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Rewired - 8 Wired Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

66 Ratings
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Ratings: 66
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 10.03%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
8 Wired Brewing Co. visit their website
New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Poor old misunderstood brown ale... It is perhaps the most versatile style of beer in the world, but is often overlooked. Why?

Does the word brown lead the mind towards less appetizing things? Is it because the colour brown is less sexy than, say, 'golden'? Or have the mass brewing companies driven the style into oblivion by claiming it for their most unattractive products? Mull that over while you sip this beer, either in the sun, in front of the barbie, with your afternoon steak and kidney pie, your Sunday roast, or just by itself because you're thirsty and deserve a treat!

Chances are that this is unlike any brown ale you have ever tasted: it's malty, hoppy, roasty, flavoursome and refreshing. Some might say it's Brown Ale 'redefined', we'd say it's REWIRED. Cheers! The recipe varies slightly from batch to batch but includes: Gladfield pale malt, munich malt, crystal malt, caramalt, chocolate malt, oat malt. Hops are NZ Pacific Jade, Cascade and Pacifica.

45 IBU

(Beer added by: lacqueredmouse on 04-27-2010)
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Reviews by DoubleJ:
Photo of DoubleJ
3.18/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The wave of New Zealand beers continue to hit the shores of Southern California. From a 500 ml bottle, on to the beer:

Dark leather brown color with reddish hues spooted at a few points. The head is soapy lookin' and forms small on top. There's a little bread crust and mocha in the nose, and a distinct tangy lemon note.

It's quite roasty for a brown ale, almost stout-like in that respect. In a blind taste, a hoppy stout is what I would have guessed. Still, the flavors don't meld enough for me. Cookie dough and bitter chocolate provide the secondary note. It's very hopped, unlike the usual brown ale. It provides a big burst of bitterness and a Pine Sol note. A little buttery, roasty, and bitter in the aftertaste. It's got a surprisingly hearty body with an astringent bite.

Rewired is similar to the style of Nuke LaLoosh's pitching (and fucking), all over the place. If you squint your eyes, there are a few solid qualities to this beer, though at $9 a half-liter, there are hopes of more than just squinting for a few solid qualities.

DoubleJ, Nov 18, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of generallee
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 500 ml bottle into a dimpled mug. The label lists the abv at 5.7% and has a nice description of the beer.

Appearance: The body is dark brown, nearly black in color and when held up to light it appears to have good clarity. The head is tall thick and long lasting. This makes for some good lacing.

Smell: It’s aroma is loaded with caramel and bready maltiness.

Taste / Palate: The tongue is hit with a light heavyweight punch of caramel, toffee and sweet bready notes. It has a touch of nutty character as well. Hop bitterness is very light and really only picked up late in the finish. The feel is smooth and slightly sticky on the lips.

generallee, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 500ml bottle with a BB of March 2012, so it's well out of date. Acquired a while back from Slurp, an online retailer - I curse the day I bought beer from them. Here's hoping this hasn't aged too badly.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A deep reddish-brown hue with faint haze and decent carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy off-white foam that hangs around for a few minutes before slowly reducing to a surface layer. Aroma of nutty roasted malt with notes of chocolate, mild coffee, vanilla, caramel, dried fruit, spruce and stewed hops. A distinctly metallic hint lurks around at the beginning, although this dissipates after a while.

Tastes of dark roasted malt with a hoppy character and a bitter finish. Notes of chocolate, caramel, dried fruit, nuts, subtle coffee/burnt grain, pine, spruce, yeast and stewed hops. Slightly sweet, with a whisper of citrus in the background. A dry, spicy quality on the tongue followed by a strident bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with good body. Mildly astringent, with an aftertaste of bitter roasted malt and hops.

Tasty stuff; unusually complex for a brown ale but goes down nicely. The age of the bottle doesn't seem to have affected the flavour. It doesn't quite fit the style as I know it, but then I can't think of another style that would be more appropriate. It reminds me of Brewdog's Zeitgeist. Lots going on: roasted malt, caramel, chocolate notes, aromatic hops and plenty of bitterness. I expected something sweeter and less involved, but this is great. The only flaw is a rather intense metallic hint in the aroma, but this subsides. A solid brew; worth picking up if you happen across it.

jazzyjeff13, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of chinchill
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy, dark brown with some red and orange tinges at the edges; Largeish tan head has good retention.

S: medium and dark roasted malt; a bit of spicy hops and a hint of cinnamon.

M: medium-high carbonation; smooth

T: very flavorful and complex for style, but then this brown has been "rewired". Well worth seeking out!

chinchill, Oct 08, 2012
Photo of biboergosum
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle, into my mom's old Hamm's 'chalice'.

This beer appears a clear dark red brick amber hue, with two fingers of bubbly, thinly foamy beige head, which leaves some forest canopy lace around the glass as it steadily recedes.

It smells of citrusy hops up front - somewhat stale orange and grapefruit pith - caramel malt, an oily nuttiness, a bit of nougaty toffee, and an earthy, musty, leafiness. The taste is mostly in line with the aroma - musty, juicy citrus, nutty, grainy caramel malt, and a further leafy earthiness.

The carbonation is a tad edgy, and certainly frothy at times, the body a decent medium weight, and actually pretty smooth, with a touch of pedestrian creaminess. It finishes off-dry, the nuttiness, reserved musty fruitiness, and mixed malt sweetness ruling the day.

I don't know that this is all that 'rewired', as the laid back hops and nutty malt aren't that revelatory, but are tasty nonetheless. And the label's assertions are indeed correct - most brown ales are quite dull.

biboergosum, May 11, 2013
Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the best browns I have tried, exceeding expectations. Bottle from Premiere. De Konnick glass that poured dark brown with off-white retained one-eighth head, and tons of spider lace. Malty aroma. Way bove average mouthfeel that delivers great bitterness with solid roasted malt backbone. Residual lemony aftertaste. Appropriate carbonation. masterful and tremendous drinkability. Don't miss it.

Sammy, May 20, 2011
Photo of Vanz
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Vanz, Mar 21, 2014
Photo of GRG1313
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark copper brown with red tints and a firm khaki head that quickly fades.

Nose is fresh semi sweet Belgian candi sugar with hints of sweet chocolate and plums.

Mouthfeel is low carbonation and a bit "heavy/flabby" but it's saved by the flavor profile.

Flavors initially hit you with such power and assertiveness as to be off-putting. However, once your senses "regroup" and you take a second and third taste you get just huge pure flavors of fresh brewed and bright acidic coffee; rich burnt toast and assertive roasted grain.

Finish is an assertive, big and bold bitter black espresso that then takes on a final "fruity" acidic bitter character.

This is a rich, bold and assertive brew. Tons of big roasted bright flavors and character. Not a great candidate with lots of food but likely great with big meats and maybe even rich creamy sauces. Big roasted beer. Not a typical brown ale.

GRG1313, Mar 05, 2011
Photo of Samp01
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle. Pours a deep mahogany brown with a large tan head. Good lacing and head retention throughout. Aroma of roasted caramel malt, dates, walnuts fill the senses. Taste is of dark toasted caramel malt, brown sugar, dark dried fruit, dates, with some nice walnut flavor and earthy hops. Palate is a well balanced combination of sweetness and bitterness with a slightly sticky medium body. Finishes with some sweet roasted caramel malt, a bit of brown sugar, dried fruits with some good earthy hops for balance, ending has a lingering roasty nutty walnut flavor. Overall an excellent flavorful, and tasty well balance brew. Very nice.

Samp01, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with ruby tints and a lasting creamy head with loads of lacing.
Nose shows soft nutty malt alongside lots of caramel and chocolate. Also present is a big piney, earthy hop hit.
Flavours are more roasty, lots of cocoa and nutty notes. Again, there's a fair amount of piney hops. Finishes with a strong hoppy bitterness, a bit too strong in my opinion.
Nice moderate carbonation.

CrazyDavros, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of nztayls
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a thick creamy light-brown head, which is retained for the duration of the drink

S - Floral hops over the top of a rich malt aroma

T -Mellow malt taste, with the subtle hint of the hops, very little lingering bitterness

M - Full mouth-feel, rich and mellow, almost soft.

O - This is a very pleasant beer - and the first Brown Ale I have drunk since having encountered its more popular and main-stream Brown Ales a decade or more ago, very pleasant and easy to drink. This is a great beer.

nztayls, Apr 15, 2014
Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

jaydoc, Sep 07, 2013
Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

russet brown with loads of hints of reddish tones around the sides and bottom of the glass. Very dark and opaque, essentially no light was shining through on this baby, except for the slightest little bit on the bottom of the glass. A very nice large tannish head of foam rose up over the top and crowned it beautifully

aromas of caramel and sugar were easily the most evident thins found in here. It really was much sweeter than I thought it would be, and this was a good thing. I was picking up some light notes of chocolate and a touch of nuttiness as well. There were definitely some hops way down deep in the profile a rich caramel sweetness. Very nice and big and very evident from the very first sip. Really a malt bomb here for sure. Some notes of the roasted nuts then following it along and really pulling it together quite well. Very light hints of chocolate now coming through, very light though and just enough to add some sweetness, a touch of sweet coffee now on the horizon as well and really giving it even more depth than it had before. The finish was very strong, a nice little hop bite to dry it out and get the flavor to linger, and the sweet caramel notes were really becoming prevalent here.

mikesgroove, Jul 11, 2011
Photo of jeffjeff1
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this up about a week ago at Monument Wines and Spirits.

Appearance- dark brown color, quarter inch head, good head retention

Smell- really sweet smell, caramel, fruit, malt

Taste- sweet malt, caramel, dark fruits

Mouthfeel- medium to full bodied

Drinkability- I thought this was pretty good. I would drink it again.

jeffjeff1, Aug 20, 2011
Photo of BrazilianAussie
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

BrazilianAussie, Dec 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

cestlavie, Feb 25, 2014
Photo of djcira
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

djcira, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of pin
3/5  rDev -20.8%

pin, Sep 03, 2012
Photo of joecast
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

#3 of my New Zealand six pack.

A bit lighter than some other recent brown ales. A shade or two darker than amber and a nice red tinge when held to light. Head is decent, not too thin with good stability and lacing. Clarity is also good. Medium carbonation.

Aroma is a great example of balance between caramel maltiness and light floral hoppiness. Not too much one way or the other here. Again, as a comparison to more recent examples, much more toffee and doughiness than others.

Taste has a very welcoming, comforting feeling about it. Must be the extra heft brought by the judicious use of dark malts. This by no means is an indication of the absence of hops. Flavor and bittering hops are very well presented but don't distract from the 'brown' in the ale. Rather they add another, complimentary dimension.

It's important to remember here what this style traditionally has been and this beer is much more an evolution of that than some of the more radically hoppy examples. Not that I don't love those, but style wise this cannot be faulted.

joecast, Jun 07, 2011
Photo of liamt07
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Steve, 500ml into a tulip.

Dark brown in colour, almost a bit muddy. Tan head leaves behind some fat, chunky lacing and good retention. Nose has bright hop notes, roast and chocolate. Some tropical fruit notes come through, a touch of grassiness as well. Taste has cocoa and some typical brown ale malting, a bit of roast again. Caramel and some juicy hop notes again, that are somewhat floral and mouthwatering admittedly; this New Zealand style hop profile is quite interesting. A bit drying and malty, and quite a full fee. A unique, hoppy brown ale - another solid beer from these guys.

liamt07, Apr 30, 2012
Photo of Macca
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This poured a dark tan colour with a minimal beige head.Good lacing.

Some great brown sugar and caramel notes on the nose. Some nice dried fruits as well. Hops come out as it warms.

Lots more maltiness on the palate. Some chocolate. The bitterness seems malty rather than hoppy. I get some meatiness too (weird).

High carbonation. Too much for me.

Not sure about this one. Ok but ...

Macca, Aug 15, 2011
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

ygtbsm94, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of juju7
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark reddish brown, firm head.
Aromas are of a bit of tropical fruit hops but not at all over the top. A hint of like a chicory or coffee in the back.
Smooth mild and firmly bitter, a fairly approachable beer that balances all it's ingredients nicely. Good beer for sure.
Will not disappoint fans of the brown ale style.
Tad expensive for what it is though.

juju7, Apr 22, 2011
Photo of ALBuff
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Exceptionally well balanced brown ale, deep chestnut brown in color with a light brown foamy head that lingers when sipped just below room temperature. Sweet caramelized brown sugar malts, roasted barley, hints of nuts and dates, all tempered by a pleasant, drying, earthy hop finish. Medium bodied, not overly viscous. Quite delicious.

ALBuff, Mar 24, 2013
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Rewired from 8 Wired Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.