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Beer – #716 – 8 Wired – Superdank

Lots of similar beer around at the moment, Old favourites and the like. Then I spied this, and so here I go. Might or might not be based on the Superconductor beer.  And I don’t even have a quote.

This is a beer of  6.2% ABV, which I have a 1 litre bottle of, making it 4.89 standard drink units, and around 186 calories a serve size.

SuperDank is brewed by 8 Wired Brewing  in a style that is India Pale Ale (IPA) and they are 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.

So, what could possibly go wrong?

Nice looking the bottle, muted pop, but it is well carbonated as it bubbles up. Aroma is thick wet grass.

It’s much paler than it looks though, almost light orange, and it does have a big head on the pour. I have to say that aroma is brilliant, still that heavy wet hop, but really carried with a sugary thing.

Taste is a real punch in the mouth, so to speak, it really is quite intense, and almost instantly you know that this has a dry arid parched finished. It all happens in a bit of a rush.

8 Wired SuperdankCalm… The aroma is really nice, there is a lovely malt sweetness and tropical notes. The taste is up front bitter, but with an equally as strong sugary malt carry and that hit of a finish, it’s a short cycle journey.

A journey you want to make again, a few times, just to check to see what is happening and to enjoy the experience.

This isn’t a beer for pondering over, or sitting have a ‘quiet one’, it is an attention seeker that reminds you what it is, which is a brash all action and noise beer.

I looked up ‘Dank” unpleasantly damp and cold. Something might have gone over my head there, or it could be I need to look up “Super Dank”.. oh never mind.

Do like that aroma though, in that moment you lift and before you sup, and as there isn’t a lot of connection between what you smell and what you taste it is a bittersweet experience .

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 8 of its things from the thing. This is an excellent example of a bitter IPA that has all the right boxes ticked, some in heavier pen than others It is aromatic, both tropical and sweet, looks great, and is bitter with a real punch and drier than a desert valley at noon, but it also has a nice malt sweet bit slightly.

I enjoyed it. Didn’t love it, didn’t mind it though and enjoyed the bottom half of the bottle as much as the top

I see where I'm going wrong

I see where I’m going wrong

The double dip review

  • Am I enjoying it? I am because it is a beer that lends itself to just drinking and not contemplating on and then is an ideal beer for drinking and listening to the music.
  • Would I have another? I might, this would be quite nice and shakes the tree al little, possibly would be a beer that you’d choose if you could only have the one.
  • Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? I’m not sure that it’s a share and tell experience, aside from the name which might or might not mean something to someone. Probably a beer best enjoyed in a bit of solitude. Possibly with some chips. Or something.

Music for this : Hard to go past  ‘  David Bowie ‘ and ‘ Blackstar ‘  on Spotify. The last hurrah of Major Tom perhaps, and whilst I’ve listened to hours and hours of Bowie music not all of it appeals or resonates.  But uncommonly it made me sad, his passing I think because I’ve invested so much time with just the music. Blackstar isn’t an easy listening album.


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



2 comments on “Beer – #716 – 8 Wired – Superdank

  1. simonbroderick
    January 15, 2016

    I think the dank they mean is the smell of the hops!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Philip Walter
      January 20, 2016

      I think that I might be getting ol and cranky or that ‘when I was young’ was too long ago 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

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