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Hopwired - 8 Wired Brewing Co.

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307 Ratings
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Ratings: 307
Reviews: 113
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.63%
Wants: 32
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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3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, crystal clear, copper coloring with a thin, filmy, bright white head that starts around a half an inch and settles into a thin, clingy layer. Aromas of light, sweet caramel subtly posting the backbone, supporting a ton of tropical fruit characteristics like papaya, mango, pineapple, and berries. There are some green, vegetative characteristics in the nose, too...not piney, but almost herbal and floral. Flavors are fruity initially, with a quick follow-up from a slight bitterness and roasted characteristic. The tropical fruit platter on the forward tongue remains light but stable, and the bitterness is mild, with a tangy caramel highlight that balances the palate. The body is full, and the carbonation level keeps that body light and slightly effervescent. Aftertaste is a rich sweet and fruity sweet blending, with a hint of resiny hops presence. Smooth, light finish with a fruit punch twist, keeping the tropical theme throughout. The New Zealand hops really give a unique and interesting twist on the American DIPA style. Surprisingly drinkable for the flavor profiles and the slightly increased ABV. Solid brew.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Production date of December 11, 2012.

Beer is golden amber with a moderate white head. Head fades steadily but not totally.

Nose contains some caramel malt, along with some fruity hop scents. Pineapple, mango and tangerine. Some pine. More malt than most IPAs, perhaps because of the fact that this beer is just over 4 months old, but it is still a nice smell. Fruit scents are a little different and quite pleasant.

Taste is also quite fruity. Again, pineapple and mango and tangerine, with a lime flavour as well. Quite tropical. Very unusual taste. A bit soapy. A good dose of caramel malt as well, with a bit of a toasty flavour. Bitter, but not strongly. I quite like this beer, the New Zealand hops are very nice. Would love to try it fresher.

Medium bodied, highly carbonated. A bit on the bready side.

Overall, good. Quite enjoyable. Tasty stuff.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange color with many streams of huge carbonation bubbles. The frothy ivory head lasts a short while. but coats the glass in lace patches. Sweet, bready pale malts mix with light tropical fruit notes in the nose. Soap, white grape, orange and lemon hop flavors fill the palate. In toe, the doughy malt profile keeps things balanced. Hop bitterness builds with warmth, but contends with a light fusel alcohol flavor. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with less carbonation than the appearance would let on. Tropical fruit hops and a moderate bitterness last a while in the finish - as does that boozyness.

Its great to have some more NZ hopped IPAs in Ontario, even if a tad pricey (6.25 for 500ml). This one could have a more nuanced alcohol presence and more intense, lively hop flavors, but its still a decent IPA. Worth a try.

Hopwired from 8 Wired Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 307 ratings.