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Hopwired - 8 Wired Brewing Co.

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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 BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
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 aztraz
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

aztraz, May 17, 2012
Photo of justintcoons
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a golden orange with 1 finger of creamy head. Excellent clarity and heavy carbonation throughout the glass. Has a thin layer of webbed lacing with good head retention.

N: There's definite pomegranate aromas. Notes of blackberries, lemon juice and papaya with traces of caramel in the background.

T: Pomegranate, hints of blackberry and caramel and a drop of pineapple juice are upfront. Papaya, toffee and lighter notes of lemon juice are mid-palate. Maybe even a twist of lime. Finishes with grapefruit pith and lemon zest.

M: Medium bodied, smooth, sticky and moderately bitter.

O: This is not your typical American IPA. This is brewed with all New Zealand hops and malts. The malt seems to be tilted towards toffee flavors while the hops are very unique in themselves. Rather than your standard citrus/pine you get some pleasant pomegranate, blackberry and grapefruit. This beer is very easy drinking at 7.3%. Although this one can be a bit pricey ($10.45 for 16.9 oz) it's a definite must try for hop enthusiasts.

justintcoons, May 14, 2012
Photo of millerbuffoon
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

millerbuffoon, May 11, 2012
Photo of Offa
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy pale amber, med. big creamy off-white head steadily shrinks to thin creamy top, then to foamy ring. No lace.

Aroma is Malvasia Bianca or Muscat grapes, sweet grapefruit, juicy yeastiness, hint of pineapple, strong and flowery.

Taste is very spicy-juicy, mostly grapefruit, and light sweetness with lightly dominating spicy-grapefruit bitterness that dominates finish and lingers a bit. Dryish, it has zesty, minerally faint yeastiness. It is pretty good and has some nice elements, but in the end, most of the elements a bit vague, it’s a bit too spicybitter and mostly ends up being one-dimensionally grapefruity with nothing else.

Offa, May 05, 2012
Photo of Mikeymcglynnigan
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Mikeymcglynnigan, Apr 27, 2012
Photo of TheRuss9585
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

TheRuss9585, Apr 27, 2012
Photo of champ103
3.05/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a dark copper/red color. At first a tow finger white head forms that gently recedes to a small ring. Patchy lace is left behind.
S: Pine resin, tree sap, dank musky hops. Burnt sugar and a caramel sweetness. Finishes with a strong bitterness.
T: Follows the nose. Lots of pine resin and dank musky hops. Some caramel sweetness. A big hop bomb with a long bitter finish.
M/D: A full body that is thick and syrupy. Sticky, like an adhesive on the tongue. A bit of alcohol. Though the strong pine resin followed by the long lingering bitterness makes this a one and done. Really harder to drink than I want.

For the major hop heads only. For me it is hard to finish. This has a lot of harsh bitterness that detracts for me. Not something I am coming back to.

champ103, Apr 19, 2012
Photo of tbeckett
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Beer Deluxe.

A - Pours a clean slightly darker than normal golden colour. Good carbonation coming up to a finger of soapy white head. Bright. Good rings of lace and a film of retention.

S - A wack of juicy kiwi hops. Tropical fruit galore. A little bit of pine is there as well.

T - Tons of tropical fruit, and citrus notes. Pineapple, a mild boozy note, and some pine. Mild malty backbone with caramel undertones, but there is a whole heck of alot of hops in there to be showcased. Tasty, tasty stuff.

M - Good, strong bitterness. Nice carbonation, not too strong. And a medium to full body. The mouthfeel is quite cool with a fairly strong bitterness that is preceded by a tingly sensation. Cool stuff

O/D - One hell of an IPA. Strong, flavourful, drinkable, and complex. Lovely. I could drink alot of this.

tbeckett, Apr 16, 2012
Photo of tfidler
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

tfidler, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of Brad007
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This might be one of, if not the lowest ABVs that I've seen for an imperial. It stood out.

Pours a nice copper-gold color with a two-finger head into my glass. Lots of lacing too!

Piney hop resin in the nose with not much else. Buttery malt? Very hop-forward.

Lip smacking bitterness is thankfully of the pine variety. Crisp. Powerful. Warms the mouth.

Plenty of bitterness for those who seek it in the mouthfeel. Better carbonation here too.

Well worth a try.

Brad007, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of SaneMan
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

SaneMan, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of liamt07
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle shared by Steve, into a tulip.

Unfiltered orange, with some browner tones in the body. White head with a dense head of retention. Good lacing. Nose is all grapefruit, but it isn't completely dominating or overpowering. Complementary tropical fruit notes assist this, in addition to some nice sweetness and a biscuity/bready malt base. Grapefruit again on the palate, but a bit of other citrus noes and a general hop fruitiness. Juicy and resionous hops and again a biscuity/cracker maltiness. Modest bitterness, really flavourful and drinkable. An impressive IPA, I'd have this again and again.

liamt07, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of jrecchiarife
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep burnt orange color. It is quite cloudy. Very little head. Almost no lacing.

The aroma is very tropical with lots of mango and white grape. The smell of the sweet malt is very prevalent as well.

The taste is a surprising balance of hop and malt. The hop character comes off as very tropical, with some deep strawberry notes. The grape taste is not as obvious as it is on the nose. The malt is very sweet and compliments the strawberry flavors.

The bitterness comes through near the end leaving the tongue numb. This is a dry one for sure. The carbonation is hard to ignore as it leaves an almost stinging-like tingle.

Overall a very interesting beer. Having had New Zealand hops before, this one is still different. It doesn't have the usual skunk, nor the usual citrus. This beer is mostly dark fruit that is ultimately balanced out by a very sweet and smooth malt.

jrecchiarife, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of javiernano
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

javiernano, Mar 14, 2012
Photo of flexabull
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright gold color, clear, with a huge off white head.

Aromas are great, passion fruit, white wine, mangos, and hints of earthiness.

Taste is resiny and bitter, dry, with some caramel and light breads and tea.  Finish has notes of peaches, bitter citrus peel, and resin.  Very tasty, but not quite as good as the nose suggests.

Good smooth and full mouthfeel.  

Excellent IPA, competes with Epic for best in New Zealand, and would hold its own well against many American IPAs.

flexabull, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of peacebone116
4.7/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my friends, Erin & Brian, for bringing this one all the way back from Kiwi-landia for me over their New Year trip!

Poured from the 500-mL bottle into a small Allagash tulip.
BB: 05.12.12 B 0.26 14:09
(This one is pretty fresh!)

A: Deep dark copper color that appears hazy from a distance, but is actually quite lucid with lots of carbonation evident. A frothy, soapy head forms on the top, receding slowly throughout enjoyment.

N: Incredible floral characteristics of tropical fruit that are vaguely reminiscent of passion fruit, strawberry nectar, kaffir lime and sauvignon.

T/M: The flavors of this beer are incredibly unique compared to what I expect from a typical American IPA. Following the nose with delicious tropical flavors, this beer's sauvignon blanc notes really stand out in the middle. The bitter beginning is nicely set off by a malty sweetness and a dry finish. The carbonation fills in rather well with this light to medium body.

Overall, this is the most unique IPA I have had in a very long time! The flavor & aroma qualities are quite excellent and really make me wish that I could find this one around more often! Fantastic!

peacebone116, Mar 08, 2012
Photo of KDawg
3.4/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from bottle into a pint glass. Pours a dark orange color with a small head

very pungent and hop driven aromatics. Very noticeable aromas of navel oranges, hops, pine resin and some boozy aromas

medium/full bodied with rich flavors of toffee, resin, hops, caramel and navel oranges. Lacking a bit on the mid and it being a somewhat older bottling, it also has a somewhat oxidized flavor to it as well(mind you this isn't all that old, only from the fall)

A quality DIPA, but far from the best example. It's a problem when DIPAs fall off as fast as they do, because it's hard for a beer to hit the midwest near it's peak freshness when it's coming from NZ.

KDawg, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of bonbini26
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

bonbini26, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of gkunkle
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a thick caramel/brown color with a 1/2 inch white head that recedes to a decent foam across the top of my beer. It sticks around 2-3mm and leaves some splotchy lacing in my glass. This beer is opaque, even when held to light I cannot see through this beer. By visual inspection I would not have guessed it to be an IPA. The smell is of caramel and a bit f hops, slightly grassy and spicy. I can't exactly say how the hops smell, it's a new smell to me, but suffice it to say they smell very nice. Upon examination of the bottle I discovered that its "best by" date was in September, which would explain why I lack the intense hop flavors others have noticed. The taste comes in with a caramel sweetness and some grassy hops. I feel this beer falls in the gray area between IPA and DIPA, due to its mouthfeel and alcohol content. Overall I really enjoyed this beer, despite the faded hops. I'd love to get my hands on a fresh bottle if I'm ever in Australia or New Zealand.

gkunkle, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of CGMLS3
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

CGMLS3, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of TrickkyGangsta
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

TrickkyGangsta, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of Elfastball7
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Elfastball7, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of bluntedboywonder
5/5  rDev +23.8%

bluntedboywonder, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of mungus
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

mungus, Nov 20, 2011
Hopwired from 8 Wired Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 295 ratings.