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: 589   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 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hawthorne00 (2447) - 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. It’s almost hot with spices and a bit of pine at the finish.

Complicated isn’t the same as complex and despite the many interesting flavours I didn’t like this much. Cacophonous. [3.3]

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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KolonelKlink (65) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 30, 2010
500mL Bottle. Pours hazy orange with white head. Aroma is very pronounced with grapefruit, citrus fruits, pine and a hint of caramel. Flavours are very hop-driven with loads of tropical fruit. Sits very well on the palate - a restrained but powerful bitterness lingers nicely and ties the whole package together. Very smart IPA, New Zealand beer keep getting better and better!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
youngcaptain (7) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 6, 2010 does not count
Tried first bottle in August 10 while in NZ but can still remember those hops !! Big, spicy, orange punch in the nose but not unlike the famous American c hops but with more fruit and zing, bit of cara malt sweetness but not dominating. I could drink a lot of this beer

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
reakt (950) - Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 17, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2012 Bottle courtesy of Evin from Kernel Brewery, some kind Kiwi dropped it off there. However, this followed a glass of I Hardcore You so my tastebuds may not have been on top form. Poured a pale amber with an off white head. The nose was great, lots of fruits, typical of NZ hops. We guessed there were some pacific gem involved? Also a little grassiness and hint of caramel sweetness. Flavor did not live up to the aroma, the hops were still there but dulled by the alcohol and sweetness. I found it a little thin, hot and astringent in the finish. Not a bad beer by any means, just needs a little finesse.Re-rate: much more fresh this time. Still some caramel, heat and sweetness but theres much more complex piney, fruity hop in the flavor. The Nelson just sings...Awesome, just goes to show how freshness can make all the difference and how we should all make the effort to visit the source over foreign bottles! Previously 3.2 6/3/5/3/15

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kiwiswede (1) - USA - AUG 14, 2010 does not count
Great balance between hops and the sweetness of the malt. This beer will be great on its own or as a compliment to food. Food may need to be on the robust side as the beer has a strong aroma and very smoth and sweet taste with little after tast which works well with food.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
greig (253) - Hamilton, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 29, 2010
I thought I’d rated this. Seems not. In the bottle, it’s a huge burst of passionfruit, citrus, grass, and pine. The flavour backs this up with a decent whack of biscuity malt too. On tap, it’s similar, but a little more subdued. The bottle has some hot alcohol, but better overall flavour. In my top 5 NZ beers of all time.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
crabbey (17) - NEW ZEALAND - APR 27, 2010
Big, bold fruity nose. Perfect intensity for me. Passionfruit, boysenberry dominate. Copper coloured with dense off-white lasting head. Lacing. Let down by a slight chill haze. Alcohol, bitterness, and sweetness all in balance and spot on for the style. Good body, lively carbonation cleanses the palate. Bitter finish that fades gracefully away. Overall I would say this is a wonderful showcase of NZ hops, a lesson on restrained boldness and balance. Søren: guard this recipe closely. 500mL bottle exp. 15/8/10

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerequalizer (22) - NEW ZEALAND - APR 12, 2010
Nice drop this one. Found the alcohol a little distracting, and the hop aroma a little.... strange. It was a nice drop, although a little hard to finish the whole bottle...

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
creative_free (37) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - APR 9, 2010
Bottle second batch: Nose is fruit salad. One of the most appetizing noses I have smelt on a beer, incredible. Taste follows through with fruity flavors and huge hop bitterness but never becoming astringent. My favorite NZ IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
samo83 (11) - NEW ZEALAND - MAR 30, 2010
UPDATED: APR 19, 2010 awesome beer, nice and hoppy, goes well with passionfruit and crackers, truly recommended

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