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
Ratings:
355
Reviews:
126
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
9.61%
 
 
Wants:
40
Gots:
44
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 355 |  Reviews: 126
Photo of jlindros
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
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 DucksFan16
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of cantak
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

3.5

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Photo of iamstevetay
3.31/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bpayne88
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Photo of crow
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of a77cj7
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of beerpirates
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Andrewharemza
4.49/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours hazy light amber colour with a long lasting off-white head. A lot of citrusy and tropical hop aromas. Simple but balanced malty taste in the background. An explosion of Passion fruit, peach, grapes tropical fruit. Medium carbonation, long dry finish, leaves bittersweet fruitiness in the mouth. Excellent IPA.

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Photo of BPMeyer27
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Beer4Baltimore
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerBeast
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of life_of_agony
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of philipwalter
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It has this really intense and immense caramel sweetness that balances this as a beer, draws you in and makes you forget that it's slightly stronger than it is. It's just nice.

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Photo of BradleySteuart
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Eziel
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AngusOg
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap.

The hop flavors in the finish are really nice, but there's just a little too much sweet maltiness muddying things up for me to really love this beer. Almost reminds me if a hoppy barlywine. And for the price, I definitely will not be ordering again.

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Photo of kitch
4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 500ml bottle dated best before 1st October 2015 was poured into a pint glass.

A: The beer poured a hazy copper amber colour with a one and a half finger head with good retention leaving nice stringy lacing.
S: Immediate aroma was of pine, grapefruit and lime followed by lots of tropical fruits like mango and pineapple.
T: Taste was malt caramel sweetness followed by tropical fruit flavours especially mango, pineapple and orange finishing with a nice bitter pine and grapefruit.
M: Medium bodied, medium carbonation, and a slight sticky feeling.
O: A very nice balanced IPA. The sweet malts and tropical fruit flavours make it a must buy for me.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.46/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Strong aroma is very hoppy and has an undertone of sour citrus, a mixture of Mandarin orange and grapefruit with a hint of lemon. And, yes, I do get a hint of gooseberries. At least I think it’s gooseberries. Pours an attractive clear amber with a thick, pale golden-tan head. Flavor is seriously hoppy, more at evergreen than wood, a little bitter, notes of grapefruit and - gooseberries? Also got a yeasty hint. Texture has about average body and fizz, but leaves a good hoppy, woody, slightly bitter, slightly fruity finish. Get hopped up and wired for this one.

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Photo of windypete
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of delgotit99
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of reyna311
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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