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Brooklyn Sorachi Ace | Brooklyn Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States | website

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

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.

Added by rtepiak on 07-29-2009

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Photo of ToddT
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Cloudy pale golden yellow with ample carbonation in the large off white head. Head is sticky and leaves lots of lace on the glass.

S- Strong citrus and lemon character in the nose, very forward. Some hints of barnyard funk in the background, along with pepper, spice, and some alcohol heat.

T- Lemon and pepper flavors very forward at first. A bit of funk appears, well done not overly funky or sour, to balance things out and leads to a crisp, clean, and dry finish. Slight note of hop bitterness at the finish along with a slightly tart aftertaste, leaves you wanting just one more sip.

M- Creamy and smooth almost buttery, well carbonated but not overdone here either.

D- Very drinkable and accessible for the style. The 7.6% ABV is well hidden only a slight note in the nose.

Great beer, if you run across this buy it and enjoy it.

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Photo of number1bum
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap last year at Clarks Ale House in Syracuse and recall it being too sweet; my expectation is that the bottle conditioned version may help in that regard. Let's see.

Pours a hazy pale golden color with a nice two inches of white head. Head keeps well, with a full and substantial lace, with some very nice stick on the sides as well.

The nose reveals a definite lemony quality, quite herbal as well. There's a bit of spice and some sweetness that has a buttery quality to it. The herbal/lemon aroma is pretty unique and I like it.

Taste pretty much follows the nose, and I'm glad to see that the sweetness is not as substantial as I remember from the draft version. The lemon and herbal flavors are prominent, and like the smell I do get a buttery sweetness which is interesting. It's like a sweet lemon butter almost; odd, but interesting. Some subtle spicing like the nose as well. Nothing much new that wasn't there. Not super complex but I like the flavor.

Mouthfeel is pretty creamy, medium bodied and quite smooth. Not as crisp as many other saisons but it does finish clean, and I like the creaminess. This hop strain seems to have a nice oiliness to it.

This is a nice saison from Brooklyn and I am definitely glad to see that the sweetness which I recall being overpowering on draft has been muted a bit with the bottle conditioning. The flavor of this hop strain is certainly different, but it works well. A nice beer that is worth picking up if you see it.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the champagne bottle (great label) into a Duvel glass.

Pours a distinctive yellow with tons of immense creamy white foam. Very active, mere movement triggers bubbles. Little lacing.

Chaly lemony smell. Different, yet hard to pin down. (My aha! moment is after I read the label about lemongrass)

Peppery taste, with a unique tangy hop bitterness, not something I have come across before - presume is the ace hop. Lemon citrus certainly in the there.

A fairly complex beer, an interesting drink. Tasty. I split the bottle over two nights with an airtight seal and it held up well. A good drinker, but the flavors tired my mouth a bit.

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Photo of Gwynn400
4.72/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750 bottle into pint glasses. Initially, tons of white frothy head, a good couple of inches. The head slowly subsided, leaving a decent amount of lacing on the glass.

The beer pours a typical saison color, yellow and opaque. The aromas are banana and citrus. I think I get the very slight smell of the hops, but hard to identify because its a different smelling hops than I am used to.

The first sips are highly carbonated, but excellent. Tastes of citrus are prevalent and tasty. The beer was less bitter than I expected, but the hop flavors are definitely there. This beer is different than any I have had before. I definitely recommend this to anyone.

Bottom line, if you enjoy the saison style and are looking for something a little interesting, this beer fits the bill.

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Photo of LittleDon
4.61/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a tulip-shaped glass. Golden with lots of haze. Plenty of bleached white head is produced due to lots of carbonation. It eventually subsides into intermittent lace. Aroma is predominantly bananas, with a hint of cloves and mustiness. Carbonation bite up front. Noticeable acidity in the middle reminiscent of a citrus twang. Very pleasing light finish that leans towards the dry side. To date, I have had nothing quite like this. Contrary to the description found under Saisons, I found it to be on the delicate side with little bitterness. The spicy/fruity Belgian yeast characteristics are noticeable in the aroma, but not as much in the taste taste, which was very light bodied and acidic. A must try.

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Photo of GJ40
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 750ml bottle in a chalice.

A - A straw, yellow color with good clarity and a big, fluffy, white head. Very inviting.

S - Banana, black pepper and spices.

T - Dry and crisp with a slightly spicy flavor (black pepper) and a touch of funk. A moderate hop bitterness ran throughout. It had good complexity and nice flavor.

M - A moderate consistency with a moderate to high carbonation of very fine bubbles.

D - Good flavor and very interesting. It's got a nice European feel to it. I'd go back for more.

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Photo of Cresant
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured this 750 mL brown bottle into a Tripel Karmeliet glass. The body was golden yellow with a huge latte foam head of bright white. The massive head remained and left lacing.

Smell was pungent, dry, and peppery. Lightly grainy with juniper boughs.

Taste was dry and spicy. Belgian yeast chalkiness. Lemon rinds. Herbaceous and crispy dryness. Take all of these components and filter them through grandma's not so fresh dish clothe, that about encapsulates the flavors here.

Mouthfeel was medium to dense in body. Tiny, tight carbonation. Interesting, I would drink it again.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.01/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle purchased at McKinnon's in Salem. Pours a hazy yellow-amber body with a good couple inches of white-ish head that persists for a while only to leave a fair bit of lacing on the glass. Citrus - particularly lemon and pith - rule the aroma, giving off a slightly cat pee like scent. Lemon, lemongrass, pith, with notes of orange and tangerine. Medium bodied with effervescent carbonation. Very drinkable - alcohol is well-hidden and one sip invites another for sure. Very good, though the Sorachi Ace hop flavor and aroma take some getting used to...

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Photo of detlefchef
4.44/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale and cloudy golden color with brilliant white head that certainly lingers. Vibrant and classically Belgian nose (bananas and citrus). Seriously, this beer totally jumps out of the glass at you.

Super clean flavors of citrus (including pith) that is downright nervy on the palate. A very, very pretty beer with loads of nuance. I would imagine that you'd get a whole new set of flavors if you let one open up or age for a bit.

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Photo of donniecuffs
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of Florida9
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pale golden yellow with a huge white head that eventually reduces down to a surface coating. Some light lacing.

S: Lemons. Grassy hops. Green apple. Rather "bright smelling.

T: Slightly sweet. Tart apples with a little lemon and unripe pears. Somewhat vinous. A mild bitterness on the finish.

M: Light, bright and tart. Heavily carbonated

D: A good beer with a variety of complex flavors, yet still revealing a good bit of hoppiness, even if the hoppiness comes through in a manner that is not in the typical sense.

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Photo of portia99
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a Brooklyn snifter.

A - Pours a pale, translucent golden straw color with a thick 2 fingers of fluffy, whipped cream like head. Tons of lacing left behind on the glass.

S - Green, sweet, spicy, fruity - especially citrusy with oranges and lemons standing out. Nice black pepper, cinnamon. Very good smelling saison - can't wait to take the first sip.

T - Flavor diverges from the aroma a bit. I don't really get any malt in the aroma behind all of the fruity and spicy smells, but in the flavor there is a solid base of breadlike malt. A very crisp hop bitterness which is more up front (and somewhat unique - no doubt due to the Sorachi Ace hops) than the aroma would indicate gives a nice 2nd layer on top of the malt. Over both of these is spiciness and fruitiness that really rounds things out - tons of lemony flavors, some oranges, a bit of tropical fruit. From the aroma, I expected this to be a bit on the sweet side, but this is really pretty dry overall. Classic saison with a bit of a twist.

M - Fairly thin in body, but in no way is this watery. Quite high carbonation level with a bit of a foamy, yet smooth feel. Feels alive on the tongue with flavors exploding on the tongue. Dry, citrusy and very crisp.

D - Very enjoyable saison. Full of character in the aroma and the flavor with a great appearance...who could ask for more? The hoppiness is a bit high for my tastes in a saison, but this is really being nitpicky trying to find something wrong. Definitely a must try for anyone who enjoys this style of beer.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle pours a slightly hazed, medium yellow color with a huge cap of white head, very fitting for a saison. Fluffy and airy with plenty of lacing and retention.

Nose is wonderful - lemongrass, floral and yeast phenols. Nothing funky or farmhouse about it, a 'clean' smelling saison. Light crackery malt, but the sorachi ace hops are the main show here, it seems a perfect fit for the beer. Delicious.

Lemony hop flavor with some wheatgrass and clean pilsner malt. Farmhouse yeastiness is disappointingly absent, but the nice hop flavor and bitterness mostly make up for it. Light, creamy mouthfeel with ultra-fine carbonation. What a great summer brew, fantastic! I would like to see more beers made with this hop, I think a pilsner would be a good style for it as well.

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Photo of emsroth
3.2/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750 bottle

App: cloudy gold with a foamy white head

Smell:strong hop presence that's herbal and lemony. Slight yeast funk. A slight husky malt.

Taste: sweet cookie like malt with butter and cream notes. Dry lemon rind and rough herb finish with a malty and hoppy bite.

Fine carbonation. A bit light for a saison (i LOVE the saison carbonation) but still nice.

A bit clean and sweet for a saison but a pleasant drink.

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Photo of beergod1
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big ol' bottle split with a friend, poured into a Duvel Tulip glass. Hazy Yellow, with a thick white everlasting head, with some lacing. smell is a little spicy and characteristics of the nose are the lemony citrus and grain. It tastes so refreshing on another 90 degree day in Ohio. . Very mild malt backing to this brew but at times it does come across a bit spicey and mildly sweet. The spice has to be from this Japanese hop. Sweet, carbonated (in a good way), and when it warms a bit, I taste a hint of Anise. A very unique beer, that needs to be sold in 6ers....or what the hell...get me a Keg.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 25.4oz bottle into 23oz NY Mets branded pilsner glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy golden color with a huge, fluffy white head that dissipates very slowly, leaving behind thick lace.

Smell: Strong lemon aroma with a bit of spice and an earthy hint.

Taste: Begins with a sweet lemon flavor, finishing with more lemon and a flavor like bitter grapefruit or maybe citrus peel. Underlying earthiness throughout.

Mouthfeel: Light body with light carbonation and a very refreshing finish.

Drinkability: Taste is a bit one-dimensional, but this is still a tasty and refreshing beer- very good for a summer day. Highly drinkable, and its hop flavors truly do stand out from many other beers.

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Photo of tko741
3.62/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fairly average pale gold, with notes of amber and a two-finger rice-white head. Head dissipates into a thin but covering blanket over the beer, with minimal lacing.

Smells of light hops, coriander, other herbs. Fleeting notes of pine.

Definite spices, most dominantly fresh mint leaf, thyme, nutmeg. Overall a balanced lighter ale with decent complexity. Dominant suggestions of wheat throughout. Robust in the initial sip, smooth and light in the finish. Hops are present with a spicy, resinous smear in the middle of the sip and after. Warming alcoholic sense in the aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is smooth, with a lingering bite of the light carbonation. A fine ale to enjoy slowly, and I'd go for a couple rounds of it before moving on to something else.

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Photo of champ103
2.71/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a transparent yellow color. Kind of macro like. A bubbly two finger white head forms, and recedes to a ring after a minute. Light patchy lace is left.
S: Overwhelming soapy hops that really detracts. There is a light spice and lemon zest.
T: Just like the nose, overwhelming soapy hops. Dish detergent, and pin sol like. A lingering sweetness and a lemon peal flavor.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. A little on the thin side. I could finish the bottle if I had to, though I am not really interested in this.

This did not come together all that well for me, as just a Saison, or a beer. Soapy hops just takes over, and there are no other Saison qualities that I can find. Not something I would recommend.

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Photo of Augustiner719
4.26/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle.

Pours a very highly carbonated, yellow, pale cloudy color with a big foamy head that leaves nice lacing. Complexities in the appearance are ridiculous. Smells lemony, with some white pepper, a touch of radish and maybe some light minty pine. Taste is very complex, bitter, astrigenty, then sweet, wheaty, bready and some white pepper on the finish. Dry as can be, perfect substitute for white wine. Nice carbonation, might be a tad too high even but solid. Drinkability is high on this one as its so refreshing. drank nearly the whole bottle myself.

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Photo of jampics2
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into an open mouthed glass.

Looks GREAT! Nice fluffy eggshell head sticks around nicely. Wonderful lacing as well. As for the beer itself, it's a golden orange, cloudy, and has active carbonation.

Smells really nice, there's the floral additions of the Soriachi ace hop, giving a slight lemongrass zing to the yeasty esters that give off white pepper and some slightly funky spice too (cumin?).

Taste is fantastic. Yeasty esters upfront give way to hints of pepper and corriander. Some unique sweetness from the malt sets the stage for the bout of mild hoppy bitterness that finishes. Lemon biscuits. Beautiful beer!!

Medium bodied, dry finish, and beautiful carb that makes it seem light and refreshing.

Drinkability is a feature of this beer, for sure. It's unique, lovely, and something I think more people should be exposed to. A huge contender for the most unique and accessible saison in America IMO.

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Photo of nickfl
4.59/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with one and a half fingers of snow-white lace that rests on top of a slightly hazy straw yellow body. The foam settles slowly and leaves nice, thick lace.

S - A lightly citrusy hop aroma with some musty yeast character. Pepper, basil and (I'm shocked, but it lives up to the description) lemongrass.

T - Tart wheat and musty hops up front with some spicy yeast character. The hops bloom in the middle with notes of coriander, basil, and lemongrass. It finishes with more citrus and just a hint of green, american-pine hops before it closes on a note of lemony hops and pineapple yeast.

M - Medium body, high carbonation, and a fairly dry finish.

D - This beer is really something special. The hop character is extraordinary, the lemongrass and basil notes are like nothing that I have ever had before and it was an inspired choice to use them in a saison. The spicy yeast and creamy wheat character frame these unusual hops perfectly and seem to meld with the herbal, citrus character of the sorachi ace hops to produce a very coherent, well balanced beer. There is a really remarkable lemongrass aroma and flavor that, along with notes of coriander and basil reminds me vividly of Thai cooking. This is a spectacular beer, both for the way that it showcases this new hop variety and simply as a refreshing, spicy, and very drinkable saison.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours a milky translucent pale golden color with a massive, fluffy rocky white head. Head has excellent retention and spongey sheets of lacing. Aroma is very grassy, earthy, zesty and lemony. Background of some candied sugars and spices, but something just isn't clicking for me with the nose. The flavor is also slightly off, with strong sweet notes from the champagne yeast and pale malts, and contrasting earthy, zesty, grassy hops without much bitterness from the Sorachi Ace. Mouthfeel is medium full, very soft with fine, light carbonation producing the expected clean dry finish. A grainy, yeast flavor also lingers in the finish detracting from my enjoyment of this. The flavors in this don't quite mesh as smoothly as hoped for, pulling down my opinion of this otherwise fine, unique beer.

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Photo of Sweasty
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sorachi Ace looks the part of a great Belgian ale. Sorachi pours a hazed and cloudy gold. Things are topped off by a massive white head. The head has some definite staying power. The head finally settles to a ring. It leaves tons of sticky lace in its wake.

The aroma is interesting. A dominating lemon quality sticks out front. Juicy ripe lemons hit first. Things are followed by a strong lemongrass quality. A noticeable wood quality is also present. Behind all the lemony qualities, some definite spice notes hit. Black pepper is the dominate spice note. A bit of an overall earthy quality is present as well.

The flavor is no less intriguing. Plenty of lemon notes throughout. A very pronounced sweet juicy quality gives way to a more pronounced lemongrass quality. The woodiness in the nose is slightly less pronounced in the flavor. Behind all the lemon qualities, there is a definite powdery quality. In addition there is a light bit of bubblegum. The peppery quality in the nose is less pronounced in the flavor. The pepper notes hit lightly in the finish. The finish is dry with more more lingering lemon notes.

Sorachi Ace has a lightish body. The carbonation is boisterous and effervescent.

This is quite the tasty and intriguing brew. Brooklyn brewery has paid righteous tribute to an overlooked hop. This Japanese Sorachi Ace hop, care of Sapporo breweries, is quite interesting. Brooklyn has created a tasty quaff centered around said hop. This is quite the hop-centric brew, yet won't turn off non hop heads. The lemon notes from the hops lend a strong thirst quenching quality. The alcohol is kept well in check. My hats off to Brooklyn for creating a tasty and unique saison.

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Photo of TexIndy
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle into a tulip glass. No dating info but this was just released in the market so should be fresh. Was a hazy golden color with massive carb streams. It had a massive fluffy white head that took forever to settle to a constant thick foam cap. Great lacing with lots sticking.

The aroma was lemongrass, spicy yeast, white pepper, sweet malt and dry. Good aroma. The taste was also very good and featured a big peppery bite mixed with lemon. Dry but not overly. Not my favorite saison but still pretty tasty. Mouthfeel was medium and creamy with massive carbonation. Lemony, dry after-taste.

Overall, my first try of the sorachi ace hop and quite interesting. I enjoyed it quite a bit but in the end the lemon builds up. Great peppery aspect though. High recommend if you can easily get. Available here in TX. Rotation - I like it but $13 and a big bottle limit it for me. If in 12oz format, I'd get a couple singles. For now, maybe one a year in big bottle and a glass or two on-tap. [O;Y]

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Photo of engisch
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been waiting to get my hands on a bottle of this. Very hard to find. I believe I've had it on tap before I got the bottle, but it was mislabeled as a Brooklyn bock. Anyways....

It pours a nice straw color with a puffy white lacey head, much as should be expected from a saison. Slightly hazy.

The aroma is.... Wow! Woah... fresh squeezed lemon and a spiciness from the yeast (typical of a saison). Lemongrass with a sting of alcohol gives a mild pine-sol tinge if you want to be critical, but still the overall smell is wonderfully spicy and lemony.

Flavor is spicy and dry with a bit of farmhouse funk. Oh and how could I forget the citrusy lemon! Very flavorful and complex beer for as "light" as it is.

Mouthfeel is full of carbonation (smooth, not prickly), and leaves your mouth feeling very dry in the back. Bubbly like a delicate champagne.

I got this beer mainly to evaluate the hops, and I will be sure to make homebrew with this hops, perhaps a saison! I'll definitely be getting more of this brew. Very well done! Go Brooklyn, and make more!!

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Brooklyn Sorachi Ace from Brooklyn Brewery
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