Hopwired - 8 Wired Brewing Co.
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4.7/5 rDev +16.3%
Thanks to my friends, Erin & Brian, for bringing this one all the way back from Kiwi-landia for me over their New Year trip!
Poured from the 500-mL bottle into a small Allagash tulip.
BB: 05.12.12 B 0.26 14:09
(This one is pretty fresh!)
A: Deep dark copper color that appears hazy from a distance, but is actually quite lucid with lots of carbonation evident. A frothy, soapy head forms on the top, receding slowly throughout enjoyment.
N: Incredible floral characteristics of tropical fruit that are vaguely reminiscent of passion fruit, strawberry nectar, kaffir lime and sauvignon.
T/M: The flavors of this beer are incredibly unique compared to what I expect from a typical American IPA. Following the nose with delicious tropical flavors, this beer's sauvignon blanc notes really stand out in the middle. The bitter beginning is nicely set off by a malty sweetness and a dry finish. The carbonation fills in rather well with this light to medium body.
Overall, this is the most unique IPA I have had in a very long time! The flavor & aroma qualities are quite excellent and really make me wish that I could find this one around more often! Fantastic!
03-08-2012 03:26:01 | More by peacebone116
4.68/5 rDev +15.8%
Found this at "Total Wine and More" in West Orange,NJ. A very nice change of pace and different take on the usual IPA. The New Zealand hops give it a more tropical flavor, unlike any beer I've had before. The head was about average, maybe an inch and a half and dissipates fairly quickly. Broad lacing as I slowly sip away at this gem.
I'm going to have to make this part of my regular rotation. Hopefully the store I got this from can keep it coming. A real nice and unexpected treat.
11-12-2012 00:41:43 | More by Odysseyalien
4.63/5 rDev +14.6%
Fortunately, I've tried this twice now. Once, at the hands of the generous Todd from Beermen.tv, and this second time as a gift from @epiclurk, shared with @tobeerornottobe and @LaitueGonflable. Fortunately, this is a fresh batch, seemingly much fresher than the examples reviewed in previous reviews.
Pours a pleasant enough slightly hazed orange golden colour, with a fine and reasonably respectable head of white speckled bubbling. Lacing is soft but subtle, leaving a scattergun of specks down the inside of the glass. Looks suitable for the style.
Smell is phenomenal, and almost proves singlehandedly that there should be a style called "New Zealand IPA". Fresh and sharp New Zealand hop varieties, giving big spicy, biting and zingy characters of passionfruit, cut grass and Sauvignon Blanc grapes. Capsicum characters and delicious fresh crushed citrus. it so fits the IPA genre, but gives it a life all of its own. It's just gorgeous.
Taste is really deliciously and devilishly balanced. There's a robust hop presence throughout, but it never gets beyond the level of balance, even though the sharp and aromatic NZ hop varieties give a very green and pungent character to the bitterness. Indeed, it spreads throughout the palate very delicately, leaving an imprint of bitterness on the back that just blends perfectly with the malt to leave a slightly nutty finish.
Feel is crisp and light. Maybe lacking a little body, but matching nicely with the sharp nature of the hops.
Wow. What a phenomenal IPA. The fact that the beer I compare it to in my mind is Ballast Point's Sculpin gives you an indication of its quality. But this beer doesn't merely sit in the shadow of one of the greats, it strikes out in a bold new direction, defining something uniquely its own. Just fantastic.
02-22-2011 08:31:13 | More by lacqueredmouse
4.6/5 rDev +13.9%
A truly sensational brew! If you have any love at all for IPAs or hops, or are curious about that "new wave" of hoppy beers coming from the Pacific, then look no further: this is probably as good as it gets.
Wonderful deep golden colour, flirting with amber highlights but screams IPA from the moment it leaves the bottle.
Delicately carbonated, just enough to carry all the flavours yet still imparting that silky, almost boozy mouthfeel.
That nose! Rainforests and pineaple, passion fruit and tangerines. Take a good solid American-style IPA, and redirect the fragrance from grapefruit-and-citrus to tropical-fruit-and-grapes, and you probably end up somewhere close to this.
Aromas are sublimely understated and never too much: perfect balance and restraint make this superbly drinkable, never tiresome and a bit of a jungle adventure with every sip. It's got tons of flavour, but it's not a flavour bomb in the sense that it is never overpowering.
Absolutely recommended. In fact, cannot recommend enough.
01-18-2013 20:52:09 | More by UncleBrazzie
4.59/5 rDev +13.6%
500 mL bottle purchased at the MLCC, produced on Dec 20ish /12 (too lazy to go check). Poured into a Beau's 650 mL ceramic mug. Pours clear with a great white head that laces well. Nose is full of fruity & tropical hops with not much else going on. This is clearly going to be a hop bomb... And yes, yes it is. Tasty body with a giant amount of fruity hops across the palate and a light balanced bitterness. My wife found it bracing, but I wanted a bit more.
This is a beer worth having fresh again (and again, and again...).
02-17-2013 02:59:36 | More by kjyost
4.55/5 rDev +12.6%
In a session with Nogne Two Captains and Beer Here Hopfix, this one stood out with it's "fruitier" flavour. A great beer, good mouthfeel, great nose, a really enjoyable beer to drink! The brewer knows how to use NZ hops and malt to produce an IIPA that is really enjoyable - a pity it costs so much where I am ($15) - but I still buy it! - it's good!
04-22-2011 13:39:45 | More by SPman
4.55/5 rDev +12.6%
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.
01-17-2014 21:26:14 | More by BierJager89
Hopwired from 8 Wired Brewing Co.
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