Tall Poppy | 8 Wired Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
8 Wired Brewing Co.
New Zealand (Aotearoa)
8wired.co.nz

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by dgilks on 01-24-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
71
Reviews:
33
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
8.95%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
9
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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of torrenju
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jason_Tyler
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of saeh
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of StEdo
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of Kroehny_Loves_Hops
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased for me by @epiclurk and cracked open with @tobeerornottobe and @LaitueGonflable.

Genuinely gorgeous colour, a true deep ruby-hued red, almost like a deeply coloured rosé, with a full if large-bubbled head of beige foam. Some sticky lacing, and a really nice heavy body, which gives it a thickness and some sticky carbonation when swirled. Looks very nice indeed--a great look for a beer.

Nose is very heavily hopped, but with a sly subtlety to it, almost giving a twinge of aniseed and dry undergrowth. In some respects, it smells like a very freshly hopped beer that has got a little old, even though I know this bottle is fresh. Certainly some spicy richer characters; not just the prevalent sharp freshness of clean dry hopping. It's still very nice nonetheless.

Taste is--oh my god--just wonderful. Here, the slightly subdued hoppiness shows it full colours. Here, we have a brilliantly balanced beer. Here, we pull out all the stops to showcase the brilliance of the American Red Ale style (or as they prefer to call it an India Red Ale; an apt title). Lovely malt characters balance with the light fresh bitterness to give a subtle balance and a nutty finish that gives the classic hoppy red ale character. Just lovely.

Feel is just a little too thin--for a red ale, I'd really love some extra thickness, but it still does a good job.

A really, really lovely brew. A brilliant example of the style, and genuinely as good as some of the top American examples I've tried. Delicious.

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Photo of Rwalford74
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of safaricook
4.41/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

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4.38/5  rDev +12%
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.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
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

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Srecko
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of dcmchew
4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beerdrifter
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
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!

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Photo of dgilks
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark red colour with a small light tan head. Average head retention.

Rich, resinous pine and mild stone fruit dominate in a big hop wallop supported by notes of caramel malt.

Really tasty, thick, juicy hops with moderately firm bitterness and a clear sweet malt profile.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Nice.

A great tasty American Red Ale with lots of flavour and packed with hops.

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Photo of Lukie
4.11/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out a deep red mahogany with a solid inch head, which dissipitated slowly into a firm top. The lacing clung to the glass the whole way down.

Sweet stone fruits give way to big pine characters. Hints of bark and floral pot-purrie. The fruity characters were a bit underwhelmed by the big bold resins.

A nice malty front on the pallate gives hints of caramel, toasty, nutty flavours, and it all gives way to a fruity hoppiness that finishes with that pine and bark notes.

It's not as big in the essence of biting into a piece of tree like some American Red Ales are, but is a bit more balanced then that, with more flavours coming through. A very good and impressive ARA, a style we need more of.

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4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of Derek
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mick303
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of laituegonflable
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a murky Hellish red with beautifully dense, but thinnish, beige head. Retains really nicely and leaves some cracking dense lace. Looks yeah, uh... cracking.

Smells quite hoppy, really, but with a good toffee malt base. Plenty of burnt sugar and treacle and a great hop hit cutting through with strong citrus and pine notes and a touch of peppery spice. Slight brandy kick to it as well. Cracking bloody nose.

Taste is pretty nice; not quite up to the standard of the nose. Pleasant, almost grainy - but heavy - malt on the front. A touch of English toffee and brown sugar that then gets slightly citric but without a huge hop hit; touch of pine resin and oak and leaves with a nice fruit rind bitterness. Rounded out with a slight lemongrass and white pepper aftertaste, this is a pleasant beer, absolutely. Not quite cracking, though.

A bit thin at first but gathers viscosity towards the back. Still not enough; feels a bit lacking. Rather than cracking.

Overall it's quite a cracking beer though; complex and full-flavoured with a really nice spicy fruity edge to it. Good job.

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4.04/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of cuvtcuv
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of baumaxx1
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Tall Poppy from 8 Wired Brewing Co.
3.91 out of 5 based on 71 ratings.
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