Rewired | 8 Wired Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
8 Wired Brewing Co.
New Zealand (Aotearoa)
8wired.co.nz

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

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

Added by lacqueredmouse on 04-27-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
87
Reviews:
42
Avg:
3.76
pDev:
9.84%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
9
For Trade:
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Photo of descobar
3.03/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Disclosure: aged for 4+ years. given the style, prob should not have done it but got left behind. all things considered, its drinkable as the signs of aging although there are not overwhelming. pours a simple brown with thin off-white head that quickly disappears. mostly clear but does have some hazyness (prob from yeast deposits). minimal lacing. body is quite thin as is its texture. carbonation is a bit light. not much in terms of astringency. flavor is a muted combination of sweet and roasty malts, with a hint of chocolate. some oxidation shows up and there’s a bothersome harshness that lingers in the aftertaste. that's probably coming from what once was NZ hop bitterness. - as you would expect, finishes with short muted sweetness. --- to many this would be a drinkable beer still... score is a combination of what I experienced with this half liter bottle (2/5) and what I remember the fresh Rewired to taste like (4/5).

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Photo of emptyglassagain
3.72/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BlueSpader
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of smakawhat
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Comes out silently.. This has me a bit concerned, but also with an excellent aroma right off the pour (to get to later). However, the body color is a simple dark mahogany brown, and manages barely a thin puck while being poured. Still manages a collar, and some life, but the beer looks a little flat and dead on arrival.

Aroma though is quite impressive. There is a very big note of cocoa powder on first examination, then followed with a bit of cola like sweetness. Invigorating with a unique twist. Some faint toast, a little small though, but otherwise a very unexpected angle for a brown ale.

This is very different, and a real unique take on a brown on the palate. Where do I begin? Light bodied roast character more like a porter with some quick char, then the mid palate fills with milk chocolate and slight toasty aromas. Mouthfeel is pale ale and light as feather but does have some malt depth and is in the right territory. Finishes with blasting cocoa dry warmth, even some hop oils as well of mild grapefruit and citrus tones. All of these flavors are also real well balanced and surprisingly integrated excellently.

What an odd take but delicious angle on a brown ale. This might be old but it's still drinkable, but there's no way I can tell. Either way it’s a really neat brown ale and drinks easily, this will be gone in no time, too bad it looks a bit lousy.

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Photo of Bunman3
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

As my hero bubbles would say, "Decent!" Brown ale, brown trout, and New Zealand all have a weird intergalactic positive vibe for me. The lovely thing about this beer is the smooth combination of malt, brown sugar, and piney hoppiness.

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Photo of WDJersey
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Vylo
4.44/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
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 a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GeorgiaBeerGuy
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jaswilson2
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of tlema1
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
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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Photo of Thirstygoat
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Luweezy
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StJamesGate
3.54/5  rDev -5.9%
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 leitmotif
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of beerdrifter
4.21/5  rDev +12%
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 patrykfus
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of Farinag16447
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Poupae
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of generallee
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%

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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3.76 out of 5 based on 87 ratings.
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