Rewired Brown Ale – 8 Wired Brewing

O’hare’s Beer Club June 2013 Box

From 8 Wired Brewing out of Blenheim, New Zealand comes the “Rewired Brown Ale”.  The beer pours a brown colour with a brown head.  The aroma consists of malts, caramel, smoke and floral hops.  The flavour is of sweet caramel, malts, mild smoke and a decent hops bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.7% and the bitterness is 45 IBU.  As a rule I do not like beer with smoke flavour in it but this beer broke that mold as it was very complimentary and I loved it!

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.

Food Pairing according to O’hare’s Beer Club notes are as follows:  Herb rubbed lamb chop

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