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Morimoto Soba Ale - Rogue Ales

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Morimoto Soba AleMorimoto Soba Ale

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Ratings: 453
Reviews: 207
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 16.19%
Wants: 14
Gots: 19 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
8 Ingredients:
Malts: Roasted Soba, Harrington, Metcalf, Munich & C-15.
Hops: Crystal.
Yeast & Water: Rogue's Pacman Yeast & Free Range Coastal Water.

30 IBU
75 AA
14º Lovibond

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-25-2007)
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4.93/5  rDev +40.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One word: beautiful.

I don't much about brewing with soba, but Rogue did good with this. I don't completely agree with the classification, but I guess this has to go somewhere.

It poured from my 22oz bomber into my Smuttynose tulip glass with a clear straw color and nice white head. The head retention was wonderful.

Immediately I could smell honeysuckle and blossoms. It was one of the best smelling beers I have encountered.

The taste was a very well balanced, beautiful bouquet of honeysuckle, herbs, roasted nuts, and a hint of pie. It tasted warm, rich, yet clear and delicate on the tongue.

It paired beautifully tonight with my wife's hazelnut butternut squash lasagna, but I would drink this with just about anything.
Morimoto Soba would go great with a many dishes, from seafood with spicy or light sauces, to any asian dish. I would be hesitant to pair with anything richer or creamier, but it was so good, it may just go with anything.

meday, Dec 09, 2008
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4.75/5  rDev +34.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

WOW just opened this tasty beverage that I purchased from my local beer man,"Otto", in Fort Smith.
appearance - golden orange
smell - citrus malt
taste - malty fruity (but I can't quite place it)
feel - soft like a woman's breast
drinkability - really pallate friendly. I wonder what the alcohol level is? Subtle finish, very smooth, I wish I bought more!

beernerd67, Jun 05, 2008
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4.75/5  rDev +34.9%

MarioM, Nov 23, 2012
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4.65/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy orange. Small head that leaves a strong film.

S: Lightly toasted malts. Floral and citrus hops. Orange peel. Corn? Not a particular strong bouquet but a good-smelling one.

T: Lightly toasted malts. Corn and caramel. Some bittering hops. Very delicious.

M: Extremely smooth. Perfect carbonation. Fluffy.

O: I could drink this all day! Sessionable and refreshing.

Maltmaiden, Dec 17, 2012
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4.45/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle, 22 oz. thin head, slight haze; picture a golden coloured hefewiezen.

the aroma is rich with malt, honey and a toasty backbone. just a hint of some candied roasted nuts.

the taste is clean with moderate to high carbonation and a slight sweetness balanced with acidity. finish is clean and dry with some residual honey and acidity.

i had this on its own but it would truly make a great accompaniment to many foods especially sushi (for which it was designed to some degree I'm sure). i will do that again soon.

noeldundas, May 06, 2009
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4.45/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Opaque golden honey. ~1 finger of white head with about average lacing.

S - Fresh white peach, touch of toast, honey, hint of golden raisins.

T - Bring ricey grains, touch of sour malt, light grade honey. Alcohol says hello for a split second later in the profile. Porridge and cream in the aftertaste.

M - Soft texture and a medium body. Finishes slightly sweet.

D - Very drinkable. Mellow flavors and a great mouthfeel.

vfgccp, Jan 01, 2011
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4.4/5  rDev +25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

a: cloudy, light gold like hay. white fluffy head disipated quickly, some lacing.
s: sweet smell, honey, light citrus, molasses . nice but not complex.
t: well balanced light pale ale flavor. citrus and hop bitterness very mild and subtle.
m: light body, mild carbonation. nice hot weather beer
d: easy drinker that cleanses the pallet. not sure what the abv is, but certainly not overpowering.

tosshin, Sep 06, 2009
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4.38/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer in a 4oz sample glass at the brewery as part of a sampler.

A-nice bright golden color with a white head

S-clean and very bready smelling

T-dough, almost chewy, clean


D-Drink this beer. I will definately have this beer again and again. I had it with fish and chips and it was a very good pairing.

jneiswender, Aug 06, 2009
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4.33/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- slightly hazy bright golden with a lime green aura about it and lots of rising bubbles, looks very nice in a pils glass. sturdy eggshell colored foam has a tint of yellow to it. excellent retention and delicate spotty lace.

S- light grains and lemony grassy hops, and the mildly smokey toasty buckwheat is inviting and reminds me of buckwheat pancakes i used to have as a kid. aromas not usually found in a light beer such as this add a dimension of interest to what otherwise may be a pretty boring pale ale.

T- very interesting flavor. this is a very mild brew, but the tiny nuances and background subtleties that come out upon swallowing a swig of this stuff are incredible and in many ways hard to describe. starts off with lightly toasted grains and a dash of german flavor hops but as the beer goes down it becomes herbal and earthy and nutty with fruity hints of apricot and plum and rather spicy in an asian sort of way minus the ginger. delicate is used as a description on the bottle and delicate is the best way to describe this one. the soba flavors are fleeting, and all the other intricacies are so light and mild that seeking out particular flavors is nearly of no use, and i find it pretty sweet that a mild ale such as this can have such depth and complexity. anyway, finishes dry and clean and herbal and lemony and toasty with little bitterness but plenty of hop flavor.

MF- smooth and refreshing, light bodied with perfect medium carbonation, a little astringent on the cheeks and drying. the feel of hop oil coats the palate.

D- maybe there should be more beers brewed with buckwheat. as nice of an addition as rye in my opinion, but not popular enough to be a staple like wheat. very interesting unexpected flavor came out of this one and i can't wait to try the dark version waiting quietly in my fridge. allez cuisine!

hustlesworth, Jun 07, 2009
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4.33/5  rDev +23%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had no idea what Soba was before reviewing this beer. According to the all knowing Wikipedia, soba is a Japanese noodle that is made from buckwheat flour. Who knows if they needed the buckwheat flour in noodle form in order to make this beer? I love to see brewers experimenting with ingredients. No freshness date on the 22oz. bottle. Served in a Carlsberg pint glass.

A: Soba ale pours a somewhat hazy deep golden color with very orange hues. There is a nice off-white head which leaves a very modest amount of lace on the side of the glass. The head drops down quickly. Some carbonation is visible through the haze.

S: There is a very unique smell to this beer. Soba? Hops aroma is a mild spicy smell, accompanied by a sweet malt smell. In fact there is a very sugary smell, reminiscent of rock candy, much like FFF Rabid Rabbit.

T: Light "zesty" flavor, like the bottle claims. I can definitely taste the soba, even though I have never tasted soba alone. Behind the soba flavor lies a very well-balanced ale. Sweet (caramel) malt and floral hops. "Wheat"-like flavor in the aftertaste.

M: Light bodied, with a spritzy carbonation. This beer is very crisp and dry. I think it works very well for this beer, which seems to be striving for a very drinkable, unique cuisine beer.

D: Like I said, one of this beer's main attractions id its drinkability. This is a delicious beer and is very much worth a second try, if not a position in the regular rotation.

MusicaleMike, Jun 18, 2008
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4.3/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber. Great appearance: extremely creamy lacing on the sides and a thin head throughout. A clear, dark gold appearance in general, really excellent and staple appearance. Really clean aromas of hops, wheats, light bread, citrus, grains and fruits. All well balanced. Taste is nice and sweet with wheaty and hop hints. Mouthfeel is really good: crisp, clean, dry and well carbonated. Overall, one of the best I have had from Rogue.

fitzy84, Jul 21, 2008
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4.3/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Live review. Poured from the 22 oz. bomber that I bought for $6.99 this past Saturday at Wegman's in Erie, PA with my friend Bill into my Samuel Smith pint glass. No observed "best by" date.

A Translucent classic yellow body under a 3 inch generous, meringue like head that sticks nicely to the inside of the glass. 3.5

S Very light nuttiness, some barley malt. Not a strong smelling beer. I like the softness, the nuttiness. Repeated sniffs revealed ...and this is going to sound odd... a macaroni like smell that is intriguing. 4.5

T Either this is a tremendous tasting beer or I am in a particularly good mood. This is great! There is this soft nutty flavor that is really unique. I find myself wanting to drink more and more sips to get more of an idea of the flavor. It strikes me that one would either like this beer or not though, as the taste is a bit odd. Odd in a good way for me, maybe not for others. 4.5

M Nice and smooth with the head that leaves a nice lacing. 4.0

D Good, as suggested in the description of the taste. I really wanted to keep sipping to experience that taste over and over. 4.0

Notes: Really unique tasting beer from Rogue and that gets points from me.

adamette, Mar 03, 2010
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4.28/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a cloudy golden straw color with a big fluffy white head, and leaves tons of lacing till the end. lots of sweet and floral smells. tastes really good with sweet bready malts tons of floral hops and a slight nuttieness on the end. had a light smooth medium carbonation feel to it. was the perfect beer for a salad and fish tacos after working in the yard all day.

match1112, Apr 18, 2011
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Morimoto Soba Ale from Rogue Ales
80 out of 100 based on 453 ratings.