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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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79
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39 Ratings
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Ratings: 39
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 18.58%
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: John_M on 06-10-2011)
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1.5/5  rDev -55.8%

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2/5  rDev -41%

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2/5  rDev -41%

Photo of JerseyKirk
2.75/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Clear, gold, 1 finger white head.

S: Pine, calypso, fruity, grapefruit.

T: Over the top bitter. Herbal, astringent, piney, citrus, over sparged or hopped. BU/GU is out of whack.

M: Light to medium with a snappy crispness.

O: Smells waaay better than it tastes.

Photo of Jwale73
2.76/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.25

22oz. bottle courtesy of cdmillard. Served in an SA Perfect Pint. Pours a honey-gold hue with a translucent clarity and a frothy, 1.5 inch, bright white colored head. Head settles into a solid, rocky mass that leaves textured clumps on lacing on the walls of the glass as the beer recedes. Nose expresses citrus and a fermented rice character. Taste is a bit off on this beer - similar to nose with the addition of a metallic quality, a hint of dill and a soapy character. Finish is not great - somewhat acrid and bitter, and not in a good way. Mouthfeel is light-medium with a crisp, lively carbonation. Not sure if this beer is past its prime, or just not good, but it's pretty awful.

Photo of zookerman182
2.96/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Appearance is crystal clear yellow with a two finger head. Lots of carbonation.
Aroma is fermented grapes and rice wine.
Flavor is rice wine and soap. There's also a lingering aftertaste of fermented rice.
Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing, the beer itself is the opposite.
So many odd flavors that aren't balanced at all.
Very odd beer.

Photo of Sanchezrox23
3/5  rDev -11.5%

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3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of jacewg
3/5  rDev -11.5%

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3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of wyatt13
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of barondebourgogne
3.13/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at DuClaw Arundel Mills Mall.

DuClaw advertised this as an Imperial Rice Pilsner at the bar. No mention of "IPA".

Poured deep golden, not amber, with a tight lace head that dropped quickly. Heavy essence of lime and grass on the aroma with sweet malt backbone. Whiffs of sake-like rice notes made their presence known.

BIG Sorachi Ace presence dominates the flavor profile. So much so that the hop oils coat the tongue heavier with every quaff. Halfway through the pint my palate was fatigued by the intense lime peel/citrus bitterness. Hop bitterness overtook the rice and malt and held their presence to a minimum.

This was my first experience with Sorachi Ace hops. I enjoyed the citrus profile it provided this beer, but in the end, it became over the top intense. This beer is out of balance and too hoppy to thoroughly enjoy. Less IBU's would improve its overall rating.

Photo of nmann08
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of stakem
3.3/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Photo of Chaney
3.45/5  rDev +1.8%
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 apasternak
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of DrBier
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of ppoitras
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
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 +3.2%
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...

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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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