What's with the bad reviews for Ichigo Highway?

Discussion in 'Pacific' started by DovaliHops, Jan 27, 2013.

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  1. Kaz646

    Kaz646 Initiate (0) Dec 14, 2010 California

    Hmm I had this on tap a few months ago, but haven't cracked one of my bottles yet. I was pretty impressed with it, and i am a pretty big sour fan. I think i'm going to have to open a bottle this weekend and revisit this.
  2. GRG1313

    GRG1313 Poo-Bah (3,581) Jan 15, 2009 California
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    I was actually going to start a post on why more people were not praising this beer when I saw this thread. I am a complete wild ale, sour, gueuze and lambic fan. While this is not a stereotypic "sour" it is a great example of a most drinkable and well made fruit beer. Now, if you don't like strawberries you're not going to like it. But, the same holds true for any fruit beer/gueuze/lambic!

    I think its very drinkable and very appealing - but, I like strawberries. I think it's a winner and I'm actually surprised that it's getting the criticism it is; but,...hey,... that's why there's different flavors - to each his/her own.

    And, this may be an exception to my new "general rule" about drinking beer fresh. This could be the bottle you want to try aging. I suspect that some of the fruit forward character will fade as with all fruit beer and some of the sweet strawberry will fade and become more discreet.
  3. sstorck

    sstorck Initiate (0) Jun 28, 2010 California

    Clearly I missed out on the memo where beer drinkers everywhere were tasting band-aids to come up with a new reference point in describing beer.
  4. CenCalMario

    CenCalMario Initiate (132) Jan 12, 2009 California
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    If you had, you know that it's a widely accepted term and descriptor (see bjcp) of undesireable phenolic tones / tastes in beer... also known as medicinal, plastic, adhesive or disinfectant. Don't knock other people's effort to describe a beers virtues and deficiencies, with detailed explanations, just because your unaware.
  5. nanobrew

    nanobrew Initiate (0) Dec 31, 2008 California

    come over and I can give you a GF treasure Chest. Last time I had it, it had an overwhelming band-aide taste...though the last time I cracked one was about 10-8 months ago
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  6. jtmartino

    jtmartino Initiate (0) Dec 11, 2010 California
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    Kudos to you - it's hard for a BA to admit when they don't know something, especially when it's fairly common knowledge in the craft community.

    I recommend you read Palmer's guide to Off Flavors in beer; it will help you to become a more skilled taster.

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  7. sil1

    sil1 Aspirant (227) May 19, 2012 California
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    It's. Nothing special
  8. KevSal

    KevSal Savant (940) Oct 17, 2010 California
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    i tried an upland strawberry from 2007 and it was one of the best sours ive ever had
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  9. sstorck

    sstorck Initiate (0) Jun 28, 2010 California

  10. jtmartino

    jtmartino Initiate (0) Dec 11, 2010 California
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    That was the one at the last Grape and Grain tasting, right? Good God that beer was spectacular. Right up there with Sour in the Rye with Kumquats on firkin at last year's Initiation Party.
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  11. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poo-Bah (12,122) Mar 18, 2010 California

    That was one of the highlights of that night.
  12. beerific

    beerific Initiate (72) Nov 8, 2010 California
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    This thread got me to open a bottle of Ichigo tonight. I still get a strong plastic/bandaid phenolic note but it isn't as strong as I remembered and once you get past it the strawberry jam character is quite nice.
  13. Retsinis

    Retsinis Champion (848) Sep 25, 2009 California
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    It was a miss for me, and I'm a HS member, and buy lots of Bruery beers, since I love so many of them. Wasn't a fan of the flavor profile, and for the record I love strawberries :stuck_out_tongue: but from my limited understand, strawberries can be a difficult fruit to work with, as in large quantities, the fruits acidic tartness can be overbearing, which for me, is mostly what I tasted from the two bottles I had bought and had. My palate was hoping for a touch more sweetness, and less phenolic acidic notes. All well, getting lots of Sour in the Rye will make up for it.
  14. westcoastbeerlvr

    westcoastbeerlvr Poo-Bah (1,597) Oct 19, 2010 California

    Ya, I just opened one recently and was disappointed to find that not only did it not improve, it seemed to have remarkably degraded. It tasted even more boozy harshly tannic than I remembered.
  15. grilledsquid

    grilledsquid Devotee (473) Jul 10, 2009 California
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    That's too bad. I opened my last bottle in July '11 and I remember it being worthwhile.
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