Hopwired | 8 Wired Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
4.05/5
355 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
8 Wired Brewing Co.
New Zealand (Aotearoa)
8wired.co.nz

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,175
Reviews:
126
Ratings:
355
pDev:
9.63%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
38
Gots:
44
Trade:
0
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Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very pleasant and flavourful IPA. Unusual white wine flavours, citrus, mango, melon, berry, apricot. High IBU. Very good taste profile but for hopheads. Huge head, retained at three-quarters of an inch. Hop aromas are floral and citrus. Dry aftertaste. Carbonation is suitable, making it into a bt of a brut.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of GRG1313
3.47/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber orange with a short pure white head.

Nose is cactus green and a grassy carmel. Almost a fresh sweet green pepper character.

Mouthfeel is lightly creamy and medium bodied with light/elegant carbonation. Feels nice and its inviting.

Flavors are grassy, herbal and a bit medicinal pine bitter with a lightly sweet front palate. Finish is pine bitter but is long and gets a "heavy, droopy bitter" character in the end game.

Very drinkable and certainly not your typical English or American double IPA. (More towards the English than the American style).

There is no "freshness" in the bitter quality which is the biggest downfall for my tastes.

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Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Knapp85
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This poured out as a slightly hazed golden color with a nice fluffy white head. The retention last for a little while, the lacing is very sticky leaving some clumps of foam on the glass after each sip. The smell of the beer is hoppy, floral, sweet and fruity. The taste is a bit on the earthy side with some subtle pine notes and tropical fruit. The mouthfeel is medium to heavy bodied. It's got a nice carbonation and good drinkablity. Overall it's a damn good IPA. I can't find much to complain about on this one. Worth having again and trying for a first time.

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Photo of t0rin0
2.75/5  rDev -32.1%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I absolutely love the inspiration that American IPAs provide to up and coming brewing communities around the globe. With this new found inspiration, the real identity comes from the use of domestic ingredients from the region that the beer is brewed. In this case, New Zealand is capturing a taste all their own.

Hopwired pours with a rich bronze hue that's deeply ambered and brilliantly clear. A very creamy off white head builds atop the beer and retains stubbornly while lacing firmly on the glass. Despite its filtered look, the beer foots the bill of what IPAs in appearance.

Bold malt aromas set the stage with notes of toffee, caramel, and nutty brittle. But the firm malty scent that's somewhat reminescent of butterscotch is also accompanied with a thin and sharp grapefruit and spruce aroma that rivals the aromatic balance but falls just short of the hop dominance that's expected of the style.

Flavors however show the more classic balance of IPAs but with some peculiar flavors to boot. The toffeish malt flavors anchor the beer firmly so that a multicultural dance of white grapefruit pith dances with exciting flavors of under ripened white grapes, sassafras, juniper berries (or gin-like) acidity, non-nondescript tropical fruits, and a piney bitterness sets in with a resin bitter finish that more than offsets the sweetness but garners a quick demand of flavor just before the finish.

Medium bodied, but the rich malt complexes make the beer feel richer than it should to start especially when considering the toffee influence of English ales where the malt is more fortified and the yeast is moderately attenuative. Yet the beer achieves a semi-dry finish with a resiny hop dryness of spruce, juniper, and grapefruit that form the final impressions of growing dryness that's slightly harsher and more astringent of grape seed than I would have liked.

Where the malts speak Brittish, the hop intensity speaks American, and the herbal/twangy hop aroma and taste speaks domestically New Zealand- the session leaves me with an uneasy heirachy for the beer, yet I find myself very satisfied with the beer.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, a nice surprise to see the first Kiwi microbrewery available in Alberta.

This beer pours a crystal clear, medium golden amber hue, with two bulbous fingers of silky and foamy off-white head, which leaves a few aggressive flourishes of whipped cream lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of bitter citrus rind, acerbic pine resin, blended tropical fruit, earthy black tea, and lightly toasted and somewhat buttery, grainy malt. The taste starts with a strong pine and spruce tips bitterness, some sugar-free grapefruit and lime fruitiness, with a few tropical fruit notes lending some subtle sweetness, until the bready, moderately caramelized malt brings up the rear, which is more or less free of any alcohol intransigence.

The bubbles are a tad playful, but harmless enough, the body a decently solid middleweight, but with a slightly tacky cloyingness, one which precludes outright smoothness. It finishes off-dry, the bitterness barely losing a half-step, and the fruitiness and malt doing well to keep things between the ditches.

A commendable strike into the heart of the American IPA West, despite the label's protestations to the contrary. I'm not getting a lot of the proclaimed Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc wine characteristics, beyond a minor tic in this otherwise textbook (in a good way!) bitter hops/adequate malt archetype of the west coast Yankee way. Good on 'em for trying, but the ideal seems to just resist change.

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Photo of oline73
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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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Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

A: Pours a crystal clear deep copper in color with some very light hints of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall light beige head made up of large bubbles which reduces to a small patch of large bubbles and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate notes of toffee malt sweetness under a strong presence of hops. I detect mostly tropical hops with passionfruit, papaya, and some kind of berry (maybe blackberry). There are also some light hints of grapefruit/citrus and pine.

T: The taste of this beer is similar to the smell - there is a moderate amount of malt sweetness with caramel, toffee, and honey notes. Additionally there are lots of tropical hop flavors including passionfruit, papaya, and blackberry. There is a light note of grape as well as grapefruit/citrus. Very light amounts of non-lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Moderate amounts of dryness in the finish. Slightly sticky/resinous.

O: I really enjoyed this beer and found it to have a great aroma and flavor. I like the strong hop flavors without a lot of bitterness. Definitely one to get again.

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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 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 dcmchew
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aroma of caramel malt, citrus, floral, resin. Taste tropical fruit, resin, grassyness bitterness, floral. Solid IPA!

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Photo of Rifugium
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

Cloudy, orange-amber pour, with a well-retaining white head that left spotty lacing on the glass. I'm assuming the advertised "New Zealand hops" were Nelson Sauvin, and yeah, I do love those. Hit of crisp fresh hops in the nose, citrus and tropical fruits, with a touch of mint. Much like the aroma, the taste was driven by hops, fresh and fruity, lemon, orange, pineapple, under-ripe mango, with a slightly piney bitterness; subtle biscuity malt base. The taste lacked the intensity of the aroma, but it was still quite good. Medium body, crisp mouthfeel, quite good overall.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mendvicdog
4/5  rDev -1.2%

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Hopwired from 8 Wired Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 355 ratings
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