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8 Wired Brewing
Brewed at Renaissance Brewing

Style: Brown Ale
Blenheim, New Zealand

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RATINGS: 239   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!”


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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brugmanneke (277) - - JAN 15, 2013
(50 cl bottle) Hazy, dark brown ale with a big, beige, foamy head. Aroma of roasted malts, dark chocolate, overripe kiwi, citrus, some licorice and sandalwood. Taste is medium bitter and - luckily - not sweet. Lively carbonation, medium body, creamy texture, long and slightly astringent finish in which the citrus/lemon peel aroma stays longest. Delicious.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerhunter111 (5343) - Hasborn, GERMANY - APR 10, 2014
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein dunkel rötlichbraunes Bier mit schöner Schaumkrone. Geruch röstmalzig, dunkle reife Früchte, Karamell. Geschmack röstmalzig, Karamell, dunkle Früchte.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
erickok (3161) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - APR 8, 2014
Brown body and large head. Biscuity, woody but mostly toasty malts, with a soft yet present hop backup. Toasty yeast even. Good selection of ingredients, however, it doesn’t do much for me personally. Taste is medium bitter, foamy mouth feel, not exciting. A bit disappointed. It certainly not cheap (here). (50cl bottle brought by Bertanne from De Molen)

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AshtonMcCobb (2113) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 20, 2014
On keg at the Bow Bar. Appearance - cloudy brown with an orange chink towards the bottom of the glass. Nose - very elusive but some nuts and toffee. Taste - toffee and apples. Then tangy orange. Palate - medium bodied with a creamy texture and a long dry finish. Overall - good Palate but the rest didn’t really add up. It did grow on me though.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
skortila (4343) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - MAR 9, 2014
Bottled. New Zealand holiday 2011-12. Old notes. The aroma has bread, caramel, roast and is a bit weak. Clear, dark ruby brown coloured beer with an off-white, beige, medium head. The taste has a light hoppy bitterness and smooth toasted malts.

3.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rmesquita (7) - - MAR 8, 2014 does not count
Cerveja amarga com um aroma adocicado, deixando aquele sabor amargo no final. Perfeita para acompanhar um queijo no fim do dia.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sm89walt (1716) - Northern Beaches, Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAR 6, 2014
Keg - Hashigo Zake, Wellington. Poured with a fine but lasting and lacing off-white head above a clear copper brown coloured body. Distinct spice and herbal characters notably of clove, particularly on the palate, coupled with robust choccy malts and a dry, zesty citric hop profile. Firm mouthfeel, medium body and crisp carbonation with an enduring bitterness and herbal linger. Not a traditional brown ale as such but one with intriguing bittersweet interplay and herbal interest.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beer-yum (357) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 4, 2014
An excellent complement to just about any beer drinking situation. Full bodied and well balanced this brew makes a nice change from the regular hoppy IPAs that are standard fare today.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beese (1099) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AdiBeer (591) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 28, 2014
Aroma: toasted, roasted malts, dark chocolate, hints of coffee, smokey bacon. Appearance: dark brown to black, small, light beige head. Taste: light sweet. Palate: rough roasted malts, getting medium bitter, average-long finish, slightly dry. Overall: nice Brown Ale, aroma is quite something. Bottle from Brew Dog Ellon, Scotland.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
charlotte (3951) - rødovre, DENMARK - FEB 28, 2014
Bottle.Dark Brown colour with large beige head.Aroma of coffa cocca and slight tobaco,nice with caramel flavor strong and weel balanced full body,smooth with hint of earth and drird fruits.


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