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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

431 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 431
Reviews: 206
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 16.19%
Wants: 11
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
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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trancesk8er

California

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

06-09-2012 04:17:58 | More by trancesk8er
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HEADYdb

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +13.6%

06-02-2012 15:24:36 | More by HEADYdb
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gkindrick


4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

05-31-2012 22:05:09 | More by gkindrick
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thefullpython


3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

05-28-2012 08:08:53 | More by thefullpython
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Hopmodium

Washington

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

05-25-2012 00:47:26 | More by Hopmodium
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TedSneakman


2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

05-17-2012 20:17:37 | More by TedSneakman
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Spider889

Ohio

3/5  rDev -14.8%

05-16-2012 17:10:38 | More by Spider889
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BrianParsons


4/5  rDev +13.6%

05-16-2012 14:47:52 | More by BrianParsons
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ThomasMetal75

Massachusetts

3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Effervescent apple juice, but cloudier. Nice foamy head forms, but quickly dissipated. I could see sediment floating around in the glass, but it was tiny particles.

S- Sweet, some kind of apricot or grapefruit aroma as well. Malty as well in the nose. You can smell the alcohol, but it's not overpowering the nose at all.

T- Tastes like a cross between a Killians Red and a malt liquor. Not much of the 4.8% ABV comes out in the taste. The beer had the malt liquor sweetness and grainy taste with the malty/almost toasted flavor of the Killians. There is a small floral note from the hops that balances the finish. This would probably go really well with brats and sauerkraut!

M- Medium to full bodied. It drinks like a heavier pilsner. It's an easy drinking beer, but the wrong kind for a really hot day.

Overall, I will not be seeking out this beer again. I appreciate that it didn't taste boozy, but the sweet macro lager/malt liquor taste with the red ale taste is just something that wasn't making me hunger for more, nor did it leave a lasting impression on me.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2012 18:54:00 | More by ThomasMetal75
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cashmier

New York

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

05-11-2012 16:02:40 | More by cashmier
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falconxman

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

04-30-2012 03:54:19 | More by falconxman
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duff247

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

04-28-2012 00:49:37 | More by duff247
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Irrationalist

California

4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

04-25-2012 03:03:44 | More by Irrationalist
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Rathakem

Oregon

3/5  rDev -14.8%

04-23-2012 03:25:17 | More by Rathakem
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Butzen

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Regarding this beer's relatively low rating on this site, I guess the pervasive problem of blown-out palates and huge flavor expectations applies here, as this golden-colored ale – reminiscent of a Belgian golden ale; darker than most pilsners, but not nearly amber – is subtle to be sure, but flavorful, clean and super enjoyable.

The “soba” here is the same soba in soba noodles ... it's tough to pick out in the finished product, although there is an extra nutty and lightly toasty quality that is unexpected in a beer this light.

Morimoto Soba is relatively light, very refreshing and nicely dry, like a macro Japanese lager but without the usual off-flavors and with some extra on-flavors. (And a big, bright-white, long-lasting head that those Japanese beers can't touch.) The aroma is perfume-like and somewhat fruity with notes of green apples (signifying diacetyl, but at “acceptable levels”), delicate hops, yeast and faint citrus, as well as hints of sake. The flavor is very smooth, yeasty and earthy, with gunpowder green tea and hints of tropical fruit in the mix, and the nice aftertaste of a good German pilsner.

This is a great food beer (the line was “launched with” Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto, though the extent of his involvement isn't entirely clear), particularly for light foods with a little umami – the beer itself has a bit of savoriness as well. It would go perfectly with sushi or fancy ramen, but also worked nicely for me with whole wheat crepes stuffed with lentils, shallots, mushrooms, kalamata olives and feta cheese.

(Read the full review at http://vittlesandbrews.blogspot.com)

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2012 14:36:54 | More by Butzen
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shiningwizard

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

04-05-2012 04:55:41 | More by shiningwizard
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dac0152

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

04-03-2012 19:27:54 | More by dac0152
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airbag11

New York

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

03-30-2012 17:37:01 | More by airbag11
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4/5  rDev +13.6%

03-29-2012 05:48:54 | More by KevdoggNasty
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Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

03-26-2012 16:02:54 | More by IPx
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chinchill

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1/2 of a 22oz bottle served in a pint glass.

A: Amber; slightly hazy; fine white head has excellent retention.

S: Has a very appealing aroma mainly from light toasted malt but also, I believe, from the soba (buckwheat).

T: follows aroma, with just hints of the earthiness and spiciness found in bolder Rogue brews. I thought the flavor profile was excellent for a beer designed to be consumed with Asian food.

M: Enough carbonation (medium) to be a little crisp and refreshing, especially with the surprisingly dry finish. Medium body.

O: Not enough complexity to be great, but a truly fine tasting beer that, as one might expect, was an excellent pairing with sushi. Highly drinkable. Seemed to be neither harmed nor helped by warming.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2012 14:52:37 | More by chinchill
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onewetpaw

Tennessee

3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Some slight orange and and earthy spice notes.

A- Deep golden with a light haze. Thin white head that persists for a while and leaves a little lace on the tulip glass.

F- Some earthy and spicy hop is present along with a light crispness that reminds me of japanese lagers, but without the thinness I get from Ichiban. The label states that it has a nutty finish. I can taste what they are getting at, but I don't think I'd pick it out as nutty. It has that somewhat protein rich flavor of a Soba noodle.

M- Brisk carbonation. The body is rather full and almost silky considering the OG and light nature of the beer. I wonder if the soba is adding to this like oats do?

O- A nicely drinkable beer. It's like what a japanese lager should be. I'd love to have this with japanese food.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2012 05:03:17 | More by onewetpaw
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Conor

Connecticut

2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

03-20-2012 00:33:08 | More by Conor
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whatsajessica

California

2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

03-15-2012 05:00:51 | More by whatsajessica
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TheSixthRing

California

4.08/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a slightly hazy light golden amber with a frothy, white 2-finger head that hangs around for a good few minutes. It takes a good few minutes before the head gives way to a fine, sticky lacing.

Smell - Lots of fruit in the smell - sweet orange, a bit of apple or peach, a bit of grain, faint caramel. Wonderful aromatic qualities in this beer.

Taste - Wonderfully floral to start, giving way to a slight fruity (berry, apple?) tartness, then a lightly roasted nut and grain dry finish. The fruity tartness tends to linger in the dry finish, giving the aftertaste an almost cranberry like quality.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied, and goes down silky smooth. Too smooth. More carbonation might give this beer a bigger bite, which I feel it would benefit from.

Overall - Iron Chef Morimoto knows his stuff, eh? This beer is light, but has an almost romantic flavor and beautiful balance. I'd certainly buy this beer more often if it weren't for the fairly hefty price tag combined with the fairly low ABV.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2012 06:45:57 | More by TheSixthRing
Morimoto Soba Ale from Rogue Ales
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