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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

176 Ratings
THE BROS
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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 cosmonick
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

cosmonick, Apr 29, 2013
Photo of Douvalis
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Douvalis, Apr 29, 2013
Photo of alpinebryant
3.76/5  rDev -2.8%

A: Pours a hazy murky strawberry brown with white bubbles at the top.

S: Aroma of funky overripe strawberries. Similar to what one would expect when pulling out some over ripe strawberries from the fridge after they have warmed up to room temperature and practically melt when you touch them. Tart acid and some lemon rind.

T: Whew this is sour. There are some of those Red wine tannic flavors along with American oak and over-ripened strawberries. Sour lemon rind and sweet strawberries dueling it out for top flavor. Some of that battery acid flavor and of course the Bruery sour lacto flavor.

M: Medium body that is dry with a lot of carbonation.

O: Overall, not horrible, slightly too may strawberries however I have never been a Strawberry beer fan so this automatically made me a bit harder on this beer. It has a nice color to it which I liked probably most out of all the characteristics in this beer as it reminded me more of an Oude brune at least in color.

alpinebryant, Apr 14, 2013
Photo of dhbiker0889
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

dhbiker0889, Apr 13, 2013
Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev +3.4%

largadeer, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of notchucknorris
3.25/5  rDev -16%

notchucknorris, Apr 05, 2013
Photo of aranton
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

aranton, Apr 03, 2013
Photo of ngeunit1
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%

A - Hazy red-orange with a finger of frothy slightly off-white head. Fades fairly quickly.

S - Caramel malts, strawberries and other berries, oak, red wine, vanilla, Brett and other funky yeasts, some sourness.

T - Sweet caramel malts, lots of tart strawberries and other berries, oak, red wine, brett and other funky yeasts, lactic acid, vanilla, some sourness.

M - Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Smooth with a tart, funky, and sweet finish.

D - Super tart, but nice and complex and still has some balance.

ngeunit1, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of ehammond1
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%

Bottle (2012)

The Bruery
Orange, CA

(Aged for 6 months)

An initially clear ruby and crimson with a quickly forming, though immediately disappearing, noisy head. The leave the glass dotted with stick. The later pours have significantly more cloudy sediment. A pretty color, no doubt, but the beer doesn't have much stick or head retention.

The aroma is my favorite part of this beer. This smells of fresh, smashed strawberries, and little else. There's perhaps a touch of a green vegetal character as well, but I'm really searching for anything but strawberries. At times, I wished this had more of a complex aroma, but I'd only be criticizing this for something that it simply isn't. This is a mildly sour strawberry ale, and in that venue (small as it is), this aroma succeeds marvelously.

The flavor isn't quite as successful as the aroma, though there's still good amounts of fresh strawberry character left after 6 months of sitting. There's a mild to moderate sour presence, along with some Band-Aid character, and a bit of a bread crust flavor on the finish. Incredibly drinkable.

Thin to medium bodied with low to moderate carbonation.

A very drinkable, strawberry-forward (slightly) sour ale. I like it quite a bit.

ehammond1, Mar 27, 2013
Photo of OleDixie
4/5  rDev +3.4%

OleDixie, Mar 25, 2013
Photo of Sarlacc83
3/5  rDev -22.5%

750mL courtesy of Shane. Thanks!

A: Off-brown with a dark creme head. Doesn't leave appreciable heads, and it's not an attractive beer.

N: Strawberries, funk, acetone, and some diacetyl. Has some cheese flavors and a slight nutiness. Some glues smell is a turn off. Grapefruit and apricot round it out.

T: Funk, oak, strawberries, bleu cheese. Bracingly sour with a high amount of horse blanket and dry leather. Oak, and more of the glue taste. Grapefruit and oak.

M: Lively carbonation, light body. Normal range for Bruery led sours.

O: Complex but it never comes together in an appropriate way. Not really worth the 18 dollars. But then again, I don't know why breweries insist on trying to create strawberry sours. They don't seem to work very often.

Sarlacc83, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of jsanford
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

jsanford, Mar 20, 2013
Photo of jeonseh
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%

Bottle shared by nasty31

A - Hazy orange with light brown and light strawberry red

S - Strawberry margarita with light lactic acid and lemon that gives it a slight tartness

T - Tart lemon and slight lactic acid up front. As it goes on, there is light strawberry sweetness. The finish is light funk and lemon tartness that carries on with the strawberry aspects

MF - Light body with lots of carbonation. Finish is slightly astringent from the tartness

O - Interesting sour with the strawberry sweetness that interacts with the tartness of the lemon and the lactic acid

jeonseh, Mar 19, 2013
Photo of alysmith4
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

alysmith4, Mar 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

dctriman, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of smakawhat
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass at Smoke & Barrel DC, for the bottle share. from notes.

A nice light peach amber body color, slightly dull but seems to let the light through, and some slight filmy top, but manages a thin collar while drinking.

Funky nose for the bouquet, with some noticeable heat. It comes off as kind of powdery strangely with some sort of powdered fruit drink angle. An interesting nose, but it's not that enjoyable to me, but certainly nothing offensive or offputting.

A good hit of peach fruit on this on first sip. Mellows out with frequent sips and fills the mid palate. Strangely the body doesn't seem to hold up very much and it's quite thin, with a little bit of tart and funky angles.

Overall kind of fleeting, and not much to say about this one, smells and tastes more peachy than strawberries to me.

smakawhat, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of pperez38
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

pperez38, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of Irishize75
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Irishize75, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of Callmecoon
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Callmecoon, Mar 07, 2013
Photo of bennetj17
4/5  rDev +3.4%

bennetj17, Mar 06, 2013
Photo of drummermattie02
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

drummermattie02, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of Hopbrizio
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Hopbrizio, Mar 01, 2013
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Reddish body. Moderate haze. Nice surface foam. Great retention.

Smell - Musty strawberry. Acidic, but more musty than anything. Malt is present in the back.

Taste - Great strawberry flavor. Slightly acetic with a touch of solvency. Dry with only a touch of malt here.

Mouthfeel - A little rough but nothing like other Bruery sours. Dry and well carbonated.

Overall - Pretty good for a Bruery sour. A little bit of an off flavor from the strawberry sourness.

Alieniloquium, Feb 26, 2013
Photo of kk73
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

kk73, Feb 25, 2013
Photo of jvillefan
4/5  rDev +3.4%

jvillefan, Feb 22, 2013
Collaboration Series: Ichigo Highway from The Bruery
87 out of 100 based on 176 ratings.