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Beer – #534 – 8 Wired – Black Wired Black IPA

Broken promise, broken record, broken a record, and break for a party.

8 Wired Black Wired Black IPA, I know I said I didn’t get them, the Black IPA, but.

Full body but dry and hoppy

This is fyo, keg only, beer, so I have the 1 litre bottle of a beer that is 7% ABV, so I get that to be 5.52 standard drink units in NZ, and like 210 calories a serve size.

Black Wired Black IPA  is by  8 Wired Brewing, brewed at Renaissance Brewing and this is in the style that is Black IPA,

Black as coal, cold as ice

Black as coal, cold as ice

Roasted malt and coffee dominate this beer, hop forward with a caramel and licorice finish.

So not a lot to go on with this.

As to 8 Wired, they make all sorts of variation on the Wired theme, including Hop, Fresh Hopped, Re-, and Cross. They’re generally pretty good beers too.

What could go wrong?, apart from not ‘getting’ the black IPA thing, and then remembering the Fiasco beer I had recently that was a 10.

Fresh hop aroma, green, as always that is a bit nice.

Black Wired Black IPA copyThe pour is lovely, and even a head! a very nice head of substance. Aroma gets stronger and is very full.  It really is as dark as it looks, the head really is a full and firm.

Golly, that is a banging beer, great hops bitter, lovely sweetness and a dark malted finish and then a tad of dryness.

I know I had a conversation recently about Black IPA, this might change your mind.

This is really nice. The toasted/roasted malt adds so much in the back of this and bulks up the profile to a new level. I like the dry finish too.

I like the way it looks in the glass too, it’s a good to look  at and good to drink beer. Does it get any betterer?

Second pour was just as attractive as the first. it look so nice in the glass, you really might want on if you saw it. There are some that wouldn’t touch this because of the colour though, and you need to talk softly to them and as them to taste, as this, in this style, is a joyous thing. OF course a committed lager drinker isn’t going to like it.

So, recap, lovely level of initial bitterness, a lovely middle full of roasted malts and a lingering and dry finish. Plus it looks pretty.

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 9 a of its things from the thing. For all that I wrote and enthused there is room for improvement, of course, and at this time and on this day, I would like to have just a little more hop.

The double dip review

  1. Am I enjoying it? It truly is  thing of joy and I cast aside my prejudice of Black IPA, clearly there are good versions.
  2. Would I have another? I so would, this is a cracker! Lucky for me I have the whole bottle.
  3. Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? Yes, I’d make you drink it and let you decide how much you really liked it and that it really was a thing, and that it is a different thing from the normal IPA with some black added.

I break with the usual new music tradition and so the Music box was playing Jim Morrison and the Doors, mad if I didn’t enjoy it, this is of course LA Woman, and the track the same name. Honey though I’m not sure I ever listened to much Jim Morrison or the Doors and in a sense this is new to me, I found a lot of music in my ‘yoof’ a bit challenging, including This, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, The Who and others, Perhaps even then I as a little bit less rock and roll and a a bit more pop and disco?

Anyway I knew some of the songs and some of the words to some of the songs, I’m sure the neighbour though it wa karaoke hour as the dial accidentally dialled upt o 11.


An emerging beer style roughly defined as a beer with IPA-level hopping, relatively high alcohol and a distinct toasty dark malt character. Typically lacks the roastiness and body of a strong stout and is hoppier than a strong porter. Expressive dry-hopping is common. Also called India Dark Ale, India Black Ale, Cascadian Dark Ale, Dark IPA, and sometimes India Brown Ale.

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