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Rewired - 8 Wired Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
85
very good

65 Ratings
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Ratings: 65
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 10.03%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | 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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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Vanz, Mar 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

cestlavie, Feb 25, 2014
Photo of KStark
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

KStark, Jan 24, 2014
Photo of IanSpindler
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

IanSpindler, Dec 31, 2013
Photo of BrazilianAussie
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

BrazilianAussie, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

jaydoc, Sep 07, 2013
Photo of Timadae
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with nice creamy off white head that goes flat quickly. Aromas of caramel and smoked malts. Nice full robust soft mouthfeel. Caramel malt follows through in the mouth, with lovely long lingering aftertaste. slight bitter note that works really well Loved this.

Timadae, Jul 05, 2013
Photo of RochefortChris
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

RochefortChris, Jun 27, 2013
Photo of Gregg_Kawakami
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Gregg_Kawakami, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of rudzud
4.23/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Recently stumbled across my notes from The Festival 2012. Lets do this!

A - Poured a nice deep rich dark brown hue with a good two finger mocha creamy head that fades to leave some thick lacing and nice thin blanket.

S - Ohhh yeah, lots of nice tropical hop notes here, roasty/toasty caramel malts, faint coffee, and just a touch of nuttiness.

T - Taste is just like the nose. Very good. Sweeter caramel malts, brown sugar, gentle slightly tropical hop flavours (grapefruit, flashes of mango), lightly earthy/grassy, nice bitter finish and some lingering coffee notes.

M - Mouthfeel is very good. Lightly carbonated, really makes this super drinkable.

O - Overall, a damn solid brown ale. One of my favourite offerings from 8 Wired at the festival. Loved it.

rudzud, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of TheBadger0289
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

TheBadger0289, May 15, 2013
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
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

cadaugherty, May 08, 2013
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
Photo of bigred89
4/5  rDev +5.5%

bigred89, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of Uncle_Jimmy
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.

Uncle_Jimmy, Feb 01, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

ryanpj, Jan 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

djcira, Jan 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

mmilyko, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of TrickkyGangsta
4.75/5  rDev +25.3%

TrickkyGangsta, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.83/5  rDev -25.3%
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!

ChainGangGuy, Nov 13, 2012
Photo of samEBC
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

samEBC, Oct 20, 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 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 Philousa
2.53/5  rDev -33.2%
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.

Philousa, Sep 10, 2012
Rewired from 8 Wired Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.