8 Wired Brewing
Brewed at Renaissance Brewing

Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
Blenheim, New Zealand
Serve in Shaker, Tulip


on tap

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RATINGS: 640   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.3%
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We believe HopWired is the first bottled version of a true new world India Pale Ale made with NZ grown base malt and 100% truly unique NZ hops. We bet you’ll find nothing else like it on the shelves. Although the malty sweetness is there, this beer is all about the hops. Unlike an American I.P.A. which will mainly hit you with a grapefruity-citrus flavour and aroma, the unique NZ hops used in HopWired are more like a tropical punchbowl: Passion fruit, lime, oranges and Sauvignon Blanc to name but a few. A local Marlborough winemaker said it smelled like gooseberries... Gooseberries? Who has ever smelled a gooseberry?? Decide for yourself or just enjoy it without further complications. Cheers!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kraddel (4464) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - SEP 27, 2012
pours light orange, very see-trough (the clearest most i had so far)small, rather fast fading foam, smells very nice. citrushoppy more than bitter,yet still very different. label sais unique hops, so that probably explains it.doesnt taste bitter at all, just hoppy. great mouthfeel, taste dissapears very quickly, overall very nice but more wattery than i’m used too. thanx to the australien guys who brought me this one !

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
callmemickey (3422) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 17, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2013 Orange-amber body, medium white head, streaky lacing. Nose is full of tropical new zealand hops: floral and tropical fruits--mango, pineapple, grapefruit and orange. Pleasant malt profile is accentuate my the fruity hops in the flavor profile. Medium bodied, appropriate carbonation, nice bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Holmen1 (3226) - Stavanger, NORWAY - SEP 15, 2012
Fra flaske på Cardinaltreff feb-12: en ipa fra Down Under, laget på NZ malt og NZ superhumler. Tropisk aroma og herlig smak. Et klasseøl som jeg husker som det beste av mange gode øl denne kvelden. Må ha mer...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WheatKing (1319) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 14, 2012
The hops are great in this, of course, with peaches and mangoes... but what struck me more than anything was the awesome malt body. Oddly enough. Slightly more syrupy than usual, and just bursting with those deep flavours, that part of the beer made this seem like a well made double IPA, without the extreme clashes in your mouth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kingstoni (1674) - FINLAND - SEP 14, 2012
Bottle. Mostly clear dark yellow color with a disappearing foamy white head. Strong aroma of citrus and floral hops. Tastes like it smells. Bitter hoppy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (7565) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 8, 2012
Bottle, shared with Parksy and Grippitis. Orange amber body, medium off-white head. Tropical fruit hop flavours, leaning toward citrus, a tad thin in the malt department, but a nice IPA. I’m probably giving it fainter praise than I would normally, given that we had this after having the Stone 16th Anniversary (this had nowhere near the body).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gription79 (2430) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - SEP 6, 2012
Poured from a 500 ml bottle. A strong malt presence, some prune, plum notes. The hops are floral, fruity, pine. A nice IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheJester (2063) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 5, 2012
500 mL bottle. Hazy orange with a nice off-white head. Aroma is quite appealing, with sweet citrus and a really interesting note of black pepper. Or something like that. Can’t quite place it. Flavour is quite unique as well, with peaches or mango up front, then sweet orange, then that weird spicy thing. Pretty big. Definitely worth going back to, because it’s good, and it’s different.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 4, 2012
A - Pours a very hazy golden-orange with a finger of frothy off-white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing. S - Aroma is a mix of grapefruit, pineapple, tropical, floral, and spicy hops with some sweet caramel and lightly bready malts. T - Starts off with some grapefruit, pineapple, and tropical hops with some bitterness and some sweet caramel malts. Through the middle, some floral, grassy, and spicy hops come through with some more bitterness and some biscuity malts. The finish is a mix of tropical and floral hops with some resiny bitterness and sweet bready malts. M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry and bitter finish. D - Very drinkable. Nice strong hop profile and bitterness throughout. Good overall balance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pushkinwow (2196) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 27, 2012
Bottle. Vibrant amber with a creamy off white head. Nicely balanced hops with citrus being predominant, light grass, bit of caramel, decent malt undertone. Moderate body and carbonation, bittersweet and becomes more bitter, very smooth, some apple, nice finish.

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