Item Nine | Brash Brewing Company

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83
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119 Ratings
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Item NineItem Nine
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brash Brewing Company
Texas, United States
brashbeers.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
119
Reviews:
33
Avg:
3.66
pDev:
12.57%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
14
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 119 |  Reviews: 33
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4.5/5  rDev +23%

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 woodchipper
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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 DruC4
4/5  rDev +9.3%

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Item Nine from Brash Brewing Company
3.66 out of 5 based on 119 ratings.
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