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Collaboration Series: Ichigo Highway - The Bruery

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Collaboration Series: Ichigo HighwayCollaboration Series: Ichigo Highway

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BA SCORE
87
very good

173 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 173
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.92%
Wants: 18
Gots: 32 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: Halcyondays on 11-10-2012)
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DovaliHops

California

4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2013 07:24:33 | More by DovaliHops
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Collaboration Series: Ichigo Highway from The Bruery
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