Sorachi Ace Single Hop IPA - Mikkeller ApS
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4.5/5 rDev +17.2%
A: Orange amber in color with a large beige head that subsides in about two minutes and remains as a thin layer of foam on top of the brew. Mildly hazy. Very good lacing.
S: Grassy/lemony hops that verge on being lemon tart-like. Mild background spiciness shows the Saaz roots of this variety. Pale malts show themselves waaay in the background, but add robustness to the aroma.
T: Grassy/herbal hop flavor is most prominent in the beginning before it gets pushed aside by a prominent yet complimentary (i.e. not too powerful) bitterness. The citrusy lemon flavors (more lemon zest than lemon juice, in my opinion) emerge towards the end, mixing beautifully with the lightly toasted malts. A faint warming sensation hits the throat as the beer goes down. The bitterness lingers on the back and sides of the tongue for quite a while, complimenting the lemon "freshness", if you will.
M: Medium-bodied with the faintest hint of dryness. Except for the warming sensation in the finish, the alcohol is well hidden. A good, vibrant carbonation keeps the beer refreshing and almost gives the impression of a citrusy "bite" that isn't unwelcome.
O: To be honest, I don't know if I've ever given a beer such a high score before. This is far from the best beer I've ever had, but when I consider what the goal of the brewer was in making this beer (to show off the citrus flavor and pronounced bitterness of the Sorachi Ace hop), it'd be totally wrong of me to say that he failed. On the contrary, the strong lemon and herbal flavors as well as the assertive bitterness present in this brew show that Mikkeller has succeeded in creating a nearly perfect single hop beer. If you're afraid of lemons, stay away from this brew, but if you're willing to try something that's different but incredibly well-made, this is a great place to start.
12-06-2011 20:21:43 | More by BMoldy
4.43/5 rDev +15.4%
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
08-19-2013 23:16:31 | More by mfnmbvp
4.43/5 rDev +15.4%
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.
09-11-2011 23:58:06 | More by Arenbeer
4.4/5 rDev +14.6%
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!!
04-13-2012 16:23:30 | More by GONZALOYANNA
4.4/5 rDev +14.6%
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.
07-14-2012 00:58:17 | More by drpimento
Sorachi Ace Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
86 out of 100 based on 134 ratings.