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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

136 Ratings
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Ratings: 136
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.57%
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 Mebuzzard
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Mebuzzard, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev +4.7%

DrBier, Jul 28, 2014
Photo of John_M
3.4/5  rDev -11%
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.

John_M, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of rolltide8425
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

rolltide8425, Jul 23, 2012
Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

glid02, Jul 05, 2011
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

TheSevenDuffs, Sep 21, 2011
Photo of Boone757
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Boone757, Nov 08, 2013
Photo of wordemupg
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
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

wordemupg, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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

dirtylou, Jul 26, 2011
Photo of avalon07
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

avalon07, Jul 24, 2011
Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Hopheadjeffery, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of thagr81us
3.3/5  rDev -13.6%
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...

thagr81us, Aug 11, 2011
Photo of stcules
2.36/5  rDev -38.2%
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 tbeckett
2.75/5  rDev -28%

tbeckett, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of gford217
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle alongside Bravo and Cluster versions.

Pour is very similar on all 3 with a clear orange body with uniform off-white heads and decent lacing.

This definitely has the most distinctive aroma with some light sweet fruits, candied pears comes to mind. It's definitely not as citrusy, wi even a little bit of grape and white wine character.

Taste has the same sweet fruit notes, with apricots this time maybe. Definitely finishes more vinous than any in the series.

The mouthfeel is consistent across the three with strong carbonation and a medium to light body. But this one is definitely drier than most of the others.

I enjoyed this one and I'd put this one up with the Bravo version though it's a much more unique beer than the Bravo. Good stuff.

gford217, Jun 24, 2011
Photo of mrfrancis
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

mrfrancis, Nov 12, 2011
Photo of drpimento
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.

drpimento, Jul 14, 2012
Photo of popery
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

popery, Aug 16, 2011
Photo of CrazyDavros
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.

CrazyDavros, Sep 23, 2012
Photo of MSandahl23
4/5  rDev +4.7%

MSandahl23, Jul 11, 2014
Photo of ADZA
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thought id try three of these back to back to really get a feel for the different tastes anyway this one pours a golden caramel hue with a three finger bubble laden head and lacing everywhere,now this smell is really different to the other two and definately one of the best smells of this hop used that ive smelt its lemon sherbet,flowers,fragrant washing powder,freshly cut limes and lemon leaves when ripped in half,the mouthfeel is light bodied like the Citra and could have more body to it and has tastes of lemon zest,lime juice,sherbet,wheatgrass,a touch of nectarines and finished with a lemony hop bitterness and overall even though that beautiful smell never carried over to the taste it still holds its own and one of the best uses of this hop ive tasted and also my fav of the Citra and Bravo when tasted back to back cheers.

ADZA, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of lupercmda
2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

lupercmda, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of Dope
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A hazy amber pour that is almost red. Decent, fizzy white head that fades fast. Middle of the pack lacing.

S: Not a super strong aroma like some IPAs. It's barely there when it's cold and then when it warms up it starts coming out. Smells mostly like a little pine and lemons (kinda like pinesol but not in a bad way) and maybe a little bread from the malts.

T: Very unusual bite right up front. I'm having a hard time thinking of the words to describe it. It's a bit lemony and then after two seconds it transitions to ....mint? Almost like hard peppermint candy without the sweetness. Never had a beer like this. The bitterness is very apparent and sticks around in the aftertaste, almost like you just drank a sip of peppermint extract. It has a double bite, up front with the lemony citrus bite and then resurges on the backside with the mint.

M: Nice carbonation and a typical medium body. The mint flavor really sticks around on your tongue with a tingly sort of bitterness.

O: Overall not bad but the mint taste is very strange and I'm not used to it. I didn't rate this beer as low as I wanted to because this is the first time I've had Sorachi Ace hops and it may be par for the course. But it was almost hard to drink except for the fact that I was so confused and intrigued by such odd characteristics - I had to keep trying to try to make sense of it. I am interested to see more reviews and see what others make of this beer.

Dope, Jun 14, 2011
Photo of david18
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

david18, Jul 25, 2011
Photo of jenray
3/5  rDev -21.5%

jenray, Aug 09, 2012
Sorachi Ace Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
86 out of 100 based on 136 ratings.