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Hopwired - 8 Wired Brewing Co.


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Ratings: 245
Reviews: 108
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.12%

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:
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

(Beer added by: ADZA on 11-26-2010)
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3.76/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 02:06:35 | More by Hendry
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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.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2014 20:12:03 | More by MikeReserva
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4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2014 21:26:14 | More by BierJager89
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4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2013 03:00:06 | More by smakawhat
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3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2013 22:22:57 | More by AaronHomoya
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2013 05:05:34 | More by JasonLovesBeer
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2013 21:48:24 | More by DaftCaskBC
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Manitoba (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2013 13:11:16 | More by djoprahwinfrey
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Quebec (Canada)

3.86/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2013 15:15:10 | More by Phyl21ca
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British Columbia (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2013 01:36:23 | More by FondueVoodoo
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4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2013 17:34:24 | More by Ri0
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4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Serving type: growler

06-25-2013 09:05:23 | More by doktorhops
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North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2013 01:25:03 | More by GarthDanielson
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Ontario (Canada)

4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2013 00:06:14 | More by jrenihan
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Ontario (Canada)

3.71/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2013 00:38:05 | More by CAMRAhardliner
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Ontario (Canada)

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

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2013 14:23:36 | More by BGDrock
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Ontario (Canada)

3.76/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2013 01:07:27 | More by Digimaika2
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Ontario (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on Dec 11, 2012 and freshly arrived locally. A little disappointing given the almost 4 months of age on this one.

Poured in to tulip.

A - Translucent medium orange with two fingers of cream coloured head.

S - Passion fruit, peach, tangerine and a substantial honey malt sweetness. The bitterness is very restrained.

T - A moderate bitterness up front with mango, passion fruit and orange peel flavours. A prominent caramel malt sweetness provides a lot of balance. The hop flavours are very muted overall.

M - Medium body; somewhat sticky. Moderate carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2013 02:17:09 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500mL bottle from the LCBO, part of the spring release. Around 6 bucks - not bad for a pint of good NZ craft IPA.

Poured into a nonic. Light caramel copper, about a half inch of head, with some terrific lacing and nice retention on the head.

The label and website describes this brew as being an all NZ brew, using NZ malts and hops - Nelson Sauvin, as well as two of the most Kiwi-sounding hop varieties one could imagine: Motueka and Southern Cross. This unique character certainly appears in the nose for this beer, which is certainly piney and strong malted grain, but the fruit is not the typical pithy grapefruit. It is something else - wine, tropical fruit, a few other odds and ends I can't quite pick out. Certainly highly enjoyable, and of its own kind.

Tastes much as it smells - a terrific blend of strong bitter pine and grain alongside subtle grape, guava or papaya (who am I kidding, I can't tell - call it non-citrus tropical fruit). A true sipping IPA. Nicely carbonated, mild bodied.

I've yet to be disappointed by a NZ craft beer; this is the first one that really brew me away. The Nelson Sauvin gets full billing here, and does superbly to help create a unique, tasty IPA. I will certainly be back for more of this.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2013 01:40:44 | More by JohnnyBarman
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Ontario (Canada)

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

A - Pours a nice golden colour, solid thumb of off-white soapy head with solid retention and nice sporadic lacing.

S - Nice sweet and earthy pine and cedar hops, solid citrus profile, hits of caramel and candied sugar.

T - Flavour profile matches the scent to a T, with the earthy pine and cedar notes coming through and nicely balanced with the caramel flavours and bitter citrus lingering on the finish.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and a touch of dryness.

O - A tasty brew that held up surprisingly well coming all the way from NZ. Definitely worth a try and I'd imagine the hop profile might be a bit more rich fresh from the brewery. I don't recall this quality of brew when I was visiting NZ well over 10 years ago, but they sure have stepped up their game.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 19:41:16 | More by andrenaline
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Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Wow. What a pleasant surprise. Lots of American-style flavour with a relatively low ABV.

Pours a beautiful clear, copper colour with a reasonable white head. Brilliant pine and tropical fruit aroma with a nice caramel malt base. Some of the fruits in the aroma I can't quite identify, but that may be the guava or others listed on the label that I know solely by name. The flavour is both well balanced and complex, with a refreshingly bracing bitterness after the sweet smorgasbord of the body. Fruit flavours range from citrus to “tropical” – and are a real pleasure to drink.

Very impressive. Would highly recommend, and will definitely seek out more.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 00:07:23 | More by hopsolutely
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Ontario (Canada)

4.36/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

8 Wired Hopwired has a brassy and shimmering complexion, like a shiny new penny. Its toasty tone does nothing to compromise the spotless clarity. Its head rises in the glass like bread baking in the oven, only eventually to dissipate, little by little, until in time the surface is virtually flat.

For a hop-bomb, the aroma isn't so punchy; it exudes a lot of warming, toasty caramel malt notes that resemble maple fudge or almond bark. But at its core the beer is pure fruit and citrus: pineapple, passionfruit, white peach, blood orange, lime, and aromatic guava. There's also shavings of tree bark. It becomes even better as it warms.

The hops offer such a variety of flavours that I could agree to tasting nearly any fruit suggested: not only citrus ones such as lime, blood orange, grapefruit but other favourites such as mango, guava, passionfruit, apricot, green apple, gooseberry, and, fitting enough, even kiwi. The brewery is spot-on calling this a "tropical punchbowl". All this despite almost 4 months in the bottle and a voyage across the globe! Bready, biscuity malts provide a strong foundation.

The waves of citrus fruit spill out into streams of juicy and acidic textures in the mouthfeel. The fruit is somewhat pithy but far more ripe compared to many American examples. New Zealand hops (the Nelson Sauvin variety in particular) seem to have the same piercingly grassy and abundantly fruity aromatic intensity as New Zealand's famous Sauvignon Blanc grapes. That tiny island(s) truly has an embarrassment of riches when it comes to grapes and hops.

Hopwired is brewed exclusively with New Zealand grown malt and hop varieties; each bottle is essentially a traveling advertisement for New Zealand agriculture - and what better endorsement could you ask for? Unlike most every other wine region in the world, New Zealand produces almost exclusively premium wines and, from what I've tried, they produce only premium beers too. Hey, if this is what your land and people are capable of, why not have such high standards?

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2013 20:07:25 | More by biegaman
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Ontario (Canada)

4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

0.5L bottle from the Spadina/Dundas LCBO in Toronto. $6.25. Production date: December 11/2012.

Deeply excited to try this beer due to the Nelson Sauvin hops which I first had the pleasure of tasting through Bellwoods' Monogamy series. Initial pour revealed an orange-amber colour, with a fair amount of head retention. Taste is thicker than I thought it would be - not syrupy, yet lacking in that thin bitter punch that I've come to expect from IPAs. Smell is also atypical, overwhelmingly fruity and tropical - a real difference from the regular American and Canadian IPAs. Bitterness levels are also good though not particularly strong (no tingly sensation in mouthfeel), alcohol nicely masked (7.3%).

Overall, would buy again.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2013 18:08:24 | More by timeo
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Ontario (Canada)

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

500ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for 6.25$

Appearance - Clear copper with an average size fizzy off-white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for around 3 minutes.

Smell - Hops, malts, pineapple, guava, kiwi?

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste caramel, malts, and hops. There is also some grapefruit and some pineapple mixed with guava/kiwi/strawberry sweetness. It ends with a fruity aftertaste with a medium amount of hop bitterness.

Overall – An interesting beer that definitely warrants trying at least once. The price point might keep me away to some extent given that there are 6 packs of great IPA's for 12$. But this is a nice change of pace IPA for every now and then.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2013 00:18:10 | More by spinrsx
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4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a beautiful light tea color with lacing into a tulip. The head was a vanilla color, and there was good lacing in the glass. Served at 52 F(11 C).

The aroma was unusual: vanilla and light grapefruit. I don't recall smelling or tasting vanilla
in a DIPA, but the vanilla in this beer was strong in the nose, and continued after warming.

The mouth feel was well carbonated.

The beer didn't taste very hoppy at first. I expected more hoppiness, which is usually the strongest taste element in a DIPA. This beer was moderately hoppy, with some grapefruit- mostly a grapefruit rind taste. There was some bitterness.

The finish was smooth, and the hoppiness increased with warming. The vanilla-light grapefruit nose continued with warming.

Overall- an unusual imperial IPA. Vanilla and light grapefruit nose, light grapefruit taste, and a relatively smooth well-balanced finish with warming. The taste did become more grapefruit( tropical? ) with warming.

Excellent DIPA. However, there is no bottle date. Perhaps the beer wasn't freshly brewed, so it was difficult to figure if the lack of hoppiness usually present in DIPAs was due to an older bottle or the character of New Zealand hops.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2013 23:56:28 | More by brureview
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Hopwired from 8 Wired Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 245 ratings.