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8 Wired Brewing
Brewed at Renaissance Brewing

Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
Blenheim, New Zealand
Serve in Shaker, Tulip

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RATINGS: 546   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 youll 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!


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Meilby (6460) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 1, 2011
Bottle 500ml @ 1337 Beer #5
[Courtesy of Zoney] Pours cloudy amber with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of caramel, mango and pineapple. Taste is medium sweet and light to medium bitter. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
altonbrownd (4618) - Brussels, BELGIUM - FEB 28, 2011
Bottle at Beer Temple. Nice golden orange body with big head. Nose of hops and fruits and pines. Really inviting. Taste is sweet, fruity and tons of hops and pines and citrus. Just lovely. Very well done. All the more impressive considering how far its traveled.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jgb9348 (4495) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - FEB 26, 2011
Chunky, chewy, hazy orange and copper coloured body with a dense, thick, microbubbled tan head - this is an amazing looking IPA. Aroma of juicy, mouthwatering pine and grapefruit hops with a touch of honey and citrus, but a very bittering smell. Medium-bodied; Assertive hoppy flavour with some resin and grapefruit, then showing some sweetness of pineapple and a touch of honey and malt. Aftertaste is a bit hoppy, but full of tropical flavours and some light herbal and floral tastes. Overall, a very good looking and smelling beer, but the taste was a bit one dimensional and underhopped in my opinion, especially considering the smell. A strong beer, but not better than most West Coast [American] IPAs. I sampled this tall 500mL bottle purchased from Olive Tree Marketplace in San Diego, California on 08-February-2011 for US$9.99 sampled at home in Washington on 26-February-2011.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
back (1238) - Holstebro, DENMARK - FEB 23, 2011
Aroma:humle malt lidt grape citron Ud.: gylden uklar Skum: hvidt kort E.smag:sd lidt bitter meget Krop:medium til fuld For.:vandede Brus:bld f50cl 8/2-11@f1

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Scopey (5557) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2011
Bottle at CP&K thanks to madmitch76. It pours a cloudy amber colour with thin white head. The nose is surprisingly sweet; grape, raisin, grapefruit and a little ginger. The taste is orange peel, passion fruit, grapefruit, gooseberry, lemon sherbet and some hay, grass and varnish. Quite a bit sweeter than expected, perhaps I need to drink a fresher batch??

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (13425) - , Essex, ENGLAND - FEB 19, 2011
18th February 2011
Bottle shared with Mes&Sim, Leighton and Scopey at the CP&K. Cheers! Hazy amber beer. Light off white head. Soft palate. Creamy malt base. Mellow marmalde hops. A little lactose, Very slightly sour. Nice but not quite as good as the other two 8 Wired beers we tried this evening. Reading the description - I didnt really get all the NZ hoppy goodness. Just decent mellow hops. Maybe a bit tired after its long journey? Intriguing - should try this again.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hallinghansen (1737) - Odense S, DENMARK - FEB 19, 2011
Hazy orange body with a small white head. Aroma is fruity hops, peach, pine. Flavor is fruity hops, peach and grapefruit. Bitter finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
BckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - FEB 16, 2011
Bottle: Pours a nice unfiltered muddy orange color with a nice big white head. The nose is very floral and fruity with a big melon and earthy leaf note. The flavor is big and sappy, sweet hops and resin with a bunch of pine and lemon notes. Finishes amazingly balanced with a nice big mouthfeel. Very tasty.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
Maris (916) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - FEB 16, 2011
From a 500ml bottle on 16/2/2011. Pours a golden orange. Has a powerful and impressive fruity, hoppy aroma - lychee, mango, orange, pine and spice are all there is spades. The flavour is equally impressive - sweet caramel malt, with a hop explosion which includes more orange and mango, some passionfruit, and a big dollop of grapefruit. It has some similarities to Brewdogs Punk IPA, but is more complex and compelling. One of the finest beers Ive downed to date. This kiwi mob has produced something thats every bit as impressive a top flight west coast yank IPA.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (33332) - VestJylland, DENMARK - FEB 14, 2011

Bottle 500ml.

Unclear - hazy medium orange color with a small to average, frothy, fair lacing, fully diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, light heavy hoppy, orange - citrus, grapefruit, mandarin, elderflowers. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, mandarin, dusty hops, elderflowers. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20110208]


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