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Hopwired - 8 Wired Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

266 Ratings
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Ratings: 266
Reviews: 108
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.88%
Wants: 25
Gots: 16 | 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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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for 6.25$

Appearance - Clear copper with an average size fizzy off-white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for around 3 minutes.

Smell - Hops, malts, pineapple, guava, kiwi?

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste caramel, malts, and hops. There is also some grapefruit and some pineapple mixed with guava/kiwi/strawberry sweetness. It ends with a fruity aftertaste with a medium amount of hop bitterness.

Overall – An interesting beer that definitely warrants trying at least once. The price point might keep me away to some extent given that there are 6 packs of great IPA's for 12$. But this is a nice change of pace IPA for every now and then.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2013 00:18:10 | More by spinrsx
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brureview

Massachusetts

4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a beautiful light tea color with lacing into a tulip. The head was a vanilla color, and there was good lacing in the glass. Served at 52 F(11 C).

The aroma was unusual: vanilla and light grapefruit. I don't recall smelling or tasting vanilla
in a DIPA, but the vanilla in this beer was strong in the nose, and continued after warming.

The mouth feel was well carbonated.

The beer didn't taste very hoppy at first. I expected more hoppiness, which is usually the strongest taste element in a DIPA. This beer was moderately hoppy, with some grapefruit- mostly a grapefruit rind taste. There was some bitterness.

The finish was smooth, and the hoppiness increased with warming. The vanilla-light grapefruit nose continued with warming.

Overall- an unusual imperial IPA. Vanilla and light grapefruit nose, light grapefruit taste, and a relatively smooth well-balanced finish with warming. The taste did become more grapefruit( tropical? ) with warming.

Excellent DIPA. However, there is no bottle date. Perhaps the beer wasn't freshly brewed, so it was difficult to figure if the lack of hoppiness usually present in DIPAs was due to an older bottle or the character of New Zealand hops.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2013 23:56:28 | More by brureview
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dipso123

California

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

03-29-2013 22:45:10 | More by dipso123
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sclitch

Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

03-29-2013 04:28:55 | More by sclitch
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MadScientist

New York

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

03-27-2013 03:12:47 | More by MadScientist
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KFBR392

Illinois

2.3/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2013 23:51:05 | More by KFBR392
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TheBeerAlmanac

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

03-11-2013 22:10:01 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
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IanSpindler

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev -1.2%

03-06-2013 15:05:50 | More by IanSpindler
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jwat

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1.2%

02-25-2013 00:56:26 | More by jwat
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DarkLordPsycho

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1.2%

02-24-2013 01:26:26 | More by DarkLordPsycho
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bigred89

Maryland

4/5  rDev -1.2%

02-23-2013 23:36:00 | More by bigred89
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visualmartyr

Indiana

4/5  rDev -1.2%

02-17-2013 13:42:22 | More by visualmartyr
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kjyost

Manitoba (Canada)

4.59/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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...).

YUM!

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 02:59:36 | More by kjyost
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VeggieNugget

California

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

02-07-2013 22:33:44 | More by VeggieNugget
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schopenhauerale

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -1.2%

02-04-2013 21:56:21 | More by schopenhauerale
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Mark5252

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

01-27-2013 00:29:02 | More by Mark5252
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pintofparadise

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

01-26-2013 23:50:54 | More by pintofparadise
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mtbdonn

Colorado

4.44/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle from Beers of Europe, England in a tall tulip glass.
A-Pours a very hazy, rusty, chestnut color with an average, off-white, frothy head which settles to a thin froth and leaves similar lace.
A-The nose is typical Nelson Sauvign hop with the passion fruit, lots of lime, rustic and floral, a bit of tangerine, and faint toasted caramel.
T-A bit of a hop letdown with still plenty of lime, very leafy and floral, light passionfruit, rustic notes moving into the finish. The palate is medium to full, nearly lively, velvety, and slightly oily. The beer finishes with more rustic and lime, still leafy, and slightly caramelly. A very nice use of the New Zealand hops with the tropical fruit notes and pleasant, moderately high bitterness. The malts add just enough sweetness to balance and avoid from being dry and astringent.
M-Wonderfull creamy texture, averagely carbonation.
O-A different take on the modern DIPA-style; very satisfying, rich, bold IPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2013 20:54:54 | More by mtbdonn
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sloelco

California

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

01-23-2013 04:32:16 | More by sloelco
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durlta

Iowa

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

01-23-2013 03:41:58 | More by durlta
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endovelico

Portugal

4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Orange blossom honey color. Medium high apparent effervescence. Thin layer of foam that quickly fizzles out. A little haze. Little lacing.

Smell: Medium in intensity. Mango, Passion fruit and that Dried leaves like flavour that indicates aggressive dry-hopping. Very pleasant, but still a bit rough around the edges and lacking a bit in depth.

Taste: Follows up on the nose pretty tightly. The exotic fruits and vegetable flavours seem to have an equal part in the overall profile. The very same criticism applies here.

Mouthfeel: Medium to medium full bodied. Medium to medium low carbonation. Medium high bitterness. Lasting caramelly / vegetable mix flavour.

Overall: A very decent IPA, but one that left me somewhat disappointed. I've tasted kiwi-hopped brews only a few times, but theres no doubt in my mind that kiwi-dominated brews have all the potential to become the next big thing in the craft brewing world; All that is needed is some very potent showcases of the ridiculously exuberant, yet elegant hop character. Unfortunately, this isn't the case. It's a great brew and one i wouldn't mind having many more times but it's just not there.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 21:53:12 | More by endovelico
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UncleBrazzie

Belgium

4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2013 20:52:09 | More by UncleBrazzie
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Timadae

Ireland

4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Golden colour with nice fluffy head. Nice lacing.

S: Bursting with trpical fruits lime lychee and a hint of gooseberry. Reminds me of great Nelson Sauvignon Blanc with a malty twist.

T: Fresh crisp taste with great hoppiness, lots of hoppy citrus flavours, nice biterness. Nicely integrated maltiness with a clean finish.

A great refreshing IPA!

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 22:25:22 | More by Timadae
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Siriusfisherman

Montana

4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a crystal clear amber gold with a two-finger white head. Excellent lacing.

Smell: Tropical, with a strange, berry-like twist. Very interesting, almost off-putting at first, but I was able to tame it.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Moderate bitterness up front, then comes some of the hop flavor, very unique profile. It still comes through as berry-like, but not really sweet. There is a nice malt backbone that does not play any major part aside from balance, clean yeast and dry finish.

Overall, a very good IPA, very interesting hops, I am curious to know what varieties they used. My guess is Nelson Sauvin, and maybe some Galaxy, just based on my homebrewing experience.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2013 05:57:32 | More by Siriusfisherman
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-04-2013 23:24:03 | More by Knapp85
Hopwired from 8 Wired Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 266 ratings.