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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: 594   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 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!


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pintbypint (2646) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 14, 2012
500ml brown bottle. Pours out clear and golden, very large white head, creamy and solid. Nice lacing. Nose has pine notes, some tropical NZ hops, and sharp grapefruit. Taste - big hops, got a mostly grapefruity attack at first with some pine then a background tropical fruitiness. Fruitiness became much more pronounced on the second half of the bottle. Slightly floral and fruity - hints of grape. Finish has more of the fruity floral hop that lingers, and a nice cutting late grapefruit attack in the throat. Medium body, great fine pointed carbonation. Good example of a NZ hopped IPA. Good bitterness and fruity hops, enjoyable and light enough to have more than one...

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dfearnley (1025) - Alberta, CANADA - JUN 14, 2012
500mL bottle to restaurant water glass Heavy aromas of sweet tropical fruits. I get papaya, lychee, and caramel. Pouts a clear amber with small long lasting head. Tastes of papaya with the flavour of black pepper without the mouthfeel/spicyness ends with bitterness. Low carbonation makes the mouthfeel unexciting.

3.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ferris (4480) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 14, 2012
Bottle - Pine, grapefruit and sweet fruits on the nose. Pale clear amber with thin persistent head. Crazy grapefruit bitterness with the sweetness just coming through at the end.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
reebtogi (4239) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 8, 2012
500ml bottle pours a golden orangeish color with a 2 finger white head that has decent retention and leaves a nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is mild pine with some lime citrus and lighter fruits. Taste is bold citrusy and pine bitterness balanced nicely with some fruity and malty sweetness. Medium bodied with some nice carbonation providing a pleasant mouthfeel. A very interesting and unique tasting IPA. I truly enjoyed this one and recommend it to others who can get a hold of it.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ddemmingjr (712) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - JUN 5, 2012
Bottle: pours hazy amber, fizzy off white head, nice lacing. Nose is dank, lemon zest, passion fruit, citrus, minerals, pine. Heavier bodies, notes of mineral, earth, caramel malts sweetness followed up with spicy, herbal hops. Nice balance, sessionable and pretty good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Idiosynkrasie (3917) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - MAY 24, 2012
500ml bottle. Clear amber colour with small micropore slightly lacing white head. Sweet fruity aroma, peach and the like, lots of resin. Taste is also fruity, resinous, has some citrus. Hoppy finish is signed by dry and bitter notes.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
italianjohn (2350) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 18, 2012
Clear copper orange pour thin off white head light sticky lacing .... aroma is all about fruits tropical and citrusy, oranges and limes with caramel malts, spicy hop oils, piney and rinds ... taste is a nice mix of spicy/piney hops, caramel malts, fruity oranges, citrusy and tropical fruits with some light biscuity malts ... finish is bitter and dry ... a nice solid ipa

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brodies_Best (248) - Auckland Central, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 14, 2012
Pours golden with not much head. Aroma of passionfruit, citrus, grapefruit, peach and floral hops. Taste is of passionfruit, bitter with medium body and then warmth from the alcohol. Well rounded and drinkable.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
omega (703) - NEW ZEALAND - MAY 11, 2012
One of the best beers made in NZ. Big and bold hoppiness dominate this beer, but not to the extent that it becomes undrinkable. Drier than I remember.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Foffern (1252) - Bodø, NORWAY - MAY 6, 2012
Bottle at Henrik. Pours a cloudy amber colour with a small off-white head. Both aroma and flavour is dominated by fruity hops, apricots, grapefruits, citrus, grass and pine. Has a slick mouth feel, and medium bitterness. This is a really good IPA.


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