Bed of Nails
Hi-Wire Brewing

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Hi-Wire Brewing
North Carolina, United States
Brown Ale - English
Ranked #62
Ranked #23,449
3.72 | pDev: 11.29%
Apr 25, 2022
Jul 04, 2013
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Notes: Bed of Nails is crafted as an American ode to a traditional English brown. A light hop addition balances the natural sweetness present in the specialty malt. This beer’s delicate body and dry finish allow flavors of toffee and dark fruit to shine through.
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3.85 by Curt3 from New Jersey on Apr 25, 2022
3.66 by jacobk1997 from Georgia on Mar 04, 2022
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3.66/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
by defunksta from North Dakota

Appearance: Pours a dark brown color with a slight ruby hue. A moderate tan head. SRM of 20-21. (4.00)

Aroma: Moderate aromas of earthy caramel, toffee, brown bread, slightly floral.

Flavor: Moderate flavors of brown bread, caramel, and lightly floral notes. Hints of chocolate finish off the end.

Feel: Light to medium bodied. Low carbonation. Drinks smooth, but slightly flat. (3.25)

Compared to Best Brown 2/23/22: Pours a slightly darker color, milder head. Milder aromas. More caramel, brown bread, floral notes. Less rich chocolate, molasses, coffee, and syrup.

Overall: A nice English Brown Ale here. Nails the brown bread, caramel, and slightly floral flavors. Very smooth, but undercarbonated. Sort of reminds me of a German bock. Nice, but I don't know that I would seek it out. (Final Rating: 3.66)

Feb 24, 2022
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4.61/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
by Jtfraziwr

Really great brown. Reminds of a solid English brown workout too much heaviness or overly bitter

Feb 12, 2022
3.92 by jak from North Carolina on Dec 10, 2021
4.31 by sirzekel from Georgia on Dec 07, 2021
3.75 by BeerInspector from Delaware on Nov 07, 2021
3.35 by JamesLeung from Florida on Sep 12, 2021
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3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by NiceTaps from New Jersey

On tap in a pint glass.

Deep burgundy amber color brew. The British tan colored cap, 1f, leaves soapy lacing. It’s a looker.

Toasted grain and sweet malt aromas.

Hop bitterness comes through and dances with the malt sweetness. Dark tea and English toffee.

Light and semi sweet. Hops balance the sweet malt.

Done right. Nice change from the hop bombs that I’ve drunk recently.

Sep 10, 2021
3.72 by mpolewan from Ohio on Jul 28, 2021
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3.72/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by puck1225 from Texas

Had this beer from draft poured into a small snifter. Excellent head and lacing atop a brown body. Subdued roasted malt smell and taste with the taste better than the smell. Flavors of toffee and a bit of chocolate. This a beer I probably would not order again.

Jul 12, 2021
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3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by hoptheology from South Dakota

a 12 oz can, dated 12/8/20, into Boiler red label snifter.

A light brown pour yields a dark tea color, with a finger of beige head that recedes to a ring. Lace briefly sticks and joins the rest of the head.

Aroma from the can is pumpernickel bread, dark rye bread, slight smoke/ash, sticky caramel, fig, banana bread, dill, and herbacious hops. Aroma from the glass is simply clean water, brown malt, and light cocoa.

Tasting a bit of hop spoilage which is a first for me in a brown ale (maybe a second or third? definitely not common); some hefty caramel malt and lots of prune and fig; waxing ashy towards the end, with dill and hops following, finishing out on crisp dried dark raisin bread. Resins remain on the palate with the flavor of chocolate-d dill.

Feel is busy with carbonation but isn't too busy for the style, has quite a bit of slickness, and some resins on the finish. Alcohol is pronounced but not over the top. I'd guess 7.x%, and the can says 6%, so that's not too far off.

Overall, probably better if I tried this one fresh, but I did not expect a brown ale to produce hop spoilage characteristics (and at 6 months no less). Definitely drink this fresh if you can. Maybe I'll give it a second whirl sometime, somewhere. As for this can, I won't be finishing it. Many more potentially tasty adventures to embark on.

$1.99 @ Red's in Nashville

Jul 02, 2021
3.5 by Chipwells from Georgia on Feb 02, 2021
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4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Foyle from North Carolina

Served from 12 oz can in pint glass. A 1" cream colored head falls slowly leaving a bit of lacing. Color is deep copper with lots of suspended material. Aroma is rich malts -- raisin, dark fruit, a hint of caramel and chocolate. Mouthfeel is light to medium with a pleasant dry finish. Flavor combines raisin, toffee, butterscotch, dark toasted bread, with a mild citrus hop in the finish. Overall: excellent.

Jan 08, 2021
3.75 by wilfonzo from Florida on Nov 03, 2020
4.08 by StoutAtTheDevil from Alabama on Oct 07, 2020
4 by Pchop18 from Kentucky on Jul 27, 2020
3.95 by jordanginsberg from Louisiana on Jul 04, 2020
3.92 by takusan1000 from Washington on Jun 05, 2020
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3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by hottenot from North Carolina

Looks reddish dark in the light.
Smells like IDK because I don't have a keen sense of smell.
Tastes like malt, malt and hops.
Feel is medium thin/thick.
Overall, I like it enough to keep ordering delivery.
Despite the shipping cost.

Apr 22, 2020
3.02 by StretchZep from Ohio on Mar 28, 2020
3.75 by Hoptometrist from Ohio on Feb 22, 2020
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3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by twage04 from North Carolina

Pours a pretty clear dark copper, normal carbonation. Aroma is of some sweet malts and noble hops. Taste is much the same, with a hint of some roast on top of toasted malts. Overall a decent lighter brown ale to sip through, maybe a bit too thin.

Feb 16, 2020
4.28 by mattjp03 from Alabama on Feb 15, 2020
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4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Singlefinpin from North Carolina

Drinking this at Tapped a local tap house in Greenville NC.
Poured from tap into a pint glass.
Appears brown with a nice head and lacing.
Smells bready, malty, coffee, chocolate.
Taste follows the nose.
Mouth feel is medium for the style, and lasts on the palate.
Overall a nice brown that I've had before and will definitely order again.

Feb 09, 2020
3.75 by Manta200 from Kentucky on Nov 26, 2019
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4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by VABA from Virginia

A-Pours a brown color with a generous head and lacing
A-Aroma has malt and hazelnut hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a malt and hazelnut flavor
M-A medium bodied well carbonated beer
O-A good Brown Ale

Nov 24, 2019
4.02 by mrfrancis from Kentucky on Oct 12, 2019
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4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by BB1313 from Ohio

Canned on 7/3/19. 12oz can poured into a tulip. Pours brown with some mahogany and ruby red hues; big fluffy khaki head that falls very slowly leaving great thick retention and sticky frothy lacing. The aromas have some caramel and toffee leading the way. Some raisins and dark fruits. Lots of malts. The flavors basically follow the nose. More caramel, toffee and raisins. Subtle and mild hints of vanilla. Some toast in the mix. Low bitterness. Moderate sweetness. Nice malt backbone. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's smooth and easy to drink.

This is a nice brown ale. It's not flashy, but it's not supposed to be. It's a nice classic and traditional example of the style. Enjoyable stuff. I like it.

Oct 08, 2019
3.85 by robebo44 from Virginia on Sep 29, 2019
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4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by BEERchitect from Kentucky

Slightly more Americanized than classic British Brown Ale but not an India Brown Ale either, the brewers at Hi-Wire split the difference between the malty rich sense of savor that lie in the English style along with a drier, toastier and slightly more hoppy makeover.

Pouring the stalwart slightly hazy brown color, the beer's expected frothy cap is withstanding with drawing in the senses with aromatic promises of chocolate, caramel, toast, coffee and toffee. Sweet on the tongue, those promised are delivered upon with the expected deeply caramelized malt sugars to suggest a taste of malted milk candies.

As the Brown Ale rolls onto the middle palate, its sweetness relaxes and its toastier edges of grain bring a stronger sense of coffee, bittersweet chocolate, toast and almond to balance the remaining sweetness. Not to be outdone, the hops step in with slight flavors of orange and grapefruit peels before developing its own toasted spruce resins equipped with a light grassiness and pinecone character.

Medium full on the palate, the beer's more robust take on Brown Ale nearly pushes it into Porter territory. But its reins are pulled on the alcohol content, stronger coffee and cocoa character or fuller body to keep the beer firmly rooted in American Brown confines. A medium long linger of toasted edges of malt keep the hops occupied into a bittersweet finish overall.

Sep 12, 2019
2.18 by JimboSlyce from Virginia on Aug 30, 2019
3.84 by Mrseanworldwide from Ohio on Aug 11, 2019
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3.86/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

Poured into large shaker glass: color is brown with amber edges, head is light tan and presents 1/4 inch thick and then dissipates to nothing.

Smell is on the sweeter side of brown ale with notes of caramel, nuts, chocolate and toffee with just a hint of roast; some mild earthy hops.

Taste is similar with sweeter notes of toffee, caramel, chocolate, light nuttiness, and some earthy/grassy hops in the background.

Mouthfeel is moderately carbonated, light sweetness, strong lingering bite on the tongue.

Overall a good brown ale - leans sweet with noted flavors/aromas, feel is a bit acidic/biting (not really bitter).

Aug 09, 2019
3.69 by Taphouse_Traveler from Florida on Jul 13, 2019
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4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by jadpsu from Georgia

Had at Stax Omega Diner in Greenville, SC
LOOK: Pours a dark brown, with a tan head that has decent retention and solid side glass lace.
AROMA: Toasty malts, some sweet caramel. Toffee.
TASTE: More of the same, Burnt malts, coffee and caramel.
This was a good brown ale.

May 10, 2019
3.78 by leprechaunandfatman from Ohio on Mar 02, 2019
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4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by StraightNoChaser from Georgia

look: Dark burgundy-copper. Clear. Big foamy tan-red head. Messy lacing.
smell: subtle caramel toasted malts.
taste: Much like the nose. Subtle but pleasant. Not knocking my socks off but a nice brew.

Feb 01, 2019
Bed of Nails from Hi-Wire Brewing
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 290 ratings