Sorachi Ace Single Hop IPA - Mikkeller ApS
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Ratings: 133 | Reviews: 58 | Display Reviews Only:
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
4.05/5 rDev +5.5%
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.
11-26-2011 23:49:10 | More by fmccormi
4.1/5 rDev +6.8%
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.
11-12-2011 14:39:11 | More by mrfrancis
3.13/5 rDev -18.5%
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...
10-23-2011 02:16:05 | More by elgiacomo
3.9/5 rDev +1.6%
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
10-18-2011 01:27:18 | More by mikesgroove
3.55/5 rDev -7.6%
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.
10-14-2011 07:13:13 | More by kojevergas
Nova Scotia (Canada)
4.22/5 rDev +9.9%
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.
10-12-2011 01:30:35 | More by doopydoogle
4/5 rDev +4.2%
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.
09-25-2011 22:05:25 | More by Mora2000
3.53/5 rDev -8.1%
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.
09-21-2011 02:30:02 | More by TheSevenDuffs
3.33/5 rDev -13.3%
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.
09-20-2011 22:56:14 | More by oberon
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
2.45/5 rDev -36.2%
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
09-06-2011 00:32:58 | More by jsh420
4.15/5 rDev +8.1%
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.
09-01-2011 05:06:35 | More by Halcyondays
3.4/5 rDev -11.5%
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.
08-27-2011 19:12:58 | More by John_M
4.05/5 rDev +5.5%
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.
08-16-2011 04:33:10 | More by popery
4.08/5 rDev +6.3%
Presentation: Poured into a pint glass.
A: Orange amber color. Clear with a nice off-white head. Moderate lacing.
S: Very mild aromas. Some citrus, papaya or mango and mild pine.
T&M: Definitely some pepper, very mild. Hop bitterness. Great! Mild citrus and heavy pine. Medium bodied. Well balanced. Very smooth and tasty.
This is much tastier than I expected after an odd aroma. The 102 IBU rating gives it a great hop bitterness.
08-14-2011 20:35:26 | More by cdizinno
3.3/5 rDev -14.1%
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...
08-11-2011 17:04:26 | More by thagr81us
4/5 rDev +4.2%
Pours a bright orange with slight hints of red. Huge two and a half inch head that lasts for quite a bit. Decent lacing.
The smell is slightly tropical and then almost lagerish (heavy lager if that makes any sense... which I'm sure it doesn't).
The taste is hard to describe. Very peppery to start. Some tropical fruit and a bittersweet hash taste. The malts are further in the background. High marks for interesting taste. Mouth is a tad thin and bubbly.
This and Galena have been the most fun so far in my single hop exploration.
08-07-2011 03:08:27 | More by OBeerMeGreatOne
3.78/5 rDev -1.6%
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.
08-03-2011 06:47:49 | More by Trilogy31
4/5 rDev +4.2%
on-tap, local option Chicago
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
07-26-2011 04:54:05 | More by dirtylou
4/5 rDev +4.2%
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.
07-25-2011 12:59:19 | More by david18
4.03/5 rDev +4.9%
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.
07-24-2011 12:08:23 | More by avalon07
3.55/5 rDev -7.6%
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.
07-21-2011 05:18:51 | More by roodie
Sorachi Ace Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
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