Hopwired - 8 Wired Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 315
Reviews: 116
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.63%
Wants: 36
Gots: 30 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
8 Wired Brewing Co. visit their website
New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ADZA on 11-26-2010

We're pretty sure HopWired is the first bottled new world India Pale Ale made with NZ grown pale ale malt and 100% unique NZ hops. We bet you'll find nothing else like it on the shelves.

Although there's plenty of malty sweetness, this beer is all about the hops. But unlike an American IPA, which will mainly challenge you with grapefruity and pine-like flavours and aromas, the kiwi hops used in HopWired produce something more like a tropical punchbowl: Passion fruit, limes, oranges and Sauvignon Blanc grapes to name but a few. A local Marlborough winemaker even said it smelled like gooseberries... Gooseberries? When did you last actually smell a gooseberry??

Decide for yourself, or just enjoy it without further complication. Cheers!

70 IBU
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Ratings: 315 | Reviews: 116
Photo of AngusOg
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap.

The hop flavors in the finish are really nice, but there's just a little too much sweet maltiness muddying things up for me to really love this beer. Almost reminds me if a hoppy barlywine. And for the price, I definitely will not be ordering again.

Photo of kitch
4.65/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 500ml bottle dated best before 1st October 2015 was poured into a pint glass.

A: The beer poured a hazy copper amber colour with a one and a half finger head with good retention leaving nice stringy lacing.
S: Immediate aroma was of pine, grapefruit and lime followed by lots of tropical fruits like mango and pineapple.
T: Taste was malt caramel sweetness followed by tropical fruit flavours especially mango, pineapple and orange finishing with a nice bitter pine and grapefruit.
M: Medium bodied, medium carbonation, and a slight sticky feeling.
O: A very nice balanced IPA. The sweet malts and tropical fruit flavours make it a must buy for me.

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.46/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Strong aroma is very hoppy and has an undertone of sour citrus, a mixture of Mandarin orange and grapefruit with a hint of lemon. And, yes, I do get a hint of gooseberries. At least I think it’s gooseberries. Pours an attractive clear amber with a thick, pale golden-tan head. Flavor is seriously hoppy, more at evergreen than wood, a little bitter, notes of grapefruit and - gooseberries? Also got a yeasty hint. Texture has about average body and fizz, but leaves a good hoppy, woody, slightly bitter, slightly fruity finish. Get hopped up and wired for this one.

Photo of RStansel
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear, orange-tinted copper with medium head retention. A blast of papaya & mango on the nose; full bodied, with a fruit-salad-stuffed mid-palate; smooth, but alcohol is a bit out of check on the finish; rich, v. smooth mouthfeel. The tropical fruit profile on this is unique, a rare example of packaging copy accurately describing its beer. Let's hope there are more NZ ales like this being brewed for export.

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aroma of caramel malt, citrus, floral, resin. Taste tropical fruit, resin, grassyness bitterness, floral. Solid IPA!

Photo of barczar
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at a reputable bar, so should be pretty fresh.

Slight haze with moderate cream head that dissipates to a ring of foam.

Aroma is very floral, with hints of grapefruit tartness and resin. Honeysuckle dominates. Dank cannabis surfaces late.

Flavor reveals tropical fruit notes of mango and pineapple mixed with grapefruit and tangerine, finishing perfumey and floral. Bitterness level is medium, with an herbal note surfacing in the aftertaste. Juicy, fruity hops dominate, and are supported by a lightly bready malt backbone.

I'm a sucker for flavoring over bittering hops, especially tropical fruit. Right up my alley.

Photo of Davepoolesque
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

All New Zealand hops. More subtle than an American IPA. Larger malt backbone. It's good, but not my favorite. Run of the mill.

Photo of MicroBrewOrDie
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

This brew is absolutely incredible. IPA in my opinion has been vastly overdone in the United States and Canada, becoming a competition on how high they can get the IBU's with the same Cascade and Chinook hops, or trying new but-still citrusy or piney combinations. Hopwired is not your traditional IPA, it has the style, but with new and interesting flavours. Passion fruit is readily taste-able. 7.3%, 70 IBU's and yet smooth and super easy to drink. I am thoroughly enjoying this Kiwi brew.

Photo of Hendry
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Amber orange pour, 1 finger of off white head, spotty lacing.

Aroma is subdued in the hops arena: malts are what shine through and likely due to the freshness factor, or lack thereof.

Taste is malt forward with some moderate hop bitterness in the mix.

Mouthfeel is medium, brisk carbonation.

There is a reason they don't export these bottles with dates on them: it is a long journey from the other size of the world to the United States, where it can be challenging enough finding a fresh domestic IPA, never mind one from down under. This tasted much like other Kiwi hopped IPAs that I've had that were also past their prime: when fresh, they are excellent.
It is likely this bottle was produced 6 months ago, which is not the fault of the beer, but the end result is an underwhelming 16.9 oz. $11 bottle that will never be purchased again.

Photo of MikeReserva
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Copper-coloured, looks filtered, white head that lasts.

Smell: Pine, Kiwi, Orange, Grassy, Apple. Nelson Sauvin is dominant.

Taste: Malt sweetness up front, then lots of tropical fruits. Lots of limes, kiwi, grapefruit. Followed by spicey pine, finishes quite bitter.

Mouthfeel: perfect. It's very thick and creamy, especially for 'only' 7.2%. Still very sparkling, which suits the taste very well

Overall: Very nice, balanced IPA. Beautiful balance between sweet malt up front and lingering bitterness as finish, also balanced in fruity vs. spicey / pine. It has depth/complexity which could make it a hate-it-or-love-it beer. I think it's very well done, and would really like this one again soon.

Photo of BierJager89
4.56/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Beautiful dark copper/amber color with a light brown head.

S: Citrus, orange, pineapple, lots of tropical fruit and a sweet malt scent in the nose.

T: Very pleasantly bitter, tons of tropical fruit, a touch of pine and some orange. Delicious.

M: Medium-full bodied and smooth for an IPA.

O: This is a perfect example of what NZ hops can do to a beer. They're amazing, and the Kiwi hops used in this beer aren't even my favorite from NZ.

Photo of smakawhat
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a tulip pint glass.

Crystal clear, copper orange body, with lots of rising carbonation that is very thin, but noticeable. Head is soapy white and makes three fingers tall, and settles to a very shampoo like puck, with island retention and some soapy lacing.

Real nice hop front nose, juicy and rich with some tropical notes, and hints of citrus. Malt presence is a little bit subdued but the hop nose is a bit varied and lush.

Real interesting palate. Hop front comes a bit more pine like in taste and there is an incredibly toasty aroma of toasted brown sugar on the finish. Playful carbonation and almost champagne like crispness with some caramel thick malt sensations. Tropical notes hinted on the nose don't come out as obvious in flavor, but there is a nice indistinguishable hop fruit like component.

Overall it's the malt behind this I find most impressive, and the hops are utilized well and have great aroma. Real solid IPA.

Photo of AaronHomoya
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a a bottle as I am trying to get every example of NZ/Australian hops I can. Hopefully pretty fresh. The beer is nice and clear in appearance, even though it is not fully filtered. Fine bubbles with decent lacing. Aroma is very nice, with the expected tropical fruit, lemon, floral and slight vanilla note. Taste is similar, with a light caramel malt backbone. Very smooth mouthfeel and no sign of the 7.3% ABV. Not a hop bomb, as it finishes lightly, but a well balanced and tasty brew with an interesting change of pace in the hops.

Photo of JasonLovesBeer
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Deep gold with healthy off-white head

S: Love it. Big floral and big citrus, just a bouquet of aromas.

T: Grapefruit and floral, fresh and clean but with some tree-bark bitterness. Very nice but not the end-all-be-all either

M: No notes

O: Really enjoyed but not the best value around here. Still, those New Zealand hops do offer a bit of a different take than the typical PNW stuff I'm used to, and in a good way.

Photo of DaftCaskBC
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottling date: 12/11/2012

I expect the hop presence to be muted on this one since it is nearing a year old.

A: 1/2" foamy creamy white head over amber liquid.

S: Mostly caramel malt with some yeast and citrus notes.

T: Lime, grass, green pepper, lemon, pineapple, guava, gooseberries over a rich caramel backbone.

M: Medium viscosity and carbonation.

O: Although the hops have faded, I could tell that this was well-balanced representation of a NZ IPA.

Photo of djoprahwinfrey
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A : pours a clean golden yellow, 1/2 finger of frothy white head which dissipated slowly, pretty healthy lacing

S : fresh hops, lemon, piney, its quite sweet smelling and fruity

T : strong hop start with some bitterness but sweetens up, floral, caramel, pine, mango and lemon flavors, the %7.3 ABV is well hidden, bitter citrus finish

M : full bodied, medium-high carbonation, creamy, heavier weight

O : This is a great tasting and easy to drink IPA. It has some very potent hop, fruit and pine flavors, a busy and very enjoyably brew. Definitely worth trying and i will be drinking this again.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a bright orangey color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of floral hops with light tropical fruits notes is quite enticing. Taste is also dominated by some tropical fruits notes, with some flora hoppy notes and almost no bitterness. Malt backbone is quite solid but doesn’t interfere with the hops profile. Body is about average with good carbonation. Very well brewed but I was expecting an even more powerful explosion of tropical fruits.

Photo of FondueVoodoo
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled December 11, 2012.

A: Pours a wonderfully clear bronze with 3-4 fingers of big fluffy light tan head. Clumps of lacing scattered all over the sides of the glass.

S: Mixture of pine, citrus, tropical fruits and a slight skunkiness together with some sweet notes of caramel malts. Notes of floral scents and possibly coriander.

M: Pine notes are more dominant in the taste as compared to the smell together with orange peel, and tropical fruits. Mid notes of sweet caramel malts and finishes with mild bitterness.

M: Medium bodies with light to moderate carbonation. Slightly coating.

O: This was a nice IPA with more tropical fruit presence and malts than what we normally have here in BC. While my shop just received this it was far from fresh and I would love to try again when fresh.

Photo of Ri0
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

poured 500ml bottle into snifter. Thanks Nick!

A - Wonderful clear light bronze with a foamy 2 finger white head. Fades to a thick collar and leaves a nice webbing of lace on my glass.

S - Citrus, lime, orange, tropical fruit, and pine seem to dominate, but there are subtle floral and earthy hop notes. I pick up a bit of honeysuckle and bread as well as other sweet floral scents.

T - Starts with a bitter pine, but yields to more citrus (lime and orange), and tropical fruit. Some sweetness comes in the middle that is like honeysuckle and bread. Finish is a nice citrus bitter flavor.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and oily finish with a nice bitter linger.

O - My first beer from NZ and it does not disappoint. Very nice IPA with unique NZ hops. Very glad I got to try this.

Photo of doktorhops
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally I succumbed to the temptation of a Growler - the fact that it is fresh from the tap and reasonably priced may have something to do with it... or the fact that I am a craft beer fanatic (I even have 2 brewery T-shirts) may have something more to do with it. Who cares, I've got a Growler now. And what better way to christen it than to have a NZ IPA from my favourite alehouse 'The Archive'? None.

Poured from a 2L Growler into a Stein.

A: A standard cloudy amber body, no head just white soap lacing: this is a hallmark of a good hoppy IPA.

S: There is a great aroma of caramel malts on the fore with pineapple, guava and a hint of tangerine hops, all very appealing. The hops aren't full-on and vying for attention though which is a pleasant change in an IPA.

T: The above aromas present well in the flavour profile. This is sweeter and less bitter than expected of an IPA, with a nice tropical fruit nectar prevalent throughout. Then the aftertaste kicks in sharp and bitter like a typical American IPA. On a second sip one can note a floral potpourri taste and buttery Dycetyl.

M: Mid to light body. Carbonation is flat however this may be a characteristic of the Growler, will know when I review my next Growler brew.

D: This is one easy-to-drink IPA, could quite easily enjoy a full session on this beer. Balanced and interesting, well crafted, a fine example of an antipodean brew. Ten thumbs up (and 'yes' I am a mutant with ten thumbs so that statement is perfectly viable for me).

Food match: The tropical fruitiness of this brew would lend itself well with a classic Kiwi Hāngi; roast pork, cabbage, taro, and sweet potato. Other than that Thai or Malaysian cuisine is a winner too.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, crystal clear, copper coloring with a thin, filmy, bright white head that starts around a half an inch and settles into a thin, clingy layer. Aromas of light, sweet caramel subtly posting the backbone, supporting a ton of tropical fruit characteristics like papaya, mango, pineapple, and berries. There are some green, vegetative characteristics in the nose, too...not piney, but almost herbal and floral. Flavors are fruity initially, with a quick follow-up from a slight bitterness and roasted characteristic. The tropical fruit platter on the forward tongue remains light but stable, and the bitterness is mild, with a tangy caramel highlight that balances the palate. The body is full, and the carbonation level keeps that body light and slightly effervescent. Aftertaste is a rich sweet and fruity sweet blending, with a hint of resiny hops presence. Smooth, light finish with a fruit punch twist, keeping the tropical theme throughout. The New Zealand hops really give a unique and interesting twist on the American DIPA style. Surprisingly drinkable for the flavor profiles and the slightly increased ABV. Solid brew.

Photo of jrenihan
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Production date of December 11, 2012.

Beer is golden amber with a moderate white head. Head fades steadily but not totally.

Nose contains some caramel malt, along with some fruity hop scents. Pineapple, mango and tangerine. Some pine. More malt than most IPAs, perhaps because of the fact that this beer is just over 4 months old, but it is still a nice smell. Fruit scents are a little different and quite pleasant.

Taste is also quite fruity. Again, pineapple and mango and tangerine, with a lime flavour as well. Quite tropical. Very unusual taste. A bit soapy. A good dose of caramel malt as well, with a bit of a toasty flavour. Bitter, but not strongly. I quite like this beer, the New Zealand hops are very nice. Would love to try it fresher.

Medium bodied, highly carbonated. A bit on the bready side.

Overall, good. Quite enjoyable. Tasty stuff.

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange color with many streams of huge carbonation bubbles. The frothy ivory head lasts a short while. but coats the glass in lace patches. Sweet, bready pale malts mix with light tropical fruit notes in the nose. Soap, white grape, orange and lemon hop flavors fill the palate. In toe, the doughy malt profile keeps things balanced. Hop bitterness builds with warmth, but contends with a light fusel alcohol flavor. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with less carbonation than the appearance would let on. Tropical fruit hops and a moderate bitterness last a while in the finish - as does that boozyness.

Its great to have some more NZ hopped IPAs in Ontario, even if a tad pricey (6.25 for 500ml). This one could have a more nuanced alcohol presence and more intense, lively hop flavors, but its still a decent IPA. Worth a try.

Photo of BGDrock
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear copper; big, egg-white head with strong retention and lacing

Aroma: bright citrus - orange grapefruit, lime - hinting at sweet and bitter; some spruce elements as well but generally it's on the fruity side

Taste & Mouthfeel: lightly oily, creamy texture; starts with a mild, simple, sweet malt flavour, but then the hops rush in with biting resin bitterness just barely caressed with lingering caramel malt; the citrus elements of the nose aren't present, this is all spruce tips; after time, things start to balance out and tropical, floral fruits gain the strength to balance out the hops very well -

Overall: it really becomes something interesting about halfway through, could make for a good sessionable beer with fresh, vibrant attributes throughout

Photo of Digimaika2
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled with a production date of December 11, 2012.

(4.0) A: Beautiful clear copper with a creamy/bubbly white foam head. Retention isn’t the longest lasting but good lacing.

(3.75) S: Pine, citrus rind, bit of toffee, and baked bread. Slightly damp and earthy. Emits an overall mellow aroma that isn’t overpowering.

(3.75) T: Similar to aroma with pine, citrus, and biscuit tastes predominant. Light herbal qualities that comes across minty. Pleasantly dry and bitter with a clean finish. Easy to drink.

(3.75) M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Slight grainy texture without much oily character.

(3.75) D: A nice IPA that has all the textbook qualities of the style.

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Hopwired from 8 Wired Brewing Co.
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