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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: 607   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 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!


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
imdownthepub (10581) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 14, 2011
Keg at The Brewdog Bar, Edinburgh with cgarvieuk and Benjii. Hazy gold with slight white head. The IPA wars were definitely in session with this, very dry and bitter is the only way to describe it, lots of grapefruit skin and pith, lip puckering, but also very decent.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 14, 2011
On keg at the Brewdog Bar, Edinburgh for their IPA Wars. The beer was a cloudy golden colour (or as I heard another punter being told, "heavily conditioned") with a great thick, foamy white head. Resinous hop aroma of passionfruit and peach. Great flavour of passionfruit and mango with some light malt. A little sweet and nicely bitter. A chewy mouthfeel and lingering bitterness. Fantastic!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HenrikSoegaard (10724) - Randers, DENMARK - JUL 14, 2011
Bottle. Creamy white good mostly lasting head. Amber colour. Cloudy. Moderate malty and heavy hoppy aroma. Some citrus notes. Moderate bitter nice flavor. Average moderate bitter finsh. Oily palate.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cgarvieuk (15013) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 13, 2011
tap at brewdog ... light hazy amber ... sweet grapefruit nlose ... light soap lemon peel grassy hop body ... light bitter body ... tooo bitter

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BenH (2474) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 4, 2011
Very interesting IPA. Completely different from any American or British IPA. Definitely has itís own characteristics. Strong malt backbone, quite dark for an IPA. Good hop aroma, quite complex, fruity, tropical....gooseberries.... Good to taste a beer which can be clearly defined as a New Zealand IPA

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dudar (103) - Minsk, BELARUS - JUL 2, 2011
Nose: AlohA! pineapple passionfruit papaya marmalade, sweet and tropical. Taste balanced sweet malty body with tropical fruity hops continuing to dance on your tomgue. Finish dry-ish, crisp bitter, doesnt linger long. Great one

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiulijn (15060) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 29, 2011
Bottle from ōrsted, Copenhagen, batch 12, bb 2011-09-14, presumably 4 months old
Hazy amber color; small-sized head. The aroma is surprising, a mix of pungent fruits and manure; passion fruit, chemicals... The body is less strong than expected, quite lean; dry toffee flavor, with a powerful and resiny hopping; the resins increase in the final, with piney accents, for an aggressive result. Original, very good.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 26, 2011
(Bomber generously shared by a friend who picked his up in NZ). Pous a cloudy apricot color with a white head. Aroma is of dank, musty hops, citrus (orange and grapefruit). Taste is sweet malt backbone with some bitterness (probably a bit faded at this point, but very balanced). Medium body with an oily texture. Bitter finish. A very nice beer.

3.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jimthechap (1750) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 24, 2011
According to ratebeer this was the best beer in Australasia in 2010. Bold. Letís see. Pours an interesting orange-amber colour with a little haze to it and a white head that sighed and slowly disappeared. Iíve got to say though, a very sexy colour. As far as aroma is concerned, Jesus Christoffersen! Resinous, malty and tropical. Overtly citrus orange and tangerine, gooseberry, pine needles, dehydrated pineapple and guava. A ten for aroma, this beer is magnificent! The first flush is that of astrinent bitterness and citrus. I have to say that this beer smells better than it tastes, but when it smells this good that isnít difficult. The finish is quite sour and incredibly bitter. You know youíve been hit with the IPA train. Flavours on the end lean toward resin. This is eyewatering stuff.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Benzai (8800) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUN 19, 2011
Bought this bottle @ the Molen. Little hazy orange color. Very fine smell with lots of hops, grapefruit and little pineapple flavors. Taste is the same. Medium to full body, lively beer and very nice carbonation.


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