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

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RATINGS: 708   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84/5   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.3%
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 youll 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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brewskis' rating

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brewskis (123) - Saint John, Indiana, USA - DEC 28, 2012
Pours a clear, dark orange color with a finger length off white head that dissipates quickly and leaves a soapy lacing. Smells very interesting; unlike any IPA Ive smelled. Get lime, peach, like a guava or papaya smell, a unique floral presence, white grape, grass, dryness, some sweetness. Taste starts with some lime, peach, white grape, and some kind of tropical fruit. Then a tiny bit of breadiness shines through as well as some sweetness, but the astringency of the hops are increasing at this point as well, creating an unbalanced flavor profile. Luckily, the brewery was not going for a balanced product. The finish is very complex, with more lime, peach, some papaya or guava, maybe passionfruit, different floral flavors, some carmel sweetness, a very herbal flavor as well. The herbal flavor is not quite pine, but is does add a spicy-type flavor to the finish. Pretty astringent and dry finish, with the different hop flavors lingering after every sip. Its very hard to describe the flavors in this beer because I have honestly not experienced these flavors in an IPA before. High medium body with a creamy and slick finish. I hope to have more IPAs in the future featuring New Zealand hops. Very unique IPA.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
yesbrewnein (6) - - APR 24, 2017 does not count
Nice white wine aroma mixed with passion fruit and gooseberries. Also slightly earthy. Clear amber color with an offwhite head. Medium bodied with a dry and bitter finish. An amazing South Pacific IPA.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kaserov (526) - Oviedo, SPAIN - APR 13, 2017
Color naranja, turbio, con capa de espuma de un blanco amarillento de tres dedos de grosor (buena retencin). Carbonatacin mnima. Cuerpo medio (cremosa). Aroma a malta, caramelo, algo de lpulo. Sabor maltoso, ligeramente tropical, fuerte. Seca. Amargor elevado que contina en postgusto eternamente. Sin ms.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
colui72 (902) - HONG KONG - APR 13, 2017
Hazy amber, lot of carbonation, medium white head and some lacing. Nose of resin, mango and passion fruit. Medium bodied, with a nice carbonation, good malty and hoppy balance with toffee, caramel, mango, passion fruit, resin and pine. Quite bitter. Very good ale.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ATulloch (288) - Aberdeenshire, SCOTLAND - MAR 23, 2017
Bottle from Deeside drinks emporium. Pours a clear orange, with a small head that fades. Aromas of juicy orange, pineapple, citrus and pine. Flavour is tropical fruits, citrus and apple with pepper and pine finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gingham (9) - Hawera, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 19, 2017 does not count
Golden colour with limited head. Some fruit on the nose. First mouthful hits you with the bitter hops but smoothed out as my taste buds equalised. Certainly has the hop overload as promised. Some nice fruit flavours coming through. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
escualope (27) - MADRID, SPAIN - FEB 24, 2017
Intense IPA, solid head, clear aromas of good intensity, lima, watermelon, the roasty is there. There is something creamy on it. Superb balance.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
androman (2140) - Maarssen, NETHERLANDS - FEB 21, 2017
33cl bottle at home from Mitra, Maarssen. Nose is fruity. Body is opalescent orange amber, head is medium, cream white, frothy, average lasting, excellent lacing. Aroma is tropical fruits, honey, red fruits, grapefruit, weed. Medium sweet, medium bitter, hint of citric sour. Finish is long lasting hoppy medium to heavy bitter. Medium body, slick texture, average carbonation. Easy, refreshing, fruity hoppy, tasty, well balanced, great one.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GoufCustom (1917) - HONG KONG - FEB 18, 2017


330 ml bottle bought at Great Food Hall in Pacific Place, Admiralty.

Looks: Translucent orange amber colour with no yeast sediments; One-quarter finger head with soapy white foam which fades in 20 seconds; Excellent sticky lacing with zero carbonation.

Aroma: Very fragrant Ale malt with can be smelt a foot away, with fresh grapefruits, strong lemon peels, candied fruits, white grapes, dew melon, assorted tropical fruits, strong floral, light sugar, pine, spices, bread and strong grass. Very fruity!

Taste: Close to medium sweet strong Ale malt, with strong grapefruits, melon, light white grapes, passion fruits, light toffee, floral, molasses, strong spices, pine, strong dough, strong lime, strong bitter hops and grass.

Body: Full body; Dry and slick palate.

Mouth Feel: Wholesome Ale maltyness in a very slick background, with a bit of light toffee. The NZ hops are in abundance, not just strong grapefruit, but testable melon, passion fruits and grapes. Wow! Flowery with medium sweetness. Fairly piney but very spicy. Doughty with strong lime to round. Just damn rich and tasty!

Hoppiness: Fresh grapefruits, strong lemon peels, candied fruits, white grapes, dew melon, tropical fruits, strong floral, pine, spices, strong grass. in nose. Strong grapefruits, melon, light white grapes, passion fruits, floral, strong spices, pine, strong lime and grass in taste; Bitterness is strong and grassy for a lasting, high astringent bitter-sweet malty finish.

After taste: Quite dry. Fruity spicy and nice strong bitter to mouth.

Comments: This is one of those rare IPAs where hops aroma and taste translate almost equally into aroma and taste. The NZ hops are so fragrant and mellow to the nose yet strong and expressive in every elements - lime, melon, grapes and passion fruits - for most IPAs you think these are mere bonuses to the obligatory grapefruit, but this one got them all and then some. The fruity and bitter hoppiness are blissful to the senses. I am running out of words already. Great stuff and this is a must buy!

P.S.: This got to be my wonderful No. 100 IPA ratings!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MelvinKalksma (1417) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 3, 2017
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2017
Aroma:
Medium aroma of malts, caramel, orange, mandarin, melon, bread, hops and citrus.

Appearance:
Hazy/turbid golden/amber beer with a slight/medium off-white head.

Taste/Palate:
Starts medium sweet with malts, caramel, orange, mandarin and melon; ends slightly bitter and dry with bread, hops and citrus.

Overall:
This beer is rather intense, complex and balanced. Rather soft flavours, but it still is really amazing. Great creamy palate thanks to all these malts. The aroma could have been stronger, but that is the only flaw it possesses.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LesArgen (338) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 28, 2016
This ones a dangerously drinkable 7% IPA. The aroma has a bit of everything - grapefruit, lime, nougat, honey, resin and a little cherry. The big hops whack you in the mouth, spreading all over the tongue and right down your throat, but the malt is strong too, including a little burnt toast and caramel. You certainly notice the alcohol in the aftertaste, but not so much upfront. I got through that one a little too quickly, and now Im pinned to the couch with nought to do but enjoy the memories.


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