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: 568   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 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 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sharmon33 (1) - USA - DEC 6, 2010 does not count
One on NZís finest. Pours burnt hazy orange. Hops are very floral, tropical aroma. But toasty malts balance it nicely. Seems to have developed a cult following very quikcly and certainly the flagship for 8 wired brewing.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stew41 (1728) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - NOV 30, 2010
Ultra classy IPA. A traditional style that doesnít rely upon souped up malts and hops. Wonderfully fragrant passionfruit and green fruits run through the nose with licorice and nettles. Relatively firm in the mouth as the hops do harden up a fraction but still plenty going on: nettles, aniseed, bitter citrus fruits. Complexity to burn.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mcsimmo (30) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 26, 2010
bottle. Pours an amber orange, decent carbonation forming a thin but noticeable creamy white head. A cloudy pour, opaque clarity. Aroma hits you from 20 paces: awesome fruity notes on the nose, definitely grassy hints there. Also malty/syrupy sweetness present. Light malty sweetness on the palate followed by a well balanced hop hit. fruit salad taste prominent. Nice hoppy astringency that doesnít dominate. Good hop taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bluevegie (3051) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - NOV 18, 2010
Muddy looking body with minimal lasting head. Pear, passionfruit and other fruits in the aroma. Different sort of bite in the taste, medium body hop driven but some malts late. I didnít really pick up on the alcohol in this. Drank well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
stewac01 (62) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 17, 2010
Murky orange with a creamy white head. Upfront aromas are a dank, dark hop character - thereís passionfruit, mango and honeydew too but overall itís a wet, musty earth/spice which dominates. Fair whack of crystal malt sweetness to balance. The deep and dirty hop character dominates the flavour also with aniseed, pepper and bitter green vegetables. Heaps of caramel/fudge malt behind the hops, accentuated by a thick and chewy mouthfeel. Finish is resoundingly bitter and drying. Very, very impressive beer - my favourite IPA to date.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bmeup (509) - Ormeau, AUSTRALIA - NOV 15, 2010
Mud brown, but thats good because what lies within is a welcome suprise. Great tropical fruit and citrus and yes som Kiwi fruit sweetness. Big on hops this one and doesínt it work well. Damn, Kiwis are good at these. A fav for shure.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gam (3183) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - NOV 14, 2010
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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - NOV 5, 2010
Bottle. Hazy brownish orange pour with a short creamy off-white head that doesnít last long. Spicy, hoppy nose has lots of citrus also: orange, grapefruit, lime, passionfruit, pine, ginger, black pepper and mint. Unfortunately Iím not very familiar with gooseberries. Flavour follows the aroma fairly closely but with more powerful spice and herb notes and more restrained fruit; with additional hints of juniper, spearmint, pepperberry and malty caramel. Mouthfeel is slightly oily and slick with moderate to low carbonation and a long bitter, spicy finish. Not a bad IPA, the Kiwi hops certainly make this different but I would find this a bit rough around the edges to enjoy it often.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hawthorne00 (2374) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - NOV 5, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2014 [11/10] Bottle. Slightly hazy amber with a creamy light beige head. Aroma has some caramel and pears, then heaps of Kiwi hop aromas - cut grass, gooseberries (oh come on, I have some in the freezer), kaffir lime leaf, white grapes, cardamon pods, oranges, custard apples, galangal, black pepper. Taste is really all about the hops (and the aromas are all there in the apparent taste), but the malt has enough presence to work as is dark enough not to seem just lolly-sweet. Quite boozy. Itís almost hot with spices and a bit of pine at the finish.

Complicated isnít the same as complex and despite the many interesting flavours I didnít like this much. Cacophonous. [3.3]

[2/14] Still not loving this one, for much the same reasons.

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