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: 4 | 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.

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Photo of stcules
2.38/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Parallel with the Willamette.
Loight orange color.
In the smell, some sweet royal jelly, grassy touches. Some butter, and chives notes.
This one covers the maltiness more than the Willamette.
Frankly, not a great taste.
Some harsh hop in the aftertaste.

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 elgiacomo
3.08/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Growler. Served at around 40-45F.

Pours lightly hazy amber with a small off-white head that recedes to a wispy cap, leaving a few spots of lacing behind.

Aroma has some earthy notes, touch of lemon and caramel. Quite muted overall.

Flavor features lemon zest/peel, pine, earth, caramel, wood, some sweetness and decent bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, oily, low to moderate carbonation.

OK, but don’t see myself revisiting...

Photo of rarbring
3.23/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazy light amber, an off-white rather small head, some lacing and some curtains.

Smelling of lemon drops, yellow jelly beans, dill and fudge.

Taste of white bread, toffee, dill, crayfish and nettles.

Medium carbonation, small bubbles, a good body, slightly dry.

Nope, Sorachi Ace is not my favorite hop, and especially not as single hop.

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 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 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 John_M
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Against my best instincts, I went ahead and ordered a glass of this at Max's.

The beer pours a copper amber color with fairly good head retention and OK lacing. The nose is just weird, and really not very attactive. I get some light malt, dust, and a hint of dry citrus. On the palate, this is very much a sweet malty IPA, with not nearly enough hoppyh bitterness in the finish to counter it. There's some baked fruit flavors as well from the malt, as well as something of a cardboard flavor. The finish has some bitterness, but it's just not nearly enough to counter the sweet malt and noticeable alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a fairly long, somewhat alcoholic finish.

I'm done with these Mikkeller IPA's, so a couple of thoughts. While certainly not awful, there's really nothing to distinguish them either. Also, while maybe one can discern the differences in aroma and flavor in these different IPA's, my impression is that's rezlly only the case with very fresh beer, using very fresh ingredients. I can't speak for the ingredients, but the beer I had today at Max's really didn't show all that well, and I attribute that to the one or two weeks it's been on tap now. Whatever. All I know is that I won't be buying any more of these overpriced, nor very impressive IPA's from Mikkeller.

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 roodie
3.49/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A: pours a dark orangish brown with 3 fingers of thick white head fluffy like a cumulus cloud

S: not much hoppy/piney character. Very subtle maltiness but all in all very underwhelming.

T: very nice; beginning with malty caramel and ending with a nice mild hoppy bitterness.

M: very smooth with a pleasant bitterness that lingers.

O: very nice brew. I think sorachi ace must be a subtle hop both in aroma and flavor, but it really has a great hoppy character albeit unusually mellow.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The hop education continues as Mikkeller employs the Japan-influenced of Sorachi Ace. Not to be confused with soracha, this relatively new hop variety demonstrates a fragrant wood and lemony note that reminds me of sassafras.

But before the beer gets to the nose or taste buds, it opens with an uncharacteristic dark rusty hue. Though much darker than common IPA, the beer's firm maltiness and proper hop proteins build a rich lather atop the beer. High rates of retention and lace create the classy look that affirms IPA character.

Sharp aromas of freshly shaven wood, perhaps sawdust, lemon peel and cracked peppercorn leap out above a malt foundation of bread crust, overcooked caramel, and cashews. Although the aromas remain hop-centric, the malty scent offers more of a rebuttal than is common in the style.

Similarly, the flavors favor the Sorachi Ace hop but only slightly. The sharp taste of sandalwood, verbena, sassafras, lemon zest, and an almost riesling-like acidity play off the tongue with an immediate bitter pang. The acids, peppery notes, and tannin-like bitterness assists the smoother bitterness and seem to be in stark contrast to the sweeter malts underneath. The rich taste of bread crust, slightly burnt caramel, and starch not only balances the hops too much, they also detract from the more subtle hop flavors. (Not the best recipe for an IPA that's supposed to celebrate any hop variety in all their glory.)

Medium bodied, yet the beer carries a richer overtone from the heavy creaminess from carbonation and malt. As the carbonation waivers and takes the malt textures with it, the woody hop bitterness is accompanied by tannin-striped astringencies of lemongrass, boiled tea leaves, and solvents. Late dryness is mildly powdery, warming, and steers toward a gin-like aftertaste.

The intelligence behind the single hop series is incredible. But I still contend that the malts interfere with the hops way too much in every beer of the series. This example teaches me that the Sorachi Ace hops are designed for Belgian beer styles like saison, and not the best choice for American style beers like IPA.

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 goblue3509
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy yellowish copper color with a nice one and a half finger head which retains and leaves nice lace rings. The aroma is of spiciness and citrus. The taste follows suit, it starts with a spiciness and gives way to an earthy hop taste before the lemony hop taste comes through at the end. The taste seems to grow in intensity from the front to the back. The mouthfeel is lowly to moderately carbonated. Overall a solid above average ipa. It has a unique mix of flavors. It isn't best in class but worth a try.

Photo of kojevergas
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a generic hefeweissbier glass. Reviewed live. Expectations are high as Mikkeller is me favourite brewery.

A: Pours a four finger head of fair cream, good thickness, and great retention. Colour is a semitransparent dark copper.

Sm: A mild strength aroma of cream and bittering hops. Pleasant and welcoming.

T: Bittering hops are present over a simple but fully expressive barley body. It's a simple build all around, but I do enjoy the flavour. It's well balanced, but then there isn't much to balance. Thankfully, it's not too bitter as with many IPAs.

Mf: Smooth and wet, suiting the flavours of the body. It coarsens (and dries) towards the finish, but all around stays true to what the beer is going for.

Dr: Very drinkable, with a moderate ABV and expressive but not overbearing flavours. It's a nice light little beer, but is something of a disappointment coming from a brewery I love as much as Mikkeller.

Photo of Beerenauslese
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Body and head typical of the series. Dissipates to a ring with some lacing.

There is a bit of lemongrass on the nose, but it is delicate. I am thinking the malt bill for the single hop series is too strong for this hop.

There is some lemon fruit, especially in the fore palate, but the fruit seems muted. Also a soda water element. Back palate has some caramel sweetness from the malt. Bitter greens and grapefruit skin in the finish.

Body is medium and carbonation is crisp.

I think the malt bill gets in the way of appreciating the Sorachi Ace in this one. While the bitterness is there, the fruitiness may have faded. In that case, the fault could be on my end: I probably needed to drink this one sooner.

Photo of Ego
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

on top of the cap: 8271103

eyes...
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...

nose...
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)

taste etc...
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)

verdict?
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.

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 Dope
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A hazy amber pour that is almost red. Decent, fizzy white head that fades fast. Middle of the pack lacing.

S: Not a super strong aroma like some IPAs. It's barely there when it's cold and then when it warms up it starts coming out. Smells mostly like a little pine and lemons (kinda like pinesol but not in a bad way) and maybe a little bread from the malts.

T: Very unusual bite right up front. I'm having a hard time thinking of the words to describe it. It's a bit lemony and then after two seconds it transitions to ....mint? Almost like hard peppermint candy without the sweetness. Never had a beer like this. The bitterness is very apparent and sticks around in the aftertaste, almost like you just drank a sip of peppermint extract. It has a double bite, up front with the lemony citrus bite and then resurges on the backside with the mint.

M: Nice carbonation and a typical medium body. The mint flavor really sticks around on your tongue with a tingly sort of bitterness.

O: Overall not bad but the mint taste is very strange and I'm not used to it. I didn't rate this beer as low as I wanted to because this is the first time I've had Sorachi Ace hops and it may be par for the course. But it was almost hard to drink except for the fact that I was so confused and intrigued by such odd characteristics - I had to keep trying to try to make sense of it. I am interested to see more reviews and see what others make of this beer.

Photo of Trilogy31
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear penny copper with a fluffy two fingers of foam that becomes rocky and leaves nice lacing over time. The nose is a muted citrus with light tropical notes and a solid bready malt character. The taste is alot less malty than the citra version, with delicate key lime pudding, papaya, lichee and almost a white pepper note on the finish. Somewhat creamy with nice carbonation and a light hoppy bite. The hops provide a delicate and unique taste to this ipa though still not fully impressed by mikkels efforts.

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 drabmuh
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow! There was actually an IPA mixed into this bunch of low hopped ales. Sorachi ace IPA with 102 IBUs.

Beer is red to orange and clear with low carbonation and a thin head that leaves a little lacing on the glass.

Aroma is lemony and grassy and bright / sweet. Very nice.

Beer is medium to light in body and dryer than the rest of them. There is an odd, earthiness to this beer that I don't get with the others, there is also almost the taste of coconut in there. Most complex one to date and perhaps my favorite of the night even if I don't like that coconut flavor.

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 dbrauneis
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Beer Street Brooklyn in New York, NY

A: Pours a hazy copper in color with some light hints of yellow/orange when held up to the light and light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall off-white head that reduces to a thicker ring at the edges of the glass and a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light amounts of malt sweetness with stronger notes of pine and lemon.

T: The beer starts out with the lemony flavor of the Sorachi Ace hop and then transitions to the sweet caramel malts and light bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp.

O: A very nice example that highlights the Sorachi Ace hop - enjoyable and quite tasty. Easy enough to drink but a little too strong to be sessionable.

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