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8 Wired Brewing
Brewed at Renaissance Brewing

Style: Brown Ale
Blenheim, New Zealand

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RATINGS: 163   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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In my opinion, coffee rivals beer for the title of "greatest beverage in the world". I often say that I would rather give up beer than coffee. So it is only natural that we would attempt to make a beverage that incorporates both. If we were to succeed, surely this would then become the greatest beverage in the world? After years of research and trials in the garage, I have come up with what I think is the perfect marriage of coffee and beer: A hoppy double brown ale, that compliments both the roasty and fruity aspects of the coffee without putting up too much of a fight. The coffee was selected in collaboration with the Christchurch institution C4 Coffee and consists mainly of lightly roasted, delicate and floral, Ethiopian beans. Worlds are colliding and, in my humble opinion, greatness is achieved on the other side.

HOPS: Pacific Jade, NZ Cascade and Pacifica

MALT: Gladfield Pale, Crystal, Munich, Caramalt, Chocolate, Oats

YEAST: Wyeast 1272 - American Ale II


4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Brenhophead (552) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - OCT 6, 2012
500mL bottle. Pours clear light cola with a big coffee bean/ roasted malt aroma and not a hint of any hops. Wow first sip and you realise why Sřren is such and awe inspiring brewer. The marrige of coffee and ale has been made in heaven and it has a nice sweetness to counter the coffee/hop bitterness. I’m not a huge fan of brown ales but this beer is uniquely amazing.

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rapture (3) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 15, 2012 does not count
Very interesting beer. The coffee taste is prominent, but not overbearing. Most definitely an acquired taste.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerbaaron (1210) - Arizona, USA - APR 12, 2013
Unclear medium brown, Large frothy beige head, lasting with lace. Delicious fresh coffee bean aroma with some roasted malt and smoke, chocolate. Medium to full body. Smooth and creamy, clean hoppy finish. Roasty. Fantastic coffee flavor. Love that the coffee actually has the center stage. Everything I hope for in a coffee beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Swaroga (1315) - Brussels, BELGIUM - MAY 3, 2014
Butelka 50cl. OCZY : Piwo jest szokująco przejrzyste jak na tak ciemny brązowy kolor. Ma małą piane o kolorze jasnego beżu. NOS : piwo ma mocne nuty słodowe przypominające toffi, piernik moczony w alkoholu, tarta i kawa. Ale to nie wszystko. Jest też mocno owocowe o dominujących nutach rodzynek. Trochę przypomina lody o smaku malagi. Są też aromaty pomarańczy i grejpfruta. USTA : piwo jest mało gazowane i mocno nasycone. można streścić piwo do eksplozji smaków podobnych do piernika, przesłodzonej mocnej kawy, lodów malaga z polewa toffi. Piwo jest mocno słodkie ale równoważy go równie mocna gorzkość kawy. Bardzo głęboki smak. ODCZUCIA : pije to piwo po sławnym Beer Geek Breakfast i myślałem że niestety się ugnie. Zaskoczyło mnie, że nie tylko dorównuje bogactwem ale również przebija intensywnością. Szczególnie, że alkohol w tym piwie bardziej rozgrzewa. Świetne odkrycie. OCENA : smak : 9/10 pijalność : 6/10

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SrSilliGose (3248) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - SEP 27, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2012 Tap at armsby abbey. Aroma is a nice clean morning coffee roast, dry cocoa, hazelnuts, with a grapefruit hop kiss. Taste is a complex hoppy, fresh roast coffee. Hodgepodge of things but works really well together. Dry. Nice body. Nice lace on glass. Pretty great all around. Liked quite a bit.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 25, 2012
A - Pours a cloudy brown with some red-orange mixed in and a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing. S - Aroma is a mix of sweet caramel malts, roasted coffee, brown sugar, fruity yeast esters, nuttiness, some citrus hops, and a hint of booze. T - Starts off with a mix of sweet caramel malts, fruity yeast esters, and some citrus hops. Through the middle, roasted coffee comes through with a touch of hop bitterness, some nuttiness, and some more fruity yeast character. The finish is a mix of sweet caramel malts, roasted coffee, coffee bitterness, some mild citrus hops, and some fruity esters. M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a roasty, bitter, and dry finish. D - Very drinkable. Good brown ale with the coffee adding some nice complexity and depth.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ungstrup (29223) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JAN 26, 2013
Bottled. A red beer with a tan head. The aroma has notes of caramel, smoke, and coffee. The flavor is sweet with notes of coffee, roasted malt, and herbs, leading to a roasted finish.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
zacgillbanks (2260) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - MAY 17, 2013
Bottle from Rehills, Newcastle. A very dark brown beer with ruby red highlights and a rapidly disappearing tan head. It has rich floral and fruity coffee flavours, chocolate hints and a fruity and roasted finish.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sevenlee (1298) - Central Coast, NSW, AUSTRALIA - JUN 24, 2013
Pours very dark brown with a huge and veeerrry long lasting frothy beige head. Aroma is malt, plenty of coffee, smoke, caramel, toasty notes, oats and hints of chocolate. Taste is medium to high sweet leading to a dry coffee finish. Very good! 8 Wired does it again!!

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ratman197 (9690) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUL 2, 2013
500 ml bottle poured a clear reddish brown with a lasting tan head. Aromas of coffee, carmel and earthiness. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of coffee, earthiness and light carmel with a smooth dry lingering coffee finish.


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