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8 Wired Brewing
Brewed at Renaissance Brewing

Style: Brown Ale
Blenheim, New Zealand

bottled
common

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common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 264   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
”Poor old misunderstood brown ale... This is perhaps the most versatile style of beer in the world, yet it is often frowned upon, but why? Is it because the word BROWN doesn’t cling right, perhaps it leads the mind towards less appetizing things? Is it because the colour BROWN is less snazzy than, say ’golden’?? Or is it because the duopoly of NZ brewing have driven the BROWN style into oblivion by claiming the style for their most unattractive products??? We’ll let you think about that while you sip this beer, either in the sun on the beach or in front of the barbie, with your afternoon steak and cheese pie, with your Sunday roast or just by itself because you are thirsty and deserve a treat! Chances are this is unlike any Brown Ale you have ever tasted, it is malty, hoppy and flavourful. Some might say it is Brown Ale re-defined, we’d say it’s REWIRED. Cheers!”


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
grapengrain (124) - Havelock North, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 17, 2010
Lovely - warm chocolate-like malt notes, cut against by crisp late hopped aroma and bitterness. Very sexy indeed.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KapitiCritique (345) - Xincheng, Henan Province, CHINA - MAY 8, 2010
500 ml bottle Aroma: Hoppy with a hint of tanned leather. Appearance: Dark reddish brown, clear and frothy, thin head, good lacing Taste: Strongly bitter Palate: Medium to full body, light creamy texture, average carbonation and astringent finish Overall: Drinkable. Not complex or particularly remarkable but certainly a brown ale.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
davidm (1938) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - APR 25, 2010
Tap. Great, unique beer. Aromas of grass, roasted caramel, and liquorice. Taste is sweet, with light bitter notes, and long lasting. Palate is velvety, with a medium body, and lively carbonation. Dark brown, with a frothy white head.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerequalizer (22) - NEW ZEALAND - APR 12, 2010
An interesting take on a brown ale. I found the hops character a little out of favour with malt character... But it is an interesting take nonetheless... Good job.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerledgend (1197) - Waterloo, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 17, 2010
Dark brown in colour with cream coloured head. Mild chocolate flavour, smooth silky mouthfeel, well balanced and bitterness lingers for ages. Yummy.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jonno (2345) - JAPAN - FEB 26, 2010
Found this to be in porter territory. Had that defining roasty ness to it with a little splash of hops on top though it didn’t have a chalky, jagged finish a porter might often have. Well rounded and obviously Soren knows his stuff just not my bag of hops. Nate mate great!

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nate2g (1548) - Boomtown! / Waikato, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 26, 2010
Bottle (Batch#1). Pours very dark brown with a creamy light brown head. It’s roasty on the nose with underlying fruity hops. Chocolate malt comes through in the flavour and a fruity hop burst balances out the malt. A roasty finish but perhaps slightly chalky and a ’soapy’ character too. It’s quite subtle all round but this has real potential. Courtesy of the man himself - cheers mate!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
creative_free (37) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 14, 2010
Nice chocolate, roasty and also fruity hop aroma. Dark brown with a nice head which lasts. Chocolate roasted flavors with also a really nice hoppy taste. Mouthfeel is full-bodied, slightly on the thin side but this adds to the drinkability. I really enjoyed the mix of malty, chocolate flavours in this beer along with the delicious hops which make it very drinkable.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sdriessen (320) - Dunedin, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 11, 2010
Aromas are a spicy, cinnamonish chocolate, with a mild hop. Flavours are tangy at first with fruit such as grapes. Some spiciness, with clove and cinnamon. Nice dark malt flavours, with a tiny amount of coffee. Roasty and nutty and hoppy.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bozoNZ (718) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 7, 2010
500ml bottle - Looks like Coke in a glass but with good tan head, can’t be faulted. Nice green/wet hop aroma. Flavour has touches of coffee, chocolate but dominated by the same ’green’ hop flavour. Hints of tobacco. Zings off the tongue, palate a little watery and lemon citrus at times but more than happy to drink this all day long.


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