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Fresh Hopwired - 8 Wired Brewing Co.

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88
very good

58 Ratings
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Ratings: 58
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 9.62%
Wants: 3
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
8 Wired Brewing Co. visit their website
New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
A fresh (wet hopped) version of our flagship IPA, HopWired. Brewed to the same recipe but with fresh hop cones straight from the vine. Needless to say this is a very limited release.

70 IBU

(Beer added by: tbeckett on 06-26-2012)
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Reviews by DaftCaskBC:
Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.46/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: 1/4" creamy head over murky deep amber liquid.

S: Nelson sauvin gooseberry presence.

T: Gooseberries, limes, grass, lemongrass, pineapple and caramel malt.

M: Medium to thick viscosity and a medium level of carbonation.

O: Better than the original, I like how more Nelson Sauvin hops were used.

DaftCaskBC, Oct 19, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I should have tried the "standard" Hopwired first before the wet hopped version but oh well I didn't.Poured into an imperial nonic a deep amber shade with a well defined one finger white head atop that left a few patches of lace as it settled.A mix of sharp grapefruit and tropical fruit hop aromas with some underlying alcohol and caramel/biscuit,zesty frutiness really stands out nicely.Sharpness from the grapefruit-like hops hit the palate upfront, and it is pretty sharp,melds into juicy overripe tropical fruit and then into sweet alcohol in the finish,close to DIPA status.The hops are pretty fresh tasting so they did well there,a pretty solid offering.

oberon, Dec 13, 2012
Photo of biboergosum
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle. A blend of fresh hops - Motueka and Nelson Sauvin, specifically, and pointedly.

This beer pours a very slightly hazy, more glassy, really, medium golden amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, lumpy, and sticky off-white head, which leaves some layered cumulus cloud lace around the glass as it slowly sinks away.

It smells of musty pineapple, underripe honeydew, aged lemon, zippy lime, and a bit of tropical papaya - ok, it's pleasantly Down Under in its fruitiness, sure, but the wee white pepper, understated bready caramel malt, and hovering pine tips need love too. The taste is more rather fruity hops - a bit of grapefruit pith, murky passion fruit, acrid lime - grainy, almost crackery pale malt, one barely touched by the sugary hand of caramel, some swirling, ethereal white and black pepper dust, a hint of mint leaves, and dewy pine forest floor.

The carbonation is generally quite understated, yet duly supportive all the same, the body a decent medium weight, and actually pretty smooth, given all that hop activity mulling about. It finishes on the sweet side, all the fruitiness and battered pale/caramel malt only tempered so much by the inherent bitterness of it all (life not necessarily included).

A pleasant enough wet hopped version of the base DIPA, one whose provenance I question, given recent experience schlepping both it and the equally classified Super Conductor. Anyway, here the hops are certainly still big and out there, but seem to gain a certain low-key meaty mustiness, one that builds over time, and wasn't there in the original Hopwired. Drinkable, for reals, but maybe fresh ain't all that it's cracked up to be.

biboergosum, Jul 04, 2013
Photo of dowen17
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a murky golden hue. Very minimal head that recedes to a small ring around the glass. Leaves no lacing.

On the nose is big grapefruit and citrus. Earthy hops. Very very fresh smelling. Some malt backbone and honey.

Taste mirrors the nose. Big citrus fruits. Grapefruit, mango and lemon zest. Very fresh. Earthy notes land on the tongue after I swallow. Mild bitterness as well.

Good mouthfeel. Nice carbonation. Medium bodied.

Really good beer. Would definitely drink again. Pick it up if you see it.

dowen17, Oct 18, 2013
Photo of ElGordo
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty deep orange color with a touch of cloudiness and a finger of bright white head. Aroma of citrusy hops and mildly sweet, bready malt. Palate is well-balanced between lightly sweet malt and assertive, fruity hops, which are lacking in the sharpness of many fresh hop beers. Then Asian, I guess it's been a number of months since this was brewed, so maybe the hops have rounded out quite a bit. Finish is nice and citrusy, with a lingering grapefruit flavor.
Body is full and a touch creamy, very nice for a stronger IPA. I'd say this is a very nice hoppy ale, and is probably phenomenal whe. It's really fresh.

ElGordo, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of woodchip
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

woodchip, May 31, 2013
Photo of mjstacker
4/5  rDev +1.3%

mjstacker, Sep 09, 2014
Photo of mikeburd1128
3/5  rDev -24.1%

mikeburd1128, May 12, 2013
Photo of CrazyDavros
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark amber with a lasting head.
Nose shows amazing lychee, passion fruit, nectarine and peach notes with sweet, clean malt underneath along with some faint cookie dough notes.
Some of the fruit transfers through as flavours, but it's more grapefruit than tropical. Some clean malt underneath, but definitely hop-focussed overall.
Carbonation is a little full on, body could be more syrupy.

CrazyDavros, Jul 09, 2012
Photo of Rutager
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a murky orange-amber with a finger of thick cream coloured head.

Smell. Big mango and pineapple, oranges and grapefruit, and plenty of sweet caramel malts.

Taste. Big sweet caramel malts, papaya and pineapple, some sweet orange and grapefruit, a little lemon zest, and just a hint of sweet spices with a lightly bitter and slightly piney finish. Nice.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body and just a little bit sticky with below medium, fairly smooth carbonation.

Overall. Very nice stuff with some interesting hops. I enjoyed it but at over $10 for 500ml I won't be buying it again.

Rutager, Aug 15, 2013
Photo of Kroehny_Loves_Hops
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Kroehny_Loves_Hops, May 01, 2014
Photo of Immortale25
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a dark copper color with a 1/4 inch light tan head that retains a bit before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of sheer surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a thick ring behind on the glass.

S- Has that aroma has just as much of a malty sweetness as it does an earthy hop fume. Reminds me of the rustic IPAs of Mikkeller and BrewDog. Slight alcohol fume and a heavy must.

T- However, the flavor is much smoother than the intense Mikkeller/BrewDog IPAs. Still the same sort of hop taste but more restrained and not as bitter. With this I get some pine and earthy vegetal notes plus some semi-sweet grainy malt. Very easy to drink especially for the medium ABV.

M- Oily and slick with medium-low carbonation and a fullish body.

O- A very unique blend of hop varietals (Nelson Sauvin, Hotueka and I believe Pacific Jade) results in a very unique IPA that smells more intense than it tastes.

Immortale25, Aug 14, 2013
Photo of spicelab
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500mL bottle.

Almost muddy looking orange with about a finger of similarly off-white head that retreats slowly to a raised collar.

Less overtly aromatic than the regular version. A pretty robust caramel, bready malt backbone is at the fore, with soft and rounded notes of cut grass, kiwi fruit, white grapes and honeydew melon. Very approachable.

Signature vegetal Sauvin character is showcased very well via the chewy, oily and full body. Fairly restrained carbonation, mostly noticeable at the front of the palate. Moderate but persistent earthy bitterness on the rear.

Prefer the assertiveness and profile of the regular version, but the meal-in-a-glass characteristics of fresh hops make this ballsier and more satisfying in other ways. Needs a side-by-side comparison.

spicelab, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of CookstLiquor
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650ml bottle. Pours a orangey yellow colour. The nose is exactly what a wet-hopped beer should smell like: mandarin orange, citrus, pine, grapefruit. The taste is equally tantalizing, with notes of cannabis, grapefruit and big, majorly bitter finish. Surprisingly light bodied, but supremely satisfying.

CookstLiquor, Aug 06, 2013
Photo of ShanePB
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

ShanePB, Aug 14, 2013
Photo of beerdrifter
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at my favorite beer store in Belgium, Dranken Geers. Hazy amber-copper pour with huge 3 finger head with great retention and lacing. The nose is a bit subdued from what I was expecting with a wet hopped beer. Very tropical and earthy with hints of grapefruit, pineapple, grass, and melon. The Nelson Sauvin hops are conspicuously almost non-existent. Thankfully they do emerge more in the taste. Herbal and earthy with hints of mango, lychee, green onion, grass, melon, and pine. As it warms, the sweetness of the malt opens up and offers a decent amount of balance. The mouthfeel is oily and slightly chewy with a dry, bitter finish. Surprisingly, I prefer the regular Hopwired to this, but still a solid offering from New Zealand.

beerdrifter, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of dbrauneis
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a mostly clear (just very slightly hazy) dark golden orange to dark copper in color with some moderate amounts of visible carbonation that tapers off through the drinking of this beer. The beer has a half finger tall beige head that quickly reduces to a patch of thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer, a small thick patch, and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of tropical fruit hops and grassy hops. The tropical fruits that I detect are passionfruit, lychee, white grape, honeydew melon, and peach.

T: There is a light underlying flavor of sweet caramel malts but the dominant flavors in this beer are the tropical fruit hops - passionfruit, lychee, and peach - and the grassy fresh hop taste. Moderate amounts of bitterness but not overly aggressive, lingers slightly.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Chewy and slightly oily.

O: Very approachable, this beer has a wonderfully enticing aroma that makes me want to try it immediately when opened. I like the bright tropical fruit hop flavors and you can taste the fresh hops that were added as well. Enjoyable and pretty easy to drink, I'm looking forward to trying the regular version in the next couple of days and comparing them.

dbrauneis, Aug 02, 2012
Photo of foremdhall
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

foremdhall, Jun 27, 2014
Photo of Mstahl22
3.4/5  rDev -13.9%

Mstahl22, Sep 03, 2014
Photo of smcolw
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Decent head that leaves layers of lace after each sip. The liquid is cloudy with a dark gold-amber color.

Pleasant neutral hop aroma. Some pine, some grapefruit.

Smooth, strong hop presence like a good IPA. Classic pale malt start with a powerful hop blast when swallowing. The aftertaste features the high pepper of hop and alcohol warmth. Full "round" body with a below average carbonation level.

smcolw, Oct 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

cadaugherty, May 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

metsfan1, Aug 02, 2014
Photo of Chisfinest84
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Chisfinest84, Oct 30, 2012
Photo of kguard
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very cloudy golden, amber brew. White large bubble head that disappears fairly quickly.
The wet hops kind of mellowes the anticipated hoppiness. Some citrus fruit and lime leaves with a carameled malt. Almost DIPA.
Taste is leaning towards a DIPA as well. Very smooth citrus like lime flavor. Brown sugar. The wet hops dulls the bitterness. Alcohol is only present after it warms.
I would certainly pick this up again. Would like to compare to the standard version.

kguard, Oct 29, 2013
Photo of BEERchitect
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Just as the apex of hop varieties are fully exposed with the typical American citrusy-bitter and drippy tropical character; and our palates are lulled to sleep by the mundane and excellence of American IPAs, it's easy to dismiss great beers as common. But then there comes something like this beer that challenges the notions of what IPAs can be- not unlike how those American IPAs rocked the foundation of the more traditional English versions.

But unlike many of the known IPAs, Fresh Hopwired pours with a deep amber hue that speaks to red ales and amber ales more so than pales. Despite its richer-than-usual color, the beer builds a dense blanket of eggshell white foam that retains the session remarkably and laces with speckled patterns on the glass.

Very un-IPA-like aromas abound, but in the most wonderful scent. Fruit punch, wine, dried lemons-limes, gin, sassafras, raspberry, figs, prunes, and dates are more a testament to the prevalent hop character, but does rein in the esters from yeast and the toffeeish character of malt. The concentrated scent of fruit puree does something truly special for the nose of this beer.

Much of the wonderment of the beer's aroma is lost in taste. As the balance shifts heavy toward malt, the taste relies on toffee malts, starch, buttery toast, and pecan; and prevents the hoppy notes from shining the way the nose suggested. Instead, the woody, winey, fruity flavors meet the taste of malt but never command the balance in the way that proper IPAs do. But with clean fermentation and a straight forward hop-and-malt dialogue, there's something about the beer that works in the style parameters.

Not only is the beer rich in taste, it's also rich in texture. Its medium-full mouthfeel is the result of heavy starch and residual malt sweetness that lingers on the front and middle palate and burdens the beer's procession to quick dryness like many American west coast varieties do. But a late fade to semi-dry character allows the bitterness and alcohol to signal closure- if ever so slightly.

Fresh HopWired is a fascinating taste that explores well the hop varieties of the winey Nelson Sauvin hops and the lemony Motueka hops. Their culmination leads to a very challenging and satisfying session. But the malts interfere way too much. The beer needs a drier taste and crisper body in order to let the celebration of these new and inquisitive hops to be better explored.

BEERchitect, Oct 16, 2012
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Fresh Hopwired from 8 Wired Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.