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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!”


3.3
   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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheGrandMaster (2334) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 17, 2009
Pint at Hashigo Zake at the end of a long night. But still tickled the taste buds nicely. Looks great, and those coffee and nutty flavours come out nicely. The type of beer you want to pull out a rigger of at home and enjoy all day/night.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerequalizer (22) - NEW ZEALAND - APR 12, 2010
An interesting take on a brown ale. I found the hops character a little out of favour with malt character... But it is an interesting take nonetheless... Good job.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KapitiCritique (345) - Xincheng, Henan Province, CHINA - MAY 8, 2010
500 ml bottle Aroma: Hoppy with a hint of tanned leather. Appearance: Dark reddish brown, clear and frothy, thin head, good lacing Taste: Strongly bitter Palate: Medium to full body, light creamy texture, average carbonation and astringent finish Overall: Drinkable. Not complex or particularly remarkable but certainly a brown ale.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Scopey (7075) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2011
Bottle at CP&K thanks to madmitch76. It pours a mahogany colour with low/moderate carbonation and a thin beige head. The nose is full of dark fruits; raisins, dates, prunes and roasted malt. The taste is caramel, smokey, slightly citrus, burnt sugar, liquorice, oak and has light bitter finish. It’s not bad, but not overly exciting.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Elwood (3311) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - APR 8, 2011
Serving: 500 ml. bottle from State Line Liquors. It pours a slightly hazy deep brown color with a small, foamy, light tan head. The nose has slightly floral hops, dark nuts, and a little dusty yeast. There is lots of carbonation in this brew. The flavor has nutty notes with a large hop blast. There is a good bit of bitterness in this brew. Light to medium body with high carbonation and a dry, bitter finish. I tend to enjoy British browns and this one leans more towards the hoppy side. Still, it was worth drinking.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Koelschtrinker (10836) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - JUN 3, 2011
Erstaunlich hopfiger Antrunk, in dem das Malz vorerst nur eine Nebenrolle spielt, sich aber schnell in den Mittelteil stellt. Der Hopfen ist dabei weiter mit blumigen Noten präsent. Wenig nach Zitrus, ausgewogen hopfig-malzig. Zum Ende nimmt der Hopfen das Zepter wieder in die Hand, das Malz ist nun untertönig und bietet erdige Noten. Trockener Abgang. 11/11/11/12/11/11

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cgarvieuk (14708) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 13, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2011 bottle at brewdog bar ... brown ... thin tan head ... soft woody toffee malts nose ... dry front ... woody body ... toffee malts ... light bitterness ... little dry hop ... little nutty

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 14, 2011
In bottle at the Brewdog Bar, Edinburgh. A hazel colour with a lacy, beige head. Aroma is sweet and nutty, primarily hazelnut. A lot of coffee and some caramel also. Flavours of coffee, caramel and a little honey. Quite bitter. Foamy mouthfeel with lingering spicy hops.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
larsga (6240) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 12, 2011
Medium tan head. Deep dark red body with light carbonation. Earthy caramelly aroma with fruity resiny dusty roasty notes. Dry-sweet, and faintly acidic, roasty minty earthy taste with dusty wooden lacquer notes. Mid-bodied. Mild, soft, smooth mouthfeel. Dryish resiny spicy lacquer aftertaste with roasty creosote notes. Nice, but not major. (0.5l bottle, Fish & Beer, Copenhagen.)


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