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Tall Poppy - 8 Wired Brewing Co.

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87
very good

53 Ratings
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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 9.21%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
8 Wired Brewing Co. visit their website
New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This is an ale that is not afraid of standing tall among other great beers. The intense, sharp and fruity hoppiness is backed by its complex, caramel-like malty structure. Big, yet refreshing. Bold but balanced. This beer has been designed to have it all, to be the greatest common denominator.

60 IBU

(Beer added by: dgilks on 01-24-2011)
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Reviews by sclitch:
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

sclitch, Mar 29, 2013
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Photo of biboergosum
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle. My first IRA since sitting in Henry's in downtown Portland, Oregon last summer. And now, all the way from Marlborough, New Zealand - huh, the circle isn't exactly zeroing in on me now, is it?

This beer pours a crystal clear ruby brick hue, with one flabby finger of tight foamy beige head, which leaves some spooky lightning strike lace around the glass as it genially subsides. Who's a pretty girl?

It smells of sweet grapefruit and orange citrus, and some other very south seas oriented fruitiness, with a soft, thin caramel malt, and a mild cough drop essence. The taste is more citrus/pine hops, but better ingratiated to the growing whim of the bready caramel malt, tinged with toffee, and edged with exceedingly ethereal ethanol.

The bubbles are feebly prickly, and generally ok, the body a waiting list medium weight, and tacitly smooth. It finishes fairly off-dry, the hops digging in, and the malt taking that dare in stride.

I assume that the 'India' designation, as before in that Oregonian offering, indicates an IPA-like treatment applied to a base amber ale. If so, this is a bang-on interpretation of this meta-style - nice and hoppy, of the Pacific NW (or SE, if you will) bent, over an adequately solid caramel malt base. Quite enjoyable, very drinkable, however, just not all that affordable at 10 bucks minus small change per serving.

biboergosum, Jun 17, 2012
Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decent though overrated amber. As expected, the hop taste comes through far better as the beer warms. Well malted up front, sauvignon hops are there mid sip on, something more subtle for this style. Good drinkability.Slightly red appearance.Suitably carbonated.

Sammy, Oct 11, 2012
Photo of Vanz
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Vanz, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours copper/ruby with a large lasting head.
Nose shows big piney, resinous hops along with softer passion-fruit and peach. Underneath is lots of sweet malt with caramel character. Good stuff!
First off the mark upon tasting is the same caramel and light toasty malt, with a big piney, resinous hoppy hit taking over soon after. It's all finished off by a powerful bitterness. Personally I find the bitter a little overwhelming, it has a sharp, almost metallic character to it.
Nice moderate carbonation though!

CrazyDavros, Mar 13, 2011
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a deep amber color ale with a super large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of earthy hops notes with solid caramel malt backbone. Taste is also dominated by earthy hops with light citrus notes with some solid caramel malt with balanced sweetness level. Body is full with nice creamy texture and great carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Solid offering form 8 Wired.

Phyl21ca, Jun 03, 2013
Photo of Kroehny_Loves_Hops
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%

Kroehny_Loves_Hops, May 01, 2014
Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

again another huge thanks for getting me this bottle. i was stoked to be able to shake off the rest of the lineup!

ery nice with a rich, reddish tinted amber taking front stage. Nice bit of sediment in the bottom and some light cloudiness just worked its way into the sample. Good bit of carbonation could be seen streaming skyward throughout the session and a very nice two inch head of white graced the top. Easy receding left behind about a half inch of white that just nestled its way down to the surface.

The aroma was loaded down with hops as one would expect. Rich notes of citrus, orange and tangerine mostly were by far the dominant notes on this one. Some light biscuit in the middle and a very grainy presence persisted well into it. The flavor was more of the same, rich notes of orange, tangerine, and nice touches of all over this thing. Nice bready middle to the profile and a long, drawn out bitter finish capped it off quite well. Easy to session with a medium body and a profile that was hoppy, yet smooth.

mikesgroove, Jul 11, 2011
Photo of Liquoric3
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Liquoric3, Apr 09, 2013
Photo of spicelab
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500mL bottle thanks to Chris@Slowbeer.

Muddy honey colour, tight beige head of one-and-a-half fingers or so. Solid filmy retention on the sides of the glass.

Definitely hop forward, with grapefruit, lemon zest, white pepper and a touch of garden clippings. Savoury toffee malt character steps in increasingly as it warms. Good stuff.

Earthy pine and citrus rind tempered brilliantly by truckloads of butterscotch and brandy-snap malts. There's also an armada of slightly spicy floral notes. Yummy.

Unexpectedly thin for 7%ABV, and as noted by another reviewer, has a rather sharp and palate-stripping mid to rear palate bitterness, which generates a bit of throat lozenge character.

Terrifically crafted Red Ale which really showcases how much more this style has to offer, as a rule, than the vast majority of IPAs.

spicelab, Jun 12, 2011
Photo of CookstLiquor
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle. What a treat to get some NZ craft beer! This pours a rich chestnut brown with reddish highlights. Gorgeous sweet malty nose a nice present hop aroma. It's definitely a touch sweet on the palate with brown sugar notes as well as a solid hop backbone. Delicious.

CookstLiquor, Aug 09, 2012
Photo of mitlinks
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

mitlinks, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle. ½ pt Tumbler glass. Enjoyed on agt´12. Reddish amber color. Chill haze. Off-white, small size bubbled froth. Firm crown. Resiny, toasted malt aromas & grapefruit notes to the nose. Resins & heavy maltiness at first sip followed by increasing hoppy bitterness. Medium to light body. Soft carbonation. Underlying hops in a long malty finish. Slightly woody on the aftertaste. Worth to try.

GONZALOYANNA, Aug 05, 2012
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4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at my favorite beer store in Belgium, Dranken Geers. Beautiful clear mahogany pour with a thin two finger head that quickly fades with minimal lacing. Big, bold nose with lots of toasty malt and resiny hops, along with hints of caramel, toffee, and rye. The taste is bold and toasty with nearly perfect balance. Hints of caramel, toffee, butterscotch, resiny pine, rye bread, and just a touch of blood orange. Medium bodied mouthfeel with a slightly dry, tangy, bitter finish. Another great offering from 8 Wired and one of the best red beers I've tasted to date!

beerdrifter, Sep 01, 2012
Photo of safaricook
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On the tap at the Globe in Hong Kong. Served in a Rogue Pint Glass

Comes with a one finger off white head that looks creamy and delicious. It leaves a lacing too as the head reduces too a rim. Body is copper with a red hue. Carbonation hardly visible.

Smell is hoppy, fruity and piney hops, some caramel undertone, nice and pleasant

Taste is hoppy bitter of the grapefruit and piney sort with a malt backbone that is caramelly, somewhere between your typical american and english IPA. Ends dry and a littly resiny. Resiny bitterness lingers forever.

Feel is extremely smooth with some fine tickling, medium body, leaves you dry and wanting more.

Very nice IPA that grew on me while drinking. I haven't had such a nice IPA for ages. I like everything about it and I have nothing to complain except for making me burp quite a lot. This beer reminds me again why I love this style. Thank you "The Globe" for having it on tab.

safaricook, Sep 30, 2013
Photo of Macca
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours a murky dark red/ brown colour with a bright white head. A good finger and it hangs around.

When first poured it's a riot of NZ hops but after a little while they are joined by some solid maltiness but its the spicy hoppiness that continues to dominate.

The hops dominate the palate and they provide an assertive bitterness but there's also some sweet dark sugar characteristics which come to the fore more as it warms.

Medium bodied.

I can appreciate that this is a well made beer but for me the balance between hops and malt just aren't what I really enjoy.

Macca, Aug 07, 2011
Photo of juju7
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yet to be disappointed by these guys. Not that I want to be.

Murky, coppery dried blood kind of red with little head. Aromas are of straight up fresh hops - plenty of tropical fruits there for the wafflers. A nice backing of toffee brittle that comes to the for more on the palate. Assertively bitter but not too over the top. An initial hit of sweetness but finishing dry.

Really well put together beer and something I'd love to revisit.

juju7, May 27, 2011
Photo of ktrillionaire
3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - It pours a deep red hue, and is capped with a big tan froth; good retention and lace too.

S - The nose is mostly lemon-citric hoppiness, and a bit of caramel malt.

T - Taste is very basic. Lemony hops and caramel malt, fairly balanced.

M - The feel is just about medium-bodied, and is softly carbonated.

O - Pretty decent, but nothing I would seek out.

ktrillionaire, May 02, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

BelgianBeerPope, Oct 12, 2013
Photo of lgmol
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

lgmol, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of MichaelDrew
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

MichaelDrew, Feb 12, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

lisagirl, May 12, 2013
Photo of mungus
4/5  rDev +2.3%

mungus, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of Mattias
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Mattias, Feb 16, 2013
Photo of StJamesGate
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark garnet with loose pitted sandy foam that sheets.
Caramel, strawberry, and resin on the nose with some orange blossom.
Caramel sauce, red currants, and berry jam then gooey resiny earthy hops with some orange oil and pine forest.
Perfumed floral finish and endless waves of bitterness on the linger.
Medium, clingy, sticky, oily but clean.

Hops hide at first behind plentiful malts but as you'd predict, Warrior and Simcoe make a dank, oily combo. Like a triple 5AM Saint. Not as compulsively tasty as that or Red Rocket, though - I wonder if two sticky hops were a good choice with a malty red as it's all a bit heavy and lacking in aroma; the Centennial gets buried.

Missing a bit of magic.

StJamesGate, Dec 17, 2012
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Tall Poppy from 8 Wired Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.