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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!”


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jimthechap (1788) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 23, 2011
Looks to be a lush, full, nutty brown with rosy amber highlights under a good white head. Aromas of honeycombs, walnuts and waffles and there’s chocolate and caramel. It’s a sweety with flavours of caramel and very understated bitterness. There’s an on-going flavour of ground hazelnuts and then the bitterness goes from underneath to a bit more prominent and there’s a lovely soft finish that endures. I do like a brown ale and I like this one in particular.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Palme (3546) - Bergen, NORWAY - SEP 12, 2011
0.5l bottle from BrewDog webshop. This one pours a dark brown body with a small sidesticking beige head. Aroma is fruity with notes of some faint hops and perhaps some chocolate malts. It’s average carbonated, medium-bodied and has a really nice smooth almost creamy mouthfeel. Flavors are strong and nice chocolate malts, dark fruits, hints of sawdust and some caramel, it’s perfectly hopped and light sweet. Ends with a mild cocoa both finish and aftertaste. This was a really nice brown ale that I definitely would like to taste again!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NoiZe (2324) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - SEP 18, 2011
Brown colored brew. Nice hops and malts in the aroma. Balanced taste of malts with expressive hops. Nice approach to the style. Good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HenrikSoegaard (10775) - Randers, DENMARK - OCT 16, 2011
Bottle. Creamy off-white good mostly lasting head. Brown colour. Heavy malty and hoppy aroma. Spicey roasted notes. Heavy bitter wonderfull flavor. Long heavy bitter finish. Creamy palate. Excellent.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SamP01 (588) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 24, 2012
500ml bottle. Pours a deep mahogany brown with a large tan head. Good lacing and head retention throughout. Aroma of roasted caramel malt, dates, walnuts fill the senses. Taste is of dark toasted caramel malt, brown sugar, dark dried fruit, dates, with some nice walnut flavor and earthy hops. Palate is a well balanced combination of sweetness and bitterness with a slightly sticky medium body. Finishes with some sweet roasted caramel malt, a bit of brown sugar, dried fruits with some good earthy hops for balance, ending has a lingering roasty nutty walnut flavor. Overall an excellent flavorful, and tasty well balance brew. Very nice.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 3, 2012
A - Pours a fairly dark brown color with a bit of ruby around the edges and a finger of frothy khaki colored head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing. S - Aroma is a mix of lightly toasted caramel malts, coffee, tropical hops and some coffee and a bit of nuttiness. T - Starts off with some sweet caramel malts with some grapefruit hops and a bit of brown sugar. Through the middle, some grassy hops come through with a bit more bitterness and some coffee and nuttiness. The finish is a mix of lightly toasted caramel malts with some earthy hops, brown sugar, nuttiness, and a bit of coffee and bitterness. M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet and lightly bitter finish. D - Very drinkable. Nice brown ale with a good overall balance. Good amount of hops.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
flying_pig (996) - SCOTLAND - SEP 8, 2012

Some sweet malts to begin along with a little brown sugar and some lightly roasted malts. There is a touch of caramel and an almost undetectable coffee aroma somewhere in the middle that is a struggle to pick up on. There is also some really light hops and a hint of bitterness and nuttiness too. Not overpowering but a nice, well balanced aroma.
Brown with some red and orange tinges throughout and a massive, foamy tan white head on top with outstanding retention meaning it stays pretty big throughout.
A mix of earthy and toasted malts with some nutty flavours to start with, followed quickly by some good bitter notes and a hint of sugar. There is some definite bitterness as well and light earthy hops thrown in for good measure.
Light medium body wise and with a very smooth, wet feel to it helped in part but the medium to soft carbonation and nice sweet palate to this one that is rounded off by some nice bitterness.

A very nice beer and one that surprised me by just how good it was. This is a beer that I would definitely try again although the price of the bottle and how hard it is to get a hold of in the UK may mean that won’t happen all to often. A great brown ale.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hayduke (3465) - Eureka, California, USA - DEC 26, 2012
Purchased from the "discount" cart at Paul’s Market in McCall, Idaho. I have to wonder how long this has been sitting out there under the florescent lights. Pours dark brown with a gigantic bubbly beige head and lacing rings like carpenter’s glue.. Nose is dark roasted malts and grapefruit hops. Medium in body with a rich creamy mouthfeel. Flavor is powerful citrus with a solid. roasted malt backbone. While this is supposed to be a brown it tastes to me like a black IPA. Finishes very nicely bitter. This may have some age on it, but is a very tasty beer with no sign of deterioration.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BOLTZ7555 (2823) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 22, 2013
Deep mahogany pour with a fluffy eggshell head. Loads of roasted coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa, burnt caramel, brown sugar, and a hoppy bitterness that adds to the beer’s complexity. Not traditionally a fan of the style but this one is rich and interesting. Another tasty beer from 8 Wired!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Reimer96 (1334) - Alberta, CANADA - APR 26, 2013
Pours a clear dark brown with a big frothy brown head that leaves good lacing. Aroma of citrusy and grassy hops, slight roasted malt, hint of caramel sweetness. Taste is grassy hops, roasted malts, coffee and sweet toffee on the finish with a nice dry finish and a smooth bitterness on the end. Very good hoppy brown ale and another beauty from 8 wired.


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