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Item Nine | Brash Brewing Company

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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
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
33
Ratings:
119
pDev:
12.4%
Bros Score:
3.28
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
14
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 119 |  Reviews: 33
Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.76/5  rDev +1.3%
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 GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
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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4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of metter98
3.71/5  rDev 0%
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 brentk56
3.32/5  rDev -10.5%
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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Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -19.1%
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 superspak
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
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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4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of jlindros
3.86/5  rDev +4%
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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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of mactrail
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
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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3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev +7.8%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Jason
3.28/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.45/5  rDev -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 thatoneguymike
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.32/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

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Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +7.8%

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Item Nine from Brash Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.71 out of 5 with 119 ratings
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