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Hopwired - 8 Wired Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

295 Ratings
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Ratings: 295
Reviews: 110
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 9.9%
Wants: 26
Gots: 26 | 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 hopsolutely
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Wow. What a pleasant surprise. Lots of American-style flavour with a relatively low ABV.

Pours a beautiful clear, copper colour with a reasonable white head. Brilliant pine and tropical fruit aroma with a nice caramel malt base. Some of the fruits in the aroma I can't quite identify, but that may be the guava or others listed on the label that I know solely by name. The flavour is both well balanced and complex, with a refreshingly bracing bitterness after the sweet smorgasbord of the body. Fruit flavours range from citrus to “tropical” – and are a real pleasure to drink.

Very impressive. Would highly recommend, and will definitely seek out more.

hopsolutely, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of biegaman
4.36/5  rDev +7.9%
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 timeo
4.11/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

0.5L bottle from the Spadina/Dundas LCBO in Toronto. $6.25. Production date: December 11/2012.

Deeply excited to try this beer due to the Nelson Sauvin hops which I first had the pleasure of tasting through Bellwoods' Monogamy series. Initial pour revealed an orange-amber colour, with a fair amount of head retention. Taste is thicker than I thought it would be - not syrupy, yet lacking in that thin bitter punch that I've come to expect from IPAs. Smell is also atypical, overwhelmingly fruity and tropical - a real difference from the regular American and Canadian IPAs. Bitterness levels are also good though not particularly strong (no tingly sensation in mouthfeel), alcohol nicely masked (7.3%).

Overall, would buy again.

timeo, Apr 04, 2013
Photo of kwjd
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

kwjd, Apr 02, 2013
Photo of spinrsx
4/5  rDev -1%
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.

spinrsx, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of brureview
4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

brureview, Mar 29, 2013
Photo of dipso123
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

dipso123, Mar 29, 2013
Photo of sclitch
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

sclitch, Mar 29, 2013
Photo of MadScientist
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

MadScientist, Mar 27, 2013
Photo of KFBR392
2.3/5  rDev -43.1%
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.

KFBR392, Mar 20, 2013
Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

TheBeerAlmanac, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of IanSpindler
4/5  rDev -1%

IanSpindler, Mar 06, 2013
Photo of jwat
4/5  rDev -1%

jwat, Feb 25, 2013
Photo of bigred89
4/5  rDev -1%

bigred89, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of visualmartyr
4/5  rDev -1%

visualmartyr, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of kjyost
4.59/5  rDev +13.6%
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!

kjyost, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of VeggieNugget
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

VeggieNugget, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of Mark5252
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Mark5252, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of pintofparadise
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

pintofparadise, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of mtbdonn
4.44/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

mtbdonn, Jan 25, 2013
Photo of sloelco
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

sloelco, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of durlta
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

durlta, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of endovelico
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

endovelico, Jan 19, 2013
Hopwired from 8 Wired Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 295 ratings.