Super Conductor | 8 Wired Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

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

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
Ratings:
103
Reviews:
34
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
8.4%
 
 
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12
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14
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Photo of Tita
2.9/5  rDev -28.4%
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 garuda
3.33/5  rDev -17.8%
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 patre_tim
3.38/5  rDev -16.5%
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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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of danieelol
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is nice light amber. Good head/lacing.

Smell is nice yummy caramel malt and herbal, US-style hops.

Taste is similar. Herbal hops, caramel malt. Exactly how you do a decent US-style DIPA.

Mouthfeel is equal parts sweet/bitter.

Exactly what you expect in an (East Coast) US-style DIPA. No more, no less.

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3.64/5  rDev -10.1%
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 WoodBrew
3.66/5  rDev -9.6%
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 bobhits
3.72/5  rDev -8.1%
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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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Soto
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of TDavis
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Beervana
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Taybeh
3.79/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of endovelico
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
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 SirBentham
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%

Photo of Sammy
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
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 Tdenham
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BEERchitect
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
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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Photo of oceanman907
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
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 MasterSki
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle from West Lakeview Liquors. This is nearly four months old now I guess - thanks Shelton Brothers. Served in a Darkness snifter.

A - Finger of white foam settles to a near-complete cap, thick collar, and a few fingers of lace. Hazy caramel body.

S - You can tell the aroma hops have faded quite a bit - some cheesy beta acid presence and a brown sugar and caramel malt initially, but some of the residual herbs, pine, light grape and tropical fruits. Some bready malts and lightly toasted sugars.

T - Taste has held up significantly better, with a nice blend of zesty citrus, pine, goosebeery, and a lightly astringent note. Not as overtly malt here, with more of a periphery caramel and sugar contribution. Alcohol is well-concealed, although this still feels like a bigger DIPA than listed.

M - Chewy, medium-full body. Smooth texture with an oily and resinous finish. Not much alcohol presence, other than a touch of warming after a glass. Soft, moderate carbonation. Feels more like a 10% in heft, even without any overt booziness.

D - This was probably really good in December, but now it's merely serviceable. I really wish these breweries bottle dated, or that Shelton would be a little quicker in getting things to market. This *just* reached store shelves here in the last two weeks. I had no problem with the .5L bottle, but it's just too expensive to gamble on hoppy imports.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
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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Super Conductor from 8 Wired Brewing Co.
4.05 out of 5 based on 103 ratings.
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