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8 Wired Brewing
Brewed at Renaissance Brewing

Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
Blenheim, New Zealand
Serve in Shaker, Tulip

bottled
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RATINGS: 585   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.3%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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!


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4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bozoNZ (719) - Christchurch, - JAN 8, 2010
Better in the bottle than draught. Pure amber colour, head has laced and remaind throughout. Aroma is a bouquet of everything NZ. Some pine, sweaty armpits,cats piss, lanolin, menthol, passionfruit and a cut paddock at haymaking time - all in a good way. Some heat and hop warmth. Best drunk when it doesn’t warm up too much as it overpowers a bit. Sweet malts with the earthy, sl medicinal hops coming thru. This is very complex and very good. Extra point for the label - it sings when you rub it...!


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hugi (387) - Waldkirch, GERMANY - SEP 16, 2014
On tap @ Mikkeller Bar Stockholm. Amber coloured, hazy, full white head. Smell of peach, papaya, grapefruit, strawberries. Very hoppy/bitter taste, fruity, notes of pine. Full body, oily texture.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
martjoobolut (707) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 13, 2014
Tap@Pudel, Tallinn. Pours amber with off white head. The head stays for a moment. Aroma is caramel, pine, citrus, grapefruit. Flavor is sweet and bitter, caramel, pine, citrus, some berry and fruity notes. Finish is dry and pine bitter with faint hint of alcohol. Overall: great brew. I didn’t get that much tropical fruits NZ hops as I thought I would.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
suedehead288 (370) - BELGIUM - SEP 12, 2014
2014.09 - fles 50cl - oranjekleurig helder bier, perfect romig wit schuim - neus : hoog zomers gras, mout, fruitig - mond : mout, hoppige bitterheid

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
fellebag (798) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 10, 2014
50cl bottle. Medium white head. Hazy light amber color. Aroma is heather, flowers, honey, light butter. Taste is sweet, a bit winish, just some bitter at finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
venom666 (345) - Alicante, SPAIN - SEP 10, 2014
Clear amber color with medium white medium-lasting head. Aroma is full of tropical fruits such as pineapple and mango, also caramel, sweet malts and hops. Medium to light body and low carbonation. Taste is in the same line as aroma, sweet, hoppy and very fruity. Very drinkable, well balanced and enjoyable.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Osprey87 (1699) - WALES - SEP 7, 2014
Keg at Brewdog, alongside the ’Fresh’ version. Hazy orange, still, small foamy white head doesn’t endure long. Aroma is fresh with cut grass, orange and pine. Body is medium, bit of spritz, not overly foamy. Taste is sweet toffee, tangy orange hop, lightly floral. Nice.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ERB92 (294) - Bergen, NORWAY - SEP 5, 2014
Tropical fruits and some caramel and citrus in the aroma. Amber with a white head. Medium sweet and medium to heavy bitter. Medium body with a average carbonation. Overall a delicious IPA, fruity and almost spicy in its bitterness.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vighals (1150) - Sørumsand, NORWAY - AUG 31, 2014
Klar gylden brun med høyt beige skum. Ananas, aprikos og humlelukt. Smaker bitter humle med lett sitrus i bakgrunnen. Medium bitter med fin fruktighet i avslutningen. Grünerløkka Mikrobryggfestival

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rbrazell (1646) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - AUG 12, 2014
Draft at Edmunds Oast. Light amber pour with a bubbly white head. Aroma is dominated by grapefruit hops, resins and caramel maltiness. Flavor is similar and fairly soft with nothing too in you face hop character with a moderately bitter finish. It’s alway hard to judge a IPA from half way around the world.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JToth (29) - Alberta, CANADA - AUG 11, 2014
Pours a light hazy orange colour. Off white head that faded quite quickly. Light caramel aroma with some grassy citrus hints. Flavour is quite similar, some caramel malts followed by tastes of grassy and citrus fruit hops. Just the right amount of carbonation. First beer I’ve tried from New Zealand, very good first impressions here.


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