Fresh Hopwired | 8 Wired Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
A fresh (wet hopped) version of our flagship IPA, HopWired. Brewed to the same recipe but with fresh hop cones straight from the vine. Needless to say this is a very limited release.

70 IBU

Added by bylerteck on 06-26-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
72
Reviews:
30
Avg:
3.98
pDev:
9.55%
 
 
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6
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Ratings: 72 |  Reviews: 30
Photo of GarthT
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.11/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

so cool this one, a blend of two different wet hop single hopped idea pales, fresh new zealand hops, sign me up! its a little past is probably freshest state unfortunately, but i can't imagine this has ceded too much, its still so potent and juicy. darker copper color, surprised its got as deep a shade as it does. nice sudsy white lace head too. the nose is sticky fresh hops, reminds me of fall in the states here with all our wet hop brews, cool to get it in a different season. i smell the nelson hops straight away, with their cantaloupe and white grape essence, and some woody bitterness too, almost like some centennial hopped beers I've had, rather robust. the flavor is the same, most of the hop flavor is now unfortunately in the finish, less of a dynamic experience than it likely was when it was super fresh, but the unkilned hops are obvious, full of their essential oils and resins that make these beers unique. i like all the body too, its more dense than others, requires slightly slower drinking and therefore contemplation. i think its a very well done, i would love to have it on tap at the brewery someday, but this is as close as we can get to these this time of year. the nz hop varietals are so great, and this is a lovely showcase of their full potential. definitely worth it if you can find it.

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Photo of Kroehny_Loves_Hops
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of Chucker17
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of bootdown21
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of kguard
4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very cloudy golden, amber brew. White large bubble head that disappears fairly quickly.
The wet hops kind of mellowes the anticipated hoppiness. Some citrus fruit and lime leaves with a carameled malt. Almost DIPA.
Taste is leaning towards a DIPA as well. Very smooth citrus like lime flavor. Brown sugar. The wet hops dulls the bitterness. Alcohol is only present after it warms.
I would certainly pick this up again. Would like to compare to the standard version.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.46/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: 1/4" creamy head over murky deep amber liquid.

S: Nelson sauvin gooseberry presence.

T: Gooseberries, limes, grass, lemongrass, pineapple and caramel malt.

M: Medium to thick viscosity and a medium level of carbonation.

O: Better than the original, I like how more Nelson Sauvin hops were used.

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Photo of dowen17
4.31/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a murky golden hue. Very minimal head that recedes to a small ring around the glass. Leaves no lacing.

On the nose is big grapefruit and citrus. Earthy hops. Very very fresh smelling. Some malt backbone and honey.

Taste mirrors the nose. Big citrus fruits. Grapefruit, mango and lemon zest. Very fresh. Earthy notes land on the tongue after I swallow. Mild bitterness as well.

Good mouthfeel. Nice carbonation. Medium bodied.

Really good beer. Would definitely drink again. Pick it up if you see it.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500ml brown bottle purchased from Oak Barrel in Sydney. <gulp!> they mention 2012 on the label, which I didn't notice until now—this may well be past its prime (unless they just didn't change their labels this year).

Pours a slightly haze, pale orange colour, with a very fine and pretty persistent head of almost-white. Lace forms in decent streaks with some patches. Body looks fluid, but solid, and holds very fine carbonation in streams. Looks good.

Nose: aw, hell yes and then some. I was afraid this would have lost something, but if it has, this must be absolutely mind-blowing fresh (I can believe that). Big sharp fruity citrus characters, mandarin, lemon, crisp greener characters like lime leaf. Everything is bright and crisp. There's a very neutral base underneath which is everything it needs and nothing it doesn't: it allows the hops to be in the limelight. Gorgeous.

Taste is solid, but not nearly reaching the peaks of the nose. Clean entry with a smooth, slightly silky malt character providing enough of a basis, before a pronounced but also relatively neutral hop bitterness slides through the centre of the palate. It brings some pine and a little pithy orange, and is pretty clean all up. Feel is very nice: smooth and clean, but providing that basis for the hops.

Overall, cracking stuff. If this really is the best part of a couple of years old, then I'm in awe of someone, or perhaps everyone in the supply chain. This would still be a great IPA if someone told me it was brewed yesterday: the hop aromas are blissful. For the next vintage, I'll make sure I get it as fresh as possible.

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Photo of Rutager
4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a murky orange-amber with a finger of thick cream coloured head.

Smell. Big mango and pineapple, oranges and grapefruit, and plenty of sweet caramel malts.

Taste. Big sweet caramel malts, papaya and pineapple, some sweet orange and grapefruit, a little lemon zest, and just a hint of sweet spices with a lightly bitter and slightly piney finish. Nice.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body and just a little bit sticky with below medium, fairly smooth carbonation.

Overall. Very nice stuff with some interesting hops. I enjoyed it but at over $10 for 500ml I won't be buying it again.

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Photo of ShanePB
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of Immortale25
4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a dark copper color with a 1/4 inch light tan head that retains a bit before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of sheer surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a thick ring behind on the glass.

S- Has that aroma has just as much of a malty sweetness as it does an earthy hop fume. Reminds me of the rustic IPAs of Mikkeller and BrewDog. Slight alcohol fume and a heavy must.

T- However, the flavor is much smoother than the intense Mikkeller/BrewDog IPAs. Still the same sort of hop taste but more restrained and not as bitter. With this I get some pine and earthy vegetal notes plus some semi-sweet grainy malt. Very easy to drink especially for the medium ABV.

M- Oily and slick with medium-low carbonation and a fullish body.

O- A very unique blend of hop varietals (Nelson Sauvin, Hotueka and I believe Pacific Jade) results in a very unique IPA that smells more intense than it tastes.

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Photo of CookstLiquor
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650ml bottle. Pours a orangey yellow colour. The nose is exactly what a wet-hopped beer should smell like: mandarin orange, citrus, pine, grapefruit. The taste is equally tantalizing, with notes of cannabis, grapefruit and big, majorly bitter finish. Surprisingly light bodied, but supremely satisfying.

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Photo of rodrigueZflyingf0x
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of biboergosum
3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle. A blend of fresh hops - Motueka and Nelson Sauvin, specifically, and pointedly.

This beer pours a very slightly hazy, more glassy, really, medium golden amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, lumpy, and sticky off-white head, which leaves some layered cumulus cloud lace around the glass as it slowly sinks away.

It smells of musty pineapple, underripe honeydew, aged lemon, zippy lime, and a bit of tropical papaya - ok, it's pleasantly Down Under in its fruitiness, sure, but the wee white pepper, understated bready caramel malt, and hovering pine tips need love too. The taste is more rather fruity hops - a bit of grapefruit pith, murky passion fruit, acrid lime - grainy, almost crackery pale malt, one barely touched by the sugary hand of caramel, some swirling, ethereal white and black pepper dust, a hint of mint leaves, and dewy pine forest floor.

The carbonation is generally quite understated, yet duly supportive all the same, the body a decent medium weight, and actually pretty smooth, given all that hop activity mulling about. It finishes on the sweet side, all the fruitiness and battered pale/caramel malt only tempered so much by the inherent bitterness of it all (life not necessarily included).

A pleasant enough wet hopped version of the base DIPA, one whose provenance I question, given recent experience schlepping both it and the equally classified Super Conductor. Anyway, here the hops are certainly still big and out there, but seem to gain a certain low-key meaty mustiness, one that builds over time, and wasn't there in the original Hopwired. Drinkable, for reals, but maybe fresh ain't all that it's cracked up to be.

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Photo of IanSpindler
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of Kmat10
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of wordemupg
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into tulip 18/6/13

A hazed dark amber not many visible bubbles but a solid two finger head that slowly falls to a thin film leaving a couple random patches of lace

S melon, passion fruit, pineapple, some lemon and lime, grapefruit, quite fruity and tropical, just a little caramel and faint pine, I'm liking the noes

T maybe just a little more pine and I'm getting more citric rind opposed to the flesh I was smelling, a little different but equally as good

M medium bodied low carbonation, a nice bitter bite and a lingering tropical rind finish, just a little grit after the fact

O another solid brew from 8 Wired, no booze at any point in a 7.3% IPA and I like the tropical notes, my glass is empty at this point in the review

I've been digging the Kiwi IPA's lately and this is no exception, some balance but not much and that suits me just fine, I love what I can buy in Alberta

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Photo of rudzud
3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

A - Poured a nice slightly hazy orange hue with nice one finger white head that slowly faded to leave a thin blanket.

S - Aroma is alot more malty than I was expecting unfortunately. Caramel, lots of floral/fragrant hops.

T - Taste is much better than the nose. Not nearly as sweet or malty, good hop characters albeit rather generic. That being said this works very nicely with the malt profile. Solid.

M - Mouthfeel is pretty damn good. Drinks much lower, alcohol is hidden nicely. Bright carbonation.

O - Overall, a solid IPA. Glad to try this at the fest, as I typically will not buy an IPA brewed outside of America due to freshness.

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Photo of woodchip
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of mikeburd1128
3/5  rDev -24.6%

Photo of lisagirl
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of cadaugherty
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of endovelico
4.39/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Murky brown. Huge pillowy off-white head that slowly deflates. Very good retention and lacing. High perceived effervescence.

Aroma: Medium to medium high in intensity. Malty, leaning towards a toffee-ish, butterscotch profile with strong notes of mint, tropical fruit and wet hay.

Taste: Medium to medium high intensity. Follows up on the nose but the aromatic profile seems to work even better at the tongue. Minty, rustic, and tropical fruit notes make up the profile.

Palate: Medium full to full bodied. Medium bitterness (surprisingly low). Medium low carbonation. Finishes sweet-ish.

Overall: Great brew, even if lacking in complexity. The bitterness was a bit tame but i did factor in the bottle age in my scoring (As this exemplar wasn't the freshest). Anyway, great use of hops and great balance achieved between the hops, malt and alcohol.

Cliff notes: Fruity, Citrusy, Herbaceous, Minty, Nutty.

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Photo of mungus
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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Fresh Hopwired from 8 Wired Brewing Co.
3.98 out of 5 based on 72 ratings.
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