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Brewed by 8 Wired Brewing
Style: Brown Ale
Warkworth, New Zealand

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RATINGS: 283   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
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!” Brewed at Renaissance Brewery until 2017

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3.5
AgentAle (1745) - Alberta, CANADA - AUG 17, 2015
Aroma is smoked and roasted malts. Some clove and caramel as well. Taste is rich malts that mellow out to a well balanced hop profile that mellows out nicely. Appearance is a clear copper with a medium pearl head that retains quite well.

3.9
Reimer96 (1743) - 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.

3.7
beer-yum (1710) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 4, 2014
UPDATED: JUN 12, 2017 Restrained malt aroma in a deep red brown pour. Hop forward balance with a big malty body and crisp clean finish. Full bodied and well balanced, this brew makes a nice change from the regular hop dominated IPAs that are standard fare today.

4
kschep (1707) - DENMARK - JAN 20, 2011
nose is very hoppy, later caramel and hazel, feel is quite broad, carb is mediumheavy, taste is burnt malt, weak bitter hops, some toffee, finish is cane sugar

3.1
gEUS (1637) - Linden, BELGIUM - NOV 8, 2012
500 ml bottle - pours brown, gushing with a head that is inches thick and stays on for a long time. Had to wait until it was warmed up to room tempretature to smell something and for the head to disappear. After that, the aroma is very elegant: leather, honey, eoasted malt, caramel. Light body with overwhelming carbonation, taste of salted caramel, plums, raisins.

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Beerenberger (1605) - Fischer, Texas, USA - NOV 10, 2012
Maybe something happened during transport, but my experience with this beer was not what others have indicated. A slight, hard to define aroma. Pours a dark brown with little to no head. The taste was the real disappointment. The carbonation overwhelmed the taste. While roastiness was there the carbonation just suppressed it. Medium bodied with too high carbonation. Overall, was not enjoyable. However, I want to try it again to see if this particular bottle was A fluke or not.

3.9
jinroh (1595) - ESTONIA - JAN 2, 2014
Pours nice dark brown with a massive head that stays well and long. Aroma is nice but not too intensive - a bit of caramel, some soft roast. Taste has some caramel candy with some roast again - and everything is nicely hopped. Some coffee flavours with a dark milk chocolate. Aftertaste has more caramel, burnt sugar and bitter hops attacking the tongue for the finish. Long, nice and enthralling aftertaste. Based on this one and some previous experiences I can say that brown ales seem to be one of my favourite beer styles.

3.9
flying_pig (1571) - 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
ngeunit1 (1555) - Waltham, Massachusetts, 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.

3.4
nate2g (1548) - Boomtown!, AUSTRALIA - FEB 26, 2010
Bottle (Batch#1). Pours very dark brown with a creamy light brown head. It’s roasty on the nose with underlying fruity hops. Chocolate malt comes through in the flavour and a fruity hop burst balances out the malt. A roasty finish but perhaps slightly chalky and a ’soapy’ character too. It’s quite subtle all round but this has real potential. Courtesy of the man himself - cheers mate!


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