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Item Nine | Brash Brewing Company

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Item NineItem Nine

Brewed by:
Brash Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by WanderingFool on 11-18-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 33 | Ratings: 118
Photo of pat61
4.34/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bottle with no bottle date. A grassy nose blends with citrus and sweet malt aromas. It pours hazy gold beer under a 1 inch foam off white cap that dissipates to a film that laces the glass with each drink. Item 9 is a big and bold that attacks with malt and caramel flavors quickly joined by citrusy hops and alcohol. The hop bitterness on the finish lingers through the aftertaste and is just this side of being harsh. The hops, alcohol and malt maintain a tenuous balance. This creamy, full bodied has medium soft carbonation.

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Photo of Cali_Vic
4.29/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice golden-orange.
Miniscule head that dissipates quickly to a film. Leaving nice lacing as you drink.
Smells of passion fruit and pineapple.
Herbal and sweet with an alcohol kick.
Overall a well rounded beer. Nice and intriguing. Leaves a nice hoppy-pineapple flavor on palate.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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Photo of Flounder57
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle was poured into a large Duvel snifter.

Appearance: This beer poured a huge white head that has reduced to a thin layer and left some nice lacing on the glass. It is a pale orange color with great clarity and visions of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Very clean and crisp nose. Bready, caramel, tropical citrus, tangerine, nectarine, orange, and possibly some pine.

Taste: Danky and resiny pine that lingers nicely around and has a subtle tingly bitterness in the back of the mouth. Sweet caramel and bready malts, all followed by hop citrus heaven. Very tasty IPA.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium carbonation, tingly bitterness, medium to full bodied, and a little chewy.

Overall: This beer is more like a double instead of a single IPA. Very drinkable and the bitterness isn't a killer either. Will look for more of this in the future.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.17/5  rDev +13.9%
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!

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Photo of ichorNet
4.11/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Homogeneous golden/rusty orange with an easygoing, resilient head and deep, compact surface bubbles. Lacing is pretty good but unspectacular

Scent: Spicy, juicy and fresh with pale and wheat malt eventually stealing the show from the fruity scent; some musty, dank ale yeast present

Taste: Chewy malt body that jives well with spicy, dry, fruity and earthy hops entangled with white pepper, grapefruit, lemon rind and white wheat

Mouthfeel: Smooth with fast-acting carbonation that nevertheless carries the flavors over the palate. Medium-heavy body with a lot going on

Drinkability: High thanks to a large percentage of wheat malt; the carbonation melts early and allows the palate to soak up a lot of flavor at 9% ABV

Overall: This is a very interesting and flavorful "white IPA"; though I think the style is a bit vapid in scope, it can clearly be done both artfully and tastefully, as this proves. I'm still not sure this is a legitimate style, but this beer gives some credence to its existence and that is fairly high praise.

Read full review @ http://blogs.lowellsun.com/beer/2012/12/06/brash-item/

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +12%
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.

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Photo of KristineT
4.04/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have had this beer months ago on draft, but did not review it. I really enjoyed it and therefore searched it out again. Servers in a 12 oz tulip poured from a 22 oz bottle.

A- Clear with a lovely pale golden hue. Looks refreshing and inviting.

S- Nice delicate hop aroma, somewhat faint.

T- Delicious, crisp, with a hint of malty sweetness, but plenty of hop flavor. Not sure what type of hops were used, but had a touch of citrus to the palate.

M - for 9% ABV it should and does follow through with the full body mouthfeel. Coats the tongue, and palate. Very pleasant.

O- I usually avoid beers east of the Missisippi, due to past experiences with not enough hops in IPA's or IIPA's. I was pleasantly suprised when I tasted this beer and saw it said MA. It is not a west coast dipa but it is great!

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Photo of Dope
4/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of SpeedSkaterBoston
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer on tap today in Boston only 28 miles southwest of the brewery known as the Ipswich Brewing Company, aka the Mercury Brewing Company in Ipswich, MA.

Item Nine is a well-balanced American-style strong ale. It is not overly hopped but has barleywine characteristics. In the glass, it conveys the message with a pleasing amber orange, lush foam and a satisfying turbidity. When sipped, a melange of flavors and textures delight the palate: malt, honey, citrus, aromatic hop. The balance is what makes the beer - nothing seems to be added - no ginger, coriander, cinnamon, pumpkin, or turnips for that matter. This is beer done right.

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Photo of ADZA
3.99/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of arizcards
3.96/5  rDev +8.2%
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 puboflyons
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of mactrail
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of WanderingFool
3.91/5  rDev +6.8%
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 jlindros
3.86/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of Andrew61923
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of metter98
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is quite hazy yellowish amber in color. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down, leaving a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose along with strong notes of underlying caramel malts.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is quite hoppy, having flavors of citrusy hops and strong notes of caramel malts. There is a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is an interesting beer—it's kind of like a very hoppy American Barleywine but lighter in body compared to other barleywines due to the use of wheat malts.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of IPAdams
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours a golden orange with a half inch foamy head that lingers for a while and leaves lots of lacing. Moderate amounts of visible bubbles.

Smell- Lots of grapefruit with some bitter orange and hints of grass.

Taste- Very sweet in the beginning with a strong bitterness after swallowing. Taste of burnt caramel malts, spices, Grapefruit and citrus. Pretty tasty but the bitterness cuts the taste pretty quick.

Mouthfeel- Moderate body and carbonation.

Overall- Pretty good ale, hides the alcohol fairly well but the bitterness can be a bit off putting as it cuts off the rest of the flavors pretty quickly.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

this is cool beer, a tasty, if slightly generic strong ale. its loosely a double ipa, as its quite well hoppy, with flavors and aromas of dried mango and papaya, really nice. the hops are faded a little bit, this bottle isnt the freshest, and oxidation has started to creep in just a little, but i can see where this awesome. nice big barley malt middle, fluffy in feel and sturdy enough for all the hops on the back end. i havent had much beer from these guys, so its a pretty impressive introduction. i love all that interesting hop character in the finish without much bitterness. the booze shows through a bit, and the carbonation isnt as perky as it could be, but i do like it quite a bit. definitely a bottle to share with someone or two, but this has gotten me motivated to find more beer from these guys. very solid example of the style

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
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 WVbeergeek
3.32/5  rDev -9.3%
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 brentk56
3.32/5  rDev -9.3%
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

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Item Nine from Brash Brewing Company
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