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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

174 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 174
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.92%
Wants: 18
Gots: 32 | FT: 5
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:
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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Ratings: 174 | Reviews: 41 | Display Reviews Only:
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EliotRosewater

California

4/5  rDev +3.4%

03-21-2014 21:48:13 | More by EliotRosewater
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ajzy

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

03-09-2014 03:15:08 | More by ajzy
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taylor714914

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

03-06-2014 00:29:05 | More by taylor714914
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bierdeflanders

California

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

02-10-2014 07:49:46 | More by bierdeflanders
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

02-04-2014 00:53:50 | More by yourefragile
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psoriasaurus

Georgia

5/5  rDev +29.2%

02-03-2014 14:10:52 | More by psoriasaurus
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2014 18:37:04 | More by StonedTrippin
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bauermj

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.4%

01-17-2014 13:14:52 | More by bauermj
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ThatsThatDude

New York

3/5  rDev -22.5%

01-06-2014 16:47:21 | More by ThatsThatDude
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HopsintheSack

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

12-25-2013 07:42:25 | More by HopsintheSack
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riemster

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

12-18-2013 06:39:18 | More by riemster
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Adamostella

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

11-23-2013 05:55:21 | More by Adamostella
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.85/5  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

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2013 23:56:22 | More by brentk56
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zestar

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

10-24-2013 07:57:44 | More by zestar
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CTJman

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +3.4%

10-19-2013 01:52:36 | More by CTJman
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beernads

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

10-18-2013 11:36:31 | More by beernads
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev -16.5%
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.  

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2013 02:06:08 | More by corby112
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JesseLara

California

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

10-10-2013 00:23:45 | More by JesseLara
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Crazydaddyo

California

4/5  rDev +3.4%

10-05-2013 19:55:46 | More by Crazydaddyo
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duff247

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

10-01-2013 02:14:23 | More by duff247
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

09-15-2013 20:15:37 | More by drabmuh
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JosephThompson

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

09-05-2013 23:54:06 | More by JosephThompson
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pwoody11

Delaware

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

08-20-2013 11:53:14 | More by pwoody11
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spicelab

Australia

3.3/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2013 01:20:19 | More by spicelab
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Greenplastic615

Pennsylvania

2.25/5  rDev -41.9%

08-12-2013 19:06:20 | More by Greenplastic615
Collaboration Series: Ichigo Highway from The Bruery
87 out of 100 based on 174 ratings.