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Fresh Hopwired - 8 Wired Brewing Co.

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88
very good

62 Ratings
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Ratings: 62
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 9.62%
Wants: 4
Gots: 4 | 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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Photo of mattcrill
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.

Photo of mikeburd1128
3/5  rDev -24.1%

Photo of woodchip
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

Photo of ShanePB
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

Photo of kaelingirl
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

Photo of Mstahl22
3.4/5  rDev -13.9%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of cletusdog
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of bootdown21
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of Yabev15
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of MAB
3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'm only giving this brew a slightly better than average rating but it was rather enjoyable.

There was nothing outstanding in the standard qualities, although the mouthfeel was darned nice due to the lower carbonation and the higher alcohol content.

The hop flavors were foreign to me. I detected a sourness and then a very grassy hop aftertaste. It grew on me eventually but, although bitter, it wasn't my kind of bitter.

Worth a shot to try it, if you haven't had it before.

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.

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.

Photo of foremdhall
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Adamostella
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Slatetank
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of ADZA
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy amber hue with a creamy three finger head and lacing everywhere and to be honest looks nice,the smell is honeydew,kiwifruit,marzipan and herbal sticky hops,the mouthfeel is medium bodied and a tad syrupy with tastes of gooseberries,kiwifruit,blackberries,caramel candy and finished with a grassy herbal bitterness and overall its nice enough and easy to drink and dont have the original Hopwired to compare it to but other than that id drink it again.

Photo of Chucker17
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Lallsballs77
3.76/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of rudzud
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.

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.

Photo of bobhits
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.

Photo of tbeckett
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Blackhearts and Sparrows. From notes.

A - Poured bright with a copper sorta colour. Two fingers of off white head on top with good carbonation leaving great lace and a film of retention.

S - Juicy tropical fruits. Resins of super fresh hop oils. Really grassy as well.

T - Slightly different from the aroma. Fruit, grass, pure hops. The super fresh sorta straight hop note is there again.

M - Decent bitterness but not too much. Medium carbonation and body.

O/D - A little different to interpret. Interesting to try that super fresh pure hop element. Nice, fresh and tasty with a cool flavour. A tad bit one dimensional, otherwise a cool take on the wet hop thing.

Photo of mjstacker
4/5  rDev +1.3%

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.

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Fresh Hopwired from 8 Wired Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.