Hopwired - 8 Wired Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 319
Reviews: 117
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.63%
Wants: 36
Gots: 29 | 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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Reviews by Digimaika2:
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of PeteyPabs
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Color is reminiscent of good apple cider - dark and a bit hazy. Thin head, though it holds up.

A burst of tropical fruit dominates: pineapple and orange. Bright and sweet.

The tropical fruit trend continues. The sweetness is disarming - like nothing I've come across prior. Sharp hop bitterness shows up on the back end and doesn't linger.

Light body and medium carbonation. Extremely drinkable, as you'll probably be on a desperate search to figure out what exactly you're tasting.

Stumbled across this beer and decided to try it based on its promise of being a more exotic alternative to the standard American IPA. Also has a nice label, which is very important if you're a sucker of that sort of thing. It lived up to the promise.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.31/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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 biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, a nice surprise to see the first Kiwi microbrewery available in Alberta.

This beer pours a crystal clear medium golden amber hue, with two bulbous fingers of silky foamy off-white head, which leaves a few aggressive whipped cream flourishes around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of bitter citrus rind, acerbic pine resin, blended tropical fruit, earthy black tea, and lightly toasted, somewhat buttery, grainy malt. The taste starts with a strong pine and spruce tips bitterness, some sugar-free grapefruit and lime fruitiness, a few tropical fruit notes lending some subtle sweetness until the bready, moderately caramelized malt brings up the rear, which is more or less free of any alcohol intransigence.

The bubbles are a tad playful, but harmless enough, the body a decently solid medium weight, but with a slightly tacky cloyingness, one which precludes outright smoothness. It finishes off-dry, the bitterness barely losing a half-step, the fruitiness and malt doing well to keep things between the ditches.

A commendable strike into the heart of the American IPA West, despite the label's protestations to the contrary. I'm not getting a lot of the proclaimed Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc wine characteristics, beyond a minor tic in this otherwise textbook (in a good way!) bitter hops/adequate malt archetype of the west coast Yankee way. Good on 'em for trying, but the ideal seems to just resist change.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not only a new brewery for me, but probably my first-ever New Zealand beer. Pours a seriously opaque dark sunset/burnt orange color, which leaves a ton of lace on the glass after the finger-thick dirty white head drops to an eighth-inch skim. Good lookin'.

Incredible aroma. Herbal, minty, fruity and honey-sweet, the hops here are intense yet tastefully balanced against the malt. But, no doubt this is a hop lover's beer, and I haven't even tasted it yet...

The flavors on the tongue don't impart anything I didn't detect in the aroma, except for being a little more resiny overall. And magnified on the tongue, for sure. Tropical fruit abounds, and a pointy but not sharp mint/herbal/black tea taste embeds itself. Some honey in the background, with a deep toffee maltiness that has presence but only acts as a foundation for the complex and unique hop characteristics. Finishes somewhat dry, and with a completely unexpected flash of black licorice, but with all of this other stuff going on directly on top of the tongue, could very well be a sensory illusion. Whatever the case, I'm digging it.

Smooth, slick, resinous but somehow not sticky, this is texturally bright and buoyant and works well with the dazzling flavors on display.

A unique take on hop-centric beers and, more specifically, a stand-alone IPA. Big and bold of flavor, but so well-balanced in every aspect that it's one of the more drinkable of its type. I'm a fan.

Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very pleasant and flavourful IPA. Unusual white wine flavours, citrus, mango, melon, berry, apricot. High IBU. Very good taste profile but for hopheads. Huge head, retained at three-quarters of an inch. Hop aromas are floral and citrus. Dry aftertaste. Carbonation is suitable, making it into a bt of a brut.

Photo of inandon
3.64/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From first smell it has an overwhelming earthy, grassy, and hoppy feel. But as soon as it was tasted it wasn't as strong as it seemed.

It has a great look and smell but the taste and mouth feel just wasn't there. Wish it was more hoppier that would fit the name better.

Photo of GRG1313
3.47/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber orange with a short pure white head.

Nose is cactus green and a grassy carmel. Almost a fresh sweet green pepper character.

Mouthfeel is lightly creamy and medium bodied with light/elegant carbonation. Feels nice and its inviting.

Flavors are grassy, herbal and a bit medicinal pine bitter with a lightly sweet front palate. Finish is pine bitter but is long and gets a "heavy, droopy bitter" character in the end game.

Very drinkable and certainly not your typical English or American double IPA. (More towards the English than the American style).

There is no "freshness" in the bitter quality which is the biggest downfall for my tastes.

Photo of trappistlover
3.89/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Bomber generously shared by a friend who picked his up in NZ). Pous a cloudy apricot color with a white head. Aroma is of dank, musty hops, citrus (orange and grapefruit). Taste is sweet malt backbone with some bitterness (probably a bit faded at this point, but very balanced). Medium body with an oily texture. Bitter finish. A very nice beer.

Photo of beerthulhu
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark and murky ferric oxide coloring obstructs any light allowance from coming through. A late developing head, chalky white and creamy, lies low but exhibits a good length of retention. A light effervesce rises with vast separation moving at a moderate pace.

S: The nose is quite interesting, filled with a dry tropical fruitiness of guava, pineapple, and a bit of kiwi. Some lime pulp blends well with a dash of pepper spice and a dry flowery fade. Really enjoyed the usage of local hops (New Zealand) and the different aromatic take, though was well on par with american ipa strength.

T: The flavor was dried lime with a influence of toasty specialy grains bringing a nice start that would soon be followed by a respectable amount of hoppiness. Spicy flowery hops mingle with the dry toasted grain palate with a bit of peppery spice. For hops we have a dried fruitiness (pineapple, guava) along with some pine and grassiness. Really love the fact that this has a great toasty malt support that adds body and depth to the abundance of hops. Great balance overall and strong level of hoppiness makes this parching and satisfying.

M: Strong tingle of carbonation is sharp and pronounced, Full bodied, creamy with a spicy flowery and peppery touch of the fade and swallow.

D: Good drinkability, on par with the hoppiest of American offerings but with a different style of hops which makes this different and refreshing , nicely suited for the spring time. Had high hopes for this just by the name and bottle label and alone, and it certainly didn't disappoint. I could go case here. Worthy recommend and repeat.

Photo of CrazyDavros
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy dark amber with a small head.
Nose shows super juicy hops with massive amounts of passionfruit leaping out along with a load of sweet malt contributing a faint toasty character.
Very similar flavours but teh passionfruit isn't quite so full-on, nor is the malt quite so noticeable. Instead there's a nice sharp bitterness. Very refreshing.
Carbonation is a little high really.

Photo of Rutager
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance. Pours a clear gold-amber with 1.5 fingers of sticky yellow head.

Smell. Toasted malts and caramel, spicy hops and a little citrus ...lime and lemon.

Taste. Big floral hops, some nice toasted malts, tropical fruits, a little grass. Interesting and tasty hops in here.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, Medium-low smooth carbonation.

Overall. Really nice beer. Different and interesting.

Photo of KDawg
3.45/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from bottle into a pint glass. Pours a dark orange color with a small head

very pungent and hop driven aromatics. Very noticeable aromas of navel oranges, hops, pine resin and some boozy aromas

medium/full bodied with rich flavors of toffee, resin, hops, caramel and navel oranges. Lacking a bit on the mid and it being a somewhat older bottling, it also has a somewhat oxidized flavor to it as well(mind you this isn't all that old, only from the fall)

A quality DIPA, but far from the best example. It's a problem when DIPAs fall off as fast as they do, because it's hard for a beer to hit the midwest near it's peak freshness when it's coming from NZ.

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 ocelot2500
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, slightly orange color with a tight, white head that leaves chunks of lacing.

Smells of fruity hops with a bit of buttery toffee.

Tastes of clean hop notes up front with a nice malt backbone. Hops lead off with tropical notes of melon and pineapple. This leads into some grassy, pine, and citrus notes. Moderately bitter, but could be more so for a DIPA. Toasted malt gently wades its way in with light caramel notes along with toffee and toasted bread.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a good IPA, that I would not quite classify as a DIPA. It gets knocked down to a 3.5 due to price, $9.98 for a half liter.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.44/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

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

@ Tasty Beverage

Appears a little darker than amber crowned with a slim, but persistent sticky head. Rings of lace stick to the glass here and there. Sticky tropical fruit aroma upfront...pineapple sweetness, oily resin, and subtly spicy floral and citrus. Fresh, green hops hit the tongue, though it's not at all overly bitter. Weed, citrus fruit, grass, and a touch of pine. Some alcohol pokes through, but plays well with the hops. I enjoyed this quite a bit. Despite the hints of alcohol, my glass was emptied pretty quickly. Tasty and green all around. One of those beers that kind of treads the line between IPA and Double IPA.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

big thanks to zack and cam for getting me this one. i decided to crack it open with dinner tonight, served cold and poured into a pint glass.

the pour was a thick dark amber with tons of haze and sediment that settled down with a glorious thud an produced a nice layer of lacing all along the bottom. nice head of white rises an inch above the glass.

the aroma is deep hops, syupy and thick with lots of deep caramel malts balancing it out quite nicely warming brings on more deep citrus sweetness with orange rinds, pine and hints of deep bready malts. smooth, and thick feel is much bigger then I thought it was going to be and this really let the profile build up quite nicely. smooth finish left a light dryness and a nice sense of bitter hops that slowly faded out.

overall really just a very well balanced and excellent beer. my first from them and it woint be my last.

Photo of JTahoe
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Rich amber with cream colored head, two fingers off a vigorous pour. Sticky lace doesn't budge. Settles to a tight 1/8 layer which sticks around for the whole glass.

A - Passion fruit, black tea, a whiff of toastiness and caramel.

T - Resionous and grassy. Biting bitter citrus rind. Black tea. Toffee.

M - Prickly and sharp from the hops and carbonation.

O - Southern hemisphere on full display. The malt was a bit rich somehow for me, but overall a tasty and unique hopbomb.

Photo of mtbdonn
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle from Beers of Europe, England in a tall tulip glass.
A-Pours a very hazy, rusty, chestnut color with an average, off-white, frothy head which settles to a thin froth and leaves similar lace.
A-The nose is typical Nelson Sauvign hop with the passion fruit, lots of lime, rustic and floral, a bit of tangerine, and faint toasted caramel.
T-A bit of a hop letdown with still plenty of lime, very leafy and floral, light passionfruit, rustic notes moving into the finish. The palate is medium to full, nearly lively, velvety, and slightly oily. The beer finishes with more rustic and lime, still leafy, and slightly caramelly. A very nice use of the New Zealand hops with the tropical fruit notes and pleasant, moderately high bitterness. The malts add just enough sweetness to balance and avoid from being dry and astringent.
M-Wonderfull creamy texture, averagely carbonation.
O-A different take on the modern DIPA-style; very satisfying, rich, bold IPA.

Photo of spicelab
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mahogany brown. Dense, two-finger head. Good lacing and retention.

Amazingly refined aroma. Freshly cut herbs and wet grass, sav blanc hops, passionfruit, pineapple and melons. Deeper down, the malt eventually gets a say.

The Sav Blanc hops really bite hard in the mid palate; all of the fruity notes in the nose are also there but have to work a bit harder to push aside the earthy, vegetative backbone.

Chewy, full, slightly drying mouthfeel.

Dangerously drinkable. The distinctiveness and spunk of this brew makes tracking down more an absolute necessity.

New Zealand, you're killing us! Not only are you absolutely schooling our craft industry you're giving our winemakers fits. If this is representative of a future direction in IPAs I'm very excited to be a particiapnt.

Photo of foles
4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Interesting pour - quite murky with a small head, with a whisp of white that persists. Decent hopiness on the nose - tropical fruits and citrus. Not as strong aroma as I would expect, but I know we are not getting super fresh examples here in Perth. Anyway, nice orange colour and an explosion of hops in the mouth - tropical fruit undertones, but the general citrus palate smashing that these IPAs are known for! Very bitter finish, but smooth and moreish.

Lovely well crafted beer. The kiwis know their stuff.

Photo of eric5bellies
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark hazy honey colour, with a off white head that hangs a round.

S - Definitely some tripical aromas present, with some pineapple and melon present.

T - Some interesting flavours up front of dry roasted nuts, then comes the hops in abundance. Some nice malts present as well. Nice spicey grassiness also present. Nice bitterness on the finish.

M - Medium to full body with medium carbonation.

O - I'm a big fan of this one, and a great example of the style. A match for most U.S. DIPAS

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