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8 Wired Brewing
Brewed at Renaissance Brewing

Style: American Strong Ale
Blenheim, New Zealand
Serve in Snifter, Tulip

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RATINGS: 268   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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Tall Poppy - India Red Ale This is an ale that is not afraid of standing tall among other great beers. The intense, sharp and fruity hoppiness is backed by its complex, caramel-like malty structure. Big, yet refreshing. Bold but balanced. This beer has been designed to have it all, to be the greatest common denominator.


4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mgermani (1000) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 28, 2012
Pours a deep clear reddish mahogany with a moderate creamy head with great retention. Beautiful hoppy and sweet aroma, dark fruits and citrusy bitterness - wonderful! Strong malt flavour - plums, light molasses (fancy) and dark caramel with a fresh citrusy/piny hop finish. Good carbonation, moderate body. Really really nice!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
charlotte (4122) - rødovre, DENMARK - AUG 15, 2012
Bottle.Dark amber colour with off beige head.Aroma is sweet fruity and tosted with flavor of caramel,riped berrys and tosted malt,fruity and well balanced with hint of dried fruits and malt.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Crit (3318) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 9, 2012
Sparkling mahogany,thick beige head.Nose of hops & rich malt.Light sweet fore,full bodied. Nice bitter hop profile, long hop finish. Nice , with good balance

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GBZ59 (1094) - BARCELONA (Catalonia), SPAIN - AUG 5, 2012
Botella de 500ml. Vaso Tumbler de ½ pt. Saboreada en agt´12. Colro ámbar rojizo y apariencia algo velada. Espuma marfil de burbuja pequeña y corona sólida. En nariz aromas de resina y maltas tostadas con notas de pomelo. Resinas y malteado intenso al primer sorbo seguido de un ascendente amargor de lúpulo. Cuerpo medio-ligero y carbonatación suave. Largo final malteado con lúpulos subyacentes. Leve madera en el retrogusto. Vale la pena probarla. 500ml bottle. ½ pt Tumbler glass. Enjoyed on agt´12. Reddish amber color. Chill haze. Off-white, small size bubbled froth. Firm crown. Resiny, toasted malt aromas & grapefruit notes to the nose. Resins & heavy maltiness at first sip followed by increasing hoppy bitterness. Medium to light body. Soft carbonation. Underlying hops in a long malty finish. Slightly woody on the aftertaste. Worth to try.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JorisPPattyn (7808) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - AUG 15, 2012
Huge, coffeecream-coloured head over (cold)hazed ruby-amber beer. Mix of cakey, caramelly malts and fragrant, fruity C-hops. Serious bitterness, ultimately hoppy, but with an equally serious malty, nearly syrupy underbuild. The sweetness of this, however, doesn’t stand a chance. Orangepeel, orangemarmalade-filled cake, resiny as well. Well-carbonated, rather full bodied, very slick to viscous. Bitterness makes it refreshing. Very accomplished brew, but nothing really new. Amber ale? Whatever. A USA brewer would have called this black IPA...

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
petergaynor (111) - NEW ZEALAND - SEP 12, 2012
500ml bottle. Pours dark red-brown with coffee head. Malty nuts and hops on the nose with some grassy floral hops. Taste is somewhat bitter and sharp, with a small amount of earth, and plenty of floral type tastes.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tderoeck (4447) - Gent, BELGIUM - AUG 31, 2012
28/VIII/2012 50cl bottle from Geers (Oostakker) @ home - BB: n/a (2012-977)

Clear red to purple beer, big frothy off-white head, pretty stable, bit adhesive. Aroma: sweet malts, honey, lots of ripe fruits, bit soapy, some exotic fruits, caramel. MF: ok carbon, medium body. taste: very fruity, malty, sweet ripe fruits, some honey, bit floral, is it Nelson Sauvin in this one? bitter touch, some grapefruit. Aftertaste: very fruity, sweet malts, little soapy, nice bitter touch, bit grassy, fruity ending, pretty bitter.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
davidm (1928) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - AUG 31, 2012
Bottle from King&Godfree. Great mixture of flavours. Aromas of caramel, grass, and vinegar. Taste is sweet, bitter, and sour; with long length. Palate is velvety, with a medium-to-full body. Copper colour, with a frothy head.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (6531) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 29, 2012
Bottle, consumed during my inauspicious FFL auction draft. Deep red-orange colour, nice fruity sweet hop aroma, mostly stonefruits and melons. Sugary sweet caramel in equal partnership with fruity hops, ending in a well-balanced bitterness. I enjoyed this entire bottle, but I did not enjoy some of my draft outcomes. How the fuck did I end up with Ben Rothlesberger?

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SimplySike (799) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - SEP 2, 2012
50cl. Bottle. Poors clear red/amber with strong foamy head. Aroma malts, honey, dark ripe fruits, caramel, Taste good bitter, some honey sweet, Mouth-feel creamy/thin. Great beer!


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