Rewired - 8 Wired Brewing Co.

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75 Ratings
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Ratings: 75
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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8 Wired Brewing Co. visit their website
New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: lacqueredmouse on 04-27-2010

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
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Ratings: 75 | Reviews: 39
Reviews by Samp01:
Photo of Samp01
4/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of generallee
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of chinchill
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
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!

Photo of biboergosum
3.73/5  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.

Photo of Sammy
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of GRG1313
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.93/5  rDev +4%
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.

Photo of nztayls
4.12/5  rDev +9%
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.

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of jeffjeff1
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Photo of joecast
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

Photo of beerdrifter
4.21/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up at a great little beer store in Arlon, Belgium, Miorge Mihoublon. Murky dark brown pour with a huge three finger beige head with crazy retention and lacing. The nose is very malt forward with loads of brown bread and caramel along with hints of toffee, nuts, subtle coffee, and brown sugar. The taste follows suit with big bready, nutty malts up front along with hints of caramel, coffee, brown sugar, subtle chocolate, and toffee. The mouthfeel is thick and creamy with great balance and a nice dry, subtly bitter finish. Overall, a very flavorful and highly drinkable Brown Ale.

Photo of liamt07
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Photo of Macca
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
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 ...

Photo of juju7
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Photo of ALBuff
4.31/5  rDev +14%
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.

Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a brown color and a slightly hazy consistency. There was an inch of creamy, long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.

S: A somewhat underplayed aroma of malt, hops, and a mild nutty quality.

T: Tasted of malt, the classic brown ale nuttiness, and hops. Surprisingly, this beer had much more of a hoppy character than most browns. A solid flavor for a brown.

M: A nice amount of carbonation with a very dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: For a brown ale, this one is pretty drinkable.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

8 Wired Rewired is a tremendous American brown ale, much drier than usual but opening up to a world of high hopping rates, bold roast, and clean fermentation yet holding true to the essence of brown ales.

Dark, bark brown appearances are accompanied by the light hop haze but still allowing shallow highlights to penetrate the edges of the tumbler. Firmly capped with egg shell white foam with semi-dense, semi-creamy structure. Retaining to the end of the session, the beer reveals rings of lace, denoting each sip.

Hops and roasted grain leaps from the glass in bold fashion. Pine needles meet coffee for a sharp combination of scent that seem backed by burnt caramel, toasted walnuts, wood, and white grapefruit.

Timid sweetness leaks onto the tongue and carries the slight richness of toffee but mostly burnt sugars. The dry malt character opens up to bitter chocolate, coffee grounds, and burnt embers of spruce. Hop-forward notes accent the dry malt taste with grapefruit pith in flavor and resiny pine sap in bitterness. The coffeeish, roasted grain taste makes the beer cross the line of styles from brown ales into porters if just for a brief moment.

Aridly dry on the mouth, the short-lived sweetness from malt makes negligable impact on the tongue. Yet the creamy notion of carbonation and the drier malt textures give an engulfing sensation to the mouth with showcases the woody bitterness, acrid roast acidity, and grain derived astringency. Where the dryness of the beer is well celebrated, it exposes some problematic textile characteristics.

True to American microbrew attitudes, Rewired is a wonderfully dry beer with elevated hop characteristics in aroma, taste, and bitterness. But the light finish reveals that this sharp bitterness and roast bitterness do not play well together.

Photo of Uncle_Jimmy
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance- a sparkling but nearly opaque brown with a khaki colored head that lingers a bit and leaves a good amount of lacing.

Aroma- earthy with hints of carmel- cola, and some peanut butter

Taste- roasted like darkly toasted bread, coffee molasses a good balance with herbal tasting hops. less sweet than say a newcastle. It has a slight smokiness and nuttiness as it warms.

Mouthfeel medium to fuller bodied but not sticky. Not to dry or sweet.

Overall- Of the browns I have tasted on my beery journey I would say this one is one of the better ones. Its strikes a good balance of hops and malt. Its not too dry or sweet. It has less astringency than say a samuel smiths, its a little better balanced than an Angry boy brown.

Photo of ToasterChef
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of this beer on a whim the other day. I had never heard of the beer or the brewery, but since I'm interested in lots of things New Zealand (my sister lives there), I thought I'd give it a try. The bottle was stored in the cellar for about a week and poured into the center of a pint glass. A big cascading head of brown bubbles slowly recedes, filling my pint glass with a dark brown liquid. As the head dissolves, some patchy lacing is left behind. The aroma is roasty and a bit nutty. A few bittering hops are present that give the nose an interesting twist. It smells better than most browns I have encountered.

Some sweetness is present, but it is mostly overshadowed by a coffee-like bitterness. A woodsy, almost bark-like flavor is also present. The finish has a sharpness provided by the hop oils that I didn't expect.

The body is a touch on the watery side but manages to leave a flavorful coat. Carbonation is on the low end of average.

Overall, an enjoyable brown. I wouldn't recommend you go out of your way for this beer, but if you see it and want to try something different, you'll be in for a good tasting.

Photo of StJamesGate
3.54/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Ruby brown with tan film. 3.75
Sour malt nose with some oxidation. 3.5
Tart red berry, some sourness, brownies, hints of whiskey barrel and clean roast. 3.5
Leafy end and clean linger.
Fizzy, almost medium, slight chew. 3.75

At its expiry date and lost a step for sure - especially hops, which the label calls out. At the same time, I’m not sure there was much depth and complexity here to start with - definitely the lean end of brown. Don’t think I missed much here. 3.5

Photo of laituegonflable
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish-brown colour with minimal head, off-white-to-beige in colour, but yeah, more of a rim than a head. Lace is gorgeous and sticky, cascading down the glass. Clear body, fairly flat. Doesn't matter though, colour is great and everything else is there for a good brown ale.

Nose is delicious. Sweet but with a really nice roasted edge. A lot of malt, brown sugar with caramel hints to both. Just a slight hint of roasted grain, plus a really nice floral hop character and hint of pineapple at the back. Bit of a diacetyl character but doesn't ruin it. Pleasant.

Taste is malty, pleasant. Lot of toffee on the front with slight sourness like undercooked dough, buttery note and then a nice darker flavour towards the back. Bit of toasty grain and yeah, maybe a merlot vinous edge. Feels a bit thin on the palate, sadly, but is largely sweet and malty, going down nicely. Bit of bitterness on the back, but it could use more. That's the story of this palate really, could use more of everything. A bit weak, but pleasant overall.

Slimy and a bit sticky on the feel, then dry as it goes down. Not bad, okay to suit the flavour.

A bit more flavour would make this beer delicious, but it's quite enjoyable as it is.

Photo of LeoEnergy
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into ST. Bernardus Chalice

A- Pours a glowing auburn chestnut with an off-white head and creates spotted lacing. Tiny bubbles trail from the meniscus at every sip.

S- The scent is a bit illusive here. Very little toffee or malt emerges as it should. Instead bread, grass, and grain seep through. No detection of alcohol.

T- Begins smooth and creamy, then a backbone of bread and grain with fading notes of malt and toffee at the finish. For my palate there is not enough richness in molasses, toffee grain and malt. Nevertheless, solid quality.

M- Mouth-feel is fizzy and smooth, looses carbonation rather quickly but gains some depth over time. I would try this beer again at a different temperature and let it develop a longer duration next time around.

O- I would categorize this beer as a light brown ale. I am looking for some deeper notes and more complex aromas. I would give this brown ale another go- Cheers

Photo of tlema1
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I get a lot of chocolate and other sweetness, overall a solid brown ale

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Rewired from 8 Wired Brewing Co.
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