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: 577   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81   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 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RevBFG (55) - - MAY 4, 2014
Bottle from Total Wine. Pours light amber with small white head that disappears quickly. Aroma is extremely floral. Very interesting taste. The NZ hops are like nothing I've tasted before -- piney followed quickly by kiwi. No really, kiwi. Glad I tried it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
flatlandBEER (1) - Regina, Saskatchewan, CANADA - APR 30, 2014 does not count
Delicious: subdued hop aroma; citrus notes; clean finish. Excellent example of an IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (7782) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 15, 2014
2014-03-15. Crisp golden orange body, nice white head. 3+ Aroma of green grass, straw, moderate green hops, very light yeast touch and malt. 7+ Flavour is pleasantly bitter throughout, grassy straw bitterness, light fruity undertones, moderate pale malt core has light biscuity touches. Fruity undertones grow as the glass warms up. Smooth average plus bodied palate with a soft carbonation that suits it nicely. This got lost in my fridge for several months unfortunately but I decided to enter the rating since it is still quite good. I suspect from the description that it has lost a lot of the more assertive interesting fruit aspects, but it is still rather nice. I look forward to trying it again. Bottle, Production date December 2012, private order

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
beermearjay (33) - Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 13, 2014
Bottle into tulip 1/2 pint glass. Beautiful soft white head, lovely amber colored perfection. On the nose......wow, super, super pine, tropical fruit, perfect malt backbone, hop bomb! Hmmmmm, The promise of the aroma doesn’t carry through to the palate. Refreshing, stronger malt presence, alcohol coming through, piney taste lingering. Feel a little let down given the strong aroma, still, very nicely done.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
HopsHipster (40) - Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 11, 2014
UPDATED: APR 15, 2014 Flot gylden farve. Smag med noter af frugt og bær og et strejf af lakrids i eftersmagen. [APK: 4.56]

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
erickok (3499) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - APR 1, 2014
Super rich aroma, with loads of hops, powerful mango and resin. Looks good too. Strong taste profile, delicious juicy bitterness. Very expensive, yet very good. (50cl bottle brought by Bertanne from De Molen, shared with Bertanne and Katia)

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
aliquid (5) - - MAR 24, 2014 does not count
0.5l bottle at the Salt House, Galway, Ireland. Amber Colour, tropical fruits aroma, full body with rich, oily sensation in the mouth. And it is all about those unusual NZ hops, still balanced very well with the malt used. Probably the best beer in the world. :)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GonZoBeeR (2920) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 23, 2014
Aroma:Caramel,pinehops,tropical fruit... Appearance:Clear amber,light head... Flavor:Caramel,tropical fruit,pinehops....

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
onceblind (4014) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 23, 2014
Brilliant clear dark copper under a thin white cap. The nose has a beautiful papaya and mango fruitiness with a touch of acidic bitterness. The taste has a bit of mango and earthy berries with a piney and berry skin bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Senka (446) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAR 22, 2014
Big bottle from NZ. Had this on a very special occasion. I am still wondering, why this is not the best beer from NZ. It is on of the best IPAs I have ever tried. So multicolored and curious, that you can not even describe it. It think this one has every bit of hoppy pallet in it - from dull bitterness to cotton candy sweetness. Pricey, but worth every cent.

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