Super Conductor - 8 Wired Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 81
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 8.03%
Wants: 11
Gots: 5 | 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:
Bone dry and ultra hoppy Double IPA. Brewed with 80% more hops than our already extremely hoppy HopWired IPA.

90 IBU

(Beer added by: Brad007 on 12-02-2012)
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Photo of garuda
3.33/5  rDev -19%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A - Golden, murky, thin white head has little retention and lace.

Smell and taste are fairly similar with grapefruit flesh and pineapple hops. Caramel malt sweetness is strong, but balanced. Medium to full body has good carbonation, mostly smooth, finishes dry with little lasting bitterness.

O - Balanced DIPA, but missing the depth of hop flavor and aroma for the style.

Photo of chickenm
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of durlta
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of danieelol
3.53/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is nice light amber. Good head/lacing.

Smell is nice yummy caramel malt and herbal, US-style hops.

Taste is similar. Herbal hops, caramel malt. Exactly how you do a decent US-style DIPA.

Mouthfeel is equal parts sweet/bitter.

Exactly what you expect in an (East Coast) US-style DIPA. No more, no less.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.63/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a large, fading head. Nose shows a mix of piny and tropical fruit-like hops, with soft passion fruit and pineapple. Soft clean malt underneath. Very malty flavours, but with a fair whack of pine and grapefruit to balance things out. Finishes with an assertive bitterness. Could use more carbonation.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

I got this bottle for my 40th! As with most DIPAs there usually is a fine balance between sweet malt and bitter hops. The Super Conductor is no different. This beer pours a hazy copper with foamy white head that is leaving some lacing. The smell has a lot of bittering hop presence with a malty back drop. The taste has a bitter start...then the sweet malt temps to balance the beer followed by a bitter finish. I would classify this beer as more a big English style IPA than American. The mouthfeel is full body with good carbonation. Overall it is decent and I am glad to have the chance to try it.

Photo of AlexChillton
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of Soto
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of TDavis
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of Kirk
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of bobhits
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

8 Wire honestly has not made a beer that wasn't extremely good and this is no exception.

Gorgeous cloudy dense orange ruby body with 2 finger head and wonderful shelves of foam lacing.

Somewhat light nose even right after the cap came off the aroma wasn't worthy of this double IPA. Sadly we suffer older bottles thanks to Shelton distribution and this being distributed from New Zealand.

Bready malt, grains, and a big powerful sharp citrus hop profile. I'm a bit surprised that I don't get the passion fruit flavors I normally taste in souther hemisphere IPA from this region. I'm a bit disappointed but this is still good.

Well carbonated, creamy, dense....amazing how easy it seems to be to make an IPA have wonderful mouth feel.

Overall this is another excellent beer from what is becoming one of my favorite brewers.

Photo of endovelico
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Fresh bottle from Premier Gourmet. Generous retained head. Wafting aroma of grapefruit citrus and New Zealand chardonnay smelling hops. Above average mouthfeel. Tangy, tasty.SOme grapefuit. Not the best DIPA but certainly worth a try. Bit of a palate eraser.

Photo of SirBentham
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bursting with bold candied hop aroma and taste- Super Conductor is a full-flavored, full-bodied American (Imperial) IPA that explores all realms of hop character.

Super Conductor pours with a bright blood orange saturated hue. Its mild hop haze allows the soft redness from malt to cast a rich vail over the beer's appearance. Cappped by a firm ivory froth, its retention is long lived and its lacing is spotty. It's simply a hearty looking ale.

Fruity sweet early, the nose is chocked full of citrus pulp, caramel, honey and marmalade. Diving deeper into taste, the candied malt sweetness coats the hops and esters for a drippy tangerine, melon, and pineapple effect- its quite Tropical Fruit Punch-like in its culmination. Transending paste a tinge of lemon and white grape must- the taste concludes with bitter citrus oils and a thin bready undertow.

Its full sweet texture stems from high residual maltiness and subdued carbonation, causing the beer to sit weightily on the tongue and saturate the palate fully. Its deliberate turn to finish closes with medium dryness, moderate warmth and resinous pine-like bitterness to finish.

Edging ever so slightly to the malty side for Imperial IPA, the hops remain at the forefront with a blend of citrus, tropical, and melon; but with a near-English-like sweet and fruity interplay.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Newhall Refinery in Newhall, CA.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, earth, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and floral flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop and earthy bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice mixture of citrus, floral, and earthy hop qualities.

Photo of MasterSki
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle from West Lakeview Liquors. This is nearly four months old now I guess - thanks Shelton Brothers. Served in a Darkness snifter.

A - Finger of white foam settles to a near-complete cap, thick collar, and a few fingers of lace. Hazy caramel body.

S - You can tell the aroma hops have faded quite a bit - some cheesy beta acid presence and a brown sugar and caramel malt initially, but some of the residual herbs, pine, light grape and tropical fruits. Some bready malts and lightly toasted sugars.

T - Taste has held up significantly better, with a nice blend of zesty citrus, pine, goosebeery, and a lightly astringent note. Not as overtly malt here, with more of a periphery caramel and sugar contribution. Alcohol is well-concealed, although this still feels like a bigger DIPA than listed.

M - Chewy, medium-full body. Smooth texture with an oily and resinous finish. Not much alcohol presence, other than a touch of warming after a glass. Soft, moderate carbonation. Feels more like a 10% in heft, even without any overt booziness.

D - This was probably really good in December, but now it's merely serviceable. I really wish these breweries bottle dated, or that Shelton would be a little quicker in getting things to market. This *just* reached store shelves here in the last two weeks. I had no problem with the .5L bottle, but it's just too expensive to gamble on hoppy imports.

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of wethorseblanket
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours from a 500 ml bottle a slightly hazy orange with a surprisingly thin (1/8") white head which leaves irregular rings and spots of lace.

N: Mostly resiny pine with some caramel malt. Slightly floral sweet with citrus pith.

T: Sticky and oily pine up front with sweetish malt. Fairly straightforward and unremarkable.

M: Medium body and semi-moderate carbonation. Dry and bitter hop finish.

O: Alas, this must be an "old" bottle as the typical New Zealand pungent hops have long faded away. What I'm left with is somewhat brash and sharp, but still decent. Sad face.

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Super Conductor from 8 Wired Brewing Co.
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