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RATINGS: 68   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35   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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (37269) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUN 28, 2013

Bottle 750ml.

Unclear matt medium orange colour with a small to average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, apricot - strawberries, tart. Flavour is moderate sweet and acidic with a long duration, tart, strawberry, appricot, funky, fruity. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20130427]

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Leighton (13022) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 27, 2013
Bottle shared at CBC Clerkenwell - ’’thanks’’ to Ken. Pours murky orange with a quickly-fading cream head. Smells of stinky Danish cheese (which ranks among the stinkiest of cheeses, mind you), rotten strawberries, sour fruits. Light sweet flavor with heavy sourness, some funk, vinegar, acetic burn, dry and leathery fruits. Light bodied with fine to average carbonation. Sour finish with more leathery fruits, sweat, moderate acid burn. So so. It looks bad and smells worse, but the flavor saves the beer ever so slightly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GRM (3178) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 23, 2013
Sample, brown bottle, 750 ml, from and with Steven Morris (thank you!), savoured on March 8 2013; eye: coppery, clear, no effervescence, no head, no lacing; nose: cola, strawberry, raspberry, leather, light wild yeasts, light residual sugar; mouth: Strawberry, raspberry, light leather, light wild yeasts, light residual sugar, acridness, light acidity, finale in strawberry and raspberry with presence of acridness, medium body, average carbonation, a bit thin; overall: correct FRANÇAIS Échantillon, bouteille brune, 750 ml, de et avec Steven Morris (thank you!), savourée le 8 mars 2013; œil : cuivrée, limpide, pas d’effervescence, pas de mousse, pas de dentelle; nez : cola, fraise, framboise, cuir, léger levures sauvage, léger sucre résiduel; bouche : fraises, framboises, léger cuir, léger levures sauvages, léger sucre résiduel, âcreté, légère acidité, finale en framboise et fraise avec présence d’âcreté, corps moyen, carbonatation moyenne, un peu mince; en résumé : correct

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (14468) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 16, 2013
Draft at the source. Cloudy maroon briwn color, off white head. Aroma of sour berries. Taste is similar, with a touch of sweet fruitiness at the start. Nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DavoleBomb (1487) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 25, 2013
Poured into a tulip. 3.0 A: Deeply hazed, near murky plum color. Fizzy off-white head falls as quickly as it forms. 4.5 S: Nice aroma on this. Lots of strawberry and a pleasant tartness. Red grape adds another layer of complexity underneath. Funk nicely balances the tartness and sourness. Musty funk with dry rotten sweatsocks and pollen-filled air from a wildflower field. Good mixture of aromas with strawberry leading the pack. 3.5 T: The taste does not encompass the power of the strawberries found in the nose, but that’s usually the case with fruit sours. The more important issue is that there isn’t a whole lot of flavor overall. Acetic and tart, but on the tamer side of what the Bruery usually puts out. Strawberry and grape fruitiness is found here. Mild musty funk featuring the flavors found in the nose. It’s tasty, but I keep wanting more complexity and more power from what is there. The malts are doughy and probably more doughy than any other sour I’ve ever had. Hints of tannic astringency. 3.0 M: Medium to heavier medium body. Carbonation is fine, but on the lower end of normal. Lacking spritziness and a bit chewy as opposed to creamy. 3.5 D: Great nose and worth a try, but it’s not very impressive overall. Serving type: bottle 11-30-2012 23:52:11

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (7107) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 25, 2013
750 ml bottle. Pours a cloudy cocoa brown color - very murky if you get some of the bottom of the bottle - with a smaller beige head. Aroma of dry, dusty oak, tart strawberries, lemon, red wine, leather, and sour candy. Flavor of tart strawberries, wine, oaky funk, lemon, floral notes, musty basement, yogurt, and a faint vegetal note. Medium-bodied, with a sour mouthfeel and modest carbonation. Solid sour; it seems like the strawberry is starting to fade already and sour yeast is leading the way. I would have been interested to try it fresher.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
markwise (4586) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 20, 2013
Thanks to kiefdog for sharing this one. Cheers, my friend! Pours a hazy red-pink with a white head. Nose is some booze, some nail polish, some strawberries, some sweet malt, and some vinous character. Flavor is similar- berries, booze, some nail polish, some berry, and some light vinous character. Medium in body and interestingly strawberry and sour at the same time.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 14, 2013
A steady pour into my Teku glass produces a ½-finger thick, pale tan colored head. The beer has a pretty, rich red color that shows a brilliantly clear, red-tinged, amber-copper hue when held up to the light. The nose definitely smells of strawberries, this was apparent as soon as I started to pour. A more focused inspection yields notes of tart, ripe, sweet strawberries, strawberry seeds, and even concentrated notes that remind me quite strongly of strawberry jam. There seems to be a touch of some acetic acid here, or some other spicy acidity, and there is also a firm, supporting oak character here that provides a soft woodiness, touches of oak acidity, and perhaps some strawberry accentuation vanillin notes. As you really dig into the nose there are faint notes of hay like grain, and then a rubbery, plastic phenolic character towards the finish.

Bracingly tart, sour even, up front, and the finish has a plastic / phenolic note to it that then is taken over by a dry, strawberry flavor. The beer is quite dry, and as such, the flavor does not have the strawberry intensity that the nose does; still though, the strawberry notes are just about the dominant flavor here. Woody flavors lead into the rubbery phenolics, but the oak also provides some light spiciness, as well as a light tannic astringency and body boosting texture. The sourness seems mostly lactic here, and the suggestion of acetic in the nose is not here in the flavor, which reminds me that acetic acid can sometimes smell of strawberries, and that is likely why I thought I had detected it here. This has a nice, effervescent, though light, carbonation to it, which plays well with the light body that is kept from being thin by a lactic slickness and some oak structure.

This has a very nice strawberry character to it, quite vibrant even, but it could use a bit more complexity and / or balance. An interesting beer, it definitely needs to have the plastic / rubber phenolics cleaned up, but honestly this isn’t overly strong, though it is a distraction.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Theis (14015) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 29, 2013
Bottle at Yesp’s - Thanks. Cloudy red/brown - white head. Berries, sticky body, nice acid, rather sour, rhubarb sourish, rubber, dark berries, caramel, wooden, oakey, strawberries.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madsberg (10593) - Søborg, DENMARK - APR 28, 2013
Bottled. Reddish orange coloured. Hazy. Dense light beige head. Aroma: Sourness, grape, strawberries, spice, light funk, acid, oak. Flavour: Strawberries, oak, sourness, acid, funk, spice. Medium to full bodied. Ends sourish and funky with distinct strawberries.

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