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Sorachi Ace Single Hop IPA - Mikkeller ApS

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Sorachi Ace Single Hop IPASorachi Ace Single Hop IPA

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BA SCORE
86
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138 Ratings
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Ratings: 138
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 4
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Denmark

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Dope on 06-14-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 138 | Reviews: 58
Photo of mfnmbvp
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 fl oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. I recently stumbled upon a bunch of these beers lately, and this is going to be my second beer from the Mikkeller Single Hop series. I just drank Duvel Tripel Hop 2013 Sorachi Ace yesterday, so I figured I would try out this version to see if I notice any further similarities.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.

A - Pours three big fingers of creamy fluffy beige head. Body is a beautiful light brown / dark burnt sienna orange color with lots of sediment floating around the glass. Looks great. Some nice thin rings of lace.

S - Wow, beautiful aroma. Creamy smooth caramelized malt presence, Belgian yeast / funk, and lots of earthy wood / vanilla character, with an almost slight hint of bourbon barrel in there. Smells truly wonderful.

T - Taste follows the nose, smooth caramel malts, earthiness, leafy herbal hops, and a creamy twiggy vanilla / wood character reminiscent of some nice bourbon barrel aging. I am definitely enjoying this one.

M - Feel is smooth and creamy. A bit of sticky sweetness lingering on the palate, but an otherwise clean and easy finish. Perfect low carbonation.

Overall, I thought it was a more enjoyable beer than the other Mikkeller Single Hop beer I tried yesterday, Mikkeller Warrior, and definitely a wonderful way to showcase the beauty of Sorachi ace hops. WIthout question, this is a beer worth trying if you can get your hands on some.

Mikkeller Sorachi Ace ---4.5/5

Photo of stcules
2.38/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Parallel with the Willamette.
Loight orange color.
In the smell, some sweet royal jelly, grassy touches. Some butter, and chives notes.
This one covers the maltiness more than the Willamette.
Frankly, not a great taste.
Some harsh hop in the aftertaste.

Photo of Ego
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

on top of the cap: 8271103

eyes...
big but not over zealous head stacks up on itself like snow in boston...
about 2 fingers of mixed bubbles (smaller on the bottom, craggy soap dwellers on top), a little audible sizzle but not too much as this absolutely is filled with bubbles in a frenzy on the audobon of light orange, the forecast calls for just a slight haze but it should not impact my review...
this is a nice looking brew, lacing, consistent color, lovely head...

nose...
caramel malts with a "brown" earthy hop aroma, the aroma of lemons left lying around (like the thing at the bar where lemons languish longingly for libations), interesting but not awe inducing (nor habit forming)

taste etc...
mellow, everything is mellow, almost drinks like a more punched up (carbonation wise) ESB, good mouthfeel and proper weight, the earthy brown flavor is very present with some mild bitterness (very much in balance with the malt). some warming is apparent from the ABV. a nice drinker but nothing sparkles (and yet nothing sucks either)

verdict?
APA? not sure on this one, to me an APA is a hopped up PA... not to say this is bad, it certainly is tasty but perhaps just a euro pale ale really to be fair. This is interesting and worth a try, I suspect some people might enjoy the balance here rather than the over the top hop carnage.

Photo of ocelot2500
3.41/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy sunburst orange with a tight, white head that leaves good sized chunks of lacing.

Smells of lemon and grassy notes.

Tastes of the hop notes upfront with a solid malt base. The lemon notes are prominent leading way to floral and grass notes. Decently bitter. Malts come in and add a little grainy sweetness along with bread notes. Fairly balanced overall.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is interesting, but not outstanding and definitely not worth the import surcharge.

Photo of joecast
3.31/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Grabbed two to compare. Starting here with Sorachi Ace.

Not the most impressive thing poured into a glass. Lots of floating sediment which I normally don't mind. This however is a bit much. Otherwise it looks ok. Bright copper (though incredibly cloudy) with a decent foamy white head.

Lemon lime citrusy hops aroma. Pretty enjoyable really. Would seem to suit a nice light APA in small amounts.

Smooth bitterness and hop flavor. Light lime tinge to it. A bit of malt in the background but generally nice and dry.

Yeah, it's an ok IPA. A bit one dimensional but guess that's expected from a single hop beer. I like the hops though, just might be better suited to a different beer. Well done to the brewer(s) for putting it out there.

Photo of AllenChaney
4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Love the subtlety of this hop profile! The mouthfeel and taste is superb but I think the aroma lags behind. I prefer a piney spice or pungent citrus aroma kick but the Sorachi Ace is much softer and almost bready. Love the lingering hop taste, very complex and thought provoking.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

been dying to try this, as the sorachi ace hop is my favorite, yet most mysteriously absent from every day beers. this baby pours a hazy golden to orange color with a small but quickly fading white head. the nose is magic, there is that lemon cream buttery smooth flavor i love from this hop, its subtle, but distinct at the same time. malt profile seems less than the other single hop beers ive had, but maybe its just more unique hop. flavor is just a little bitter up front, lemon rind and pale malts. a sweeter and delicate lemon flavor, cut grass and bright alcohol. its so unique in the hop world, i need more beers with this. great feel, a little buttery, and soft, but not greasy like some people reoprt from this hop. balanced carbonation, medium body, and a long lasting semisweet citrus finish, layered with hay and a farmy vibe. i love this. easily the best of the single hop beers in this series.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The hop education continues as Mikkeller employs the Japan-influenced of Sorachi Ace. Not to be confused with soracha, this relatively new hop variety demonstrates a fragrant wood and lemony note that reminds me of sassafras.

But before the beer gets to the nose or taste buds, it opens with an uncharacteristic dark rusty hue. Though much darker than common IPA, the beer's firm maltiness and proper hop proteins build a rich lather atop the beer. High rates of retention and lace create the classy look that affirms IPA character.

Sharp aromas of freshly shaven wood, perhaps sawdust, lemon peel and cracked peppercorn leap out above a malt foundation of bread crust, overcooked caramel, and cashews. Although the aromas remain hop-centric, the malty scent offers more of a rebuttal than is common in the style.

Similarly, the flavors favor the Sorachi Ace hop but only slightly. The sharp taste of sandalwood, verbena, sassafras, lemon zest, and an almost riesling-like acidity play off the tongue with an immediate bitter pang. The acids, peppery notes, and tannin-like bitterness assists the smoother bitterness and seem to be in stark contrast to the sweeter malts underneath. The rich taste of bread crust, slightly burnt caramel, and starch not only balances the hops too much, they also detract from the more subtle hop flavors. (Not the best recipe for an IPA that's supposed to celebrate any hop variety in all their glory.)

Medium bodied, yet the beer carries a richer overtone from the heavy creaminess from carbonation and malt. As the carbonation waivers and takes the malt textures with it, the woody hop bitterness is accompanied by tannin-striped astringencies of lemongrass, boiled tea leaves, and solvents. Late dryness is mildly powdery, warming, and steers toward a gin-like aftertaste.

The intelligence behind the single hop series is incredible. But I still contend that the malts interfere with the hops way too much in every beer of the series. This example teaches me that the Sorachi Ace hops are designed for Belgian beer styles like saison, and not the best choice for American style beers like IPA.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep amber with a large, lasting head.
Nose shows the usual Sorachi Ace lemon custard and earthy herbal notes along with clean malt underneath.
Hop-focussed flavours, more lemon and herbal notes with accompanying sharp, spicy bitterness. Could use more malt.
Too much carbonation.

Photo of IPA35
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before: 11/04/2014

A dark amber beer with a slightly off white head. Hazy.

Smells of fruity hops; tropical fruits and resin but different than IPA's with American hop variaties that are know for their fruitiness (Casacade and such).

Interesting flavours imparted by the Sorachi Ace hops.
Light citrus flavours (lemon zest, grapefruit), white grape and quite alot of drying bitterness. It is fruity but not really fruity like the famous American hops, I can understand where the dill references come from, this is a tad more savoury and spicey than the American hops.
Quite nice although I probably prefer the really fruity hop varieties.

Other than that it has some sweet malts in it.

Mouthfeel is medium with low/medium carbonation.

My first beer with Sorachi Ace, as far as I know, enjoyable. I will be trying more of this series when I get the chance.

Photo of russpowell
4.11/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed amber with 2+ finger of sand colored head. Great head retention & good lacing

S: Herbal & woody hops, some breadyness, fades as this warms

T: Grapefruit & pineapple, some piney notes as well up front. Some woody dryness as this warms, orchard fruits, pineapple & grapefruit are all there. Finishes with grapefruit, orange peel, woody & dry & a touch of pineapple & passion fruit

MF: Medium bodied, low carbonation, nice balance

This is a good AIPA, but too pricey...

Photo of drpimento
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very good beer. Poured at a good temperature with a large, foamy, frothy, fluffy, off-white head that lasts a long time and lots of lace. Color is a clear dark amber with some bubble trails. Aroma is at first hops, then caramel, malt and hop, yeast, grain. Flavor's like nose, carbonic tang, sweet, and bitter all very well balanced and working together. Can't really tell what distinguishes this hop variety. Body and carbonation are excellent. Finish is very long and goes from bitter to a slight bittersweet with a little alcohol warmth.

Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives with a modest head capping the cloudy amber liquid; some nice streakage laces the glass

Smell: Brown sugar and lemongrass

Taste: Lemongrass leads off, with brown sugar underneath; the sweet malts linger, almost like a Bock, but there is plenty of pithy bitterness that balances out the sweeter flavors throughout

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I'm not so crazy about the malt flavor but I did enjoy the lemongrass imparted by the Sorachi Ace hops

Photo of dbrauneis
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Beer Street Brooklyn in New York, NY

A: Pours a hazy copper in color with some light hints of yellow/orange when held up to the light and light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall off-white head that reduces to a thicker ring at the edges of the glass and a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light amounts of malt sweetness with stronger notes of pine and lemon.

T: The beer starts out with the lemony flavor of the Sorachi Ace hop and then transitions to the sweet caramel malts and light bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp.

O: A very nice example that highlights the Sorachi Ace hop - enjoyable and quite tasty. Easy enough to drink but a little too strong to be sessionable.

Photo of Amalak
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A. Hazy copper color with a nice tan foamy head and lots of lacing. Bubbly.

S. It has almost a robotusm grape scent with wheat. Intense.

T. Similar to the scent, it has an odd taste. It has a rhubarb taste or something. Complex. Kind of like the soda Sprite.

M. Smooth with a weird aftertaste.

O. Very different than Brooklyn's Sorachi Ace. I like the way the Brooklyn employed the Sorachi Ace hops more. This is just a bit too all over the place. Not bad, it's interesting, but too mcuh.

Photo of Beerenauslese
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Body and head typical of the series. Dissipates to a ring with some lacing.

There is a bit of lemongrass on the nose, but it is delicate. I am thinking the malt bill for the single hop series is too strong for this hop.

There is some lemon fruit, especially in the fore palate, but the fruit seems muted. Also a soda water element. Back palate has some caramel sweetness from the malt. Bitter greens and grapefruit skin in the finish.

Body is medium and carbonation is crisp.

I think the malt bill gets in the way of appreciating the Sorachi Ace in this one. While the bitterness is there, the fruitiness may have faded. In that case, the fault could be on my end: I probably needed to drink this one sooner.

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Both on-tap & 330ml bottle.Tumbler glass.Enjoyed on jan´12. Orangish amber in color.Chill haze. Yellowish white froth.Lasting rocky & creamy crown.Resiny aroma,tropical fruit fragancies with piney hues. Sharp bitter upfront followed by mildy malty flavor,exotic fruit notes -guava,grapefruit & mango-.Velvet palate.Hoppy bitter & viscous finish, oils & resins too. Medium body,moderate carbonation.Woody & fruity on the aftertaste. One more,Please!!

Photo of rarbring
3.23/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazy light amber, an off-white rather small head, some lacing and some curtains.

Smelling of lemon drops, yellow jelly beans, dill and fudge.

Taste of white bread, toffee, dill, crayfish and nettles.

Medium carbonation, small bubbles, a good body, slightly dry.

Nope, Sorachi Ace is not my favorite hop, and especially not as single hop.

Photo of goblue3509
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy yellowish copper color with a nice one and a half finger head which retains and leaves nice lace rings. The aroma is of spiciness and citrus. The taste follows suit, it starts with a spiciness and gives way to an earthy hop taste before the lemony hop taste comes through at the end. The taste seems to grow in intensity from the front to the back. The mouthfeel is lowly to moderately carbonated. Overall a solid above average ipa. It has a unique mix of flavors. It isn't best in class but worth a try.

Photo of biboergosum
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, single hop series - neeexttt!

This beer pours a cloudy medium golden amber hue, with three fingers of rambunctiously burbling foamy ecru head, which settles at an agreeable pace, eventually giving up some decently askew webbed lace around the glass for its efforts.

It smells of musky floral, weedy lemongrass - like that stuff you bought for the Vietnamese-themed dinner party from a dank corner in the local Asian foods superstore - and some cracker graininess pulls me out of the reverie of that particular cultural misstep. The taste is a bit more straight ahead lemony, without losing that frowsiness, the weeds and grass themes well trod upon, with a nondescript spiciness, and a light boozy edge, which raises allusions to unsweetened limoncello.

The bubbles are a wee bit racy, but to no ill effect, the body a somewhat maudlin medium weight, with a dull acidic edge taking little away from a stolid overall smoothness. It finishes with a struggling grainy sweetness, tamped down coldly by the lemony, grassy (more distinct now) bitterness.

I've come to know exactly one thing about the Sorachi Ace hop varietal (with apologies to U2) - leeemooonnn! Now, I see that it's a little bit more complex, what with that crazy grass, and all...anyways, another well-rendered lab specimen example of what a particular hop can do for you, deprived of its supporting cast.

Photo of wordemupg
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into tulip 5/3/12

A Very hazy dark brownish orange, darkest I've seen in this series, nice large two finger tan head has decent retention and leaves partial rings of lace even after falling to a thin film

S smells like lemon wedge iced cream bars, lemongrass, and a little toffee

T just a little pine and citric rind, some herbal notes and its a little weedy, I like the flavors a little more then the smell just a little more going on

M creams up quickly after entry, just a little bite to it and a nice lemony aftertaste lingers

O another solid brew from this series, interesting hop profile and well concealed booze

I can see myself drinking this again but not until the Mikkeller flood dries up a little here in Alberta, I have too many too try

Photo of IronDjinn
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 330 ml brown bottle, abv. listed as 6.9%. Pours out a cloudy amber hue, with a tall creamy off-white head that retains incredibly well.

Lemon, lemon rind and lemon grass on the nose, floral and perfumey notes. Some hay and earthy notes.

A big belt of lemon, lemon rind, and grass up front, some toasty grainy malt manages to make an appearance in the middle, finishing rather clean with a dry lemon pith character.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side, slippery texture with a low level of carbonation.

What can I say, I love Sorachi Ace hops, so subjectively for me this is basically beer porn candy. Based on that a very enjoyable selection from this single hop series.

Photo of ADZA
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thought id try three of these back to back to really get a feel for the different tastes anyway this one pours a golden caramel hue with a three finger bubble laden head and lacing everywhere,now this smell is really different to the other two and definately one of the best smells of this hop used that ive smelt its lemon sherbet,flowers,fragrant washing powder,freshly cut limes and lemon leaves when ripped in half,the mouthfeel is light bodied like the Citra and could have more body to it and has tastes of lemon zest,lime juice,sherbet,wheatgrass,a touch of nectarines and finished with a lemony hop bitterness and overall even though that beautiful smell never carried over to the taste it still holds its own and one of the best uses of this hop ive tasted and also my fav of the Citra and Bravo when tasted back to back cheers.

Photo of beerdrifter
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up all 19 of the Mikkeller Single Hop Series beers at my favorite beer store in Belgium, Dranken Geers. Slightly cloudy yellow-amber pour with two finger head, great retention, and crazy lacing. Very unique and hard to describe nose. It's kind of a perfumey lemon zest aroma with hints of pine and just a touch of caramel. I swear I've cleaned my shower with this stuff. This unusual smell comes through in the taste as well. Very bitter and herbal with hints of fresh spruce, lemongrass, tangerines, grapes, and just a touch of white pepper. The sweet caramel malt eventually emerges, but is no match for these very unique hops. Nice resiny, oily mouthfeel with a huge tangy, bitter finish from the 102 IBU's. This is the kind of beer that really highlights the whole idea behind the single hop series. You really get to experience the unique characteristics of this very unusual hop.

Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fresh bottle. Pleasant aroma, not very hoppy. Pours foamy cloudy golden body that leaves thick lace. Tasty stuff! perhaps the best use of the hop that I remember, with an understated lemon hop taste. Very good drinkability.Average mouthfeel.Well worth seeking out.

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Sorachi Ace Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
86 out of 100 based on 138 ratings.