Super Conductor | 8 Wired Brewing Co.

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103 Ratings
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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
Gots:
14
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of dbrauneis
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of StJamesGate
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
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 -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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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Rutager
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
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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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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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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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3.33/5  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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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Super Conductor from 8 Wired Brewing Co.
4.05 out of 5 based on 103 ratings.
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