Tall Poppy - 8 Wired Brewing Co.
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4.47/5 rDev +14%
Purchased for me by @epiclurk and cracked open with @tobeerornottobe and @LaitueGonflable.
Genuinely gorgeous colour, a true deep ruby-hued red, almost like a deeply coloured rosé, with a full if large-bubbled head of beige foam. Some sticky lacing, and a really nice heavy body, which gives it a thickness and some sticky carbonation when swirled. Looks very nice indeed--a great look for a beer.
Nose is very heavily hopped, but with a sly subtlety to it, almost giving a twinge of aniseed and dry undergrowth. In some respects, it smells like a very freshly hopped beer that has got a little old, even though I know this bottle is fresh. Certainly some spicy richer characters; not just the prevalent sharp freshness of clean dry hopping. It's still very nice nonetheless.
Taste is--oh my god--just wonderful. Here, the slightly subdued hoppiness shows it full colours. Here, we have a brilliantly balanced beer. Here, we pull out all the stops to showcase the brilliance of the American Red Ale style (or as they prefer to call it an India Red Ale; an apt title). Lovely malt characters balance with the light fresh bitterness to give a subtle balance and a nutty finish that gives the classic hoppy red ale character. Just lovely.
Feel is just a little too thin--for a red ale, I'd really love some extra thickness, but it still does a good job.
A really, really lovely brew. A brilliant example of the style, and genuinely as good as some of the top American examples I've tried. Delicious.
02-22-2011 09:36:42 | More by lacqueredmouse
4.45/5 rDev +13.5%
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.
09-30-2013 07:12:39 | More by safaricook
British Columbia (Canada)
4.4/5 rDev +12.2%
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.
08-08-2012 23:32:47 | More by CookstLiquor
4.2/5 rDev +7.1%
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!
09-01-2012 19:57:52 | More by beerdrifter
4.15/5 rDev +5.9%
Poured out a deep red mahogany with a solid inch head, which dissipitated slowly into a firm top. The lacing clung to the glass the whole way down.
Sweet stone fruits give way to big pine characters. Hints of bark and floral pot-purrie. The fruity characters were a bit underwhelmed by the big bold resins.
A nice malty front on the pallate gives hints of caramel, toasty, nutty flavours, and it all gives way to a fruity hoppiness that finishes with that pine and bark notes.
It's not as big in the essence of biting into a piece of tree like some American Red Ales are, but is a bit more balanced then that, with more flavours coming through. A very good and impressive ARA, a style we need more of.
02-14-2011 02:21:18 | More by Lukie
British Columbia (Canada)
4.11/5 rDev +4.8%
Another top notch NZ beer that is as hoppy as any PNW red ale with with a big mouthfeel and a rounded malt base that really works with the style. I love red ales and this is on the bigger side almost an imperial but the mouthfeel is balanced out this ABV. I am really enjoying NZ beers and I must say that 8 wired is on top of my list along with Epic.
05-21-2013 03:33:53 | More by canucklehead
4.1/5 rDev +4.6%
Dark red colour with a small light tan head. Average head retention.
Rich, resinous pine and mild stone fruit dominate in a big hop wallop supported by notes of caramel malt.
Really tasty, thick, juicy hops with moderately firm bitterness and a clear sweet malt profile.
Medium body with moderate carbonation. Nice.
A great tasty American Red Ale with lots of flavour and packed with hops.
01-24-2011 09:54:03 | More by dgilks
4.09/5 rDev +4.3%
Another bottle from BrewDog edinburgh. A red IPA that is heavily dry-hopped from my gathering. Poured a deep red ruby brown. With a slight tannish head with pretty good lacing and whispy film that stuck around till the end.
Smell is nicely bitter with a lot of hop earthy presence. Mild roasty malt comes through with a lot of dried fruit, raisin, cherry, cranberry. Earthy and maybe also a bit nutty.
Taste has dried cherry sweetness, with a firm toasty earthy bitterness, some honey, roast malt, and a dry slick hop feel to it, with a balanced resin-ey finish, mildly nutty and warming. Very full bodied IPA in terms of the malts and hops but balanced really nicely to be satisfying and easily drinkable. A winner in multiple terms, feel has some moderate carbonation but definitely let the hops come forward but not over-dominate this beer, nicely well balanced. Only suggestion might be to firm up some of the complex citrus notes, which get lost a bit, but otherwise an excellent beer that is quite enjoyable.
06-02-2013 08:58:02 | More by mick303
4.03/5 rDev +2.8%
Pours a murky Hellish red with beautifully dense, but thinnish, beige head. Retains really nicely and leaves some cracking dense lace. Looks yeah, uh... cracking.
Smells quite hoppy, really, but with a good toffee malt base. Plenty of burnt sugar and treacle and a great hop hit cutting through with strong citrus and pine notes and a touch of peppery spice. Slight brandy kick to it as well. Cracking bloody nose.
Taste is pretty nice; not quite up to the standard of the nose. Pleasant, almost grainy - but heavy - malt on the front. A touch of English toffee and brown sugar that then gets slightly citric but without a huge hop hit; touch of pine resin and oak and leaves with a nice fruit rind bitterness. Rounded out with a slight lemongrass and white pepper aftertaste, this is a pleasant beer, absolutely. Not quite cracking, though.
A bit thin at first but gathers viscosity towards the back. Still not enough; feels a bit lacking. Rather than cracking.
Overall it's quite a cracking beer though; complex and full-flavoured with a really nice spicy fruity edge to it. Good job.
03-09-2011 10:29:44 | More by laituegonflable
4/5 rDev +2%
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.
07-11-2011 00:42:46 | More by mikesgroove
4/5 rDev +2%
Got this one at Carwyn Cellars in Thornbury, shared with a mate and poured into a pint glass.
A- Pours a light brown with a reddish tinge, or amber if you are so inclined. about an inch of head that slowly subsides to a thin film, looks pretty darn good.
S- hoppy straight up, a touch citrusy and fruity, some sweeter malts in there, pretty good.
T- some sweeter malts up front, but then the hops kick in, citrus, pine and some fruitiness i cant put my finger on. nicely done.
M- mid bodied, a nice bitterness sets some salivation in motion, and the finish is dry. pretty good length of feel and flavour too.
O- this is a really solid beer, i could easily sit down and have a couple and thoroughly enjoy myself. well rounded and good.
12-07-2011 13:17:59 | More by shambeano
4/5 rDev +2%
A: looks like a barleywine. Dark red, good head, lots of detailed little lacing.
S: mango bread, stonefruit, overripe fruit, ethanol, pine, sweet. Sweet creamy bubblegum peaches.
T: leafy hops, pine, green tea. Somewhat bitter. Breadiness from the malt, but it's more a vehicle for the hops.
M: Despite being red and similar ABV to Arrogant Bastard (and Cap'n Sig's NW Ale), this is a different beast. It's dry and thin in the mouth. Much lower gravity and IBU imo.
O: A good Red IPA from our Kiwi friends. The alcohol could be a bit more concealed in the aroma and the beer a bit more luscious on the whole, but it's an enjoyable effort all round.
07-13-2011 15:57:36 | More by danieelol
3.98/5 rDev +1.5%
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.
05-27-2011 09:35:17 | More by juju7
Tall Poppy from 8 Wired Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.