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Fresh Hopwired - 8 Wired Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

43 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 43
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.38%


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 dowen17:
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dowen17

Alabama

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2013 21:08:13 | More by dowen17
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bootdown21

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

11-07-2013 01:10:46 | More by bootdown21
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kguard

Iowa

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2013 04:14:56 | More by kguard
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DaftCaskBC

British Columbia (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2013 22:20:51 | More by DaftCaskBC
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500ml brown bottle purchased from Oak Barrel in Sydney. <gulp!> they mention 2012 on the label, which I didn't notice until now—this may well be past its prime (unless they just didn't change their labels this year).

Pours a slightly haze, pale orange colour, with a very fine and pretty persistent head of almost-white. Lace forms in decent streaks with some patches. Body looks fluid, but solid, and holds very fine carbonation in streams. Looks good.

Nose: aw, hell yes and then some. I was afraid this would have lost something, but if it has, this must be absolutely mind-blowing fresh (I can believe that). Big sharp fruity citrus characters, mandarin, lemon, crisp greener characters like lime leaf. Everything is bright and crisp. There's a very neutral base underneath which is everything it needs and nothing it doesn't: it allows the hops to be in the limelight. Gorgeous.

Taste is solid, but not nearly reaching the peaks of the nose. Clean entry with a smooth, slightly silky malt character providing enough of a basis, before a pronounced but also relatively neutral hop bitterness slides through the centre of the palate. It brings some pine and a little pithy orange, and is pretty clean all up. Feel is very nice: smooth and clean, but providing that basis for the hops.

Overall, cracking stuff. If this really is the best part of a couple of years old, then I'm in awe of someone, or perhaps everyone in the supply chain. This would still be a great IPA if someone told me it was brewed yesterday: the hop aromas are blissful. For the next vintage, I'll make sure I get it as fresh as possible.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2013 02:34:08 | More by lacqueredmouse
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2013 01:41:35 | More by Rutager
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

08-14-2013 14:56:07 | More by ShanePB
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Immortale25

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2013 04:51:55 | More by Immortale25
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CookstLiquor

British Columbia (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2013 22:05:19 | More by CookstLiquor
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rodrigueZflyingf0x

British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

07-08-2013 01:58:36 | More by rodrigueZflyingf0x
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 04:46:59 | More by biboergosum
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IanSpindler

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

07-03-2013 01:12:46 | More by IanSpindler
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Kmat10

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

06-28-2013 03:44:53 | More by Kmat10
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into tulip 18/6/13

A hazed dark amber not many visible bubbles but a solid two finger head that slowly falls to a thin film leaving a couple random patches of lace

S melon, passion fruit, pineapple, some lemon and lime, grapefruit, quite fruity and tropical, just a little caramel and faint pine, I'm liking the noes

T maybe just a little more pine and I'm getting more citric rind opposed to the flesh I was smelling, a little different but equally as good

M medium bodied low carbonation, a nice bitter bite and a lingering tropical rind finish, just a little grit after the fact

O another solid brew from 8 Wired, no booze at any point in a 7.3% IPA and I like the tropical notes, my glass is empty at this point in the review

I've been digging the Kiwi IPA's lately and this is no exception, some balance but not much and that suits me just fine, I love what I can buy in Alberta

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2013 05:02:05 | More by wordemupg
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rudzud

Massachusetts

3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

A - Poured a nice slightly hazy orange hue with nice one finger white head that slowly faded to leave a thin blanket.

S - Aroma is alot more malty than I was expecting unfortunately. Caramel, lots of floral/fragrant hops.

T - Taste is much better than the nose. Not nearly as sweet or malty, good hop characters albeit rather generic. That being said this works very nicely with the malt profile. Solid.

M - Mouthfeel is pretty damn good. Drinks much lower, alcohol is hidden nicely. Bright carbonation.

O - Overall, a solid IPA. Glad to try this at the fest, as I typically will not buy an IPA brewed outside of America due to freshness.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2013 21:23:08 | More by rudzud
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woodchip

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

05-31-2013 00:16:21 | More by woodchip
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mikeburd1128

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -24.1%

05-12-2013 17:37:39 | More by mikeburd1128
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lisagirl

New Zealand (Aotearoa)

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

05-12-2013 08:01:03 | More by lisagirl
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cadaugherty

Illinois

4/5  rDev +1.3%

05-08-2013 01:43:08 | More by cadaugherty
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endovelico

Portugal

4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Murky brown. Huge pillowy off-white head that slowly deflates. Very good retention and lacing. High perceived effervescence.

Aroma: Medium to medium high in intensity. Malty, leaning towards a toffee-ish, butterscotch profile with strong notes of mint, tropical fruit and wet hay.

Taste: Medium to medium high intensity. Follows up on the nose but the aromatic profile seems to work even better at the tongue. Minty, rustic, and tropical fruit notes make up the profile.

Palate: Medium full to full bodied. Medium bitterness (surprisingly low). Medium low carbonation. Finishes sweet-ish.

Overall: Great brew, even if lacking in complexity. The bitterness was a bit tame but i did factor in the bottle age in my scoring (As this exemplar wasn't the freshest). Anyway, great use of hops and great balance achieved between the hops, malt and alcohol.

Cliff notes: Fruity, Citrusy, Herbaceous, Minty, Nutty.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2013 21:58:19 | More by endovelico
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mungus

Australia

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

01-31-2013 02:46:19 | More by mungus
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bobhits

Kentucky

3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fresh is better!

Pours a wonderful slightly hazy orange body with a half inch to an inch of creamy off white head.

Passion fruit and caramel malt are front and center in the nose with orange, hints of rinds, and just a nice citrus finish all around taking things from there. I definitely get less passion fruit and more balance in this one.

I'm not sure what was in the Hopwire as far as hops go, but this one seems a bit more complex. I believe the blend of two hops really has helped make this from a unique experience to a rather tasty brew worth seeking out vs just one try to see something new.

7.3% seems about right for this one. This feels like a double IPA without the alcohol that they often bring out. Very enjoyable but doesn't beg one to rush to finish and at 10 bucks a bottle I'm ok with giving this one some time.

Definitely a nice IPA and certainly a showcase of New Zealand brewing. I've been a big fan of everything I've had from these guys and can't wait to see what else makes it to this hemisphere.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2013 11:19:46 | More by bobhits
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TrickkyGangsta

Florida

5/5  rDev +26.6%

01-08-2013 17:18:19 | More by TrickkyGangsta
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mattcrill

Ohio

2.8/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Aroma: Perfumey and flowery hop resins up front. Slight caramel sweetness. A slight solvent character which makes it seem bigger than stated ABV.

Appearance: Cloudy deep amber pour with a low white cap.

Flavor: Mild malt character with some earthy hop flavors. A slight sweet bread character develops. Biting hop bitterness mid to back of the palate. Balance is slightly to the bitter. Finish is lingering and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium low carbonation. A slight astringency noted. No alcohol heat.

Overall impression: I was looking for more hop aroma and flavor and never found it. Maybe better as an American Amber.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2012 00:14:57 | More by mattcrill
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oberon

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2012 21:25:17 | More by oberon
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Fresh Hopwired from 8 Wired Brewing Co.
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