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Hopwired - 8 Wired Brewing Co.

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284 Ratings
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Ratings: 284
Reviews: 109
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 9.9%
Wants: 26
Gots: 25 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

safaricook, Jun 09, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

drtth, Jun 09, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

jim_carignan, May 31, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Latarnik, May 30, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

neckbracesub, May 29, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

rworkman, May 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1%

GarthT, May 24, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Mikeluzzjr, May 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

MPSTARR, May 09, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

VinsanityDiesel, May 09, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

KeeganRohovich, May 09, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Kroehny_Loves_Hops, May 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

mpenning13, Apr 19, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

bsizzle74, Apr 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1%

tazzman, Apr 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

jbeervt, Apr 02, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

Nunya, Mar 30, 2014
Photo of Hendry
3.76/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Amber orange pour, 1 finger of off white head, spotty lacing.

Aroma is subdued in the hops arena: malts are what shine through and likely due to the freshness factor, or lack thereof.

Taste is malt forward with some moderate hop bitterness in the mix.

Mouthfeel is medium, brisk carbonation.

There is a reason they don't export these bottles with dates on them: it is a long journey from the other size of the world to the United States, where it can be challenging enough finding a fresh domestic IPA, never mind one from down under. This tasted much like other Kiwi hopped IPAs that I've had that were also past their prime: when fresh, they are excellent.
It is likely this bottle was produced 6 months ago, which is not the fault of the beer, but the end result is an underwhelming 16.9 oz. $11 bottle that will never be purchased again.

Hendry, Mar 30, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

benjaminkhlaw, Mar 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1%

Aggro, Mar 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1%

SStein, Mar 10, 2014
Photo of MikeReserva
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Copper-coloured, looks filtered, white head that lasts.

Smell: Pine, Kiwi, Orange, Grassy, Apple. Nelson Sauvin is dominant.

Taste: Malt sweetness up front, then lots of tropical fruits. Lots of limes, kiwi, grapefruit. Followed by spicey pine, finishes quite bitter.

Mouthfeel: perfect. It's very thick and creamy, especially for 'only' 7.2%. Still very sparkling, which suits the taste very well

Overall: Very nice, balanced IPA. Beautiful balance between sweet malt up front and lingering bitterness as finish, also balanced in fruity vs. spicey / pine. It has depth/complexity which could make it a hate-it-or-love-it beer. I think it's very well done, and would really like this one again soon.

MikeReserva, Feb 28, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Vanz, Feb 22, 2014
Hopwired from 8 Wired Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 284 ratings.