Sorachi Ace Single Hop IPA - Mikkeller ApS

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Sorachi Ace Single Hop IPASorachi Ace Single Hop IPA

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Reviews: 58
Hads: 138
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 7.05%
Wants: 4
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Dope on 06-14-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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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. (264 characters)

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. (619 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives with a modest head capping the cloudy amber liquid; some nice streakage laces the glass

Smell: Brown sugar and lemongrass

Taste: Lemongrass leads off, with brown sugar underneath; the sweet malts linger, almost like a Bock, but there is plenty of pithy bitterness that balances out the sweeter flavors throughout

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I'm not so crazy about the malt flavor but I did enjoy the lemongrass imparted by the Sorachi Ace hops (497 characters)

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. (909 characters)

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. (2,134 characters)

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. (1,387 characters)

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 (366 characters)

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. (260 characters)

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... (486 characters)

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. (990 characters)

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. (571 characters)

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. (835 characters)

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. (377 characters)

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. (661 characters)

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. (555 characters)

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. (741 characters)

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. (1,305 characters)

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. (411 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into tulip 5/3/12

A Very hazy dark brownish orange, darkest I've seen in this series, nice large two finger tan head has decent retention and leaves partial rings of lace even after falling to a thin film

S smells like lemon wedge iced cream bars, lemongrass, and a little toffee

T just a little pine and citric rind, some herbal notes and its a little weedy, I like the flavors a little more then the smell just a little more going on

M creams up quickly after entry, just a little bite to it and a nice lemony aftertaste lingers

O another solid brew from this series, interesting hop profile and well concealed booze

I can see myself drinking this again but not until the Mikkeller flood dries up a little here in Alberta, I have too many too try (778 characters)

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. (656 characters)

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. (577 characters)

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 (411 characters)

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. (253 characters)

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... (772 characters)

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. (540 characters)

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Sorachi Ace Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
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