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: 622   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Christian (11326) - Odense, DENMARK - JAN 29, 2011
Hazy amber with a small white head. Aroma of orange and grapefruit peel with a peppery note. Sweet fruity flavour with citrus notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Skinnyviking (7341) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 29, 2011
Bottle. Low fluffy white lasting head. Hazy orange body. Peach caramel hops malt aroma. Dry pine grass bitter flavor. Low carbonation. Long aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chrisv10 (11714) - DENMARK - JAN 29, 2011
Bottle. Hazy amber/golden with medium off-white head. Flavour is malt, caramel, fruit, pine, grass and hops.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
noynek (1) - NEW ZEALAND - JAN 28, 2011 does not count
a beer I have waited 45 years for!! and it was well worth the wait. Well done Soren

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Anker (723) - Hillerød, DENMARK - JAN 28, 2011
Bottle shared by plovmand, thanks for leaving me a mouthful or two. :) It pours hazy golden amber with a off white. The nose is dominated peach, pine, apricot, citrus and a hint of caramel. Flavour is peach, pine, mango and grape with hints of sweet caramel and grass. It has a bitter-sweet finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Plovmand (6651) - Helsinge, DENMARK - JAN 27, 2011
Bottle. POurs light hazy amber with a steady off white head. The aroma is citrus, exotic fruit, passion fruit, orange and caramel. The flavour is citrus, grape fruit, passion fruit, light peach, oranges and light mango. Good sweetness from the malt to back it up. Quite nice though a little watery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dedollewaitor (14173) - Odense, DENMARK - JAN 27, 2011
Bottle @ Odense Tasting, Jan 2011. Pours unclear golden with a small creamy stable head. Nose is piney and bitter. Quite exotic. Berries.. Sweet and a bit syrupy/cloying palate. Dry and bitter hoppy end. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NosirIwont (2008) - Aalborg Vestby, DENMARK - JAN 26, 2011
Bottle. Pours a murky orange/brown with an off-white head. Bit of lacing. Aroma is an intense tart and sweet grape fruit hop assault. Pretty damn awesome. Flavour is much the same, but also has some fruity notes as well as malt in the background and a touch of alcohol. Finish is fruity with a lingering liquorice bitterness. Overall well-made, but what really did it for me was the grape fruit hops. The fruity sweetness was a bit cloying in the long run though, but not too bad. 27.01.11.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
keepersj12 (2792) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - JAN 25, 2011
This really is a bit different like the label says. It has a sweet fruitiness to the aroma with some what I guess are gooseberries. More like a hint of strawberry along with some lime and of course the pine and citrus. It pours a hazy amber with a lacing long lasting head. The flavor has a bit of malt sweetness up front but gives way to the hop bitterness. The after taste is long lasting a very nice. This is one of the best IPA’s I’ve had in a while.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (6951) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 24, 2011
500 ml bottle from Wine and Cheese Place- just arrived fresh this week so I had to crack it open fresh this weekend. Pours a cloudy, deep golden-orange color with a small, creamy off-white head. Aroma of citrusy hops, pineapple, apricot, caramel malts, fresh floral notes, and a little grapefruit peel late. The flavor is equally fruity, with tons of citrus and tropical fruits, floral and citrus hops, caramel malts, and a hint of pine resin. Medium-bodied, with a fruity mouthfeel and medium-high carbonation. Some bitterness to go along with that sweetness in the aftertaste. Nice New Zealand IPA.

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