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8 Wired Brewing
Brewed at Renaissance Brewing

Style: Amber Ale
Warkworth, New Zealand

bottled
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on tap
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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 335   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


Sammy's rating

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (10748) - Toronto, Ontario, - OCT 10, 2012
Decent though overrated amber. As expected, the hop taste comes through far better as the beer warms. Well malted up front, sauvignon hops are there mid sip on, something more subtle for this style. Good drinkability.Slightly red appearance.


3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GlasgowTAD (1286) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JUN 17, 2016
Tap at Freehouse Singapore. Pours light coca-cola like brown with a creamy light-brown head. Aroma is weak caramel. Taste is caramel sweet, earthy hop bitter, oak, leather.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rask0lnikov (563) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAY 17, 2016
Ruby transparrent red colour. Medium white head. Fruits, hints of berries, hints of citrusses in the aroma. Hints of apricots, hints of tea, fruits. Bitter, fruity finish. Citrusses in aftertaste. Well balanced, rather light bodied, well drinkable amber ale.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
DeanF (2227) - Alberta, CANADA - MAY 7, 2016
Meh, red body with some modest head, you wouldn’t recognize it out of a crowd. Weird caramel and throat lozenge aroma, like you turned the tap water on in your kitchen sink and it was all copper-ish... wet dog hair, that’s what it smells like. Flavour is a lot of sharp caramel and barley notes, pumpernickel, heavy molasses, a bit of hops... but kind of a mess, really. Not bad but kind of a mixed bag. Not a delight, a bit of a working thing to get through to say you did it.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gegwilson (2864) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 5, 2016
Bottle fom the Hop Hideout in Sheffield. Ppurs deep amber with a nice foamy cream head. Nice aroma with caramel and orange. The taste is lightly spicy with orange and clove, mango and caramel. Nice full flavour. Creamy mouthfeel. Very nice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ttheilen (528) - USA - MAY 2, 2016
I do not wax on poetically about beer but I do know the quality of a beer once tasted. This review is not about my tastes but reinforces the numbers, which are arbitrary.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
willisread (2134) - Tokyo, JAPAN - APR 27, 2016
Bottle from Tanakaya. Deep amber almost brown pour with a half a finger of head that lingers. Lots of juicy tropical fruit with some grapefruit and light pine and caramel on the nose. The tropical fruit really sets this apart from so many regular IRA / ambers. Extemely well-balanced with good caramel malt notes on the palate. Juicy mango and peach on the finish with some pine and grass. Another winner from 8 Wired.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
nj_lee (25) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 23, 2016
Excellent beer, not overpoweringly hoppy but nicely complex. From New Zealand only adds to the pleasure! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
jackafholmes (980) - - MAR 22, 2016
Bottle from hop hideout. Auburn with small head. Aroma is caramel and pine, a hint of lemon and orange zest. Taste savoury and and bitter. Prickly and medium. Nice.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
drjoeng (696) - SINGAPORE - MAR 6, 2016
7%ABV. Red Ale. Tapped out a red amber. 18ºSRM. Nose has nice sweet grain alcoholic aromas. There is brown sugar and some spice, maybe nutmeg. Mouthfeel is soapy. There are roasty malt flavors with some molasses, dark honey, sweet graham cracker toast, burnt caramel. The hops are pine needles, sap, light resinous flavor, spicy finish like Thai basil with that same slightly cloying medicinal finish. This actually tastes like fresh hyssop. Good brief-medium fresh herb finish. Goes on Favorites List!

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
KeefOz (1463) - Tarragindi, AUSTRALIA - FEB 22, 2016
Poured a clear dark red-brown colour with about 5mm of beige foam that diminished slowly to a collar that laced OK. Carbonation extremely low (almost nil) and medium sized. Aroma strongly of hop resin/pine with hints of dark fruits, citrus and a trace of sweet dark caramel malt. Taste initially of sweet caramel that was immediately over-taken by an intense but nice bitterness plus hints of dark fruits, pine and roasted malt; alcohol unfortunately not well hidden. Light body. Smooth with a soft creamy mouthfeel and a lingering bitterness but the alcohol burns on the finish. The alcohol coming through was disappointing and let the overall quality of the beer down.


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