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8 Wired Brewing
Brewed at Renaissance Brewing

Style: Brown Ale
Blenheim, New Zealand

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RATINGS: 242   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!”


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madsberg (9653) - Søborg, DENMARK - JUL 18, 2011
Bottled. Amber coloured. Unclear. dense light brown head. Aroma of roast, carame, cocoa, grass and sweetness. Flavour of roast, light liqourice, herbs, grass, toffee. Medium to full bodied. Has a roasty and light spiced bitterness in the end.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bov (9072) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - AUG 28, 2013
from Erzbierschof - clear dark brown beer with a little foam left; aroma of coffee and earth; medium-bodied, light earthy bitterness, notes of cookie; pretty dry and coffeish; light metallic notes

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ratman197 (9055) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 18, 2011
500 ml botle poured a hazy brown with a small lasting tan head. Aromas of carmel, cocoa, light earthiness, light coffee and a hint of citrus. Palate was light to medium bodied and crisp. Flavors of cocoa, carmel, light coffee and a hint of earthiness with a crisp lingering malty finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FatPhil (8629) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 21, 2013
500ml bottle (ALEhouse, Riga, MelnaZiema2013)
Brown, small head. . Fairly typical brown ale aroma. Stodgy taste, a bit yeasty. Nice bitter bite in finish, but a little metallic too. Unsatisfying.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pivnizub (8588) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - MAR 4, 2011
Bottle: Almost clear, deep amber coloured, mid-sized lacy beige head; dry toasty to chocolatey nose with exotic fruits and a good dash of piney hops underneat; soloid dryish bitter-sweet flavour,light to medium bodied; lingering, mainly dry piney-citrussy hoppy finish, some chocolatey flavours around. A Kiwi goody.....

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (8552) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 5, 2012
Bottle... Clear, dark, dirty-orange ale with a mid-sized, fluffy, off-white head. Decent retention. The bouquet is heavily nutty and chocolaty with a touch of vanilla. Medium-bodied with airy carbonation. The flavor offers bittersweet cocoa, light vanilla and toasted almonds. Finishes moderately sweet, chocolaty and a touch grassy.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MoritzF (8250) - Bochum, GERMANY - FEB 16, 2011
(bottle) Hazy, dark brown colour with a beige medium-sized foamy head. Moderately sweet and roasted malty aroma with a distinctive touch of chocolate and a tinge of mocha, accompanied by a fruity and slightly piney hoppy touch. Bitter-sweet flavour, medium bodied with a moderate carbonation. Moderately roasted malty taste with hints of chocolate and fruity hoppy notes lingering into the moderately roasty malty finish. Aromatic and hoppy Brown Ale. 16.II.11

3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (8095) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 19, 2011
Superb brown, exceeding expectations. Bottle from Premiere. De Konnick glass that poured dark brown with off-white retained one-eighth head, and tons of spider lace. Malty aroma. Way bove average mouthfeel that delivers great bitterness with solid roasted malt backbone. Residual lemony aftertaste. Appropriate carbonation. masterful.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
leaparsons (7805) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 23, 2012
Bottle. Near black with a beige foam. Aromas are nutty with biscuit and a light smokiness. Weetabix with bready yeast and cream. Milk chocolate with oats and toffee. Flavours are sweet toffee and chocolate with earthy hops. Bready yeast with toffee and some light metal. Spicy and hoppy on the finish. Well balanced. Good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7788) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 9, 2012
Bottle. Pours with a kind of lightish hue for a brown ale. Clear, deep bronze with a bit of red highlights. Medium sized off-white head with good retention and lace. Aromas are of hops: grape, marmalade, stonefruit, light citrus, blackberry (maybe some brambling cross?), some brown sugar, molasses, light roast. Medium grain/cereal character, toffee, light esters. Flavors are grainy, hoppy, fruity, floral, lychee, citrusy, medium bitter. Lots of tea like notes as well. Earthy, light toffee. Medium bubbles, somewhat dry with a lingering bitterness and a fuller body.


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