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Fresh Hopwired - 8 Wired Brewing Co.

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88
very good

51 Ratings
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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 9.82%
Wants: 3
Gots: 1 | 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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lisagirl

New Zealand (Aotearoa)

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

05-12-2013 08:01:03 | More by lisagirl
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cadaugherty

Illinois

4/5  rDev +0.8%

05-08-2013 01:43:08 | More by cadaugherty
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endovelico

Portugal

4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2013 21:58:19 | More by endovelico
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mungus

Australia

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

01-31-2013 02:46:19 | More by mungus
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bobhits

Kentucky

3.85/5  rDev -3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2013 11:19:46 | More by bobhits
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TrickkyGangsta

Florida

5/5  rDev +25.9%

01-08-2013 17:18:19 | More by TrickkyGangsta
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mattcrill

Ohio

2.8/5  rDev -29.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2012 00:14:57 | More by mattcrill
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oberon

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2012 21:25:17 | More by oberon
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ElGordo

Oregon

4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty deep orange color with a touch of cloudiness and a finger of bright white head. Aroma of citrusy hops and mildly sweet, bready malt. Palate is well-balanced between lightly sweet malt and assertive, fruity hops, which are lacking in the sharpness of many fresh hop beers. Then Asian, I guess it's been a number of months since this was brewed, so maybe the hops have rounded out quite a bit. Finish is nice and citrusy, with a lingering grapefruit flavor.
Body is full and a touch creamy, very nice for a stronger IPA. I'd say this is a very nice hoppy ale, and is probably phenomenal whe. It's really fresh.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2012 07:07:25 | More by ElGordo
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Yabev15

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

11-26-2012 00:15:09 | More by Yabev15
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beerdrifter

Germany

3.73/5  rDev -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.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2012 16:55:29 | More by beerdrifter
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Chisfinest84

Illinois

4/5  rDev +0.8%

10-30-2012 19:11:47 | More by Chisfinest84
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2012 04:57:35 | More by BEERchitect
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smcolw

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2012 22:13:18 | More by smcolw
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ngeunit1

California

4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2012 03:55:45 | More by ngeunit1
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Dope

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2012 05:33:47 | More by Dope
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AgentMunky

California

4.13/5  rDev +4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2012 04:00:21 | More by AgentMunky
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dgilks

Australia

4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2012 08:32:29 | More by dgilks
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kaelingirl

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

08-10-2012 23:26:36 | More by kaelingirl
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ADZA

Australia

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2012 12:49:27 | More by ADZA
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MAB

Alberta (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-09-2012 20:59:03 | More by MAB
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OBeerMeGreatOne

California

4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a hazy orange with moderate carbonation and small head. Decent lace retention though.

A good mixture of bread and grapefruit start off the smell. It also has an interesting hint of minestrone (?).

Very balanced grapefruit and bready malt to start. Some mineral and earth finish it up well. Very easy going down. Slight pepper spice at the finish.

A great IPA but at a pretty steep price. Won't grab another (unless i get to New Zealand) but am very glad I grabbed at least one.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2012 04:16:32 | More by OBeerMeGreatOne
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2012 19:56:01 | More by dbrauneis
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spicelab

Australia

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2012 10:40:59 | More by spicelab
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CrazyDavros

Australia

4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2012 08:52:22 | More by CrazyDavros
Fresh Hopwired from 8 Wired Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.