Collaboration Series: Ichigo Highway - The Bruery

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Reviews: 43
Hads: 191
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 7.09%
Wants: 19
Gots: 32 | FT: 2
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Halcyondays on 11-10-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Ichigo Highway is a collaborative beer that we created with Hangar 24 Brewing from Redlands, CA. The base style is a sessionable sour red ale that we aged in oak barrels along with a whopping amount of strawberries, most of which were picked from the fields besides Hangar 24's brewery. Aged for approximately 8 months, this beer has developed a pleasant funk and a delightful acidity that is balanced by the intensely sweet aroma and flavor of the strawberries as well as a unique dryness achieved by using a sake yeast along with our house strain along with souring bacteria.
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Photo of MissSmisje
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: dark pink with some brownish red tones, peachy yellow at the edges. Pretty. Very cloudy, you can see the tiny particulates swirling. S: strawberries - fresh and jammy, and acetic acid. T: jammy strawberries,acetic acid, some but plastic, especially in the finish. Red sour patch kid flavor in the mid palate and early finish. Lemon flavor lingers. The most tart beer I've had, even with palate shift. (404 characters)

Photo of trippytbta
5/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I never tasted this one when it came out. I can imagine it was a whole different beer. And with the current rating, I have to believe it was not as good fresh. But with the few years it has on it when I am currently drinking it.....It is amazing. Great sour and a little funky barnyard to it. The strawberry is still there and goes great with the brew. If you somehow have a bottle of this still aging, you are stoked, cuz this one is going to blow your mind. (459 characters)

Photo of hefffiend
4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a bruery tulip. Pours a nice reddish amber color with lacing that dissipates after a few minutes. The nose on this is a strawberry farm. Strawberry jam, slight band aidy and new plastic. Taste is extremely fruit forward with a nice acidity that doesn't make me feel like I need to hit the dentist next week. One of the softest, most subtle sours I've ever had. Complex yet everything seems in sync. I didn't like this beer when it first came out, but I've been holding onto it since its first release. This is hands down the best strawberry sour I've had. Beats cascade by a mile. The fruit, sour ale base and red wine barrels had melded nicely into a world class sour. Drink now if you have one, you'll thank me later. (731 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.14/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

what an interesting brew, sour red type loaded with strawberries and fermented, at least in part, with sake yeast. hazy looking pour with as much dirty blonde to it as red honestly, and an inch or so of lightly tinted pink froth. the nose on this is bizarre. as sour as it is, its also rather sweet from the strawberries, not sure all the sugar has fermented out. the flavor is immediately sour, just like the nose, but the finish is indeed sweeter, jammy strawberries, fresh and summery, a unique complex. the strawberry is potent and lasting, almost overdone, extremely forward. i know this has spent quite a bit of time in oak, but further treatment may mellow it out a little bit, still a very intensely flavored beer with all kinds of acidity mixed with the sugar. im not sure what the sake yeast adds in terms of flavor, but this does have a bit fuller body than i thought it would for what it is. not the cleanest finish in the world, but pretty quick for how intense the flavors are. one of the stranger bruery releases ive had the pleasure of trying, but a very enjoyable sour, probably a bottle to share. (1,114 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Not the prettiest sight, with a very cloudy russet color; the modest head fades quickly and leaves only a few dots behind

Smell: Strawberry jam and acetic vinegar tones

Taste: Strawberry tones lay down an initial hint of sweetness but the acetic vinegar tones quickly arrive and dominate the middle through the finish; after the swallow, oak and lemon elements add a bit of complexity; the finish is very dry

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low to moderate carbonation; a bit clunky

Overall: It's not often one encounters a tart strawberry beer and for the uniqueness this beer had merit; not the best sour I have encountered but certainly worthy

Thanks, JesseLara, for the opportunity (698 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.27/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Draft at KnB Wine Cellar in San Diego, CA. March, 2013.

Pours a very hazy, dark golden amber color with tangerine edges and a half finger off-white head that quickly settles into a very thin ring.  Minimal spotty lacing left behind. Heavy yeast sediment floating around.  

Funky, vinous aroma with light fruit, prominent phenols/bandaid along with a strong jammy strawberry presence.  Slightly creamy with dry oak, musty brett, strawberry and cream but the phenols are really odd.  Still smells pretty good though.  

Tart, sour and funky with a strong tart berry flavor and again, an unpleasant phenol character that is very potent in the finish.  Slightly creamy with dry, toasted oak and musty bugs followed by bandaid and acidic tartness.  Harsh solvent nail polish/acetone in finish which really hurts the  drinkability of this beer a lot.   (859 characters)

Photo of spicelab
3.26/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Bottle shared at tasting. Reviewed from notes.

Muddy bronze with a modest beige head that retreats quickly to a resilient collar.

Burnt milk crates, PVC piping and tart, sherbety strawberry. Too much of the former and not enough of the latter.

The plastic contingent is much reduced but by no means absent. Tart strawberry, dry grape skins and pleasant musty funk.

Simultaneously light but thick with tannins. Buzzy acidity. Very satisfying.

Would undoubtedly be lovely without the domineering sharp burnt plastic notes. (526 characters)

Photo of Resuin
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours an opaque or nearly opaque dark orange/red color and a small (less than 1 finger) yellow-tinted head appears and then fades away quickly. Looks similar to a slightly darker apple cider.

Smell: Tart cherries, light funk, green apple, and plenty of strawberry! Very delicious aroma.

Taste: Lots of oak, sour green apple, lemon, plenty of strawberries in the second half. Quite puckeringly sour, but the sour fades a bit toward the finish.

Mouth-feel: Medium carbonation and a medium body. Dry, sour finish to it.

Overall: I was really impressed with this one - I wasn't sure what to think going in. The strawberries come through really well and combine with the oak and sour to make a really nice conflux of flavors. (779 characters)

Photo of standardcherry
2.77/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

CBC Clerkenwell bottleshare

A: Cloudy light-ish brown color. Decent creamy head.
S: Oh lawd... what is going on??? Band-aids and cinnamon are the first thing that pop into my head. Rotten strawberries followed by berries, bubblegum.
T: Again with the berries and strawberry bubblegum. Thankfully no cinnamon or rotten qualities. Strong sourness and a weird funkiness. Decent but not much better than the smell.
M: Medium bodied, medium carbonation and a dry, tart finish.
O: Avoid! First time I have been disappointed by the Bruery but this was the unanimous worst of the night. (583 characters)

Photo of kawilliams81
4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a teku.

Pours a dark pink with a 1 finger light pink head. No lacing

Strawberry dominates the aroma, faint red wine and oak with some vinegar.

Dark fruits and red wine, vinegar, oak, strawberries are almost non existent in the taste.

7/10 sourness. Really liked the strawberry aroma but wish it came through more in the taste, but still a nice sour. (386 characters)

Photo of russwbeck
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Ichigo Highway pours vibrantly into my glass with a fizzy head that doesn't stick around for that long. Bubbles race furiously to the top of the beer forever. The liquid the bubbles race through is red brown in color, deep and muddied. 3

S: The aroma is crisp, but with some strawberries. It tries to be focused on the fruits, but it sort of falls short. It's inviting, but doesn't stand out. 3.5

T: The taste starts off tart and crisp, but without much taste. Then, BOOM, all the strawberries come out. They're fresh and balance out the taste really well. The beer won't knock your socks off, or rip the enamel off of your teeth, but it will quench your thirst. 4

MF: The beer is a bit overcarbonated, but I don't mind it because the beer tastes good. The balance works, and the finish is dry, which makes the mouth water for more. 3.5

O: This was a great beer from two breweries that make some decent sours. I know it has been a while, but I really hope The Bruery and Hangar 24 link back up for sour collaborations in the future! 4 (1,041 characters)

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
2.75/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

750ml bottle into a snifter

A: Pours an amber/brown with a finger if quickly receding head.

S: Acetic acid, funk, and strawberries are upfront, all of fairly equal intensity. The sour aroma I get out of this isn't exactly my favorite, but it's a decent aroma.

T: Strongly sour, much moreso than I was expecting. Actually fairly balanced between acetic and lactic. A nice strawberry aftertaste, but that's about all it is. An odd funkiness is there as well.

M: Moderate thickness with low carbonation.

O: More subtle and balanced than most Bruery beers I've had. The strawberry could be a bit more intense. There's also an odd funkiness to this beer. (654 characters)

Photo of IKR
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Slightly cloudy reddish-amber color. Medium off-white head that dissipated quickly. Nice looking but the head left quickly.

Smell: Moderate funk, tart strawberries and some hay-like aromas.

Taste: Funk, tart strawberries, mild grassy notes and mild acetic notes. A healthy dose of sour comes across with all the flavors. The mild acetic presence is not a problem for me in contrast to the preference of others.

Mouth-feel: Fairly light bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. The finish is clean and fairly dry.

Overall: Maybe it's the age but I found the strawberry presence to be fairly restrained. I still enjoyed it. (641 characters)

Photo of Beerenauslese
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Body is clear red color with a brown tint. Poured with a good head that dissipated to a ring with only fleeting lacing. Nice appearance.

Nose of strawberries, but there is a note of overripe ones. Some vegetal element and funk.

Tastes of tart strawberries at first, but that is quickly followed by an odd chemical plastic/glue taste in the finish that is not very pleasant. It may be just that the strawberries were overripe.

Body is light and carbonation is crisp. Combined with the sourness level, it has a refreshing mouthfeel.

Nice to try a strawberry beer, and the initial strawberry taste and the sourness level are good points, but the chemical residue in the finish is off-putting. (697 characters)

Photo of alpinebryant
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a hazy murky strawberry brown with white bubbles at the top.

S: Aroma of funky overripe strawberries. Similar to what one would expect when pulling out some over ripe strawberries from the fridge after they have warmed up to room temperature and practically melt when you touch them. Tart acid and some lemon rind.

T: Whew this is sour. There are some of those Red wine tannic flavors along with American oak and over-ripened strawberries. Sour lemon rind and sweet strawberries dueling it out for top flavor. Some of that battery acid flavor and of course the Bruery sour lacto flavor.

M: Medium body that is dry with a lot of carbonation.

O: Overall, not horrible, slightly too may strawberries however I have never been a Strawberry beer fan so this automatically made me a bit harder on this beer. It has a nice color to it which I liked probably most out of all the characteristics in this beer as it reminded me more of an Oude brune at least in color. (973 characters)

Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy red-orange with a finger of frothy slightly off-white head. Fades fairly quickly.

S - Caramel malts, strawberries and other berries, oak, red wine, vanilla, Brett and other funky yeasts, some sourness.

T - Sweet caramel malts, lots of tart strawberries and other berries, oak, red wine, brett and other funky yeasts, lactic acid, vanilla, some sourness.

M - Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Smooth with a tart, funky, and sweet finish.

D - Super tart, but nice and complex and still has some balance. (517 characters)

Photo of ehammond1
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (2012)

The Bruery
Orange, CA

(Aged for 6 months)

An initially clear ruby and crimson with a quickly forming, though immediately disappearing, noisy head. The leave the glass dotted with stick. The later pours have significantly more cloudy sediment. A pretty color, no doubt, but the beer doesn't have much stick or head retention.

The aroma is my favorite part of this beer. This smells of fresh, smashed strawberries, and little else. There's perhaps a touch of a green vegetal character as well, but I'm really searching for anything but strawberries. At times, I wished this had more of a complex aroma, but I'd only be criticizing this for something that it simply isn't. This is a mildly sour strawberry ale, and in that venue (small as it is), this aroma succeeds marvelously.

The flavor isn't quite as successful as the aroma, though there's still good amounts of fresh strawberry character left after 6 months of sitting. There's a mild to moderate sour presence, along with some Band-Aid character, and a bit of a bread crust flavor on the finish. Incredibly drinkable.

Thin to medium bodied with low to moderate carbonation.

A very drinkable, strawberry-forward (slightly) sour ale. I like it quite a bit. (1,231 characters)

Photo of Sarlacc83
2.97/5  rDev -22%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

750mL courtesy of Shane. Thanks!

A: Off-brown with a dark creme head. Doesn't leave appreciable heads, and it's not an attractive beer.

N: Strawberries, funk, acetone, and some diacetyl. Has some cheese flavors and a slight nutiness. Some glues smell is a turn off. Grapefruit and apricot round it out.

T: Funk, oak, strawberries, bleu cheese. Bracingly sour with a high amount of horse blanket and dry leather. Oak, and more of the glue taste. Grapefruit and oak.

M: Lively carbonation, light body. Normal range for Bruery led sours.

O: Complex but it never comes together in an appropriate way. Not really worth the 18 dollars. But then again, I don't know why breweries insist on trying to create strawberry sours. They don't seem to work very often. (761 characters)

Photo of jeonseh
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by nasty31

A - Hazy orange with light brown and light strawberry red

S - Strawberry margarita with light lactic acid and lemon that gives it a slight tartness

T - Tart lemon and slight lactic acid up front. As it goes on, there is light strawberry sweetness. The finish is light funk and lemon tartness that carries on with the strawberry aspects

MF - Light body with lots of carbonation. Finish is slightly astringent from the tartness

O - Interesting sour with the strawberry sweetness that interacts with the tartness of the lemon and the lactic acid (573 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass at Smoke & Barrel DC, for the bottle share. from notes.

A nice light peach amber body color, slightly dull but seems to let the light through, and some slight filmy top, but manages a thin collar while drinking.

Funky nose for the bouquet, with some noticeable heat. It comes off as kind of powdery strangely with some sort of powdered fruit drink angle. An interesting nose, but it's not that enjoyable to me, but certainly nothing offensive or offputting.

A good hit of peach fruit on this on first sip. Mellows out with frequent sips and fills the mid palate. Strangely the body doesn't seem to hold up very much and it's quite thin, with a little bit of tart and funky angles.

Overall kind of fleeting, and not much to say about this one, smells and tastes more peachy than strawberries to me. (845 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Reddish body. Moderate haze. Nice surface foam. Great retention.

Smell - Musty strawberry. Acidic, but more musty than anything. Malt is present in the back.

Taste - Great strawberry flavor. Slightly acetic with a touch of solvency. Dry with only a touch of malt here.

Mouthfeel - A little rough but nothing like other Bruery sours. Dry and well carbonated.

Overall - Pretty good for a Bruery sour. A little bit of an off flavor from the strawberry sourness. (513 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

From 02/16/13 notes. 750ml bottle poured into a wine glass.

a - Pours a deep, hazy ruby red-purple color with two inches of bright white head and moderate to high carbonation. Looks quite nice.

s - Smells of tart strawberries, cherries, sour dark fruits, fruity malts, spices, oak, red wine, light sweetness, and some light funk. Nose is very nice; tons of strawberries and nice sour dark fruits. Big fan of the nose.

t - Tastes of tangy strawberries, red wine, tart dark fruits, vinegar, oak, spice, vanilla, and fruity malts. No real funk and more vinegar here, but still a ton of strawberries that I like. Not as great as the nose but a very good taste.

m - Medium body and high carbonation. Acedic, and a little too carbonated for me.

o - Overall I liked this one a lot more that I was expecting to after hearing some people talk about it. There are a ton of fresh strawberries throughout, with sourness all over and light funk in the nose. Very nice beer I look forward to having again, going to drink my bottles sooner than later so the strawberries don't fade. Worth seeking out. (1,091 characters)

Photo of DovaliHops
4.31/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly hazy, reddish-orangish-pink color with a small white head that disappears quickly. Scent is...WOW! I know most people say that a beer loses its fruitiness after being in the bottle for a while, but this is my fifth time opening one of these bottles, and this is the most strawberry I've ever gotten from it. Tons of strawberries and strawberry jam. Funky, but not too much. Sweet berries and oak. A slight hint of citrus in the aroma as well. Taste has just as much strawberry flavor as the nose implies. Out of all the bottles I've opened, this one is smelling and tasting the best. A few months in the bottle must have helped this one out. Funky, dust-like yeast flavors with sweet, ripe strawberries and pleasant sourness. This is not one of the most sour Bruery beers, but it is nicely soured. Strawberry seeds and cranberries are present. Tasty oak and lip-smacking strawberry sour. Some white zin flavors as well. Mouthfeel is dry and light. Nicely carbonated. Drinkability is VERY HIGH! Overall, there has to be some sort of drastic bottle variation with some of these people who are getting band-aid and plastic in the nose/taste. I will admit that when I burped, I did get a slight plastic-like flavor in my mouth, but this beer is excellent. I've maybe had like three strawberry sours in my life, and this one may just take the cake. Solid beer. (1,372 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.24/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours red and brown, like a lighter red wine almost, this was aged in wine barrels, so that may be where a small part of its appearance comes from, red with a very thin head on it. Aroma of strawberries is better than any strawberry beer I've ever come across. Great.

Taste, damn, they really got the strawberry to come through on this. Good amounts of sweetness and sourness from it, the strawberry flavor cannot be denied, its all up in this one. Strawberry is so difficult it seems to get to come across in a beer, this one is seriously the best I have ever had. Good tannic dryness and oak as well, nice mouthfeel touches as it warms. Solid.

I can't really tell you where people have been picking up plastic notes from this stuff, this tastes au natural all the way through. Extremely underrated in my book. It delivers as a fruit beer, it delivers as a wild ale. Its carbonation is just right. Top of category in terms of strawberry beers. (947 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Happy birthday Eric, thanks for sharing this one!

Reddish orange, scant swirl of skim and patchy lace around the edges, bright clarity, can see right through it.

Funky wild strawberry aroma, reminds me of Oudbeitje a bit. Leafy, fruity, wet woody oak. Pretty sour, sharp with a dry tannic aftertaste. Seems to lose carbonation after awhile in the glass. Authentic strawberry character, nice and sour. Overall something I'd try again. (436 characters)

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Collaboration Series: Ichigo Highway from The Bruery
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