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: 560   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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ekstedt (5317) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 12, 2011
Bottle (50 cl) from the Cracked Kettle. Hazy copper, medium off-white head. Strong Nelson Sauvin hop aroma with gooseberries and nettles. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Well balanced with a long bitter finish. The Nelson Sauvin aromas become a bit cloying in the end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dmac (3887) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAR 10, 2011
Bottle from EZ Liquors. Poured a super ugly light muddy brown with a foamy/bubbly white head. Aroma was odd, perfumey, cinnamon, nutmeg, muffins and tangerine. The flavor is the same at the aroma along with slight chocolate and some bark on the exhale along with more citrus and mud. Medium bodied with average carbonation and a light bitter finish. This was just one weird beer that weighed in somewhere between, grainy (muffins), spicey (cinnamon,nutmeg), earthy (mud), and citrusy (tangerine). Odd but nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beer4000 (4395) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 9, 2011
500 ml bottle provided by Meilby. Murky orange body with a thin off-white head. Strong fruity aroma typical grapefruit, and tropical fruits with pine and some caramel. Flavor is dominated by bitterness, citric and tropical fruit, some malt, pine and light caramel. A really fruity and bitter beer that becomes milder in the aftertaste. A bit unusually, quite interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (8851) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 8, 2011
Cloudy apricot pour, off white head. Good resinous and grapefruit peel aroma. Flavor is a nice balance of bitter hops and some caramel malt. Good good stuff!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sloth (2443) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - MAR 8, 2011
Moderate sized tan head, retention is fair, lace is spotty, stringy and fairly lasting. Seriously hazy orange amber color, just butt ugly. Nose is decent, spicey, juicey with some pine and honey notes, light breadyness. Body is medium, light resinous notes, light oilynes, little sticky. Hoppy flavors up front, citrus and stone fruits, lightly tropical, a bit yeasty, bready with some pale and caramel malts lingering about. Finish is almost dry fruity but in need of a bit more bite, for me. Bottle procured @statelineliquors,,,, and not cheap either.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jesperhammer (2815) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 8, 2011
11-FEB-2011, bottle @home, with Ulkløbben, from "Fish & Beer". Served blind with To Øl, First Frontier IPA. Loads of minerals, very piney, sweet malty and bitter with a very long finish. Fine IPA. Really liked this, and my first NZ-brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sledutah (4276) - Utah, USA - MAR 7, 2011
Bottle shared at RBWG 2011
Appearance: Slightly hazy amber with a nice off-white head and good lacing
Aroma: Floral and caramel malts
Taste: Floral, fruity and caramel

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 6, 2011
Bottle. Pours murky amber, medium off-white head, spotty lacing. Nose is grapefruit, spruce, caramel/toffee. Really quite like the balance on the nose here. Flavours of grapefruit, spruce, metal, but too sweet. Really falls apart in the mouth, but a cool IPA nonetheless.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sinkas (273) - Perth/Fremantle, AUSTRALIA - MAR 6, 2011
The overtly soupy dull pour looks very uninviting. I think the soupiness also gives a very unusualy homebrew style finish, nice but needs a filtering

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pineypower (2479) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - MAR 5, 2011
Bottle thanks to Dmac, via EZ liquors. Pours out an ugly, murky apple cider color with a small lacing head. Aroma is of odd perfumy notes, some citrus, and strange floral notes. Taste is floral notes, some orange, acidic grapefruits, some lingering sweetness in there also. Definitely not your typical hop, but this was quite interesting.

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