A trip to Ridgewood Wine & Beer in Raleigh when I should be at Whole Foods…

Pernicious came with high expectations thanks to Wicked Weed’s other true IPA, Freak of Nature, which is fantastic. Technically, Freak is a Double IPA but it’s only .4% higher in ABV so the comparison isn’t too far off.

This one leaves a lot left to be desired, however. It’s smooth and easy drinking for 7.6% yet uninteresting past that. Every component seems content to sit in the backseat &  leave shotgun empty. For it to be their “flagship” IPA, I expected more.

Everyone seems to have at least a “solid” IPA these days and this is definitely that.

3.5/5 stars