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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
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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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3/5  rDev -21.9%

brez8791, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of Rutager
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Rutager, May 12, 2014
Photo of david18
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.

david18, Jul 25, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

lupercmda, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of jsh420
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

jsh420, Sep 06, 2011
Photo of bigfnjoe
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%

Poured from a bottle into a perfect pint

A- pours a cloudy shade of amber with a crazy four finger offwhite head. The head is amazing. Lacing is awesome. Yep.

S- awesome smell of lemongrass coming strongly out of this one. Love it.

T- that spicy Mikkeller yeast is the dominating flavor. Finish is slightly sweet lemongrass. Not bad

M- bordering on syrupy, but it's not quite there. Thank god

O- I wish the yeast flavor wasn't so prominent, and I could taste more of the hops...seems like every Mikkeller single hop has the same base flavor

bigfnjoe, Jul 11, 2011
Photo of Fettpopps
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Fettpopps, Apr 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

JohnBender, Feb 23, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

GrindFatherBob, Jan 24, 2013
Photo of Amalak
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%

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.

Amalak, May 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

HopStoopid120, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of ajzy
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

ajzy, May 21, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

sneaks2210, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of goblue3509
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%

Pours a hazy yellowish copper color with a nice one and a half finger head which retains and leaves nice lace rings. The aroma is of spiciness and citrus. The taste follows suit, it starts with a spiciness and gives way to an earthy hop taste before the lemony hop taste comes through at the end. The taste seems to grow in intensity from the front to the back. The mouthfeel is lowly to moderately carbonated. Overall a solid above average ipa. It has a unique mix of flavors. It isn't best in class but worth a try.

goblue3509, Mar 26, 2012
Photo of Resuin
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Resuin, Jan 30, 2013
Photo of GONZALOYANNA
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%

Both on-tap & 330ml bottle.Tumbler glass.Enjoyed on jan´12. Orangish amber in color.Chill haze. Yellowish white froth.Lasting rocky & creamy crown.Resiny aroma,tropical fruit fragancies with piney hues. Sharp bitter upfront followed by mildy malty flavor,exotic fruit notes -guava,grapefruit & mango-.Velvet palate.Hoppy bitter & viscous finish, oils & resins too. Medium body,moderate carbonation.Woody & fruity on the aftertaste. One more,Please!!

GONZALOYANNA, Apr 13, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

samEBC, Apr 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

chickenm, Mar 28, 2014
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4.43/5  rDev +15.4%

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
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

ryanpj, Sep 03, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Mattias, Feb 16, 2013
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3.39/5  rDev -11.7%

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
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Poupae, Dec 09, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

virinow, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of elgiacomo
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...

elgiacomo, Oct 23, 2011
Sorachi Ace Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
86 out of 100 based on 134 ratings.