Collaboration Series: Ichigo Highway | The Bruery

BA SCORE
86
very good
193 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
Collaboration Series: Ichigo HighwayCollaboration Series: Ichigo Highway
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States
thebruery.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Halcyondays on 11-10-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
193
Reviews:
44
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
13.58%
 
 
Wants:
19
Gots:
35
For Trade:
4
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 193 |  Reviews: 44
Photo of Archemedies
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of mvdillman
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of DovaliHops
4.31/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly hazy, reddish-orangish-pink color with a small white head that disappears quickly. Scent is...WOW! I know most people say that a beer loses its fruitiness after being in the bottle for a while, but this is my fifth time opening one of these bottles, and this is the most strawberry I've ever gotten from it. Tons of strawberries and strawberry jam. Funky, but not too much. Sweet berries and oak. A slight hint of citrus in the aroma as well. Taste has just as much strawberry flavor as the nose implies. Out of all the bottles I've opened, this one is smelling and tasting the best. A few months in the bottle must have helped this one out. Funky, dust-like yeast flavors with sweet, ripe strawberries and pleasant sourness. This is not one of the most sour Bruery beers, but it is nicely soured. Strawberry seeds and cranberries are present. Tasty oak and lip-smacking strawberry sour. Some white zin flavors as well. Mouthfeel is dry and light. Nicely carbonated. Drinkability is VERY HIGH! Overall, there has to be some sort of drastic bottle variation with some of these people who are getting band-aid and plastic in the nose/taste. I will admit that when I burped, I did get a slight plastic-like flavor in my mouth, but this beer is excellent. I've maybe had like three strawberry sours in my life, and this one may just take the cake. Solid beer.

 1,372 characters

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.24/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours red and brown, like a lighter red wine almost, this was aged in wine barrels, so that may be where a small part of its appearance comes from, red with a very thin head on it. Aroma of strawberries is better than any strawberry beer I've ever come across. Great.

Taste, damn, they really got the strawberry to come through on this. Good amounts of sweetness and sourness from it, the strawberry flavor cannot be denied, its all up in this one. Strawberry is so difficult it seems to get to come across in a beer, this one is seriously the best I have ever had. Good tannic dryness and oak as well, nice mouthfeel touches as it warms. Solid.

I can't really tell you where people have been picking up plastic notes from this stuff, this tastes au natural all the way through. Extremely underrated in my book. It delivers as a fruit beer, it delivers as a wild ale. Its carbonation is just right. Top of category in terms of strawberry beers.

 947 characters

Photo of Mark000
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of josephwa
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of Shirin
5/5  rDev +30.5%

Photo of TheAngryBurrito
4.75/5  rDev +24%

Photo of emerge077
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Happy birthday Eric, thanks for sharing this one!

Reddish orange, scant swirl of skim and patchy lace around the edges, bright clarity, can see right through it.

Funky wild strawberry aroma, reminds me of Oudbeitje a bit. Leafy, fruity, wet woody oak. Pretty sour, sharp with a dry tannic aftertaste. Seems to lose carbonation after awhile in the glass. Authentic strawberry character, nice and sour. Overall something I'd try again.

 436 characters

Photo of Rutager
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

 761 characters

Photo of CEDAMA
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of bsuedekum
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of Hugonaut13
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Retsinis
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of leschkie
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of jlindros
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

 1,243 characters

Photo of Gonzoillini
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of kscaldef
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of rudzud
4.25/5  rDev +11%
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

 968 characters

Photo of roblund
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of GRG1313
4.25/5  rDev +11%
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.

 1,788 characters

Photo of Thorpe429
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of extra
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of MordorMongo
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Collaboration Series: Ichigo Highway from The Bruery
3.83 out of 5 based on 193 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.

    Subscribe