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Item Nine - Brash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
84
good

103 Ratings
THE BROS
75
okay

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Ratings: 103
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.9%
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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2/5  rDev -46.2%

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, Mar 01, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -39.5%

DrinkingDrake, Jun 28, 2013
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2.45/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Wandering around Princeton's without purpose last week & saw this lonely bottle. What the hell is it? No description, style, nothing. OK. I'll bite. 22 oz. bottle split with my wife.

Pour is light yellow on the border of orange. The nose is...different. Tons of grapefruit & rich, sweet malt are at war over the surface of the beer, with an underlay of wheaty earthiness. Huh.

Item Nine is definitely having an identity crisis, & not of the cute, sit-com variety. The dirty wheat comes strongly to the fore & reminds me of raking the backyard too late in the autumn, after the leaves are nice & wet. Bright grapefruit clashes like a cymbal with the wheat. Sweetness & bitterness vie in the after-image. Far too thick & cloying to drink much, 11 ounces is going to be close to a full meal.

Hoping for a unique twist, & instead, this is a hot mess. Not well integrated, heavy, syrupy. Overall not a pleasing experience, & one I'll avoid in the future. Not going to be able to finish it. Disappointing.

maximum12, Jan 03, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

DocJitsu, Feb 27, 2013
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2.7/5  rDev -27.4%
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.

lacqueredmouse, May 09, 2014
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2.9/5  rDev -22%

ordybill, Sep 05, 2014
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3/5  rDev -19.4%

mjstacker, Dec 20, 2013
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3/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

Phyl21ca, Jan 27, 2014
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3/5  rDev -19.4%

searsclone, Aug 07, 2014
Photo of Ozzylizard
3.16/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

$ 7.99/bomber at Lager Mill
Undated bottle at 40 degrees into snifter
Aroma – faint malt
Head small (2 cm), white, frothy, rapidly diminishing to irregular ring varying from 1 to 10 mm
Lacing OK – partial rings and islands of very small to small bubbles
Body orange, hazy
Flavor of malt, alcohol, and some fruity overtones; no diacetyl; ends with chalky bitterness.
Palate medium to full, oily, lively carbonation

This is my first of this style and I’m not likely to repeat it. It meets the style guidelines but just doesn’t have the hop forward flavor to cover the alcohol and the slightly sour maltiness.

Ozzylizard, Jul 18, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

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.

Jason, Jul 19, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

ironchefkook, Jun 30, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

EgadBananas, May 12, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

OnTheBusWithGus, Aug 30, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

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.

Zorro, Mar 06, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

jkeefe1800, Jun 13, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

MNBeerGeek, Jan 18, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Keiferfillinger, Nov 21, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

westcoastbeerlvr, May 21, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

GTB, May 11, 2014
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3.28/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

WVbeergeek, Jun 10, 2014
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3.29/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I hoped for more from this beer. I enjoyed it but the first few mouthfuls were a bit rough. The aftertaste hung around but overall it was decent.

The alcohol content was good and stiff. I got serious earth flavors and some citrus tones but a little too complex for my pallet.

asallysal, Dec 18, 2013
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3.31/5  rDev -11%
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

brentk56, May 23, 2014
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3.39/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark orange colour, quite sedimenty. Whispy thin head, off-white, nice trails of lace but head is very unimpressive. OK.

Smells kind of off. Fruity, with mango and passionfruit, then a decent chemical aroma - metallic, somewhat cleaning agent-esque. Not bad but definitely weird.

Taste is OK, a bit strong. Malty upfront that gets more robust towards the finish with toffee and warming molasses. Some fruity tang - strong mango and blood orange, with some mild hop resins. Not very bitter but has a brandy kind of robustness to it towards the mid-late that's a bit odd. Not bad, but feels a bit thick and gluggy.

Not an everyday drinker. OK I guess.

laituegonflable, Aug 11, 2014
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3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served in a snifter at Firkin.

What better way to start off a birthday dinner at Firkin than with a Brash beer? This stuff pours a hazy orange topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises earthy greens up front (with a healthy amount of leek in there), some vague citrus beneath, and some dusty toffee throughout the background. The taste holds notes of tangelo zest, orange rind, sharp greens along the back edge, and a sweeter bit of toffee than before. The body is a straight medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a solid wheat IPA, nothing earth-shattering, but certainly an interesting and generally enjoyable little brew.

TMoney2591, May 16, 2013
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Item Nine from Brash Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.