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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: 615   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   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!


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheRealMGD (551) - Lakewood, Washington, USA - AUG 1, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2011 Tap @ Galbraith’s. Hazy, orange-gold pour with a short white head leaving light lace. Fruity, flowery nose very reminiscent of Ithaca Flower Power, one of my favorite IPAs. Medium body and medium-plus carbonation that holds all the way through to the finish! Berry, melon, peach, mango, toast and grapefruit. Finish is short, bitter and dry. Lovely and a top-drawer IPA. After several bottles and more pints from the same Galbraith’s keg at a later date, I’ve noted that Hopwired (like many fragrant IPAs including FP) tends to be more ordinary as it gets less fresh, possibly up to 0.5 points worse: much less interesting aroma, less balanced and less enjoyable overall. Get it fresh!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DYCSoccer17 (3357) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 31, 2011
500mL bottle purchased at the Davis Food Co-Op. The aroma on this is very green. Some piney hops, along with some citrus mango notes as well. I’m wondering if there might be Citra or Apollo in this. There’s a light sweetness in the nose. This is nicely aromatic and quaffable. Mostly hazy copper-amber-orange body with a whitish head. Starts with some citrus hops flavors (orange, passionfruit), before it becomes a little caramelly in the middle. Finishes with an herbal hop bitterness that is moderate. Pretty well-balanced and pretty enjoyable.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bov (9810) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JUL 31, 2011
courtesy of fiulijn - cloudy reddish-orange beer with a modest head retention; sticky nose leaving a solid fruity hoppiness (apricots, mango and maybe peach); a fair carbonation, a good malt backbone and a solid bitterness; quite sticky palate; dry and long fruity hoppy and bitter finish - straightforward and very drinkable

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
buzz_and_hum (153) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 30, 2011
500ml bottle. I grew up with gooseberry bushes growing in the yard - stewed gooseberries make a lovely sweet pie filling. A very distinctive smell, but not the smell that comes from this IPA! Truth be told, this could probably be labelled as an IIPA and no-one would object. Very sweet fruit flavours on the noise, passion fruit is certainly there, and a rich bergamot tang too. Lovely on the tongue, rounded sweetness with a pleasantly rough bitterness from the hops. Smooth carbonation and texture, with a long hoppy finish. A really well balanced IPA this one; won’t scare the yeast-heads but will certainly satisfy the hop-heads.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
finol (2263) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 26, 2011
Draught at Mikkeller Bar. Pours hazy dark golden with a light yellowish head. Heavy brew with a taste of grapefruit and grape seeds. I thought it was a IIPA.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hirigalzkar (2364) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 26, 2011
Draught @ Mikkeller Bar. Pours orange. Kind of sweet aroma. Grape and citrusy notes. The taste is well balanced. Lots of grape and gooseberry notes but also some caramel malt. Bitter grapefruit in the aftertaste. Quite heavy stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (4196) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JUL 15, 2011
Bottle from Bruisin Ales. Big malty floral taste and aroma followed by kiwi and other fruit. Tropical taste. Very nice.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerCast_Rich (1894) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 15, 2011
[keg at BrewDog Bar, Edinburgh] Like the idea of an all-kiwi IPA. Good, albeit very hazy, deep gold. Healthy dose of pithy citrus on the nose – quite limey? The flavours are also sharp fruit, plenty of grapefruit and orange, lemon peel. Refreshing and really rather good. Long dry, bitter finish [13072011]

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
imdownthepub (10661) - 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!


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