Fresh Hopwired - 8 Wired Brewing Co.
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4.1/5 rDev +3.5%
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.
05-18-2014 19:06:30 | More by StonedTrippin
4.09/5 rDev +3.3%
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.
10-29-2013 04:14:56 | More by kguard
British Columbia (Canada)
4.46/5 rDev +12.6%
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.
10-19-2013 22:20:51 | More by DaftCaskBC
4.33/5 rDev +9.3%
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.
10-18-2013 21:08:13 | More by dowen17
4.04/5 rDev +2%
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.
10-12-2013 02:34:08 | More by lacqueredmouse
British Columbia (Canada)
4.1/5 rDev +3.5%
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.
08-15-2013 01:41:35 | More by Rutager
4.05/5 rDev +2.3%
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.
08-14-2013 04:51:55 | More by Immortale25
British Columbia (Canada)
4.03/5 rDev +1.8%
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.
08-06-2013 22:05:19 | More by CookstLiquor
3.83/5 rDev -3.3%
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.
07-04-2013 04:46:59 | More by biboergosum
Fresh Hopwired from 8 Wired Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.