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Morimoto Soba Ale - Rogue Ales

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Morimoto Soba AleMorimoto Soba Ale

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473 Ratings
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Ratings: 473
Reviews: 213
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 15.91%
Wants: 17
Gots: 27 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 473 | Reviews: 213
Photo of Durge
3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This shows a deep dark mahogany color with a decent fizzy light tan head and medium lacing. I get a very sweet malt and raisin aroma. The taste follows suit with deep nuttiness and evergreen crispness. Lively carbonation, thinish but refreshing and tastey. Quite malty sweet, almost soda-ish, some charcoal noted at the finish. Very drinkable.

Photo of deanhead
3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brilliant golden color. Poured a dense creamy, rocky white head

Spicy aroma, flowers & lavender

Clean tasting ale, slight sorghum taste. Very crisp bitterness. Very much lager like in taste.

Very light almost thin body.

This beer is okay. I might enjoy it with some spicy Korean or Thai food. It's certainly not something I would seek out, but would have with something spicy.

Photo of thekevlarkid
3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I don't even like Soba noodles. But I'm a sucker for novelty so... out of the bomber this one poured into my glass a clear, straw gold color with an off-white head. The aroma was lightly sweet and grainy (fresh soba?) with some pale malt. The graininess really comes through on the palate along with some floral hops, a spice I can't place and something like wild dry grass. Odd. The body was light and clean but I can't warm up to it enough to call it drinkable. An interesting experience but not one I'll seek out again.

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.28/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another great selection from Rogue, this one having a less upfront flavor and a lighter body than Im used to from their brewery. Nonetheless, an all-around pleaser

A- One of the best things about this beer is the head and the glittering lace it leaves. 2-fingers in my wide-mouthed glass and lace that leaves hypnotic patterns. The beer is a slightly cloudy light-amber(orange-yellow). many streams of carbonation liven up the appearance and keep the head alive. Would get a 5 if it were cloudier.

S- Smell is faint but defined by the "Soba" buckwheat. Mmmm I love wheat as a malt in my beer. Also got some fruitiness probably from the yeast.

T- Taste is good. There the hops are! Crystal hops leave a nice pinch of bitterness without overpowering the wonderful array of malts which include wheat. Mmmm

M- Medium-light, crisp and refreshing feeling that is good both for chugging and sipping.

D- I'm going to call this a perfect session beer and assume that it could also go with any meal except something very sweet

Photo of Foxman
3.28/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It pours a clear golden yellow with moderate carbonation. A finger of tight white head settles to a frothy summer blanket. Flips of lacing tress the inside of the glass.

In the aroma, a thin mix of pale malt and tart graininess blends with a soft dough note and a biscuit earth tone. Distant hop spice is there but fades soon.

Upon tasting, lightly toasted malt, mildly sweet, precedes a baked dough element that is soon crisped by a general hop presence. Those hops are also a touch grassy to go with some measure of pepper. A gentle pucker goes bitter on the way to a brief but dry finish. There's just not much going on here.

Light bodied, it's a fast flowing, crisply glowing palatal mediocrity.

I'm not sure which impresses me less, this beer or Giuliani's introduction of Sarah Palin. Well, neither shines in my eyes, though one prospect does depress me a little. And no, not the beer. The beer is just an attempt at something different that gets lost in the something-new shuffle. It's fairly refreshing, and overall, fairly okay. It goes down, no fault there. However, it's not my fault I feel no desire to repeat this endeavor.

Photo of Atron67
3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a golden hue, light yellow ish color, had a decent whitish head build up on top as well. fell relatively quick, with lace sticking around the rim of the liquid, but not really sticking to the glass.

S- light fruity character, for those who don't know what soba is, its a rhubarb family member so its lightly tart and sour, but it appears to be pretty light in this one.

T- has a very smooth light lager aroma, flavorful, and the soba gives it a nice light (the bottle didnt lie) nutty flavor. it finishes with a the soba flavor and the yeast is very laid back. it has a light sweetness to it. there is also a light tartness on the tongue

M- light, refreshing as it is meant to be.

D- its pretty solid, glad i picked it up.

Photo of changeup45
2.74/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Not the best offering from Rogue. Pours a muddy orange color, small head and not really any lacing. Aroma is hoppy and sweet smelling. When I drink this I feel like I'm drinking a watered down orange or grapefruit juice. Mouthfeel is thin. Quite sour as well which lingers into the aftertaste. Probably won't get it again.

Photo of MisterClean
3.23/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz from a judging contest

A - Poured a straw golden hue, moderate head, which dissipated slow.

S - Buckwheat, spices, and malts.

T - Fairly spicy, malty, with little notes of buckwheat.

M - Fairly astringent, but the beer really grows on you.

D - Not sure I'd buy another bottle, but you should definitely experience this beer as it is interesting.

Photo of JRed
3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Exceptional and unique, caramel colored with a strong scent of grains and asian spices. Delicate and for a refined taste, this brew isn't the norm but makes itself likable through its smooth taste and hard-to-place flavors. Welcome to the Grain Train, baby! Soba grains create a malty aftertaste that slides its flavors down the back of the palate. This is a beer that I can imagine going well with food (especially Asian and Indian cuisine). A slight touch of extra mojo could help bring the Morimoto to a whole 'nother level of beers. Maybe some spices to break up the monotony of grains that lasts.

Photo of SeanRedd
4.07/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hello yellow. Someone at Rogue has Asian fever and I dig. Begins oily, cuts quick into crisp. A medium body is home to roasted cereal grain and almonds. Tang takes over toasty's shift. A very pleasant, dry finish. This one, though unconventional, stays within comfort limits. Who knew granola could be so refreshing? And with an unknown ABV...I'll pretend. Give me an excuse to call those massage girls in the back of the newspaper.

Photo of fitzy84
4.28/5  rDev +21.6%
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.

Photo of mikejk305
3.93/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a slightly hazy golden orange from the bottle, a small head that left some lacing.

Not a strong smell, I couldn't really find much to describe. Pleasant but nothing noteworthy.

A unique taste, hard to describe. Much like the smell there's not much I can pin down. I notice a bit of sweetness in the finish but I flat out can't find the words to describe this.

The mouthfeel is right in the middle. Perfect carbonation.

This beer is very drinkable. Perfect for spring or summer. I can imagine this going great with fish of all kinds. A great beer for a not too rich meal.

Overall I am pretty happy to be drinking this. it's a different beer that everyone should try.

P.S. I had some left in my 22oz bottle while I drank the first glass, and it went flat quick, never had that happen. Probably sat in the opened bottle 15 minutes and lost most of it's carbonation.

Photo of cvstrickland
3.28/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Double-deuce bomber with some Japanese writing on it that must be the freshness date, because there's none otherwise evident, poured into my handy l'il Delerium Tremens snifter yields a clear amber body capped with a loose finger of pale white foam that retains at a broken sheet and leaves filmy lacing on the glass.

Smell is toasty with an unknown root vegetable note. Something tangy.

Taste is dry malty apple with a fine, lasting bitterness. Good, then...a sour note...a tannic, tangy, astringent, sour, redundant-word-for-sour note threatens to take the drink over. The softest toasty malt reveals itself late to help bring some balance to the drink.

Extremely light, dry, crisp and pretty drinkable. Would be very nice with sashimi or sushi.

Photo of MusicaleMike
4.29/5  rDev +21.9%
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.

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.18/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From notebook, dated 05.20.07.

Nice copper color / slightly hazy / mild carbonation / nice head.

Tart and crisp / sweet malt / floral hop.

Crisp fruit / lightly sweet / floral hops / malt is kind of nutty / finishes clean.

Light carbonation / moderately smooth.

Light refreshing drinker. Would pair well with a meal - generally speaking, any meal. I guess it tastes a little odd, that soba. Fun to try, but I won't be running out to find another soba beer, even if I thought I could.

Photo of GRPunk
3.92/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bomber poured into an Imperial Pint glass.

A- It poured a hazy, golden orange with medium carbonation, and a 1-1/2 finger off-white head that eventually fell to a thick lace that left nice sticky rings.

S- It was definitely different from most beers with floral hops and vegetal aromas mixed with roasty caramel malts and a slight bubblegum (or maybe bandaid) scent.

T- It had a bubblegum flavor with slight caramel and some wheaty tones. It had a slightly lingering finish.

M- There was medium carbonation and a slightly chewy feel.

D- It's a good drinker. I could drink more than 1 on a warm, spring night.

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 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.

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.

Photo of avalon07
3.15/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: When poured from a bottle to a pint glass, this one had a lightish amber color and a cloudy consistency. Had a decent-sized, long-lasting head.

S: The aroma was very subtle. Some hops, malt and the titular soba. Doesn't blow you away, but is pleasant.

T: A bit on the thin side in this department. While you get a little bit of hops, malt and soba, it's mainly pretty watery. Very uneven at best.

M: This is a beer that could've used a shot of carbonation. It's just a little on the flat side.

D: This is a fairly average beer. It never really commits itself to its style. The taste is just too thin to love.

Photo of DoubleJ
4.13/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Yardhouse in Brea, on to the beer:

This beer is lighter copper in color, clear, filtered, and a good tight head. Lace rings are all over the glass as the beer is consumed. The aroma is made up of toasted malt, caramel, and a whisp of hops. The balance in this beer is very good, making this one a very easy drinker. Similar taste as exists in the nose, and somewhat clean. It's grainy upfront with a hint of peach, then it tastes like an APA. I had no idea this was suppose to be a fruit beer, so the style this is listed under was a surprise to me. Oh wait, it's brewed with buckwheat...that's a fruit?!?

Photo of BeerImmediately
2.91/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Crap!! Meant to get the Morimoto Imperial Pilsner - went from psyched to bummed in one whiff.

Terrific look to this one... Deep, golden color and outrageous, half-glass worth of foamy head. Some lacing on the way down.

Smell is grassy, with wheat quality.

Flavor was too close for comfort to a macro lager. Lightly nutty, like a brown ale.

Mouthfeel was pretty bland. Hangs out on the middle of the tongue for a few seconds, then ... poof. Nada.

Easy drinking beer, for sure. Nothing offensive or harsh about it. If you enjoy the soft nature of this brew, you could definitely session it.

Photo of canucklehead
3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orange gold colour with nice head. The nose is hoppy with a slight biscuit tinge. The taste is pure pale ale with a nice nutty touch to the finish. This is a beer that would go great with Sushi or any fish dish. Nice beer from Rogue with some differect ingredients to give it a slightly different flavour profile.

Photo of bruachan
3.97/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

nice poofy head up front that emits characteristic NW hop aromas: citrus, mint, juicyfruit. spicy and a touch nutty, as well

beer of indecisive color: not gold, not amber. good lacing, though

there lies an unfamiliar element within, which i attribute to the buckwheat; another kind of malt sweetness. it is complemented by hop flavor which is sweet it its own right. quite fruity

nice drink, actually. different, quaffable, controlled sweetness, moderate bitterness. i do find the mouthfeel to be a little meek at the end, fizzy

in the end, it would not be as nice a brew without the novelty of soba, methinks. an unusual element enhances what would otherwise be a solid (just solid) beverage

Photo of cswhitehorse
3.73/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Morimoto Soba Ale poured a semi clear orangish straw color with a good finger foam head and some nice sea wave lacing. There was no freshness date on the bottle.

The aroma was fruity, nutty and of a malt smell. The taste was malty up front with the light soba noodle taste on the finish. It was very delicate and left a nuttiness in the mouth. It had a nice hop bitterness as well. Overall a very enjoyable beer. For some reason or another I wasn't expecting much with this one but would definitely buy it again especially paring it with something light like chicken or fish.

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Morimoto Soba Ale from Rogue Ales
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