Hopwired | 8 Wired Brewing Co.

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8 Wired Brewing Co.
New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
We're pretty sure HopWired is the first bottled new world India Pale Ale made with NZ grown pale ale malt and 100% unique NZ hops. We bet you'll find nothing else like it on the shelves.

Although there's plenty of malty sweetness, this beer is all about the hops. But unlike an American IPA, which will mainly challenge you with grapefruity and pine-like flavours and aromas, the kiwi hops used in HopWired produce something more like a tropical punchbowl: Passion fruit, limes, oranges and Sauvignon Blanc grapes to name but a few. A local Marlborough winemaker even said it smelled like gooseberries... Gooseberries? When did you last actually smell a gooseberry??

Decide for yourself, or just enjoy it without further complication. Cheers!

70 IBU

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Photo of peacebone116
4.67/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my friends, Erin & Brian, for bringing this one all the way back from Kiwi-landia for me over their New Year trip!

Poured from the 500-mL bottle into a small Allagash tulip.
BB: 05.12.12 B 0.26 14:09
(This one is pretty fresh!)

A: Deep dark copper color that appears hazy from a distance, but is actually quite lucid with lots of carbonation evident. A frothy, soapy head forms on the top, receding slowly throughout enjoyment.

N: Incredible floral characteristics of tropical fruit that are vaguely reminiscent of passion fruit, strawberry nectar, kaffir lime and sauvignon.

T/M: The flavors of this beer are incredibly unique compared to what I expect from a typical American IPA. Following the nose with delicious tropical flavors, this beer's sauvignon blanc notes really stand out in the middle. The bitter beginning is nicely set off by a malty sweetness and a dry finish. The carbonation fills in rather well with this light to medium body.

Overall, this is the most unique IPA I have had in a very long time! The flavor & aroma qualities are quite excellent and really make me wish that I could find this one around more often! Fantastic!

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Photo of Odysseyalien
4.65/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found this at "Total Wine and More" in West Orange,NJ. A very nice change of pace and different take on the usual IPA. The New Zealand hops give it a more tropical flavor, unlike any beer I've had before. The head was about average, maybe an inch and a half and dissipates fairly quickly. Broad lacing as I slowly sip away at this gem.

I'm going to have to make this part of my regular rotation. Hopefully the store I got this from can keep it coming. A real nice and unexpected treat.

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Photo of kitch
4.65/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 500ml bottle dated best before 1st October 2015 was poured into a pint glass.

A: The beer poured a hazy copper amber colour with a one and a half finger head with good retention leaving nice stringy lacing.
S: Immediate aroma was of pine, grapefruit and lime followed by lots of tropical fruits like mango and pineapple.
T: Taste was malt caramel sweetness followed by tropical fruit flavours especially mango, pineapple and orange finishing with a nice bitter pine and grapefruit.
M: Medium bodied, medium carbonation, and a slight sticky feeling.
O: A very nice balanced IPA. The sweet malts and tropical fruit flavours make it a must buy for me.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.64/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Fortunately, I've tried this twice now. Once, at the hands of the generous Todd from Beermen.tv, and this second time as a gift from @epiclurk, shared with @tobeerornottobe and @LaitueGonflable. Fortunately, this is a fresh batch, seemingly much fresher than the examples reviewed in previous reviews.

Pours a pleasant enough slightly hazed orange golden colour, with a fine and reasonably respectable head of white speckled bubbling. Lacing is soft but subtle, leaving a scattergun of specks down the inside of the glass. Looks suitable for the style.

Smell is phenomenal, and almost proves singlehandedly that there should be a style called "New Zealand IPA". Fresh and sharp New Zealand hop varieties, giving big spicy, biting and zingy characters of passionfruit, cut grass and Sauvignon Blanc grapes. Capsicum characters and delicious fresh crushed citrus. it so fits the IPA genre, but gives it a life all of its own. It's just gorgeous.

Taste is really deliciously and devilishly balanced. There's a robust hop presence throughout, but it never gets beyond the level of balance, even though the sharp and aromatic NZ hop varieties give a very green and pungent character to the bitterness. Indeed, it spreads throughout the palate very delicately, leaving an imprint of bitterness on the back that just blends perfectly with the malt to leave a slightly nutty finish.

Feel is crisp and light. Maybe lacking a little body, but matching nicely with the sharp nature of the hops.

Wow. What a phenomenal IPA. The fact that the beer I compare it to in my mind is Ballast Point's Sculpin gives you an indication of its quality. But this beer doesn't merely sit in the shadow of one of the greats, it strikes out in a bold new direction, defining something uniquely its own. Just fantastic.

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Photo of UncleBrazzie
4.63/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A truly sensational brew! If you have any love at all for IPAs or hops, or are curious about that "new wave" of hoppy beers coming from the Pacific, then look no further: this is probably as good as it gets.

Wonderful deep golden colour, flirting with amber highlights but screams IPA from the moment it leaves the bottle.

Delicately carbonated, just enough to carry all the flavours yet still imparting that silky, almost boozy mouthfeel.

That nose! Rainforests and pineaple, passion fruit and tangerines. Take a good solid American-style IPA, and redirect the fragrance from grapefruit-and-citrus to tropical-fruit-and-grapes, and you probably end up somewhere close to this.

Aromas are sublimely understated and never too much: perfect balance and restraint make this superbly drinkable, never tiresome and a bit of a jungle adventure with every sip. It's got tons of flavour, but it's not a flavour bomb in the sense that it is never overpowering.

Absolutely recommended. In fact, cannot recommend enough.

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Photo of kjyost
4.58/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle purchased at the MLCC, produced on Dec 20ish /12 (too lazy to go check). Poured into a Beau's 650 mL ceramic mug. Pours clear with a great white head that laces well. Nose is full of fruity & tropical hops with not much else going on. This is clearly going to be a hop bomb... And yes, yes it is. Tasty body with a giant amount of fruity hops across the palate and a light balanced bitterness. My wife found it bracing, but I wanted a bit more.

This is a beer worth having fresh again (and again, and again...).


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Photo of SPman
4.57/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

In a session with Nogne Two Captains and Beer Here Hopfix, this one stood out with it's "fruitier" flavour. A great beer, good mouthfeel, great nose, a really enjoyable beer to drink! The brewer knows how to use NZ hops and malt to produce an IIPA that is really enjoyable - a pity it costs so much where I am ($15) - but I still buy it! - it's good!

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Photo of BierJager89
4.56/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Beautiful dark copper/amber color with a light brown head.

S: Citrus, orange, pineapple, lots of tropical fruit and a sweet malt scent in the nose.

T: Very pleasantly bitter, tons of tropical fruit, a touch of pine and some orange. Delicious.

M: Medium-full bodied and smooth for an IPA.

O: This is a perfect example of what NZ hops can do to a beer. They're amazing, and the Kiwi hops used in this beer aren't even my favorite from NZ.

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Photo of MicroBrewOrDie
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

This brew is absolutely incredible. IPA in my opinion has been vastly overdone in the United States and Canada, becoming a competition on how high they can get the IBU's with the same Cascade and Chinook hops, or trying new but-still citrusy or piney combinations. Hopwired is not your traditional IPA, it has the style, but with new and interesting flavours. Passion fruit is readily taste-able. 7.3%, 70 IBU's and yet smooth and super easy to drink. I am thoroughly enjoying this Kiwi brew.

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Photo of juju7
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this is killing! Didn't know much about this but what a nice surprise. A nose that distances itself from others of it's ilk, bursting with mango pulp, passionfruit and yes, some sauvignon blanc. A beer that shows some terroir! Fresh, vibrant yet solid bitterness and a long tasty finish. Distinctively lacking the piney hop resin of American IPAs but you don't miss it at all. A brilliant beer that could show a lot of people how it's really done.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4.49/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours hazy light amber colour with a long lasting off-white head. A lot of citrusy and tropical hop aromas. Simple but balanced malty taste in the background. An explosion of Passion fruit, peach, grapes tropical fruit. Medium carbonation, long dry finish, leaves bittersweet fruitiness in the mouth. Excellent IPA.

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Photo of eric5bellies
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark hazy honey colour, with a off white head that hangs a round.

S - Definitely some tripical aromas present, with some pineapple and melon present.

T - Some interesting flavours up front of dry roasted nuts, then comes the hops in abundance. Some nice malts present as well. Nice spicey grassiness also present. Nice bitterness on the finish.

M - Medium to full body with medium carbonation.

O - I'm a big fan of this one, and a great example of the style. A match for most U.S. DIPAS

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Photo of ElmerBruisery
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into snifter

Pours a hazy copper orange with thick ivory cap that stays around for awhile.

Nose is full of bright citrusy hops with noticeable grape and what I'm pretty sure is gooseberry. One of the hops used, Nelson sauvin is supposed to have a lot of similarities with Sauvignon blanc grape which I can smell.

Taste, wow a blast of bright sharp bitter grapefruit and lime that lingers for a long time. I can see the grape comparison to a nz Sauvignon blanc, being grapefruit and high acid. the bottle describes the hops as a tropical punch bowl, true. The beer is unique and delicious. The label mentions honey like malt which is also way in the background.

Mouthfeel is on point, full and sticky. Drinkability at first seems lower but each sip increases the drinkability factor.

Overall this is an excellent beer and was exactly what I was looking for from a brew w Nelson sauvin. Sharp bright citrus hops with just enough malt to back it up. I highly recommend this for any hop head.

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Photo of dansmcd
4.46/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy, orange/amber in colour. Just a thin white head (maybe the pour was a touch gentle), rings of lacing but short-lived ones only. A wispy cloud inhabits the surface of the beer to the end.

S - Wow that's fruity. Intense tropical fruit salad aroma of passionfruit, orange, mango, lime. Distinctive NZ hop aroma. Gorgeous. Sweet white wine and sorbet also.

T - Follows the nose with all that fruity loveliness. Very hop forward, full flavours yet for a double/imperial IPA - extremely low on bitterness.

M - Slick, moderate body. Medium carbonation. Tangy and crisp with a dry hoppy finish.

O - Beautiful beer. Extremely tasty and seriously drinkable, absolutely no indication of the 7.3% abv. As indicated, bitterness is minimal. I dont know what the IBUs are, but they cannot be too high. Certainly more of an IPA than a double. But I just love it. More!

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.46/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Strong aroma is very hoppy and has an undertone of sour citrus, a mixture of Mandarin orange and grapefruit with a hint of lemon. And, yes, I do get a hint of gooseberries. At least I think it’s gooseberries. Pours an attractive clear amber with a thick, pale golden-tan head. Flavor is seriously hoppy, more at evergreen than wood, a little bitter, notes of grapefruit and - gooseberries? Also got a yeasty hint. Texture has about average body and fizz, but leaves a good hoppy, woody, slightly bitter, slightly fruity finish. Get hopped up and wired for this one.

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Photo of ADZA
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First of all im just discovering this brewery and i must admit this NZ brewery does look quite good from previous samplings and this one especially,the brew pours a murky light amber/orange hue with decent carbonation that leaves a thick creamy two finger head and heaps of lacing everywhere,the smell is very unique and very hoppy and typical of NZ hops with hints of passionfruit,kiwi fruit,white grapes and gooseberries the aromas of this brew are almost like a fine white wine crossed with an IPA,the taste is just the same very tasty with flavours of goosberries,white grapes,loganberries,light sticky toffee and finishes with a bittersweet passionfruit bitterness that is almost more sweeter than bitter,overall this is probably my most favourite NZ brew going around at the moment and i must say im quite impressed and i just hope this brewery gets bigger and produces more fantastic brews like this one cheers keep it going guys.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.44/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amber-tinged blonde with creamy, sand-coloured head that trails.
Ridiculous nose - pure mango wafts across the room with peach, passionfruit and resin underneath.
Sugar cookie, some toffee and maybe a bit of peach and then mad passionfruit, Seville orange, and lime sherbet hops with a pinch of peppery spice. Sprucey resin comes out as it warms. Lots of layers.
Spiced white grape finish and long chalky gooseberry linger.
Crisp, light, some cling, oily, salty.

Southern Cross, Motueka, Nelson Sauvin for an all-NZ hop bill.

Probably the purest NZ IPA I've tasted. Blindfolded I'd say I was sniffing a fresh mango, there are real IBUs in a dry body with minimal malts, and the aroma hops are just a tropical fruit party (NS only kicks in at the end, and weakly.) Seriously, I've had smoothies that are less fruity. Which doesn't make it malty - if anything, it's too lean, falling very much on the Cali side of how to do an IPA, in the best way.

Deserves all the plaudits.

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Photo of mtbdonn
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle from Beers of Europe, England in a tall tulip glass.
A-Pours a very hazy, rusty, chestnut color with an average, off-white, frothy head which settles to a thin froth and leaves similar lace.
A-The nose is typical Nelson Sauvign hop with the passion fruit, lots of lime, rustic and floral, a bit of tangerine, and faint toasted caramel.
T-A bit of a hop letdown with still plenty of lime, very leafy and floral, light passionfruit, rustic notes moving into the finish. The palate is medium to full, nearly lively, velvety, and slightly oily. The beer finishes with more rustic and lime, still leafy, and slightly caramelly. A very nice use of the New Zealand hops with the tropical fruit notes and pleasant, moderately high bitterness. The malts add just enough sweetness to balance and avoid from being dry and astringent.
M-Wonderfull creamy texture, averagely carbonation.
O-A different take on the modern DIPA-style; very satisfying, rich, bold IPA.

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Photo of PeteyPabs
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Color is reminiscent of good apple cider - dark and a bit hazy. Thin head, though it holds up.

A burst of tropical fruit dominates: pineapple and orange. Bright and sweet.

The tropical fruit trend continues. The sweetness is disarming - like nothing I've come across prior. Sharp hop bitterness shows up on the back end and doesn't linger.

Light body and medium carbonation. Extremely drinkable, as you'll probably be on a desperate search to figure out what exactly you're tasting.

Stumbled across this beer and decided to try it based on its promise of being a more exotic alternative to the standard American IPA. Also has a nice label, which is very important if you're a sucker of that sort of thing. It lived up to the promise.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not only a new brewery for me, but probably my first-ever New Zealand beer. Pours a seriously opaque dark sunset/burnt orange color, which leaves a ton of lace on the glass after the finger-thick dirty white head drops to an eighth-inch skim. Good lookin'.

Incredible aroma. Herbal, minty, fruity and honey-sweet, the hops here are intense yet tastefully balanced against the malt. But, no doubt this is a hop lover's beer, and I haven't even tasted it yet...

The flavors on the tongue don't impart anything I didn't detect in the aroma, except for being a little more resiny overall. And magnified on the tongue, for sure. Tropical fruit abounds, and a pointy but not sharp mint/herbal/black tea taste embeds itself. Some honey in the background, with a deep toffee maltiness that has presence but only acts as a foundation for the complex and unique hop characteristics. Finishes somewhat dry, and with a completely unexpected flash of black licorice, but with all of this other stuff going on directly on top of the tongue, could very well be a sensory illusion. Whatever the case, I'm digging it.

Smooth, slick, resinous but somehow not sticky, this is texturally bright and buoyant and works well with the dazzling flavors on display.

A unique take on hop-centric beers and, more specifically, a stand-alone IPA. Big and bold of flavor, but so well-balanced in every aspect that it's one of the more drinkable of its type. I'm a fan.

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Photo of spicelab
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mahogany brown. Dense, two-finger head. Good lacing and retention.

Amazingly refined aroma. Freshly cut herbs and wet grass, sav blanc hops, passionfruit, pineapple and melons. Deeper down, the malt eventually gets a say.

The Sav Blanc hops really bite hard in the mid palate; all of the fruity notes in the nose are also there but have to work a bit harder to push aside the earthy, vegetative backbone.

Chewy, full, slightly drying mouthfeel.

Dangerously drinkable. The distinctiveness and spunk of this brew makes tracking down more an absolute necessity.

New Zealand, you're killing us! Not only are you absolutely schooling our craft industry you're giving our winemakers fits. If this is representative of a future direction in IPAs I'm very excited to be a particiapnt.

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Photo of beerdrifter
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at my favorite beer store in Belgium, Dranken Geers. Crystal clear copper-amber pour with two finger head that quickly fades with nice lacing. The nose is all New Zealand hops. Especially prominent are the Nelson Sauvin, my favorite! The taste is all New Zealand as well. The hops are dominant and unique. Resiny and distinctly Kiwi. There's a bit of grapefruit and pine, but not like an American IPA. And that signature Nelson Sauvin earthy, vinous, almost oniony flavor. For me it's hard to describe, but I just know that I love it. The mouthfeel is oily and slightly chewy with a nice bitter and subtly dry finish. This is one of those unique beers that stand out in a crowded IPA market. These Kiwis are a force to be reckoned with!

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at Blue Dog

This is a great beer. The color was a deep orange with some off gold highlights and a firm off white cap on top, decent retention and stick. Smell is hopped up, west coast style with a sweet malt build, very pungent with tropic fruit and just freshness from the keg vs bottle. Smells like some of ports DIPA's. Taste is extremely pleasing and soothing without going overboard with bitterness. Juicy, with big tropics, some pine and some bubblegum in the back, a semi sweet note, well rounded. Feel is medium, a nice build, not watery, I would order this again in a heartbeat.

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Photo of Weisenbeer
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

New Zealand...who knew!? This is an excellent, hop filled and flavorful IPA. Got it in bomber size from a local specialty store. I had never seen it before and had no knowledge of this brewer before my purchase. Highly recommend this terrific brew if you can find it.

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Photo of gkunkle
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a thick caramel/brown color with a 1/2 inch white head that recedes to a decent foam across the top of my beer. It sticks around 2-3mm and leaves some splotchy lacing in my glass. This beer is opaque, even when held to light I cannot see through this beer. By visual inspection I would not have guessed it to be an IPA. The smell is of caramel and a bit f hops, slightly grassy and spicy. I can't exactly say how the hops smell, it's a new smell to me, but suffice it to say they smell very nice. Upon examination of the bottle I discovered that its "best by" date was in September, which would explain why I lack the intense hop flavors others have noticed. The taste comes in with a caramel sweetness and some grassy hops. I feel this beer falls in the gray area between IPA and DIPA, due to its mouthfeel and alcohol content. Overall I really enjoyed this beer, despite the faded hops. I'd love to get my hands on a fresh bottle if I'm ever in Australia or New Zealand.

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