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: 643   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bax (1268) - Hasselager, Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 27, 2012
(Bottle 22/04-2012) Low lasting white head, clear amber color, hoppy aroma, good bitterness, balanced hoppy taste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kristall-König (2415) - Oldenburg, GERMANY - APR 27, 2012
Hopfig-blumiger, zitrusmäßiger Duft mit Noten von Geranien. Zopfiger nur marginal zitrusbehafteter Start. Mitte vordergründig malzbetont, wobei der Hopfen sich im Hintergrund hält. Trocken-bitterer, würziger Abgang. Entschlossenes, weniger süßes IPA. Gut.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (8669) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 18, 2012
500mL bottle, pours a hazy orange with a medium white head. Aroma of dry floral and piney hops, lime and citrus, passion fruit and white wine notes as well. Flavour is quite dry and vinous, with piney and floral dry hops, feint tropical fruit notes and white wine - finishes vinous, dry and yeast. Full-bodied and well-balanced, though a bit messy. Nonetheless, very good IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (11955) - Washington DC, USA - APR 17, 2012
50cl bottle. Large beige head atop murky apple cider body. Aroma is moderately sweet, grapefruit, some passion fruit, some bread/caramel, light lime. Taste is moderately sweet, grapefruit, some white wine, lime. Medium body, some resin.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerBaboon (1719) - FINLAND - APR 17, 2012
Punertavan kuparinen, kirkas väri ja valkoinen vaahto. Tuoksu on herkullisen, eksoottisen hedelmäinen ja makean maltainen. Maultaan olut on hienon katkera ja hedelmäinen. Kyllähän tässä sitä amrikkalais IPA:lle tyypillistä pihkaisuuttakin on mukana, vaikka etiketissä muuta väitetään. Perusominaisuuksiltaan melko monimuotoinen olut. Keskihiilihappoinen ja kohtalaisen runsas.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
maekchu (2602) - Hirakata, JAPAN - APR 16, 2012
Bottle brought back from NZ by wombata. Thank you. Nose of horse piss, pine, lime, and strong armpit notes. Really an olfactory assault! Dark orange color with tinge of red. Really harsh hoppiness and crude fruit in the nose. As astringent as can be in the initial stage, and then a little sweetness emerges in the final. The unusual, extreme aromas are a plus for me. Yet it may be a bit overdone.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
presario (4828) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - APR 15, 2012
Bottle stored on its side in the fridge. Took out and opened and then drank a third as fast as I could as the beer foamed from the bottle. Have to be more careful with the next one to see if it was me or the beer. Dark thick dirty orange amber with surprisingly light head after the mishap. Aroma is a curious grape and berry. Flavour is more traditional woody hops with a sandy quality but not texture and hints of berry perhaps. Tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KyotoLefty (7232) - Kyoto, JAPAN - APR 14, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2014 Bottle brought back by Wombata. Complex hop nose with pineapple and cat piss, passion fruit. Grungy citrus flavor, dirty, with butter and something almost phenolic-tasting but probably coming from the hops. Interesting, though too much of that harsh cat piss hop flavor for me.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
olio (7308) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 14, 2012
50 cl bottle. No BBE info.
Pours clear copper color with a medium-sized head. Aroma of fresh hoppy fruits, pine needles, mild malty notes, goose berry bush, nettle and some resin. Flavor of fruits, mild malts, dry hay, goose berries, mild caramel notes and some wood. Bitter and fruity palate with a dry finish. Nice and hoppy brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MJGG (952) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 13, 2012
Bouteille de 500 ml. Arômes houblonnés (fruits tropicaux, herbe fraîche). On remarque également un malt d’inspiration anglaise. Robe orangée et trouble, légère mousse et effervescence moyenne. En bouche, le houblon apporte des notes fruitées typiques des houblons néo-zélandais, mais également un caractère boisé et herbacé. Le malt est légèrement caramélisé, mais demeure en retrait. Belle texture en bouche. Finale à la fois sèche et amère. Une belle IPA, facile à boire pour le degré d’alcool.

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