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The Bruery / Hangar 24 Ichigo Highway

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Formerly brewed at The Bruery
Style: Sour/Wild Ale
Placentia, California USA
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RATINGS: 70   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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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. Available in November. 5.5% ABV, Best enjoyed fresh due to the fleeting aroma and flavor of the strawberries


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheAlum (6193) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - SEP 17, 2013
750 ml bottle courtesy of a daknole trade. Thanks, dude. Pours a murky reddish amber glow, darker well hazed body, pinkish red tinge throughout. A frothy carbonation driven offwhite head dies to a mellow ring, subtle lacing and not much stick around. Aromas are quite appealing, throwing rich seedy strawberries, tart and mellow oak and red wine that comes in, distinct firm lactic acidity of lemons, lemonade, yogurt, and more seedy strawberry. Gentle bready malts, some straw, gentle funkiness. Touches of vanilla, more oak, some tannic red wine and red grapes, and straw. Very alluring. Initial is lighter end of the fold, a touch of girth. Firmer sour strawberries, red wine, and oak. Nice decent tannic feel, big lactic acidity, yogurt and lemons, touches of vanilla. Seedy sour strawberries, some good lemonade. The oak is more apparent up front. Into the middle aa bit more fizzy and refreshing, strawberry lemonade, firm lactic acidity, some gentle brett that falls behind. Fruityzn never really gets offensive, a touch of rubber up front is pretty mellow. Sour and quite drinkable into the backend, with lots of lemonade, citrus, lactic acidity. The richer strawberry feel is there but not as intense as the nose and up front. A bit more dry and tannic, mixing well with the dry and acidic feel, a bit slippery/slick on the palate. Reall nice. I wouldn’t call this complex but it certainly hits the spot quite well. Good fruit presence, decent oak, firm acidity without being offensive or acedic/harsh. Quite nice. Not a pretty pour but drinks pretty well. Nice one here. A touch sweet at times, a touch acidic and brash at others for some people that may not be accustomed. I dig this.. But can completely understand others not doing so.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (10076) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 27, 2013
Bottle... Cloudy, dark, caramel-colored ale with no head. The aroma is wonderfully funky and fruity, presenting tons of strawberry fun. Medium-bodied with busy carbonation. The sour, fruity flavor offers a faint salty component. Finishes crisp, sour, and then dry. Bottle courtesy of biggsbowler!

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (6881) - Ohio, USA - AUG 24, 2013
750 ml bottle shared by b3shine (jan ’13). Pours a cloudy orange amber color with a small white head. The aroma has a bunch of fresh strawberry, strawberry jam, tart juice, lactic sour notes, some funk and a strange plastic/latex character. The flavor has more tart strawberry, lactic sour, acidic, funk with only a hint of the plastic notes from the nose. Interesting, but needs a little cleaning up.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fletchfighters (1236) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 14, 2013
Muddled strawberry brown color. Bright white head that drops to a thick collar. Nose is odd. Big strawberry, raspberry, and wine notes with high acidity, but a whole lot of plastic as well. Hard to get over the plastic notes. Taste is better. Ripe raspberries, strawberries and more like white wine than red. High acid, very tart. Typical Bruery sour. Want to like it a lot but man the nose just kills this in a big way

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
jrob21 (2897) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 27, 2013
Pours a pretty entertaining looking reddish brown. Aroma leaves a little something to be desired and is a lot of earth and must and damp sweat. From afar though I just got a touch of the fruit and wild yeast though. Weird. Flavor is insanely tart and it takes some work to get through that. Once you do there is some nice fruit and sweet candy undertones. Glad to try it.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Scopey (8822) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 24, 2013
Bottle, shared by Kenny at CBC. It pours milky brown with a quickly dissipating head. The nose is paint stripper, lighter fluid, acetone, must, earth, wood, bubblegum, strawberry and plastic. Not very nice, yet oddly addictive - like sniffing glue. The taste is tart lemon, sherbet, bruised strawberry, sour raspberry, earth, wood, high acidity, mouth-puckering tartness and citrus rind with a dry finish. Medium body and prickly carbonation. Not great if I’m honest......but I seemed to like it the most out of group!

1.3
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
Mora2000 (5930) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUL 20, 2013
Thanks to Jayce for sharing this bottle. As a disclaimer (since I hated this beer) I love beers from The Bruery and love sour beers

Pours an amber color with a white head. Unfortunately, this is where the good qualities of this beer end. The aroma is awful. At first it smells like cow manure, but that changes as it gets warmer. The bad thing is the change is not for the better. As it warms it smells exactly like Magic Bait Great Scott Liver and Cheese catfish stink bait. I am not kidding, I am pretty sure I could catch dinner if I soaked dough balls in this beer. Just disgusting.

The flavor is a bit better, but not without its drawbacks. As I drank this beer I had to pinch my nose so I couldn’t smell it. When I did that I got some light, tart strawberry notes as well as some toffee. Still, since I had to jump through these hoops to drink the beer, I can’t give it a high rating. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Just an awful beer in my opinion. Gross.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mar (5012) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 20, 2013
Murky amber with a cream head. Nose is acetate, faint strawberries, barn, super farmhouse. Easy palate, tart, acidic, bugs, yeast, wood, and easy finish.

1.4
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
madmitch76 (17899) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUL 13, 2013
26th June 2013
Craft Clerkenwell Tasting. Cloudy light brown beer. Good pale cream coloured head. Smell pretty grim! Sweaty socks! Bleh! Palate is light and dry. Taste pretty much follows the nose but add dusty strawberry. Finishes dry. A stinker. As a Bruery advocate - I feel let down here!

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
illidurit (2243) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 7, 2013
This one is pretty bizarre. I like the aroma, the strawberries come through nicely although with a bit of plasticky phenol. Flavor is strawberry yogurt with a pervasive parmesan cheese note... Maybe as a slight accent that would be okay but it’s too forward to ignore.


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