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Hopwired - 8 Wired Brewing Co.

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270 Ratings
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Ratings: 270
Reviews: 108
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 9.9%
Wants: 26
Gots: 18 | 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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4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
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
Photo of Timadae


4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
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
Photo of Siriusfisherman


4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
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
Photo of Knapp85


4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
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
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

01-01-2013 17:33:11 | More by cbnz
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev -1%

12-25-2012 16:52:46 | More by bmf5581
Photo of StJamesGate

New York

4.41/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amber-tinged blonde with creamy, sand-coloured head that trails.
Ridiculous nose - pure mango wafts across the room with peach, passionfruit and resin underneath.
Sugar cookie, some toffee and maybe a bit of peach and then mad passionfruit, Seville orange, and lime sherbet hops with a pinch of peppery spice. Sprucey resin comes out as it warms. Lots of layers.
Spiced white grape finish and long chalky gooseberry linger.
Crisp, light, some cling, oily, salty.

Southern Cross, Motueka, Nelson Sauvin for an all-NZ hop bill.

Probably the purest NZ IPA I've tasted. Blindfolded I'd say I was sniffing a fresh mango, there are real IBUs in a dry body with minimal malts, and the aroma hops are just a tropical fruit party (NS only kicks in at the end, and weakly.) Seriously, I've had smoothies that are less fruity. Which doesn't make it malty - if anything, it's too lean, falling very much on the Cali side of how to do an IPA, in the best way.

Deserves all the plaudits.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2012 00:00:04 | More by StJamesGate
Photo of avaldivia


4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

12-21-2012 18:11:51 | More by avaldivia
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4/5  rDev -1%

12-21-2012 01:53:22 | More by Shnanign
Photo of Rifugium


4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-19-2012 04:51:33 | More by Rifugium
Photo of terence


4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

12-02-2012 00:34:10 | More by terence
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British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -1%

11-18-2012 00:45:08 | More by bumchilly25
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Nova Scotia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

11-17-2012 22:21:33 | More by mmurphy525
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

11-14-2012 21:19:22 | More by sneaks2210
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New Jersey

4.68/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2012 00:41:43 | More by Odysseyalien
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New York

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

11-07-2012 12:53:28 | More by virinow
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3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, slightly orange color with a tight, white head that leaves chunks of lacing.

Smells of fruity hops with a bit of buttery toffee.

Tastes of clean hop notes up front with a nice malt backbone. Hops lead off with tropical notes of melon and pineapple. This leads into some grassy, pine, and citrus notes. Moderately bitter, but could be more so for a DIPA. Toasted malt gently wades its way in with light caramel notes along with toffee and toasted bread.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a good IPA, that I would not quite classify as a DIPA. It gets knocked down to a 3.5 due to price, $9.98 for a half liter.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2012 03:19:07 | More by ocelot2500
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

10-30-2012 17:00:31 | More by freewill35
Photo of heygeebee


4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From Warners. No BB.

From iPod notes.

Pours a fabulous slightly hazy deep gold amber with a two finger head. Head dies to a film, with spotty lace.

Aromas of pine resin, some hops, and citrus grapefruit.

Taste is complex and medium heavyweight hop driven with a wonderful malt backbone. Grapefruit and lemon.

Mouthfeel is a little under carbonated, medium weight, verging on oily but not quite.

Overall a really well made example of style.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2012 10:10:08 | More by heygeebee
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

10-26-2012 13:17:29 | More by stogirelli
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

10-10-2012 02:33:11 | More by mjtiernan
Photo of BARFLYB


4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-04-2012 04:26:23 | More by BARFLYB
Photo of NathanFink


2.5/5  rDev -38.1%

09-27-2012 01:57:51 | More by NathanFink
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4/5  rDev -1%

09-20-2012 21:53:52 | More by samEBC
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4/5  rDev -1%

09-19-2012 15:53:35 | More by jhhollier
Hopwired from 8 Wired Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 270 ratings.