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Rewired - 8 Wired Brewing Co.

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very good

39 Reviews
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Reviews: 39
Hads: 81
Avg: 3.77
pDev: 14.32%
Wants: 2
Gots: 7 | 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:
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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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a dark mahogany brown with orange tints and a nice one finger khaki head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of dark toasted malt, nuts, hints of caramel and light grassy hops. Flavor is lightly toasted malt, nuts, coffee and light grassy hops, developing a distinct charred, almost smoked malt flavor into a dry finish with residual char and grassy hops. Medium bodied with almost overactive carbonation. A nice take on the hoppy brown ale style, with interesting char and smoke flavors usually found in bigger stouts. Unfortunately no dates on the bottle, but the hops taste a bit faded, and I suspect that this bottle didn't pass quickly from New Zealand through our staggeringly slow and inefficient distribution system. I liked this well enough but it left me wishing I could taste it fresh with original hop flavors.

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Photo of rudzud
4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

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Photo of dgilks
3.62/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of drpimento
3.42/5  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.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.54/5  rDev -6.1%
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

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Photo of ADZA
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a fairly dark brown color with a bit of ruby around the edges and a finger of frothy khaki colored head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of lightly toasted caramel malts, coffee, tropical hops and some coffee and a bit of nuttiness.

T - Starts off with some sweet caramel malts with some grapefruit hops and a bit of brown sugar. Through the middle, some grassy hops come through with a bit more bitterness and some coffee and nuttiness. The finish is a mix of lightly toasted caramel malts with some earthy hops, brown sugar, nuttiness, and a bit of coffee and bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet and lightly bitter finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice brown ale with a good overall balance. Good amount of hops.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.88/5  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.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Brown with some red and orange tinges throughout and a massive, foamy tan white head on top with outstanding retention meaning it stays pretty big throughout.

Some sweet malts to begin along with a little brown sugar and some lightly roasted malts. There is a touch of caramel and an almost undetectable coffee aroma somewhere in the middle that is a struggle to pick up on. There is also some really light hops and a hint of bitterness and nuttiness too. Not overpowering but a nice, well balanced aroma.

A mix of earthy and toasted malts with some nutty flavours to start with, followed quickly by some good bitter notes and a hint of sugar. There is some definite bitterness as well and light earthy hops thrown in for good measure.

Light medium body wise and with a very smooth, wet feel to it helped in part but the medium to soft carbonation and nice sweet palate to this one that is rounded off by some nice bitterness.

A very nice beer and one that surprised me by just how good it was. This is a beer that I would definitely try again although the price of the bottle and how hard it is to get a hold of in the UK may mean that won't happen all to often. A great brown ale.

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Photo of generallee
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

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Photo of heygeebee
2.96/5  rDev -21.5%
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

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Photo of beerdrifter
4.21/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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Photo of joecast
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

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Photo of ToasterChef
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of Samp01
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of Macca
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
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 ...

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Photo of Philousa
2.61/5  rDev -30.8%
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.

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Photo of juju7
3.58/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of Uncle_Jimmy
3.68/5  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.

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Photo of ALBuff
4.31/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

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Rewired from 8 Wired Brewing Co.
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