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Hopwired - 8 Wired Brewing Co.

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285 Ratings
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Ratings: 285
Reviews: 109
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.88%
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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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Vanz, Feb 22, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

WallyHop, Feb 09, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

mremoquillo, Feb 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

lupercmda, Feb 02, 2014
Photo of BierJager89
4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

BierJager89, Jan 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Drknight, Jan 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

kylehay2004, Dec 31, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

HopsintheSack, Dec 25, 2013
Photo of smakawhat
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

smakawhat, Dec 25, 2013
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3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

AaronHomoya, Dec 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

DamageCase76, Dec 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

DRTBrewster, Dec 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

brandonld23, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of JasonLovesBeer
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

JasonLovesBeer, Nov 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

ncstateplaya, Oct 31, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

tednkelly, Oct 31, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Ianleesrivette, Oct 30, 2013
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3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottling date: 12/11/2012

I expect the hop presence to be muted on this one since it is nearing a year old.

A: 1/2" foamy creamy white head over amber liquid.

S: Mostly caramel malt with some yeast and citrus notes.

T: Lime, grass, green pepper, lemon, pineapple, guava, gooseberries over a rich caramel backbone.

M: Medium viscosity and carbonation.

O: Although the hops have faded, I could tell that this was well-balanced representation of a NZ IPA.

DaftCaskBC, Oct 19, 2013
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Poupae, Oct 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

BeerNDoggerel, Oct 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

cestlavie, Oct 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A : pours a clean golden yellow, 1/2 finger of frothy white head which dissipated slowly, pretty healthy lacing

S : fresh hops, lemon, piney, its quite sweet smelling and fruity

T : strong hop start with some bitterness but sweetens up, floral, caramel, pine, mango and lemon flavors, the %7.3 ABV is well hidden, bitter citrus finish

M : full bodied, medium-high carbonation, creamy, heavier weight

O : This is a great tasting and easy to drink IPA. It has some very potent hop, fruit and pine flavors, a busy and very enjoyably brew. Definitely worth trying and i will be drinking this again.

djoprahwinfrey, Oct 06, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

dragomni, Sep 29, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

ToddThompson, Sep 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

JandJMD, Sep 15, 2013
Hopwired from 8 Wired Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 285 ratings.