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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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very good

43 Reviews
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Reviews: 43
Hads: 191
Avg: 3.82
pDev: 13.61%
Wants: 19
Gots: 33 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
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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Reviews: 43 | Hads: 191
Reviews by russwbeck:
Photo of russwbeck
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
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

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Photo of hefffiend
4.43/5  rDev +16%
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.

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Photo of trippytbta
5/5  rDev +30.9%
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.

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Photo of t2grogan
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of warnerry
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky brown with a hint of orange. Huge strawberry aroma with moderate funk. Taste is acetic acid, light mustiness, and some fruit. Strawberry gets a bit overshadowed in the taste, but still present. Medium mouthfeel with lingering earthiness. Overall a nice sour, if maybe a bit too acetic.

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Photo of Callmecoon
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of standardcherry
2.77/5  rDev -27.5%
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.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.24/5  rDev +11%
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.

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Photo of jeonseh
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
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

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Photo of JosephThompson
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of leschkie
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of Photekut
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of Gonzoillini
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of Crazydaddyo
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of IKR
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of JamLand
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of GRG1313
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I had no intention of giving this beer a full review until I read the past few and find that my experience in opening two bottles yesterday may be quite different than some others.

Bottles I opened poured a clear but vivid dark cranberry red and with good bubbles and a pink albeit fast fading head. Nose is unique and most inviting fresh strawberry! I was amazed at the assertion of strawberries to the extent that it was "almost" too much. My conclusion is that the nose is pleasant, fresh, full of strawberry essence and inviting with a light hint of wood and funk.

Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, well balanced with an acidic dominance but no so tart as to be overly "puckery." There is fresh fruit citrus tones in the acidic mouth that continues to invite.

Flavor profile is what I would call "sour 101." Meaning, it is a nice sour that is not too tart or acidic but clearly shows the acid. A decent sour to try the style even though it's a bit unique as one of the few strawberry brews around. It is balanced with hints of sweet fruit and a clear strawberry acidic dominance. One gets hints of vanilla that is also nicely balanced with the fruit and a light funk. I found the flavor profile to be somewhat unique but most pleasant. Sours seem to be dominated by cherries and/or raspberries, perhaps for the acidic and tart profile that they lend to the beer. The use of strawberries shows a like profile with perhaps a bit stronger fruit showing than most of us are used to.

Finish is tart, acidic and with a nice strawberry finish. Both bottles opened were identical. This beer should age well for those that want to try it with a bit less "sweet fruit." I'm sure a year will temper that profile. I like it now and will keep a bottle or two to see what happens. Nice effort.

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Photo of dtx00
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of EliotRosewater
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of emerge077
4.05/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of Rutager
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks for the killer Califiornia brews, ObeMaltKinobee!

Appearance. Pours a a nice deep peachy red with a half finger of off-white head.

Smell. Woody and earthy, almost mushroom-like funk and homemade strawberry jam. There's a little bit of a hot plastic or pvc chemical smell that must just be a combination of the funk and strawberries, but a little unpleasant nonetheless.

Taste. Nice leathery funk and tart fresh strawberry. Nicely sour and plenty of lingering old funky barrel-wood in the finish. Just a touch of sweetness.

Mouthfeel. Medium body and smooth, fairly low carbonation.

Overall. The smell wasn't a big winner with this beer, but it tastes tart and refreshing and it won't be hard to get through this bottle. Thanks again, ObeMaltKinobee.

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Photo of LakerLeith
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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Collaboration Series: Ichigo Highway from The Bruery
86 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.