Brewed by 8 Wired Brewing
Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
Warkworth, New Zealand
Serve in Shaker, Tulip


on tap

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RATINGS: 694   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84/5   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.3%
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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kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2012
Name: Hopwired IPA
Date: September 16, 2011
Mode: Bottle
Source: Appachelian Vinters, Asheville
Appearance: cloudy orange, wispy white head, drippy lace
Aroma: sweet fruity orange aroma, light spicyness
Flavor: sweet malt flavor, lots of citrus, well balanced bitterness, long bitter finish
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.6/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *** /4

Japalo (1887) - DENMARK - DEC 24, 2011
Bottle. Yellow haze. Love the description on the back of the item. Super nice red grapefruit aromas, must be cascade !!(maybe too much). Wonderfull balanced brew. Just my kind of ipa brew. Some unexpected sweetness could be due to the hopping.

beernbourbon (1600) - Glendale, Arizona, USA - DEC 23, 2011
Bottle taken from the shelf-stockers hands. I was hopeful that this meant fresh (and I was told it was). Pour is very murky copper with a medium off-white head. Aroma is murky resinous hops with a prominent caramel malt backbone. Not smelling fresh. Flavor is old resinous hop, light caramel malt backbone, light oxidation, and a touch of sadness. I guess I should not be too optimistic about an imported IPA’s freshness. Nothing like what the brewer intended based on description. I like the few offerings I have had from this place, but this was not great.

Chalsk (1104) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - DEC 22, 2011
On the Ninth Day of Christmas 2011 the beer gods gave to me... one mighty IPA. Pours a burnt orange amber color with a white foam head. Aroma of grapefruit with heavy pine and heavy earthiness. Really pulls you in. Sweet sticky resiny grapefruit taste. Chewy and earthy on the finish.

RichardGretton (4788) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 22, 2011
Bottle. Deeply cloudy amber beer with a strong head. The aroma is very well hopped, and the flavour is very well hopped with a long bitter and growingly dry finish. Overall a very, very nice well hopped beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

mickmac (487) - Ngunnawal, AUSTRALIA - DEC 22, 2011
Bottle. Hazy red gold body with a sparse white head. Aroma-taste of toast, pine needlesm citrus pith and marmalade. Sweet body, but a significant lingering bitter finish. Medium to full bodied, moderate carbonation.

dwm1034 (785) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 20, 2011
Great 16.9 oz birthday bottle from sherm1016....thanks!!!!!& a cloudy, beautiful amber orange...even looks yummy! Tastes even better....let’s see - there’s some grapefruit; some pineapple; sour green grapes....wow. Wonderfully offset by the malty balance to all these hops....definitely another future favorite....may have to retire to New Zealand to get this more often....very very tasty.

Dredd (972) - Bentleigh, AUSTRALIA - DEC 16, 2011
Love it, great IPA with lots of upfront bitterness which finishes with some good apricot stone fruit. Good viscosity in the palate too.

Pyobon (1497) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - DEC 3, 2011
(bottle) Pouring it very carefully resulted in a stupid amount of head - it filled two pint glasses - so appearance: way too much head, plus it was murky amber brown. Off to a bad start, but all good after that. Wonderful, floral, fruity (pineapple and grapefruit) and hoppy aroma. Medium body and well (!) carbonated. Lovely balanced foretaste of sweet biscuity malts and tangy fruit leading into a long lasting excellent bitter finish. A great IPA.

Beerygeek (36) - NEW ZEALAND - NOV 23, 2011
No other way to put it. An awesome beer! The nose includes that lovely aroma that can only come from NZ hops. Sort of a sweet mixture of grapefruit and white wine. The taste. Ones along to back this up with just enough malt to spring forth gently against the bitter hops. The reddish amber colour and clarity are perfect. This beer is a must drink before you die.

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