Wireless Black IPA
8 Wired Brewing Co.

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8 Wired Brewing Co.
New Zealand
Black IPA
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3.96 | pDev: 7.58%
Dec 29, 2016
Mar 20, 2016
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Reviewed by jzlyo from Iowa

4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Aroma is citrus, fruit, mild German hefe/bananas and strong sugar overtones. The flavor is tropical fruit, citrus, a good amount of sugar, dark malts and a mix of bitter/alcohol and tart/sour/slightly acidic in the finish.
Dec 29, 2016
Rated: 4 by bigred89 from Maryland

Oct 22, 2016
Rated: 4.5 by Tehned from Canada (AB)

Jun 22, 2016
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Reviewed by cbutova from Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
A- Black but not quite motor oil or midnight black pour into two goblets. A mocha brown, frothy crown rests atop the beer with decent retention only peaking at about a finger. Small but plentiful lace webs.

S- Chocolate malts and hops pretty much at equal levels in the nose. Toasted nuts, citrus fruits complimenting cocoa, slight roast, a touch of stone fruits and toffee; hints at dryness.

T- Becomes just a bit brighter than the what the smell was leading on to. The hops open up more with orange, grapefruit and general citrus zest smoothly blending into the chocolate and roast from the grains. Caramel, toffee, slight raisin, Brett tropical fruits, nuttiness, light roast coffee and cocoa nibs.

MF- Overall the body is around medium thickness but siding towards the lighter end of that spectrum. Smooth and silky moderate level of carbonation with a dry roasty bitter finish.

The Brett comes out a bit in the taste with a touch of tropical fruits and dryness but overall this one is about the interplay between the cocoa from the grains and the citrus hops.
Jun 01, 2016
Rated: 3.97 by Rwalford74 from Australia

Apr 10, 2016
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Reviewed by biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.42/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
500ml bottle - wow - this antipodean brewery is really beholden to messing with their base products, via this traditional germ/pest of fermentation enthusiasts around the world, aren't they?

This beer pours a solid dark abyss, devoid of colour except for the minor basal orange cola edges, with two skinny-ass fingers of puffy, rocky, and well bubbly brown head, which leaves some sketchy descending alien warship lace patterns around the glass as it quickly blows off.

It smells of overarching sour funky notes (yay?), gritty roasted pale and caramel malts, muddled tropical fruit notes, fresh, unused Band-Aids, a touch of dry coffee beans, tainted milk chocolate, and more leafy, weedy, and herbal hoppy notes. The taste is grainy and crackery pale malt, a subdued biscuity caramel sweetness, some thankfully lessened, but still heady Brett funkiness (erg), vegetal piney and herbal green-ish essences, a twinge of bewildered citrus pithiness, ethereal charred chocolate wafers, and plain earthy, leafy, and herbal hoppy astringencies.

The carbonation is quite active in its mostly frothy and palate-tingling overtures, the body a so-so medium weight, and not particularly smooth - I just had to test a gallon of milk that hit its expiry date yesterday, and poorly at that, so that's what I'm talking about here. It finishes off-dry, a bit of that base roasted maltiness kind of the heroic but ultimately doomed foot soldiers in this stupid war promoted by those fucked in the head commandants of funk.

Yeah, take a style that I already have massive grievances with, and toss in another bullshit single organism thing, and well, I'd like to say that I'm duly out, but hell, I paid enough for this abortion of an offering, so I might as well 'enjoy' it to the very last sip, amirite? No, I am certainly not.
Mar 31, 2016
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Reviewed by Chico1985 from Massachusetts

3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
New 8-Wired for BA, presumably a 'black' version of their regular Wireless IPA. This one is labeled as being "100% brettanomyces fermented", as is the regular I believe.

A - 500ml to a mug. Pour is pretty much black with some red highlights showing through when held to the light. A small beige head forms and falls rather quickly, a thin ring and some lace bits left by the end.

S - Pretty bold for both blackness and hops. Some seriously danky mango, pine, orange hops take over more with time, but some strong cocoa, roast, coffee, dark fruit there as well. Seemingly not a lot of brett coming through, though maybe that is what attributing to the particularly potent dankiness.

T - Big piny onion dank with a more general and buried citrusy grapefruit presence, some pretty potent charred cocoa malt backing, and surprisingly some earthy brett and farmy straw yeast coming through here and blending quite well.

M - Feels a bit thin and flat here, decent but light and kinda flimsy, could use more oomph in the body and carbonation department for sure. But nicely bold flavors and bitterness, has the power of an imperial as far as intensity goes. Hops rule the show for sure but a pretty impressive balance between them/dark malts/brett all things considered.

O - The mouthfeel is a noticeable flaw, but otherwise this is a pretty cool black IPA, definitely some intense New Zealand hops going on and a nice char-forward malt profile that doesn't overpower, packs a punch for 6.2%. The brett almost feels like an inessential aside, but it does blend surprisingly well and certainly doesn't make it messy/weird/etc.
Mar 21, 2016
Wireless Black IPA from 8 Wired Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 7 ratings