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Beer – #698 – 8 Wired – West Island IPA

This is a low profile beer, in the there isn’t an awful lot of information on the inter tubes about it, which isn’t surprising really, they’re brewers not keeper-uppers of websites. Low down beer, low down music, low down on numbers and low key gatherings.

All Australian IPA

From the FYO station this is a 6.7% ABV beer, with 180 calories a serve size, and that would then be some 5.29 standard drink units.

Brewed by 8 Wired Brewingin the style that is  India Pale Ale (IPA) and the might have happened in Warkworth, New Zealand

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A bitter, moderately strong American pale ale that uses its clean, supporting malt to showcase its hop character.

Brewed for the annual Malthouse West Coast Challenge

So, what could possibly go wrong?

Aroma on flipping the lid is a lovely sweet aroma tropical almost.

Colour is a lovely glossy bright orange brown, and it pours with a lovely white foamy head, because I obsess about that sort of thing. In the glass the aroma gains more more grassiness from the hops, but I still think the aroma is more to sweet .

8 Wired - West Island IPAThere is a full mouthfeel to this, there is a lot of bitterness in the front and the finish is veering rapidly to arid dry, but in the meantime there is that lovely tropical sweetness in the carry that makes this rather a pleasant beer, both for the aroma and in the drinking.

Not at all like an IPA really, in the sense that there might be just too much of that fruit thing, should I dock it an ‘I’ or just enjoy what it says on the label.

Having had it warm a little the tropical fruit cocktail does wane a little and a lot more of that dryness becomes apparent. Which isn’t really a bad thing, not for this beer.

I then find myself betwixt and between on this, as to am I really enjoying it? I like the aroma, and I like the flavour, but I’m wary the that dryness will just be wearing and too much in the end.

But I got through the first glass, which I really enjoyed, even if I faltered midway with angst and doubt. Second pour is as pretty as the first, even if I did over do the head thing, getting almost a half and half. I need more practice is what I need.

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 8 of its things from the thing. I was a lot more enthusiastic to start with with a  real burst or aroma sweetness and it really is a glorious colour, and pours brilliant. Then I liked the bitterness and the dryness, then I god overwhelmed by the dryness and I missed the tropical things.

The double dip review

  • Am I enjoying it? It starts off brilliant but stumbles a little, it’s in the friend zone.
  • Would I have another? I don’t keep lists but this wouldn’t be on it if I did.
  • Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? Tough this, I though it was hard work at the end, and it’s a beer you hope to finish soon, and not really one that you linger over, so I couldn’t.

Music for this :”  The Lighthouse and The Whaler”  ” Mont Royal ” on Spotify   The Lighthouse and the Whaler is a band from Cleveland, Ohio. Since its formation the band has moved from a folk trio to a rock quartet.


India Pale Ale gets its name and unique style from British brewers who were making beer for export to India. This style has an intense hop flavor which was used to preserve the beer for the long voyage. India Pale Ale has a golden to copper color with a medium maltiness and body. The aroma is moderate to very strong. IPAs work especially well at cutting the heat of chili, vindaloo or Sichuan cuisine.

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