Super Conductor | 8 Wired Brewing Co.

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

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.88%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Ratings: 107 |  Reviews: 36
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 RMW66
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of leslie91
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

pungent, strong,

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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 Fusebuddy
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Taybeh
3.79/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Momon
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 BeerwithmeNZ
4.84/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of life_of_agony
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 Tdenham
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mdagnew
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tita
2.9/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Citrus, floral, malty scent. Standard golden color. Nice blending of malty sweetness and hoppy bitterness.

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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 Alan_Z
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 amano_h
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hop_God
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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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Super Conductor from 8 Wired Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 107 ratings