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Item Nine - Brash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
84
good

96 Ratings
THE BROS
75
okay

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Ratings: 96
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 1
Gots: 10 | 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 BeerFMAndy:
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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!

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2013 14:48:32 | More by BeerFMAndy
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MarkDeming

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev 0%

07-14-2014 00:35:43 | More by MarkDeming
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2014 21:44:07 | More by puboflyons
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ironchefkook

California

3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

06-30-2014 22:49:51 | More by ironchefkook
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BigOldOaf

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev 0%

06-23-2014 00:35:11 | More by BigOldOaf
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jessedionne

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

06-19-2014 19:55:29 | More by jessedionne
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4.5/5  rDev +20%

06-18-2014 11:08:18 | More by Ebruth
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.28/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2014 23:50:54 | More by WVbeergeek
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Patches826

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

06-05-2014 02:47:57 | More by Patches826
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Trish

Florida

3.75/5  rDev 0%

05-28-2014 11:40:12 | More by Trish
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.31/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Pours a cloudy honey color capped by an inch of foam; a few strands of lacing are left

Smell: Shortbread, banana and citrus pith; surprisingly bitter

Taste: Shortbread with hints of toffee and banana, up front, with a rough bitterness building in the middle; after the swallow, the sweet and bitter flavors clash in a boozy mess

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation; somewhat creamy but hot

Overall: Some styles were not meant to be combined and I think this is a poster child for that

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2014 01:58:30 | More by brentk56
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Louisiana

3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

05-12-2014 16:10:59 | More by EgadBananas
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Australia

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

05-12-2014 01:15:46 | More by Kroehny_Loves_Hops
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GTB

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

05-10-2014 23:34:21 | More by GTB
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

2.7/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz brown bottle purchased from Jane's Beer Store in Mountain View, CA.

Pours a faintly hazy golden colour, with a fine but filmy head of white that persists only as an oily film. Body is very heavy, holding lots of static carbonation when tilted. Some mild, slightly sudsy lace. Looks decent enough.

Nose is slightly disappointing. Boiled-orange heavy, with stacks of rather neutral malt giving a sugary consistency to the aroma. Slight oxidation comes through as well, perhaps slightly clovey or peppery. There's even a slight fug of tobacco smoke to it. I can't say I'm all that impressed, even though by some measure it's what you expect from a strong hoppy American brew like this.

Taste is similar. There's definitely a flat, sherry-like oxidation to it, giving a papery overtone and a slight medicinal quality. Some definite hoppy bitterness towards the back, roiling around in that heavy, slightly unclean malt morass. Towards the back is a more metallic harshness. Yeah, it's not great. There's certainly unpleasant elements to it.

Feel is thick. In isolation it would be pretty good, but the palate doesn't give it much to work with.

I'm not a fan. This has plenty of unpleasant characters to it, leaving the beer feeling like a fairly harsh and unpalatable strong without a lot of finesse. I can imagine that this is just bad because it's old, or because it wasn't stored well, but I also can't necessarily envisage how this beer would be good when it was fresh.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2014 04:15:05 | More by lacqueredmouse
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greenspointexas

Texas

3.75/5  rDev 0%

05-07-2014 16:23:17 | More by greenspointexas
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Fejj

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev 0%

04-25-2014 00:04:38 | More by Fejj
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Brinks

Alabama

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

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BuckeyeFaninMI

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

02-25-2014 03:23:44 | More by BuckeyeFaninMI
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jrpapajcik

Illinois

4/5  rDev +6.7%

01-31-2014 02:33:17 | More by jrpapajcik
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2014 02:07:29 | More by Phyl21ca
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Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

01-25-2014 02:41:36 | More by bdelonj13
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Michigan

4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 5/24/2013. Pours moderately hazy golden amber color with a 2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, orange peel, lemon zest, orange rind, floral, grass, wheat, bread, honey, pine, pepper, clove, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/tropical hop, malt, and earthy/spicy yeast notes; with great strength. Taste of big tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, orange peel, lemon zest, orange rind, wheat, bread, honey, floral, grass, pine, pepper, clove, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of pine bitterness and pepper/clove spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, orange peel/rind, lemon zest, wheat, bread, honey, floral, grass, pine, pepper, clove, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice balance and complexity of citrus/tropical hops, malt, and spicy/earthy yeast flavors; with a great malt/spice/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a lightly creamy/slick and moderately sticky/crisp mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent wheatwine style! All around great complexity and balance of citrus/tropical hops, malt, and spicy/earthy yeast flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 22:13:26 | More by superspak
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Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

01-18-2014 01:30:45 | More by MNBeerGeek
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Item Nine from Brash Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.