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Beer – #198 – 8 Wired – HopWired IPA

8 Wired HopWired IPA. Brewed by  8 Wired Brewing , although brewed at Renaissance Brewing in the sttyle: India Pale Ale (IPA) and that’s all the thing in Blenheim, New Zealand.

7.3% ABV making 500ml about 2.9 standard drinks. And at 70 IBU is at the higher end of IPA.

8 Wired HopwiredWe 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!

This has a muted hoppy/grass aroma, which is really nice on the nose. Pours a lovely rimu brown with an understated head.  Aroma is stronger of the grass/hops that you’d be expecting.

This is interesting. I was expecting sharper more acidic taste, and I get a much softer bite than I would have expected or be expecting. It’s not nearly as bitter as it could be.

There are some intriguing under-notes to this,  not grapefruit but something similar. It’s an all-on mouthful.  Leaves a lovely lacing on the glass too.

So where is this at? It’s not abundantly bitter, it’s not overly layered with flavours. It’s not tart and it’s not sweet. It carries ok, but is short of a good length, but that does not make it thin.

Like many others I like this a good deal. The pdubyah-o-meter says easily a 9, which may be over-generous, but this for sure a very quaffable and amiable beer to be drinking. I’m going to enjoy the rest of my evening with this, and I’m listening to Buddy Guy – the  “Skin Deep” Album,  it’s a Chicago Blues thing, and just now, just today it’s right on the money 🙂


7 comments on “Beer – #198 – 8 Wired – HopWired IPA

  1. Paul Ballarin
    August 11, 2013

    Off the tap is always better but 2 litres, my god how quick will you need to down that.

    p.s. just had boundary road’s coffee oatmeal stout, yum.


  2. Pdubyah
    August 17, 2013

    2 Litres was a challenge that I didn’t quite achieve. 3/4 was as good as I could do. It was very nice.

    I’ve got a bit of a full fridge of things I want to get to, but I’m torn between #199 and #200 as if they’re anything other than just numbers.

    Coffee Oatmeal Stout. sounds Epic!


  3. Paul Ballarin
    August 17, 2013

    Actually have a bottle of the Epic Coffee & Fig Imperial Oatmeal Stout in the fridge to try, looking forward to that one. So many craft beers now and so little time, what a wonderful problem.


    • Pdubyah
      August 18, 2013

      Because I’m not easily led……. I went out today and brought me some of that. I’m already looking forward to it.


      • Paul Ballarin
        August 18, 2013

        Just finished the Epic Coffee & Fig, 1st quarter glass hated it, 2nd quarter could not stop drinking it for some reason, 3rd quarter thought it was a keeper, 4th quarter did care any more the kick took over, then i had the second glass, There is something demonic about this brew and I will probably buy another bottle just to make sure.


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