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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
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Ratings: 179
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.92%
Wants: 19
Gots: 29 | FT: 3
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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Photo of russwbeck
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Ichigo Highway pours vibrantly into my glass with a fizzy head that doesn't stick around for that long. Bubbles race furiously to the top of the beer forever. The liquid the bubbles race through is red brown in color, deep and muddied. 3

S: The aroma is crisp, but with some strawberries. It tries to be focused on the fruits, but it sort of falls short. It's inviting, but doesn't stand out. 3.5

T: The taste starts off tart and crisp, but without much taste. Then, BOOM, all the strawberries come out. They're fresh and balance out the taste really well. The beer won't knock your socks off, or rip the enamel off of your teeth, but it will quench your thirst. 4

MF: The beer is a bit overcarbonated, but I don't mind it because the beer tastes good. The balance works, and the finish is dry, which makes the mouth water for more. 3.5

O: This was a great beer from two breweries that make some decent sours. I know it has been a while, but I really hope The Bruery and Hangar 24 link back up for sour collaborations in the future! 4

russwbeck, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of ncaudle
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

ncaudle, Jul 09, 2013
Photo of Retail1LO
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Retail1LO, Jul 09, 2013
Photo of illidurit
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

illidurit, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of Atomicskis5
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Atomicskis5, Jul 05, 2013
Photo of coreyfmcdonald
2.73/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

750ml bottle into a snifter

A: Pours an amber/brown with a finger if quickly receding head.

S: Acetic acid, funk, and strawberries are upfront, all of fairly equal intensity. The sour aroma I get out of this isn't exactly my favorite, but it's a decent aroma.

T: Strongly sour, much moreso than I was expecting. Actually fairly balanced between acetic and lactic. A nice strawberry aftertaste, but that's about all it is. An odd funkiness is there as well.

M: Moderate thickness with low carbonation.

O: More subtle and balanced than most Bruery beers I've had. The strawberry could be a bit more intense. There's also an odd funkiness to this beer.

coreyfmcdonald, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.25/5  rDev -16%

DarthKostrizer, Jun 29, 2013
Photo of Photekut
3/5  rDev -22.5%

Photekut, Jun 29, 2013
Photo of Gtreid
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Gtreid, Jun 24, 2013
Photo of AlexFields
3.25/5  rDev -16%

AlexFields, Jun 24, 2013
Photo of IKR
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Slightly cloudy reddish-amber color. Medium off-white head that dissipated quickly. Nice looking but the head left quickly.

Smell: Moderate funk, tart strawberries and some hay-like aromas.

Taste: Funk, tart strawberries, mild grassy notes and mild acetic notes. A healthy dose of sour comes across with all the flavors. The mild acetic presence is not a problem for me in contrast to the preference of others.

Mouth-feel: Fairly light bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. The finish is clean and fairly dry.

Overall: Maybe it's the age but I found the strawberry presence to be fairly restrained. I still enjoyed it.

IKR, Jun 24, 2013
Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev +3.4%

SocalKicks, Jun 21, 2013
Photo of Kopfschuss
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Kopfschuss, Jun 17, 2013
Photo of illy0sis
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

illy0sis, Jun 17, 2013
Photo of beerinNV
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

beerinNV, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of Kreko7
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Kreko7, Jun 05, 2013
Photo of itsiilegal
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

itsiilegal, Jun 03, 2013
Photo of JamLand
4/5  rDev +3.4%

JamLand, Jun 02, 2013
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jun 01, 2013
Photo of rbrefbeerman
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

rbrefbeerman, May 28, 2013
Photo of Beerenauslese
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Body is clear red color with a brown tint. Poured with a good head that dissipated to a ring with only fleeting lacing. Nice appearance.

Nose of strawberries, but there is a note of overripe ones. Some vegetal element and funk.

Tastes of tart strawberries at first, but that is quickly followed by an odd chemical plastic/glue taste in the finish that is not very pleasant. It may be just that the strawberries were overripe.

Body is light and carbonation is crisp. Combined with the sourness level, it has a refreshing mouthfeel.

Nice to try a strawberry beer, and the initial strawberry taste and the sourness level are good points, but the chemical residue in the finish is off-putting.

Beerenauslese, May 22, 2013
Photo of tastyville
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

tastyville, May 16, 2013
Photo of moonknight31
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

moonknight31, May 14, 2013
Photo of thegerm87
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

thegerm87, May 11, 2013
Photo of drlovemd87
4/5  rDev +3.4%

drlovemd87, May 10, 2013
Collaboration Series: Ichigo Highway from The Bruery
87 out of 100 based on 179 ratings.