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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
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Ratings: 174
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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inlimbo77

Delaware

4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml, Fall 2012 release
Pinocchios restaurant tulip

A: Pours a cloudy pinkish orange color. Initially I got a slight layer of fairly white head. Basically no lacing. Faded quickly.

S: Big strawberry on the nose. Pretty incredible. Hard fruit to work with, from what I have heard. You also get some of the red wine barrel character. Seems like a dryness you can pick up even on the nose.

T: It's tart, especially on the tip of the tongue but certainly not crazy on sourness scale. Get some of that strawberry but not as much as the nose. Some tannic dryness from red wine barrels I guess. Fairly dry finish. As this beer warmed, I really started to taste more of that strawberry flavor. Really nice!

M: Medium bodied. Fairly good carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2012 16:11:26 | More by inlimbo77
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DotBier

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

12-17-2012 04:33:49 | More by DotBier
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APreacher

California

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

12-17-2012 03:49:00 | More by APreacher
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

12-16-2012 16:11:20 | More by Texasfan549
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kjkinsey

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

12-15-2012 19:07:44 | More by kjkinsey
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nrs207

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.4%

12-10-2012 18:53:22 | More by nrs207
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seeswo

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

12-10-2012 02:59:33 | More by seeswo
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DaveJanssen

Germany

3/5  rDev -22.5%

12-09-2012 20:18:08 | More by DaveJanssen
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AlexM

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

12-08-2012 03:31:33 | More by AlexM
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scottiethebody

California

4/5  rDev +3.4%

12-05-2012 07:07:44 | More by scottiethebody
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jdmandel

California

4/5  rDev +3.4%

12-04-2012 06:50:36 | More by jdmandel
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JRod1969

New York

4/5  rDev +3.4%

12-03-2012 01:18:17 | More by JRod1969
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HaveUSeenMyCellar

California

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

12-02-2012 23:38:55 | More by HaveUSeenMyCellar
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brotherloco

California

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

12-02-2012 23:10:02 | More by brotherloco
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SourinQns

New York

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

12-02-2012 22:34:18 | More by SourinQns
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wethorseblanket

California

3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2012 06:11:06 | More by wethorseblanket
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2012 23:52:11 | More by DavoleBomb
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Rudy

California

4/5  rDev +3.4%

11-28-2012 07:01:02 | More by Rudy
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jmarsh123

Indiana

4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours red with a small bubbly pink head. A bit of lace down the glass.

Tons of strawberry in the aroma. A bit citrusy with some vinegar and oak as well, but smells more like strawberries than most beers I've ever had.

Strawberry impresses on the palate too. Most "strawberry" beers I've had before seem to have a hint of actual strawberry and an overall generic berry profile, but this one is strawberry all the way. Very oaky with a little lemon too. A bit of funk, but more lacto than brett. One friend felt some age would do it good to mute the oak a bit, but I liked it well fresh.

Medium bodied with prickly carbonation. Finishes oaky and dry.

One of my favorite sours the Bruery has done. I love the fresh strawberry flavor, but think a bit of time would round out the flavor profile even more. Now to find the sweet spot to drink my last 2 bottles before the strawberry drops off.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2012 15:25:17 | More by jmarsh123
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2beerdogs

California

3.25/5  rDev -16%

11-27-2012 05:10:52 | More by 2beerdogs
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TheBronze

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

11-21-2012 23:44:24 | More by TheBronze
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Gobzilla

California

4.6/5  rDev +18.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2012 17:27:42 | More by Gobzilla
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FosterJM

California

3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1613th Review on BA
Draft to Snifter

@TheBruery

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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-12-2012 20:33:23 | More by FosterJM
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Halcyondays

California

4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-10-2012 07:13:00 | More by Halcyondays
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Collaboration Series: Ichigo Highway from The Bruery
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