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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
common

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!”


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrFecesious (1152) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
dfearnley (1137) - 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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
andrewturba (1133) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Kronebryg (1121) - Sorgenfri, DENMARK - NOV 29, 2011
Little head, very brown colour. Nose is caramel, fruits and some orange, nise. Medium bosy and length with some hoppy dryness and caramel, Overall a very wellhopped BA with not so much BA character.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ComradeK (1060) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
flying_pig (1059) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ciaranc (1058) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SimplySike (1035) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
crajun (1034) - , 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

3.9
   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.


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