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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

135 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 135
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.53%
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 lupercmda
2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

lupercmda, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of bluesplit63
4/5  rDev +4.4%

bluesplit63, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of retreminy
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

retreminy, Jan 07, 2013
Photo of scottiethebody
4.25/5  rDev +11%

scottiethebody, Jan 07, 2013
Photo of rjacobs6
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

rjacobs6, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of joecast
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

joecast, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of nsfalam
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

nsfalam, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of beermanbrian
4/5  rDev +4.4%

beermanbrian, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of sneaks2210
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

sneaks2210, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of AllenChaney
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

AllenChaney, Nov 07, 2012
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

StonedTrippin, Nov 07, 2012
Photo of thorncp
4/5  rDev +4.4%

thorncp, Oct 19, 2012
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.

BEERchitect, Sep 27, 2012
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

CrazyDavros, Sep 23, 2012
Photo of MarkyMOD
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

MarkyMOD, Sep 19, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

ryanpj, Sep 03, 2012
Photo of guezarka
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

guezarka, Aug 28, 2012
Photo of IPA35
4.1/5  rDev +7%
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.

IPA35, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of javahead71
4.25/5  rDev +11%

javahead71, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of russpowell
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
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...

russpowell, Aug 14, 2012
Photo of jenray
3/5  rDev -21.7%

jenray, Aug 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Texasfan549, Aug 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

carrollmel7, Aug 03, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

kjkinsey, Jul 25, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

rolltide8425, Jul 23, 2012
Sorachi Ace Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
86 out of 100 based on 135 ratings.