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Super Conductor | 8 Wired Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Double / 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

Added by Brad007 on 12-02-2012

BEER STATS
Reviews:
32
Ratings:
96
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
14.6%
 
 
Wants:
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Reviews: 32 | Ratings: 96
Reviews by lacqueredmouse:
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4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle purchased from Slowbeer in Melbourne.

Pours a juicy and thick deep orange, turning to amber in the depths, with a frothy, fine and very pronounced head of yellowish off-white. Lacing is spectacular and intricate when it forms, looking like a variety of alien limbs. Body is weighty, and holds powdery carbonation when tilted. All up, it's a damn fine looking beer.

Nose is gorgeously ripe and full, with powerful citrus tones, sweet fruit, peely acidity all sharpened by a green herbal presence which gives characters of basic and pine. Some smooth honeyed malt sweetness provides a counterpoint, and even though it's a lighter-style sweetness it does a good job of holding up its end. But really, this is gorgeous stuff—on the sharper end hop-wise, but the Kiwis do such a good job of that that it's completely understandable.

Taste is also good: big powerful resiny hop characters, solid if muted malt, again with a honey overtone, and a finish of pine and pithy lemon. My only issue is that here the sharpness is dominant, and it seems to push aside some of the more subtle hop flavours: the rounded citrus and those delicate herbal tones are lost amongst the piney bite that roars down the centre of the tongue. It's still a very good DIPA: the aggression is no doubt requisite in the style, but I feel like it could have been a better beer if played with a little more subtlety.

Feel is fluid but chewy and rich. Lovely stuff here, although that hop-bite is almost a feeling in itself.

Don't get me wrong. I love it, despite what I personally might want it to be. 8 Wired do a fantastic line in hopped-to-hell beers, whatever their category, so it shouldn't surprise me that their DIPA is aggressively bitter and brutal. It's completely understandable, forgivable and even perhaps inevitable.

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Photo of oberon
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
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 JakerLou
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of olradetbalder
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of fionn13
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of chickenm
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of biboergosum
4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle. This brewery has been all aces thus far - nice to now see an imperial IPA from them.

This beer pours a somewhat hazy medium golden amber colour, with one finger of tightly foamy ecru head, which leaves an ambitious berm of painted lace around the glass as it quickly subsides.

It smells of orange, pineapple, mango, and grapefruit, caramel/toffee malt, a bit of sodden breadiness, some mild pine resin, a touch of brown sugar, a light twinge of warming alcohol, and some further bitter floral, leafy hops. The taste is much more bitter tropical fruit - grapefruit, mango, and pineapple - edgy caramel malt, singed toffee pudding, a sharp pine needle astringency, some equitable booze warming, and a lingering perfumed floral character.

The carbonation is evenly distributed, with a level-handed touch, the body an adequate medium weight, bordering on full, with a decent smoothness, however fraught with hoppy potholes. It finishes off-dry, in a certain elevated sense, the big fruit and pine bitterness still ceding no quarter, as the caramel/toffee malt backbone puffs its chest in agreement.

A stand-up New World IPA, imperialized in a most empowering, post-colonial way. Good and bitter, though not in an untethered sense, and the near 9 points of alcohol are generally well obfuscated, just enough until the final determination of cause and effect is rendered, upon last swig. A worthy contender for upper class standing in the style.

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Photo of AlexChillton
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Sammy
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Fresh bottle from Premier Gourmet. Generous retained head. Wafting aroma of grapefruit citrus and New Zealand chardonnay smelling hops. Above average mouthfeel. Tangy, tasty.SOme grapefuit. Not the best DIPA but certainly worth a try. Bit of a palate eraser.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.66/5  rDev -9.4%
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 Dduquette
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.64/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a large, fading head. Nose shows a mix of piny and tropical fruit-like hops, with soft passion fruit and pineapple. Soft clean malt underneath. Very malty flavours, but with a fair whack of pine and grapefruit to balance things out. Finishes with an assertive bitterness. Could use more carbonation.

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Photo of SirBentham
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%

Photo of Rutager
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
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 Kroehny_Loves_Hops
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of kjebar
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of Blanco
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of dbb618
4.44/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of Rwalford74
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of eric5bellies
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Drank from my Duvel tulip

A - Pours a deep cloudy copper colour with a nice two fingered head that reduces to a film and laces. Very nice

S - Heaps of hop, sweet toffee malts, grapefruit. Pungent aromas of herb.

T - Super heavy hop flavours that smooth out into toffe mals with a bitter finish.

M - Coates your tongue in a thick film of heavy malt. The carbonation is medium.

O - I don't normally like big IPA's, but I sure can appreciate this one for what it is. It has all the hallmarks of a big IPA. Recommended although your taste buds will be shot

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Photo of GONZALOYANNA
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap. Tumbler glass. Enjoyed on feb´13. Gold in color, foggy appearance. White froth creates a creamy, close & lasting crown. Copious rings on sides. Caramel malt & candy aromas, ripe apricot notes to the nose. Sharp bitter upfront followed by involving caramel maltiness. Medium body. Soft carbonation. Creamy palate. Resiny bitterness arises again in the middle - to shown we are talking about a DIPA -& lingers into a long finish. Hints of ripe fruit on the aftertaste. Flavorful & refreshing. Very well balanced beer!! Very easy drinkability since ABV is well masked.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4/5  rDev -1%
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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Photo of patre_tim
3.38/5  rDev -16.3%
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 Tita
2.9/5  rDev -28.2%
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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Super Conductor from 8 Wired Brewing Co.
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