Tall Poppy - 8 Wired Brewing Co.

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very good

29 Reviews
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Reviews: 29
Hads: 62
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 5.12%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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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:
Beer added by: dgilks on 01-24-2011

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
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Reviews: 29 | Hads: 62
Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (1,502 characters)

Photo of Lukie
4.11/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (704 characters)

Photo of ADZA
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (755 characters)

Photo of dgilks
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (401 characters)

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Tall Poppy from 8 Wired Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.