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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poured 500ml bottle into snifter. Thanks Nick!

A - Wonderful clear light bronze with a foamy 2 finger white head. Fades to a thick collar and leaves a nice webbing of lace on my glass.

S - Citrus, lime, orange, tropical fruit, and pine seem to dominate, but there are subtle floral and earthy hop notes. I pick up a bit of honeysuckle and bread as well as other sweet floral scents.

T - Starts with a bitter pine, but yields to more citrus (lime and orange), and tropical fruit. Some sweetness comes in the middle that is like honeysuckle and bread. Finish is a nice citrus bitter flavor.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and oily finish with a nice bitter linger.

O - My first beer from NZ and it does not disappoint. Very nice IPA with unique NZ hops. Very glad I got to try this.

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Finally I succumbed to the temptation of a Growler - the fact that it is fresh from the tap and reasonably priced may have something to do with it... or the fact that I am a craft beer fanatic (I even have 2 brewery T-shirts) may have something more to do with it. Who cares, I've got a Growler now. And what better way to christen it than to have a NZ IPA from my favourite alehouse 'The Archive'? None.

Poured from a 2L Growler into a Stein.

A: A standard cloudy amber body, no head just white soap lacing: this is a hallmark of a good hoppy IPA.

S: There is a great aroma of caramel malts on the fore with pineapple, guava and a hint of tangerine hops, all very appealing. The hops aren't full-on and vying for attention though which is a pleasant change in an IPA.

T: The above aromas present well in the flavour profile. This is sweeter and less bitter than expected of an IPA, with a nice tropical fruit nectar prevalent throughout. Then the aftertaste kicks in sharp and bitter like a typical American IPA. On a second sip one can note a floral potpourri taste and buttery Dycetyl.

M: Mid to light body. Carbonation is flat however this may be a characteristic of the Growler, will know when I review my next Growler brew.

D: This is one easy-to-drink IPA, could quite easily enjoy a full session on this beer. Balanced and interesting, well crafted, a fine example of an antipodean brew. Ten thumbs up (and 'yes' I am a mutant with ten thumbs so that statement is perfectly viable for me).

Food match: The tropical fruitiness of this brew would lend itself well with a classic Kiwi Hāngi; roast pork, cabbage, taro, and sweet potato. Other than that Thai or Malaysian cuisine is a winner too.

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Hopwired from 8 Wired Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 356 ratings
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