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Hopwired - 8 Wired Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 117
Hads: 332
Avg: 4.06
pDev: 16.26%
Wants: 38
Gots: 32 | 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!

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Photo of Digimaika2
3.77/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled with a production date of December 11, 2012.

(4.0) A: Beautiful clear copper with a creamy/bubbly white foam head. Retention isn’t the longest lasting but good lacing.

(3.75) S: Pine, citrus rind, bit of toffee, and baked bread. Slightly damp and earthy. Emits an overall mellow aroma that isn’t overpowering.

(3.75) T: Similar to aroma with pine, citrus, and biscuit tastes predominant. Light herbal qualities that comes across minty. Pleasantly dry and bitter with a clean finish. Easy to drink.

(3.75) M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Slight grainy texture without much oily character.

(3.75) D: A nice IPA that has all the textbook qualities of the style.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.44/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on Dec 11, 2012 and freshly arrived locally. A little disappointing given the almost 4 months of age on this one.

Poured in to tulip.

A - Translucent medium orange with two fingers of cream coloured head.

S - Passion fruit, peach, tangerine and a substantial honey malt sweetness. The bitterness is very restrained.

T - A moderate bitterness up front with mango, passion fruit and orange peel flavours. A prominent caramel malt sweetness provides a lot of balance. The hop flavours are very muted overall.

M - Medium body; somewhat sticky. Moderate carbonation.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500mL bottle from the LCBO, part of the spring release. Around 6 bucks - not bad for a pint of good NZ craft IPA.

Poured into a nonic. Light caramel copper, about a half inch of head, with some terrific lacing and nice retention on the head.

The label and website describes this brew as being an all NZ brew, using NZ malts and hops - Nelson Sauvin, as well as two of the most Kiwi-sounding hop varieties one could imagine: Motueka and Southern Cross. This unique character certainly appears in the nose for this beer, which is certainly piney and strong malted grain, but the fruit is not the typical pithy grapefruit. It is something else - wine, tropical fruit, a few other odds and ends I can't quite pick out. Certainly highly enjoyable, and of its own kind.

Tastes much as it smells - a terrific blend of strong bitter pine and grain alongside subtle grape, guava or papaya (who am I kidding, I can't tell - call it non-citrus tropical fruit). A true sipping IPA. Nicely carbonated, mild bodied.

I've yet to be disappointed by a NZ craft beer; this is the first one that really brew me away. The Nelson Sauvin gets full billing here, and does superbly to help create a unique, tasty IPA. I will certainly be back for more of this.

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Photo of andrenaline
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice golden colour, solid thumb of off-white soapy head with solid retention and nice sporadic lacing.

S - Nice sweet and earthy pine and cedar hops, solid citrus profile, hits of caramel and candied sugar.

T - Flavour profile matches the scent to a T, with the earthy pine and cedar notes coming through and nicely balanced with the caramel flavours and bitter citrus lingering on the finish.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and a touch of dryness.

O - A tasty brew that held up surprisingly well coming all the way from NZ. Definitely worth a try and I'd imagine the hop profile might be a bit more rich fresh from the brewery. I don't recall this quality of brew when I was visiting NZ well over 10 years ago, but they sure have stepped up their game.

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Photo of hopsolutely
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of biegaman
4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
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?

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Photo of timeo
4.14/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of spinrsx
4/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of brureview
4.3/5  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.

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Photo of KFBR392
2.34/5  rDev -42.4%
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.

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Photo of kjyost
4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
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...).


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Photo of mtbdonn
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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Photo of endovelico
4.14/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of UncleBrazzie
4.63/5  rDev +14%
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.

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Photo of Timadae
4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
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

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Photo of Siriusfisherman
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.17/5  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.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.44/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.12/5  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.

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Photo of Odysseyalien
4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of heygeebee
4.18/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a honey-golden hue with rather thick head of white silky head. Nose is fresh citrusy and pine. Palate offers a grapefruit delight with plenty of pine, some sharpness from the hop bite and citrusy interplay, and light candied malt to balance it just a little. Finish offers more grapefruit and pine.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very hazy golden-orange with a finger of frothy off-white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of grapefruit, pineapple, tropical, floral, and spicy hops with some sweet caramel and lightly bready malts.

T - Starts off with some grapefruit, pineapple, and tropical hops with some bitterness and some sweet caramel malts. Through the middle, some floral, grassy, and spicy hops come through with some more bitterness and some biscuity malts. The finish is a mix of tropical and floral hops with some resiny bitterness and sweet bready malts.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry and bitter finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice strong hop profile and bitterness throughout. Good overall balance.

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Hopwired from 8 Wired Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 117 ratings.