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Herevana – 8 Wired – Horseshoe

8 Wired Horseshoe – a Brown Ale. A Texas Brown Ale. 8 Wired do some weird (good weird) things and so when the do a weird thing it does you good to check it out.

8 Wired Brewing make the 8 Wired Horseshoe just north of Auckland inWarkworth, Auckland, 🇳🇿  New Zealand and it’s a Brown Ale  of  6.2% ABV.

Not sure about the aroma – kind of earthy, lets pour and see.

Black/brown pour with a lovey head of thick foam, that undefined aroma becomes something really nice in the glass, rich sweet malty sugary toffee.

That’s a full mouthful of what the aroma is like, big bold sugary heady, with a lovely bitterness and fullness in the travel. Quite the thing.

If anything though this loses something to that undefinable over-carbonation that seems to be a spritz that dulls or dominates the flavour in an odd way, you get a mouthful of popping bubbles and that is it.

Not that there is no flavour, far from it, there is a bag of flavour and interest in this, you have to look for it and it appears at the front and at the back, not in the middle where you think it’d be stronger. However it isn’t a very big bag.

The Pdubyah-o-meter rates this as a 7 on the arbitrary number scale. It’s not that I don’t like it but this isn’t a big as Texas, and is more a bluff than an all-in.

Music: Marlin’s Dreaming – Hasten

Herevana beers are those I drink at home, I’m not at some beer festival, like, for instance, Beervana, but am just in my kitchen, usually, dining room table, sometimes, or outside, occasionally, where I can take an average picture and write in real time about the beer that I’ve invested in, both in a monetary and emotional way.

Philip himself.

No better place to go for a game of poker and a hoppy Texas Brown Ale than down at the Horseshoe Saloon. The decor might be a bit 1870’s but the atmosphere is terrific! Horseshoe is another bold and brash Texas Brown Ale, count yourself lucky you got your hands on our 3rd in this limited series. 

Brewers Notes

Brown Ale

The classic British Brown Ale is a malty, brown caramel-centric British ale without the roasted flavors of a Porter. A wide-ranging category with different interpretations possible, ranging from lighter-colored to hoppy to deeper, darker, and caramel-focused; however, none of the versions have strongly roasted flavors. More malty balance than British Bitters, with more malt flavors from darker grains. Stronger than a Mild ale. Less roast than an English Porter. The American Brown Ale is a malty but hoppy beer frequently with chocolate and caramel flavors. The hop flavor and aroma complements and enhances the malt rather than clashing with it. More chocolate and caramel type flavors than American Pale or Amber Ales, typically with less prominent bitterness in the balance. Less bitterness, alcohol, and hop character than Brown IPAs. More bitter and generally hoppier than English Brown Ales, with a richer malt presence, usually higher alcohol, and American/New World hop character. 

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