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


on tap

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RATINGS: 691   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 youíll 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 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 Iíve ever had. Lovely balance and quite complex. Good bitterness throughout, this is a very smart IPA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Terminus (3595) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 18, 2011
bottle-pours dark hazy orange with a small spritzy white head around the rim of my glass. its not that great looking but not bad. seems somewhat too hazy. anyways, nose is earthy, bitter, woody, with quite a bit of oxidization. flavors exhibit the oxidization but its not all that bad-nice woody notes with quite a bit of earthy tones. not overly bitter. medium body with a very clean mouthfeal. Im sure this is a great IPA fresh, but ok in this state. HOwever, i am SO sick of buying these beers that are supposed to be "fresh" when they are far from it. short finish with some lite woody notes and lingering earth.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
HopObessaison (21) - NEW ZEALAND - AUG 6, 2011
Tap at HashigoZake - Awesome. Enough said. This is a staple of my hop diet. One of the best beers in NZ.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mkel07 (5226) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - AUG 6, 2011
500ml bottle. Cloudy after the initial pour and carries a fine level beige head of foam. Orange colour is vibrant and eye catching. Tropical fruit in the nose, passionfruit, lemon and berry. Big punchy hop flavour that fills the mouth with wonderful flavours. Big bold beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
larsga (7310) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 4, 2011
Smallish offwhite head. Clear amber body with strong carbonation. Deep oranges and resin aroma with white wine grape and spice notes. Very fresh and clear. Dry-sweet wooden resiny oranges taste with spicy grape notes. Mid-bodied. Mild, soft mouthfeel. Dry wooden resiny pine needle aftertaste with spicy grassy notes. Lovely! Full of flavour, yet fresh and drinkable. (0.5l bottle, Fish & Beer, Copenhagen.)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ratman197 (13414) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - AUG 2, 2011
500 ml bottle poured a cloudy orange amber with a small lasting amber head. Aromas of biscuit, tropical fruit, orange, mint and light grassiness. Palate was medium bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of biscuit, grapefruit, orange, light tropical fruit and light mint with a crisp dry lingering bitter finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheRealMGD (555) - Lakewood, Washington, USA - AUG 1, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2011 Tap @ Galbraithís. 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 Galbraithís keg at a later date, Iíve 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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DYCSoccer17 (3637) - 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. Iím wondering if there might be Citra or Apollo in this. Thereís 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bov (12007) - 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

   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; wonít scare the yeast-heads but will certainly satisfy the hop-heads.

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