Item Nine
Brash Brewing Company

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American Strong Ale
3.76 | pDev: 12.23%
Brash Brewing Company
Texas, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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Reviews: 33 | Ratings: 119
Reviews by laituegonflable:
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3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

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Photo of Pens1967
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of asallysal
3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +13%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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2/5  rDev -46.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.44/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of ordybill
2.94/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a Bomber into a pint glass. Aroma- Has a fruit aroma with a slightly off-putting metallic aroma. Appearance- Pours a dark orange with a lot of sediment. Taste- Average malt flavored beer. Palate- A heavy bodied beer with mild carbonation, sort of syrupy Overall- an average beer, the label is the best part of this beer.

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Photo of garyloveman
3.52/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jason
3.28/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

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Photo of WanderingFool
3.91/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Item Nine pours a clear amber with a moderate sized creamy head on top. As the foam fades away it leaves behind a lovely coating of lace.

The aroma has notes of orange citrus, lemon rind and bready malt. Once poured the hops are strong, but they fade fast.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is smooth, somewhat chewy with light to moderate carbonation. The flavor is well balanced between orange and lemon citrus and sweet malt. There's a touch of bubblegum on the sweet side and a little peppery spice at the end. It finishes bitter with lingering pepper and citrus.

An IPA fermented with a hefeweizen yeast. I think it's an interesting concept, but I'm not getting a lot of character from the yeast. Seems like a typical double IPA to me. It's well balanced and easy to drink for 9% abv.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.32/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

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Photo of arizcards
3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber from Opperman's Cork 'n' Ale in Saginaw, MI yesterday for $4.99. Marked down from $8.99. The Associate (or maybe the owner) that checked me out indicated this was a pretty good beer so i felt pretty good walking out of there with a marked down strong ale.

Beer poured a hazy orange with a decent white head that is lasting pretty long.

Nose is full of citrus.

Taste is citrus and pine over a big malt backbone. Hops shine thru despite the obvious age on this brew. I am surprised it still is tasting as well as it does.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and pretty smooth.

Overall this reminds me of a smaller version of Devil Dancer. Given some of the previous reviews it sounds like it was over hopped when fresh and by the sounds of it needed some age on it. It is drinking quite fine despite it likely been not stored at a temperature that ranged from 65-75 at Opperman's for who knows how long.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -20.2%
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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Zorro
3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

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Item Nine from Brash Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 119 ratings