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Brewed by 8 Wired Brewing
Style: Amber Ale
Warkworth, New Zealand

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RATINGS: 364   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Tall Poppy - India Red Ale This is an ale that is not afraid of standing tall among other great beers. The intense, sharp and fruity hoppiness is backed by its complex, caramel-like malty structure. Big, yet refreshing. Bold but balanced. This beer has been designed to have it all, to be the greatest common denominator.

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4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ComradeK (1259) - Sydney, - DEC 17, 2012
500ml bottle. Pours a slightly hazy burnished copper colour, with a large light beige head, which lasts very well, and leaves reasonable lacing. The aroma blends potent resin hops with some fruity berry notes and some nutty, roasty malt notes. Strong pine resin up front softens into a delightful slightly sweet berry flavour. This is followed by a firm backbone of dark nutty malt, with some toast notes. The finish mixes pine hops with mild berry fruit. This is a very lovely beer. It is complex and interesting, with a nice mix of flavours, yet still very drinkable. I’m really enjoying 8 Wired’s beers, and this is the best of those I have sampled.


3.5
Heidbummer (881) - SCOTLAND - OCT 22, 2017
Taster, six degrees north. Pours muddy red, off white head. Huge fruity and floral aroma, which is contrasted by the dry, pepper and spice taste. An odd contrast, and not completely sure it works. Interesting.

3.5
Juks (1054) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - OCT 20, 2017
330ml bottle. Pours hazy dark reddish-brown, beige head. Aroma of fruits, strawberries, jam, caramel. Taste is sweetish, caramelly, raisins, caramel, some herbal notes, nuts. Medium bodied, average carbo. Not bad, easily drinkable.

3.4
Tide (4346) - Helsinki, FINLAND - OCT 2, 2017
Draught at Mikkeller Seoul. Dark copper color, beige head. Bitter taste with citrus, hops, bread, nuts, a bit of fruits and caramel. Bitter finish with citrus, hops, caramel, nuts, a bit of fruits and bread. Very nice amber ale.

3.6
Nicke80 (834) - Södertälje, SWEDEN - AUG 25, 2017
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2017 33 cl bottle from wishbeer bangkok. pours amber red with little head. malty aroma with Malty hoppy taste.

3.5
hrabren (1529) - Zagreb, CROATIA - AUG 7, 2017
On tap at Vrteška 2017, shared with Višnja 666! Clear amber, off-white head. Good malt profile, fruity with some alcohol. Strong and toasty, even roasty. Medium body, average carbonation, light roasty finish. Good one, although not very special.

1.7
Douceberg (6) - - JUL 14, 2017 does not count
Not nearly as good as hopwired. Taste is too malty. Nothoppy enough to be considered a true IPA. Some might like it but for me it's not pleasant. Not disgusting but no too tasty ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
MrHangover (4693) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JUL 5, 2017
Bottle. Pours a clear reddish beer with a medium sized, off white head on top. Aroma has massive hoppy notes, lots of ripe tropical fruits, a hint of caramelized malts, floral notes. I wouldn’t be suprised if they used New-Zealand hops in this beer. Flavor is strong bitter, balanced over to the bitter side of the palate, which is perfectly fine. Quite high in carbonated mouthfeel, long in bitter aftertaste with some toasted caramel notes in there. Quite nice!

3.3
Iznogud (4347) - CROATIA - JUN 29, 2017
On tap at Vrteška, 2017. Pours amber with medium off-white head. Malty, caramel, fruity, oranges, some hops, probably not the freshest. Sweetish, some bitterness in finish, medium bodied.

3.7
Mister_Li (1564) - GERMANY - JUN 16, 2017
Klares, rötliches Bernstein mit durchschnittlicher Schaumkrone. Malzig, Karamell, leicht nussig, etwas fruchtig, Zitrusfrüchte, Orangen.

3.8
GoufCustom (2173) - HONG KONG - JUN 10, 2017


330 ml bottle bought at HK Brewcraft in Tsim Sha Tsui.

Looks: Clear amber red colour; One finger head with crumpety light beige foam which lasts for 3 minutes; Excellent sticky lacing with quite fizzy carbonation.

Aroma: Very fragrant full Ale malt, with strong caramel, rich toffee, citrus peels, light tangerines, floral, strong molasses, pine, strong resins, spices, earth, biscuit, lemon and grass.

Taste: Close to medium sweet strong Amber malt, with grapefruits, strong caramel, toffee, strong floral, molasses, pine, strong resins, spices, strong herbs, dry biscuits, strong lemon, very strong bitter hops and grass.

Body: Full body; Thick and very oozy palate.

Mouth Feel: Quite rich Amber maltyness in a thick background, smoothness is oat-like. Strong oozy hoppiness dominates throughout, with pine, grapefruits, spices and strong herbs to compliment solid caramel and toffee. Flowery with just right sweetness. Biscuity with strong lemon to round. Very good!

Hoppiness: Citrus peels, light tangerines, floral, pine, strong resins, spices, earth, lemon and grass in nose. Grapefruits, strong floral, pine, strong resins, spices, strong herbs, strong lemon and grass in taste; Bitterness is very strong for a lasting, more than high astringent bitter-sweet herbal malty finish.

After taste: Quite dry. Oozy, spicy and strong bitter to mouth.

Comments: Its Amber maltyness is rich already, with rock solid IPA style resiny citrus hoppiness for a well-balanced tasting sensation. A damn good English-style red IPA!


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