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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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43 Reviews
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Reviews: 43
Hads: 191
Avg: 3.82
pDev: 13.61%
Wants: 19
Gots: 33 | FT: 2
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:
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 inlimbo77
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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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 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 jmarsh123
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

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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 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 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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Collaboration Series: Ichigo Highway from The Bruery
86 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.