8 Wired Brewing
Brewed at Renaissance Brewing

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


on tap

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 607   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (35735) - 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]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sfhodense (4790) - Odense NØ, DENMARK - FEB 13, 2011
Pours cloudy amber witha beige head. Aroma is caramel, heacy peach, grapefruit and orange. Flavour is caramel, sweet noted, peach and orange. Medium bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chriso (7416) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 13, 2011
500ml Bottle at the Cask Pub & Kitchen, Pimlico on 5 February 2011. Copper/orange colour. Some haze. Excellent fresh, grassy hop presence on the nose. Also some slightly catty notes. Bags of grapefruit and zesty orange peel in the flavour. Mouthfeel is just a shade thin. Quite impressive nevertheless.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
skortila (4602) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - FEB 13, 2011
Bottled, @ home. The aroma has grass, tropical fruits, citrus, some malt. Hazy, dark orange coloured beer with an off-white head. The taste is moderate bitter, has tropical fruits, grass on a malty background. Medium bodied. Nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7867) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 12, 2011
Bottle (edited: with a best before of September 24th, 2011...really?! It isn’t holding up now). Looking forward to it. Pours with a hazy, almost brown color, with an off-white head. Aromas of bread, honey maltiness, a bit biscuity, gooseberry, grapefruit and passionfruit, hay and light tropical fruit. Sadly it seems faded (brand new distribution to these parts, but it has come a long way). Flavor is malt forward with biscuit and honey and hay. Hops are very much in the background (wasn’t looking forward to that, was hoping for more as this was brand new to the market). Light citrus notes. Lingering brown sugar. Really malty and not hoppy at all (sadly, would love to try this at the source, I don’t think it transported well, although this is the first time it was distributed here).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
harrisoni (14020) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - FEB 12, 2011
Bottle thanks to Thomas. Hazy orange copper colour. Toasty hop aroma. Dry and nelson sauvin sweaty sox on aroma. Decent but lacks body and has nelson sauvin sweaty sox thing

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
igniztion (313) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 12, 2011
Bottle 500ml at home. Pours clear amber with a frothy off-white head. Aroma is citrus, caramel, mango, peach. passion fruit; very typical tropical juice. Taste is light sweet, very bitter. Medium body, thin to oily, average carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerisgoodforu (992) - Nørresundby, DENMARK - FEB 8, 2011
Bottle. Pours a murky amber color with a frothy off white head. Aroma is very hoppy with loads of tropical fruit I get: pineapple, passion fruit, mango and also some peach. Flavor is again dominated by tropical fruit especially the pineapple and passion fruit, I also get a light peach and citrus note and in the end I get some sweet maliness. The body is medium with a dry mouthfeel. Overall a really good IPA with alot of tropical fruit. Im guessing that they at least use Nelson Sauvin.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
emacgee (4096) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - FEB 7, 2011
Ratebeer says Blenheim, bottle says Marlbourgh. I know which one I want to believe. For starters I just have to say that this beer was one of the ugliest pours I’ve seen in a while. It just looks dirty. Muddy dark amber with one finger of sticky off white head. Nose is not doing too well. Smells a little oxidized, like a homebrewed IPA that someone was still hammering out. Herbal/piney hops with some peanut hull and bready malt. Flavors about the same, not worth getting into. Lasting bitterness with a medium intensity. Picked this up the day it got to the bottle shop so I didn’t think light, heat, time and such would have been a big issue

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
TURDFERGUSON (3963) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 7, 2011
thanks ethan. Pours a murky brownish orange with a small ring of white lace. Not what I expect for any sort of ipa, new zealand or not. Nose is oaky, sweet, oxidized. Pretty much smells like every IPA I try from overseas. You know it’s not fresh, but you try it anyway. Tastes of watery, bitter cardboard.

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