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Collaboration Series: Ichigo Highway - The Bruery

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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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Photo of kojevergas
3.6/5  rDev -7%
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

kojevergas, Dec 24, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of inlimbo77
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.

inlimbo77, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of DotBier
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

DotBier, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of APreacher
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

APreacher, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Texasfan549, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

kjkinsey, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of nrs207
4/5  rDev +3.4%

nrs207, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of seeswo
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

seeswo, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of DaveJanssen
3/5  rDev -22.5%

DaveJanssen, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of AlexM
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

AlexM, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of scottiethebody
4/5  rDev +3.4%

scottiethebody, Dec 05, 2012
Photo of jdmandel
4/5  rDev +3.4%

jdmandel, Dec 04, 2012
Photo of JRod1969
4/5  rDev +3.4%

JRod1969, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of HaveUSeenMyCellar
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

HaveUSeenMyCellar, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of brotherloco
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

brotherloco, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of SourinQns
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

SourinQns, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of wethorseblanket
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.

wethorseblanket, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of DavoleBomb
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.

DavoleBomb, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of Rudy
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Rudy, Nov 28, 2012
Photo of jmarsh123
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.

jmarsh123, Nov 27, 2012
Photo of 2beerdogs
3.25/5  rDev -16%

2beerdogs, Nov 27, 2012
Photo of TheBronze
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

TheBronze, Nov 21, 2012
Photo of Gobzilla
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.

Gobzilla, Nov 18, 2012
Photo of FosterJM
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1613th Review on BA
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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.

FosterJM, Nov 12, 2012
Collaboration Series: Ichigo Highway from The Bruery
87 out of 100 based on 176 ratings.