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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”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!”

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nocturne (632) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - SEP 25, 2012
500ml bottle. Pours out with far too much head; obvious carbonation issues evident. Brownish amber beneath. There’s an initial hop blast in the aroma that rises above brown sugar and fruitcake notes from the malt, and they work together well in tandem. The same can be said of the taste, in which the hops do a good job of smoothing out the sweetness. I’ve often found brown ales to be sweet and predictable, and whilst this didn’t knock me for six, it at least helped to elevate the style above those notions this time around.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ej (616) - Hauglandshella, NORWAY - AUG 31, 2013
Pours a clear deep amber, close to brown. Head looks creamy and is slightly tanned. Huge malty aroma with lightly toasted malts and caramel and hints of toffee.Taste is malty, caramel and toasted malts again, but it also has a quite refreshing bitterness to it that balances it out nicely and making it very drinkable. Body is close to medium with a medium amount of carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AdiBeer (608) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jorn69 (556) - Ängelholm, SWEDEN - FEB 15, 2014
Tap @ Mikkeller Bar, Köpenhamn 8/2-2014. Karamellmalt och brända toner, citrus och grapefrukt, bra beska, fyllig.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Vells (542) - LATVIA - JAN 28, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2013 Dark amber with huge beige head. Lacing nicely. Aroma.. floral sweet nose, grassy hops, hint of honey, decent malty. Bit sweet, with medium bitter dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
donfardz64 (538) - Wellington, New Zealand, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 17, 2009
On tap at Malthouse. Pours brown, tan head. Aroma has a prominent lemony hop character with nice toasty malt & some dark fruits.
A nice toasty malt flavour up front with a bracing bitterness following. A great americanish brown ale, with a NZ hop twist.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brenhophead (524) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - FEB 4, 2012
Pours a dark brown almost black with a big beige head and a slight coffee bean/dark choc aroma very faint. The taste is much better.. full of flavour and what i have come to expect from 8wired beers. Slight hopped resin splash of flavour backed by a nice light dark malt canvas. Overall the best brown ale i have had to date.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
angel77 (521) - oviedo, SPAIN - DEC 13, 2013
Botella de 65 cl en el Lúpulo. Octubre de 2012. Una Brown Ale sin mas. Cuerpo ligero - medio se bebe bastante bien. Abajo queda la etiqueta para el próximo día que la pruebe. """Pobre viejo brown ale incomprendido ... Este es quizás el estilo más versátil de la cerveza en el mundo, sin embargo, a menudo es mal visto, pero ¿por qué? ¿Es porque la palabra MARRÓN no se aferra a la derecha, tal vez lleva la mente hacia cosas menos apetecibles? ¿Es porque el color marrón es menos llamativo que, por ejemplo ’de oro’? ¿O es porque el duopolio de NZ cervecera han impulsado el estilo MARRÓN en el olvido al afirmar el estilo de sus productos menos atractivas??? Dejaremos que usted piensa acerca de eso mientras toma esta cerveza, ya sea en el sol en la playa o en la parte delantera de la Barbie, con su carne por la tarde y el pastel de queso, con el asado de los domingos o sólo por sí mismo, porque tienes sed y merece un regalo! Es probable que esto se diferencia de cualquier Ale Brown que he probado nunca, es a malta, lúpulo y sabrosa. Algunos podrían decir que es Ale Brown redefinió, diríamos que ha reconectado. ¡Salud! """

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SamP01 (515) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 24, 2012
500ml bottle. Pours a deep mahogany brown with a large tan head. Good lacing and head retention throughout. Aroma of roasted caramel malt, dates, walnuts fill the senses. Taste is of dark toasted caramel malt, brown sugar, dark dried fruit, dates, with some nice walnut flavor and earthy hops. Palate is a well balanced combination of sweetness and bitterness with a slightly sticky medium body. Finishes with some sweet roasted caramel malt, a bit of brown sugar, dried fruits with some good earthy hops for balance, ending has a lingering roasty nutty walnut flavor. Overall an excellent flavorful, and tasty well balance brew. Very nice.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Rangi (508) - NEW ZEALAND - APR 19, 2013
Big frothy white head that sticks round really well. Beer has a red tinge to an over all dark deep brown clear appearance and nice medium carbonation. Aroma of bitter malt. Taste is much the same a bit of a let down something bitter, coffee like but more estringent. Was expecting a inviting and mellow beer, this is not. Bitter malt dominates this beer and unfortunatly not enjoying.

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