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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

129 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 129
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 4
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Denmark

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Dope on 06-14-2011)
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TheResidentialOP

Louisiana

4.75/5  rDev +24.3%

04-11-2012 01:35:05 | More by TheResidentialOP
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jhb138

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +24.3%

06-13-2012 00:50:26 | More by jhb138
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GrindFatherBob

New York

4.75/5  rDev +24.3%

01-24-2013 13:47:19 | More by GrindFatherBob
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jgammoniv

Maine

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

06-30-2013 10:46:42 | More by jgammoniv
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Rickythejeweler

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

06-23-2013 16:11:55 | More by Rickythejeweler
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NorthSideSean

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

05-19-2013 15:52:11 | More by NorthSideSean
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guezarka

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

08-28-2012 03:32:43 | More by guezarka
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nsfalam


4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

12-20-2012 08:41:56 | More by nsfalam
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BMoldy

New York

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2011 20:21:43 | More by BMoldy
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mfnmbvp

Illinois

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
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Arenbeer

Connecticut

4.43/5  rDev +16%
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!

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 23:58:06 | More by Arenbeer
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GONZALOYANNA

Spain

4.4/5  rDev +15.2%
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!!

Serving type: on-tap

04-13-2012 16:23:30 | More by GONZALOYANNA
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drpimento

Wisconsin

4.4/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2012 00:58:17 | More by drpimento
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tln13

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

04-20-2012 23:11:13 | More by tln13
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javahead71

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

08-18-2012 21:38:42 | More by javahead71
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scottiethebody

California

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

01-07-2013 03:44:54 | More by scottiethebody
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ajzy

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

05-21-2013 20:03:16 | More by ajzy
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delgotit99

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

04-06-2014 19:42:12 | More by delgotit99
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SoPeL

Poland

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

08-21-2013 17:48:34 | More by SoPeL
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gshackles

New York

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

03-13-2013 04:12:33 | More by gshackles
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xseanprimex

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

07-12-2013 17:04:11 | More by xseanprimex
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saeh

France

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

03-16-2013 18:19:32 | More by saeh
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love the idea of this series- nothing else educates the palate like isolating flavor components, in this case hops. Also, I think Sorachi Ace is just a neat hop. Really interesting flavors, and much different in profile than any other hop. Depending how its used, you tend to get a lot of lemon, and sometimes lemongrass notes. What's a revelation here (for me) is the wonderful notes of coconut milk that are revealed. Creamy and nutty, with a slick milky flavor that I just love. There are some spice and lemongrass notes, and some bitterness up front, buts it's the coconut in the midpalate that really does it for me. A fairly long bitter finish, with more nuttiness wrapped around the bitter core. A hop I'd like to see more of. Nice.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2011 22:15:41 | More by Georgiabeer
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doopydoogle

Nova Scotia (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

80 oz growler into a Founders tulip:

A- Clean golder amber with good head

S - Lemon, malt, and slight pine

T - Refined with nice lemon, citrus, and pine character. Incredibly smooth and immensely sessionable and enjoyable.

M - Good carbonation and mouthfeel

O - A wonderfully mellow IPA that flows over the palate like butter.

Serving type: growler

10-12-2011 01:30:35 | More by doopydoogle
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2012 00:15:25 | More by StonedTrippin
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Sorachi Ace Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
86 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.