Beer Review: 8 Wired Brewing Hopwired IPA
Brewery: 8 Wired
Style: American IPA
Serving: 500ml Bottle
I got myself a little bit of something special to drink on International IPA Day in the form of a bottle of revered New Zealand brewery 8Wired’s Hopwired IPA. I’ve only ever had one 8Wired beer before – mainly because they can be pretty expensive due to having to be shipped half way around the world – which was their India Red Ale, Tall Poppy. That was a phenomenal red ale, possibly the best I’ve ever had, so needless to say I was psyched to try Hopwired.
Beer in the glass is a perfectly clear glowing, golden orange with medium carbonation forming one finger of yellowish tinted head. It looks just how you’d want IPA to look and makes you want to dive right in.
Aromas just explode out of the glass from this beer. Punchy sweet stone fruits, floral honey, brown sugar, brioche, resinous pine with tropical fruit and citrus notes on the back-end. It doesn’t smell quite like I was expecting from a NZ IPA. Usually the use of NZ hops like Nelson Sauvin gives a sharp, passion fruit aroma with quite an edge. This beer takes a cue from its American counterparts with a much more rounded hop aroma from all that sweetness.
The flavour is simply stunning, bringing together all the characteristics of great American and NZ IPAs. It has a rounded sweet stone fruit note like Lagunitas IPA and a punchy sticky resinous pine character that you find in Sierra Nevada’s Torpedo. The use of NZ hops makes this beer better than both of those, though. Here you find that all those quite heavy flavours are lifted with intense citrus and tropical fruit notes. This gives the beer a balance that you’ll be hard pressed to find elsewhere. This won’t even have been all that fresh. I can only imagine what a fresh one would taste like.
The mouthfeel and body are just about perfect and at 7.3% so is the ABV. It seems that 8Wired have found the formula for truly amazing hop-wrangling.