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Tall Poppy - 8 Wired Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

50 Ratings
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Ratings: 50
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 8.7%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | 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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Jslay013

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -23.3%

02-26-2014 22:01:56 | More by Jslay013
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.13/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle from Beer Deluxe.

A - Really hazy dark red/brown. Good carbonation. One finger of fluffy beige head. Decent spatterings of lace and a film of retention.

S - Lot's of tropical fruit hops and a rich malty backbone. Caramel, pineapple, fresh fruit juices and fresh hops.

T - Malty but not caramelly. Quite bready. Fair bit of maltiness and that hop bite mixing together. Sharp hoppiness like the label reads. Almost too sharp. Doesn't seem to blend properly. An off yeasty/dank hop flavour shows through as well.

M - A rough bitterness with decent carbonation and a medium to full body.

O/D - A bit of a letdown. Nothing to write home about and a few too many off flavours for my liking. Too bad, I had fairly high expectations.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2012 10:09:33 | More by tbeckett
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lisagirl

New Zealand (Aotearoa)

3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

05-12-2013 08:01:18 | More by lisagirl
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rudzud

Massachusetts

3.41/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Recently stumbled across my notes from The Festival 2012. Lets do this!

A - Poured a crystal clear ruby hue with a nice one finger head that fades to leave a thin quarter inch blanket.

S - Aromas of citrus (orange, grapefruit), light caramel notes.

T - Taste isnt bad. More of the nose with light citrus, more grapefruit, a touch more caramel malts than I was expecting. Lends to a rather odd iced tea type flavour here. Not a huge fan.

M - Mouthfeel is fairly solid. Nice carbonation helps keep this up off the tongue.

O - Overall, not a bad brew just something going on with this taste. Weird hop/fruit/malt mix here and some booze gives this a rather odd taste and even more unpleasant after taste.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2013 21:16:22 | More by rudzud
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ktrillionaire

Florida

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2011 20:47:23 | More by ktrillionaire
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peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

3.49/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Deep red colour, 2 fingers of fluffy off white head, lots of lace here as well. Smell is of juicy citrus fruit and dank pine, quite hoppy up front giving way to some sweeter malts, caramel and toffee, a bit of an american barleywine like quality with a bit more tropical fruit. Taste is fairly bitter, malty followed by dank flavours, juicy hops, citrusy aftertaste, a bit sweet and overly malty. Excess carbonation, medium body and a bit oily, carbonation way too distracting. Average stuff and way too carbonated, the second bottle on a different day was better than the one reviewed but not by much.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2013 13:33:13 | More by peensteen
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Gasc0igne

Australia

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

02-25-2014 06:36:51 | More by Gasc0igne
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jpd7374

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

04-24-2014 13:02:09 | More by jpd7374
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MasterSki

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to maneliquor for the hookup. Always nice to try New Zealand beers relatively fresh - think this was supposedly under a month old. Served in a FoBAB taster pint glass.

A - A finger-plus of light tan-tinged foam settles to a thin cap, leaving behind some splotches of lace. Lightly hazed amber-red body.

S - Lemon and grapefruit hop character, along with some herbal and pine notes. Hops definitely smell more like New Zealand than the US, but that's not unexpected. Malt-forward toffee backdrop emerges as it warms up, keeping this in true red ale territory.

T - Medium-high hop bitterness, a blend of orange and grapefruit citrus sweetness, mixed with a bread and toffee malt backdrop.

M - Sticky, resinous medium-bodied. Dry finish, lower carbonation that seems a bit out of character for the style.

D - It's missing the aromatic character of Tocobaga or Nugget Nectar, although it's hard to tell if that's due to age or the actual recipe. I'd certainly have this again if I ever get to New Zealand or Australia, but I don't think it'd be a good candidate for export to the US (as Hopwired sort of proved).

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2011 19:08:02 | More by MasterSki
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2012 01:42:27 | More by Sammy
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Vanz

Australia

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

03-06-2014 14:09:05 | More by Vanz
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Liquoric3

Germany

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

04-09-2013 21:53:19 | More by Liquoric3
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MichaelDrew

Japan

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

02-12-2014 23:12:36 | More by MichaelDrew
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Mattias

Sweden

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

02-16-2013 22:26:17 | More by Mattias
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shigg85

Japan

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

06-08-2014 11:57:25 | More by shigg85
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afsdan

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

07-22-2014 23:25:57 | More by afsdan
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benjaminkhlaw

Hong Kong

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

03-29-2014 17:23:50 | More by benjaminkhlaw
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2013 01:12:21 | More by Phyl21ca
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StJamesGate

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2012 18:45:44 | More by StJamesGate
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2012 01:37:28 | More by biboergosum
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GONZALOYANNA

Spain

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2012 18:07:14 | More by GONZALOYANNA
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CrazyDavros

Australia

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!

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2011 09:06:39 | More by CrazyDavros
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into tulip 12/6/12

A clear ruby with very little visible carbonation but a dark tan thumbs width of foam that hangs around for a minuet and leaves some random lace

S citric and floral hops, some tropical notes with lots of toffee and some rye bread and a little iced tea

T not far from the smell but with more pine and more iced tea, the hops are earthy compared to the nose, booze is well hidden and just a little rind and lots of caramel

M a little bitter and a sweet piney rind finish, slightly sticky and medium bodied

O good but not great, a little malty with the hops trying to catch up, not sure where the iced tea flavor comes from but it doesn't hurt the cause

pretty easy to drink for the strength, I'd never guess 7% but you feel the booze more then anything. Interesting beer that's worth a try but at over 8$ for a half liter I might buy their IPA before this again

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2012 03:09:16 | More by wordemupg
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ADZA

Australia

3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew pours a nice red/mahogany hue with decent carbonation that leaves behind a fast vanishing one finger head and little lacing,the smell is very sweet with aromas of honeysuckle,passionfruit,honeydew and a tinge of fresh piney hops,it has a medium bodied mouthfeel which feels a tad sticky and is averagely carbonated and has tastes of tangerine,mandarin,orange zest,grapefruit and ends with a sweet lime/chilli finish and overall i could drink alot of this i mean its not the best red ale ive ever had but it does have its defying moments that makes it different and with a few twitches i think this brewery could perfect it as i am a massive fan of this brew's big brother Hopwired IPA and look forward to trying more new brews from this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2011 06:53:14 | More by ADZA
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spicelab

Australia

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2011 07:54:52 | More by spicelab
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Tall Poppy from 8 Wired Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.