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%
 
 
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1
Gots:
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Photo of Jslay013
3/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of bylerteck
3.17/5  rDev -18.9%
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.

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Photo of kitch
3.23/5  rDev -17.4%
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 lisagirl
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of BrickOneal
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of rudzud
3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - It pours a deep red hue, and is capped with a big tan froth; good retention and lace too.

S - The nose is mostly lemon-citric hoppiness, and a bit of caramel malt.

T - Taste is very basic. Lemony hops and caramel malt, fairly balanced.

M - The feel is just about medium-bodied, and is softly carbonated.

O - Pretty decent, but nothing I would seek out.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of Momon
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gasc0igne
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of jpd7374
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of peensteen
3.51/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.54/5  rDev -9.5%
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 MasterSki
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to maneliquor for the hookup. Always nice to try New Zealand beers relatively fresh - think this was supposedly under a month old. Served in a FoBAB taster pint glass.

A - A finger-plus of light tan-tinged foam settles to a thin cap, leaving behind some splotches of lace. Lightly hazed amber-red body.

S - Lemon and grapefruit hop character, along with some herbal and pine notes. Hops definitely smell more like New Zealand than the US, but that's not unexpected. Malt-forward toffee backdrop emerges as it warms up, keeping this in true red ale territory.

T - Medium-high hop bitterness, a blend of orange and grapefruit citrus sweetness, mixed with a bread and toffee malt backdrop.

M - Sticky, resinous medium-bodied. Dry finish, lower carbonation that seems a bit out of character for the style.

D - It's missing the aromatic character of Tocobaga or Nugget Nectar, although it's hard to tell if that's due to age or the actual recipe. I'd certainly have this again if I ever get to New Zealand or Australia, but I don't think it'd be a good candidate for export to the US (as Hopwired sort of proved).

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Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of pbasran
3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
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 Vanz
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Liquoric3
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of MichaelDrew
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Mattias
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of shigg85
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Poupae
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of afsdan
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of benjaminkhlaw
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.81/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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