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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
very good

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.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 138 | Reviews: 58
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Photo of oberon
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a lighter amber with a 1/2 finger white head atop,herbal and grassy aromas with light biscuit dough underneath.Flavors were herbal and medicinal wich I wasnt a fan of,it seemed a bit raw.Not a bad beer but I wasnt a big fan of the medicinal hop flavors.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma is full of orange and lemon citrus notes with some toffee malt. The flavor is more of the same. I get a lot of orange and lemons with some biscuit malt. There is also a little bit of toffee and caramel mixed in. Medium bitterness.

Medium moutfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of glid02
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a clear copper color with a white head leaving decent lacing.

Smells of pale malts with good amounts of light citrus – lemon rind more than anything – and lighter amounts of apricots and tropical fruits.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though the hops are less robust. Pale malt flavors up front are joined by smooth lemon and grapefruit rind. Midway through the flavors sweeten with hints of nectarines and apricots, carrying through to a moderately bitter finish. Mouthfeel is good, with solid carbonation.

Overall I thought this was one of the better and more interesting beers in the series. Well worth a shot.

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 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.

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

on-tap, local option Chicago

from notes

appearance: served in a tulip, clear copper body, light white lace

smell: coconut, lemongrass, light toasted malt

taste: the sorachi ace is a really interesting hop - flavors remind of traditional thai dishes...coconut milk, lemongrass, lime. Really quite interesting - would like to see more of this hop in circulation

mouthfeel: medium side of light

overall: good

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 thagr81us
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cap numbered 8271103! Served from bottle into Stone nonic. Poured yellow-orange with a four finger off-white head that subsided to two fingers slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, earth, subtle fruit, spices, earthy hop, and subtle spicy hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, wheat, grain, earth, and earthy hop. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this one wasn't too good, but it always wasn't too bad. The aroma on this one did not prepare me for the earthy assault my tongue was about to take from this brew. Probably the biggest earthy character on the flavor of any of the ones in this series by far. The aroma was not too bad though. Worth trying, but I would leave it at that...

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 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 jsh420
2.44/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

pours semi hazy copper orange with a 2 finger fizzy foamy white head that faded to a small film and left some lacing

smells bready malts and that it - no hops?

taste - again very malty for the style - hops are only present in bittering the brew

mouthfeel - medium body good carbonation

overall - very boring overpriced beer - oh well thanks mikkeller for showing me how useless sorachi ace hops are or you for brewing a beer with them

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 TheSevenDuffs
3.51/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle from Premier Gourmet.

A - Cloudy medium amber colour with 2 fingers of bubbly cream coloured head that left very good lacing.

S - A somewhat weak nose. Lemon zest, grassy notes, light caramel.

T - Must more pungent than the nose suggested. Lemon zest with some grassy/earthy notes and a very light malt backbone. The finish is dry, tart lemon.

M - Medium body, light carbonation. Some chew.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

deep amber, copper, w/ a one finger head wich settled nicely, fine lacing throughout. Smell and taste both lived up to the name! Smell came through strong piney, with citrus overtones, very fresh smelling. Tatsed AWESOME.. Grabbed you right away with the fesh pine taste and lingered for a good bit, almost begging you back for more. Very smooth and highly drinkable

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 metter98
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy yellowish copper in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high frothy off white head that has good retention properties. It left thick lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of citrusy hops in the nose.
T: The initial taste has flavors of lemony hops and transitions into the typical flavors of an IPA with hints of caramel and a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly crisp on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This a solid IPA, but lemony flavors of the Sorachi Ace are not pronounced.

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 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 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 fmccormi
4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straight pour from 11.2oz bottle (pry-off) with a freshness date I can't quite decode, but may mean a bottled-on of September 28, 2011 (“8271103”) printed on the cap. Served into 12oz Ommegang flute.

Appearance (5.0): Big, aggressive cream-colored head (anywhere from two to four fingers, throughout its lifespan—God bless bottle conditioning) that fades slowly and leaves some nice, spotty lace. The body is a glowing, moderately hazy, rich honey color. Leaves a thick crater in the middle of the head, as it continues to take its sweet-ass time collapsing. Ha, looks like a nipple. Gorgeous beer, actually.

Smell (4.0): Kind of like a decent Thai curry, there’s a sweetish lemongrass type of scent and a rich, semi-sweet body beneath it like coconut milk—that’d be yeast, I’m guessing.

Taste (4.0): A pretty strong hop bitterness hits first, dominated by a bitter, underripe citrus flavor like the pith of a yellow grapefruit, and it transitions rather slowly to a lasting, lemon-like bitterness. Finally some citrusy hop notes that are just bitter as hell, and not so sweet! (Not knocking citrusy American hops, love ’em in fact, but this is a nice contrast). Malt body is a nice balance between sweet and rich in that grainy kind of way, and not too dense, either—nice spicy richness underneath the hops. It’s balanced, and I suspect the hops have faded, but I wish they were more bitter nonetheless. Love the fact that there’s a rich yeast note in here—more German or Belgian in character, it’s an underappreciated variable in American styles. Nice flavor: bitter, balanced and subtly rich.

Mouthfeel (4.0): On the full side of medium, it’s got a very dry finish but has an active underlying carbonation that lifts it just enough. Slightly oily—enjoying this quite a bit!

Overall (4.0): Soooo preeeetty! Seriously though, this is a great beer and shows how unique these hop varieties can be: Sorachi Ace is certainly unique, and thoroughly enjoyable. The only other Sorachi-dominated beer I’ve had is Brooklyn Sorachi Ace, and Ithaca Thirteen uses it too, but alongside Citra. This is a very much worthwhile exploration into Sorachi territory, and I’d recommend it to anyone with an open mind and a hop-forward palate.

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 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 david18
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I went to Rattle N Hum in Midtown Manhattan and was pleasantly surprised to learn that they were running a Mikkeller special featuring a number single hop ipa's I have loved these beers when I've had, i believe, all of them at one time or another in bottles. On draft, in a flight of multiple single hops, comparing them side by side demonstrates why some hops are better for bitterness and others for aroma and flavor. At this event, there were a number of british and european hops which made it all the more interesting. I recently had a flight of Tettnanger, Cluster, Soriachi Ace and Bravo.

Tettnanger: This one was a little less like and IPA than a Pale Ale. Very interesting aroma and a bit on the sweet side but overall very good.

Cluster: Again, not so much an IPA as it should be but also very good. A bit bready on the aroma and flavor. Some bitterness that is a little more on the piney side than the fruity side.

Soriachi Ace: I think the best of the bunch and a little more like an IPA than the rest (more like the earlier single hop versions released by Mikkeller). Good citrus and pine aroma and good bitterness on the flavor.

Bravo: The Bravo was the least ipa like of the bunch although not a bad beer. Nice balance, nice aroma and nice flavor...just not what you expect when you ask for an IPA.

Any of these is worthing getting if you see them in bottles or on tap.

Photo of Arenbeer
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a tumbler glass

$5.99 at Dicicco's in Brewster

A- Pours a nice golden honey orange with a finger off white head that doesn't stick around like the rest of them. Decent retention though.

S- Very fruity peach or mango like nose with a definitely caramel sweet maltiness to back it up. Very interesting smelling, this hop is very distinct compared to the rest of them that I've had.

T- Got damn it's just like the aroma! Very fruity with tons of peach and mango that makes you ponder the hundreds of tropical fruits this reminds you of. Aside from the fruity flavors the hops also give off a really nice grassy earthy flavor like most hops. The malts are there but not like the aroma, hops pretty much dominate letting the malts only create a nice body.

M- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a nice bitter finish.

Overall probably my favorite of the series, the hops dominate and are very prominent in the flavor. It's crazy to think a plant can give off these flavors.

SkÅL!

Photo of cdizinno
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured into a pint glass.

A: Orange amber color. Clear with a nice off-white head. Moderate lacing.

S: Very mild aromas. Some citrus, papaya or mango and mild pine.

T&M: Definitely some pepper, very mild. Hop bitterness. Great! Mild citrus and heavy pine. Medium bodied. Well balanced. Very smooth and tasty.

This is much tastier than I expected after an odd aroma. The 102 IBU rating gives it a great hop bitterness.

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