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The Bruery / Hangar 24 Ichigo Highway

Formerly brewed at The Bruery
Style: Sour/Wild Ale
Placentia, California USA
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler


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RATINGS: 73   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mar (5064) - 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.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
madmitch76 (19648) - , 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
illidurit (2258) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Theydon_Bois (14316) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 4, 2013
Bottle split at Craft Clerko, big thanks to Kenneth, 26/06/13. Murky orange amber akin to the canal that runs through Kidsgrove, thin white head that makes the call to escape out of the glass via the edge. Nose is pungent fruits, plastic, rotting pond life with a strawberry bobbing atop. Taste comprises strawberry bubblegum, tarte berry fruits, blast of dirty funk, plastic, light throat scraping balsams, grassy notes, dank wood dragged through the pond. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, tarte finish. Not a looker, doesn’t smell too good, tastes ok if somewhat a one trick pony - hmmm, not a revisit for this one, you might want to take a detour to avoid too long a trip on Ichigo Highway!!!

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
jackl (6101) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 30, 2013
Bottle shared @ Craft. Cheers to the unstoppable Madmitch76 for the pour. The appearance is hazy amber, small head. Ugly looking beer. The nose is fart, laundry detergent. Acetic funk. Not inviting. The taste is acetone, nail polish remover. Light acetic funk. Some berry and orchard fruit. Weird, harsh. Medium body, fine carbonation. Overall, a real fiasco. Not great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (40504) - 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 (15306) - 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 (3423) - 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 (17662) - 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 (1614) - 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

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