Rewired | 8 Wired Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
60.7%
Liked This Beer
3.78 w/ 89 ratings
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BEER INFO

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
Ranking:
#19,321
Reviews:
43
Ratings:
89
Liked:
54
Avg:
3.78/5
pDev:
9.79%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
9
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Ratings: 89 |  Reviews: 43
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.77/5  rDev -26.7%
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!

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Photo of Gkruszewski
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

russet brown with loads of hints of reddish tones around the sides and bottom of the glass. Very dark and opaque, essentially no light was shining through on this baby, except for the slightest little bit on the bottom of the glass. A very nice large tannish head of foam rose up over the top and crowned it beautifully

aromas of caramel and sugar were easily the most evident thins found in here. It really was much sweeter than I thought it would be, and this was a good thing. I was picking up some light notes of chocolate and a touch of nuttiness as well. There were definitely some hops way down deep in the profile a rich caramel sweetness. Very nice and big and very evident from the very first sip. Really a malt bomb here for sure. Some notes of the roasted nuts then following it along and really pulling it together quite well. Very light hints of chocolate now coming through, very light though and just enough to add some sweetness, a touch of sweet coffee now on the horizon as well and really giving it even more depth than it had before. The finish was very strong, a nice little hop bite to dry it out and get the flavor to linger, and the sweet caramel notes were really becoming prevalent here.

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Photo of imbibehour
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
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 a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.09/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a becher pint glass. The appearance was a dark brown color with a thin concave off white little head that dissipated at a nice pace. Lacing was mildly sticking here and there, looked good for the most part. The smell started off with a ton of rich deep sticky dark fruits roaming into a subtle dry cocoa and slight coffee bean eloquence. Dry woody and subtle vanilla graces the underneath. The taste was a nice dry sweet dark fruity stickiness sliding into subtle roasty cocoa and dry coffee. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a decent sessionability about it. Carbonation runs really light. The sweet dark fruity stickiness wants to cling to my tongue but isn’t exactly too overbearing, not cloying. Overall, leaning to the English side of the wheelhouse of a brown ale, I’d say this works, it shows all of the characteristics of the style.

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Photo of liamt07
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Steve, 500ml into a tulip.

Dark brown in colour, almost a bit muddy. Tan head leaves behind some fat, chunky lacing and good retention. Nose has bright hop notes, roast and chocolate. Some tropical fruit notes come through, a touch of grassiness as well. Taste has cocoa and some typical brown ale malting, a bit of roast again. Caramel and some juicy hop notes again, that are somewhat floral and mouthwatering admittedly; this New Zealand style hop profile is quite interesting. A bit drying and malty, and quite a full fee. A unique, hoppy brown ale - another solid beer from these guys.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
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 afsdan
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of DoubleJ
3.2/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

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Photo of bigred89
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of rudzud
4.23/5  rDev +11.9%
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 avalon07
4/5  rDev +5.8%
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 WDJersey
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.54/5  rDev -6.3%
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 drpimento
3.42/5  rDev -9.5%
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 samEBC
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of dgilks
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
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 Cyberkedi
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.93/5  rDev +4%
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 leitmotif
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of laituegonflable
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
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 RochefortChris
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Rewired from 8 Wired Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 60.7% out of 100 with 89 ratings
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