Total Score: 8.9/10
Now here’s one to really get excited about: 8 Wired Super Conductor DIPA (Double India Pale Ale to our novice readers). If you want to get a taste of NZ’s finest look no further than 8 Wired. Even though I’ve only had their Hopwired, which was a slice of heaven “slice of heaven, yeah” *sung in my highest falsetto*, I could tell from that one IPA that all of their brews are good. How? Years of beer drinking experience. In any case I am chuffed *pronounced in my Kiwiest accent* to be trying Super Conductor… [don’t you dare say it!] choice bro! [dammit I’ve had enough your jokes, I’m outta here!] Fine. I don’t need you anyway braaaain(s)…
Poured from a 500ml bottle into a nonic pint.
A: Clear(ish) straw coloured body with a boisterous 2cm white head that sticks around quite well considering the 8.8% ABV… Overall it could do with a little bit of haze but otherwise top marks 8 Wired. 9/10.
S: Much like the Hopwired the balance is even keeled between malt and hops with upfront notes of sweet caramel, honey, grapefruit with a note of guava. Further inspection reveals that classic pine resin hop note that one would find in a West Coast IPA… mmm, sweet & complex, like a Japanese rock band covered in syrup. 8/10.
T: The bottle proclaims “intense bitterness” but it really isn’t that bad compared to any American DIPA… it’s actually spot on for balance. Toasty caramel, honey, grapefruit and pine resin combine into a world class flavour arrangement on the palate. There is a real “forest floor” character with the hops, and the finish is a grapefruit level of bitterness. This is a damn fine DIPA syrup! 9/10.
M: Medium bodied, a touch of chewiness (and I’m not making a clever Star Wars reference but this is one hairy beer) with a light(ish) carbonation. 8/10.
D: And perhaps the biggest thing I will point out here is that it doesn’t taste close to being 8.8% ABV (apart from the viscous body)… I’m really impressed again with 8 Wired, they seem to go from strength to strength. Negatives: It isn’t a DIPA hopped with NZ’s finest – you won’t find any Nelson Sauvin or Motueka flavours in this beer – just US hops all the way (the stats on this beer say US and NZ hops but I think the US varieties have overpowered the NZ ones, damn loud American hops!). If you want an example of NZ hops I would get Tuatara’s Trouble² or Epic’s Hop Zombie… I prefer this brew though. 10/10.
Food match: I wouldn’t attempt to eat anything that wasn’t chargrilled with this.