Semiconductor
8 Wired Brewing Co.

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From:
8 Wired Brewing Co.
 
New Zealand
Style:
American IPA
Ranked #3,246
ABV:
4.4%
Score:
84
Ranked #23,293
Avg:
3.7 | pDev: 9.19%
Reviews:
9
Ratings:
21
Status:
Active
Rated:
Mar 28, 2022
Added:
Oct 21, 2013
Wants:
  0
Gots:
  8
SCORE
84
Good
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Notes: IPAs are great but sometimes you just don't want the amount of alcohol that comes with most of the good ones. In this spirit we brewed Semiconductor. an IPA designed to be drunk by the gallon, if you are that thirsty.

30 IBU
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Rated: 3.5 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Mar 28, 2022
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Reviewed by Everydayoff from Thailand

3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
330ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

Translucent golden copper color which turns to be clear thereafter, it tops with thick creamy off-white head that stays with good retention before slowly collapsing to a long-lasting foamy layer and leaving some lacing on the glass-side.

Mix of tropical NZ and US hop in a nose, it is reminiscent of citrus, lime, pineapple, berries, white grape, leaf, and floral. Malt is also there based on the characters of bread, candy, and caramel.

The taste reflects the same like the aroma with varieties of tropical and fruity hop from both NZ and US origins as well as some bitter bite while malt is at the backbone of the flavor structure with its bread and some caramel.

Light to medium body with quite smooth mouthfeel and rather low to moderate carbonation through the palate, the overall feeling is okay while the finish is dry.

It is sessionable of course but still held lots of hop in both the aroma and flavor.
Jun 17, 2017
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Reviewed by MAB from Canada (AB)

3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Despite the lower alcohol on this IPA (called a "session" ale on the bottle), this beer is all about the bitter.
Which is fine with me. Nice color, with the yellow tending to an orange hue. Nice head. and carbonation level.
Smells hoppy. Bitter bitter bitter hop flavor. Delicious.
May 20, 2016
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Reviewed by Martine from England

3.37/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Pours semi-hazy golden amber into a half pint glass from a bottle. Head is non-existant, and beer is visibly carbonated.

Aroma is very mild but one can detect subtle lemon, cream, caramel and vegetation. The flavour is very floral with dominant lemongrass, aromatic hops, gooseberry, elderflower, and something akin to medicinal lemon drops. There is a small hint of sour grapefruit and lime, and just a hint of biscuit underneath it all before the bitter hop finish.

In the mouth it feels quite carbonated, light, and dry.

All in all it's rather crisp, and drinkable but also very floral. I find this beer rather average, and a little too sweet for my tastes.
Apr 14, 2016
 
Rated: 3.63 by kylehay2004 from Illinois

Feb 21, 2016
 
Rated: 3.75 by mdagnew from Northern Ireland

Feb 10, 2016
 
Rated: 3.22 by sammyslick from Australia

Oct 16, 2015
 
Rated: 3.79 by amano_h from Oregon

Sep 16, 2015
 
Rated: 3.39 by beerpirates from Belgium

Aug 21, 2015
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Reviewed by Andrewharemza from Australia

4.06/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
amber colour with a small but long lasting white head. Nice hoppy aromas with citrus and resin scent. Grapefruit, mango and grapes and a grassy taste. The malt stays in the background, lively carbonation, light to medium body.
Jul 29, 2015
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Reviewed by StJamesGate from New York

3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
On draft at Cerveteca, Lisbon.
Lagery gold with crusty snowy film. 3.75
Musty lemon and hay - IPL-ish. 3.75
Clean crackery malts with lemon rind, grass, lychee, and maybe gooseberry hops. 4
Pineapple sorbet end and drying bitter linger.
Light, clean, slight oil. 4

Lagery more than IPA, but the hop dose is there: super cutting finish. Not as fruity as I want a NZ beer to be. Quenching, harsh, and (at €8.75/$10) staggeringly expensive. 3.75
Feb 16, 2015
 
Rated: 3.73 by BeerTruck from Portugal

Feb 07, 2015
 
Rated: 3.97 by JackieKu from Taiwan

Dec 04, 2014
 
Rated: 3.96 by Rwalford74 from Australia

Oct 19, 2014
 
Rated: 3.75 by Gasc0igne from Australia

Sep 27, 2014
 
Rated: 4 by Idrankthat from Canada (SK)

Sep 18, 2014
 
 
Rated: 3.75 by BrickOneal from South Carolina

Sep 11, 2014
 
Rated: 3 by GarthT from Hong Kong

Sep 09, 2014
 
Rated: 2.5 by f_raud from California

Aug 08, 2014
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Reviewed by biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.87/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
330ml bottle. A producer of pretty good IPAs in their own right jumps right on the 'session IPA' bandwagon - right?

This beer pours a hazy, medium golden amber hue, with one fat finger of densely foamy and somewhat creamy ecru head, which leaves some calving iceberg lace in places on the glass as it genially abates.

It smells of sharp pine resin and orange/grapefruit hop esters, further tropical fruit notes - kiwi, pineapple, and lychee berries, mostly - sweet bready caramel malt, and a certain cold metallic flintiness. The taste is biscuity caramel malt, white saltine crackers, mixed-up pine/leafy/herbal greens, bitter, almost denuded orange citrus, a conspicuous by its sudden absence tropical, what was it - something or other, and more of that weird flinty, wet stoniness.

The bubbles are fairly active and engaged to the back of my throat, the body just on the light side of medium weight, and plainly smooth, the hoppy astringency informing as one might expect here. It finishes rather dry, that chalky, stoney essence starting to overpower the lingering pine and citrusy hops after a spell.

An agreeable enough IPA, one of the not quite grown-up sort. That bit of pedantry aside, the most interesting part about this offering is the gulf between the aroma and taste - the promise of all that antipodean fruit goodness in the nose is quickly replaced by the oft-mentioned mineral character. No big deal, really, unless consistency of experience is your bag.
Jul 16, 2014
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Reviewed by Hoptron_3000 from Australia

3.31/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
Nice clarity. Assume it's dry hopped. Decent lacing.

Smell lots of petrol, some pine. Sharp.

Taste lots of fruit. Sharp petrol?? Grapefruit bitterness.

Overall Kind of sharp bitterness and flavor. But has a nice body and mouthfeel for low ABV. Nice dry finish.
Jun 06, 2014
 
Rated: 3.75 by benjaminkhlaw from Hong Kong

May 16, 2014
 
Rated: 3.75 by Poupae from Thailand

May 13, 2014
 
Rated: 4 by Kroehny_Loves_Hops from Australia

May 01, 2014
 
Rated: 4 by hopnerd from Australia

Apr 25, 2014
 
Rated: 4 by jpd7374 from Pennsylvania

Apr 24, 2014
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Reviewed by danieelol from Australia

3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Pours a transparent, filtered, slightly golden yellow with good head and lacing.

Nose is big grapefruit, some passionfruit, pine, and a decent caramel-y malt. Paw paw.

Taste is bitterness on a light body, grapefruit, more of the caramel-y malt.

Mouthfeel is pretty light and wistful. Pine, dryness, more malt.

Carries most of the flavours from textbook old-school IPAs (all the hops and malt) but coming in at a much more manageable ABV. Pretty nice effort. Would probably still opt for something Founders All Day IPA over this, but this one carries stronger malt and hop flavours on the whole. Bitterness and big malt backdrop does hinder sessionability somewhat, which is a bit of a drawback for a beer of this nature.
Mar 13, 2014
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Reviewed by CrazyDavros from Australia

3.54/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Pours amber with a fading white head.
Nose shows passionfruit, lychee, pear, peach blossom and some sweet malt underneath.
Pretty similar flavours but with very little malt. Lots of fruit throughout. Finishes with a sharp bitterness.
Carbonation is pretty aggressive.
Mar 03, 2014
 
Rated: 4 by Vanz from Australia

Feb 16, 2014
Semiconductor from 8 Wired Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 30 ratings