Collaboration Series: Ichigo Highway | The Bruery

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193 Ratings
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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
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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

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5/5  rDev +30.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of johnnnniee
2.57/5  rDev -32.9%
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 BWH999
4.25/5  rDev +11%

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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3/5  rDev -21.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +24%

Photo of claspada
2.88/5  rDev -24.8%
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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2.2/5  rDev -42.6%
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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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of warnerry
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
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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3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
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 -5.5%
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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3.59/5  rDev -6.3%
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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4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
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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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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