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8 Wired Brewing
Brewed at Renaissance Brewing

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

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 546   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.3%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 youíll 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!


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tiong (3071) - Espoo, FINLAND - MAR 9, 2012
500ml bottle @ Kittyís, Helsinki

Pours dark orange with a foamy white head. Aroma of exotic fruits, malts, hops and caramel. Taste of fresh exotic hops, dark fruits, sweet caramel malts and citrus. Finish is bitter and fruity with notes of citrusy hops. Well balanced, tasty IPA.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jookos (1523) - FINLAND - MAR 7, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2012 Whoa, great fruit. Gooseberries, fresh lemon lime, pineapple, and other exotic things. Grass, or currant leaves and passion. Good body. Enjoyable.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mjs (4277) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 3, 2012
(Bottle, 0.5 l, at Kittys, 20120303) The beer poured amber and clear. Its head was medium sized and white. Aroma had fruitiness, citricness and pine. Palate was medium bodied with medium carbonation. Flavours were hops, fruitiness, pine, malts and bitterness. Aftertaste had fruitiness, pine and bitterness. Very nice and strong hop bite in this beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mikkylar (94) - Placentia, California, USA - MAR 3, 2012
Bottle. Pours a clear, dark reddish orange. Nice foamy, off white head. Aroma is gooseberry, orange, mango and grass. Flavor is straight up gooseberry. Slightly bitter finish. Gooseberry, gooseberry, gooseberry....

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sevenlee (1194) - Central Coast, NSW, AUSTRALIA - FEB 28, 2012
Pours a cloudy brown colour with a white head. Aroma is grapefruit, citrus, passion fruit and other fruits with some hops. Taste is also sweet and fruity, with passionfruit and grapefruit leading to a great lovely balanced bitter finish. Really nice soft mouth feel. Really great.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Palme (2993) - Bergen, NORWAY - FEB 21, 2012
0.5l bottle @ Henrik. This one pours a nice cloudy copper-orange body with a small big-bubbly off-white head that sticks to the sides of the glass. What a fruity aroma! Lots and lots of tropical niceness with peaches, pineapple, citrus, grapefruit, and tons of hops. Quite elegant. Yeah, it somewhat continues in the flavor; itís quite hoppy, lots of resinous bitterness here. Almost a bit to much for my tongue actually. And hedge-tones. Lots of that. Even though itís perhaps a bit overkill on the hops, it manages to be somewhat balanced. The aftertaste just screams bitter bitter bitter. A solid IPA. 09.02.2012

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
aplus01 (71) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 17, 2012
The age of this bottle probably did it no favors. Aroma of citrus was immediately obvious after opening the bottle. Color is deep gold color and hazy as an unfiltered beer should be. Intense excellent bitterness with flavors of lime and citrus. Good beer but I think a fresher bottle is called for.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
abemorsten (2491) - MosterÝy, NORWAY - FEB 16, 2012
Shared 500 ml bottle at Cardinal. Pours light misty golden with a fingerthick, light brown, creamy head. Herbal, sprucy, fruity hop acid notes on the nose. Full body. Light doughy. Smooth to drinK. Bitter and light alcoholic. Crisp flavors and a dry tongue at the end.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Alexus (240) - Stavanger, NORWAY - FEB 11, 2012
Shared bottle @ Cardinal. Pours a nice white head, golden in color. Just like a IPA should look like. Itís a great IPA with aromas packed of fruityness and hops. Great malt taste to balance the hops. The new zeland hops are truly great for IPAís! Will have this again!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
brnandersen (1668) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 10, 2012
0,5 l. bottle. My first beer from NZ. Clear, dark golden-copper colour with an average white head that fades to a thin cap. Aroma is very fruity and sweet: Oranges, citrus, lime, and...yes, passion fruits and other exotic stuff. The malts gives chocolate and caramel. Taste is medium to heavy bitter with the sweet malts lurking just behind you. Medium body with a refreshing carbonation. Slick texture. Long lasting bitter finish with those sweet exotic fruits. Excellent IPA.


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