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Hopwired | 8 Wired Brewing Co.

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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:
#3,182
Reviews:
126
Ratings:
355
pDev:
9.63%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 355 |  Reviews: 126
Photo of visualmartyr
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of kjyost
4.58/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle purchased at the MLCC, produced on Dec 20ish /12 (too lazy to go check). Poured into a Beau's 650 mL ceramic mug. Pours clear with a great white head that laces well. Nose is full of fruity & tropical hops with not much else going on. This is clearly going to be a hop bomb... And yes, yes it is. Tasty body with a giant amount of fruity hops across the palate and a light balanced bitterness. My wife found it bracing, but I wanted a bit more.

This is a beer worth having fresh again (and again, and again...).

YUM!

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Photo of VeggieNugget
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of schopenhauerale
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Mark5252
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of pintofparadise
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of mtbdonn
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle from Beers of Europe, England in a tall tulip glass.
A-Pours a very hazy, rusty, chestnut color with an average, off-white, frothy head which settles to a thin froth and leaves similar lace.
A-The nose is typical Nelson Sauvign hop with the passion fruit, lots of lime, rustic and floral, a bit of tangerine, and faint toasted caramel.
T-A bit of a hop letdown with still plenty of lime, very leafy and floral, light passionfruit, rustic notes moving into the finish. The palate is medium to full, nearly lively, velvety, and slightly oily. The beer finishes with more rustic and lime, still leafy, and slightly caramelly. A very nice use of the New Zealand hops with the tropical fruit notes and pleasant, moderately high bitterness. The malts add just enough sweetness to balance and avoid from being dry and astringent.
M-Wonderfull creamy texture, averagely carbonation.
O-A different take on the modern DIPA-style; very satisfying, rich, bold IPA.

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Photo of sloelco
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of durlta
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of endovelico
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Orange blossom honey color. Medium high apparent effervescence. Thin layer of foam that quickly fizzles out. A little haze. Little lacing.

Smell: Medium in intensity. Mango, Passion fruit and that Dried leaves like flavour that indicates aggressive dry-hopping. Very pleasant, but still a bit rough around the edges and lacking a bit in depth.

Taste: Follows up on the nose pretty tightly. The exotic fruits and vegetable flavours seem to have an equal part in the overall profile. The very same criticism applies here.

Mouthfeel: Medium to medium full bodied. Medium to medium low carbonation. Medium high bitterness. Lasting caramelly / vegetable mix flavour.

Overall: A very decent IPA, but one that left me somewhat disappointed. I've tasted kiwi-hopped brews only a few times, but theres no doubt in my mind that kiwi-dominated brews have all the potential to become the next big thing in the craft brewing world; All that is needed is some very potent showcases of the ridiculously exuberant, yet elegant hop character. Unfortunately, this isn't the case. It's a great brew and one i wouldn't mind having many more times but it's just not there.

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Photo of UncleBrazzie
4.63/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A truly sensational brew! If you have any love at all for IPAs or hops, or are curious about that "new wave" of hoppy beers coming from the Pacific, then look no further: this is probably as good as it gets.

Wonderful deep golden colour, flirting with amber highlights but screams IPA from the moment it leaves the bottle.

Delicately carbonated, just enough to carry all the flavours yet still imparting that silky, almost boozy mouthfeel.

That nose! Rainforests and pineaple, passion fruit and tangerines. Take a good solid American-style IPA, and redirect the fragrance from grapefruit-and-citrus to tropical-fruit-and-grapes, and you probably end up somewhere close to this.

Aromas are sublimely understated and never too much: perfect balance and restraint make this superbly drinkable, never tiresome and a bit of a jungle adventure with every sip. It's got tons of flavour, but it's not a flavour bomb in the sense that it is never overpowering.

Absolutely recommended. In fact, cannot recommend enough.

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Photo of Timadae
4.34/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Golden colour with nice fluffy head. Nice lacing.

S: Bursting with trpical fruits lime lychee and a hint of gooseberry. Reminds me of great Nelson Sauvignon Blanc with a malty twist.

T: Fresh crisp taste with great hoppiness, lots of hoppy citrus flavours, nice biterness. Nicely integrated maltiness with a clean finish.

A great refreshing IPA!

Serving type: bottle

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

Poured a crystal clear amber gold with a two-finger white head. Excellent lacing.

Smell: Tropical, with a strange, berry-like twist. Very interesting, almost off-putting at first, but I was able to tame it.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Moderate bitterness up front, then comes some of the hop flavor, very unique profile. It still comes through as berry-like, but not really sweet. There is a nice malt backbone that does not play any major part aside from balance, clean yeast and dry finish.

Overall, a very good IPA, very interesting hops, I am curious to know what varieties they used. My guess is Nelson Sauvin, and maybe some Galaxy, just based on my homebrewing experience.

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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 cbnz
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of bmf5581
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of StJamesGate
4.44/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amber-tinged blonde with creamy, sand-coloured head that trails.
Ridiculous nose - pure mango wafts across the room with peach, passionfruit and resin underneath.
Sugar cookie, some toffee and maybe a bit of peach and then mad passionfruit, Seville orange, and lime sherbet hops with a pinch of peppery spice. Sprucey resin comes out as it warms. Lots of layers.
Spiced white grape finish and long chalky gooseberry linger.
Crisp, light, some cling, oily, salty.

Southern Cross, Motueka, Nelson Sauvin for an all-NZ hop bill.

Probably the purest NZ IPA I've tasted. Blindfolded I'd say I was sniffing a fresh mango, there are real IBUs in a dry body with minimal malts, and the aroma hops are just a tropical fruit party (NS only kicks in at the end, and weakly.) Seriously, I've had smoothies that are less fruity. Which doesn't make it malty - if anything, it's too lean, falling very much on the Cali side of how to do an IPA, in the best way.

Deserves all the plaudits.

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Photo of avaldivia
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Shnanign
4/5  rDev -1.2%

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 terence
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of bumchilly25
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of mmurphy525
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of sneaks2210
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Odysseyalien
4.65/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found this at "Total Wine and More" in West Orange,NJ. A very nice change of pace and different take on the usual IPA. The New Zealand hops give it a more tropical flavor, unlike any beer I've had before. The head was about average, maybe an inch and a half and dissipates fairly quickly. Broad lacing as I slowly sip away at this gem.

I'm going to have to make this part of my regular rotation. Hopefully the store I got this from can keep it coming. A real nice and unexpected treat.

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