Bed of Nails
Hi-Wire Brewing

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Brown Ale - English
Ranked #62
Ranked #35,203
3.73 | pDev: 11.26%
Hi-Wire Brewing
North Carolina, United States
Bed of NailsBed of Nails
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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hottenot from North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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
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twage04 from North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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
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Singlefinpin from North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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
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VABA from Virginia

4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
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BB1313 from Ohio

4.02/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
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mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

3.86/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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
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jadpsu from Georgia

4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
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StraightNoChaser from Georgia

4.02/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.84/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an effervescent roen/cola color with a thumb of tan head. Great lacing & head retention

S: Slight toastyness

T: Nuttyness, leafy hops, & toasty dryness up front. More toastyness as this warms, plenty dry, just a touch of walnut, a little brown sugar & woody hops. Finishes very dry, toasty with a little caramel & brown sugar

MF: Medium body, slight carbonation

A solid, easy drinking brown

Jan 12, 2019
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darktronica from Indiana

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12-ounce bottle poured to a nonic pint glass. Pours like it should, translucent brown with a quickly-diminishing finger of head. Very light lacing. An unexpected touch of cherry on the nose and early palate, before transitioning into an inoffensive nut brown. Just a hint of unfortunate butyric acid--enough to distract but not enough for me to really complain about. Nondescript, lightly bitter finish.

Sep 11, 2018
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SaltofOH from Ohio

4.09/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated 3/2/18. Nonic pint.

A: pours a slightly translucent ruby brown with ample carbonation and a frothy 2-finger tan head. Little bits of sediment float about. Beautiful beer.

S: English or Wilammette hops; floral, with some fruity esters bringing up the back. Cranberries, blackberries. A little toasty malt.

T: arrives a touch sweet, then fruity hops and esters present on the tongue, cascade hops, blackberry leaf tea, cranberries, cocoa and deeply toasted bread crust, bordering on charred. Sourish hops and esters linger.

M: lighter end of medium, high carbonation, clean finish.

O: this is a really solid English brown. It definitely scratches the itch for when I am in the mood for the style, but I would pick a couple others ahead of this - Squirrel and Mt. Carmel, in particular. I’d put this ahead of Turbodog, though it has been a while since I had it.

Sep 07, 2018
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MittenBreezeMD from Tennessee

3.99/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Decent beer overall. Brown ales lay close to my heart so I am always pleased to try a new one. This pours rich, yet very little head (at least how I poured it). The taste is light at the front and very rich with caramel in the back. It tastes like it was likely a light pale grain mash with a couple high lovibond malts to give it the brown flavor. Not as deep of a profile as I had hoped, but this is still a very drinkable beer. Coming from Michigan where there are a few nice browns to choose from, I would be happy to casually drink this. Enjoy!

Mar 17, 2018
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DerrickNorman from Florida

2.07/5  rDev -44.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Taste like Waterdowned Worcestershire sauce. But hey if that's your thing go for it. My least favorite beer of all time. Stick to Great Lakes Brown. Elliot Ness if I recall

Jan 12, 2018
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Hackattack from Indiana

5/5  rDev +34%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is smooth and roasted malty..with caramel/toffee notes in there...WOW!..... really good in my opinion. I got this while visiting family in the Carolinas. I wish it could be obtained up here in NW IN.

Dec 04, 2017
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mothmanscott from Georgia

3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy brown with swirling particulates & faint ruby tones when held against the light. The pour produces barely a fingerof frothy, beige, shortlived head that leaves a slim ring of pasty, patchy lacing. Aroma is dark malt, fresh cut pumpernickel, toffee, thin chocolate & roasted nuts. Taste is full & robust: fronted by toast, cocoa, roast & nuts with brown sugar & raisins at the mid-sip, finishing caramel, earthy, floral & bitter with slight burnt hint. Aftertaste is bitter cocoa, burnt bread & caramel. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, smooth creamy & think chewy with a pleasant spice bite.

Oct 24, 2017
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Olesjm from Washington

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: nice medium brown color, lightly carbonated.
S: nice caramel aroma.
T: sweet, caramel, clean
F: medium bodied and smooth.
O: clean smooth easy drinking beer.

Sep 20, 2017
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WoodBrew from Ohio

3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I tried the high wire bed or nails at Capt'n Woodys on Hilton Head Island. It poured a clear mahogany with off white that is not leaving any lace. The scent had hints of sweet biscuit. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink.....slightly hoppy and tasty. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it's a decent beer.

Aug 11, 2017
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ValarMorgulis88 from Georgia

4.42/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Hi Wire has done there brown ale right! Up there in my brown ale book! Poured at Nic and Norms on draft in 16oz glass
A: darkish brown with a light head
S: Nut, Somewhat sweet smell
T: Hazelnut, nutella, semi-sweet, carbonation is there but not to strong
M: feels good
O: Good Brown Ale, if ya like em', try this one

Jul 02, 2017
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ordybill from Georgia

4.37/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a mug at the Dockside in Beaufort, SC. The appearance is a dark brown color with a large tan head. The aroma is full of roasted malts and some hops. the taste is malt driven but has some hop bitterness.

Jun 04, 2017
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SmokySignals from North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Bed Of Nails Brown ! Ale yes! Reviewing after months of having it in our rotation with other nice mostly-local craft brews .
L: 12 oz. Bottle (just home from store near Hi Wire), poured deep darkest brown (orangey based brown when held up to a screen)into nice Goblet, and it formed a nice-sized light tan head, with respectable density that fades slowly enough to not notice.

S: The aroma is rich, pruney, chocolate roasty and great, so...

T: Rich dark malt way up front, and hopped enough to restrict the sweetness down, but not eliminate it.

F: Satisfying medium body that is carbonated just enough to get by and overall not a heavy beer by far. Pretty good, enough to buy it several times a year.

Apr 20, 2017
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Buck89 from Tennessee

3.56/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. A fairly murky, muddy-red brown color with minimal tan head. The foam left without a trace. Aromas of sweet malt, caramel, and plums. The taste followed closely, and was definitely on the sweeter and maltier side. More full-bodied than a typical American brown. Very close to an ESB, but just a bit less hoppy.

Mar 07, 2017
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Cylinsier from Pennsylvania

3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz

Pours a mostly clear deep ruddy brown. Yellowish white lacing for a head.

Smells of brown sugar, biscuit, toffee, and caramel malts.

Flavor is of biscuit, molasses, brown sugar, hints of oak and fig, and a light woody hop finish.

Medium body with light stinging carbonation on the tongue.

Solidly decent brown ale, good flavor, good body. Drinks easily. Nothing especially memorable about it but nothing at all wrong with it either. Worth a try, borderline sessionable darker ale.

Jan 04, 2017
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Apellonious from North Carolina

3.84/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle from I believe 5/11/16 poured into a standard Guinness pint glass. Poured a clear ruby color with orange and brown highlights. A half finger tan head that moves to a small layer of creme lace quickly, but remains for the entirety of the glass. The aroma is of dark fruit and strong caramel. The taste, by comparison, is somewhat subdued, but in line. Caramel, nuttieness, and some pale malts predominantly. At times, there is almost a licorice thing happening. The mouthfeel is medium to full, with a medium low level of carbonation. Overall, this is a good brown (ruby?) ale, and is recommended for those that like their browns on the sweeter side.

Sep 05, 2016
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OldSwampy from Virginia

4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Delightful ale, not dark brown but more amber or red ale colored, lightly hazy rather than clear, with a tan head. Not as "brown" as some brown ales. Nose with herbal and spicy malts dominating. Taste follows suit, with the right hops to complement the lean, earthy, slightly funky, but never flabby malty taste. Mouthfeel pleasant.

Jul 25, 2016
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