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Hopwired - 8 Wired Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

285 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 285
Reviews: 109
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.88%
Wants: 26
Gots: 25 | 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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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.

Sammy, May 22, 2011
Photo of t0rin0
2.75/5  rDev -32.1%

t0rin0, Aug 10, 2012
Photo of Phyl21ca
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.

Phyl21ca, Sep 13, 2013
Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I absolutely love the inspiration that American IPAs provide to up and coming brewing communities around the globe. With this new found inspiration, the real identity comes from the use of domestic ingredients from the region that the beer is brewed. In this case, New Zealand is capturing a taste all their own.

Hopwired pours with a rich bronze hue that's deeply ambered and brilliantly clear. A very creamy off white head builds atop the beer and retains stubbornly while lacing firmly on the glass. Despite its filtered look, the beer foots the bill of what IPAs in appearance.

Bold malt aromas set the stage with notes of toffee, caramel, and nutty brittle. But the firm malty scent that's somewhat reminescent of butterscotch is also accompanied with a thin and sharp grapefruit and spruce aroma that rivals the aromatic balance but falls just short of the hop dominance that's expected of the style.

Flavors however show the more classic balance of IPAs but with some peculiar flavors to boot. The toffeish malt flavors anchor the beer firmly so that a multicultural dance of white grapefruit pith dances with exciting flavors of under ripened white grapes, sassafras, juniper berries (or gin-like) acidity, non-nondescript tropical fruits, and a piney bitterness sets in with a resin bitter finish that more than offsets the sweetness but garners a quick demand of flavor just before the finish.

Medium bodied, but the rich malt complexes make the beer feel richer than it should to start especially when considering the toffee influence of English ales where the malt is more fortified and the yeast is moderately attenuative. Yet the beer achieves a semi-dry finish with a resiny hop dryness of spruce, juniper, and grapefruit that form the final impressions of growing dryness that's slightly harsher and more astringent of grape seed than I would have liked.

Where the malts speak Brittish, the hop intensity speaks American, and the herbal/twangy hop aroma and taste speaks domestically New Zealand- the session leaves me with an uneasy heirachy for the beer, yet I find myself very satisfied with the beer.

BEERchitect, Jun 01, 2012
Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Texasfan549, Aug 04, 2012
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.

mikesgroove, Apr 26, 2011
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -1.2%

kjkinsey, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of GRG1313
3.48/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

GRG1313, Mar 16, 2011
Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

kylehay2004, Dec 31, 2013
Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev -1.2%

jaydoc, Sep 07, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This poured out as a slightly hazed golden color with a nice fluffy white head. The retention last for a little while, the lacing is very sticky leaving some clumps of foam on the glass after each sip. The smell of the beer is hoppy, floral, sweet and fruity. The taste is a bit on the earthy side with some subtle pine notes and tropical fruit. The mouthfeel is medium to heavy bodied. It's got a nice carbonation and good drinkablity. Overall it's a damn good IPA. I can't find much to complain about on this one. Worth having again and trying for a first time.

Knapp85, Jan 04, 2013
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.

biboergosum, Jun 10, 2012
Photo of MasterSki
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased at West Lakeview Liquors. Served in my Kuhnhenn tulip. No freshness info, but I'm guessing this is from the late November 2010 bottling.

A - Pours with a finger of eggshell foam that settles to a thick cap, leaving a few fingers of lace. Murky brownish colored body that is kind of homely.

S - The hops have definitely faded a bit, and this is now fairly malt-forward. There's some residual tropical fruit and slightly grassy hop aroma over top of a hefy toffee backbone. Even though this is only 7.3% it has the balance and heft of a DIPA.

T - Tate is again heavy on caramel, toffee and faint burnt sugars, as well as tropical fruits. There's a touch of stale hop flavor/aroma going on, but thankfully very little. Finishes with a caramel apple note and light bitteness. Actually reminds me a little of a hoppy strong ale like Arrogant Bastard.

M - Carbonation is zesty but not overly harsh. Texture is quite chewy and sticky. Body is medium-full, and implies a beer bigger than 7.3%. There isn't any obvious alcohol either.

D - It's hard to be objective considering the freshness. I wish Shelton would be a little more expedient in importing this type of beer to the US. Still, for a 3-month old DIPA it's pretty decent. However, until they start bottle-dating this one I'd recommend staying away.

MasterSki, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of oline73
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

oline73, Apr 29, 2013
Photo of Rifugium
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

Cloudy, orange-amber pour, with a well-retaining white head that left spotty lacing on the glass. I'm assuming the advertised "New Zealand hops" were Nelson Sauvin, and yeah, I do love those. Hit of crisp fresh hops in the nose, citrus and tropical fruits, with a touch of mint. Much like the aroma, the taste was driven by hops, fresh and fruity, lemon, orange, pineapple, under-ripe mango, with a slightly piney bitterness; subtle biscuity malt base. The taste lacked the intensity of the aroma, but it was still quite good. Medium body, crisp mouthfeel, quite good overall.

Rifugium, Dec 19, 2012
Photo of mendvicdog
4/5  rDev -1.2%

mendvicdog, Apr 24, 2013
Photo of Gavage
3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a cloudy and hazy orange color with a 1/2" head. Spotty lace develops.

Smell: citrus, floral hops, and a fruity sweetness is pleasant.

Taste: caramel, light grapefruit, mango, pears, and honey. Bitterness is slighty sharp and alcohol is well hidden. There is a bit of a bready quality here too.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp throughout with some mild dryness arriving late.

Drinkability: easy to quaff this beer. Mildly refreshing .

Gavage, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.63/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

lacqueredmouse, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of dbrauneis
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear deep copper in color with some very light hints of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall light beige head made up of large bubbles which reduces to a small patch of large bubbles and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate notes of toffee malt sweetness under a strong presence of hops. I detect mostly tropical hops with passionfruit, papaya, and some kind of berry (maybe blackberry). There are also some light hints of grapefruit/citrus and pine.

T: The taste of this beer is similar to the smell - there is a moderate amount of malt sweetness with caramel, toffee, and honey notes. Additionally there are lots of tropical hop flavors including passionfruit, papaya, and blackberry. There is a light note of grape as well as grapefruit/citrus. Very light amounts of non-lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Moderate amounts of dryness in the finish. Slightly sticky/resinous.

O: I really enjoyed this beer and found it to have a great aroma and flavor. I like the strong hop flavors without a lot of bitterness. Definitely one to get again.

dbrauneis, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of DoubleJ
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

....and I thought that I was getting a 22 ounce bottle. I need to read bottle labels better before I buy. What I did read was that this was an IPA from New Zealand, which was enough to excite me. On to the beer:

Quite murky in the body of this washed out, orangish amber colored beer. Even the head is little and retains a paper thin lace around. The nose is likeable, but on the other hand, I do love me some New Zealand hops. Real fruity sweet, like kiwi, come to mind. Some orange slices, passsionfruit, a little resin, and residual sugar keep the spirit alive.

Being so used to American hops in IPA's, the Kiwi hops are a refreshing change of pace. The intensity is there, but the profile is different. It's like a liquid fruit tray; kiwi, orange, assorted berries, hints of grapefruit and pineapple. It's creeping into 4.5 territory, though some resin hitting around the palate put a small dent in its chances. For a beer of its size, the body is really light, and the carbonation level is very low. Nonetheless, I'm still liking what I have here.

American-style with a New Zealand twist. A twist that I like a lot. Who would have seen this wave hit the US shares even three or four years ago?

DoubleJ, May 17, 2011
Photo of afsdan
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

afsdan, Jul 23, 2014
Photo of BARFLYB
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at Blue Dog

This is a great beer. The color was a deep orange with some off gold highlights and a firm off white cap on top, decent retention and stick. Smell is hopped up, west coast style with a sweet malt build, very pungent with tropic fruit and just freshness from the keg vs bottle. Smells like some of ports DIPA's. Taste is extremely pleasing and soothing without going overboard with bitterness. Juicy, with big tropics, some pine and some bubblegum in the back, a semi sweet note, well rounded. Feel is medium, a nice build, not watery, I would order this again in a heartbeat.

BARFLYB, Oct 04, 2012
Photo of biegaman
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?

biegaman, Apr 04, 2013
Photo of smakawhat
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.

smakawhat, Dec 25, 2013
Photo of Latarnik
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Latarnik, May 30, 2014
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Hopwired from 8 Wired Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 285 ratings.