Sorachi Ace | Nodding Head Brewery

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Nodding Head Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Rotating

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Added by NeroFiddled on 03-04-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of weeare138
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Capone's...
Appears a hazy light gold, creamy, one finger white cap that quickly fades. Lots of sticky streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of lemon zest, herbal tea, lemongrass, whiffs of a floral shop cooler, and gentle spices.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a unique lemony citrus and detergent-esque(maybe lemon pledge?) flavor mixed with the herbal notes, along with pepper and other spices.
Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with a mild lemon dishwashing soap lingering along the palate...not bad but definitely odd and different.
Overall, this is a very different approach to the Double IPA that's typified with the heavy pine resin and grapefruit. I give credit to Gordon for trying something different. Changes aren't always wonderful at first but it takes someone with balls to challenge what is known as the typical standard. I think this hop would be really good in a kolsch, or a saison.

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Photo of akorsak
4.46/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A tumbler glass served at Capone's on Great Lakes night. Part of Nodding Head's Single Double IPA series. The Sorachi Ace varietal is a rare hop of Japanese origin (see the comments in reviews preceding mine). The ale is a DIPA, not APA as listed, and I reviewed it as such.

A: The ale is a hazy orange amber color. The haze does not detract from the vibrancy of the color. The head is moderate-sized, probably 1.5 fingers, and leaves little lacing.

S: The nose has a hoppiness that I've never, EVER encountered. The aroma is floral. Not floral in a citrus or piney manner, but floral as in smelling like a bouquet of freshly cut flowers. The sweetness is an aroma that I never knew hops could convey. There is no hint of alcohol in the nose.

T: Thedelicate depth of the nose continues into the taste. Flowers, sugary sweetness and some exotic tea flavors come to mind. The hop flavor is concentrated and strong, providing a fruity sweetness that never waivers in intensity. Lemon zest features prominently in the body, as does dandelion (yes, I've tasted dandelions, who hasn't?). I am completely enamored of this beer.

M: The mouthfeel leaves me at a loss for words. The delicateness of the flowery hops is a revelation, I'd love to see this variety used more frequently.

D: I wish that I had had this earlier in the evening, I may have stayed with it exclusively. If you see this anywhere on tap, check it out.

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Photo of Phatz
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After running into the Nodding Head brewer, Gordon. In the back room at Capone's, I had to try this novelty beer. Gordon explained the rare Sorachi Ace hop grown only one place in Oregon. This hop is very little known and even less used. It is absolutely unlike any hop I have ever tasted before. This beer was created as part of Nodding Heads "Single Double" series of beers. It is a 'Double IPA' (according to the brewer) with a single hop. It be best to think of it as an herbed spiced ale though. It is defiantly out of the box.

Nodding head has generally been middle of the road in my book but this beer is an exception.

Appearance: Served a cloudy orange with white head on top.

Smell: Very flowery floral with a distinct herbal tea with lemon juice in the nose.

Taste: This tastes like no beer I have tasted before but is is quite similar to one on my favorite wellness tea's. A lemon tea from the health food store. there is a hint of mintyness and it border son pine but not quite that bitter. The wood notes are present but again washed over by the leafy tea attribute. The flavors are full but hardly bitter.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel seems lively with ginger and mint but I am told all that comes from this crazy hop. nice dry finish.

Drinkability: I like this beer. It is a novelty. I would like one or two but it is a bit weird to have a whole case or keg of. Definitely worth a shot.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of kernalklink
2.62/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had this one at the philly craft beerfest, and I hope to review again at the brewery to make sure my opinions are correct. Poured a light pale haziness- aggressive carbonation, vanishing head- aromas were of mild malts and some lemon zest. Taste was odd at best- earthy sweet malts are overshadowed by a mild lemon flavor, then finished by a broth-like funkiness. Hopefully my palate was just decimated by that point, because this brew blew my mind in a not so pleasant way.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The Sorachi Ace is named for the hop that it's made from, a unique and rare hop grown in Oregon from a Japanese cultivar. The base beer is golden, and slightly hazy, with a creamy head of bright-white that holds well and leaves some very nice lacing about the glass. It's brewed from Marris Otter and a Belgian specialty grain (I think Gordo said it was Aromatic), which allows the hop character to come through rather clearly. It's gently citrusy, like lemons, and there's a very interesting note that's almost like cedar. The malt is soft and supple, and it finishes dry and gently hoppy with a median bitterness. Quite interesting, and remarkably drinkable. Well done!

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Sorachi Ace from Nodding Head Brewery
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 5 ratings
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