Hopwired | 8 Wired Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
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 BierJager89
4.56/5  rDev +12.3%
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 Drknight
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of HopsintheSack
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of smakawhat
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
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 -2.2%
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 DamageCase76
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of DRTBrewster
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of brandonld23
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of JasonLovesBeer
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
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 ncstateplaya
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of tednkelly
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of Ianleesrivette
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of DaftCaskBC
3.94/5  rDev -3%
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 Poupae
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of BeerNDoggerel
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of cestlavie
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of dragomni
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of ToddThompson
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of JandJMD
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
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 Agentveba
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of FondueVoodoo
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled December 11, 2012.

A: Pours a wonderfully clear bronze with 3-4 fingers of big fluffy light tan head. Clumps of lacing scattered all over the sides of the glass.

S: Mixture of pine, citrus, tropical fruits and a slight skunkiness together with some sweet notes of caramel malts. Notes of floral scents and possibly coriander.

M: Pine notes are more dominant in the taste as compared to the smell together with orange peel, and tropical fruits. Mid notes of sweet caramel malts and finishes with mild bitterness.

M: Medium bodies with light to moderate carbonation. Slightly coating.

O: This was a nice IPA with more tropical fruit presence and malts than what we normally have here in BC. While my shop just received this it was far from fresh and I would love to try again when fresh.

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Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Molson2000
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Hopwired from 8 Wired Brewing Co.
4.06 out of 5 based on 355 ratings.
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