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Item Nine - Brash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
84
good

94 Ratings
THE BROS
75
okay

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Ratings: 94
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12.8%
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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev 0%

12-04-2013 01:21:09 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Boneyard Bistro in Sherman Oaks, CA.

Pours a hazy yellow-orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and slight herbal flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a solid citrus and herbal hop presence.

Serving type: on-tap

06-09-2013 02:36:31 | More by UCLABrewN84
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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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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

12-08-2012 22:56:15 | More by nmann08
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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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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev +6.7%

11-28-2012 21:23:07 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

11-28-2012 03:05:35 | More by Texasfan549
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.45/5  rDev -8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-16-2013 06:27:30 | More by TMoney2591
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GRG1313

California

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

02-27-2013 00:40:13 | More by GRG1313
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largadeer

California

4/5  rDev +6.7%

05-12-2013 23:27:05 | More by largadeer
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

05-21-2013 04:37:42 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice light and smaller creamy head that fades fairly quickly but leaves a nice sticky lacing, mostly clear slight hazed little coppery honey orange color.

Nose big sweet golden malts, toasty and a little grainy, some yeasty booze ester aromas, little golden apple pear, fruity honey, then into big candy aromas, toffee, caramel apple, candy syrup, and faint estery booze. Touch of earthy candy hops.

Taste stats with big sweet malts again, sweeteners right out, caramel, toffee, little nutty, etc. Then fruity esters, apple and pear, candy apple, faint honey again, etc, with some golden malts and light toasty. Then big hops, Tom's of bitterness, candied orange peel, lots of earthy chewy hops and a little spicy grassy. Booze comes in with the esters some warming and little tingly. Touch of black tea and spices probably from the yeast. Finish is quite bitter, very bitter, big sweet candy malt lingering, more toffee and caramel apple.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, some warming and tingly booze, decent carb.

Overall a decent beer, nice big hop bitterness, nice big malty sweetness, some esters, warming booze, a nice big beer with plenty of flavor.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 02:39:40 | More by jlindros
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mactrail

Washington

3.94/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful golden amber color in the New Belgium snifter. Loads of lacing in the glass. Tantalizing aroma of fruity hops.

I'm not sure how the wheat figures in the flavors, but there is a pleasing sharpness along with plenty of malt. Warm and slightly sweet, but tangy and seriously bitter. There is a huge blast of hops that totally take over for an initial rush, then let the malt taste come through. Enormous flavors of melon, mango, and dried pineapple with a long trip down the piney woods. This is sharp and crisp on the tongue, but the mouthfeel is mellow and rich.

My only problem with this is that it's a little too bitter. Otherwise it's strange and interesting and if you're a hop fanatic you might just love it. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2013 05:23:00 | More by mactrail
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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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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +6.7%

11-22-2013 04:17:14 | More by XmnwildX12
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Zorro

California

3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2013 06:09:48 | More by Zorro
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superspak

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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rab53

Washington

4/5  rDev +6.7%

11-25-2012 18:58:59 | More by rab53
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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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maximum12

Minnesota

2.45/5  rDev -34.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2013 03:34:44 | More by maximum12
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

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

Australia

3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a golden honey hue with a creamy two finger head and lacing everywhere,the smell is strong candied citrus,piney hops,tangerine,paw paw and fruit tingles,the mouthfeel is full bodied,creamy with moderate carbonation and the taste is a tropical explosion with hints of paw paw,pineapple,candy,passionfruit,kiwi fruit and finished with a piney hop bubblegum bitterness and overall it's definitely a hop bomb where the wheat plays second fiddle but is still noticeable due to the creamy mouthfeel and yeah if not for the price could drink quite abit of cheers.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2013 10:21:41 | More by ADZA
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Dope

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No date that I could find but this is a very new beer. Couple weeks old at most.

A: Pours a mostly clear medium amber. Big fluffy beige head. Fades slowly, leaving nice fluffy tufts of lacing behind.

S: Bananas immediately, interesting. Lots of grapefruit and a bit of pine. Mild tropical fruit, mango and apricot mainly it seems. Maybe even a little melon? I swear I even get marmalade. Wheaty malt, interesting.

T: Lots and lots of grapefruit up front with pine and tropical fruit. Interesting, no caramel malt, it's wheaty - a sweet sort of bready wheat. Bitter resin and grapefruit in the finish with hints of banana in the lingering aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied, a little thick but not overly so. Drying on the back end from all the hop oil.

O: Very interesting IPA. Kinda like a hoppy IPA mixed with a hefe or something. Makes it a bit smoother and unique but otherwise it's 90% normal IPA with big up front hops.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2012 04:21:37 | More by Dope
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Item Nine from Brash Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.