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Item Nine - Brash Brewing Company

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99 Ratings

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Ratings: 99
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.83%
Wants: 1
Gots: 11 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brash Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: WanderingFool on 11-18-2012)
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Reviews by Andrew61923:
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3.7/5  rDev -1.1%

Picked up from Julio's last night for $8.99. Pretty excited to see it as my few experiences with Brash have been positive. Poured into Portsmouth Brewery tulip.

A: Pours a cloudy orange with a finger's worth of eggshell head. Pretty impressive start.

S: A lot of tropical fruit with some of the bubblegum that has been mentioned before. Yeast establishes its presence when I swirl the glass a little bit. Interesting, but makes sense given the hybrid nature of this brew. I definitely like the hop character I'm picking up though.

T: A lot of sweetness up front and the grapefruit bitterness from the hops really takes over from there. There is still more hop presence in the nose than on the tongue, which is a bit disappointing. My palette is a bit confused right now.

M: The hops really dry out the palette, so having water nearby is recommended. That being said, for a 9% brew, the alcohol is pretty well hidden. Probably should have split this with someone else instead of handling the 22 myself, but I'll survive.

O: Glad I got the chance to try it, but probably wouldn't go out of my way to buy again. The price point is a bit steep, and there are too many good IPAs readily available that I know I would like more.

12-11-2012 00:56:16 | More by Andrew61923
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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

22oz brown bomber with a freshness date.

Hazed pale amber color, leaves several rings of lace on the glass. Smells of thick semi-dank hop resin, stone fruit, alcohol and toasted bread. Big smoothness, extremely bitter, harsh alcohol, oily hop, fresh grass, yeasty, vegtal, tobacco, persimmons, melon rind and a very bitter alcoholic finish.

A bit of a hot mess, hoppiness runs amuck and barely drinkable ... a chore to sip. Ok enough to share with some friends but that is about it.

07-19-2013 01:49:56 | More by Jason
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West Virginia

3.28/5  rDev -12.3%

It appears in the glass with a deep copper body and off white khaki head forms thick, frothy head fine speckled lacing.

Aromatics have big malt layers bordering on a barleywine, hops have dulled a bit but it works. Earthy, herbal, dank hop nose goes with the big malt layers, booze ridden backend jumps out of the glass as well. There’s deep fruit notes, a touch of ripened banana and tart apple.

The flavor has a brash abrasive hop and alcohol combo of pleasantries on the palate, big cloying malt profile residual sugars not full fermented out…hop character fading a bit is still resilient enough to make its mark. Earthy, pine, and garlic like vegetal notes in the hop profile, booze is shining through with each sip a bit fusel alcohol going on.

Mouthfeel here is downright BRASH and abrasive on the palate, each sip fatigues the palate a bit more into submission, medium to full bodied residual sugars give it a chewy texture. Carbonation is natural bottle fermented unfiltered, you realize this as you pour the last of the dregs in.

Overall, this will put hair on your chest. Really go ahead and try any of their beers out there, all of them have some pretty rough qualities this big beer bordering in barleywine/strong ale territory is no joke.

06-09-2014 23:50:54 | More by WVbeergeek
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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New Hampshire

3/5  rDev -19.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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New Hampshire

3.95/5  rDev +5.6%

From the 650 ml. bottle. Sampled on July 11, 2014.

The pour is a kind of medium amber-orange color with a generally lingering off-white head that leaves some decent lacing.

The aroma surprises me. It has a full and sweet barley malt character similar to a barleywine but not quite there. A toasted biscuit feel and limited hops. No booze.

The body is medium to full.

The taste is not dissimilar to a Barleywine but not quite as pungent. It is more like a good barleywine that has been cellared for a year or more. Toasted barley malts, mild sweetness, but low hop bitterness. The malts rule the day. No alcohol in the taste.

07-11-2014 21:44:07 | More by puboflyons
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Quebec (Canada)

3/5  rDev -19.8%

Bottle: Poured a clear dark yellow color ale with a medium size foamy head with light retention and very minimal lacing. Aroma of light wheat notes with some hoppy notes with some sugars also noticeable. Taste is dominated by quite a bit of residual sugars with some warming alcohol notes, some wheat malt with dry bitter hoppy notes also noticeable into this mix. Body is light for style with good carbonation with way too much alcohol noticeable.

01-27-2014 02:07:29 | More by Phyl21ca
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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.15/5  rDev +11%

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter
9% ABV, bottled on 11/16/12

A - This beers' captivating tarnished apricot orange appearance is matched only by it's stunning label, which is shrouded in mystery and intrigue. Heavy lace coats the snifter and falls to a clumpy ring of loose bubbles.

S - A myriad of American pine and citrus hop notes wash over the sweet pils and caramel malt base - honey-drizzled biscuit and delicate wheat finish out. Give Item Nine a hard swirl and you'll awaken complex alcohol and tropical fruit nuances for a pleasing aroma, even with the age on this beer.

T - Dry, flakey biscuit drizzled with wildflower honey and a light mist of lemon zest leads into a suggestion of freshly fallen pine cone and a kiss of alcohol hiding behind tropical fruit.

M - Item Nine has a wheat-driven smooth, medium-bodied that feels thicker from a low level of carbonation but balances out with plenty of hoppy bitterness for a unique finish.

O - Part wheat wine, part double IPA, Item Nine, (despite my bottle's age which has held on pretty well) is a mysterious amalgam that hovers through the mist of double IPA and wheat wine with a smooth wheat feel and bitter, tropical fruit-rich hoppiness. Still, one of the best beer labels around!

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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4.23/5  rDev +13.1%

22oz bottle from Hop City (Atlanta, GA). 8.99. Bottled 10/26/12. Served in a Soutern Tier snifter.

Pours bright clear amber/ gold with two fingers pale head. A good bit of lace all the way down the glass.

Smells like tropical fruit hops and candy sugar. A sweet and inviting IPA aroma.

Taste is a unique blend of bitter grapefruity hops and sugary sweet biscuit. Interesting mixture of hop bitterness and a much different (wheat, I guess) malt sweetness. Alcohol is there but subtle.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Long sweet but hoppy bitter finish.

A unique IPA-ish offering. I don't think Brash quite knows what to call it either but it's good. Maybe an imperial wheat IPA? If you're looking for a tasty unique twist on hops, check out Item Nine Ale.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Slightly chill hazed orange-amber colored beer with a small white colored head. The color is solidly in the "IPA Orange" spectrum.

Scent is strong tropical fruit with a bit of earth and mint. Aromatic pine and oranges with passion fruit. Earthy scent like cut mushroom. Quite an aromatic ale.

Starts out woody and savory, taste buds have to adapt. Bitter and woody, strong tea flavors. Bitter orange and caramel, this isn't balanced. Overly bitter.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall Smells great taste, not so much.

03-06-2013 06:09:48 | More by Zorro
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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Item Nine from Brash Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.