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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

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common

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RATINGS: 585   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81   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!


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dwm1034 (637) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 20, 2011
Great 16.9 oz birthday bottle from sherm1016....thanks!!!!!& a cloudy, beautiful amber orange...even looks yummy! Tastes even better....let’s see - there’s some grapefruit; some pineapple; sour green grapes....wow. Wonderfully offset by the malty balance to all these hops....definitely another future favorite....may have to retire to New Zealand to get this more often....very very tasty.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dredd (689) - Bentleigh, AUSTRALIA - DEC 16, 2011
Love it, great IPA with lots of upfront bitterness which finishes with some good apricot stone fruit. Good viscosity in the palate too.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pyobon (919) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - DEC 3, 2011
(bottle) Pouring it very carefully resulted in a stupid amount of head - it filled two pint glasses - so appearance: way too much head, plus it was murky amber brown. Off to a bad start, but all good after that. Wonderful, floral, fruity (pineapple and grapefruit) and hoppy aroma. Medium body and well (!) carbonated. Lovely balanced foretaste of sweet biscuity malts and tangy fruit leading into a long lasting excellent bitter finish. A great IPA.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beerygeek (36) - NEW ZEALAND - NOV 23, 2011
No other way to put it. An awesome beer! The nose includes that lovely aroma that can only come from NZ hops. Sort of a sweet mixture of grapefruit and white wine. The taste. Ones along to back this up with just enough malt to spring forth gently against the bitter hops. The reddish amber colour and clarity are perfect. This beer is a must drink before you die.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
humlelala (984) - DENMARK - NOV 18, 2011
(50 cl bottle from Toft Vin) Pours a clear amber with medium, off-white head that recedes quickly leaving a thin layer and good lace in the glass. Aroma is powerfully fruity hops with dominant notes of sweet grapefruit and passionfruit. Full-bodied, oily texture with medium carbonation and a dry finish. Taste is mildly bitter but for me the complex, aromatic nature of the hop is far more dominant than the bitterness. A very pleasant IPA. Girlfriend says: "I like the mix of grapefruit and grass taste."

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Habanero (2617) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - NOV 11, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2012 Bottled. Poured clear and deep orange with a small, creamy white head. Nice lacing. The nose is a palette of tropical fruits and caramel. Flavor with a nice fruitiness with grapefruit, oranges and caramel. Medium bodied, creamy texture and average carbonation. Ends up pleasant bitter. An excellent smooth and very interesting IPA.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bluelebowski (6) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - NOV 5, 2011 does not count
Nice subtle aromas and flavours, nothing overpowering but a very well made IPA - tasted of quality - soft grapfruit aroam and taste all the way through, not too bitter

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
PhillyCraft (3222) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 2, 2011
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2012 Bottle. This was my first beer I have tried from 8 Wired. After seeing that the brewery was from New Zealend, and that this beer was made with tons of Nelson hops, I had to pick it up. Poured a cloudy golden orange color with a medium body and lacing amount. Aromas are tons of tropical fruit notes, cheddar, onions, honey mustard, mangoes. Taste is just as incredible as the scent. Loads of oniony nelson hops, pineapple, mango, and other citrus fruit. Other notes of buttery crab and lobster that finishes up smooth and layered in flavor. Drink this beer with a bag of Snyders honey mustard and onion flavored pretzels. Luxurious, rich, and complex IPA from a brewer that I will be searching out in the near future.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TimE (3183) - Tokyo, JAPAN - OCT 31, 2011
dry, lots of citrus piney notes with underlying Carmel notes. Tons of hops and aggressive bitterness. Highly enjoyable. Well made

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Quack-Duck (7911) - Down South, GERMANY - OCT 28, 2011
bottle from Bierkompass. Hazy deep coppergolden colour, large, creamy off-white head. Intensive aroma of tropical fruit, mainly mango. Medium-bodied, solid malty base in the background, lots of hops with a tropical character, mango, papaya, intensively fruity. Delicious.


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