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8 Wired Brewing
Brewed at Renaissance Brewing

Style: Brown Ale
Blenheim, New Zealand

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RATINGS: 262   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!”


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
saxo (14095) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 9, 2011
Bottle from Ølbutikken. Huge head with excellent duration. Color is dark brown. Aroma and taste are roast malt, nuts and lots of licorice. Also some caramel and hops.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dedollewaitor (14045) - Odense, DENMARK - JAN 27, 2011
Bottle @ Odense Tasting, Jan 2011. Pours brown with a stable creamy head. Nose is cocoa, ashtray and caramel. Flavor is toffee, caramel, hops and a touch of fruity tartness. Smooth palate. Dry and hoppy end. Nice ABA.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
yngwie (13845) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 8, 2011
Bottle. It’s a clear, reddish dark brown beer with a small, off-white to light beige head. Roasted, chocolatey aroma with some notes of hops. A good dash of coffee thrown in for good measure. Some chocolate and coffee in the mostly roasted flavor, where I also sense a dash of licorice, oddly enough. Smooth and nicely carbonated. Full body. Lighlty roasted and bitter finish. Certainly a nice brown ale. 110908

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theis (13587) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 9, 2011
Bottle at MikkellerBAR. Cloudy brown - offwhite head.  Roasted. Fruity. Berries. Caramel. Nedium hoppy. Grassy. Light pine. High malty. Nice.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
TBone (12824) - Pori, FINLAND - MAY 27, 2012
Bottled 500ml (Beer Hunters)
Dark brown color, good beige head. Vegetables, caramel, light woody hoppyness. Light to medium-bodied. Grassy hoppy bitterness, vegetables and caramel. Lingering bitterness in the aftertaste. Just arrived to Finland and doesn’t taste very fresh.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (12743) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 9, 2013
Nut brown colour with light fruitiness, lots of toastiness, quite toasty, light herbal.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (12470) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 14, 2012
Bottle. Hazy brown color, small tan head. Aroma of caramel and brown bread. Taste is malty, roasty coffee grounds.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11568) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 16, 2012
50cl bottle, thanks Travlr. Clear dark brown body, small beige head. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, some bittersweet chocolate, light smoke. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, earthy, some roast. Light-medium body.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rasmus40 (11523) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - OCT 14, 2011
Clear dark reddish brown with a beige head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel, nutty and moderate hoppy - grapefruit. Flavor is medium sweet and rather bitter. Dry and rather bitter finish. 141011

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (11447) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 18, 2011
Bottle at CPK with Scopey, Mes and MadMitch. Clear, light brown-gold pour with a filmy head. Classic brown ale nose, lightly roasty and very malty. Alright flavor, light to medium in sweetness, with notes of faint roast and mild cocoa. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Finishes with light brown sugar, some cocoa malts, a bit of dryness. Some hops come through nicely in the finish as well. Good beer.


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