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Super Conductor - 8 Wired Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 85
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 7.77%
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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Ratings: 85 | Reviews: 28
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3.75/5  rDev -9%

Photo of bobhits
3.72/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

Photo of garuda
3.33/5  rDev -19.2%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -15%

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5/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of wethorseblanket
4/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Photo of eric5bellies
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

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

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3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
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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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -15%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap. Tumbler glass. Enjoyed on feb´13. Gold in color, foggy appearance. White froth creates a creamy, close & lasting crown. Copious rings on sides. Caramel malt & candy aromas, ripe apricot notes to the nose. Sharp bitter upfront followed by involving caramel maltiness. Medium body. Soft carbonation. Creamy palate. Resiny bitterness arises again in the middle - to shown we are talking about a DIPA -& lingers into a long finish. Hints of ripe fruit on the aftertaste. Flavorful & refreshing. Very well balanced beer!! Very easy drinkability since ABV is well masked.

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5/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of biboergosum
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle. This brewery has been all aces thus far - nice to now see an imperial IPA from them.

This beer pours a somewhat hazy medium golden amber colour, with one finger of tightly foamy ecru head, which leaves an ambitious berm of painted lace around the glass as it quickly subsides.

It smells of orange, pineapple, mango, and grapefruit, caramel/toffee malt, a bit of sodden breadiness, some mild pine resin, a touch of brown sugar, a light twinge of warming alcohol, and some further bitter floral, leafy hops. The taste is much more bitter tropical fruit - grapefruit, mango, and pineapple - edgy caramel malt, singed toffee pudding, a sharp pine needle astringency, some equitable booze warming, and a lingering perfumed floral character.

The carbonation is evenly distributed, with a level-handed touch, the body an adequate medium weight, bordering on full, with a decent smoothness, however fraught with hoppy potholes. It finishes off-dry, in a certain elevated sense, the big fruit and pine bitterness still ceding no quarter, as the caramel/toffee malt backbone puffs its chest in agreement.

A stand-up New World IPA, imperialized in a most empowering, post-colonial way. Good and bitter, though not in an untethered sense, and the near 9 points of alcohol are generally well obfuscated, just enough until the final determination of cause and effect is rendered, upon last swig. A worthy contender for upper class standing in the style.

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Sammy
3.92/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle poured into tulip 12/2/13

A clear light copper with some bubbles of all sizes feeding a two finger off white head that retains well and leaves a few rings followed by some random patches

S mango, passion fruit, pineapple, lemon, lime and guava round out the tropical fruit notes, there's a fair amount of pine and toffee in there too. pretty solid nose with a nice blend of tropical notes, pine and sugars, about what I look for in a DIPA

T the tropical notes are more focused towards rind and its very piney compared to the nose, there's a little booze but fairly well concealed considering the strength, rind and pine are strong on the finish

M leaning towards full, slightly creamy from the bubbles with a nice bitter bite, slick after the fact with very faint heat

O no complaints from this guy, another great DIPA from the Kiwis, great hop profile with a little tropical twist on a US style West Coast, well done

I could drink another and I probably will, I'm starting to sound like a broken record but this is yet another great addition to the shelves here in Alberta

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Super Conductor from 8 Wired Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.