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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 ShanePB
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

Photo of Immortale25
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of CookstLiquor
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650ml bottle. Pours a orangey yellow colour. The nose is exactly what a wet-hopped beer should smell like: mandarin orange, citrus, pine, grapefruit. The taste is equally tantalizing, with notes of cannabis, grapefruit and big, majorly bitter finish. Surprisingly light bodied, but supremely satisfying.

Photo of rodrigueZflyingf0x
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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 IanSpindler
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of Kmat10
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of wordemupg
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

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 woodchip
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

Photo of mikeburd1128
3/5  rDev -24.1%

Photo of lisagirl
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of cadaugherty
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of endovelico
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Photo of mungus
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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 TrickkyGangsta
5/5  rDev +26.6%

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 oberon
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Photo of ElGordo
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of Yabev15
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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 Chisfinest84
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.03/5  rDev +2%
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.

Photo of smcolw
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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