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Super Conductor - 8 Wired Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
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84 Ratings
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Ratings: 84
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 7.77%
Wants: 13
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
8 Wired Brewing Co. visit their website
New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.88% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Brad007 on 12-02-2012

Bone dry and ultra hoppy Double IPA. Brewed with 80% more hops than our already extremely hoppy HopWired IPA.

90 IBU
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Photo of mistersifter86
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500mL bottle - best before 17th September 2015. Poured into a Teku glass.

A(4): Pours a hazy orange with bubbly one finger head. Nice retention.
S(4.5): Extremely well balanced between the malt and hops. Fruity hop notes but also a nice malt sweetness. Passionfruit, grapefruit - yeah this is tremendous.
T (3.75): Whoa, nice and bitter. 90 IBUs? I'd definitely believe it. Bitterness really lingers on the palate - the lasting effect is profound. I would usually have three fairly quick sips to judge the taste and mouthfeel, but it was go slow with this one. On to the elephant in the room - where on earth have the malts gone? The balanced smell is lost on the taste - there is no sweet maltiness to compliment the hops. A tad disappointing.
M(4): Nedium body, the hop bitterness gives leaves an oily complexion on the tounge. Light carbonation, nothing over the top.
O(4): Appearance and smell were spectacular, however it is just a bit too imbalanced for my liking. I generally prefer a DIPA on the maltier end of the spectrum. Whilst doing what it says on the bottle (intense bitterness), it's not the superstar I was expecting.

I tried/reviewed Epic Hop Zombie 24 hours earlier, and although this wins in the hops department, Hop Zombie was the better brew for me.

Photo of doktorhops
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Now here’s one to really get excited about: 8 Wired Super Conductor DIPA (Double India Pale Ale to our novice readers). If you want to get a taste of NZ’s finest look no further than 8 Wired. Even though I’ve only had their Hopwired, which was a slice of heaven “slice of heaven, yeah” *sung in my highest falsetto*, I could tell from that one IPA that all of their brews are good. How? Years of beer drinking experience. In any case I am chuffed *pronounced in my Kiwiest accent* to be trying Super Conductor... [don’t you dare say it!] choice bro! [dammit I’ve had enough your jokes, I’m outta here!] Fine. I don’t need you anyway braaaain(s)...

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Clear(ish) straw coloured body with a boisterous 2cm white head that sticks around quite well considering the 8.8% ABV... Overall it could do with a little bit of haze but otherwise top marks 8 Wired. 9/10.

S: Much like the Hopwired the balance is even keeled between malt and hops with upfront notes of sweet caramel, honey, grapefruit with a note of guava. Further inspection reveals that classic pine resin hop note that one would find in a West Coast IPA... mmm, sweet & complex, like a Japanese rock band covered in syrup. 8/10.

T: The bottle proclaims “intense bitterness” but it really isn’t that bad compared to any American DIPA... it’s actually spot on for balance. Toasty caramel, honey, grapefruit and pine resin combine into a world class flavour arrangement on the palate. There is a real “forest floor” character with the hops, and the finish is a grapefruit level of bitterness. This is a damn fine DIPA syrup! 9/10.

M: Medium bodied, a touch of chewiness (and I’m not making a clever Star Wars reference but this is one hairy beer) with a light(ish) carbonation. 8/10.

D: And perhaps the biggest thing I will point out here is that it doesn’t taste close to being 8.8% ABV (apart from the viscous body)... I’m really impressed again with 8 Wired, they seem to go from strength to strength. Negatives: It isn’t a DIPA hopped with NZ’s finest - you won’t find any Nelson Sauvin or Motueka flavours in this beer - just US hops all the way (the stats on this beer say US and NZ hops but I think the US varieties have overpowered the NZ ones, damn loud American hops!). If you want an example of NZ hops I would get Tuatara’s Trouble² or Epic’s Hop Zombie... I prefer this brew though. 10/10.

Food match: I wouldn’t attempt to eat anything that wasn’t chargrilled with this.

Photo of GarthT
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of endovelico
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Offers a robust mix of caramel, melanoidin, grapefruit and fresh hops featuring some delightful tropical fruit nuances. Beautiful balance - even if cloying and syrupy - with a long bittersweet finish of caramel and pine goodness. The balance between the high sugar levels, alcohol and bitterness is eximious but unfortunately this beer falls too short in terms of complexity. Decent take but not on level with the brewery's other offerings.

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4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of PolarBear3
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%

Drank from my Duvel Tulip

A - Pours a copper/orange colour with white frothy foam head that laces well

S - Pungent on the nose, massive hoppiness including apricots, grapefruit, lemon/orange zest and peach.

T - The taste is similiar, loads of citrus fruit including grapefruit, some passionfruit and slight bitter lemon, a hint of malt biscuit and caramel.

M - Medium bodied with good medium carbonation

O - A wonderful beer that is balanced, love the hoppiness together with the slight bitter finish. A must try!

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Super Conductor from 8 Wired Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.