Fresh Hopwired IPA – 8 Wired Brewing (Marlborough, New Zealand)

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  • My Rating: C

Fresh Hopwired Wet Hopped IPA – 8 Wired Brewing, 7.3% ABV –500ml, (Marlborough, New Zealand)

On the back label:

“Over the past few years, HopWired has more or less become the BENCHMARK for all New Zealand hopped IPAs. It is a pure expression of NZ ‘terroir’ for better and worse. In 2012 we decided to mix it up a little and make a wet hopped version of this modern classic. So hotly demanded and so enjoyable to make, we decided to turn the creation of this beer into an annual event.

One beautiful morning in March we drove to Motueka and picked up a truckload (literally) of freshly harvested ‘wet’ Motueka hops. We went straight back to the brewery and brewed some beer. Two weeks later we did the same thing, but this time the hop was NELSON SAUVIN, (the two hops mature at different times). The two beers were blended and here it is, a refreshing take on New Zealand IPA.”

  • Style: (wet hopped) IPA
  • Taste: hoppy/creamy -> passion fruit/citrus -> grapefruit bitter/lingering hoppy bitter finish.
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek
  • How much: $10 (after 10% off) – 500ml., July 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: only if you can handle bitter IPAs

Visual: Pours cloudy golden orange with a small creamy head, very long thin layer of retention, lacing, lots of steady activity.

Nose: strawberries and faint citrus. (3)-aromatic strength

Attack: incoming hops, creamy mouthfeel

Mid-palate: (4)-sweetness that quickly dissipates, (MAIN) passion fruit, grapefruit (HINT) peach, light caramel malt

Finish: sharp grapefruit bitterness, lingering hoppy bitterness.

Summary:  This one is all about the heavy bitter hops that last longer than the energizer bunny. Mainly citrusy with some passion fruit flavour in there but way too hoppy bitter without the sweetness/brightness to balance it out. Too heavy to sip alone. (Note: numbers above are on a 10-point weak-strong scale)