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Brooklyn Sorachi Ace - Brooklyn Brewery

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Ratings: 1574
Reviews: 535
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 11.17%


Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This is a saison featuring the rare Japanese-developed hop Sorachi Ace. The Sorachi Ace hop varietal is noted for its unique lemon zest/lemongrass aroma.

(Beer added by: rtepiak on 07-29-2009)
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KYGunner

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Lemon sets the tone from the bright yellow color to the nose and taste. Some bubblegum and white pepper, there is a sweet and spicy feel about the whole experience. The malt is subdued but present with a more yeast tones an light lemony hops. Really like this, maybe not love it but worth the try.

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2014 20:14:03 | More by KYGunner
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CalgaryFMC

Alberta (Canada)

3.79/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sampled on tap at Beer Revolution in Calgary. A light yellow to amber colored brew with a minimal white head but ample carbonation, sparkly and with a champagne-like mouthfeel. Aroma extremely bright, fruity, and vegetal, redolent with lemon zest, green herbs, yeast-derived spicy notes, and a dry nutty earthiness, perhaps a tad musty. Palate is unique, a combination of more typical earthy, spicy flavors characteristic of classic saisons and assertive herbal/citrus hops, as one would expect from a beer billed as a single-hop showcase. The pilsener malt and nutty yeast elements are present but take a back seat to vibrant cilantro, lemon grass, and spice seed flavors that make for a memorable and perhaps polarizing taste experience. There is also a root cellar earthy peppery spice lurking in there, with a floral perfume and some alcohol peeking through at times. Crisp and dry, body is just shy of middling and the lack of sweetness becomes more apparent as one proceeds through a pint. Approach this one in the right mindset and you'll be intrigued by some unusual flavors. Sorachi Ace is a distinctive hop.

Serving type: on-tap

01-17-2014 17:04:34 | More by CalgaryFMC
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WheelsPSU

New York

4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Brooklyn Brewery last fall. It poured just like a saison should - light gold with light froth. The smell straight from the tap was a lemon explosion. Enjoyable on a hot summer day I would presume. The taste was clean with some fruits hidden, like lemon and pear. The mouthfeel was dry right from the start but the carbonation was medium.
This beer is all about the Sorachi Ace hops. It showcases them deliciously and refreshingly.

Serving type: on-tap

09-03-2013 17:53:33 | More by WheelsPSU
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Wutah

Ohio

3.46/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- looks pretty light with a very straw color that haze a tad bit of haze.

S- This brew has a very spicy smell. It smells a bit peppery and is nice and strong.

T- up front it is pretty mild with a slight hop presence. It is very crisp and refreshing and I taste a bit of sweetness from a fruit.

M- it is not as thin as I thought it would be. The crispness comes from the nice carbonation.

Overall it is a great summer porch drinker but more of a sipper in the sun.

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2013 21:41:26 | More by Wutah
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da_beers

Florida

4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - nice golden straw with a nice finger of head. Good carbonation coming. Very clear no haze. Good lacing coming down.

S - nice hop aroma off the bat, but has a nice spice in there too. Sweet malts are there but not over the top.

T - this is great. Hops on the start with this almost Christmas-y spice note to it. Leaves a great bitter aftertaste that isn't too much (if there is such a thing). Has a little citrus in there as well which is refreshing.

M - nice transition over the palate. Very smooth. Carbonation is great.

O - overall great beer. At the brewery here in Brooklyn and having It this fresh is the best!

Serving type: on-tap

08-04-2013 16:42:40 | More by da_beers
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nootch23

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - pours a nice golden color with a good amount of head on it, about a fingers and a half worth. nice amount of carbonation.

S - this has a nice, crisp, clean floral smell to it. Not a big hoppy smell but a very even pleasant scent to it.

T - nice bitter, floral taste to it. The hops aren't overdone with this but the presence resembles that of an IPA rather than a saison. Not a whole lot of flavor to it but easy to drink and pretty smooth and light. Picked up a small taste of orange peel near the back of the tongue. Really enjoyable tasting.

M - dry finish with a lingering bitterness to it. no flavor lingers around but the aftertaste is enjoyable.

O - not a bad beer by any means but feel its kind of average in the realm of saisons. I've had better but I've had worse. I would still drink this again on hot summer days. Would definitely purchase again. Wish there was a little more flavor to this.

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2013 14:21:08 | More by nootch23
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Samp01

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler on tap at Joe Canal. Pours a golden yellow with a large long lasting fluffy white head. Very good lacing and head retention. Aroma is of ripe fruit, pears, sweet yeast and spice fruit essence. Taste same as aroma with some mild spice hops bitterness. A medium body, crisp and refreshing on the palate, mild carbonation. The Finish is a combination of sweet spice ripe fruit, pears, yeast and biscuit malt followed by mild spice bitterness for balance. A very good, tasty, refreshing and flavorful brew. Very nice

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2013 01:39:39 | More by Samp01
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FLima

Brazil

4.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had it fresh at the Brewery, priceless.
Bright amber yellow color with a thick head with medium retention.
Delicious citrus lemon sorachi type of aroma (off course!).
Superb flavor of "je ne sais quoi" in case you had never tasted Sorachi hops before. Tons of pineapples, lemon, herbs and green apples. Notes of Belgian yeast, white pepper and resins.
Dry, bitter and lemon acid aftertaste.
A bit astringent with a mild sourness.
Light body with decent carbonation, sparkling type. 7.6% ABV, no f...way, they are liars or magicians.
Excellent beer, very flavorful, original, pleasant to drink with drinkability at its best.

Serving type: on-tap

06-27-2013 00:48:40 | More by FLima
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Richiebaseball

Georgia

4.48/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A very solid beer! Just a hint of lemon in the smell. Beautiful color. Nice and golden. Not served too cold which I think is important. Very good taste and aftertaste. Left my mouth tasting just a little dry. This beer just kept getting better with every drink. I would order this ale again anytime!

Serving type: on-tap

05-09-2013 21:41:57 | More by Richiebaseball
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mactrail

California

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful 12 oz pour in the tall glass. Light amber color with long-lasting suds. Great mouthfeel-- both creamy and prickly. Medium body. Flavor is totally unique. Tastes like green peppers, black pepper, green apples, and jicama. Most interesting an likable flavors, however indescribable.

This is fairly malty at first, not really bitter even after the hop flavors emerge, but rather tart in the vein of many Saisons. The aftertaste touches on more bitterness. A thoroughly interesting brew I'm glad to have encountered. On tap at Pizza Paradiso in Georgetown. [transcribed from notes ; 06/10/2012 visit]

Serving type: on-tap

03-25-2013 05:50:35 | More by mactrail
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PattyMelt

Michigan

3.96/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Nothing too special. Amber yellow, minimal white head. Doesn't look fantastic, but looks good.
S- a very, very citrus, slight pine.
T- Starts off light, very crisp on the back. High lemon flavor with a strong kick of ginger. Clean & smooth.
M- light bodied.
O- very refreshing summer beer. I can see myself sitting on my deck drinking this for hours. Love it.

Serving type: on-tap

03-20-2013 02:10:47 | More by PattyMelt
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tectactoe

Michigan

4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Ashley's in Westland. Pours a golden-straw color; translucent with a mild chill haze that eventually fades away as the beer warms up a bit. Big-bubbled, white head is thin all the way throughout, but its small size was most likely due to the pour. Small bits of wet legging cling to the glass momentarily and eventually drip down.

The Sorachi Ace hop is notable for its lemon-like characteristics. Anyone who didn't already know that will definitely realize it after taking a whiff. The nose is packed with lemon in many different hats; lemon peel, lemon zest, lemongrass. Very effervescent; light, yet powerful; smooth, yet crisp. Mild herbal notes, grassy and subtly earthy, showcase themselves alongside the lemon brigade. Belgian yeast is no stranger here, either, adding the classic bubblegum-like aroma that has become oh so familiar. Mild finishing spices; clove, coriander, and faint white pepper.

The taste really integrates the Sorachi Ace hop well - the lemon notes are vibrant and noticeable, yet still manage to blend well with everything else, rather than sound anything out. Lots of flavors clashing all at once with each sip; lemon zest, herbal lemon tea, earthy hops, clove, white pepper, heavy yeast. The malt character is straightforward and basic; sometimes simplicity is the key. They add a nice cracker-like finish with some mild, balancing sweetness. Very like phenol character that only really becomes noticed near the latter half of the glass. Crispy, thanks to the hefty carbonation, finishing pretty dry with fading notes of herbal lemons and spicy yeast in the aftertaste. Thin-medium bodied.

Very good suggestion from Ron. Dangerously drinkable; fresh, crisp, dry, simple, and executed very well. Nice integration of flavor from this unique hop; this beer went down pretty quickly.

Serving type: on-tap

03-14-2013 11:48:18 | More by tectactoe
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garuda

Pennsylvania

4.44/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Light gold, slightly hazed, white cap has good retention and decent lace.

S/T - Slightly tart, yeast funk, hay, grass, lemon candy sweetness. Moderate hop bitterness in the finish.

M - Medium body, lively carbonation, fluffy and smooth across the palate. Clean, dry finish.

O - This hop varietal seems to pair perfectly with the saison style. Accentuates the standard lemon/grass/hay flavors of saisons. Well done, I'd like to compare it to the bottle version.

Serving type: on-tap

02-24-2013 19:56:11 | More by garuda
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TubaManJack

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

So after seeing this beer on many shelfs I decided why not

Appearance - Huge thick white sudsy head a light yellow body that is quite hazy.
Smell - Unriped bananas and hops. The nose of the hops is unique and a mix between being pungent funk and light herbal.
Taste- this is a farmhouse ale no question with its lighter malts and slight sourness from the yeast. However the hops do play a larger role than most. The hops do prove a different component that I am having a hard time pining down.
Mouthfeel - full slightly dry mild carbonation.

Serving type: on-tap

12-22-2012 02:20:48 | More by TubaManJack
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – Served a yellow-orange colored brew with a one finger fizzy white head. The head faded quite fast leaving only a light amount of lacing behind.

Smell – The aroma is fruity and yeasty. Lemon and orange greet the nose with some highlights of tropical fruits mixed within. A yeasty smell brings with it some pepper, grass and a spicy note. Rounding out he smells are some notes of a citrus and floral hops.

Taste – The taste begins with a lots of the fruit that was detected in the nose. Orange and apple create the bulk of the fruit taste up front, but are joined by tropical notes as the taste advances. While upfront the yeast is on the tamer side, it grows rather strong more toward the middle and the end. With the yeast comes a peppery and grassy/haylike taste more classic of the farmhouse style. At the end with flavors that the yeast brings getting stronger a yeasty, sweet, haylike/grassy and sour fruit taste is left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the creamier side but yet maintained a rather crisp feel. The higher level of carbonation only accentuates the crispness, complementing well the tart and fruity flavors of the brew. Not too shabby.

Overall – A very nice drinking and flavorful brew. I would definitely recommend, as it was a nice blend of funky, smooth, citrus, and sweet. One to give a go to if you get a chance.

Serving type: on-tap

11-28-2012 02:06:21 | More by Darkmagus82
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ColForbinBC

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap, served in a pint glass

The body sits a pale, hazy orange color with a thin one finger cap. Not a very pretty pour by the bartender. The cap has some good staying power, as it never truly disappears. Some lines of lace strewn about.

The nose is full of wet hay, undercooked bread, black pepper, and lemongrass. Some bubble gum/cotton candy lying underneath. Fairly straightforward saison base with the addition of sorachi ace over top.

Soft bubble gum, undercooked bread, and wet hay roll onto the palate. Soft, lush feel. Lemon grass and lemon peel through the middle with some black pepper. The finish is some cotton candy/bubble gum and lemongrass and a hint of black pepper.

Medium feel, soft, and lush. A little bit of warming pops up late.

This is a pretty decent saison. Some unique character from the sorachi ace hops, but nothing special. Strong flavors, solid representation.

Serving type: on-tap

11-23-2012 21:56:52 | More by ColForbinBC
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Ryan011235

Ohio

3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap in a pint glass at Woodlands Tavern on 5/24/12

Pale, dull golden yellow; maybe a tad dirty. Slightly hazy. One finger cap of foam. Thin retention, but thick trails of lace.

Smells really nice with a slew of cracklin' lemon tones: lemon zest and lemon grass. Floral hops and prairie grass, too. Notes of cotton candy and banana as it opens up. Maybe some tart apple. Hints of clean grains.

The taste is much of the same, though with more of a fruity penchant. Juicy apple and fruity esters mix with zesty lemon hops and prairie grass freshness. Hints of toasty grain, but there's no doubt this is about the hops and twangy yeast.

Moderately light body with a crisp, distinct feel. Carbonation is punchy. The finish is clean.

Overall, this is darn tasty and very easy to drink. Recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

10-09-2012 05:52:08 | More by Ryan011235
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Tschnab

New York

4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A golden straw hazy pour with a nice fluffy head and a moderate level of lace. The smell is a burst of juicy lemon and lemongrass, belgian yeast, spice, mango and pineapple. The flavor has a clean belgian bannana profile with lemongrass and a grassy phenolic finish. Solid saison with a hop variety you dont get to see often. Glad to have had it.

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2012 22:11:52 | More by Tschnab
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Sharkophile

New York

4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a brilliant cloudy golden color with a white head made of very fine bubbles. Retention is good and the beer leaves lacing.

S: Smells fruitier than the typical saison, with alot of banana and citrus, along with the customary spiciness, some pleasant citrussy hop character, and a bit of booze.

T: Like the smell, it's initially quite sweet, with pear, banana, orange and honey like flavors chiming in. Goes spicy with some more citrus, allspice and clove, and finishes dry and quite crisp without a hint of alcohol.

M: Medium body with moderate carbonation for a saison. Serves the beer quite well.

O: Excellent, excellent saison. Haven't had another quite like it.

Serving type: on-tap

09-09-2012 21:46:11 | More by Sharkophile
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Nutwood

Kentucky

5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Saw this on the new drafts board at my main spot. Inquired about the style and was informed is was a Saison on tap.

Draft, 10 oz. pour into a goblet at ideal temperature.

A: Rich, slightly hazed golden color; half-finger of lingering head, a nice slightly yellowish off-white that lingered and laced pleasantly.

S: Country air aroma of hay, light fresh earth, spice, a touch of pine and lemongrass, an impression of tropical and floral without being sweet or perfumey. Nice notes of yeast hinting at the flavor to follow.

T: Follows nose and adds delicately balanced malt and hops. Taste is assertive but not aggressive; complex but very cohesive. Any bitter components present in the Sorachi hops are subdued and integrated into the overall complexity. There is a mellow spice hops flavor balancing the malt on the front, and the finish returns to the floral and lemongrass. There is a bit of elusive fruit here, the closest I can come is pear. After-taste is lip smacking fresh and clean and makes you want to savor and reflect before sipping again.

M: Medium body with carbonation present but in proportion to the flavor; the bubbles have presence but do not interfere with the taste.

O: This beer for me was inspiring; after a day of very high IBUs this was a refreshing eye-opener. It showed up big-time and reminded me there is more to beer than booze, bitterness and in-your-face attempts at "boldness". This is personal and is probably just an individual reaction, but the second and third sips of this gave me a bit of goose-flesh. This is a beer I will return to soon and often.

Serving type: on-tap

07-15-2012 16:14:58 | More by Nutwood
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Cork City Pub in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a hazy dark golden yellow to golden orange in color. The beer has a three finger tall off-white head that slowly reduces to a thick film over the entire surface of the beer with some small thicker patches and a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of saison yeast spiciness with hay + earthiness. There is just a hint of lemon citrus.

T: Light to moderate amounts of lemon citrus sourness along with some earthy/hay hop bitterness. There is an underlying sweetness with some spicy yeast flavors.

M: Just heavier than light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth. Light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Very enjoyable and easy to drink - definitely one to have another time. Well balanced and the alcohol is well hidden.

Serving type: on-tap

07-12-2012 01:27:51 | More by dbrauneis
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claspada

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy pale yellow color with a tight, frothy head that extends up over the edge of the pint glass. Nevertheless, a fine looking beverage with drippy lace all the way down the glass.

Aromas begin with slight floral but much more solid lemongrass hops over a solid pilsner slightly sweeet malt base. Increased juicy, zesty citrus and fresh herbs at it warms a bit.

The tastes begin with sweet, juicy lemon and a certain soft, creamy, almost honey-like flavor, coupled with the pilsner maltiness. Beglian yeast adds flavors of biscuit dough, fresh herbs, clove and pear. Overall phenolics are light.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation; slightly less than I expected for the style but given the higher than normal ABV for the style it is acceptable. Finish is minorly bitter and dry.

Overall this is a very good Saison and I was pleasantly surprised because I am normally not a fan of the style. Usually they are too yeasty and herbal forward for my tastes but the Sorachi Ace lemony hops make this a winner for me. Worth a go on draft or in the bottle. I think this is year round now but try to find a fresh bottle if possible the get the freshest hop characteristics.

Serving type: on-tap

06-04-2012 15:21:31 | More by claspada
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DAllspaw

Indiana

4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden yellow with 2 " brilliant white head. High carbonation you expect from a Saigon.

Smell is heavy on citrus and less barnyard than accustomed to for the style. Certainly a lighter crisper taste as well which my ignorance will attribute to the sorachi hops.

If you are looking for more earthy Saison this probably isn't for you but a very nice beer in many respects.

Serving type: on-tap

05-29-2012 20:31:33 | More by DAllspaw
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TheHopHeadGirl

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's a single hop saison, germanpilsner malts, with spices, golden farmhouse ale. Has a 7.6% etoh. Reminds me of honey basil from berkley & saison du buff from dogfish. It would be great with food. My 1st time having it is @ pig & fish in rehoboth for $i a 16oz glass.

Serving type: on-tap

05-24-2012 22:30:31 | More by TheHopHeadGirl
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wedge

North Carolina

4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

@ The Federal

Slightly hazy pale yellow color with a tight, frothy head that extends up over the edge of the pint glass. Had this been served in a larger tulip glass or something similar, I think the overall appearance would have been more impressive. Nevertheless, a fine looking beverage with drippy lace all the way down the glass. Perfumy floral and lemongrass aromas over a solid pilsner malt base. Increased juicy, zesty citrus and fresh herbs at it warms a bit. Sweet, juicy lemon and a certain soft, creamy, almost honey-like character in the mouth with, again, a nice pale malt presence. Dough, fresh herbs, clove, pear, and cedar. Overall phenolics are light. Very flavorful, yet soft and smooth. Medium bodied and fairly well carbonated. Properly bitter and dry. I've had this before, but don't remember being this impressed. Well done.

Serving type: on-tap

05-15-2012 15:04:48 | More by wedge
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Brooklyn Sorachi Ace from Brooklyn Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 1,574 ratings.