina.

This beer poured with a three finger, pure white head. It took a long time to dissipate and left some lacing on the glass. The body was clear and golden-yellow with a lot of visible carbonation. The nose was dank, as advertised. There was a lot of pine and earthy hops. I also picked up some grapefruit pith as well. The taste was much of the same. It started with a lot of pine resin and pine needles. It quickly went into the earthy hops and then some malt as well. The body was on the medium side with a lot of carbonation. The finish was lengthy with pine. A can was $2.33, which broke down to $.19 per ounce. I thought this was an alright beer. It didn’t have much complexity, but went down easily.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

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Wicked Weed Bedeviled Golden Strong

Last night, I made burgers for dinner. I love making my own burgers and I think they come out a lot better than the pre-made ones. This beer is one that would go well with any type of food, including burgers.

bedeviled

ABV: 8.4%

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Located in West Asheville, the most recent Wicked Weed addition is this 50 barrel Production Brewery responsible for brewing and distributing our fresh beer offerings such as Freak of Nature Double IPA and Pernicious IPA. Christened in July 2015, the Production Brewery is our answer to the Southeast’s call for more of our beer. Currently, our focus is brewing and packaging our fresh beer to send to North Carolina and surrounding markets with future plans to expand the facility to include tours and a tasting room.”

Random: I made portabello mushroom caps as well. Those were quite tasty.

This beer poured with a one finger, thick, pure white head. It dissipated slowly and left limited lacing on the glass. The body was very cloudy and straw yellow in color with a lot of carbonation visible. The nose was filled with yeast, golden raisins and lemon flesh. There was some coriander spice as well. I didn’t pick up any alcohol in the nose. The taste had golden raisins and honey sweetness. There was also some peach flesh and a lot of yeast. Coriander and clove came out as well. There was some alcohol noticeable, but not strong enough to take away from the flavor. It had a medium thick body with high carbonation. The finish was lengthy with bread and coriander. I have no idea how much the beer was since this was received as a gift. I really enjoyed this beer. It reminded me a bit of Duvel. I would highly recommend this beer.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

Wicked Weed Oblivion Sour Red

This beer was another gift from my parents’ trip to Massachusetts and the second (and unfortunately last) Wicked Weed beer from the stash. Hopefully I’ll figure out a way to get some more.

oblivion

ABV: 8.7%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Located in West Asheville, the most recent Wicked weed addition is this 50 barrel Production Brewery responsible for brewing and distributing our fresh beer offerings such as Freak of Nature Double IPA and Pernicious IPA.”

Random: I’m listening to a podcast about Deadwood that’s very interesting. I’m such a nerd.

The beer poured with a two finger, cream-colored head that dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown color and murky. As a result, I couldn’t see how much carbonation was in the beer. The nose was filled with red wine vinegar, oak and red grapes. Currants were in the background as well. The taste was much more tart than the nose would imply. It had red wine vinegar and almost mouth puckering tartness that never went over the edge. It was quickly followed up with oak and vanilla and went into fruit. Specifically, I picked up currants and red grapes. The brett also dried this beer out very nicely. It had a medium body with high carbonation. The alcohol was well-integrated into the liquid. It had a lengthy finish with oak and red grapes with lingering vinegar. This was another gift, so no comment on price, but this beer was complex and perfect for any sour lover. I hope I get a chance to give this beer a try again.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

Wicked Weed Oaxacan

I was excited to crack this beer open after my parents brought it back from Massachusetts. It’s also the first beer I’ve ever had from Wicked Weed.

oaxacan

ABV: 8.6%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “In 2009 Walt and Luke Dickinson sat at a craft beer bar and talked about the dream of opening their own brewery focusing on big, West Coast hoppy ales and authentic Belgian ales brewed to inspire those who drank them. There would be no looking back. Over the next two years, a preliminary business plan was developed and test batches were brewed. In 2011 Walt and Luke’s lifelong friend Ryan Guthy and his parents Rick and Denise all sat down at the Guthy’s house in the mountains of Western North Carolina to taste Luke and Walt’s creations while discussing ideas and strategies for what would become Wicked Weed Brewing. After discussing and weeks of thoughtful research and soul searching the Guthys joined the Dickinsons.”

Random: I wish I could get more of this.

This beer poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy, orange color with some visible carbonation. The nose was incredibly fragrant. I picked up vanilla and oak up front, but then I got some lime. The nose didn’t make me think this was going to be a tart beer. The taste was more dry than tart. The first notes that I got were vanilla and oak, but then tequila and lime came through next. There was also an agave note. The funk didn’t make this tart, but instead dried this beer out. I couldn’t pick up any alcohol on the flavor. After a few sips, some dried grapefruit peel was there as well. It had a medium thick body with light carbonation. The beer had a quick finish with lime and tequila. This beer was simply outstanding. I have no idea how much it cost since it was a gift, but I would highly recommend it.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0