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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: 709   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 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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3.9
reakt (950) - Greater London, - 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


3.9
melush (3941) - SPAIN - JUN 1, 2017
33cl Bottle @ LaBIRRAtorium, Madrid, Spain. Light amber colour with a thin white head. Aroma is hops, citrus, pineapple, grapes, pine. Taste is hops, grapefruit, grapes, tropical fruits. Medium body, moderate carbonation.

4.2
yesbrewnein (17) - - APR 24, 2017
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
kaserov (677) - Oviedo, SPAIN - APR 13, 2017
Color naranja, turbio, con capa de espuma de un blanco amarillento de tres dedos de grosor (buena retención). Carbonatación mínima. Cuerpo medio (cremosa). Aroma a malta, caramelo, algo de lúpulo. Sabor maltoso, ligeramente tropical, fuerte. Seca. Amargor elevado que continúa en postgusto eternamente. Sin más.

4.3
colui72 (979) - 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
ATulloch (303) - 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
Gingham (16) - Hawera, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 19, 2017
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
escualope (28) - 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
androman (2287) - 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
GoufCustom (1977) - 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
MelvinKalksma (1508) - 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.


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