Hopwired | 8 Wired Brewing Co.

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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
Ratings:
355
Reviews:
126
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
9.61%
 
 
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38
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44
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of WeissBoy
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of BGDrock
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear copper; big, egg-white head with strong retention and lacing

Aroma: bright citrus - orange grapefruit, lime - hinting at sweet and bitter; some spruce elements as well but generally it's on the fruity side

Taste & Mouthfeel: lightly oily, creamy texture; starts with a mild, simple, sweet malt flavour, but then the hops rush in with biting resin bitterness just barely caressed with lingering caramel malt; the citrus elements of the nose aren't present, this is all spruce tips; after time, things start to balance out and tropical, floral fruits gain the strength to balance out the hops very well -

Overall: it really becomes something interesting about halfway through, could make for a good sessionable beer with fresh, vibrant attributes throughout

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Photo of hopnerd
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Digimaika2
3.77/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled with a production date of December 11, 2012.

(4.0) A: Beautiful clear copper with a creamy/bubbly white foam head. Retention isn’t the longest lasting but good lacing.

(3.75) S: Pine, citrus rind, bit of toffee, and baked bread. Slightly damp and earthy. Emits an overall mellow aroma that isn’t overpowering.

(3.75) T: Similar to aroma with pine, citrus, and biscuit tastes predominant. Light herbal qualities that comes across minty. Pleasantly dry and bitter with a clean finish. Easy to drink.

(3.75) M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Slight grainy texture without much oily character.

(3.75) D: A nice IPA that has all the textbook qualities of the style.

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Photo of yancot
4.46/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.44/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on Dec 11, 2012 and freshly arrived locally. A little disappointing given the almost 4 months of age on this one.

Poured in to tulip.

A - Translucent medium orange with two fingers of cream coloured head.

S - Passion fruit, peach, tangerine and a substantial honey malt sweetness. The bitterness is very restrained.

T - A moderate bitterness up front with mango, passion fruit and orange peel flavours. A prominent caramel malt sweetness provides a lot of balance. The hop flavours are very muted overall.

M - Medium body; somewhat sticky. Moderate carbonation.

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3/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500mL bottle from the LCBO, part of the spring release. Around 6 bucks - not bad for a pint of good NZ craft IPA.

Poured into a nonic. Light caramel copper, about a half inch of head, with some terrific lacing and nice retention on the head.

The label and website describes this brew as being an all NZ brew, using NZ malts and hops - Nelson Sauvin, as well as two of the most Kiwi-sounding hop varieties one could imagine: Motueka and Southern Cross. This unique character certainly appears in the nose for this beer, which is certainly piney and strong malted grain, but the fruit is not the typical pithy grapefruit. It is something else - wine, tropical fruit, a few other odds and ends I can't quite pick out. Certainly highly enjoyable, and of its own kind.

Tastes much as it smells - a terrific blend of strong bitter pine and grain alongside subtle grape, guava or papaya (who am I kidding, I can't tell - call it non-citrus tropical fruit). A true sipping IPA. Nicely carbonated, mild bodied.

I've yet to be disappointed by a NZ craft beer; this is the first one that really brew me away. The Nelson Sauvin gets full billing here, and does superbly to help create a unique, tasty IPA. I will certainly be back for more of this.

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Photo of andrenaline
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice golden colour, solid thumb of off-white soapy head with solid retention and nice sporadic lacing.

S - Nice sweet and earthy pine and cedar hops, solid citrus profile, hits of caramel and candied sugar.

T - Flavour profile matches the scent to a T, with the earthy pine and cedar notes coming through and nicely balanced with the caramel flavours and bitter citrus lingering on the finish.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and a touch of dryness.

O - A tasty brew that held up surprisingly well coming all the way from NZ. Definitely worth a try and I'd imagine the hop profile might be a bit more rich fresh from the brewery. I don't recall this quality of brew when I was visiting NZ well over 10 years ago, but they sure have stepped up their game.

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Photo of hopsolutely
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Wow. What a pleasant surprise. Lots of American-style flavour with a relatively low ABV.

Pours a beautiful clear, copper colour with a reasonable white head. Brilliant pine and tropical fruit aroma with a nice caramel malt base. Some of the fruits in the aroma I can't quite identify, but that may be the guava or others listed on the label that I know solely by name. The flavour is both well balanced and complex, with a refreshingly bracing bitterness after the sweet smorgasbord of the body. Fruit flavours range from citrus to “tropical” – and are a real pleasure to drink.

Very impressive. Would highly recommend, and will definitely seek out more.

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Photo of biegaman
4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

8 Wired Hopwired has a brassy and shimmering complexion, like a shiny new penny. Its toasty tone does nothing to compromise the spotless clarity. Its head rises in the glass like bread baking in the oven, only eventually to dissipate, little by little, until in time the surface is virtually flat.

For a hop-bomb, the aroma isn't so punchy; it exudes a lot of warming, toasty caramel malt notes that resemble maple fudge or almond bark. But at its core the beer is pure fruit and citrus: pineapple, passionfruit, white peach, blood orange, lime, and aromatic guava. There's also shavings of tree bark. It becomes even better as it warms.

The hops offer such a variety of flavours that I could agree to tasting nearly any fruit suggested: not only citrus ones such as lime, blood orange, grapefruit but other favourites such as mango, guava, passionfruit, apricot, green apple, gooseberry, and, fitting enough, even kiwi. The brewery is spot-on calling this a "tropical punchbowl". All this despite almost 4 months in the bottle and a voyage across the globe! Bready, biscuity malts provide a strong foundation.

The waves of citrus fruit spill out into streams of juicy and acidic textures in the mouthfeel. The fruit is somewhat pithy but far more ripe compared to many American examples. New Zealand hops (the Nelson Sauvin variety in particular) seem to have the same piercingly grassy and abundantly fruity aromatic intensity as New Zealand's famous Sauvignon Blanc grapes. That tiny island(s) truly has an embarrassment of riches when it comes to grapes and hops.

Hopwired is brewed exclusively with New Zealand grown malt and hop varieties; each bottle is essentially a traveling advertisement for New Zealand agriculture - and what better endorsement could you ask for? Unlike most every other wine region in the world, New Zealand produces almost exclusively premium wines and, from what I've tried, they produce only premium beers too. Hey, if this is what your land and people are capable of, why not have such high standards?

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Photo of timeo
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

0.5L bottle from the Spadina/Dundas LCBO in Toronto. $6.25. Production date: December 11/2012.

Deeply excited to try this beer due to the Nelson Sauvin hops which I first had the pleasure of tasting through Bellwoods' Monogamy series. Initial pour revealed an orange-amber colour, with a fair amount of head retention. Taste is thicker than I thought it would be - not syrupy, yet lacking in that thin bitter punch that I've come to expect from IPAs. Smell is also atypical, overwhelmingly fruity and tropical - a real difference from the regular American and Canadian IPAs. Bitterness levels are also good though not particularly strong (no tingly sensation in mouthfeel), alcohol nicely masked (7.3%).

Overall, would buy again.

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Photo of kwjd
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of spinrsx
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for 6.25$

Appearance - Clear copper with an average size fizzy off-white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for around 3 minutes.

Smell - Hops, malts, pineapple, guava, kiwi?

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste caramel, malts, and hops. There is also some grapefruit and some pineapple mixed with guava/kiwi/strawberry sweetness. It ends with a fruity aftertaste with a medium amount of hop bitterness.

Overall – An interesting beer that definitely warrants trying at least once. The price point might keep me away to some extent given that there are 6 packs of great IPA's for 12$. But this is a nice change of pace IPA for every now and then.

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Photo of brureview
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a beautiful light tea color with lacing into a tulip. The head was a vanilla color, and there was good lacing in the glass. Served at 52 F(11 C).

The aroma was unusual: vanilla and light grapefruit. I don't recall smelling or tasting vanilla
in a DIPA, but the vanilla in this beer was strong in the nose, and continued after warming.

The mouth feel was well carbonated.

The beer didn't taste very hoppy at first. I expected more hoppiness, which is usually the strongest taste element in a DIPA. This beer was moderately hoppy, with some grapefruit- mostly a grapefruit rind taste. There was some bitterness.

The finish was smooth, and the hoppiness increased with warming. The vanilla-light grapefruit nose continued with warming.

Overall- an unusual imperial IPA. Vanilla and light grapefruit nose, light grapefruit taste, and a relatively smooth well-balanced finish with warming. The taste did become more grapefruit( tropical? ) with warming.

Excellent DIPA. However, there is no bottle date. Perhaps the beer wasn't freshly brewed, so it was difficult to figure if the lack of hoppiness usually present in DIPAs was due to an older bottle or the character of New Zealand hops.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of sclitch
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of MadScientist
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of KFBR392
2.34/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Appearance: Lighter orange color then one would expect from an DIPA/IIPA. Head was thin on the pour, struggled to get to about a finger. Slightly below average carbonation throughout.

Smell: Light citrus and lime zest. A musty hop aroma. A good amount of pine on the undertones as well.

Taste: Again just too faint. All of the flavor seem to run into one another and nothing stands out. Forgettable front of the beer which yields to a touch of crispy hops. Some orange peel and sour pine run through the body. A light dryness on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Word of the day is light. Forgettable overall.

Overall: This was a new product at one of the bottle shops I visit every once in a while. But I have a sneaking suspicion that this is an old brew. My experience is too far off what other BA'ers have experience to really be believable. I've been very impressive with New Zealand IPA's so hopefully one day I can edit this review.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of IanSpindler
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of jwat
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of DarkLordPsycho
4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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