8 Wired Hopwired IPA

So, this was a beer that I had at Twin Light as well. It’s weird watching News 12 now during the hurricane and hoping that Twin Light is making it through. The pictures of Atlantic Highlands and Highlands are just terrible. It looks like pretty much everything is underwater. So far, we’ve lost a few plants but we still have power. We’ll see how long this lasts.

ABV: 7.3%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “We’re pretty sure HopWired is the first bottled new world India Pale Ale made with NZ grown pale ale malt and 100% unique NZ hops. We bet you’ll find nothing else like it on the shelves. Although there’s plenty of malty sweetness, this beer is all about the hops. But unlike an American IPA, which will mainly challenge you with grapefruity and pine-like flavours and aromas, the kiwi hops used in HopWired produce something more like a tropical punchbowl: Passion fruit, limes, oranges and Sauvignon Blanc grapes to name but a few. A local Marlborough winemaker even said it smelled like gooseberries… Gooseberries? When did you last actually smell a gooseberry??”

Random: I definitely don’t think that I’m getting to work tomorrow.

This one poured with a one finger, white head that dissipated slowly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy, dark orange with high carbonation visible throughout. The nose was lots of hops with some definite tropical fruit. I’d say passion fruit, grapefruit and pineapple. The taste was almost exactly like the nose, except with a decent dose of malt. It was hoppy and fruity and then the malt came up to balance it. This was really well-balanced with no booze apparent on it. The body was medium thickness with medium carbonation. I loved this brew. There was just so much going on with it and the tropical fruits made it unique. Grab one if you can!

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

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