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Hopwired - 8 Wired Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 279
Reviews: 109
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 9.9%
Wants: 26
Gots: 21 | 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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2.3/5  rDev -43.1%

Appearance: Lighter orange color then one would expect from an DIPA/IIPA. Head was thin on the pour, struggled to get to about a finger. Slightly below average carbonation throughout.

Smell: Light citrus and lime zest. A musty hop aroma. A good amount of pine on the undertones as well.

Taste: Again just too faint. All of the flavor seem to run into one another and nothing stands out. Forgettable front of the beer which yields to a touch of crispy hops. Some orange peel and sour pine run through the body. A light dryness on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Word of the day is light. Forgettable overall.

Overall: This was a new product at one of the bottle shops I visit every once in a while. But I have a sneaking suspicion that this is an old brew. My experience is too far off what other BA'ers have experience to really be believable. I've been very impressive with New Zealand IPA's so hopefully one day I can edit this review.

03-20-2013 23:51:05 | More by KFBR392
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2.5/5  rDev -38.1%

09-27-2012 01:57:51 | More by NathanFink
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2.75/5  rDev -31.9%

08-10-2012 02:28:06 | More by t0rin0
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Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -25.7%

04-07-2013 23:49:35 | More by jmkoscie
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3.05/5  rDev -24.5%

A: Pours a dark copper/red color. At first a tow finger white head forms that gently recedes to a small ring. Patchy lace is left behind.
S: Pine resin, tree sap, dank musky hops. Burnt sugar and a caramel sweetness. Finishes with a strong bitterness.
T: Follows the nose. Lots of pine resin and dank musky hops. Some caramel sweetness. A big hop bomb with a long bitter finish.
M/D: A full body that is thick and syrupy. Sticky, like an adhesive on the tongue. A bit of alcohol. Though the strong pine resin followed by the long lingering bitterness makes this a one and done. Really harder to drink than I want.

For the major hop heads only. For me it is hard to finish. This has a lot of harsh bitterness that detracts for me. Not something I am coming back to.

04-19-2012 03:40:38 | More by champ103
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New Jersey

3.05/5  rDev -24.5%

16.9 OZ bottle. Batch 12. Best by Sept.24th 2011 Sticker on bottom.

Poured a hazy hazy honey colored shade. This looks crazy, something is floating around in it. It sure isn'yt the prettiest IPA you'll see. You would think it would smell of the typical grapefruits ect. but you pick up kiwis, grapes, mangos and maybe some banana? I'm not smelling any malts whats so ever. A really odd smelling IPA. smeems to be some wine like characters to this.
Lets give it a try...well I don't know. where is the hops? they are here but very muted. Im getting all tropical notes. I wonder if my bottle is not fresh despite the sticker. maybe this IPA is intended to have a slight hop kick to it and more fruits popping?
Hopwired is very smooth, almost creamy somehow.
Overall, this isn't bad just different. Its an interesting take on IPAs. after the shock of the first few sips, its drinking pretty good right. This bottle came a long way so maybe its not the freshest or maybe it is intended to be this way. At any rate, i have to judge what is in front of me and I'm enjoying it kinda just not sure i'd grab it again. I'm glad i tryed it but i prefer more of a hop kick and its just not there.
think of yourself lost in the woods and you call out for your friend(the hops) and your friend finaly calls back but is way back far away in the distance but he IS there just slight. this is what the hops are like.

03-06-2011 03:20:47 | More by tigernipples
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3.1/5  rDev -23.3%

500ml bottle poured into my De Struise glass.... The body is an ugly cloudy medium brown, not what I want my ipa to look like. A decent tope head leaves about a two finger cap, thick lacing. Tough call here on score, great head, terrible body. Sounds like this chick I once knew... At first whiff I really dig the aroma, but as I get deeper I'm quite scared off. Mostly caramel and lots of malt, then there is this weird body odor note that almost makes me gag, light tropical fruits on the back; pineapple. Very weak grass hops on the finish, maybe its too old? Not good... The taste is also very malty, tons of caramel and mixed with pineapple, sounds like it would be good, its not. The hops are stale grass on the back, chemically, a little bitter.

This is tough one for me, not very good at all. I'd like to blame the freshness but this just got into WLV so it can't be this old. At this point I'd have say pass on this unless you know its fresh or on tap.

02-23-2011 00:17:51 | More by jrallen34
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North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

05-31-2013 00:16:36 | More by woodchip
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District of Columbia

3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

08-26-2013 01:59:15 | More by earlholman
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3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

06-18-2013 04:46:56 | More by beerinNV
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Alberta (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

07-15-2013 20:57:38 | More by mattsander
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3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

A new arrival to WI. 500ml bottle.

It pours a murky brownish amber, not really a looker. The head is soapy and off-white with lots of hop bits. Normally I like these unfiltered dipas in appearance because they look organic, but this one just kind of looks murky.

The smell is pure caramel, are there even any hops in this thing?

The taste has caramel up the ass as well. This one tastes rather piney, ironic because the label says it shouldn't. There is no passion fruit here, just pine, some lime zest, and grassiness, but mostly caramel. The bitterness is medium but it is still a caramel-dominated brew.

If you like east-coast dipas give this one a try, i found the caramel to be overpowering.

03-21-2011 21:45:35 | More by crossovert
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3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

03-30-2014 02:22:56 | More by Nunya
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3.4/5  rDev -15.8%

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.

02-06-2012 02:57:17 | More by KDawg
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Ontario (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev -15.1%

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.

04-09-2013 02:17:09 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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3.48/5  rDev -13.9%

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.

03-16-2011 06:42:56 | More by GRG1313
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

04-14-2014 19:55:38 | More by bsizzle74
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

05-17-2012 13:43:56 | More by aztraz
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

01-13-2012 18:42:00 | More by bonbini26
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

04-29-2013 01:59:51 | More by oline73
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

05-19-2014 01:18:04 | More by Mikeluzzjr
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

06-24-2013 20:56:14 | More by BostonPhilly
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

04-15-2013 22:23:12 | More by dvmky
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

06-30-2014 09:48:10 | More by mrjez
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

05-09-2014 21:29:14 | More by VinsanityDiesel
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Hopwired from 8 Wired Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 279 ratings.