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Super Conductor - 8 Wired Brewing Co.

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Super ConductorSuper Conductor

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BA SCORE
89
very good

28 Reviews
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Reviews: 28
Hads: 87
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 3.72%
Wants: 14
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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Reviews: 28 | Hads: 87
Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle purchased from Slowbeer in Melbourne.

Pours a juicy and thick deep orange, turning to amber in the depths, with a frothy, fine and very pronounced head of yellowish off-white. Lacing is spectacular and intricate when it forms, looking like a variety of alien limbs. Body is weighty, and holds powdery carbonation when tilted. All up, it's a damn fine looking beer.

Nose is gorgeously ripe and full, with powerful citrus tones, sweet fruit, peely acidity all sharpened by a green herbal presence which gives characters of basic and pine. Some smooth honeyed malt sweetness provides a counterpoint, and even though it's a lighter-style sweetness it does a good job of holding up its end. But really, this is gorgeous stuff—on the sharper end hop-wise, but the Kiwis do such a good job of that that it's completely understandable.

Taste is also good: big powerful resiny hop characters, solid if muted malt, again with a honey overtone, and a finish of pine and pithy lemon. My only issue is that here the sharpness is dominant, and it seems to push aside some of the more subtle hop flavours: the rounded citrus and those delicate herbal tones are lost amongst the piney bite that roars down the centre of the tongue. It's still a very good DIPA: the aggression is no doubt requisite in the style, but I feel like it could have been a better beer if played with a little more subtlety.

Feel is fluid but chewy and rich. Lovely stuff here, although that hop-bite is almost a feeling in itself.

Don't get me wrong. I love it, despite what I personally might want it to be. 8 Wired do a fantastic line in hopped-to-hell beers, whatever their category, so it shouldn't surprise me that their DIPA is aggressively bitter and brutal. It's completely understandable, forgivable and even perhaps inevitable. (1,817 characters)

Photo of dansmcd
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a golden sunset colour capped by a half finger of creamy white head, the odd swirl keeps it present. Nice coating of lace.

S - Big tropical fruit hops up front, grapefruit and mango. This is going to be a BIG DIPA me thinks. Sweet sugary malt backing.

T - The fruit platter is joined by hordes of pine, and a dollop of sticky honey, with fudge and caramel. Pretty good balance for such an overloaded brew.

M - Oily, resinous body, just exploding with hop bitterness, the pine resin dominates the finish and aftertaste.

O - Another top quality kiwi hopbomb. (570 characters)

Photo of Brad007
4.34/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I enjoy this brewery's output and I was stoked to see another DIPA to savor.

Pours a mild copper color with a frothy white head in my glass. Color's in the middle of the spectrum but any darker and I'd be suspicious.

I'm going to guess Nelson Sauvin as far as the hops are concerned. "Fruity" with a good whiff of grapefruit and apricot. Pungent.

Very crisp, bitter hop characteristics that start off with a grapefruit/mango/apricot vibe and cascade into what could be piney in a manner.

Lingering alcohol warmth with a strong pine residue and very little of the citrus. The finish could be nicer but it still works.

An adventurous DIPA that incorporates New Zealand hops to create this interpretation of the style. I believe this is another brewery to watch as far as innovation is concerned. (809 characters)

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Super Conductor from 8 Wired Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 28 ratings.