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8 Wired Brewing
Brewed at Renaissance Brewing

Style: Brown Ale
Blenheim, New Zealand

bottled
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on tap
common

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RATINGS: 261   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!”


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2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
Beerenberger (1452) - Fischer, Texas, USA - NOV 10, 2012
Maybe something happened during transport, but my experience with this beer was not what others have indicated. A slight, hard to define aroma. Pours a dark brown with little to no head. The taste was the real disappointment. The carbonation overwhelmed the taste. While roastiness was there the carbonation just suppressed it. Medium bodied with too high carbonation. Overall, was not enjoyable. However, I want to try it again to see if this particular bottle was A fluke or not.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
waiake (81) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 23, 2014
500ml bottle, very malty aroma with hints of caramel, coffee, chocolate etc, the taste is similar with a tangy bitter dry slightly hoppy finish, refreshing quality ale

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheJester (1892) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 21, 2014
500 mL bottle. A rather unimpressive brown ale. Needs more nuttiness, and there is a metallic note at the end.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (3619) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 6, 2014
"Murky brown with generous head. Body typical of the style, maybe a touch fizzy but smooth. Aroma and flavor win you over...ample roast, but intermingled with a plethora of tropical fruity hops. Well structured. More enjoyable than most American browns, but also priced like a six pack for 16.9 oz."

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Alengrin (1824) - BELGIUM - AUG 31, 2014
New Zealand brown ale with very rocky, yellowish beige, frothy head and dark copper brownish red colour. Aroma of hazelnuts, caramel, coffee powder, milk chocolate, dried plums, orange, peppery hops, nutmeg, grapefruit, sage, pear, overripe berries. Refreshing onset, citrussy with restrained fruitiness, strong nutty and caramelly maltiness and a hint of roasted bitter in the end, dry with sharp carbo, spicy notes, peppery and leafy hoppiness in the tail, medium long. More roasted and more bitter than your average English brown ale.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bootlegger007 (44) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 19, 2014
Appealing dark brown colouring, flavours of toffee and caramel finishing bitter across the palate, this Brown Ale could easily become a regular.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
generallee08 (712) - New York, USA - AUG 16, 2014
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 500 ml bottle into a dimpled mug. The label lists the abv at 5.7% and has a nice description of the beer. Appearance: The body is dark brown, nearly black in color and when held up to light it appears to have good clarity. The head is tall thick and long lasting. This makes for some good lacing. Smell: It’s aroma is loaded with caramel and bready maltiness. Taste / Palate: The tongue is hit with a light heavyweight punch of caramel, toffee and sweet bready notes. It has a touch of nutty character as well. Hop bitterness is very light and really only picked up late in the finish. The feel is smooth and slightly sticky on the lips.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RafeAU (122) - Kingston, AUSTRALIA - AUG 2, 2014
Tasting at Plonk. A solid brown ale - big hoppy flavours come through. Nice.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
POLK (2219) - Hørning, DENMARK - JUL 23, 2014
Fine but a little thin brown ale. Dark brown color with a nice little foam.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Stuu666 (2324) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 10, 2014
Keg at brewdog Edinburgh. Pours brown, sweet and malty caramel and toffee, dry.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lore (1079) - Budapest, HUNGARY - JUN 29, 2014
reddish-brown colour, moderate sized creamy beige head;aroma of caramel, biscuit, fruitiness and bready notes; taste of roasted malt, caramel and hints of fruitiness, good ale


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