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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
reakt (951) - 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

sam_uk93 (49) - West Sussex, ENGLAND - NOV 2, 2017
Pours a hazy deep amber with a decent off white head. Aroma is sweet caramel, malt, hops, slight blueberry, grass, biscuit. Taste is sweet upfront, with a hoppy middle leading to a fairly bitter finish that lingers for a bit. Medium to thin bodied, low carbonation. Pretty good!

Heidbummer (892) - SCOTLAND - OCT 22, 2017
Keg six degrees north. Pours clear amber, thin off white head. This is a very subtle and complex beer. Aroma is fruit, more fruit, vermouth, malt. Taste is dry, with again fortified wine notes. Interesting and well made. Not your typical IPA.

PabloZab (1705) - Wroclaw, POLAND - OCT 21, 2017
Bottle 330ml (BB 25.07.2018). Clear, dark-golden colour. White-yellowish head. Good lacing. There are notes of citrus, resin, tropical fruits and malts on the nose. Malty in taste, medium body balanced of medium, resin bitternes. Light in feeling, smooth, even refreshing, drinkable and full of flavors. Really good IPA with NZ hops, I'm glad to had opportunity to taste this beer.

Skarecrow (941) - North Shore, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 18, 2017
500ml bottle Hazy amber brown pour with solid white head. Tropical fruit/pine hop aroma. Medium bitterness. Full bodied hop palate - lingering pine bitterness. Very good.

john44 (3402) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 5, 2017
Bottle. BB Jan 2018; Drank Sept 2017 - Clear orangey gold in colour. Medium off-white head. Very fruity; juicy citrus and tropical fruits; grapefruit, orange, peach, pineapple. Very hoppy; heavy hop bitterness, piney resinous hops. Malty; toasty malts, caramel. Bittersweet citrus and tropical fruity and heavily hopped. Dry bitter finish. Enjoyed this. (2017-09)

lello4ever (1194) - ITALY - AUG 28, 2017
IPA davvero buona, color oro intenso, ampia schiuma biancastra a grana media. al naso molto profumata, con note erbacee e di frutta esotica. Al palato è davvero buona, con una grande dominante di luppolo nz. Frutta esotica, amaro diffuso ma bilanciato, dolce di malto giusto, alcol avvertibile ma nel limite. mango, pesca, note resinose. Carbonazione medio bassa. notevole.

simontomlinson (590) - Blackburn, Lancashire, ENGLAND - AUG 26, 2017
Minimal head on a translucent copper coloured still body. Caramel, malt & overripe fruit aroma. Medium bodied, smooth, soft & slightly cloying. Caramel, vinous, malt, grape, under ripe fruit & pepper tastes. Nice one

yy0pp (1632) - - AUG 16, 2017
Bottle. Clear golden color with white head. Aroma - Lime, gooseberry, white wine, some tropical fruit. Taste - Bitter, light sweetness, citrus, grapes, peach, biscuit.

Douceberg (6) - - JUL 14, 2017 does not count
Kiwi beer that is delicious. Very very hoppy taste with solid alcoholic content. A little expensive in Bangkok but worth the buy ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

kaserov (991) - Oviedo, SPAIN - JUL 4, 2017
Color dorado, translúcido, con capa de espuma blanca de tres dedos de grosor (buena retención). Carbonatación suave. Textura acuosa. Aroma a pino, resina, malta caramelizada. De entrada casi dulce, con mucho sabor pino, base de malta caramelizada muy presente. Final de amargor resinoso suave pero duradero. Seca. Buen postgusto. Disfrutable pero un poco vista ya. No capto mucha fruta tropical, la verdad.

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