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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

176 Ratings
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Ratings: 176
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.92%
Wants: 19
Gots: 31 | FT: 4
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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3.25/5  rDev -16%

VaTechHopHead, Feb 22, 2013
Photo of jaylib
3/5  rDev -22.5%

jaylib, Feb 22, 2013
Photo of mdfb79
4.09/5  rDev +5.7%

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.

mdfb79, Feb 19, 2013
Photo of jealousmonk
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

jealousmonk, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of duceswild
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

duceswild, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of oriolesfan4
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

oriolesfan4, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of Unchi
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Unchi, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of Archemedies
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Archemedies, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of mvdillman
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

mvdillman, Feb 14, 2013
Photo of DovaliHops
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%

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.

DovaliHops, Feb 13, 2013
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.24/5  rDev +9.6%

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.

Beerandraiderfan, Feb 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Mark000, Feb 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

josephwa, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of Shirin
5/5  rDev +29.2%

Shirin, Feb 11, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

TheAngryBurrito, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of emerge077
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%

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.

emerge077, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of Rutager
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%

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.

Rutager, Feb 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

CEDAMA, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of Spectre
2.88/5  rDev -25.6%

A. Light colored thick brown with a white head

S. Has a sour scent with a hint of strawberry

T. Flavor is of a sour bitter green strawberry. I was expecting a little more sweetness.

M. Not smooth but goes down fearly easy

Overall not a taisty beer, I was expecting more of a framboise flavor. Too bitter and the ripe strawberry after taist doesn't help

Spectre, Feb 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

bsuedekum, Feb 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Hugonaut13, Feb 01, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Retsinis, Jan 31, 2013
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3/5  rDev -22.5%

leschkie, Jan 31, 2013
Photo of jlindros
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%

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.

jlindros, Jan 30, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Gonzoillini, Jan 30, 2013
Collaboration Series: Ichigo Highway from The Bruery
87 out of 100 based on 176 ratings.