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8 Wired ReWired Brown Ale

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8 Wired Brewing
Formerly brewed at Renaissance Brewing

Style: Brown Ale
Blenheim, New Zealand

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 269   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   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 (1555) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
UXO (629) - CANADA - MAR 25, 2015
Pours clear amber brown with one finger of loose light tan head, good retention and lacing. (4/5) Nose is toffee, earthy and piney hops, slight bitter chocolate. (6/10) Taste is moderate sweet, moderate bitter. (6/10) Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, mildly bitter finish. (4/5) An interesting variation on the brown ale theme, but I’m not entirely sold on the combination of the traditional brown maltiness and piney hops. (13/20)

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
katrinaez (339) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 8, 2015
UPDATED: APR 5, 2015 Very good brown. Slight nutty taste. Caramel but not sweet. Good tongue feel and not Heavy. tap

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Capa (2206) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - JAN 15, 2015
Brown with a white head. Slightly funky, malty, sweet, a bit of cherry tart. A good brew but not overly interesting.

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GlassBrass440 (207) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 5, 2015
Pours dark amber with an off-white, fluffy head that sticks around. Aroma is of honey, burnt sugar, and caramel. Some mild oxidation. No hops. Flavor is herbal, earthy, and nutty with some caramel. Slick mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Maybe it’s the age (best by in 2 days), but I don’t get the high score of this one.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dogbrick (9085) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 3, 2015
Sample at the Badge-Whore Bowl (OSU vs AL) tasting on 01/01/2015. Dark brown color with a thin foamy beige head that evaporates quickly to an outer ring. Short strings of lacing. Aroma of malt, caramel and earthy hops. Light to medium body with flavors of toasted malt, sweet caramel and mild hops. The finish is sweet with a malty aftertaste. Decent overall.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GuideDogSaint (670) - Xiamen, CHINA - NOV 23, 2014
From bottle at a beer tasting at Tap 66, Xiamen. Pours hazy copper with a thin white head. Hoppy aroma with a hint of caramel, chocolate and pine. Bitter finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
dfearnley (1153) - Alberta, CANADA - NOV 20, 2014
Bottle to tulip Sourness, light malt, earthiness. Pours a dark brown with a long lasting creamy light tan head. Some fruitiness up front, then nuttiness, a touch of bitter chocolate.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
northropfrye (2445) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 12, 2014
Brown body, brown foamy and abundant head. Malty, brown sugar and lactose on the nose. Taste is sweet, dried fruit with a touch of piney hops, a touch of maple syrup. Tingly palate. Nice brown ale.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
waiake (327) - 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 (2048) - 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.


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