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Hopwired - 8 Wired Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

274 Ratings
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Ratings: 274
Reviews: 108
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 9.9%
Wants: 26
Gots: 22 | 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:
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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Reviews by Digimaika2:
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Digimaika2

Ontario (Canada)

3.76/5  rDev -6.9%

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.

04-13-2013 01:07:27 | More by Digimaika2
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beerhunter13

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

08-19-2013 14:51:47 | More by beerhunter13
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MadScientist

New York

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

03-27-2013 03:12:47 | More by MadScientist
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PeteyPabs

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +9.7%

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.

01-30-2011 05:50:34 | More by PeteyPabs
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tednkelly

South Dakota

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

10-31-2013 00:21:46 | More by tednkelly
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JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +7.2%

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.

04-07-2013 01:40:44 | More by JohnnyBarman
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alienlifeforcecube

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1%

04-28-2014 05:06:06 | More by alienlifeforcecube
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innominat

Ireland

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

07-05-2014 13:44:14 | More by innominat
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mjtiernan

New York

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

10-10-2012 02:33:11 | More by mjtiernan
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virinow

New York

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

11-07-2012 12:53:28 | More by virinow
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chickenm

British Columbia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

08-29-2012 02:59:46 | More by chickenm
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BGDrock

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev -0.2%

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

04-13-2013 14:23:36 | More by BGDrock
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ste5venla

California

4/5  rDev -1%

08-12-2013 02:32:07 | More by ste5venla
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Iparedman

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -5.9%

08-13-2014 18:31:24 | More by Iparedman
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev -2.2%

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.

06-10-2012 01:49:59 | More by biboergosum
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AlexChillton

Arizona

4/5  rDev -1%

05-30-2013 21:11:35 | More by AlexChillton
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Griffith

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

08-08-2014 02:27:58 | More by Griffith
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +9.7%

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.

04-06-2011 23:59:24 | More by Metalmonk
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bigsquirrel

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

04-15-2013 19:51:27 | More by bigsquirrel
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Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev -2.2%

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.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

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Hopwired from 8 Wired Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 274 ratings.