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Item Nine | Brash Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Brash Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by WanderingFool on 11-18-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 119 |  Reviews: 33
Photo of asallysal
3.3/5  rDev -11.1%
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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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of SpeedSkaterBoston
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of IPAdams
3.71/5  rDev 0%
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 BeerFMAndy
4.17/5  rDev +12.4%
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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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

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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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of KristineT
4.04/5  rDev +8.9%
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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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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2.25/5  rDev -39.4%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of Cali_Vic
4.29/5  rDev +15.6%
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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Item Nine from Brash Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.71 out of 5 with 119 ratings
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