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8 Wired Brewing
Brewed at Renaissance Brewing

Style: Brown Ale
Blenheim, New Zealand

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RATINGS: 259   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!”


4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BenH (2325) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 16, 2011
Wow! Not much given away on the aroma. Taste is explosive. Fairly unique hop flavor. Grapefruit, strawberries, raspberries, lots if fruits. Delicious. Love this beer

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pmuzz (400) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 27, 2012
Bottle. Way out of date (therefore cheap!), but all the better for it. Smooth and velvety on palate, softly carbonated. I was pleasantly surprised and would definitely buy it again.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
andrewturba (969) - Alberta, CANADA - APR 26, 2013
Pours a dark transparent brown with big initial off white head that slowly amounts to a healthy ring around the glass and spotty through the middle. Aroma is citrus, bready, caramel, and mildly fruity. Flavour is medium bitter citrus, bready, nutty, light sweetness and a dry finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beese (1783) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 3, 2014
Draught at BrewDog Shepherd Bush on 1 February 2014. Poured a hazy, dark chestnut colour with a dense, beige head and excellent lacing. Malty aroma with some chocolate and vanilla. Initial flavours of sweet brown sugar and milk chocolate mixed with bitter hops and grass. Finish was hop resin, burnt malt and dry grain.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
creative_free (37) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 14, 2010
Nice chocolate, roasty and also fruity hop aroma. Dark brown with a nice head which lasts. Chocolate roasted flavors with also a really nice hoppy taste. Mouthfeel is full-bodied, slightly on the thin side but this adds to the drinkability. I really enjoyed the mix of malty, chocolate flavours in this beer along with the delicious hops which make it very drinkable.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bluebetty (1019) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 10, 2010
Bottle. Pours a nice deep brown with a reddish tinge near the side of the glass. Smallish tan coloured head that hangs around till the end. Good lacing. Good looking beer. Aromas are quite sweet with plenty of toffee and dark caramel. A little roasted malt and a huge floral hit from the hops. Really nice aromas. Flavours are equally as good with heaps of toffee up front with some bitterness at the finish thanks to the hops and the toasted malt. Just a touch of sourness balances the whole thing out. Mouthfeel is just a little thin but still a bloody great beer all the same, Really enjoyed this one.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wlajwl (3875) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - MAY 8, 2011
The aroma is of tropical fruit and the appearance is medium brown and cloudy. The flavor is dry and fruity, the maltiness is sort of sneaky and in the background and has elements of coffee to it. Another very good English style ale.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DutchDrebus (4006) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - JUN 14, 2011
Brown ale isn’t really my style, but i still liked this beer. Nice taste and nice mouthfeel. Colour isn’t my favorite but still fine.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
omhper (19370) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JUL 14, 2011
Bottled. Hazy dark brown, creamy head. Rich chocolate aroma. Dryish and hoppy, rich on chocolate and black currant. Medium bodied with rounded mouthfeel. Long finish with balanced bitterness. Outstanding brown ale!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerCast_Rich (1879) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 15, 2011
[bottle at BrewDog Bar, Edinburgh] Hazy brown colour from the bottle, thin off-white head. Very tempting aromas of toffee and caramel malt, with some grassy hop mingling as well. I really love strong brown ales like this – the woody, nutty flavours are just great. Finishes very smooth indeed, with a touch of chocolate. Really drinkable for 5.7%, it’s extremely well-balanced and very mellow. A few of these of an evening would be great – this brewery is one to watch, clearly [13072011]


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