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


on tap

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RATINGS: 690   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84/5   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.3%
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 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
patrickfannon (1241) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bragesnak (5394) - 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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
NoiZe (2323) - Zeist, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Enjoyit (3756) - Vadum, DENMARK - AUG 24, 2011
Hazy orange of color with an off white head. An aroma of hops, grapefruit and malt. A flavor of hops, malt and grapefruit. Very nice!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rasmus40 (17532) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 23, 2011
Cloudy dark orange with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel and rather hoppy - pine needles and peach. Flavor is quite sweet and rather bitter. Dry and rather bitter finish. 230811

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jazz88 (2665) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 20, 2011
Bottle. A nice golden color with a white head. A bright hoppy aroma with a well balanced dry, bitter hoppy flavor balanced with citrus and fruits. A very nice IPA - nice job NZ.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BarossaLuke (552) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 20, 2011
This beer has probably the best NZ hop aroma I’ve ever had. Lovely balance and quite complex. Good bitterness throughout, this is a very smart IPA.

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