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Semiconductor - 8 Wired Brewing Co.

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82
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17 Ratings
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Ratings: 17
Reviews: 4
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 10.81%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
8 Wired Brewing Co. visit their website
New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style | ABV
American IPA |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

IPAs are great but sometimes you just don't want the amount of alcohol that comes with most of the good ones. In this spirit we brewed Semiconductor. an IPA designed to be drunk by the gallon, if you are that thirsty.

30 IBU

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 10-21-2013)
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Ratings: 17 | Reviews: 4 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of biboergosum
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle. A producer of pretty good IPAs in their own right jumps right on the 'session IPA' bandwagon - right?

This beer pours a hazy, medium golden amber hue, with one fat finger of densely foamy and somewhat creamy ecru head, which leaves some calving iceberg lace in places on the glass as it genially abates.

It smells of sharp pine resin and orange/grapefruit hop esters, further tropical fruit notes - kiwi, pineapple, and lychee berries, mostly - sweet bready caramel malt, and a certain cold metallic flintiness. The taste is biscuity caramel malt, white saltine crackers, mixed-up pine/leafy/herbal greens, bitter, almost denuded orange citrus, a conspicuous by its sudden absence tropical, what was it - something or other, and more of that weird flinty, wet stoniness.

The bubbles are fairly active and engaged to the back of my throat, the body just on the light side of medium weight, and plainly smooth, the hoppy astringency informing as one might expect here. It finishes rather dry, that chalky, stoney essence starting to overpower the lingering pine and citrusy hops after a spell.

An agreeable enough IPA, one of the not quite grown-up sort. That bit of pedantry aside, the most interesting part about this offering is the gulf between the aroma and taste - the promise of all that antipodean fruit goodness in the nose is quickly replaced by the oft-mentioned mineral character. No big deal, really, unless consistency of experience is your bag.

biboergosum, Jul 16, 2014
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with a fading white head.
Nose shows passionfruit, lychee, pear, peach blossom and some sweet malt underneath.
Pretty similar flavours but with very little malt. Lots of fruit throughout. Finishes with a sharp bitterness.
Carbonation is pretty aggressive.

CrazyDavros, Mar 03, 2014
Photo of jpd7374
4/5  rDev +8.1%

jpd7374, Apr 24, 2014
Photo of Poupae
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Poupae, May 13, 2014
Photo of danieelol
3.81/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a transparent, filtered, slightly golden yellow with good head and lacing.

Nose is big grapefruit, some passionfruit, pine, and a decent caramel-y malt. Paw paw.

Taste is bitterness on a light body, grapefruit, more of the caramel-y malt.

Mouthfeel is pretty light and wistful. Pine, dryness, more malt.

Carries most of the flavours from textbook old-school IPAs (all the hops and malt) but coming in at a much more manageable ABV. Pretty nice effort. Would probably still opt for something Founders All Day IPA over this, but this one carries stronger malt and hop flavours on the whole. Bitterness and big malt backdrop does hinder sessionability somewhat, which is a bit of a drawback for a beer of this nature.

danieelol, Mar 13, 2014
Photo of Vanz
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Vanz, Feb 16, 2014
Photo of Rwalford74
3.96/5  rDev +7%

Rwalford74, Oct 19, 2014
Photo of Troublebar
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Troublebar, Sep 11, 2014
Photo of GarthT
3/5  rDev -18.9%

GarthT, Sep 09, 2014
Photo of hopnerd
4/5  rDev +8.1%

hopnerd, Apr 25, 2014
Photo of Idrankthat
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Idrankthat, Sep 18, 2014
Photo of Gasc0igne
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Gasc0igne, Sep 27, 2014
Photo of f_raud
2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

f_raud, Aug 08, 2014
Photo of Hoptron_3000
3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Nice clarity. Assume it's dry hopped. Decent lacing.

Smell lots of petrol, some pine. Sharp.

Taste lots of fruit. Sharp petrol?? Grapefruit bitterness.

Overall Kind of sharp bitterness and flavor. But has a nice body and mouthfeel for low ABV. Nice dry finish.

Hoptron_3000, Jun 06, 2014
Photo of benjaminkhlaw
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

benjaminkhlaw, May 16, 2014
Photo of deGruch
4/5  rDev +8.1%

deGruch, Sep 14, 2014
Semiconductor from 8 Wired Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.