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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

134 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 134
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.24%
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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Photo of Bunuelian
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Bunuelian, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of SoPeL
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

SoPeL, Aug 21, 2013
Photo of mfnmbvp
4.43/5  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

mfnmbvp, Aug 19, 2013
Photo of AlexChillton
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

AlexChillton, Aug 09, 2013
Photo of xseanprimex
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

xseanprimex, Jul 12, 2013
Photo of jgammoniv
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

jgammoniv, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of Rickythejeweler
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Rickythejeweler, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of stcules
2.36/5  rDev -38.5%
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.

stcules, Jun 06, 2013
Photo of InspectorBob
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

InspectorBob, May 27, 2013
Photo of ajzy
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

ajzy, May 21, 2013
Photo of NorthSideSean
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

NorthSideSean, May 19, 2013
Photo of jayfowens1
3/5  rDev -21.9%

jayfowens1, Apr 28, 2013
Photo of Geuzedad
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Geuzedad, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of samEBC
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

samEBC, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of saeh
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

saeh, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of gshackles
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

gshackles, Mar 13, 2013
Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Hopheadjeffery, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of IanSpindler
4/5  rDev +4.2%

IanSpindler, Feb 26, 2013
Photo of JohnBender
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

JohnBender, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of Mattias
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Mattias, Feb 16, 2013
Photo of Ego
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Ego, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of ocelot2500
3.39/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

ocelot2500, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of Resuin
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Resuin, Jan 30, 2013
Photo of GrindFatherBob
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

GrindFatherBob, Jan 24, 2013
Photo of lupercmda
2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

lupercmda, Jan 18, 2013
Sorachi Ace Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
86 out of 100 based on 134 ratings.