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Hopwired - 8 Wired Brewing Co.

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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 foles
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Interesting pour - quite murky with a small head, with a whisp of white that persists. Decent hopiness on the nose - tropical fruits and citrus. Not as strong aroma as I would expect, but I know we are not getting super fresh examples here in Perth. Anyway, nice orange colour and an explosion of hops in the mouth - tropical fruit undertones, but the general citrus palate smashing that these IPAs are known for! Very bitter finish, but smooth and moreish.

Lovely well crafted beer. The kiwis know their stuff.

foles, Nov 06, 2011
Photo of dansmcd
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy, orange/amber in colour. Just a thin white head (maybe the pour was a touch gentle), rings of lacing but short-lived ones only. A wispy cloud inhabits the surface of the beer to the end.

S - Wow that's fruity. Intense tropical fruit salad aroma of passionfruit, orange, mango, lime. Distinctive NZ hop aroma. Gorgeous. Sweet white wine and sorbet also.

T - Follows the nose with all that fruity loveliness. Very hop forward, full flavours yet for a double/imperial IPA - extremely low on bitterness.

M - Slick, moderate body. Medium carbonation. Tangy and crisp with a dry hoppy finish.

O - Beautiful beer. Extremely tasty and seriously drinkable, absolutely no indication of the 7.3% abv. As indicated, bitterness is minimal. I dont know what the IBUs are, but they cannot be too high. Certainly more of an IPA than a double. But I just love it. More!

dansmcd, Oct 12, 2011
Photo of kbnooshay
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a gorgeously hazy deep orange color with a finger width creamy white head. A nice web of spotty lacing is forming. Trails of carbonation are briskly traveling up. Aroma is super tropical and fruity. Hint of honey. Taste certainly packs a punch. While I can't quite pick up the passion fruit flavor as some have mentioned the sliht fruityness is nice. Hops taste nice fresh and grapefruit citrusy! feel is slick and lightly tingly. This is a unique tasting ipa as many of those non American ones are.

kbnooshay, Oct 11, 2011
Photo of ElmerBruisery
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into snifter

Pours a hazy copper orange with thick ivory cap that stays around for awhile.

Nose is full of bright citrusy hops with noticeable grape and what I'm pretty sure is gooseberry. One of the hops used, Nelson sauvin is supposed to have a lot of similarities with Sauvignon blanc grape which I can smell.

Taste, wow a blast of bright sharp bitter grapefruit and lime that lingers for a long time. I can see the grape comparison to a nz Sauvignon blanc, being grapefruit and high acid. the bottle describes the hops as a tropical punch bowl, true. The beer is unique and delicious. The label mentions honey like malt which is also way in the background.

Mouthfeel is on point, full and sticky. Drinkability at first seems lower but each sip increases the drinkability factor.

Overall this is an excellent beer and was exactly what I was looking for from a brew w Nelson sauvin. Sharp bright citrus hops with just enough malt to back it up. I highly recommend this for any hop head.

ElmerBruisery, Sep 15, 2011
Photo of RonfromJersey
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$9.45 bomber from Liquor Outlet, Boonton.

Hazy dark orange body, topped by two fingers of level off-white foam.

Enjoyable complex citrus aroma - mango, orange, grapefruit, lemon.

Tasty well rounded semi-sweet caramel lays down a nice base. Next is a layer of citrus fruits washing over the mouth. Good bitterness with a soft edge. Mingles together well in the aftertaste.

Solid medium mouthfeel delivers the beer well.

A quality IPA from New Zealand worth trying. I'm interesting in seeing more from this brewery.

RonfromJersey, Sep 12, 2011
Photo of Macca
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a cloudy very dark golden colour with a thick centimetre of white head.

The aroma on this has an almost Pavlov's dog effect on me. A big bowl of tropical fruit aromas. Yum.

Solid bitterness on the palate but not as aggressive as I feared. Tropical fruits right through. Solid malt. Very drinkable.

Medium bodied.

A great beer.

Macca, Aug 24, 2011
Photo of Arenbeer
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 fl oz bottle thanks to finewinemike!

No date on bottle but believe it's fresh.

A- Pours a murky dark orange with 1 finger worth of bright white head. Tons of carbonation streaming up on this on, bubbles are popping like crazy and the head disappears fairly quickly. Leaves some spotty lacing on the side of the glass but not to much.

S- Wow can honestly say I've never smelt hops like this and I like it. Nice fresh grassy notes up front but finish's with very exotic fruits like passion fruit, mango, and maybe peach's. Slight caramel malts and toffee as well. Can't stop smelling this stuff.

T- Flavor doesn't exactly follow the aroma but is definitely impressive. Unlike the aroma the flavor is more grass and pine oriented with only a slight fruitiness in the finish. Decent malt presence but is hidden nicely by the hops.

M- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a nice strong bitter finish.

Overall I really like this beer. Unlike most DIPA the grassy hops dominate and the fruit qualities are left behind. Not into super fruity IPAs.


Arenbeer, Aug 07, 2011
Photo of ms11781
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a cloudy, deep orange color with a creamy one finger head that dissipates rather quickly. A white caps sticks around and leaves ok lacing on the glass.

Huge aromas from the nose. Extremely fruity hops but they aren't anything I'm used to. Some orange is here, which is familiar but there is a huge sweet aroma of passion fruit and a kick of lime. Extremely enticing. Some pale malt comes though but it's really just about some nice, juicy fruit hop aromas.

While the taste is still pretty good but it falls just a bit short of the aroma. The fruity hops are still here and dominate the flavor. The passion fruit really sticks out above all else. It's a unmistakable flavor that I don't believe I've ever picked up in any beer. At least not to this extent. There is an orange flavor that is sort of mellow as well as some grassy hop flavor. The lime that was in the nose isn't really detectable here. All of this rides nicely above a nice pale malt background that balances the hops nicely but stays out of the way. Nice bitter finish dries out a bit.

Medium body with carbonation that is a bit higher. A semi-dry finish is brought on along with some bitterness and is quite pleasant.

A truly unique IPA. Listed as a DIPA here, but as a regular IPA by the brewer. Definitely is a regular IPA and I'm going to rate it as such. But again, really unique. Huge tropical fruit flavors that can't be found in many (if any) other IPAs. Great hop aroma and flavor with a pleasant bitterness. Extremely good IPA.

ms11781, Aug 06, 2011
Photo of July2Nov
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Cloudy burnt copper color with a generous frothy head of two-fingers that later stays consistent at a finger-width.

Smell: Lighter scents of floral, lime and passion fruit...some butter notes too.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Mild tasting for a Double/Imperial. If your expecting a West coast hopbomb look elsewhere. Slight smoky flavor upfront, mellows quickly into what is akin to sangria in a grass/floral bowl. Unique and great! Lighter in body, which would put this at a slight medium. Buttery mouthfeel with a light sting toward that end that tingles the mouth and keeps it in a mild numb state.

Overall: First taste from 8 Wired Brewing Co. and if this is any indication of the quality of their products, I'm coming back for seconds! Mellow and great!

July2Nov, Aug 05, 2011
Photo of koopa
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle received in a trade with a generous BA thanks!

Appearance: Pours a cloudy and dark orange stained brown (caramel like) with a 2 finger off white (slightly buttery) crown that shows great retention and lace.

Smell: The hop profile is more to the grassy, herbal, and mildly side with a nice mango presence and a minor orange citrus note. Not detecting too much malt contribution to the nose but a tinge of alcohol is present.

Taste: Pretty clean hop bitterness dominates / blankets the mango and citrus found in the nose. Then a grassy and herbal hop finish follows. Malt comes off a bit more toffeeish than caramel. Not exactly balanced as the bitterness wins the battle but decent.

Mouthfeel: A touch boring and a bit seltzer like. Body is medium and carbonation is as well.

Drinkability: The flavor and mouthfeel hold it back from scoring higher in the drinkability department.

koopa, Jul 23, 2011
Photo of rudzud
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this at Julio's Liquors on the whim. I wanted another try at a New Zealand beer. Stuff isnt bad.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a nice super lightly hazy orange with a creamy one finger head that fades to leave average side lacing and blanketing.

S - Wow, this is super great. Getting some pine but this is mostly the mango that I absolutely LOVE in an IPA. Sweet fruits, maybe some orange/tangerine as well.

T - Unfortunately for me, I'm not getting mouthfulls of this dancing across my tastebuds. Well I do, but its not as potent. There is some light mango and other fruits as well as a nice sweet malt back bone. Still pretty good.

M - Good mouthfeel for a DIPA. Typical lowish carbonation but this stuff isnt heavy or syrupy. Just all around nice.

O - Really enjoyed this beer. Alot more than I did Epic's offering a while back. Good highlight of southern hemisphere hops. Would buy again if the price was a little lower.

rudzud, Jul 18, 2011
Photo of danieelol
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: mango colour, ok head and good lacing.

S: juicy fruit, mangoes, guava with lots of malt coming through. Malt brings a refreshing sweetness to the smell.

T: and M: Bitter and thin in the mouth. Lots of leafy fruity flavour.

O: Good beer. The Kiwis can definitely rival Americans with their IPAs (single rather than double in this case, imo).

danieelol, Jul 17, 2011
Photo of BretSikkink
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Murky orange color, foamy tanned head with decent stick. Looks great.

Aroma is clearly different right away. Pine is upfront, along with a variety of fruits and a note of wine. Mineral water as well.

The flavor is initially off putting in its fruitiness. Mango and tropical fruits along with pear. Grapes, in a vinous sense, also make an appearance. Quite skunky. Prickly alcohol heat in the finish. Very ripe fruit.

Solid mouthfeel, well carbonated without sacrificing body. The ripeness and skunky nature of Hopwired left me a little cold despite the high IBU nature.

BretSikkink, Jul 16, 2011
Photo of trappistlover
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Bomber generously shared by a friend who picked his up in NZ). Pous a cloudy apricot color with a white head. Aroma is of dank, musty hops, citrus (orange and grapefruit). Taste is sweet malt backbone with some bitterness (probably a bit faded at this point, but very balanced). Medium body with an oily texture. Bitter finish. A very nice beer.

trappistlover, Jun 27, 2011
Photo of alexhahn82
3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Cloudy with a 1.5 finger head, bubbles chase up the sides almost like a nitro tap when pouring.

S -- Spicy sweet hops, interesting different smelling hops.

T/M -- Sweet insane New Zealand hops, If you could imagine a west coast IPA inverted this is it. Very hoppy, but as the label states its not the classic Pine/Citrus this is punch like flavor with fruit. Awesome.

Overall-- Not too shabby, Like a Seinfeld Bizzaro world of upside down IPA in a good way.

PP (Price Point) -- $8.99 for a 500ml, 7.3% ABV, not bad for the experience of a beer from such a distant area, a little steep, I could see buying a bottle a few times a month if it were closer to $6 a bottle, but not bad considering.

alexhahn82, Jun 05, 2011
Photo of joecast
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

surprised to see so many reviews from the US. a bit perturbed they got it before tassie. come on new zealand, dont forget us!

pours quite hazy from the bottle conditioning. gives it a glowing golden appearance when held to light. thin white head with average stability and lacing. low carbonation.

pungent resin aroma without being overpowering. great hop presence with a touch of sweet malt lightness. not the strongest aroma for the style (personally id call it a standard ipa) but certainly pleasant and acceptable.

leaves a huge impression in the finish. big blast of bitterness after an almost mild build up. expertly balanced up front with a mellow mix of malt and hop flavors. then as it hits the back of the throat the strength of the hops comes through with a flurry.
funny, but the further i get through the bottle the more the bitterness blends with the rest of the beer making it even more enjoyable.

i stand by my comment about this being more suited to ipa than double ipa. this is no where near bitter enough and sits at the crossroads abv wise. sort of the extra ipa ala torpedo. in saying that, this is still a supremely drinkable and well made beer. cant wait to work through the rest of the range.

joecast, Jun 04, 2011
Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very pleasant and flavourful IPA. Unusual white wine flavours, citrus, mango, melon, berry, apricot. High IBU. Very good taste profile but for hopheads. Huge head, retained at three-quarters of an inch. Hop aromas are floral and citrus. Dry aftertaste. Carbonation is suitable, making it into a bt of a brut.

Sammy, May 22, 2011
Photo of DoubleJ
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

....and I thought that I was getting a 22 ounce bottle. I need to read bottle labels better before I buy. What I did read was that this was an IPA from New Zealand, which was enough to excite me. On to the beer:

Quite murky in the body of this washed out, orangish amber colored beer. Even the head is little and retains a paper thin lace around. The nose is likeable, but on the other hand, I do love me some New Zealand hops. Real fruity sweet, like kiwi, come to mind. Some orange slices, passsionfruit, a little resin, and residual sugar keep the spirit alive.

Being so used to American hops in IPA's, the Kiwi hops are a refreshing change of pace. The intensity is there, but the profile is different. It's like a liquid fruit tray; kiwi, orange, assorted berries, hints of grapefruit and pineapple. It's creeping into 4.5 territory, though some resin hitting around the palate put a small dent in its chances. For a beer of its size, the body is really light, and the carbonation level is very low. Nonetheless, I'm still liking what I have here.

American-style with a New Zealand twist. A twist that I like a lot. Who would have seen this wave hit the US shares even three or four years ago?

DoubleJ, May 17, 2011
Photo of stageseven
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ap - very hazy orange copper with a 1 finger white head, low retention and not much lacing.

Ar - very hoppy, very similar to Simcoe in my experience. Slightly sweet and bready with light catty undertones. Gets more malty as it sits.

T - very flavorful. Lightly sweet up front. Unique and very delicious hop character in back. Its not quite citrus not quite pine but somewhere between. Not overwhelmingly bitter.

M - medium-light body, moderate carbonation. Some resiny coating in the mouth.

O - pretty exceptional American DIPA from New Zealand. Uniquely flavored, easily drinkable, but still full of flavor. They struck a very good balance here.

stageseven, May 01, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

big thanks to zack and cam for getting me this one. i decided to crack it open with dinner tonight, served cold and poured into a pint glass.

the pour was a thick dark amber with tons of haze and sediment that settled down with a glorious thud an produced a nice layer of lacing all along the bottom. nice head of white rises an inch above the glass.

the aroma is deep hops, syupy and thick with lots of deep caramel malts balancing it out quite nicely warming brings on more deep citrus sweetness with orange rinds, pine and hints of deep bready malts. smooth, and thick feel is much bigger then I thought it was going to be and this really let the profile build up quite nicely. smooth finish left a light dryness and a nice sense of bitter hops that slowly faded out.

overall really just a very well balanced and excellent beer. my first from them and it woint be my last.

mikesgroove, Apr 26, 2011
Photo of SPman
4.55/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

In a session with Nogne Two Captains and Beer Here Hopfix, this one stood out with it's "fruitier" flavour. A great beer, good mouthfeel, great nose, a really enjoyable beer to drink! The brewer knows how to use NZ hops and malt to produce an IIPA that is really enjoyable - a pity it costs so much where I am ($15) - but I still buy it! - it's good!

SPman, Apr 22, 2011
Photo of Metalmonk
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not only a new brewery for me, but probably my first-ever New Zealand beer. Pours a seriously opaque dark sunset/burnt orange color, which leaves a ton of lace on the glass after the finger-thick dirty white head drops to an eighth-inch skim. Good lookin'.

Incredible aroma. Herbal, minty, fruity and honey-sweet, the hops here are intense yet tastefully balanced against the malt. But, no doubt this is a hop lover's beer, and I haven't even tasted it yet...

The flavors on the tongue don't impart anything I didn't detect in the aroma, except for being a little more resiny overall. And magnified on the tongue, for sure. Tropical fruit abounds, and a pointy but not sharp mint/herbal/black tea taste embeds itself. Some honey in the background, with a deep toffee maltiness that has presence but only acts as a foundation for the complex and unique hop characteristics. Finishes somewhat dry, and with a completely unexpected flash of black licorice, but with all of this other stuff going on directly on top of the tongue, could very well be a sensory illusion. Whatever the case, I'm digging it.

Smooth, slick, resinous but somehow not sticky, this is texturally bright and buoyant and works well with the dazzling flavors on display.

A unique take on hop-centric beers and, more specifically, a stand-alone IPA. Big and bold of flavor, but so well-balanced in every aspect that it's one of the more drinkable of its type. I'm a fan.

Metalmonk, Apr 07, 2011
Photo of Tone
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, dark maize. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of citrus hops, floral hops, hint of wet hop, hint of tea, slight sweet malt, and a hint of roasted malt. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial IPA. Mouth feel is slightly smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of citrus hops, floral hops, hint of tea, hint of wet hop, hint of alcohol, and slight sweet malt. Overall, the dark maize was a nice unusual aspect. The tea/wet hop aroma and taste were also an interesting break from the ususal American Double.

Tone, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of eric5bellies
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark hazy honey colour, with a off white head that hangs a round.

S - Definitely some tripical aromas present, with some pineapple and melon present.

T - Some interesting flavours up front of dry roasted nuts, then comes the hops in abundance. Some nice malts present as well. Nice spicey grassiness also present. Nice bitterness on the finish.

M - Medium to full body with medium carbonation.

O - I'm a big fan of this one, and a great example of the style. A match for most U.S. DIPAS

eric5bellies, Mar 26, 2011
Photo of beerthulhu
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark and murky ferric oxide coloring obstructs any light allowance from coming through. A late developing head, chalky white and creamy, lies low but exhibits a good length of retention. A light effervesce rises with vast separation moving at a moderate pace.

S: The nose is quite interesting, filled with a dry tropical fruitiness of guava, pineapple, and a bit of kiwi. Some lime pulp blends well with a dash of pepper spice and a dry flowery fade. Really enjoyed the usage of local hops (New Zealand) and the different aromatic take, though was well on par with american ipa strength.

T: The flavor was dried lime with a influence of toasty specialy grains bringing a nice start that would soon be followed by a respectable amount of hoppiness. Spicy flowery hops mingle with the dry toasted grain palate with a bit of peppery spice. For hops we have a dried fruitiness (pineapple, guava) along with some pine and grassiness. Really love the fact that this has a great toasty malt support that adds body and depth to the abundance of hops. Great balance overall and strong level of hoppiness makes this parching and satisfying.

M: Strong tingle of carbonation is sharp and pronounced, Full bodied, creamy with a spicy flowery and peppery touch of the fade and swallow.

D: Good drinkability, on par with the hoppiest of American offerings but with a different style of hops which makes this different and refreshing , nicely suited for the spring time. Had high hopes for this just by the name and bottle label and alone, and it certainly didn't disappoint. I could go case here. Worthy recommend and repeat.

beerthulhu, Mar 23, 2011
Hopwired from 8 Wired Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 295 ratings.