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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

129 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 129
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.3%
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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nsfalam


4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

12-20-2012 08:41:56 | More by nsfalam
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beermanbrian

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.7%

12-09-2012 20:03:54 | More by beermanbrian
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sneaks2210

New York

3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

11-17-2012 16:41:42 | More by sneaks2210
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AllenChaney

Colorado

4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2012 00:27:40 | More by AllenChaney
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2012 00:15:25 | More by StonedTrippin
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thorncp


4/5  rDev +4.7%

10-19-2012 18:02:32 | More by thorncp
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2012 18:05:21 | More by BEERchitect
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CrazyDavros

Australia

3.63/5  rDev -5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-23-2012 03:30:39 | More by CrazyDavros
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

09-19-2012 04:07:30 | More by MarkyMOD
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ryanpj

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

09-03-2012 17:21:29 | More by ryanpj
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guezarka

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

08-28-2012 03:32:43 | More by guezarka
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IPA35

Netherlands

4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2012 15:53:03 | More by IPA35
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javahead71

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

08-18-2012 21:38:42 | More by javahead71
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
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...

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2012 01:08:34 | More by russpowell
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jenray

Texas

3/5  rDev -21.5%

08-09-2012 02:56:11 | More by jenray
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Texasfan549

Texas

4/5  rDev +4.7%

08-07-2012 23:14:10 | More by Texasfan549
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carrollmel7

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.7%

08-02-2012 23:59:14 | More by carrollmel7
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kjkinsey

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

07-25-2012 22:30:49 | More by kjkinsey
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rolltide8425

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

07-23-2012 01:14:24 | More by rolltide8425
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drpimento

Wisconsin

4.4/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2012 00:58:17 | More by drpimento
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brentk56

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.7%
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

Serving type: on-tap

07-03-2012 01:22:38 | More by brentk56
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-02-2012 01:14:20 | More by dbrauneis
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jhb138

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +24.3%

06-13-2012 00:50:26 | More by jhb138
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gunclubchris

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

05-27-2012 20:23:12 | More by gunclubchris
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Amalak

New York

3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2012 01:29:34 | More by Amalak
Sorachi Ace Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
86 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.