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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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58 Reviews
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Reviews: 58
Hads: 138
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 4
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of BMoldy
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
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.

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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!!

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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

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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.


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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.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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Photo of doopydoogle
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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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.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.16/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz. bottle,

A: Pours amber with a gorgeous frothy white head which goes well above the rim of the glass. Full sticky web like lace is left in its wake.

M: Key lime pie, pastry crust, lemons, mango, and a hint of vegetation make for an enjoyable but a thoroughly weird nose.

T: Green grassy flavours with some vegetables. A lot of lemongrass throughout. Interesting lemon custard and cherimoya flavour at the end, pretty much a unique taste in the realm of IPAs.

M: Medium-bodied, frothy and creamy carbonation.

O: This is quite an interesting beer. Good flavour, something to experience. Makes me want to search out the Sorachi Ace hop in the future.

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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.

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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.

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

A: Pours a hazy amber with a pillowy, lingering white head.

S: Strong aromas of pine, cedar, peach, and lemon are present on the nose. This probably has the best scent of any of the Mikkeller Single Hop IPAs.

T: Notes of pine, spruce, cedar, lemon, grapefruit, bitter orange, nectarine, mango, papaya, and peach mingle with malty caramel and biscuit flavors. The finish is initially tart and woody with cedar and pine notes at the fore, but mellows with a fade of peach, papaya, mango, and nectarine.

M: Medium bodied and very firm, but not nearly as dry as some of the other ales in this series. Actually, this one is rather resinous and sticky, though it's still fairly drinkable for the style.

O: I think this is easily one of the best of Mikkeller's single hop beers that I've tried to this point. At the very least, it's the most unique. I love the fact that it reminds me of some of the hoppy ales coming out in the U.S., Australia, and New Zealand at this time.

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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...

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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.

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

This is quite a good beer. A bright yet dull copper pour. Nice 1 finger head, sticky lacing.

Smells like copper. Soft pine and citrus zest. Light caramel in the back. Soft biscuit underneath.

This IPA is hop forward. Malt hangs in there for a while, and comes in at the end with some sweet biscuit. But for most of the beer, the hops claim dominance. Pine is up front and on the sides, but more like a dried out pine than fresh. Not that this beer doesn't taste fresh. The citrus zest and rind flavors give it that fresh snap. A bit grassy on the end.

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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.

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

From notes 7/16/11. Because it has such a nice expression of Sorachi Ace, this is one of the most interesting beers that I’ve had in a long time. This hop variety throws me for a loop every time (only three or four, so far, unfortunately) I come across it, and this is the best use, so far. The aroma is a strange mix of toasted coconut, an almost artificially sweet grape note, lemongrass, spruce and a light vegetal flavor. It smells like some sort of strange dessert. The taste emphasizes these flavors and has a much appreciated bitterness - this hop variety probably would be a bit much in a sweet beer. Caramel maltiness props things up without getting in the way. Mouthfeel is appropriate. Medium carbonation. No booziness. Appearance is good. It’s a deep orangey amber with a big puffy off-white head that sticks around well. This is a well-made IPA that lets the Sorachi Ace hops speak for themselves.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of avalon07
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a slightly cloudy texture. There was a huge, creamy, long-lasting head. excellent lacing.

S: A decent aroma of hops, malt, and a slight caramel quality.

T: Tasted of hops, a little pine, a graininess, malt and some caramel. A solid flavor all around. The Sorachi Ace hops do add an interesting dynamic to the beer.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a somewhat slick finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

O: This is a well done, easy to drink IPA. It's not something that will blow you away, but it is solidly likable.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a perfect pint

A- pours a cloudy shade of amber with a crazy four finger offwhite head. The head is amazing. Lacing is awesome. Yep.

S- awesome smell of lemongrass coming strongly out of this one. Love it.

T- that spicy Mikkeller yeast is the dominating flavor. Finish is slightly sweet lemongrass. Not bad

M- bordering on syrupy, but it's not quite there. Thank god

O- I wish the yeast flavor wasn't so prominent, and I could taste more of the hops...seems like every Mikkeller single hop has the same base flavor

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Sorachi Ace Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
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