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: 577   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thewolf (11150) - Kolding, DENMARK - JAN 12, 2011
Bottle, bought @ Ølbutikken, Cph.
Hazy orange amber with a lovely, medium, staying, creamy, off-white head - with just the slightest hint of pink. Lovely fruity aroma, peach, pineapple, oranges, apricot, grapefruit. Light plant sap. A bit of hazel or macademia nuts. Mild caramel note. Medium carbonation, fine dry and creamy mouthfeel. Flavour has a mild metallic note that detracts, otherwise lovely hops balanced with some crispy malt - light crystal, light biscuity. Long, lingering, piney and dry bitterness. The tropical notes are more subdued in flavour and much more bitter than expected.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theis (13357) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 9, 2011
Bottle at MikkellerBAR. Clear orange/amber - white head.  Grape fruits. Nice bitterness. Honey sweetness. Caramel notes. Toasted. Light bisquit. Flowery. Herbal. Nice high hoppy.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Defreni (2603) - Husum, DENMARK - JAN 7, 2011
Flaske: Orange uklar øl med et lille skumhoved. Ikke særlig køn men fantastisk duft. Tropisk frugtbowle som etiketten siger er ganske korrekt. Fantastisk. lang tid siden jeg har duftet noget så godt. Smagen er også lige i skabet med masser tropisk frugt og en god maltsødme. Mundfylden vinder mest på at smagen er så god. Diskrete små bobler, men en lidt mere livlig karbonation måtte der gerne have været. Verdensklasse.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sunevdj (3152) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - JAN 7, 2011
Bottle at home. Pours a hazy amber with a small off-white head. Smells of goose berries... It does!!! Dry with lots of hops aromas of grape fruit, passion fruits and gooseberries. Also underlying caramel notes. Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Long bitter finish with more hops aromas.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Davros (1897) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JAN 6, 2011
Pours hazy dark amber with a small head. Nose shows super juicy hops with massive amounts of passionfruit leaping out along with a load of sweet malt contributing a faint toasty character. Very similar flavours but the passionfruit isn’t quite so full-on, nor is the malt quite so noticeable. Instead there’s a nice sharp bitterness. Very refreshing. Carbonation is a little high really.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
joergen (20649) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 2, 2011
Bottle, thanks Theis. Hazy orange coloured with a small white head. Fruity aroma of hops, grass and pine needles with notes of sulphur. Fruuty flavour of citrus, hops, grass, grape fruits and pine needles. Hoppy finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
madsberg (10142) - Søborg, DENMARK - DEC 31, 2010
Bottled. Dark amber coloured. Small beige head. Sweetness , grape, fruits, light caramel. Fruits, sweetness herbs, flowers, caramel in the flavour. Medium to full bodied. Dry grapy bitterness in the end. Fantastic.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beer4eternity (201) - Tauranga, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 29, 2010
500ml bottle, Christmas present from Cameron & Marita - thanks. Unclear amber hue, medium off white creamy mostly lasting head with very good lacing. The aromas are divine with astonishing hop aromas; tropical fruit especially passion fruit, grapefruit, lime, and resin, pine. There’s some biscuity caramel malt in there and a bit of pepperiness. Nice balance of sweet and bitter taste, bitter finish with an average to long duration. Medium body, slightly oily texture, soft carbonation, moderately astringent finish. An outstanding brew. I especially love those hop aromas. This style with NZ hops would have to be one of my favourites now. Epic Armageddon & Renaissance MPA comparable and only marginally better? It would be great to have all 3 side by side to compare. Anyway this is my bliss, my happy place, love it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bluebetty (1019) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 12, 2010
Bottle. Pours a murky amber brown with rocky creamy coloured head. Not the best lookinh beer but never the less. Aromas of sweet caramel and the NZ hops. Lots of tropical fruits. Flavours are a little weird for me. Some sweet malt and a little resiny hop bitterness coming through but it seems to miss the mark a little. Did real enjoy this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Spud69 (21) - Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 10, 2010
Good Clarity estery passionfruit nose and a hint of minerals, Taste is of nice tropicalfruit which is cut in half by a savoury burnt flavour and finishes refreshing balanced, Whats up with the flavour? overpowering diesel and tar, so much better 8 months ago

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