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8 Wired Brewing
Brewed at Renaissance Brewing

Style: Brown Ale
Blenheim, New Zealand

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RATINGS: 240   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wavers1 (872) - Notown, California, USA - FEB 11, 2011
pours a dark drown with a large head that leaves copious amounts of very solid and thick sheeting and lacing, nice. seems like a somewhat regular brown ale to me, but still pretty good. fairly hoppy, nice light malt profile, interesting yeast profile and carbonation to it. decent brew, would like to try more NZ brews.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kriegbaum (845) - Randers, DENMARK - AUG 30, 2012
Beer-marathon, Sdr. Borup / Randers the 2012th Unclear brown beer with an off-white head. Sweet aroma of malt, caramel and dark fruit. The taste is malt and caramel and notes of hops. Mild to moderate bitter in taste and aftertaste

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
flying_pig (832) - SCOTLAND - SEP 8, 2012

Some sweet malts to begin along with a little brown sugar and some lightly roasted malts. There is a touch of caramel and an almost undetectable coffee aroma somewhere in the middle that is a struggle to pick up on. There is also some really light hops and a hint of bitterness and nuttiness too. Not overpowering but a nice, well balanced aroma.
Brown with some red and orange tinges throughout and a massive, foamy tan white head on top with outstanding retention meaning it stays pretty big throughout.
A mix of earthy and toasted malts with some nutty flavours to start with, followed quickly by some good bitter notes and a hint of sugar. There is some definite bitterness as well and light earthy hops thrown in for good measure.
Light medium body wise and with a very smooth, wet feel to it helped in part but the medium to soft carbonation and nice sweet palate to this one that is rounded off by some nice bitterness.

A very nice beer and one that surprised me by just how good it was. This is a beer that I would definitely try again although the price of the bottle and how hard it is to get a hold of in the UK may mean that won’t happen all to often. A great brown ale.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrFecesious (799) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TorbenH (788) - Frederikshavn, DENMARK - SEP 15, 2012
brown, clear, tan foam, caramel, toast, roasty, medium body, creamy, average carbonation, heavy cloying sweetness, medium bitterness,

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bozoNZ (719) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ciaranc (706) - Dublin, IRELAND - AUG 28, 2012
Pours, well, brown with a thin head, fairly unexciting. But wow, a wonderful aroma of toasty, lightly roasted, sweet caramel malts. Taste is sweet up front, a strong hop backbone, medium-low carbonation, medium heavy oily mouthfeel, with complex malty finish. Great stuff.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Philym (698) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SimplySike (692) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 4, 2013
50cl. Bottle. Pours hazy brown with tan head. Aroma caramel, sweet, citrus, nuts, roasted. Taste malty caramel sweet, hoppy bitter. Mouthfeel thin, tingeling carbo. Great brown ale.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
omega (642) - NEW ZEALAND - APR 18, 2014
Found this to be a heavy beer on the palate - like having too many pies. Driven by roasted malt this is a beer that lingers, but lacks vibrancy and freshness, hence the average overall. Just not a style that does much for me.


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