Fresh Hopwired - 8 Wired Brewing Co.
Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
Ratings: 56 | Reviews: 30 | Display Reviews Only:
4.03/5 rDev +1.8%
Just as the apex of hop varieties are fully exposed with the typical American citrusy-bitter and drippy tropical character; and our palates are lulled to sleep by the mundane and excellence of American IPAs, it's easy to dismiss great beers as common. But then there comes something like this beer that challenges the notions of what IPAs can be- not unlike how those American IPAs rocked the foundation of the more traditional English versions.
But unlike many of the known IPAs, Fresh Hopwired pours with a deep amber hue that speaks to red ales and amber ales more so than pales. Despite its richer-than-usual color, the beer builds a dense blanket of eggshell white foam that retains the session remarkably and laces with speckled patterns on the glass.
Very un-IPA-like aromas abound, but in the most wonderful scent. Fruit punch, wine, dried lemons-limes, gin, sassafras, raspberry, figs, prunes, and dates are more a testament to the prevalent hop character, but does rein in the esters from yeast and the toffeeish character of malt. The concentrated scent of fruit puree does something truly special for the nose of this beer.
Much of the wonderment of the beer's aroma is lost in taste. As the balance shifts heavy toward malt, the taste relies on toffee malts, starch, buttery toast, and pecan; and prevents the hoppy notes from shining the way the nose suggested. Instead, the woody, winey, fruity flavors meet the taste of malt but never command the balance in the way that proper IPAs do. But with clean fermentation and a straight forward hop-and-malt dialogue, there's something about the beer that works in the style parameters.
Not only is the beer rich in taste, it's also rich in texture. Its medium-full mouthfeel is the result of heavy starch and residual malt sweetness that lingers on the front and middle palate and burdens the beer's procession to quick dryness like many American west coast varieties do. But a late fade to semi-dry character allows the bitterness and alcohol to signal closure- if ever so slightly.
Fresh HopWired is a fascinating taste that explores well the hop varieties of the winey Nelson Sauvin hops and the lemony Motueka hops. Their culmination leads to a very challenging and satisfying session. But the malts interfere way too much. The beer needs a drier taste and crisper body in order to let the celebration of these new and inquisitive hops to be better explored.
10-16-2012 04:57:35 | More by BEERchitect
4.1/5 rDev +3.5%
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.
12-13-2012 21:25:17 | More by oberon
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
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
4.33/5 rDev +9.3%
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.
10-14-2012 22:13:18 | More by smcolw
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
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
4.13/5 rDev +4.3%
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
06-19-2013 05:02:05 | More by wordemupg
4.23/5 rDev +6.8%
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.
08-14-2012 08:32:29 | More by dgilks
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
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
4.2/5 rDev +6.1%
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.
07-09-2012 08:52:22 | More by CrazyDavros
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
4.13/5 rDev +4.3%
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.
08-24-2012 04:00:21 | More by AgentMunky
4.23/5 rDev +6.8%
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.
09-05-2012 03:55:45 | More by ngeunit1
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
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)
4.1/5 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
Fresh Hopwired from 8 Wired Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.