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8 Wired Brewing
Brewed at Renaissance Brewing

Style: Brown Ale
Blenheim, New Zealand

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common

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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!”


3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bov (9799) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - AUG 28, 2013
from Erzbierschof - clear dark brown beer with a little foam left; aroma of coffee and earth; medium-bodied, light earthy bitterness, notes of cookie; pretty dry and coffeish; light metallic notes

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
crajun (995) - , Texas, USA - AUG 26, 2013
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2013 Slight gusher of bottle and I think this wasn’t as good as it usually is?? Slight aroma of malt and caramel nice dark brown pour with huge head. Fan of the taste (cabonation was off) malty sweet balanced with caramel that is at end and slight hops in middle. Interesting brew

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jd543 (404) - SCOTLAND - AUG 16, 2013
Nice clear red-brown colour with a thin off-white head. Aroma of toffee, malt, light grassy hops, little bit of coffee. Taste is light sweet with a light salty/sour/v. light bitter finish. Quite thin, watery texture, light carbonation. OK, but not that exciting to be honest.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bragesnak (5395) - Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 1, 2013
CBC - Red Session, Østerbro, Copenhagen, DK. Tap, 050513. Brown with beige head. Aroma of malt. Flavor with nuts, bread and hop spices.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GIJOE (688) - North Berwick, Maine, USA - JUL 27, 2013
Pours very dark brown; almost black.thin off-white head. Smells of dried fruit and caramel. Notes of chocolate and coffee. Taste is dry, bitter coffee on a core of dark malts. Medium-bodied. Good brew. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrFecesious (1091) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 8, 2013
Bottle. Terrific brown base with a hearty, white cap that vanishes super quick. Aroma of dark fruit, caramel, wood, nuts, and a hoppy bitterness. Taste is much the same, but instead of a malt-forward aroma, taste boasts the dry wood, hop, nut character. Still has a great malt balance. I dig this.

4.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
timadae (2) - IRELAND - JUL 5, 2013 does not count
Pours a dark brown with nice creamy off white head that goes flat quickly. Aromas of caramel and smoked malts. Nice full robust soft mouthfeel. Caramel malt follows through in the mouth, with lovely long lingering aftertaste. Loved this.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tide (1880) - Espoo, FINLAND - JUN 27, 2013
Draught at Brewdog Edinburgh. Red/brown color, white head. Bitter taste with grapefruit, caramel, hops, nuts and a bit of roasted malts. Bitter finish with grapefruit and pine. Very nice brown ale, although the aromas rather resemble IPA / pale ale.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (7030) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 18, 2013
Bottle, shared at Three Boars. Bold malts, bold citrus hops combine to make this a full-flavoured brown inthe same spirit as DH Indian Brown. I love the versatility of this style, and I’d have a hard time stating my preference between the bitter/hoppy vs the sweet/fruity/nutty beers in this category-- I just like when they don’t skimp on the ingredients. Yum!

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
junon (424) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - JUN 14, 2013
Hmm. The slight hoppiness is interesting. Always thought browns needed something. Wish it were a tad bit more thick.


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