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Collaboration Series: Ichigo Highway - The Bruery

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Reviews: 43
Hads: 191
Avg: 3.82
pDev: 13.61%
Wants: 19
Gots: 33 | 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 UCLABrewN84
3.59/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared at mrbubbler's "end of the world" tasting.

Pours a murky orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is sour, tart, and funky with some grain and strawberry aromas. Taste is much the same with a funky and earthy berry flavor that lingers on the finish. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but it smells better than it tastes in my opinion.

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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 StonedTrippin
4.14/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
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

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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 wethorseblanket
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the tasting room.

A: Pours a slightly hazy, dark reddish amber with a thin off-white head which fades to the rim leaving stingers of lace.

N: Strawberry fields forever. Jammy fruit and some earthy notes.

T: Ripe strawberries dominates with a nice tartness. Nice so fresh and wonder how this will age.

M: Sem-medium body and carbonation. Starts and ends with strawberry and a mellow tartness.

O: Enjoyable, but rather singular and monotone. Needs a bit more funk.

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Photo of jlindros
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Share with rudzud as usual.

Light creamy fizzy head fades almost instantly, typical fruit/sour head, murky strawberry jam maroon colored.

Nose explodes with strawberry, fresh and juice as well as light jammy fruit, a light bready yeast, a fairly yeasty smell, light strawberry seed or step "green tannin" like aroma, some sour funk, hint acidic almost fruit vinegar, a light wood dust like,.

Taste starts fairly sour, acidic and tart, with plenty of strawberry. Strawberry jam galore, fresh puree strawberry, and light syrup. There is again that light seed tannin, and light vinous flavor, with hint of barrel oak dust and dank shelf. Light funk with the sour, that brings hint of yeasty flavor and green like tannin. fairly acidic with hint of vinegar. Finish is long slightly sweet and flemmy, fairly sticky actually lingering strawberry galore, syrupy jam, and light acidic tart funk.

Mouth is med to a bit lighter bodied, lots of carb, fairly acidic.

Overall quite nice, the strawberry is awesome, sour is nice but a bit too sour for a great strawberry beer, and that green seed stem tannin flavor and aroma I think is a part of all strawberry beers but isn't a great flavor. Barrel is there but barely, but as a sour its fairly nice.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Guinness goblet in me tasting in me gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live.

Served straight from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger head of light khaki colour, nice cream, nice thickness, and good retention. Body colour is a caramel-tan. No yeast particles. No bubble show.

Sm: Sour oranges, tart sourness, pleasant biscuit malt, and pleasant malt. An average strength aroma.

T: Blood oranges (or strawberries, I guess), tart sourness, citric awesomeness, and a solid lightly citrus malt body. Quite well balanced. Well balanced. I quite fancy it. Built well.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Good carbonation. Good thickness.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable, but a bit lacking. Quite enjoyable. I'd have this again. A delightful sour. Quite tasty. Hides its ABV quite well.

High B

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Photo of mdfb79
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of stakem
2.2/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

750ml bottle into a matching Bruery snifter. The brew appears a clouded light brown like cider. A tan head is composed of large bubbles that is quick to fade. A swirl agitates enough bubbles fron solution to keep a ring around the perimeter of the glass.

The aroma includes notes of strawberry/raspberry jam initially that fades to quite a bit of carbonic quality. It is metallic and mineral-filled with off character of plastic and band aids. The fruit inclusion is nice when that is all you focus on but the bad atributes of the nose are really bad.

The taste includes burnt plastic, minerals and some metallic quality. Bandaids and a really a carbonic mess of a brew. A very faint earth and seedy raspberry/strawberry character that is a bit pitted and natural tasting is present but it pales in comparison to the bad aspects of the flavor profile.

This is a medium to lighter bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. This has a decent amount of strawberry jam includion but overall is really a carbonic mess. The base beer is funky and off - not in a good way. This is one to avoid, I hardly drank more than a couple ounces and drain poured the rest of the bottle.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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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 Halcyondays
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 2 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at The Bruery,

A: Pours a murky red brown. Really looks like the left over paint water from grade school, if you remember that. Light white head, small amount of lace. Small strawberry skin floaties.

S: Fresh strawberry jam, just glorious.

T: The strawberry is there and heavy, though not as sweet as the nose would indicate. It's pretty much been all fermented out. Good oak barrel flavour with a nice bit of malt in the mix here.

M: Medium-bodied, a moderate acidity. Tart but not to an extreme. Crisp biting carbonation.

O: A unique beer, I liked what the strawberries brought to it. A fun beer to try.

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Photo of johnnnniee
2.57/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours a slightly hazy pinkish amber color with a decent sized off white head that slowly dissipates to a cap on top. I can smell the strawberry as soon as I pop the top, but it smells like an artificial strawberry candy. Upon closer inspection I get the strawberry soda with a bit of hot tamales candies and an overbearing plastic and band aid phenolic. Bits of funk in the background as well. The flavor is tart with a nice strawberry presence, but that where the goodness ends. There's funk in there, but it not a nice funk. Plastic and rotten fruit come to mind. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a tart funky mouthfeel. I couldn't finish this or get the taste out of my mouth.

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Photo of corby112
3.27/5  rDev -14.4%
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.  

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.62/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: poured a reddish brown in color with pinkish highlights and a thin head that left a little bit of bubbly lacing sticking to the glass.

S: wow.. probably the most strawberry character I have ever sniffed out of a american wild fruit beer but also had a little citrus twang, acidic notes for sure, some oakiness and a little mild funkiness coming through as well; strawberry heaven.

T: The strawberry fruit character was also as intense on the palate as the nose suggested, alongside oaky accents, with a citrusy twang which added a deeper sour bite, some acidic notes and a touch of funk.

M: the brew was medium in body with a moderate amount of prickly carbonation which had a very fruity, mildly sweet, oaky, slightly funky, acid, sour and semi dry finish that lingered on the palate.

O: probably the best strawberry sour american wild beer I've had till this day, A must try IMO. I'll definitely have some more any day, I just hope the fruit character doesn't fade with time.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 12.22.12

A - Pours a murky apple cider brown with a one inch light tan head that fades slowly to the edges.

S - Funky, dirty socks, fruit, strawberry.

T - Tart strawberry, then some nice funk, wine barrel, finishes with more strawberry.

D - Decent carbonation with a medium body.

O - Nice sour strawberry, the wine is there, but is not over bearing. Hard to pull off the strawberry, but a nice job here.

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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 rudzud
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Shared with JLindros and poured into a Kate the Great tulip.

A - Poured a hazy strawberry jam colour with a half a finger of big bubbled head that faded to leave a thin halo.

S - Aromas of strawberries both fresh and jam and still strawberry candy along with strawberry wine! Lighter alcohol notes, like wine level alcohol in the aroma with a faint yeast aroma.

T - Taste is shockingly sour. Lots of flemmy sour notes. That detract from the strawberry flavours of this beer. Still though strawberry candy and jam comes through nicely , though almost "green" and bitter like seeds. Yeast is only faintly present here but works nicely with the berry super faint wooden barrel but for the most part this is berry and sour.

M - Mouthfeel is well, distractingly sharp here. Brightly carbonated keeps this super crisp

O - Overall I enjoyed this beer immensely. Love the strawberry notes here though its maybe a hair too sour and over carbonated. Still though, delicious

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Photo of claspada
2.88/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy, ruddy dark red, almsot light brown color with a quickly dissipating eff shell head.

Aromas begin with a strong amount of strawberry fruitiness with emerging odd Belgian yeasty notes that almost come across as burnt rubber. Mild funk as well.

The tastes follow the nose unfortunately with mild sour fruits and strawberry sweetness. There is that same off yeast induced "funk" but not like any other sours/wilds I have had recently. There is a decent lactic tartness and some red vinegar notes, but something is off here for me.

Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is mild in the tartness and the fruitness.

Overall this was a real struggle to get through and I untimately gave this one the kitchen sink treatment. There was just something off here that created this undesireable flavor profile that made this quite difficult to enjoy.

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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 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 FosterJM
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1613th Review on BA
Draft to Snifter


App- When the tap line was fixed, this poured out a weird color to say the least. Pink, red, brown, tan and deep rust color. It was a bit dense and creamy looking with somewhat a "kitchen sink" look. The color of the strawberries seemed to get lost a bit.

Smell- It was a nice enough aromatic beer. It had a bit of strawberry behind it but then didnt have a lot of balance. A bit acidic and a bit deep in the nose. It might be different out of the bottle but was just okay to me.

Taste- Its got a nice sour bite to it with the addition of the sweetness from the strawberries. Its a very nice and somewhat balanced sour with a lot going on. A bit oaky and tart and a bit sweet. Not overly done but pretty good balance.

Mouth- Its an okay feel to it. A bit sweet, a bit sour and tart at points, but has a bit too much of a seed/grainy feel to it. Needs to drop the prickliness a bit and be a bit more thin. The carbonation is a touch thick. Lots of residual strawberry and tart notes.

Drink- Its a nice sour, but not the best I have had from the Bruery. I just didnt find it more than a tad above average.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.66/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip.

3.0 A: Deeply hazed, near murky plum color. Fizzy off-white head falls as quickly as it forms.

4.5 S: Nice aroma on this. Lots of strawberry and a pleasant tartness. Red grape adds another layer of complexity underneath. Funk nicely balances the tartness and sourness. Musty funk with dry rotten sweatsocks and pollen-filled air from a wildflower field. Good mixture of aromas with strawberry leading the pack.

3.5 T: The taste does not encompass the power of the strawberries found in the nose, but that's usually the case with fruit sours. The more important issue is that there isn't a whole lot of flavor overall. Acetic and tart, but on the tamer side of what the Bruery usually puts out. Strawberry and grape fruitiness is found here. Mild musty funk featuring the flavors found in the nose. It's tasty, but I keep wanting more complexity and more power from what is there. The malts are doughy and probably more doughy than any other sour I've ever had. Hints of tannic astringency.

3.0 M: Medium to heavier medium body. Carbonation is fine, but on the lower end of normal. Lacking spritziness and a bit chewy as opposed to creamy.

3.5 D: Great nose and worth a try, but it's not very impressive overall.

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Photo of Resuin
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

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Collaboration Series: Ichigo Highway from The Bruery
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