Hopwired | 8 Wired Brewing Co.

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4.05 w/ 355 ratings

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 virinow
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of ocelot2500
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, slightly orange color with a tight, white head that leaves chunks of lacing.

Smells of fruity hops with a bit of buttery toffee.

Tastes of clean hop notes up front with a nice malt backbone. Hops lead off with tropical notes of melon and pineapple. This leads into some grassy, pine, and citrus notes. Moderately bitter, but could be more so for a DIPA. Toasted malt gently wades its way in with light caramel notes along with toffee and toasted bread.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a good IPA, that I would not quite classify as a DIPA. It gets knocked down to a 3.5 due to price, $9.98 for a half liter.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of heygeebee
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From Warners. No BB.

From iPod notes.

Pours a fabulous slightly hazy deep gold amber with a two finger head. Head dies to a film, with spotty lace.

Aromas of pine resin, some hops, and citrus grapefruit.

Taste is complex and medium heavyweight hop driven with a wonderful malt backbone. Grapefruit and lemon.

Mouthfeel is a little under carbonated, medium weight, verging on oily but not quite.

Overall a really well made example of style.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of BARFLYB
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at Blue Dog

This is a great beer. The color was a deep orange with some off gold highlights and a firm off white cap on top, decent retention and stick. Smell is hopped up, west coast style with a sweet malt build, very pungent with tropic fruit and just freshness from the keg vs bottle. Smells like some of ports DIPA's. Taste is extremely pleasing and soothing without going overboard with bitterness. Juicy, with big tropics, some pine and some bubblegum in the back, a semi sweet note, well rounded. Feel is medium, a nice build, not watery, I would order this again in a heartbeat.

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2.5/5  rDev -38.3%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

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

Pours a honey-golden hue with rather thick head of white silky head. Nose is fresh citrusy and pine. Palate offers a grapefruit delight with plenty of pine, some sharpness from the hop bite and citrusy interplay, and light candied malt to balance it just a little. Finish offers more grapefruit and pine.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very hazy golden-orange with a finger of frothy off-white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of grapefruit, pineapple, tropical, floral, and spicy hops with some sweet caramel and lightly bready malts.

T - Starts off with some grapefruit, pineapple, and tropical hops with some bitterness and some sweet caramel malts. Through the middle, some floral, grassy, and spicy hops come through with some more bitterness and some biscuity malts. The finish is a mix of tropical and floral hops with some resiny bitterness and sweet bready malts.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry and bitter finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice strong hop profile and bitterness throughout. Good overall balance.

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Photo of inandon
3.64/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From first smell it has an overwhelming earthy, grassy, and hoppy feel. But as soon as it was tasted it wasn't as strong as it seemed.

It has a great look and smell but the taste and mouth feel just wasn't there. Wish it was more hoppier that would fit the name better.

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Photo of beerdrifter
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at my favorite beer store in Belgium, Dranken Geers. Crystal clear copper-amber pour with two finger head that quickly fades with nice lacing. The nose is all New Zealand hops. Especially prominent are the Nelson Sauvin, my favorite! The taste is all New Zealand as well. The hops are dominant and unique. Resiny and distinctly Kiwi. There's a bit of grapefruit and pine, but not like an American IPA. And that signature Nelson Sauvin earthy, vinous, almost oniony flavor. For me it's hard to describe, but I just know that I love it. The mouthfeel is oily and slightly chewy with a nice bitter and subtly dry finish. This is one of those unique beers that stand out in a crowded IPA market. These Kiwis are a force to be reckoned with!

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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of match1112
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours crystal clear copper color with a half inch of white sudsy head. ring after ring of lacing is left behind as this is drank down. smell and taste are very similiar, no surprises. lots of citrus, grapefruit, tropical fruit, and grass blend wonderfully to makwe one hell of an ipa. mouthfeel is medium to light. carbonation is spot on for me. a touch of oil in the body with a short lived dry finish. very well done beer. get one if you can. mouthfeel was marked down because it tasted like a burnt brown sugar note on the finish, just a little too strong of burnt flavor for me.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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

A: Pours a crystal clear deep copper in color with some very light hints of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall light beige head made up of large bubbles which reduces to a small patch of large bubbles and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate notes of toffee malt sweetness under a strong presence of hops. I detect mostly tropical hops with passionfruit, papaya, and some kind of berry (maybe blackberry). There are also some light hints of grapefruit/citrus and pine.

T: The taste of this beer is similar to the smell - there is a moderate amount of malt sweetness with caramel, toffee, and honey notes. Additionally there are lots of tropical hop flavors including passionfruit, papaya, and blackberry. There is a light note of grape as well as grapefruit/citrus. Very light amounts of non-lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Moderate amounts of dryness in the finish. Slightly sticky/resinous.

O: I really enjoyed this beer and found it to have a great aroma and flavor. I like the strong hop flavors without a lot of bitterness. Definitely one to get again.

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2.75/5  rDev -32.1%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Hopwired from 8 Wired Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 86.2% out of 100 with 355 ratings
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