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Morimoto Soba Ale - Rogue Ales

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Morimoto Soba AleMorimoto Soba Ale

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BA SCORE
80
good

453 Ratings
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Ratings: 453
Reviews: 207
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 16.19%
Wants: 14
Gots: 19 | 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:
8 Ingredients:
Malts: Roasted Soba, Harrington, Metcalf, Munich & C-15.
Hops: Crystal.
Yeast & Water: Rogue's Pacman Yeast & Free Range Coastal Water.

12º PLATO
30 IBU
75 AA
14º Lovibond

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-25-2007)
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.95/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a murky light yellow-orange with a super foamy off-white head that settles to a thick cap on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, and a fruity note. Taste is much the same with a grainy flavor on the finish. There is a mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a very high level of carbonation with an extremely crisp and prickly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer with a carbonation level that is not helping the aromas or flavors at all.

UCLABrewN84, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +13.6%

djrn2, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

zestar, Nov 12, 2013
Photo of brentk56
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy honey color with a thick head that leaves plenty of splashy lace

Smell: Honey sweetness with earthy buckwheat tones

Appearance: Honey coated wheat toast, up front, with the sweetness lingering as it is countered by earthy hops; a bit grainy in the finish, though the earthy tones blend nicely with the sweeter malts

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I can see this pairing very nicely with Japanese food but as a standalone beverage it is a bit too sweet to command my attention

brentk56, Sep 13, 2014
Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Anybody know what soba is? Apparently it's good roasted and paired with harrington and metcalf (whatever the hell those are too). The lable tells me this much. And you can throw it in a beer.

The aromas sweet, spicy, pungent, fruity, and earthy. Notes of ginger, fresh tobacco, root beer, and weak colas are abundant. Maltiness takes the form of caramel while the yeast provide the classic Rogue fruitiness.

Flavors of the malt take the foreground with the expected caramel maltiness and raw barley taste. Fruitiness and shortbread tastes persist and provide a good springboard for the spicy ginger and raw tobacco taste. A lingering flat cola taste comes into the aftertaste and makes the beer less than clean.

An unusually dirty straw color shows moderate haze. Good head formaiton leads to good retention and a fair amount of lacing.

The malty character leads to a clean attenuation in the body- creamy and dry at the same time. Low on hop bitterness, the sweetness takes hold in the mouthfeel and later leaves a light residual sweetness on the tongue. A peppery sensation accompanies the earthy and spicy notes- typical of ginger.

It's interesting that this beer was chosen to distribute along side of other Rogue beers. The unique ginger and tobacco taste is odd and intriguing, but too unusual to be a 'go to' beer. All this is wrapped in that classic Rogue yeastiness. ...and what the hell is soba?

BEERchitect, Jun 20, 2009
Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

kjkinsey, Jun 12, 2014
Photo of GRG1313
3/5  rDev -14.8%

GRG1313, Mar 01, 2014
Photo of mikesgroove
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one ws rather intresting. Poured a nice, buttad hazy light brown with a touch of amber to it. Nice two finger head of creamy off white lace formed on top and this was quickly settled down and replaced by a thin layer of lace ontop and adequate side glass lace. A very nice carbonation profile was visible. Smell was light. I picked up some rice, and what almost seemed like a blueberry aroma, although I could not really place exactly what it was. The tase was kinda odd to in that it was trying to be a light lager but came of a little sweet with a big rice flavor. Overall this was intresting although not my favorite roge I have tried it definitly wasnt bad. I would pick one up again in a pinch but wouldnt really seek one out.

mikesgroove, Nov 09, 2007
Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

jaydoc, Jan 05, 2014
Photo of womencantsail
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer pours a clear golden copper color with a large white head on it.

S: Smells interesting. Very heavy on the biscuity malts with a touch of corn, perhaps. Nice floral hop notes. Very intense floral notes, actually which give the beer a somewhat perfumey nose. A little bit of spice is present, too.

T: Big time floral flavor. A bit honey-like, in a sense. Good sweetness to the beer with a biscuit and toast malt profile. A light nuttiness on the background (I guess that's what the soba provides?).

M: On the lighter end of medium in body with a fairly high level of carbonation.

O: I've had this one a few times over the years and have consistently liked it. It's a good beer, but like many Rogue products, not something I would frequently purchase.

womencantsail, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
3.03/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this one the same night I had the dark version of it. I found this one to be better but not by much. The beer poured out as a typical golden color. The head was decent and left some lacing. The smell of the beer had some herbal notes to it but not enough to overpower the malts and hops. The taste of the beer was a little strange to me but it wasn't as wierd as the Black one. Some different things going on in this brew, not sure how to describe. The mouhfeel of this beer is on the lighter side and is fairly drinkable. Overall I'm not missing this beer much since I had it. I can't probably pass this one up from now on.

Knapp85, Jun 20, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber - $4.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazed copper body with a frothy, foamy, white head.

Smell: Fragrant, delicate nose of fresh flowers, honey-dipped biscuits, fruit, as well as nuts and spice.

Taste: Lightly sweet clover honey stirred up with some crumbled dry biscuits. Curious touch of berry-like fruitiness amidst hints of dried lemon peel and coriander. Small hint of nuts. Floral, spicy hop character with a modest amount of imparted bitterness present. Finishes dry with some lasting honeyish and floral qualities.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Worth at least one try, I'd say. A subtle, pleasant brew simply eager to be paired with a meal of some sorts, say, a plate of trout almondine.

ChainGangGuy, May 17, 2009
Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +13.6%

JAHMUR, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of SocalKicks
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

SocalKicks, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle. Japanese ingredient sensibilities via the west coast, all the way now to lovely central Texas. I'll bite.

This beer pours a lightly hazy, medium golden amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, loosely bubbly dirty white head, which leaves some sparsely patterned streaks of randomly webbed lace around the glass as it genially recedes.

It smells of buttery, toasted wheat grain, some further crackery pale malt, a touch of corn and rice sweetness, and some tamely bitter earthy, leafy hoppiness. The taste is sweet buttered all-grain bread, more mundane husky rice and corn cereal grain, a touch of dry floral honey, ethereal oily nuts, and somewhat weirdly herbal spicy hops.

The carbonation is fairly low-key and sedate, the body a decent medium weight, and generally quite smooth. It finishes still strangely grainy, and yet clean and kind of crisp.

An interesting enough sideways glance at alternative brewing grains, but the strangeness of the buckwheat's manifestation here are limiting me to sharing this bottle, probably.

biboergosum, Nov 10, 2008
Photo of zeff80
3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

A - Poured out an golden orange color with a tan, foamy, two-finger head. It left some nice lace.

S - It smelled very floral and citrusy. Also, some wheat aromas.

T - This was fairly sweet and fruity. Some lemon and corriander flavors. The wheat taste was also noticeable.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is an okay beer. I expected more with the fancy labeling. But it certainly is drinkable.

zeff80, Jun 02, 2008
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

WVbeergeek, Feb 17, 2014
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

RblWthACoz, Oct 16, 2012
Photo of Slatetank
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Slatetank, May 15, 2013
Photo of Rifugium
3.93/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Rogue, Portland, OR

Poured a slightly hazy orange-yellow with a wispy white head; minimal lacing. Aroma of grains, grass, light citrus, green tea. The green tea profile really followed through in the taste and in the texture. I really liked this. Also tastes of light herbal hops, grass, and lemony zest. Body was on the lighter side of medium, but man, for the style, this beer sure went down smooth and easy. Very enjoyable overall.

Rifugium, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of WesWes
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a lots of suspended floaties. It has a pretty white head that lasts. The aroma is decent. It has a light, pale malt scent along with a nutty, roasted soba aroma. The taste is decent as well. It's light, with a nice pale malt flavor. It goes down easy and finishes bitter with a mild hop element. I'm not sure what soba tastes like, but there is a slight nuttiness to the palate as well as a zing that I can't describe. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinker, although I'll probably not pick it up again. All in all, it's worth a try.

WesWes, Jan 21, 2008
Photo of mdfb79
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

mdfb79, Mar 03, 2014
Photo of Gavage
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a cloudy orange color with a 1" head. Some light lacing develops.

Smell: buckwheat and grass are most dominant. Slight fruit in the background.

Taste: buckwheat, malt, grass, hint of lemon zest, a touch of spiciness, and mild bitterness makes up a mellow ale that is easy to drink.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp throughout. Dry at the finish. Aftertaste is dry and brief. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: easy to quaff this one. Light on the tastebuds. Worth giving this a try.

Gavage, May 11, 2008
Photo of orangesol
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

orangesol, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of lacqueredmouse
1.53/5  rDev -56.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I can get Rogue in Australia, but this one never really gripped me enough to buy it for the exorbitant import price. But I was always curious so thought while in America, it was worth trying it out.

Pours a very clear light golden colour, with a fine-bubbled head of white. Lacing is extremely good, even if it sticks in obviously large bubbles around the glass. Looks decent enough.

Nose is really rather sweet, with an almost sickly malted grain cloyingness and a whiff of overripe apples. Nothing much of anything else, except a lingering butteriness that affixes itself to the sweetness and makes it seem worse.

Taste is weird, and confronting. Big welling of slightly corny sweetness, more of that faint apple aroma and a hint of something that could be spicy. Oh, it's such an unpleasant flavour - something that just rankles me, rubs me in completely the wrong way. Maybe I just really despite Soba, but in the beer, it's horrid. Feel is light enough, but doesn't do anything to protect against the rank flavours on the palate.

Oh, horrible, horrible. I can see that this is a beer that's likely to polarise opinion, but it has me firmly on the side of despising it. The sweetness is cloying and unpleasant, almost like the juice from a garbage bin. Maybe some people like this flavour. I think it's repugnant.

I'm so pleased I only spent the US price on this and not the AU price. It doesn't work for me at all - indeed I find it truly offensive - be warned that there is the rank possibility that you will hate this.

lacqueredmouse, Nov 02, 2010
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Morimoto Soba Ale from Rogue Ales
80 out of 100 based on 453 ratings.