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Brewed by 8 Wired Brewing
Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
Warkworth, New Zealand
Serve in Shaker, Tulip

bottled
common

on tap
common

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RATINGS: 654   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.3%
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!


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Brenhophead (656) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - OCT 15, 2011
UPDATED: APR 17, 2012 Pours a brilliant dark copper and aroma is of sweet tropical fruit. Taste has nice malt character slight tropical flavours and earthy backing. Over all this is a very nice beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Miksu (5027) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - OCT 12, 2011
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2011 0.5 l bottle, thanks Timo A! Slightly hazy amber color. Sweet very tropical aroma with petrol and mango. Bittersweet flavor with toffee, tropical fruits, mango, petrol and orange. Bitter and salty finish.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 12, 2011
Dark orange colored with little yellow head. Rich aroma with sweet peach and passion fruit dominating, grassy hops with thin flowers, some pine here as well. Medium bodied. Flavor is also peach fruity with more grassy hops, flavor is more straightforward.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maledictum (725) - Pyongyang, NORTH KOREA - OCT 11, 2011
Large white fluffy head misty dark orange gold pour aroma floral hoppy fruit malt sweetness like honey flavour resinous caramel grapefruit passionfruit woody note interesting orange sweet berries bubbly touch the hops great aftertaste hops and sweet malt all fruit and caramel great ipa

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cryptobard (281) - DENMARK - SEP 30, 2011
From the bottle. Poured an almost opaque orange with a white head. Hops, grapefruit, and malts, with the malts pretty noticeable at the end. Finishes with a nice bitterness.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
patrickfannon (1242) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 11, 2011
Bottle. 22 oz. Split with and courtesy of Vinnie. Bottle neck sort of shattered when Vin cracked it, so beware! Anyway, this beauty pours a hazy, murky brownish caramel orange with a two-finger white head. Aroma is fucking crazy: it literally smells like a bowl of French onion soup with a bit of scalliony armpit odor and Ramen noodle savory hint. Certainly unusual, but really much better than the sum of those things would suggest. The flavors followed through on the nose in the bitter, earthy department; tons of fuelly, dank, resinous Nelson hop pussy juice. Finishes with a slight savory/sweet kick and settles slowly down into the belly. Very satisfying, rich, bold IPA. I really want to try this again.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bragesnak (5395) - Aarhus, DENMARK - SEP 7, 2011
From Skjold Burne, Aarhus, DK. Bottled, 010911. Amber with white head. Aroma of malt and hop spices. Flavor with fruit and caramel.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Lazlo_Panaflex (6) - - SEP 1, 2011 does not count
Oh wow. A Sauvignon Blanc in beer form. That’s what this actually smells and tastes like. Stereotypical NZ sauv blanc flavours; strong citrus with passionfruit, lychees and gooseberries. But then the hops kicks in and smashes the fucking door down like a drunken and horny gatecrasher at an all girls school function. Tables are getting flipped over and people are screaming and running for the door. This is a great beer. Probably the best IPA out of the 5 I have tasted. Burnt orange with a small head, it has a strong front palate with citrus flavours but then that gives way to a smooth and dry lingering finish. A delicious floral beer with a punch in the face. Like getting beaten up by a bridesmaid after you got drunk at a wedding and tried to get some poon-tang and had no idea your advances weren’t warranted. Fantastic.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
sax (14) - California, USA - AUG 31, 2011
Great hoppy IPA. Pretty disappointed that I’ve been to pubs and "beer shops" on much of north island, NZ and no one had even heard of 8 wired until I got to Auckland. Anyway, great beer. Glad I finally found some in NZ.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
NoiZe (2323) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - AUG 31, 2011
Amber, orange colored brew. Hazy. Floral hoppy aroma, some pine and citrus. Flavor is nice, good bitterness, some malty sweetness. Nice.


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