Super Conductor - 8 Wired Brewing Co.
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4.15/5 rDev +1.2%
Pale amber with puffy ecru head that trails.
Lots of pineapple with mango and candied tangerine on the nose.
Caramel, toasted hazelnut and apricot Danish with pine sap, resin, and Seville orange hops.
Sugared pink grapefruit finish and drying bitter orange rind and pine needle linger.
Medium, good chew, round, oily, a bit of heat.
Nose jumps out before the pour even finishes but there's a big contrast between a light, fruity aroma and heavy, dank hopping with significant IBUs and a serious malt backbone. Only the lightening tart citrus finish, almost Lagunitas-like, keeps it from cloying and provides much-needed complexity. US hops in there outweigh the NZ hops - I miss the sweeter tropical fruit. I'd prefer Hop Wired.
Attracts fruit flies right away, if that tells you anything.
06-17-2013 16:53:13 | More by StJamesGate
3.65/5 rDev -11%
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.
06-08-2013 04:21:07 | More by WoodBrew
British Columbia (Canada)
4.03/5 rDev -1.7%
Appearance. Pours a hazy orange-gold with a finger of white head that leaves some nice bands of lace.
Smell. Sweet tropical fruits, cedar wood and pine needles, lightly floral, caramel and grainy malts, and a little sweet yellow grapefruit. Quite complex for an ipa.
Taste. Grainy malts and caramel, orange marmalade, yellow grapefruit rinds, some cedar and pine. Fairly sweet overall and some good bitterness. Tropical fruits are also present and some slight floral notes as well.
Mouthfeel. Medium+ body with low+ smooth carbonation.
Overall. These New Zealand hops definitely have a distinct complexity but maybe not the best flavours as far as hops go. That being said, it's a fine beer and very enjoyable.
05-04-2013 18:19:59 | More by Rutager
3.94/5 rDev -3.9%
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.
05-04-2013 01:18:40 | More by BEERchitect
3.78/5 rDev -7.8%
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.
04-21-2013 13:01:41 | More by bobhits
3.33/5 rDev -18.8%
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.
04-05-2013 17:27:43 | More by garuda
4/5 rDev -2.4%
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.
03-16-2013 01:03:14 | More by wethorseblanket
4.3/5 rDev +4.9%
Drank from my Duvel tulip
A - Pours a deep cloudy copper colour with a nice two fingered head that reduces to a film and laces. Very nice
S - Heaps of hop, sweet toffee malts, grapefruit. Pungent aromas of herb.
T - Super heavy hop flavours that smooth out into toffe mals with a bitter finish.
M - Coates your tongue in a thick film of heavy malt. The carbonation is medium.
O - I don't normally like big IPA's, but I sure can appreciate this one for what it is. It has all the hallmarks of a big IPA. Recommended although your taste buds will be shot
03-15-2013 14:22:30 | More by eric5bellies
3.98/5 rDev -2.9%
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.
03-14-2013 03:36:29 | More by MasterSki
Super Conductor from 8 Wired Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.