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Beer – #833 – 8 Wired – Russelmania

West Coast Challenge throws up lots of contenders, this one though particularly caught my eye – 8 Wired – RusselMania – HOOOOOOOOO!!! (I couldn’t help myself)

” …. medium bodied, low volume white…” 

From the fill station this is a beer that is 6.3% ABV, I have a 1.25 litre  bottle, that makes is 6.23 standard drink units of beer, something like 178 calories a serve size

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

All on like Donkey Kong

All on like Donkey Kong

Lightly hazy amber colour with a medium bodied, low volume white head on the pour. 

A bit of tropical and bold amount of resiny hop oils, taste follows aroma.

Soft mouthfeel.


Bold hop and fruit with fresh grassy bitterness.

Starts wet and quenching and dries up towards a lingering fruity-bitter finish.

Screen Shot 2016-08-25 at 7.43.31 PMSo, what could possibly go wrong?

Well I forgot my normal bottle and so I had to tag in the shop one, which is bigger and holds more beer, seems like a good start if you ask me

Deeply hoppy on opening, peppery almost. I must think of new ways to describe this aroma.

Lighter golden yellow with a brilliant white head of some some substance, it’s looks really nice. Aroma much the same in the glass, grassy hops.

8 Wired RussellMania copyoh yeah, that’s really got presence. Bitter upfront, yet smooth and somewhat mellow, a bitter wash and an alarming abrupt dry finish.

Can’t be finding much wrong with that.

Love the light body that this beer has, makes it really quite refreshing in the mouth, really like the abrupt nature of the bitterness that has too.

As to other things you know there are bunch of soft tropical things going on in the background, adding a fine balance and measure to a lovely drinking beer.

Rally pretty pleased I got that slightly bigger bottle 🙂

I’d go on a bit her about “nice” and that, but you know it is and I would but I fear repetition.

I’ve either become easy or I’ve stumbled, again, into a rich and rewarding vein of beers that are a bit good. 

This is pretty good beer, you know, on the scale of good beers, because it’s a lot of things, including tasty, bitter, flavoursome, engaging, enjoyable and pretty.  It is a good beer because it is well thought out and well delivered, brilliant to style and thoroughly drinkable. 

It is outstanding? Oh go on ask…  It bloody well is.  but…

Is is memorable?  I’m really not sure that in a couple of months I’m going to sit here and think, you know what “RusselMania” is what a man needs. Truth is though I’m often surprised by which beers I have drunk, and so that’s not too much of a surprise.

I’d encourage people to drink this beer. Totally would.  This is a stand up good beer to the style of the west coast IPA. It’s banging.  I’d be miffed if I’d missed out.

It’s not the best beer ever made though, but.. it’s an especially good beer.

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 9 of its things from the thing. How’d you bang on about how this is brilliant beer and then go there? Well, it’s great beer, it really is a good IPA, it’s fun and flavoured, But it isn’t quite the beer to end all beers that bit where it just gets your attention.   9 is ‘great’, and I’d be surprised if, in a competition that this didn’t tag out with a medal.

The double dip review

  • Where did I get it? Liquorland had a rare keg on tap.
  • Am I enjoying it? Go on guess!
  • Would I have another? I might just, I’m not sure there will be much left thought.
  • Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? I would take some of this and chew the fat. It’s a really interesting beer of taste and style, it’s mild, easy to drink and has more going for it that you’d imagine. Yes I’d take some out and about, it is something people should thank you for.

Music for this:  ” Math and Physics Club ”  ” In this together “ on Spotify 

Math and Physics Club are an indie pop band based in Seattle, Washington.

Short sweet pop songs, bubblegum pop for the mind really.


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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