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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!”


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
crajun (952) - , 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
flying_pig (934) - 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.

1.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
BiddleBrau (933) - Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 21, 2013
On tap at Iron Abbey. Murky brown thin head. Musty nose but slight band aid aroma. Distracting. Flavor also off. Not something I’d go for again.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jorn69 (911) - Ängelholm, SWEDEN - FEB 15, 2014
Tap @ Mikkeller Bar, Köpenhamn 8/2-2014. Karamellmalt och brända toner, citrus och grapefrukt, bra beska, fyllig.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
angel77 (909) - 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! """

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUN 21, 2010
Bottle. Clear reddish brown body with a short beige head that quickly disappears. Aroma is quite hoppy with notes of citrus, pine, toffee and nuts. Flavour is slightly less hoppy and a little bit more roasty, but essentially the same as the aroma. Mouthfeel is light and oily with moderately high carbonation and a lasting bitter finish. Brown ales are not really my favourite style but this is the second I have tried recently that has been rather impressive (the other being Baird Angry Boy). Rich and full bodied yet refreshing and easy to drink.

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.

3.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ciaranc (851) - 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 (851) - 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.

3.4
   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


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