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8 Wired Brewing
Brewed at Renaissance Brewing

Style: Brown Ale
Blenheim, New Zealand

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RATINGS: 257   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!”


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lore (1033) - 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

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gEUS (1023) - Linden, BELGIUM - NOV 8, 2012
500 ml bottle - pours brown, gushing with a head that is inches thick and stays on for a long time. Had to wait until it was warmed up to room tempretature to smell something and for the head to disappear. After that, the aroma is very elegant: leather, honey, eoasted malt, caramel. Light body with overwhelming carbonation, taste of salted caramel, plums, raisins.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bluebetty (1019) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 10, 2010
Bottle. Pours a nice deep brown with a reddish tinge near the side of the glass. Smallish tan coloured head that hangs around till the end. Good lacing. Good looking beer. Aromas are quite sweet with plenty of toffee and dark caramel. A little roasted malt and a huge floral hit from the hops. Really nice aromas. Flavours are equally as good with heaps of toffee up front with some bitterness at the finish thanks to the hops and the toasted malt. Just a touch of sourness balances the whole thing out. Mouthfeel is just a little thin but still a bloody great beer all the same, Really enjoyed this one.

3.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AdiBeer (1019) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 28, 2014
Aroma: toasted, roasted malts, dark chocolate, hints of coffee, smokey bacon. Appearance: dark brown to black, small, light beige head. Taste: light sweet. Palate: rough roasted malts, getting medium bitter, average-long finish, slightly dry. Overall: nice Brown Ale, aroma is quite something. Bottle from Brew Dog Ellon, Scotland.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dreadnord (1013) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 18, 2012
Pours dark brown with a large off white head. Nose is cinnamon, brown sugar, caramel, bread dough, soy sauce and wood. Taste is big bitter throughout. Mouthfeel is aggressive and crisp. Medium to light body with a long aftertaste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ComradeK (1006) - The Vale of Dundas, AUSTRALIA - APR 1, 2013
500ml bottle. Pours an opaque deep chestnut, with a large off-white head, which lasts well and leaves good lacing. Dark chocolate, brown bread and very light hops make up the aroma. Floral and spice hops up front lead into a blend of milk chocolate and latte. Bitter roasted malt comes in at the finish. This is a reasonable, if not wondrous brown ale. I’m not sure my bottle was all that fresh, but nevertheless it was not all that impressive.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AR (1000) - Georgia, USA - FEB 21, 2014
This one taste quite similar to a stout. It has a dark pour with a large head. The aroma and the flavor are both dominated by a roasted coffee smell and taste. A slight sweetness also present.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Philym (976) - St Neots, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - NOV 4, 2013
Appearance: Clear dark ruby/brown with ivory cm thick head. Aroma: Grapefruit, apricot, pear, chocolate note, raisin/dried fig, toast and grassy. Taste: Low sweetness, low/medium bitterness and sourness. Palate: Thick rough texture, light body, average carbonation, astringent, lingering malty fruity finish. Comments: Very tasty and left a glass lace.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
andrewturba (961) - Alberta, CANADA - APR 26, 2013
Pours a dark transparent brown with big initial off white head that slowly amounts to a healthy ring around the glass and spotty through the middle. Aroma is citrus, bready, caramel, and mildly fruity. Flavour is medium bitter citrus, bready, nutty, light sweetness and a dry finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
crajun (948) - , 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


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