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Fresh Hopwired - 8 Wired Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 9.62%
Wants: 5
Gots: 5 | 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:
Beer added by: tbeckett on 06-26-2012

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
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Ratings: 63 | Reviews: 30
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5/5  rDev +26.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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.

Photo of Durfewur
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of endovelico
4.39/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Photo of dowen17
4.31/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Photo of smcolw
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of cuvtcuv
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CrazyDavros
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very hazy golden-orange color with a finger of frothy off-white head. The head fades down fairly quickly leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of grapefruit, pineapple, mango, and other tropical and earthy hops with some sweet caramel and bready malts.

T - Starts off with a mix of grapefruit, mango, and tropical hops with some bitterness and some sweet caramel malts. Through the middle, some earthy and lightly spicy hops come through with some more bitterness and some biscuity malts. The finish is a mix of tropical and earthy hops with some bitterness and some sweet lightly bready malts.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry and bitter finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice fresh hop profile with good bitterness and balance.

Photo of dgilks
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy amber colour with a creamy offwhite head. Nice head retention.

Sweet and fresh hop aroma. Grapefruit and orange. Quite nice.

Sweet and moderately bitter. Fruity tropical and citrus hops. Nice lychee notes. No off notes.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Somewhat silky.

A delightful beer. Hoppy and flavourful yet just balanced so the bitterness doesn't dominate.

Photo of AgentMunky
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a half-litre bottle into an Allagash cervoise glass.

A: Two fingers of head, with some effervescence. Cloudy auburn, but very lightly transparent. Pretty.

S: Big and juicy. With a heavy malt presence, it actually smells sort of like a double IPA. Grapefruit rind. Not much tropical fruit I've come to associate with Nelson Sauvin (perhaps it's the mysterious Motueka?).

T: Interesting! Resiny and strong, again I'm reminded of maybe Hoptimum or 90 Minute. On the maintaste, after the citrus peel comes a fruity splash that's welcome, but overshadowed by an intense bitterness. The aftertaste is less bitter than the maintaste, with a touch of lingering maltiness.

M: Competent, full-bodied, and pleasant. Not very remarkable.

O: Great IPA, very drinkable, compelling, but very different from the NZ beers I'm used to. 8 Wired is an exceptional brewery, and this beer lives up to their reputation.

Photo of oberon
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Photo of wordemupg
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
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

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.11/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

so cool this one, a blend of two different wet hop single hopped idea pales, fresh new zealand hops, sign me up! its a little past is probably freshest state unfortunately, but i can't imagine this has ceded too much, its still so potent and juicy. darker copper color, surprised its got as deep a shade as it does. nice sudsy white lace head too. the nose is sticky fresh hops, reminds me of fall in the states here with all our wet hop brews, cool to get it in a different season. i smell the nelson hops straight away, with their cantaloupe and white grape essence, and some woody bitterness too, almost like some centennial hopped beers I've had, rather robust. the flavor is the same, most of the hop flavor is now unfortunately in the finish, less of a dynamic experience than it likely was when it was super fresh, but the unkilned hops are obvious, full of their essential oils and resins that make these beers unique. i like all the body too, its more dense than others, requires slightly slower drinking and therefore contemplation. i think its a very well done, i would love to have it on tap at the brewery someday, but this is as close as we can get to these this time of year. the nz hop varietals are so great, and this is a lovely showcase of their full potential. definitely worth it if you can find it.

Photo of Rutager
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Photo of kguard
4.07/5  rDev +3%
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.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.07/5  rDev +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.

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Fresh Hopwired from 8 Wired Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.