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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: 72   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42   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

ineedbeer's rating

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ineedbeer (1297) - Oakland, California, USA - JAN 30, 2013
Aroma starts with a fairly strong chemical/plastic/bandaid phenolic note. Once you can get pay the phenolics though there is a really nice strawberry jam character. There is also some acidity in the aroma but it is masked by the phenolics and fruit. Pours a cloudy amber-copper with a slightly off white head that recedes to the edges fairly quickly. No lacing and only small legs. Flavor is better than the aroma as the phenolic note isn't as strong and the strawberry jam is stronger. Starts with some sweetness but that is quickly overrun by acidity - both acetic and lactic. Finishes dry and mouth puckering with lingering acidity and a bit of fruitiness. Mouthfeel is medium light bodied with high carbonation. No perceptible astringency and low alcohol warmth. Overall this beer would be amazing if it weren't for the strong phenolic character. I have had this on tap and in the bottle and the phenolics in the bottle seem to be a bit lighter. This review was for the bottled version. I feel like waiting this beer out to see if the phenolics drop but am concerned the fruit will disappear more quickly. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GenDV138 (3722) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - SEP 15, 2015
750 ml bottle shared with a friend. Murky red/orange with off-white head. Aromas of strawberries, light vinegar, subtle funk. Tastes of strawberries, light vinegar, tart acidic notes. Medium-light body with a dry finish. Very delicious with lots of strawberries still present.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (10105) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 7, 2015
750ml bottle. Poured an amber color. limburger cheesy aroma - in a good cheesy way. Jammy, strawberries, some vinegar, and funky. Nice tart finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BiiruBierBeer (670) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 25, 2015
Smells good, like sour strawberry candy. Very tart strawberry taste, like eating the top. Good mouthfeel for a sour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jbruner (3030) - Athens, Georgia, USA - APR 20, 2015
Bottle at catch 22 bottle share! Pours a murky brown with little to no head or lace. Aroma and taste are super sour, hint of sweet fruit, I guess that’s the strawberry. Woah, intense but amazing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
djd07 (6441) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 16, 2015
Bottle thanks to Eric. Pours a clear red with small pink head. Aroma is strong strawberry tart and oak. Thin mouth with nice tart strawberry, light funk, puckering sour finish, really enjoyed this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JK (5123) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JAN 18, 2015
Muddy brown appearance. Aroma has some sour yeast (lacto?) and there is dry brett also. A mild flavor of cheddar cheese with the yeast.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
slowrunner77 (7438) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 18, 2014
"Pretty easily my least favorite sour from the Bruery, though still quite enjoyable. That just speaks to the high standard that they’ve set that I felt this one didn’t quite reach. Odd but intriguing aroma and flavor of primarily sweet strawberry and stinky cheese. the sour/tart aspect is a little lightm though pleasant, till you get to to the cloudy prinkish red dreggs on the bottom of the bottle...then you feel it in the jaw. In the end, this is a beer I’d drink anytime, but not for the price. One timer at $20."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ryanfolty (2139) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - MAR 27, 2014
March 22, 2014 - on tap at Bruery tasting room. Reddish orange pour with limited head. Aroma was malt, spice / cinnamon and strawberry. Taste was sour fruit and some wood. Interesting that the sour did not seem to come out in the aroma.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arminjewell (8737) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 18, 2014
Pour out of 750 mL bottle, very muddy dark red pour with thin to no head, aroma brought notes of big strawberry, white wine, oak, hints of lemon, vanilla, slight earth. Taste is a mix of big strawberry, fleshy red fruit into some vanilla, oak, lemon, tart berry, finishing fairly sour, slightly oaky. Pretty nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jtclockwork (11242) - , New Jersey, USA - NOV 21, 2013
Bottle. Pours reddish brown with fizzy off white head. Nose and taste of strawberry, puckering tartness, caramel malt, earth, wild yeast and wood chips. Medium body. Very tart. Touch of bandaid in finish.

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