Sorachi Ace Single Hop IPA - Mikkeller ApS
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Reviews by Ego:
3.6/5 rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
on top of the cap: 8271103
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...
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)
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)
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.
Serving type: bottle
02-10-2013 05:21:19 | More by Ego
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4.43/5 rDev +16%
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
Serving type: bottle
08-19-2013 23:16:31 | More by mfnmbvp
Sorachi Ace Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
86 out of 100 based on 128 ratings.