Tall Poppy
8 Wired Brewing Co.

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Red Ale - American Amber / Red
3.94 | pDev: 8.63%
8 Wired Brewing Co.
New Zealand
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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Notes: This is an ale that is not afraid of standing tall among other great beers. The intense, sharp and fruity hoppiness is backed by its complex, caramel-like malty structure. Big, yet refreshing. Bold but balanced. This beer has been designed to have it all, to be the greatest common denominator.

60 IBU
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Sigmund from Norway

3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500 ml bottle, Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 7%. Cloudy amber to brown colour, large and creamy off-white head. Lovely aroma of fruity (particularly grapefruit) and piney American hops (Warrior, Columbus, Simcoe, Amarillo). The flavour is distinctly piney and resinous, the hops immediately take command of the malts in the background. Not very sweet, dry and bitter finish.

Feb 16, 2021
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Everydayoff from Thailand

4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

Translucent ruby amber color, the pour builds up massive silky light brown head that very well retains with excellent retention before slowly subsiding to an everlasting crown and leaving plenty of sticky lacing here and there.

Sweet caramel leads in the aroma together with the other malty scents of toasted bread, cocoa, toffee, and biscuit. Hop blends in and mingles to make some crisp by providing notes of citrus, lime, spice, pine, and resin.

The taste is obviously balance between the sweetness of caramel malt and the crispness of fruity hop. They both together lend notes of caramel, toasted bread, cocoa, sweet toffee, biscuit, all from malt while hop with its citrus, lime, spice, pine, resin, and moderate bitterness.

Medium body with smooth mouthfeel and rather low to moderate carbonation through the palate, the feeling is well-rounded and a bit crisp with a very dry finish.

This is what the Amber/Red Ale is all about.
A heavy dose of caramel and sweet malt – check.
A crisp and citrusy yet piney hop – check.
A balance between malt and hop – check.
All check.

Jun 26, 2017
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kitch from Hong Kong

3.23/5  rDev -18%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

A 330ml bottle from batch # 65 with a best before date of 25th January 2017, poured into a Moonzen teku glass.

Appearance: It poured a clear brown colour with a reddish hue and a just over one finger beige head that had good retention and left nice lacing.

Aroma: Strong caramel malt notes with some dark fruits like plum, prunes and raisins. There is also a touch of pine and earthiness.

Taste: A touch of booziness hits first followed by everything in the aromas. Caramel, dark fruit, prunes, plum and raisins. The finish gives a touch of tea, coffee, pine and citrus.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: More amber ale than IPA in my opinion. But it was overly boozy and caramel-ly on both aroma and taste for me to fully enjoy it.

Sep 13, 2016
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pbasran from Canada (BC)

3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Their Big Smoke blew me away so I looked forward to trying out another brew from this New Zealand brewery.
It's quite caramelish (more than I'd like)... It starts quite sweet and the hop blast leaves a pleasant linger. You don't get too much of the alcohol-taste, but you can tell it's not like making love in a canoe. Clean.

Normally I'd think it has a tad too much carbonation, but they work by revealing the hoppiness after your first swig. Clever (or just lucky with his batch).

Jul 02, 2016
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baumaxx1 from Australia

4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance -
Pours a dark red/amber/brown colour, and appears clear, but dark. Mocha white, 2 finger head, which dissipates to a thin, but sustained film. Little effervescence. Moderate lacing.

Smell -
Caramel malts, dark fruits, cocoa, cherries, raisins, with an earthy hop resin aroma. Almost dark ale territory. A bit like rum.

Taste -
Strong alcohol, rum and raisins as per the nose. Dark fruits, plum, dates, cherries and raisins. A hint of roast malts, giving coffee and a hint of flavour as if it was barrel aged. Bitter finish.

Mouthfeel -
Mild effervescence as observed with a medium, creamy body which lines the mouth (slightly oily perhaps). Refreshing on the way down nonetheless.

Overall -
A big, refreshing beer full of flavour. Lots of dark, roasted flavours. Just a touch unbalanced by the alcohol flavours, but an enjoyable brew nonetheless.

Jan 18, 2016
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Andrewharemza from Australia

4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From bottle, Pours Dark amber, big creamy light tanned head. Smell of ripe fruits, dark malts, dark fruits, hint of spices, pine and resins. Taste sweet, fruity, ripe fruits and dark malts blended nice together with woody and piny hops. Excellent stuff

Sep 24, 2015
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patre_tim from Thailand

3.54/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Dark brown with a ruby tinge, light haze, almost no carbonation, and a finger of yellowy beige head.

S: Your typical American Amber Ale, reminds me of Rogue’s version. Citrus and pine, dark caramel notes, slight stinky foot, dog hair.

T: Coffee, chocolate, caramel, pine and citrus notes, light bright finish.

M: Medium thick body, lots of foamy carbonation. Relatively dry with a light roasted coating left on the tongue.

O: Really well done brew. Love the name, the bottle, and the fact its from New Zealand. Bought on Wishbeer, drank in Kunming March 16th, 2015.

Mar 16, 2015
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safaricook from Netherlands

4.41/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On the tap at the Globe in Hong Kong. Served in a Rogue Pint Glass

Comes with a one finger off white head that looks creamy and delicious. It leaves a lacing too as the head reduces too a rim. Body is copper with a red hue. Carbonation hardly visible.

Smell is hoppy, fruity and piney hops, some caramel undertone, nice and pleasant

Taste is hoppy bitter of the grapefruit and piney sort with a malt backbone that is caramelly, somewhere between your typical american and english IPA. Ends dry and a littly resiny. Resiny bitterness lingers forever.

Feel is extremely smooth with some fine tickling, medium body, leaves you dry and wanting more.

Very nice IPA that grew on me while drinking. I haven't had such a nice IPA for ages. I like everything about it and I have nothing to complain except for making me burp quite a lot. This beer reminds me again why I love this style. Thank you "The Globe" for having it on tab.

Sep 30, 2013
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peensteen from Canada (ON)

3.51/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Deep red colour, 2 fingers of fluffy off white head, lots of lace here as well. Smell is of juicy citrus fruit and dank pine, quite hoppy up front giving way to some sweeter malts, caramel and toffee, a bit of an american barleywine like quality with a bit more tropical fruit. Taste is fairly bitter, malty followed by dank flavours, juicy hops, citrusy aftertaste, a bit sweet and overly malty. Excess carbonation, medium body and a bit oily, carbonation way too distracting. Average stuff and way too carbonated, the second bottle on a different day was better than the one reviewed but not by much.

Jul 30, 2013
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rudzud from Massachusetts

3.43/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Recently stumbled across my notes from The Festival 2012. Lets do this!

A - Poured a crystal clear ruby hue with a nice one finger head that fades to leave a thin quarter inch blanket.

S - Aromas of citrus (orange, grapefruit), light caramel notes.

T - Taste isnt bad. More of the nose with light citrus, more grapefruit, a touch more caramel malts than I was expecting. Lends to a rather odd iced tea type flavour here. Not a huge fan.

M - Mouthfeel is fairly solid. Nice carbonation helps keep this up off the tongue.

O - Overall, not a bad brew just something going on with this taste. Weird hop/fruit/malt mix here and some booze gives this a rather odd taste and even more unpleasant after taste.

Jun 12, 2013
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a deep amber color ale with a super large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of earthy hops notes with solid caramel malt backbone. Taste is also dominated by earthy hops with light citrus notes with some solid caramel malt with balanced sweetness level. Body is full with nice creamy texture and great carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Solid offering form 8 Wired.

Jun 03, 2013
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mick303 from Canada (ON)

4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Another bottle from BrewDog edinburgh. A red IPA that is heavily dry-hopped from my gathering. Poured a deep red ruby brown. With a slight tannish head with pretty good lacing and whispy film that stuck around till the end.

Smell is nicely bitter with a lot of hop earthy presence. Mild roasty malt comes through with a lot of dried fruit, raisin, cherry, cranberry. Earthy and maybe also a bit nutty.

Taste has dried cherry sweetness, with a firm toasty earthy bitterness, some honey, roast malt, and a dry slick hop feel to it, with a balanced resin-ey finish, mildly nutty and warming. Very full bodied IPA in terms of the malts and hops but balanced really nicely to be satisfying and easily drinkable. A winner in multiple terms, feel has some moderate carbonation but definitely let the hops come forward but not over-dominate this beer, nicely well balanced. Only suggestion might be to firm up some of the complex citrus notes, which get lost a bit, but otherwise an excellent beer that is quite enjoyable.

Jun 02, 2013
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canucklehead from Canada (BC)

4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another top notch NZ beer that is as hoppy as any PNW red ale with with a big mouthfeel and a rounded malt base that really works with the style. I love red ales and this is on the bigger side almost an imperial but the mouthfeel is balanced out this ABV. I am really enjoying NZ beers and I must say that 8 wired is on top of my list along with Epic.

May 21, 2013
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StJamesGate from New York

3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark garnet with loose pitted sandy foam that sheets.
Caramel, strawberry, and resin on the nose with some orange blossom.
Caramel sauce, red currants, and berry jam then gooey resiny earthy hops with some orange oil and pine forest.
Perfumed floral finish and endless waves of bitterness on the linger.
Medium, clingy, sticky, oily but clean.

Hops hide at first behind plentiful malts but as you'd predict, Warrior and Simcoe make a dank, oily combo. Like a triple 5AM Saint. Not as compulsively tasty as that or Red Rocket, though - I wonder if two sticky hops were a good choice with a malty red as it's all a bit heavy and lacking in aroma; the Centennial gets buried.

Missing a bit of magic.

Dec 17, 2012
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Sammy from Canada (ON)

3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decent though overrated amber. As expected, the hop taste comes through far better as the beer warms. Well malted up front, sauvignon hops are there mid sip on, something more subtle for this style. Good drinkability.Slightly red appearance.Suitably carbonated.

Oct 11, 2012
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beerdrifter from Germany

4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at my favorite beer store in Belgium, Dranken Geers. Beautiful clear mahogany pour with a thin two finger head that quickly fades with minimal lacing. Big, bold nose with lots of toasty malt and resiny hops, along with hints of caramel, toffee, and rye. The taste is bold and toasty with nearly perfect balance. Hints of caramel, toffee, butterscotch, resiny pine, rye bread, and just a touch of blood orange. Medium bodied mouthfeel with a slightly dry, tangy, bitter finish. Another great offering from 8 Wired and one of the best red beers I've tasted to date!

Sep 01, 2012
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CookstLiquor from Canada (BC)

4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle. What a treat to get some NZ craft beer! This pours a rich chestnut brown with reddish highlights. Gorgeous sweet malty nose a nice present hop aroma. It's definitely a touch sweet on the palate with brown sugar notes as well as a solid hop backbone. Delicious.

Aug 09, 2012

3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle. ½ pt Tumbler glass. Enjoyed on agt´12. Reddish amber color. Chill haze. Off-white, small size bubbled froth. Firm crown. Resiny, toasted malt aromas & grapefruit notes to the nose. Resins & heavy maltiness at first sip followed by increasing hoppy bitterness. Medium to light body. Soft carbonation. Underlying hops in a long malty finish. Slightly woody on the aftertaste. Worth to try.

Aug 05, 2012
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle. My first IRA since sitting in Henry's in downtown Portland, Oregon last summer. And now, all the way from Marlborough, New Zealand - huh, the circle isn't exactly zeroing in on me now, is it?

This beer pours a crystal clear, ruby brick amber hue, with one flabby finger of tightly foamy beige head, which leaves some spooky lightning strike lace around the glass as it genially subsides. Who's a pretty girl?

It smells of sweet grapefruit and orange citrus, and some other very south seas oriented fruitiness, with a soft, thin caramel malt, and a mild cherry cough drop essence. The taste is more citrusy/piney hop esters, ones better ingratiated to the growing whim of the bready caramel malt, tinged with toffee, and edged with exceedingly ethereal ethanol.

The bubbles are feebly prickly, and generally ok, the body a waiting list medium weight, and tacitly smooth. It finishes fairly off-dry, the hops digging in, and the malt taking that dare in stride.

I assume that the 'India' designation, as before in that Oregonian offering, indicates an IPA-like treatment applied to a base amber ale. If so, this is a bang-on interpretation of this meta-style - nice and hoppy, of the Pacific NW (or SW, if you will) bent, over an adequately solid caramel malt base. Quite enjoyable, very drinkable, however, just not all that affordable at 10 bucks and small change per serving.

Jun 17, 2012
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wordemupg from Canada (AB)

3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into tulip 12/6/12

A clear ruby with very little visible carbonation but a dark tan thumbs width of foam that hangs around for a minuet and leaves some random lace

S citric and floral hops, some tropical notes with lots of toffee and some rye bread and a little iced tea

T not far from the smell but with more pine and more iced tea, the hops are earthy compared to the nose, booze is well hidden and just a little rind and lots of caramel

M a little bitter and a sweet piney rind finish, slightly sticky and medium bodied

O good but not great, a little malty with the hops trying to catch up, not sure where the iced tea flavor comes from but it doesn't hurt the cause

pretty easy to drink for the strength, I'd never guess 7% but you feel the booze more then anything. Interesting beer that's worth a try but at over 8$ for a half liter I might buy their IPA before this again

Jun 13, 2012
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bylerteck from Canada (ON)

3.17/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle from Beer Deluxe.

A - Really hazy dark red/brown. Good carbonation. One finger of fluffy beige head. Decent spatterings of lace and a film of retention.

S - Lot's of tropical fruit hops and a rich malty backbone. Caramel, pineapple, fresh fruit juices and fresh hops.

T - Malty but not caramelly. Quite bready. Fair bit of maltiness and that hop bite mixing together. Sharp hoppiness like the label reads. Almost too sharp. Doesn't seem to blend properly. An off yeasty/dank hop flavour shows through as well.

M - A rough bitterness with decent carbonation and a medium to full body.

O/D - A bit of a letdown. Nothing to write home about and a few too many off flavours for my liking. Too bad, I had fairly high expectations.

Mar 31, 2012
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shambeano from Australia

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one at Carwyn Cellars in Thornbury, shared with a mate and poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours a light brown with a reddish tinge, or amber if you are so inclined. about an inch of head that slowly subsides to a thin film, looks pretty darn good.

S- hoppy straight up, a touch citrusy and fruity, some sweeter malts in there, pretty good.

T- some sweeter malts up front, but then the hops kick in, citrus, pine and some fruitiness i cant put my finger on. nicely done.

M- mid bodied, a nice bitterness sets some salivation in motion, and the finish is dry. pretty good length of feel and flavour too.

O- this is a really solid beer, i could easily sit down and have a couple and thoroughly enjoy myself. well rounded and good.

Dec 07, 2011
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Macca from Australia

3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours a murky dark red/ brown colour with a bright white head. A good finger and it hangs around.

When first poured it's a riot of NZ hops but after a little while they are joined by some solid maltiness but its the spicy hoppiness that continues to dominate.

The hops dominate the palate and they provide an assertive bitterness but there's also some sweet dark sugar characteristics which come to the fore more as it warms.

Medium bodied.

I can appreciate that this is a well made beer but for me the balance between hops and malt just aren't what I really enjoy.

Aug 07, 2011
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danieelol from Australia

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: looks like a barleywine. Dark red, good head, lots of detailed little lacing.

S: mango bread, stonefruit, overripe fruit, ethanol, pine, sweet. Sweet creamy bubblegum peaches.

T: leafy hops, pine, green tea. Somewhat bitter. Breadiness from the malt, but it's more a vehicle for the hops.

M: Despite being red and similar ABV to Arrogant Bastard (and Cap'n Sig's NW Ale), this is a different beast. It's dry and thin in the mouth. Much lower gravity and IBU imo.

O: A good Red IPA from our Kiwi friends. The alcohol could be a bit more concealed in the aroma and the beer a bit more luscious on the whole, but it's an enjoyable effort all round.

Jul 13, 2011
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mikesgroove from South Carolina

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

again another huge thanks for getting me this bottle. i was stoked to be able to shake off the rest of the lineup!

ery nice with a rich, reddish tinted amber taking front stage. Nice bit of sediment in the bottom and some light cloudiness just worked its way into the sample. Good bit of carbonation could be seen streaming skyward throughout the session and a very nice two inch head of white graced the top. Easy receding left behind about a half inch of white that just nestled its way down to the surface.

The aroma was loaded down with hops as one would expect. Rich notes of citrus, orange and tangerine mostly were by far the dominant notes on this one. Some light biscuit in the middle and a very grainy presence persisted well into it. The flavor was more of the same, rich notes of orange, tangerine, and nice touches of all over this thing. Nice bready middle to the profile and a long, drawn out bitter finish capped it off quite well. Easy to session with a medium body and a profile that was hoppy, yet smooth.

Jul 11, 2011
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Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 74 ratings