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Morimoto Soba Ale - Rogue Ales

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Morimoto Soba AleMorimoto Soba Ale

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471 Ratings
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Ratings: 471
Reviews: 211
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 15.91%
Wants: 16
Gots: 22 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Rogue Ales visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-25-2007

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
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5/5  rDev +42%

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5/5  rDev +42%

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5/5  rDev +42%

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5/5  rDev +42%

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5/5  rDev +42%

Photo of meday
4.92/5  rDev +39.8%
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.

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4.75/5  rDev +34.9%

Photo of beernerd67
4.7/5  rDev +33.5%
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!

Photo of Maltmaiden
4.6/5  rDev +30.7%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

Photo of noeldundas
4.47/5  rDev +27%
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.

Photo of vfgccp
4.44/5  rDev +26.1%
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.

Photo of StanfordBlack
4.43/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This one is strange for me. I think it's overall a good beer, but only if I'm in the right mood.

Appearance: beautiful gold color that reflects the wheaty nature of the beer.

Smell: absolutely wonderful! Rich notes of toasted buckwheat with a very mild floral hint. Smelling it brought a nice big smile to my face.

Taste: a bit delicate but nice with hints of buckwheat and a very slight but pleasant starchiness. Standalone the beer is great! But with a nice bowl of hot udon it's a masterpiece.

Feel: good, but not perfect. I felt it lacked a prominent head and unfortunately was a tad flat. It's not bad, but it feels like it's meant to be paired with food.

Overall: it's a good beer, but not something I would drink on board games night. Rather it's one I would prefer on a quiet night watching a movie and eating some Udon.

Photo of tosshin
4.37/5  rDev +24.1%
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.

Photo of jneiswender
4.35/5  rDev +23.6%
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.

Photo of Severdali
4.35/5  rDev +23.6%

You'll get the Soba taste. If you like it, you will be hooked. Nutty.

Nuff' sed

Photo of hustlesworth
4.3/5  rDev +22.2%
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!

Photo of match1112
4.3/5  rDev +22.2%
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.

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Morimoto Soba Ale from Rogue Ales
80 out of 100 based on 471 ratings.