Super Conductor
8 Wired Brewing Co.

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Style:
American Imperial IPA
Ranked #1,160
ABV:
8.88%
Score:
91
Ranked #5,045
Avg:
4.1 | pDev: 8.05%
Reviews:
37
Ratings:
108
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8 Wired Brewing Co.
 
New Zealand
Avail:
Year-round
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Gots
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SCORE
91
Outstanding
Super ConductorSuper Conductor
Notes: Bone dry and ultra hoppy Double IPA. Brewed with 80% more hops than our already extremely hoppy HopWired IPA.

90 IBU
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Photo of rex_4539
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Hazy light amber color, massive four finger white head, superb lacing, no carbonation.

S: Hops, malts.

T: Hoppy, malty, piny. Bitter on the back end. A straightforward DIPA.

F: Medium bodied, lots of flavor.

O: A good DIPA but nothing spectacular.

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Photo of DJ-Hophead
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle, Brendan's Brewtique, Bristol - Pours cloudy golden with a medium white foamy head. Medium carbonation. Nice lacing. Aroma - Sweet juicy fruity hops, citrus and tropicals - grapefruit/pineapple, bready malty overtones, light pine resin. Taste - Sweet forefront, fruity hops - grapefruit/pineapple, light resin, middling bready malts, medium/long dry bitter finish. Hides ABV really well and well balanced. Nice malty feel which you don't always pick up with hop fronted DIPA's. A hit.

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Photo of BCurious
4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Not the hop bomb they claim. While very much hop forward, not bitter or overpowering. Presents a beautiful golden yellow. Zesty to look at, zesty to taste. Best thing about it, the aroma: pineapple fruit punch.

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Photo of Everydayoff
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into a teku glass.

It pours a hazy golden color with some orange shade and a finger of creamy white head. The head stands for a while with decent retention before sinking to some bubble patch on the surface and leaving some lacing in form of patch and spot.

Intense hop in a nose, it reflects of tropical, very juicy, grapefruit, lime, grape, berry, pine, resin, floral, some spice, and pungent. Malt is sunken behind but still be able to get a touch of bread and biscuit.

The taste is led and dominated by abundant hops that provide wide variety flavors of juicy grapefruit, lime, grape, berry, pine, resin, floral, some spice, and big pungent bitterness. Malt is only in the supporting with its bread and biscuit while bold hop bitterness wraps up again in the finish and quite lasting in the aftertaste together with some residual fruitiness.

Medium body with smooth mouthfeel and lively carbonation, the feeling is crisp and refreshing being not too hefty or flat. Finish is pleasantly dry.

Big and massive IPA to please any hop heads, for the sake of hop and love.

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Photo of JonCorbett
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a murky orange body with the smallest of head that is loose and rocky and doesn’t really develop into anything much but does leave behind a smallish ring and clumps of floating bubble debris but only a speck or two of lace.

Aromatics: Mild grapefruit with an almost barnyard funk. I like to use “complex” only in those cases where I’m not sure what it is I’m smelling… Beyond the citrus notes are some grassy and muddles pot pourri florals. After letting it air a bit I get some sweeter notes that still float around the florals and never really make it to caramel or honey.

Taste: When they say intense hop bitter, they weren’t kidding. It has a super bitter profile that literally warms the throat like good cough medicine, but strangely the strong earthiness that I would expect to linger is actually very well subdued like well trained lion at the circus. It has plenty of flavours rolling around - citrus peel is probably the most prominent just due to the bitterness, but there is also a good pine and resin, plenty of green foliage, wood and earth, and even some biscuity sweetness as well as some stray boozy tendrils at the end.

Feel: The carbonation is pretty much asleep here, but in its stead is a well put together medium body that is rich and voluptuous, the pre-mentioned warming is actually quite nice as it keeps the palate distracted from focusing too much on the lingering bitter.

Overall: A good DIPA, is lacking a bit in the aromoas department but if you like a good malt balanced and very hoppy profile then this ranks up there with some of the best. However, I’d say to fully appreciate it you should be a little knowledgeable about bitters and how they manifest, because as I said, the aromas are little on the muted side so you aren't quite sure what to expect in the flavour. I know if this was one of my first 10 craft beers I would have probably cringed and chased it with a few glasses of water. But luckily I have developed a better palate over the past year so I actually enjoyed it quite a lot.

Pairing : I think instead of just trying to counter this one with some sweet offerings, I’m tempted to say keep it simple with a fine salmon pâté, some aged and/or smoked gourmet cheeses, and olives - with light flavoured crackers or dry dark or light rye bread.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.38/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Copper with several fine bubbles rising kind a slow but fast- you know, like Hong Kong rush hour traffic. Half a finger of whitish head.

Tropical fruits, honey, papaya and jackfruit. Some sugar, and a hint of vodka.

Tropical fruits again, soaked in vodka for a very, very long time. So long in fact... I think Wishbeer sold me an old bottle of beer again in which the hops are dead.

Thick and boozy, moderately lightened by a good, foamy carbonation.

As I said, unfortunately its likely an old beer. No visible date which is likely how it was still allowed to be sold. So it tastes, well, not very good. What was probably once something beautiful now tastes like a cheap European high alcohol lager meant to get kids drunk. I am getting some of the tropical notes still however, so I can imagine it was once really good. Got it recently on Wish beer in Bangkok, drinking it Chiang Mai July 15th, 2016.

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Photo of cfalls
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I have a cold, so take this with a grain of salt.

L - amber color, slight haze, small head fades fast

S - subdued for a double, grapefruit, pine

T - on the malty side, with tons of bitter hops of the grapefruit and pine sort, reminds me of Stone Ruination 1.0

F - medium to thick feel, with low to medium carbonation, and a little burn on the long bitter finish

O - I appreciate the bitterness, but it lacks the tropical notes of the best DIPAs.

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Photo of 50wolves
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - pours amber into a tulip glass, no head almost no lacing, no presence of carbonation. Clear. Aroma - floral nose hops are very present, I am keen to tuck in at this stage. Taste - hoppiness is present and certainly in the finish. Very welcome tastes. Not for the faint of heart. Feel - refreshing some astringency, coolness to the feel. Overall - glad I bought this beer, well worth the $17 paid for 500ml bottle.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle. Pours a clear gold with a medium-sized white head that dissipates fairly quickly. Aroma of grapefruit, passionfruit, citrus, mango and caramel. Taste follows the nose.

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Photo of oceanman907
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look- Hazy golden yellow color with a bright white head and sticky lacing down the glass, pretty nice looking beer.
S-Not overly complex in the nose, but has a nice tropical fruit component, I'm thinking tangerine and passionfruit, mixed with the typical pine sap aroma that every DIPA seems to have. Interesting for the subtle gooseberry/ currant that rounds out the nose.
T-Very dry, west coast style palette, the gooseberry flavor really comes out here and lingers for quite a wile , followed by tangerine and pine needles. No trace of alcohol and the dryness of the beer leaves out the sappy thickness of many a DIPA.
F- Well carbonated and very light for the style
O- A very good example of a DIPA with all the Hops... the body is really bone dry and reminds me of Midnight Sun's meltdown, except the grapefruit is replaced with gooseberry, passionfruit, and tangerine. Very good example.

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Photo of mistersifter86
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500mL bottle - best before 17th September 2015. Poured into a Teku glass.

A(4): Pours a hazy orange with bubbly one finger head. Nice retention.
S(4.5): Extremely well balanced between the malt and hops. Fruity hop notes but also a nice malt sweetness. Passionfruit, grapefruit - yeah this is tremendous.
T (3.75): Whoa, nice and bitter. 90 IBUs? I'd definitely believe it. Bitterness really lingers on the palate - the lasting effect is profound. I would usually have three fairly quick sips to judge the taste and mouthfeel, but it was go slow with this one. On to the elephant in the room - where on earth have the malts gone? The balanced smell is lost on the taste - there is no sweet maltiness to compliment the hops. A tad disappointing.
M(4): Nedium body, the hop bitterness gives leaves an oily complexion on the tounge. Light carbonation, nothing over the top.
O(4): Appearance and smell were spectacular, however it is just a bit too imbalanced for my liking. I generally prefer a DIPA on the maltier end of the spectrum. Whilst doing what it says on the bottle (intense bitterness), it's not the superstar I was expecting.

I tried/reviewed Epic Hop Zombie 24 hours earlier, and although this wins in the hops department, Hop Zombie was the better brew for me.

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Photo of doktorhops
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Now here’s one to really get excited about: 8 Wired Super Conductor DIPA (Double India Pale Ale to our novice readers). If you want to get a taste of NZ’s finest look no further than 8 Wired. Even though I’ve only had their Hopwired, which was a slice of heaven “slice of heaven, yeah” *sung in my highest falsetto*, I could tell from that one IPA that all of their brews are good. How? Years of beer drinking experience. In any case I am chuffed *pronounced in my Kiwiest accent* to be trying Super Conductor... [don’t you dare say it!] choice bro! [dammit I’ve had enough your jokes, I’m outta here!] Fine. I don’t need you anyway braaaain(s)...

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Clear(ish) straw coloured body with a boisterous 2cm white head that sticks around quite well considering the 8.8% ABV... Overall it could do with a little bit of haze but otherwise top marks 8 Wired. 9/10.

S: Much like the Hopwired the balance is even keeled between malt and hops with upfront notes of sweet caramel, honey, grapefruit with a note of guava. Further inspection reveals that classic pine resin hop note that one would find in a West Coast IPA... mmm, sweet & complex, like a Japanese rock band covered in syrup. 8/10.

T: The bottle proclaims “intense bitterness” but it really isn’t that bad compared to any American DIPA... it’s actually spot on for balance. Toasty caramel, honey, grapefruit and pine resin combine into a world class flavour arrangement on the palate. There is a real “forest floor” character with the hops, and the finish is a grapefruit level of bitterness. This is a damn fine DIPA syrup! 9/10.

M: Medium bodied, a touch of chewiness (and I’m not making a clever Star Wars reference but this is one hairy beer) with a light(ish) carbonation. 8/10.

D: And perhaps the biggest thing I will point out here is that it doesn’t taste close to being 8.8% ABV (apart from the viscous body)... I’m really impressed again with 8 Wired, they seem to go from strength to strength. Negatives: It isn’t a DIPA hopped with NZ’s finest - you won’t find any Nelson Sauvin or Motueka flavours in this beer - just US hops all the way (the stats on this beer say US and NZ hops but I think the US varieties have overpowered the NZ ones, damn loud American hops!). If you want an example of NZ hops I would get Tuatara’s Trouble² or Epic’s Hop Zombie... I prefer this brew though. 10/10.

Food match: I wouldn’t attempt to eat anything that wasn’t chargrilled with this.

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Photo of endovelico
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Offers a robust mix of caramel, melanoidin, grapefruit and fresh hops featuring some delightful tropical fruit nuances. Beautiful balance - even if cloying and syrupy - with a long bittersweet finish of caramel and pine goodness. The balance between the high sugar levels, alcohol and bitterness is eximious but unfortunately this beer falls too short in terms of complexity. Decent take but not on level with the brewery's other offerings.

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Photo of PolarBear3
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%

Drank from my Duvel Tulip

A - Pours a copper/orange colour with white frothy foam head that laces well

S - Pungent on the nose, massive hoppiness including apricots, grapefruit, lemon/orange zest and peach.

T - The taste is similiar, loads of citrus fruit including grapefruit, some passionfruit and slight bitter lemon, a hint of malt biscuit and caramel.

M - Medium bodied with good medium carbonation

O - A wonderful beer that is balanced, love the hoppiness together with the slight bitter finish. A must try!

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Newhall Refinery in Newhall, CA.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, earth, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and floral flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop and earthy bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice mixture of citrus, floral, and earthy hop qualities.

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Photo of oberon
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into an impy nonic a dull chill hazed burnt orange with a foamy half finger white head atop.Grilled tropical fruits with all their sugars coming out in the nose,alot of good fruity sweetness with only mild bitterness,caramel toffee and mild sweet alcohol round out the nose.More tropical fruit sweetness on the palate with light herbalness as well from the hops,a hefty sweet caramel malt base is there as well making for a sweeter palate,the alcohol becomes more prevelant as it warms.A big juicy DIPA,the NZ hops bring alot of tropical flavors with them.Solid.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.56/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: 1/4" cream colored head over a cloudy deep reddish-amber liquid.

S: Tropical fruit, candy, mango, guava, red licorice.

T: Mango, guava, passionfruit, prickly pear nectar, and lemon peel over a biscuit and caramel malt backbone.

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

O: Quite bitter but very pleasing offering from 8 wired that is full of tropical fruit flavour.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a relatively clear deep burnt orange in color with light amounts of visible carbonation near the edges of the glass and some amber highlights. The beer has a half finger tall foamy light beige head that quickly reduces to a small patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of citrus/grapefruit pith hops and light aromas of pine and spicy hops as well as some light hints of caramel malts.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of caramel malts with a light to moderate amount of sweetness followed by the much stronger flavors of the hops - in this case, the hops start out with citrus/grapefruit pith, pine, and spicy in descending order of strength. Moderate amounts of bitterness which fades pretty quickly.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly creamy with light to moderate amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Overall the alcohol is pretty well hidden in this brew and it is relatively easy to drink - I wish I could have gotten my hands on this when it was super fresh but it has stood up pretty well.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale amber with puffy ecru head that trails.
Lots of pineapple with mango and candied tangerine on the nose.
Caramel, toasted hazelnut and apricot Danish with pine sap, resin, and Seville orange hops.
Sugared pink grapefruit finish and drying bitter orange rind and pine needle linger.
Medium, good chew, round, oily, a bit of heat.

Nose jumps out before the pour even finishes but there's a big contrast between a light, fruity aroma and heavy, dank hopping with significant IBUs and a serious malt backbone. Only the lightening tart citrus finish, almost Lagunitas-like, keeps it from cloying and provides much-needed complexity. US hops in there outweigh the NZ hops - I miss the sweeter tropical fruit. I'd prefer Hop Wired.

Attracts fruit flies right away, if that tells you anything.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.66/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

I got this bottle for my 40th! As with most DIPAs there usually is a fine balance between sweet malt and bitter hops. The Super Conductor is no different. This beer pours a hazy copper with foamy white head that is leaving some lacing. The smell has a lot of bittering hop presence with a malty back drop. The taste has a bitter start...then the sweet malt temps to balance the beer followed by a bitter finish. I would classify this beer as more a big English style IPA than American. The mouthfeel is full body with good carbonation. Overall it is decent and I am glad to have the chance to try it.

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Photo of Rutager
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a hazy orange-gold with a finger of white head that leaves some nice bands of lace.

Smell. Sweet tropical fruits, cedar wood and pine needles, lightly floral, caramel and grainy malts, and a little sweet yellow grapefruit. Quite complex for an ipa.

Taste. Grainy malts and caramel, orange marmalade, yellow grapefruit rinds, some cedar and pine. Fairly sweet overall and some good bitterness. Tropical fruits are also present and some slight floral notes as well.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body with low+ smooth carbonation.

Overall. These New Zealand hops definitely have a distinct complexity but maybe not the best flavours as far as hops go. That being said, it's a fine beer and very enjoyable.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bursting with bold candied hop aroma and taste- Super Conductor is a full-flavored, full-bodied American (Imperial) IPA that explores all realms of hop character.

Super Conductor pours with a bright blood orange saturated hue. Its mild hop haze allows the soft redness from malt to cast a rich vail over the beer's appearance. Cappped by a firm ivory froth, its retention is long lived and its lacing is spotty. It's simply a hearty looking ale.

Fruity sweet early, the nose is chocked full of citrus pulp, caramel, honey and marmalade. Diving deeper into taste, the candied malt sweetness coats the hops and esters for a drippy tangerine, melon, and pineapple effect- its quite Tropical Fruit Punch-like in its culmination. Transending paste a tinge of lemon and white grape must- the taste concludes with bitter citrus oils and a thin bready undertow.

Its full sweet texture stems from high residual maltiness and subdued carbonation, causing the beer to sit weightily on the tongue and saturate the palate fully. Its deliberate turn to finish closes with medium dryness, moderate warmth and resinous pine-like bitterness to finish.

Edging ever so slightly to the malty side for Imperial IPA, the hops remain at the forefront with a blend of citrus, tropical, and melon; but with a near-English-like sweet and fruity interplay.

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3.72/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

8 Wire honestly has not made a beer that wasn't extremely good and this is no exception.

Gorgeous cloudy dense orange ruby body with 2 finger head and wonderful shelves of foam lacing.

Somewhat light nose even right after the cap came off the aroma wasn't worthy of this double IPA. Sadly we suffer older bottles thanks to Shelton distribution and this being distributed from New Zealand.

Bready malt, grains, and a big powerful sharp citrus hop profile. I'm a bit surprised that I don't get the passion fruit flavors I normally taste in souther hemisphere IPA from this region. I'm a bit disappointed but this is still good.

Well carbonated, creamy, dense....amazing how easy it seems to be to make an IPA have wonderful mouth feel.

Overall this is another excellent beer from what is becoming one of my favorite brewers.

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Photo of garuda
3.33/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A - Golden, murky, thin white head has little retention and lace.

Smell and taste are fairly similar with grapefruit flesh and pineapple hops. Caramel malt sweetness is strong, but balanced. Medium to full body has good carbonation, mostly smooth, finishes dry with little lasting bitterness.

O - Balanced DIPA, but missing the depth of hop flavor and aroma for the style.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours from a 500 ml bottle a slightly hazy orange with a surprisingly thin (1/8") white head which leaves irregular rings and spots of lace.

N: Mostly resiny pine with some caramel malt. Slightly floral sweet with citrus pith.

T: Sticky and oily pine up front with sweetish malt. Fairly straightforward and unremarkable.

M: Medium body and semi-moderate carbonation. Dry and bitter hop finish.

O: Alas, this must be an "old" bottle as the typical New Zealand pungent hops have long faded away. What I'm left with is somewhat brash and sharp, but still decent. Sad face.

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Super Conductor from 8 Wired Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 108 ratings