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Fresh Hopwired - 8 Wired Brewing Co.

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30 Reviews
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Reviews: 30
Hads: 71
Avg: 3.97
pDev: 14.61%
Wants: 5
Gots: 5 | 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:
Beer added by: tbeckett on 06-26-2012

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
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Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
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.

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Photo of spicelab
3.77/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of tbeckett
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Fresh Hopwired from 8 Wired Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.