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8 Wired Brewing
Brewed at Renaissance Brewing

Style: Brown Ale
Blenheim, New Zealand

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RATINGS: 264   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!”


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maria (10176) - Thisted, DENMARK - MAR 13, 2011
It’s red-brown with a creamy and lasting head. The aroma has notes of roasted malt, caramel, nuts, light chocolate and fruit. The flavour is moderately sweet with a dry bitterness, that surprises me in a BA. The notes are citrus, grass, light caramel and chocolate, and the finish is dry and bitter. It’s nice, but maybe too hoppy to be a BA.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11642) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
leaparsons (8323) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rosenbergh (7399) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 28, 2012
500 ml bottle. Finland. Reddish brown colour with huge lasting light tan head. Sweetish fruity hoppy aroma with mild bitterness and some caramel malt. Flavour is toasted malt, caramel sweetness, fruity and grassy hops and mild bitterness. Drinkable. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
suprchunk (2342) - Crestview, Florida, USA - JUL 7, 2012
Brown color. Medium-sized khaki head. Little lacing. Hoppy aroma. Some malt notes. Taste is malty with a nice hop presence. A little malt sweetness and a nice bitterness to balance it out. A little thinner than imagined, but overall decent.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Yorker (1351) - Herning, DENMARK - AUG 4, 2012
50 cl bottle @ home. Pours slightly reddish brown with some sediment and a large off-white head that leaves some lacing. Aroma is nuts, toasted, almost roasted, malts, fruity hops. Flavour is pretty similar to the aroma with a slightly bitter finish.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gramoit (365) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 6, 2012
Good brown ale without being spectacular. Taste includes strong malt character such as caramel and some chocolate.

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

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexhenderson (12) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - SEP 14, 2012
Poured darker than expected, with a good dense head. Great aroma of fresh hops and sweet malty goodness and and amazing flavored of hops, bready malt base and a strange (but delicious) toffee apple hint. -Rated via BeerBuddy

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nocturne (882) - 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.


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