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Tall Poppy | 8 Wired Brewing Co.

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

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

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Photo of Everydayoff
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of kitch
3.23/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

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Photo of pbasran
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
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).

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Photo of mdagnew
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tdenham
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Momon
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of baumaxx1
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
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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Photo of torrenju
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Andrewharemza
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
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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Photo of dcmchew
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rwalford74
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of patre_tim
3.54/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

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Photo of cuvtcuv
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Derek
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Stigh
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of BillRoth
4/5  rDev +2%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of StEdo
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of Poupae
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of afsdan
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of shigg85
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Kroehny_Loves_Hops
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%

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Tall Poppy from 8 Wired Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 72 ratings
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