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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

179 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 179
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.92%
Wants: 19
Gots: 29 | FT: 3
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: 179 | Reviews: 41 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of riemster
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

riemster, Dec 18, 2013
Photo of Adamostella
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Adamostella, Nov 23, 2013
Photo of brentk56
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

brentk56, Oct 30, 2013
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

zestar, Oct 24, 2013
Photo of CTJman
4/5  rDev +3.4%

CTJman, Oct 19, 2013
Photo of beernads
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

beernads, Oct 18, 2013
Photo of corby112
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.  

corby112, Oct 10, 2013
Photo of JesseLara
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

JesseLara, Oct 10, 2013
Photo of Crazydaddyo
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Crazydaddyo, Oct 05, 2013
Photo of duff247
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

duff247, Oct 01, 2013
Photo of drabmuh
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

drabmuh, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of JosephThompson
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

JosephThompson, Sep 06, 2013
Photo of pwoody11
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

pwoody11, Aug 20, 2013
Photo of spicelab
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.

spicelab, Aug 15, 2013
Photo of Greenplastic615
2.25/5  rDev -41.9%

Greenplastic615, Aug 12, 2013
Photo of topdown
4/5  rDev +3.4%

topdown, Aug 06, 2013
Photo of enelson
4/5  rDev +3.4%

enelson, Aug 03, 2013
Photo of Resuin
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours an opaque or nearly opaque dark orange/red color and a small (less than 1 finger) yellow-tinted head appears and then fades away quickly. Looks similar to a slightly darker apple cider.

Smell: Tart cherries, light funk, green apple, and plenty of strawberry! Very delicious aroma.

Taste: Lots of oak, sour green apple, lemon, plenty of strawberries in the second half. Quite puckeringly sour, but the sour fades a bit toward the finish.

Mouth-feel: Medium carbonation and a medium body. Dry, sour finish to it.

Overall: I was really impressed with this one - I wasn't sure what to think going in. The strawberries come through really well and combine with the oak and sour to make a really nice conflux of flavors.

Resuin, Jul 30, 2013
Photo of standardcherry
2.78/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

CBC Clerkenwell bottleshare

A: Cloudy light-ish brown color. Decent creamy head.
S: Oh lawd... what is going on??? Band-aids and cinnamon are the first thing that pop into my head. Rotten strawberries followed by berries, bubblegum.
T: Again with the berries and strawberry bubblegum. Thankfully no cinnamon or rotten qualities. Strong sourness and a weird funkiness. Decent but not much better than the smell.
M: Medium bodied, medium carbonation and a dry, tart finish.
O: Avoid! First time I have been disappointed by the Bruery but this was the unanimous worst of the night.

standardcherry, Jul 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

frankthetank86, Jul 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

VonZipper, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of Pecan
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Pecan, Jul 22, 2013
Photo of kawilliams81
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a teku.

Pours a dark pink with a 1 finger light pink head. No lacing

Strawberry dominates the aroma, faint red wine and oak with some vinegar.

Dark fruits and red wine, vinegar, oak, strawberries are almost non existent in the taste.

7/10 sourness. Really liked the strawberry aroma but wish it came through more in the taste, but still a nice sour.

kawilliams81, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of AndrewSmith
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

AndrewSmith, Jul 20, 2013
Photo of oline73
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

oline73, Jul 17, 2013
Collaboration Series: Ichigo Highway from The Bruery
87 out of 100 based on 179 ratings.