Fresh Hopwired - 8 Wired Brewing Co.
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2.8/5 rDev -29.3%
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.
12-20-2012 00:14:57 | More by mattcrill
3.55/5 rDev -10.4%
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.
08-09-2012 20:59:03 | More by MAB
3.73/5 rDev -5.8%
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.
11-17-2012 16:55:29 | More by beerdrifter
3.75/5 rDev -5.3%
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.
07-29-2012 10:40:59 | More by spicelab
3.75/5 rDev -5.3%
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.
08-10-2012 12:49:27 | More by ADZA
3.79/5 rDev -4.3%
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.
06-12-2013 21:23:08 | More by rudzud
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
3.85/5 rDev -2.8%
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.
01-12-2013 11:19:46 | More by bobhits
3.88/5 rDev -2%
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.
06-26-2012 01:02:49 | More by tbeckett
4/5 rDev +1%
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.
08-02-2012 19:56:01 | More by dbrauneis
4/5 rDev +1%
A: Pours a dark, hazy orange with a good sized white head. Fades at a moderate pace, leaving a bit of lacing on the glass.
S: Super fresh and pungent hops. Lots of tropical fruit mainly. Pineapple and mango with lots of resin. Touch of bread.
T: Loaded with resin up front. Resinous throughout in fact. Some tropical fruit up front with some grapefruit, again with the pineapple especially. Not as prominent as in the nose however. Caramel in the middle helps sweeten it up but the resin doesn't give up easily. Finishes smooth and resinous.
M: Lower carbonation with heavy hop oil and an astringent mouthfeel; feels a little heavier than it is.
O: A very nice fresh hop IPA. You can almost feel the hops floating around in the brew. Extremely resinous but just enough caramel and grapefruit and tropical fruit to take the edge off. I enjoyed it quite a bit. Smooth and drinkable for sure.
08-27-2012 05:33:47 | More by Dope
Fresh Hopwired from 8 Wired Brewing Co.
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