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!

thunderhops' rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
thunderhops (224) - Vermont, USA - MAR 15, 2013
Pours amber with a thick white head and tons of lace. Aroma is a unique citrus and malts. Taste is sweet malt good hop bitterness, citrus, grapefruit. dry finish with lingering hop flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Garry_Evans (47) - HONG KONG - JAN 26, 2015
If you like hoppy, super-bitter IPAs – and I do – this is great.The colour is murky yellow brown with a quick disappearing head. Aroma is pine, fresh flowers, and wheat. Resinous palette with flavours of dried fruit, apricots and strong, hoppy aftertaste. Powerful and delicious. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ej (821) - Hauglandshella, NORWAY - JAN 17, 2015
Clear deep golden with a nice looking offwhite head. Pine and resinous aroma with hints of grass, malts and wet leaves. some subtle tropical notes as well. Taste is fairly balanced, but bitter. Malty with a resinous hoppyness. Nice. Body is medium with a fairly crisp texture. avg co2 levels.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
anstei (74) - SWITZERLAND - JAN 17, 2015
On tap at Scotch Wine Bar, Blenheim. Pours clear orange with a medium head. Malty nose. Intense taste: Sweet, fruity, fresh. Impressive punchy malt backbone. Slightly bitter finish. Awesome indeed!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
procraste (31) - FRANCE - JAN 12, 2015
J’aime beaucoup ça ! Je trouve ça bien réalisé sans être prétentieux ! L’amertume sèche et tranchante suivie de notes acidulées m’est particulièrement agréable. Je dirais que l’amertume est pointue, incisive et qu’associé avec une bulle généreuse c’est un plaisir renouvellé à chaque gorgées. C’est pas compliqué et, pour autant, c’est élégant. Histoire de tempérer un peu; le fait que je ne connais pas beaucoup de bières avec du houblon Néo Zélandais, place cette bière un peu à part et interpelle plus mon palais ... A "reboire" avec plaisir !

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tfredvik (1227) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 11, 2015
Slightly hazy medium amber body with a long-lived, off-white, creamy, dense head that leaves lots of lacings. Intense, ridiculously hoppy, sweet and absolutely stunning aroma of peach and other tropical fruits and citrus, caramel in the back together with grass. Strong flavour of tropical fruits like peach and mango, although the citric notes are even stronger. Caramel in the background and pine in the aftertaste. Light to moderate sweet taste with a heavy bitter long-lasting finish. Crisp and refreshing, mid-bodied, smooth texture, soft carbonation, moderate dry. One of the very best IPAs I’ve ever had!
[50 cl bottle shared with my Dad, courtesy of the before mentioned Dad]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
VincentL (279) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 6, 2015
Excellent IPA! Un peu moins agrume qu’une américaine, elle est presque fruit. mais surtout c’est une bonne amertume franche et costaude qui prend le dessus avec un doux caramel au finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
danielyabu (1290) - União da Vitória, BRAZIL - DEC 28, 2014
average frothy offwhite head. fair lacing. mostly diminishing. translucent thick light amber body. aroma: moderate malty, caramel, moderate hoppy, grass, earth. if and ff: moderate sweet bitter; long duration. palate: medium body, oily texture, lively carbonation, metallic finish. Amargor de lúpulo saboroso e de qualidade, sem ser agressivo. Dulçor com backbone maltada, caramelado, balanceia bem o amargor. Mais encorpada que a média do estilo. Muito bem feita. Sem defeitos. Amargor não chega a agredir o paladar como em outros exemplares do estilo.120s

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
StilleStorm (906) - Stavanger, NORWAY - DEC 27, 2014
DAA; Bottle 500ml. Pours large, somewhat lacing and lasting clear amber with a off-white head. Nose is intense, malt, caramel, citrus tropic and spice. Taste is medium to heavy sweet and bitter, balancing, spiced, warming and lasting. Body is medium to full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft to average.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gurthnar (2255) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - DEC 25, 2014
Tap at Sklep. Aroma intense hoppy, resiny, piney, citrusy, caramel. Hazy orange colour. Taste is hop-centered, but also quite strong caramel background. Piney, resiny, citrusy hop flavour. Very good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Karol (667) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - DEC 18, 2014
Tapped at Le Senk in Bratislava/Slovakia. Overall a mind blowing IPA! A hop bomb from start to finish. Hazy golden orange color, one inch thick head. Fantastic aroma of floral hops, some caramel and malt. Taste hoppy, malty, some caramel. Full body. Bitter hops dry finish. Addictive!

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