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Rewired - 8 Wired Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
85
very good

62 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 62
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 10.29%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | 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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Yabev15

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

05-06-2012 02:03:44 | More by Yabev15
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ryanpj

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

01-17-2013 23:54:57 | More by ryanpj
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Macca

Australia

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 ...

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2011 11:31:31 | More by Macca
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juju7

Australia

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2011 08:19:33 | More by juju7
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-27-2010 00:29:46 | More by lacqueredmouse
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jeffjeff1

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2011 20:58:50 | More by jeffjeff1
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ADZA

Australia

3.6/5  rDev -5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2010 07:47:43 | More by ADZA
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dgilks

Australia

3.6/5  rDev -5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2011 03:41:53 | More by dgilks
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2012 17:14:31 | More by BEERchitect
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ToasterChef

Maine

3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2011 02:21:27 | More by ToasterChef
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laituegonflable

Australia

3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-30-2010 01:55:28 | More by laituegonflable
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2012 22:33:17 | More by Cyberkedi
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Uncle_Jimmy

California

3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2013 16:50:48 | More by Uncle_Jimmy
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GRG1313

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2011 07:16:10 | More by GRG1313
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2013 03:48:58 | More by biboergosum
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cestlavie

New York

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

02-25-2014 04:16:01 | More by cestlavie
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Gregg_Kawakami

Hawaii

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

06-15-2013 08:07:39 | More by Gregg_Kawakami
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jamesdsmac


3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

07-18-2012 01:26:14 | More by jamesdsmac
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mmilyko

Nevada

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

01-13-2013 00:14:05 | More by mmilyko
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edwardprung

California

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

08-28-2012 23:09:29 | More by edwardprung
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IanSpindler

Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

12-31-2013 02:18:40 | More by IanSpindler
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RochefortChris

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

06-27-2013 02:59:34 | More by RochefortChris
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squirrel49

South Dakota

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

04-27-2014 03:49:53 | More by squirrel49
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afsdan

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

07-22-2014 23:26:54 | More by afsdan
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KStark

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

01-24-2014 14:56:58 | More by KStark
Rewired from 8 Wired Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.