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Rewired - 8 Wired Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
85
very good

68 Ratings
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Ratings: 68
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 10.32%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | 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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Photo of Philousa
2.53/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Very dark brown, looks like a root beer candy against the light. The head is big, billowy, and khaki. Head retention is very good and the top gives a silky appearance. Aroma starts with bakers chocolate and reminds me of brownie cookies with a coppery tinge and a strong caramel presence. No hops to speak of. Taste starts and ends metallic. The bakers chocolate is strong and bitter. The caramel mixes with the copper and swirls throughout the mouth. A bit smoky and musky. Bitterness is a bit harsh. Every taste is very strong and lingers.

The more I had, the more I disliked this beer. Too metallic for my taste and I'm not getting this one again.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.83/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

500ml bottle - $9.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a very dark, russet-hued body with a tall, ever-growing, overflowing, foamy beige head.

Smell: Some nutty, toasty, roasty, caramel hints, but it's a glass full of never-ending suds blanketing the aroma.

Taste: Nutty, toasty malts with some roastiness and a deep taste of heavily caramelized brown sugar. Slight dark fruitiness, then some slightly tangy citrus and woodsy resinous tones from the hops. Sufficiently bitter. Malty, drying, eye-rollingly overcarbonated finish. I can't tell if I'm foaming at the mouth from the over-wrought carbonation or due to sheer frustration. Either way, this beer is to blame!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Highly carbonated, making the whole pouring/drinking/enjoying process very, very pesky.

Overall: The carbonation problem spoiled what could've been a very nice brown ale. Ah well!

Photo of heygeebee
2.95/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Wow - pours a massive head. Did I say massive? Fills Duvel tulip with two inches of beer in the bottom. Brown body, reddish hue.

Aromas of brown sugar, sweet malts.

Taste is quite bitter up-front, and a little harsh on mid palate. long finish. Earthy hops, a little coffee. More roast flavours than I expected for style. No significant individual flavour element. The bitterness grows as the bottle goes down, but the harsh and overall unbalanced nature remains.

Highly carbonated - almost mineral water, takes away from beer flavours, a swamp of aftertaste due to fizz.

Ok beer, not special at all

Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of pin
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of DoubleJ
3.18/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of drpimento
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A little disappointed here. Poured at a good temperature, with a smallish, light tan head that slowly settled to a light cover and some lace. Color is a clear mahoganey with no bubble trails. Aroma is malt, hop, resin, a bit of fruit. Flavor's like nose, fairly dry, some hop bitter and significant carbonic tang. Body is ok, ditto carbonation. Finish is like flavor, kind of long, and not that great. This is more like an American Pale Ale that had second thoughts and tried to be a brown, without really pulling it off. Or doing well at either. As an ABA ( which I'm not convinced is what they were trying for), it's still, meh.

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of cadaugherty
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of polishkaz
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Yabev15
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of ryanpj
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Macca
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
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 lacqueredmouse
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tried on tap at Sydney's Local Taphouse ANZAC Day SepcTapular.

Pours a deeply opaque dark ruddy brown colour with a full head of meniscused beige bubbles. Lacing is excellent, and it looks pleasantly static in the glass. Nice look overall.

Nice chocolate notes on the nose, with a semisweet grain malt character. A little raisin toast as well. Pretty nice overall.

Taste is full of grainy roasted characters, with a slightly sharp bitterness through the centre, which may be nothing more than the latent hop presence. Finish is quite dark and roasted, leaving an ashy astringency on the back of the palate. It feels slightly too dark for a Brown Ale. Nice characters mostly, but the bitterness is too strong. Mouthfeel is smooth.

Not bad all up, a little difficult to stomach a lot of, but it has plenty of character.

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 ADZA
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First of all i love this breweries bottles/labels looks cool,the brew pours a reddy,brown hue with average carbonation that leaves behind a half finger head and a rim of lacing,the aromas are brown sugar,candied apples and toffee,it has an above average mouthfeel which is neither thick nor thin and exudes tastes of brown sugar,brandy snaps,raisin bread and finishes with a passionfruit hop bitterness,overall a decent drop thats easy to drink without being too complex.

Photo of dgilks
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Red-brown hue with a small light tan head. Poor head retention.

Moderately hoppy aroma with notes of citrus and passionfruit. Mild coffee notes.

Mild acrid and coffee malt notes. Lots of citrussy hop and moderately strong bitterness. This is a bit out of balance for a brown ale and needs a touch of sweetness.

Medium light body with moderately high carbonation. I want a touch more body.

A very dry, hoppy take on the brown ale from this experimental NZ brewer. There is just a bit too much bitterness and it keeps this beer from being great.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.63/5  rDev -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 ToasterChef
3.63/5  rDev -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 laituegonflable
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
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 Cyberkedi
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, translucent cola brown with a fairly thick and rather persistent tan head. Aroma has notes of caramel, coffee and yeast with earthy and nutty hints. Flavor is not strong, but still enjoyable with earthy, nutty, hoppy and caramel tones and a hint of mocha. Texture has good fizz and average body. An enjoyable brown ale.

Photo of Uncle_Jimmy
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Rewired from 8 Wired Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.