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

Added by ADZA on 11-26-2010

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Photo of Jeffo
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this from the Mitra in Maarssen.

From a bottle into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a 1+ medium looking, foamy white head with good retention. Hazy safety orange in color with no carbonation. Slowly fades to a full foamy cap leaving lacing clinging to the sides of the glass. Splotchy wisp remains leaving some decent lacing on the glass as it empties.

SMELL: Melon, honeydew, pale malts, light grapefruit notes with some lemon and lime on the nose. Bold enough.

TASTE: Pale malts, melon notes, some citrus, lemon and lime, and grapefruit at the swallow. Bold and lingering finish of bitter grapefruit, citrus, lemon and lime, light caramel sweetness and plenty of hop bitterness.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes dry. Enough hop bitterness lingers.

OVERALL: Good stuff. Very hop forward and a nice mouthfeel to support it. An enjoyable new-world IPA that is well worth the effort. Pick it up if you get the chance. Recommended.

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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 mdagnew
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle bought from The Vineyard, Belfast

Poured a copper orange colour. Light tan head poured thick and fairly foamy then faded to light covering...

Aroma - Grassy and piney hops backed by nice caramel maltiness, faint nuttiness, orange peel, ground pepper, floral honey notes, some herbal hints, garlic, some saltiness, grapefruit, pineapple and citrus fruitiness, hint of rubber...

Taste - Some caramel maltiness first then the piney and grassy hops come to the fore... some sweet honey traces... grapefruit, peach and pineapple fruitiness. Light bready traces, quite floral, some saltiness, the faintest of metallic notes..

M&D - Fairly smooth and creamy... medium/full bodied... dangerously drinkable

Overall - A very good IPA - nothing ground breaking just a good, clean well made IPA... recommended...

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Photo of Benjo87
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No bottle date, so idea of the freshness.

Look - aggressive poor yielded a one finger head that dissipated to a thin lacing. Dark golden bronze like colour.

Smell - Smells very juicy. Passionfruit and pineapple are the first things that come to my mind. Smells awesome.

Taste - It's not dry at all. It has a juicy tropical taste that lingers around for a while. Malt comes through on the backend with a bitter finish. It's a strong IPA, but not in the sense of the alcohol, the hops linger for a while. It has quite a dank finish. I think I'd give it a better score if the bottle was fresh.

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Photo of SDak
3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

19.9oz bottle.

L a bit hazy deep honey with some red tones capped by a large bubble off white head
S caramely oxidation notes at first then into some orange marmalade and alfalfa
T juicier than the aroma suggests with some deep dank grass pronounced in the finish
F medium dry with a pleasant bitterness and warmth in the throat
O Its great now and if this was fresh I’m sure it would be excellent being from New Zealand.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color with a short off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains earthy hops, caramelized malts and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out starts out with a hearty malt character up front. Then some caramel and citrus sweetness comes in. The hops presence is strong but not over-powering and brings a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a decent IPA to drink for a while.

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Photo of jlindros
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Jackie's Beer Nest in Shanghai.

Big creamy head, murky orange red color.

Nose big sweet toasty malts, lots of candied orange peel, fruity, mild green skin and guava like tropical notes, hint booze warmth.

Taste sweet candy malts, toasted reddish candy malts, caramel candy, candied orange peel, zest, juicy tropical but a sweet syrupy tropical jam. Grassy earthy hop notes but mostly spicy and tropical. Finish semi sweet candy, little syrupy, mostly earthy spicy and citrus peel hops lingering.

Mouth med to fuller bod, decent carb.

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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 philipwalter
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It has this really intense and immense caramel sweetness that balances this as a beer, draws you in and makes you forget that it's slightly stronger than it is. It's just nice.

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Photo of AngusOg
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap.

The hop flavors in the finish are really nice, but there's just a little too much sweet maltiness muddying things up for me to really love this beer. Almost reminds me if a hoppy barlywine. And for the price, I definitely will not be ordering again.

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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 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 RStansel
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear, orange-tinted copper with medium head retention. A blast of papaya & mango on the nose; full bodied, with a fruit-salad-stuffed mid-palate; smooth, but alcohol is a bit out of check on the finish; rich, v. smooth mouthfeel. The tropical fruit profile on this is unique, a rare example of packaging copy accurately describing its beer. Let's hope there are more NZ ales like this being brewed for export.

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Photo of barczar
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at a reputable bar, so should be pretty fresh.

Slight haze with moderate cream head that dissipates to a ring of foam.

Aroma is very floral, with hints of grapefruit tartness and resin. Honeysuckle dominates. Dank cannabis surfaces late.

Flavor reveals tropical fruit notes of mango and pineapple mixed with grapefruit and tangerine, finishing perfumey and floral. Bitterness level is medium, with an herbal note surfacing in the aftertaste. Juicy, fruity hops dominate, and are supported by a lightly bready malt backbone.

I'm a sucker for flavoring over bittering hops, especially tropical fruit. Right up my alley.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

All New Zealand hops. More subtle than an American IPA. Larger malt backbone. It's good, but not my favorite. Run of the mill................................

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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 drtth
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a clear amber color tinged with orange and a 1/2" white head that recedes slowly.

The aromas include lots of tropical fruits and some white wine, all backed up by some noticeable malt.

The flavors are similar to the nose with the addition of a bit of malt sweetness. The tropical fruits include some mango, a bit of lime and even hints ksome Kiwi fruit. There are also notes of white wine grapes and some nice dry bitterness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and prickly from the active carbonation. The finish begins as the fruit flavors and sweetness begin to fade, followed by the white grapes, leaving behind some of that nice dry bitterness that invites another sip.

An enjoyable beer that I'd like to have again someday, if I happen to find it on offer. Well made and I think the New Zealand are well worth exploring a bit more.

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Photo of Hendry
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Amber orange pour, 1 finger of off white head, spotty lacing.

Aroma is subdued in the hops arena: malts are what shine through and likely due to the freshness factor, or lack thereof.

Taste is malt forward with some moderate hop bitterness in the mix.

Mouthfeel is medium, brisk carbonation.

There is a reason they don't export these bottles with dates on them: it is a long journey from the other size of the world to the United States, where it can be challenging enough finding a fresh domestic IPA, never mind one from down under. This tasted much like other Kiwi hopped IPAs that I've had that were also past their prime: when fresh, they are excellent.
It is likely this bottle was produced 6 months ago, which is not the fault of the beer, but the end result is an underwhelming 16.9 oz. $11 bottle that will never be purchased again.

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Photo of MikeReserva
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Copper-coloured, looks filtered, white head that lasts.

Smell: Pine, Kiwi, Orange, Grassy, Apple. Nelson Sauvin is dominant.

Taste: Malt sweetness up front, then lots of tropical fruits. Lots of limes, kiwi, grapefruit. Followed by spicey pine, finishes quite bitter.

Mouthfeel: perfect. It's very thick and creamy, especially for 'only' 7.2%. Still very sparkling, which suits the taste very well

Overall: Very nice, balanced IPA. Beautiful balance between sweet malt up front and lingering bitterness as finish, also balanced in fruity vs. spicey / pine. It has depth/complexity which could make it a hate-it-or-love-it beer. I think it's very well done, and would really like this one again soon.

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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 smakawhat
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a tulip pint glass.

Crystal clear, copper orange body, with lots of rising carbonation that is very thin, but noticeable. Head is soapy white and makes three fingers tall, and settles to a very shampoo like puck, with island retention and some soapy lacing.

Real nice hop front nose, juicy and rich with some tropical notes, and hints of citrus. Malt presence is a little bit subdued but the hop nose is a bit varied and lush.

Real interesting palate. Hop front comes a bit more pine like in taste and there is an incredibly toasty aroma of toasted brown sugar on the finish. Playful carbonation and almost champagne like crispness with some caramel thick malt sensations. Tropical notes hinted on the nose don't come out as obvious in flavor, but there is a nice indistinguishable hop fruit like component.

Overall it's the malt behind this I find most impressive, and the hops are utilized well and have great aroma. Real solid IPA.

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Photo of AaronHomoya
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a a bottle as I am trying to get every example of NZ/Australian hops I can. Hopefully pretty fresh. The beer is nice and clear in appearance, even though it is not fully filtered. Fine bubbles with decent lacing. Aroma is very nice, with the expected tropical fruit, lemon, floral and slight vanilla note. Taste is similar, with a light caramel malt backbone. Very smooth mouthfeel and no sign of the 7.3% ABV. Not a hop bomb, as it finishes lightly, but a well balanced and tasty brew with an interesting change of pace in the hops.

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Photo of JasonLovesBeer
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Deep gold with healthy off-white head

S: Love it. Big floral and big citrus, just a bouquet of aromas.

T: Grapefruit and floral, fresh and clean but with some tree-bark bitterness. Very nice but not the end-all-be-all either

M: No notes

O: Really enjoyed but not the best value around here. Still, those New Zealand hops do offer a bit of a different take than the typical PNW stuff I'm used to, and in a good way.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottling date: 12/11/2012

I expect the hop presence to be muted on this one since it is nearing a year old.

A: 1/2" foamy creamy white head over amber liquid.

S: Mostly caramel malt with some yeast and citrus notes.

T: Lime, grass, green pepper, lemon, pineapple, guava, gooseberries over a rich caramel backbone.

M: Medium viscosity and carbonation.

O: Although the hops have faded, I could tell that this was well-balanced representation of a NZ IPA.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a bright orangey color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of floral hops with light tropical fruits notes is quite enticing. Taste is also dominated by some tropical fruits notes, with some flora hoppy notes and almost no bitterness. Malt backbone is quite solid but doesn’t interfere with the hops profile. Body is about average with good carbonation. Very well brewed but I was expecting an even more powerful explosion of tropical fruits.

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