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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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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

04-19-2014 00:35:44 | More by mpenning13
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

04-14-2014 19:55:38 | More by bsizzle74
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4/5  rDev -1%

04-06-2014 00:52:43 | More by tazzman
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

04-02-2014 13:51:49 | More by jbeervt
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3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

03-30-2014 02:22:56 | More by Nunya
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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.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 02:06:35 | More by Hendry
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Hong Kong

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

03-27-2014 06:01:35 | More by benjaminkhlaw
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British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -1%

03-24-2014 17:04:18 | More by Aggro
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4/5  rDev -1%

03-10-2014 18:00:23 | More by SStein
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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.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2014 20:12:03 | More by MikeReserva
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

02-22-2014 11:00:36 | More by Vanz
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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

02-09-2014 04:47:20 | More by WallyHop
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Manitoba (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

02-03-2014 03:38:38 | More by mremoquillo
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev -1%

02-02-2014 04:41:17 | More by lupercmda
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4.55/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Beautiful dark copper/amber color with a light brown head.

S: Citrus, orange, pineapple, lots of tropical fruit and a sweet malt scent in the nose.

T: Very pleasantly bitter, tons of tropical fruit, a touch of pine and some orange. Delicious.

M: Medium-full bodied and smooth for an IPA.

O: This is a perfect example of what NZ hops can do to a beer. They're amazing, and the Kiwi hops used in this beer aren't even my favorite from NZ.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2014 21:26:14 | More by BierJager89
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4/5  rDev -1%

01-12-2014 04:18:27 | More by Drknight
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

12-31-2013 23:44:24 | More by kylehay2004
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

12-25-2013 07:44:25 | More by HopsintheSack
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4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a tulip pint glass.

Crystal clear, copper orange body, with lots of rising carbonation that is very thin, but noticeable. Head is soapy white and makes three fingers tall, and settles to a very shampoo like puck, with island retention and some soapy lacing.

Real nice hop front nose, juicy and rich with some tropical notes, and hints of citrus. Malt presence is a little bit subdued but the hop nose is a bit varied and lush.

Real interesting palate. Hop front comes a bit more pine like in taste and there is an incredibly toasty aroma of toasted brown sugar on the finish. Playful carbonation and almost champagne like crispness with some caramel thick malt sensations. Tropical notes hinted on the nose don't come out as obvious in flavor, but there is a nice indistinguishable hop fruit like component.

Overall it's the malt behind this I find most impressive, and the hops are utilized well and have great aroma. Real solid IPA.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2013 03:00:06 | More by smakawhat
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3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a a bottle as I am trying to get every example of NZ/Australian hops I can. Hopefully pretty fresh. The beer is nice and clear in appearance, even though it is not fully filtered. Fine bubbles with decent lacing. Aroma is very nice, with the expected tropical fruit, lemon, floral and slight vanilla note. Taste is similar, with a light caramel malt backbone. Very smooth mouthfeel and no sign of the 7.3% ABV. Not a hop bomb, as it finishes lightly, but a well balanced and tasty brew with an interesting change of pace in the hops.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2013 22:22:57 | More by AaronHomoya
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -1%

12-15-2013 05:03:18 | More by DamageCase76
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

12-08-2013 21:58:57 | More by DRTBrewster
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

11-16-2013 23:45:17 | More by brandonld23
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Deep gold with healthy off-white head

S: Love it. Big floral and big citrus, just a bouquet of aromas.

T: Grapefruit and floral, fresh and clean but with some tree-bark bitterness. Very nice but not the end-all-be-all either

M: No notes

O: Really enjoyed but not the best value around here. Still, those New Zealand hops do offer a bit of a different take than the typical PNW stuff I'm used to, and in a good way.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2013 05:05:34 | More by JasonLovesBeer
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev -1%

10-31-2013 13:29:37 | More by ncstateplaya
Hopwired from 8 Wired Brewing Co.
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