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Brooklyn Sorachi Ace - Brooklyn Brewery

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1,576 Ratings
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Ratings: 1576
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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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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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

4.63/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-Pours a hazy golden color. Pretty white cap. Head retains well and leaves misty lacing. Ambient coloring of the body.

S-Smells absolutely delicious. It smells so much like a Piña Colada. Coconuts and grassy hoppiness. A very slight whiff of funk. The Piña Colada aroma is magnificent.

T-Tastes a lot like NEBCO's Gold Stock Ale (one of my all time favorites by the way). That super unique pineapple flavor is supremely delicious. Nice grassiness. Lemon zest, light funk and spice. Still tastes like a Piña Colada in my opinion.

M-Feels lighter that the ABV would allow you to believe. Nice, crisp carbonation. Light bitterness. Great feel.

O/D-I truly wish I didn't wait so long to try this. So unique. It reminds me of a slightly less perfect version of one of my perhaps Top 5 favorite beers. Plenty to love about this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

05-08-2012 01:21:24 | More by VelvetExtract
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DaftCaskBC

British Columbia (Canada)

2.99/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at St Augustines in Vancouver.

A: 1/8" white head over cloudy straw coloured liquid.

S: Lemon, floral hops and yeast predominate along with a strong aroma of cat urine.

T: Lemon, pepper, banana, floral hops, orange rind, wheat and yeast.

M: Medium viscosity and carbonation.

O: Not the most drinkable Farmhouse Ale I have had. Not worth the price tag in my opinion.

Serving type: on-tap

04-17-2012 16:02:55 | More by DaftCaskBC
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PorterLambic

Florida

3.45/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Arrives clear and golden with a full finger plus of white foam sitting atop. Drops to a thickish film while leaving copious lace behind.
Smell is weak but notes of wheat, wet cardboard, oak and some faint malt and lemon.
Taste is exactly as expected with malt, wheat, oak, lemon (faint), and light spice notes.
Fairly full bodied for a saison with solid but not overwhelming effervescence throughout. A solid brew.

Serving type: on-tap

04-04-2012 00:23:26 | More by PorterLambic
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

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

A pint on tap at Whole foods for $3. I've been waiting on trying this out as a $15 750ML did not sit right with me. This is super fresh.

Sorachi Ace pours out the spout pretty lovely, a lot of activity with a golden colored brew gliding in the glass. A nice glow to this. Rising bubbles bring forth a frothy bright white foam that sticks to the glass.

smell is pretty bright and full of Sorachi Ace scents. This really displays a dry earthy scent with some lemon and grass. A spritz of saison like yeast with a small trace of pale malts in the latter. It's quite bold and assertive at this fresh stage.

Sorachi Ace is very well balanced, the lightness of all the flavor involved brings out the slightest touch of malt evening out. Saison flavor with some strong sorachi hopping bring a hoppy outcome. Some tropical flavor mixed in with grassy flavor with a drop of malt.

Feel is medium with lively carbonation, spritzy. The flavor sticks around a bit with a nice bready aftertaste with Sorachi sitting in as well. I finished a pint with ease, I never got bored with it, and the alcohol showed just a bit with extreme warming.

Im glad they are putting this in 4 packs.

Serving type: on-tap

04-02-2012 03:26:48 | More by BARFLYB
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woosterbill

Connecticut

4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Black Bear pub in the Hartford airport, served in a Sam Adams Perfect Pint™. Seeing the sign out front that this was the bar's beer of the month was what made me stop in; why not start a journey with some ticking?

A: Clear gold body with some nice fine effervescence building a solid cap of dense white foam; sticky lace. Pretty good.

S: Huh. Some overripe fruit funk is prominent, and unappetizing. Some toasty malt and lemony hops are present, but play second fiddle to the weird fruitiness. Not what I expected, but not entirely offputting.

T: Wow, nothing like the smell. Rich bready malt dominates, with fresh apple and pear esters playing nicely with the citrusy hops midway through. Clean, lightly bitter finish. Very substantial and extremely enjoyable. Weird.

M: Fairly light, moderately carbonated. Solid.

O: The keg kicked on the glass ordered right after mine, and sure enough when I asked for a sample from the replacement keg I found the rotten fruit aromas absent. I definitely think this one should be best consumed fresh.

Cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2012 14:12:51 | More by woosterbill
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goblue3509

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy dark yellow color with a tight white head which leaves nice lace on the glass. The aroma draws you in with floral notes before honey and then a big lemony citrus smell finishes the beer off. The aroma is big but delicate. The taste follows suit with a green fruit tartness up front before there is a sweet honey and then a big lemon and other citrus flavor comes through. Again the taste is big but delicate. It is light and refreshing. The mouthfeel is crisp with moderate carbonation. Overall a very good beer, the beer is dangerously drinkable for the abv, and is surprisingly delicate for the abv. This beer is a must try.

Serving type: on-tap

03-26-2012 23:04:33 | More by goblue3509
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barczar

Kentucky

3.89/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy light golden yellow color with a fairly solid white head that clings to the rim.

Lemon, sweet bready malt, and hints of herbal hop are evident in the aroma, which is somewhat subtle. There's a champagne-like finish.

A wine-like fruitiness dominates the flavor initially, slightly tangy, with a lemony finish. Cracker-like slightly sweet malt supports the taste, with a dry, peppery finish cleaning up the flavor.

The body is fairly heavy, with moderately high carbonation and a decidedly dry finish.

An interesting take on a saison, more wine-like than anticipated, and somewhat two-note. I'm not a huge lemon fan, so not really my brew.

Tried this in 14, and I get much more floral and herbal hop character, with a fair amount of bitterness in the finish.

Serving type: on-tap

03-14-2012 01:55:32 | More by barczar
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omokoro

New York

4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Brooklyn Brewery pint glass. The color was a golden straw with a thick white one finger head. Not much visible carbonation. Not much on the nose, some malts and a little hops. This is a very clean tasting beer, lots of lemon peel, pear, very crisp. I do not have a lot of experience with the saison style, but this is excellent. I would look for this beer again.

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2012 23:51:23 | More by omokoro
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Brian


4.88/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have never tasted a beer with this flavor. It was very smooth and full bodied, almost a hybrid of a wheat beer and rich pilsner. Apparently there is lemon and citrus flavor in this beer, however it is so smooth I did not find it to have any bitterness. My experience was that it had a rich vanilla-like flavor. Extremely unique beer compared with your typical summer pilsner or hoppy ale. Highly recommended, you will enjoy every drop.

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2012 18:21:25 | More by Brian
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

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

$4.5 for 12oz @ lagerhaus 95

Deep, rich looking golden amber with a razor thin white head that fades quickly. There's some lacing, but absolute no haze/sediment. The nose is bursting with fruits from the Sorachi, ripe concord grapes first come to mind.
This is definitely an interesting, take on a saison. It's relatively tame and clean tasting, the yeast is secondary to the hops. The Sorachi hops are showcased very nicely. There's also a noticeable bite from the ethanol, which is complimentary initially, but gets a little bit too much when the beer begins to warm. Otherwise, the mouthfeel is smooth and bubbly with a slightly lingering, bitter aftertaste.
Excellent price and availability, I'd definitely recommend it to others.

Serving type: on-tap

02-18-2012 03:44:08 | More by ThePorterSorter
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axeman9182

New Jersey

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

On tap at the Diamond Club for Brooklyn's ghost bottle night. This one was served in a pint glass.

Sorachi Ace pours a clear dark lemon (I have a hunch I'll be typing that word a lot here) yellow. There's about two fingers of fluffy white foam capping the beer. Head retention is solid, and the beer leaves sheets and sheets of lacing stuck to the glass. The nose is an absolute lemon bomb, reminds me of making fresh squeezed lemonade at work. There's also a bit of pale malt sweetness, but it's very much an ancillary note. The flavor takes that foundation and layers in a subtle clove-pepper spiciness to keep things interesting. It was easy to pick out after having had Brooklyn Radius early in the night, as I'm guessing it comes from the brewery's house Belgian strain, and it's featured more prominently in Radius. The body is impressively light for a beer approaching 8%ABV, the dryness being the mark of a well brewed Belgian style beer. The carbonation is active and effervescent and really helps carry the unique flavor contributed by the hop that gives this beer it's name. I'm thrilled that I'll be able to pick up Sorachi Ace in bottled form any time I want going forward, it's a well made, fairly original saison.

Serving type: on-tap

09-04-2011 20:23:35 | More by axeman9182
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dca1972

Ohio

3.35/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sorry if Ive got this wrong ... long time member, first time reviewer.

A ... Light, golden
S ... Floral, bright, hoppy
T ... Creamy hop character
M ... bubbly, light

Has a lingering taste that changes. More Pils than Saison. Unexpected ABV @ 7.5%
Impressive offering from Brooklyn Brew
Seems to mellow as it breathes, warms

Serving type: on-tap

08-02-2011 22:13:34 | More by dca1972
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mattcrill

Ohio

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

Aroma: Sweeter, Pils malt-type aroma up front. Lots of light crackery character. Earthy, herbal, and spicy hop notes. No fermentation character.

Appearance: Nearly clear golden colored pour with a long-lasting sudsy white head.

Flavor: Lots of similar herbal, earthy, spicy hop notes in the front. Some cracker-like malt sweetness that is quickly beaten down by the hop notes. Balance is firmly bitter. Finish is bone dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light with high, prickly carbonation. No alcohol heat or creaminess noted.

Overall impression: A bigger, strongly hopped Saison. Nice summer drinking.

Serving type: on-tap

07-24-2011 20:44:36 | More by mattcrill
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damndirtyape

Ohio

4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Winking Lizard in Independence OH. Served in a Nonic pint glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy golden to darker straw yellow with an initial fluffy white head. Head died down to a thin film across the top and a ring at the edge. Some strands of persistent lacing noted.

Smell: Wow, this one is really interesting. Lemony and floral at first, later woody and herb-like with a swirl as it warmed up. It's going to sound weird here, but this beer strikes me as Japanese in its aroma. Complicated, delicate, and myriad all at the same time.

Taste: Lemon flavor up front, then moving into a crisp dry and bitter finish. Very clean malt hint at the back - almost wheat beer in style - a bit of a tangy flavor at the end there. The bitter finish takes on more lemon/pine/resin flavors at the end as the beer warms up.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and dry with just right carbonation to cleanse the palate and not linger.

Overall / Drinkability: Definitely quenches the thirst - and it's not quite like anything I've had before in a beer. Goes to the head quickly though, even with a meal, so it's either a slow sipper, or in this case, one and done for me per evening. The Japanese hops are the showcase for this beer, and I'm not sure how I feel about them. Interesting, unusual, and worth trying, but I think just one per night even if the ABV was lower. So a good experience, but not something I could have every night or something that I would go out of my way to have again. Something about that woody/herb/resiny flavor at the end doesn't quite do it for me. Still - a neat beer to try out for the reason of it being so unique in flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

07-17-2011 23:05:19 | More by damndirtyape
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Good solid pop off the cork.

Pours solid, but a very soapy looking white head, Body is a slightly cloudy yellow orange with classic rising carbonation in the middle. Little lacing, some spotty puck as well. Looks pretty light for a saison no complaints.

Bouquet is a light lemon and fruity estery with light yeast notes. Hint of light sugars too. Crisp smelling, a little butter ghee like, much like a pale or Belgian strong ale than a saison. I dig it very light.

Taste is sharp butter of ghee then the palate sweetens to some sugar and stinging yeast. Just a hint of barnyard, and a very quick sharp crisp bubbly champagne "brut"-ness. That sharpness sticks around just long enough and then lingers slowly like good tonic water. Pleasurable tickle on the tongue this is really like that.

Overall this is just great take on a saison, real glad I picked this one up.

Serving type: on-tap

07-06-2011 01:43:02 | More by smakawhat
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.41/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

On tap at The Brickskeller. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a light straw lemon color with some haze. Good white head. Nose is lemon, grass, and a bit of earth. The taste brings out lemon, grass, some herbs, and a hint of earth. Bitter and dry. Drinks well.

Serving type: on-tap

10-19-2010 22:27:58 | More by Thorpe429
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thekanna

Maryland

3.33/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on-tap at Kramerbooks and Afterwords Cafe; it was labeled Brooklyn "Brewmaster's Reserve" on their menu.

A: Served in a Belgian beer barleywine goblet. Hazy straw yellow, a bit reminiscent of the color of a good witbier. This was capped off with a thin white head around the rim.

S: Pear and lemon zest, a bit of funkiness; some horse blanket, grass, and medicinal aromas also.

T: Medicinal herbs, pear, lemon, generic citrus zest, slight earthiness, and some horse stall funk. Ended in a slightly bitter, herbal medicine-type hop flavor. Medicinal taste with horse blanket was a bit off-putting.

M: Medium-bodied and juicy with ample effervescent carbonation.

D: Definitely a unique taste, but I think I'm good with having it just once.

Serving type: on-tap

08-01-2010 15:21:08 | More by thekanna
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donniecuffs

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a slightly hazy straw color, with a finger of white, decent head retention, and decent lacing. Nice crisp bitter herbal note in the nose, much more than I would expect from a farmhouse ale. Hay, grass, slight menthol, and peppery notes also emerged. The taste was a perfectly balanced spicy/herbal mix, that progressed to a bitter dry finish. No hint of the alcohol content. The body was between light and medium, and not overly carbonated. Very drinkable; VERY refreshingly dry and bitter. Surprising for a farmhouse ale.

Serving type: on-tap

07-22-2010 02:45:40 | More by donniecuffs
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nickd717

California

3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at DLD.

Pours a brilliant somewhat hazy straw color with a small white head and decent lacing.

Aroma is nice, with sweet malt, barnyard, and lemony and grassy hops.

Flavor is good and interesting. A nice Sorachi Ace hop profile - lemony, grassy, and floral. Pale malt, barnyard, yeast, and spice.

Medium-bodied with a crisp and dry mouthfeel.

A solid beer overall. Wasn't sure what to expect from this one, but it worked well. Very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

05-04-2010 17:01:06 | More by nickd717
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TonyBrew

Ohio

4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Dilly Deli. Served in a goblet super golden yellow. Very bright like a Saison or wit.
Loved the spices at first, but major citrus comes out (reminds me of Barrel House Hocking Hills Hefe from over a decade ago, not now). A very refreshing brew and an excellent follow up to an Avery Czar. It has a dry finish but very refreshing. A great body with medium head. Very happy with this brew, cannot wait till the Deli gets more.

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2010 17:50:12 | More by TonyBrew
Brooklyn Sorachi Ace from Brooklyn Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 1,576 ratings.