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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: 299   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
tfredvik (1203) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 21, 2014
Crystal clear, deep ruby red body with a quite large, tan head with a long life-time, good lacing. Hoppy, malty, sweet and strong aroma of overripe tropical fruits including grapefruit and mango, orange marmalade, caramel and sweet red berries in the background. Very strong flavour of overripe tropical fruits, lots of grapefruit, caramel, both red and dark berries further behind and pine in the long finish. Moderate to light sweet taste and a quite heavy bitter finish. Smooth, crisp and refreshing on the palate, mid-bodied, moderate carbonation and a pronounced dryness in the finish. A lovely beer, perfect if you crave a DIPA but would like everything tuned down a couple of notches.
[50 cl bottle, enjoyed 3 months before BB date, from Vinmonopolet Online]

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Oldschool_Mike (75) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 13, 2014
Bottle into pint glass. Pours a wicked looking deep red. Nice off white head. Aroma is of sweet malts and fruity hops. Taste is of rich caramel malts with some nice fruity notes from the hops. Great full bodied beer. -- rated via 'Find A Beer' for Blackberry 10

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ABS (552) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 10, 2014
Bottle from Vinmonopolets BU. Dsrk copper to blood red body. Lots of tan head with a light red hue. Malt heavy nose, with some grapefruit and citrus. Medium to thick body. Some alcohol warmth. A tiny bit of grainy mouth feel. Malt, grapefruit, caramel flavour. Quite bitter.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
omhper (19951) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - SEP 10, 2014
Keg at Mikkeller Bar, Stockholm. Hazy copper colour, small head. Grapefruity nose with a dash of caramel. Mid dry with solid body and firm mouthfeel. An harmonious mix of caramelly, bready malt and grapefruity hops, notes of cedar. Long balanced bitterness.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ansalon (1608) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - SEP 9, 2014
On tap at Mikkeller Bar Stockholm. Pours a deep caramel with a low off white head. Aromas of caramel, grapefruit, apple, peach, hay, toffee. Taste is caramel, apple, peach, grapefruit, toffee. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Pretty well balanced and drinkable.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Osprey87 (2028) - WALES - SEP 6, 2014
Keg at Brewdog. Clear ruby red, still, small off-white head. Aroma is sweet caramel and vinegar notes. Body is medium, touch of carbonation. Taste is smooth malts, sweet caramel, slightly floral with a dry, straw-like finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
tania_nexust (227) - Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 5, 2014
Draught keg at Brewdog Camden. Real big spicy hop nose - with a hint of wet leaves & bonfires. Great mouthfeel again - lingering & chewy but not cloying - the Hopwired beers seem very good at that characteristic.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Narnad (1472) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - AUG 19, 2014
Pours a clean, dark red color with a creamy, light tan head that leaves great lacing. Aroma has a full caramel malt nose, light toasty malt with a robust hoppy nose. Hops comes through as an earthy bitterness. Flavor starts off with an earthy bitterness that moves into a sweet caramel malt flavor. Body is modest with a sugary, oily feeling. Overall a pretty good brew.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jookos (2607) - FINLAND - AUG 12, 2014
Bottle. Dark amber, reddish, hazelnutty brown, clear. Strong nutty caramels, some citrus, pines on nose. Med full body. Light sweet, caramels. Piney hops, some herbs, earthyness. Very clean and easy drink. Just as powerful as you’d expect a beer of this abv. Sort of autumny, with the pines and the nutty caramels. Real nice.

-- bb

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Skinnyviking (7231) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 28, 2014
Draught at Mikkeller Bar. Low but lasting creamy off-white head. Clear dark brown body. Sweet roasted malt cocoa nuts aroma. Citrus pine flavor with a good deal of hops bitterness, low carbonation and a long finish.


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