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X5 Sorachi Ace IPA - DuClaw Brewing Company

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X5 Sorachi Ace IPAX5 Sorachi Ace IPA

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39 Ratings
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Ratings: 39
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 18.24%
Wants: 4
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
DuClaw Brewing Company visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: John_M on 06-10-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 39 | Reviews: 17
Photo of aubrey
4.5/5  rDev +32.4%

Photo of tlazaroff
4.45/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Incredibly unique aroma consisting of lemon rind, dill, lemongrass, and various other herbs. It is a very savory bouquet. Simply wonderful.

To the eye, the liquid is a very clear light honey color with a crisp white head that leaves some pretty lacing. Minor amount of carbonation bubbles float to the top.

Just like the aroma, the taste is incredibly unique. Same scents come through in the flavor, but a bit heavier on the lemongrass and rind. It's still very herbal, but that makes it sound like stew, which it isn't. The bitterness doesn't hit you until the end, and it's slightly puckering.

Medium-light carbonation with a surprisingly medium-light body, and pretty smooth. It has enough carbonation to clean your palate, but doesn't foam up on your tongue. Overall this is a beautiful beer, and should be sought out by anyone who can get their hands on it.

Photo of nickfl
4.3/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A poured with a small head of white foam on a perfectly clear, golden body. The foam settles fairly quickly and leaves decent lace.

S sweaty hop aromas with some spicy character and light malt.

T grassy, spicy hop character up front with some light, clean malt shining through in the middle. Finishes with lemongrass, ginger and light, grainy malt.

M medium light body, moderate carbination, and a dry finish.

D really interesting and one of the best uses of this distinct hop that I have experienced.

Photo of joek440
4.25/5  rDev +25%

Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a clear copper, with 2 fingers of rich bright-white head. This has a nice finger’s worth of robust flare-up to it when swirled, which soaps the sides of the glass with foamy swathes of lacing. The aroma smells of fresh grass, a touch of pine, lemon zest, and some underlying earthy bitterness. A tight sweetness gives the nose some firmness across the back. Those hops are on good display here in the nose, combining with the malts to give this a fresh and earthy twang in the nostrils.

The taste has a fresh and zesty bitterness that cuts across the tongue, with a bright smack of lemon tartness and a crisp neutral sweetness that balances this nicely across the back. This finishes with a dry and bitter earthiness that lingers on the tongue. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a slick creaminess across the back that then gathers itself forward and prickles the tongue with flavor. Alcohol is well hid.

This turned out nice and is one of the better showcases for the Sorachi Ace hops that I’ve come across lately. That combo of pale malt and rice really make the backbone of this, with a combination of crisp and creamy to the mouthfeel that really gives this an easy drinking nature. This is probably my favorite of the Exile Series so far.

Photo of Howlader
4/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at DuClaw in Bowie, MD.

The beer is yellow hued with a mild haze, sporting nearly a half inch of pure white head that leaves ample lacing on the glass.

The aroma brings spice, malt, coconut, milk, rice, hops. Interesting.

Sorachi Ace hops emerge in the flavor more than in the aroma. A delicate milky coconut flavor blends well with a mild hop character. Some herbal/tea notes add a touch of intrigue and complexity. Much better than I expected.

Medium bodied with appropriate carbonation. The aftertaste carries a subtle but lingering sweetness with hints of fruit and coconut.

Overall, an interesting and enjoyable brew. I'm glad I branched out and gave it a shot.

Photo of oriolesfan4
4/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of akorsak
3.8/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Imperial rice ale. But it also showcases Sorachi Ace too. In fact, the bottle plays up the Sorachi Ace more than the rice aspect. From the Wine Source

A: The IPA is an orange amber color, crystal clear, with a thin white head. A steady stream of bubbles quickly dissapates, never feeding the head.

S: The nose is malty, biscuit and light toast up front. The Sorachi Ace brings lemony citrus, noticeable but not overwhelming. The rice comes through in the lightness of the malts, biscuity and present but not intense.

T: The Sorachi is a smart addition, consistent with a Japan theme, with lemony citrus hoppiness. Oily but not biting, the hops manage to linger around in the finish. Light biscuit flavors and toast complement the mild hop profile. The rice adds to the body but not much flavor-wise. The hop, in the finish, have just enough citrus to stand out. Very easy drinking.

M: Smooth and mild, this IPA stresses the delicacy of the Sorachi Ace. It's no hop bomb but the flavors go very nicely together.

Photo of greyghost86
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of Gavage
3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: light yellowish orange in color with a 2" head that lingers a while. Nice lace develops.

Smell: big citrus and floral hop bitterness comes through to the nose.

Taste: caramel, some grapefruit, floral hops, lemon zest, and a late biting bitterness kicks in.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp from start to finish with some dryness late.

Overall: a very tasty IPA that has some refreshing qualities to it. Easy to drink.

Photo of oline73
3.66/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on-tap at Duclaw. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Clear amber with a golden hue. There is a half finger of off white head that leaves a layer and some nice lacing.

Smell: Sweet malt, quite herbal with some lemon notes. Crisp.

Taste: Very herbal. Sweet and light from the malt. A bit fruity with hints of citrus and lemongrass. The hop profile is a bit herbal with some citrus peel and the finish is quite bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, mild smooth carbonation, and a dry finish.

Overall: A pretty good beer. I love the herbal notes and the light citrus as well. The bitter finish crushes the other flavors, could have gone for a little more gentle hop profile.

Photo of ckollias
3.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this bomber bottle out of a Belgian tulip glass.

A: Pours a clear orange hue with a huge, frothy, white head that slowly dissipates leaving a nice trail down the glass and ends in a solid persistent lace.

S: Aromas of malt, lemony citrus and hops.

T: Bitter tart flavor with a huge wallop of citrus and lemon followed by the hops and finished on the dry side of bitter.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Interesting brew. Nothing spectacular but definitely worth a try.

Photo of apasternak
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of DrBier
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of ppoitras
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle received via Growling at the Moon. Thanks for the brew, Dan!

Poured into an imperial pint with a huge 4+"off-white head over the cloudy burnished golden brew. Head slowly returns to the liquid, but it's a long time before I can top off, with chunky lacing. Aroma is lightly spiced and soapy.

Taste starts with some citrus up front, spices in the middle, soapy and moderately bitter through the close. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, and drinkability is okay as well. Kind of middle of the road on this one for me.

Photo of John_M
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours an amber copper color with fairly decent head retention and light lacing. Have to say right off that I'm not encouraged by the way this IPA looks. The nose is a bit worrisome as well, as I get considerable malt, some underlying dry citrus and tobacco, and maybe some light cherry. On the palate the beer is a bit better, as the hoppy bitterness in the finish counters the moderate sweet malt fairly well. I guess there's something of a wild rice flavor in the mid palate as well, and the finish is fairly dry. The alcohol is a bit more noticeable than I like to see, especially for an IPA with such a relatively low abv. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to light, with a fairly long, bitter finish.

Have drunk a fair amount of DuClaw beers, and frankly this quality level is pretty much what I've come to expect from them. Oh well...

Photo of Imstillthegman
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of ncaudle
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of AndrewMichael
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of GaryMarkle84
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of Chaney
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Port City tulip.

A: Poured an apricot-orange color (about the color of Two-Hearted), and a viscious, 2-3 finger solid white, sticky head.

S: Fresh hop, but not too bitter, and with an enormous fruit backbone that made the beer resemble "Tang" to my mind.

T: Something was a bit off here. I'm thinking this could actually us MORE sweetness and a bit MORE bite from the hops. As it stands, this is just a mere pale ale with maybe a tinge more leafy flair.

M: I do like the smooth, velvety, creamy feel and delicate carbonation level. The lacing was only mildly splotchy and nothing really lingered.

O: I think this one probably sounded better on paper than what was actually produced... and adequate IPA.

Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single finger head on a clear golden with sight crimson hue body. Very malty aroma with light citrus hops and rice. Flavor is very interesting. Fairly bitter overall opening dried pasta, pale malts, grains and floral hops. Medium body and moderate carbonation. A very unique beer. Not anything like I have had before. Not very drinkable but interesting to try once.

Photo of northstar23
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of stakem
3.26/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber into a matching DuClaw pint glass. The brew appears a perfectly clear light gold color with a finger of off-whtie head. As the cap fades, it leaves some patches of lace sticking to the glass. Rising bubbles of carbonation maintain a thin film across the top throughout the entire duration.

The aroma includes toasty grain straight out the gate. A little bit of buttery diacetyl is noted as well as a bit of mineral content that isn't quite but almost comes across as sulfur. There is a faint fruity undertone that goes back to a bit of the initial lemon hop aspect mixed with herbs.

The taste is bitter with almost a perfume-like character from a combination of herbal bitterness, lemon essence and alcohol. There is a bit of buttery character in this coupled with some mineral/metallic character towards the back. The taste residing inside of my mouth is like you were dared to put a handfull of pocket change in your mouth and hold it for as long as possible. The bitterness of this is both earthy and herbal with an aftertaste that goes back to almost artificial lemony-like perfume. Only after this brew goes beyond ideal temperature does this start to feel "natural" and not as bad as I made it out to be when it was sampled colder.

This is a medium bodied brew with a moderate to lighter level of carbonation that is soft on the tongue. At times, the sorachi hops showed themselves but there is a lot of other things going on in this brew that are distracting. I would not pay to have this again, it isn't that good of an ipa, let alone a showcase of a single hop variety.

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X5 Sorachi Ace IPA from DuClaw Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.