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8 Wired Brewing
Brewed at Renaissance Brewing

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

bottled
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RATINGS: 643   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83   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 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheJester (2077) - 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. Canít 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 itís good, and itís different.

4.1
   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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pushkinwow (2213) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Archibaldo de la Cruz (1121) - FINLAND - AUG 26, 2012
Bottle. Clear amber color with a medium-sized off-white head. Fruity aroma with orange and caramel. Flavor is sweet caramel malt, orange, mild grapefruit, passion fruit and some bitterness in the finish. Quite sweet and fruity IPA. Very tasty.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bart (2938) - Brussels, BELGIUM - AUG 25, 2012
50cl Bottle @ RBBSG. Light amber coloured beer with almost no carbonation and a small white head. Stronger hoppy aroma. Full palate. Finish is strong hoppy bitter. Much less balanced than the Fresh Hopwired. Xtreme IPA

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Martinus (3561) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - AUG 23, 2012
Dark amber colour, white head. Fruity aroma, hops, passionfruit, lychee, pineapple, tropical marmalade and nelson sauvin. Hoppy bitter flavour, light sweet, caramel and marmalade. Finish sweet, honey, light bitterness.
(From 50cL bottle @ RBBSG II, Wilrijk. Courtesy of Bart. Thanks!)

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MadDogMD (213) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - AUG 22, 2012
Bottle from AJís Arcadia. Pours clear orange w/ a fairly big head. Lots of grapefruit, sweet orange, nectarine. Not a huge malt presence, but the light, fruity hops are quite pleasing & make for easy-drinking. Nice!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
77ships (4940) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - AUG 22, 2012
Thx. to Bart // 50 cl. bottle sampled @ RBBSG 2012 after the Fresh one // clear amber with a white head // smells of nelson, bitter caramel, marmalade, touch exotic fruits // taste is a bit more mellow and round than smell would suggest, caramel, bitter marmalade, tangerine, mandarin. grapefruit, bitter malts, tad spice, mango, exotic gruits // nice body // way more balanced than the Fresh although that one was awesome in a different way but I think everyone including me liked this one more // lovely IPA

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
petergaynor (137) - NEW ZEALAND - AUG 17, 2012
500ml bottle, pours a golden dark-amber colour with an off white head, floral fruity nose, follows through in taste, big citrus hoppy flavour, all round great beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BelgBeerGeek (1297) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - AUG 16, 2012
@ 2nd RBBSG, thx to whoever rbought this
Tasted right after the Fresh hopwired

Head: White, medium, foamy
Colour: amber/ orangy/ gold
Smell: very exotic, lots of fruits, lots of fruity hops, mango, peach, lychee , grapefruit, exactly how i like my IPAís !
Taste: like the fesh hopwired this oneís also very close to the aroma , very fruity exotic, notes of pineapple blended perfectly with the grassy limey flavours of the hops, awesome IPA ! prefer this one over the Fresh hopwired


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