WheatKing (1319) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 17, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the Roundhouse, Hong Kong. Pours dark amber, slight white head. Nose is pungent hop spice/earth, very sugary caramel. Flavour is sweet but balanced pretty well with the dirt hops. Finishes semisweet. Pretty sticky. Has a lot of depth.
ComradeK (1070) - The Vale of Dundas, AUSTRALIA - JUL 10, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle. Pours a hazy medium amber, with a moderate off-white head, which lasts well and leaves good lacing. Kiwifruit, lychee, mild mango and floral hops mix with soft toffee to create the aroma. Kiwifruit and mango hops up front give way to burnt caramel malt in the mid-palate. Melon and floral hops come in at the finish. A nice IPA, with good NZ hops flavours.
MunBro (808) - St. Albert, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 7, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Fresh bottle from Sherbrooke Liquor in YEG, AB. Pours a deep golden amber with a foamy white head, tons of nice lacing. Aroma is of hops and malts, not as aromatic as any other 8-Wired offering (and I have tried 90% of them) which is odd. Taste is amazing. Like the original the NZ hops are fresh, vibrant and citrusy to the max. Tons of tropical flavours from kiwis, guavas, pineapples to tangerines and nectarines. Nice malt backbone that isn’t overpowering. My only minor complaint about the original was that I would like the hops a bit wetter and this delivers it for me. A truly sublime beer!
nealblind (1104) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - JUN 13, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear gold pour. Aroma of grape, diesel, butter burnt herbs. Tastes is malty with burnt herbs. Light carb, some minerals.
Splitenz (338) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 29, 2014
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smells like the perfect IPA. Tastes like a your ideal IPA. Gorgeous, oily fresh hops pulling your mouth in all kinds of directions. Dry, bitter, sweetly citrus and pineaple. Good amount of alcohol tickles the nose and warms your chest. Terrific!
mkel07 (4301) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAY 25, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle from Archive Beer Boutique. Rating from early 2014. Pours a golden amber with a tinge of orange throughout. Aroma is pleasant and not overpowering.
chefinvt (19) - Blenheim, NEW ZEALAND - APR 26, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This beer is their seasonal release, it showcases 2 remarkable NZ hops. For a beer that contains only wet hops, aside from a bittering addition it is amazing. Bottle and tap, bright with a elegant lacing in a clean glass. Huge aromas of resinous green and tropical notes of near overripe fruit. Sublte sandlewood undertones. On the pallet again resinous and oily, yet crsip and dry. A pronounced malt character holds up the fruity spiced hop flavours. Finishes with a smooth bitterness, and a alluring oilyness that makes you want another sip...fresh is best. Wow
Pdubyah (518) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - APR 18, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2015 This ends up sweeter than you might enjoy, the fresh hops give it a really raw resin/grass note that is carried at first by a great sweet carry, but then the sweetness gets a grip and takes over somewhat. Alarmingly I drank this in about no time at all, and would pay for delivery of another :-) So to sum up, might be a bit below ideal overall has some things that make you go "mmm"
ThirstyBird (2187) - London area, Herefordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 22, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ RBBSG II. Courtesy of Bart. Thanks! Pours a mildly hazy, bright orange with a small white head. The smell is big tropical fruit, malt backbone supporting. The taste follows the smell with a dry slightly bitter finish. Light to medium body with mild carbonation. A brightly fruity IPA...tasty.
HKdIPA (457) - HONG KONG - JAN 8, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2014 Yum. Refreshing, citrusy, hoppy bitterness but not as much as you'd think.