Morimoto Soba Ale | Rogue Ales

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Morimoto Soba AleMorimoto Soba Ale
Morimoto Soba AleMorimoto Soba Ale

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States

Style: Fruit and Field Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
8 Ingredients:
Malts: Roasted Soba, Harrington, Metcalf, Munich & C-15.
Hops: Crystal.
Yeast & Water: Rogue's Pacman Yeast & Free Range Coastal Water.

30 IBU
75 AA
14º Lovibond

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Reviews: 219 | Ratings: 523
Photo of metter98
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear dark yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that left some wide rings of bubbles on the surface and a collar consisting of medium-sized bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of buckwheat are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and and has flavors of buckwheat, which seem to resemble a combination of raw wheat, grainy malts, and toasted malts. There is also a touch of fruitiness from the yeast.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and slightly chewy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer wasn't overly exciting, but it did showcase the rough and grainy characteristics of the buckwheat.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of q33jeff
3.57/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75


Aroma Is very faint, touch of wheat. Golden clear color, no head to speak of, but some fizzyness at the surface. Taste is light, but nutty. Very crisp. Tasty. Another nice Rogue beer."

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.57/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From notes taken 06/14/17:

Butterscotch to copper amber color, fairly clear on first pour, more of a faint cloudiness than a haze. Second pour is much murkier, imagine an unaltered Dunkelweizen. Creamy white head with filmy, milky texture, and lower moderate retention. Smell is grainy, toasty, somewhat sweet and a little vegetal. Palate is very strange. Caramel-sweet and grassy-tart as expected from grain bill (which includes barley in addition to the soba/buckwheat), but attached to a vegetal/herbal/bitter/vinous starchy woodiness that I am certain must be the soba, rather than hops. Medium in body, with soft and creamy effervescence which lightens it significantly.

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Photo of LifesAnesthesia
4.04/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - Golden amber with a minimal white head that leaves behind some lacing.
S - sweet malt and wheat, notes of caramel and biscuit as well as some floral notes but not very strong at all.
T - Sweet malt throughout with notes of caramel and biscuit. Wheat is present throughout. Hints of citrus. Some nuttiness to the flavor profile as well.
F - Medium to full body with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O - This is a pretty nice ale. Loads of malty sweetness with a good amount of wheat. Notes of citrus, biscuit, nuts, and caramel. Not really sure what I was expecting here but overall a nice ale. Definitely worth a try.

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

Golden and slightly cloudy. Lots of slow rising bubbles, topped with a foam of off white colour.

Smells slightly tart, of crackers, a hint of bergamot, pine and orange.

Very caramelly,but not sweet, biscuit to the hilt, bergamot, pine and orange all come through as well. Only a hint of bitterness on the end.

Biscuity, chewy, almost thick body, with a moderate amount of spicy carbonation.

I'm really loving the style, the ingenuity, and the label. Its one of those which isn't over the top in any direction otherwise, so could be confused easily for an American pale ale, or styled Munich lager even. But its great, out of the box. Got on wish beer, drank Dec. 1st, 2016 in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.06/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Orange-amber body with cloudiness increasing as the bottle drains, off-white soapy head, loose carbonation. Nose and taste are dull- grain and rough malty sweetness, paper, mild hop spice, bitterness, and floral notes. An intensive search for enjoyable flavor, however delicate or hidden, turns up nothing. This isn't nuanced, it's just boring and far underpowered. Body is light, fine prickles of carbonation.
Yawn. It seems that all chef-beer crossovers have high, innovative goals, but the results are usually boring clutter in the landscape of poorly executed 'craft' beers.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought from Marukai 22oz bottle $6.99
Golden amber color
Medium Mouthfeel
Medium carbonation
Smooth with just a tiny amount of bitterness after taste,has a hint of a taste that does remind me of soba
Overall a really great beer that goes great with food as it has an easy drinking taste that would not overpower or alter the taste of the food you're eating, but has the flavor that keeps you wanting to drink more of it.

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Photo of jans_90
4.35/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Have to appreciate this beer for what it is. If you've had soba tea going beforehand the ale will make so much more sense. I drink the soba tea (dark honey brown color, very sweet with satisfying bitter finish) whenever I go to my Korean friend's house.

I ordered the Morimoto Soba Ale while out for sushi. I really didn't know what to expect; when ordering I had completely forgotten what soba even referred to, but it all clicked once I tasted it.

The sweetness of the soba bean comes through very strongly in the ale, though it's not overbearing. The sweet flavor is curbed nicely by the natural bitterness of the soba bean in combination with the flavor of the hops. The carbonation is relatively light, which I found fitting for the aim of this brew. The beer accentuates a lighter meal superbly.

Overall, I was very excited by with the creative combination of soba and hop flavors. Very unique and successful in my opinion.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I have this all the time at Origami, a local sushi joint. It goes well with the food. It's bright gold with a moderate cream colored foam cap. Light malts and fruit on the nose while on the palate there is also a nutty flavor and tropical fruit and a suspicion of white wine. It's light and refreshing and easy to drink.

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Photo of StanfordBlack
4.43/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This one is strange for me. I think it's overall a good beer, but only if I'm in the right mood.

Appearance: beautiful gold color that reflects the wheaty nature of the beer.

Smell: absolutely wonderful! Rich notes of toasted buckwheat with a very mild floral hint. Smelling it brought a nice big smile to my face.

Taste: a bit delicate but nice with hints of buckwheat and a very slight but pleasant starchiness. Standalone the beer is great! But with a nice bowl of hot udon it's a masterpiece.

Feel: good, but not perfect. I felt it lacked a prominent head and unfortunately was a tad flat. It's not bad, but it feels like it's meant to be paired with food.

Overall: it's a good beer, but not something I would drink on board games night. Rather it's one I would prefer on a quiet night watching a movie and eating some Udon.

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Photo of i4ourgot
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Liked it. Nice hop aroma i thought i was about to dive into a pale ale. Nope, dry and very clean pilsner like. Very bubbly also. The flowery hop aroma really through me for a loop this beer would be awesome on a hot day.

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Photo of avwrite
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%

It's advertised with Soba all over it, but honestly, I couldn't taste any difference between this and your standard wheat beer. I was expecting something darker, but it came out quite light looking and had a taste of honey to it. Nice novelty, but nothing special.

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Photo of seedyone
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

05/16/12 A tad thick on the tongue & a touch bitter, but all in all a nice brew. A 'tweener inasmuch as it seems to be suited as a spring/autumn beer.

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Photo of brentk56
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy honey color with a thick head that leaves plenty of splashy lace

Smell: Honey sweetness with earthy buckwheat tones

Appearance: Honey coated wheat toast, up front, with the sweetness lingering as it is countered by earthy hops; a bit grainy in the finish, though the earthy tones blend nicely with the sweeter malts

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I can see this pairing very nicely with Japanese food but as a standalone beverage it is a bit too sweet to command my attention

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Photo of DaveBlack
3.26/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Cloudy amber ale, not much in the way of head. What head there is remains coating the top of the beer.

S: Grains, sweet biscuit malts, citrus, and light floral hops. Very sweet smelling beer.

T: Toasted grains, caramel malts, a kiss of floral hops. Not a very aggressive flavor, but pleasant.

M: Light, watery, and moderate carbonation.

O: A very forgettable beer. Nothing stands out about it much at all. A pleasant beer, just ordinary

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Photo of hreb
3.16/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

22oz bomber. Beer pours pale in color, with moderate head. Slightly hazey, but too amber and sickly to look like a hefeweiss. Aroma is of toasted grain, with all the nuttiness that implies. Chestnuts, hazelnuts. I almost wonder if it's going to taste like a brown ale. Of course at 14°L it's closer to light beer.

Flavor is pretty mild, with a refreshing hop crispness in the end. In between, the same nutty/toasty flavors from the nose are featured on the palate. It's an interesting thing to showcase in a beer, in that toasted soba totally parallels traditional ale grain bill, but would never be found in one. However the flavor is really very mild, and other than the interesting novelty of it, it's really not that great.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.44/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 10/1/13

Appearance: Pours a lightly cloudy golden orange - pours with very low carbonation, but it retains some nice wisps of a head, and leaves some impressive lacing

Smell: Pale malts and some light biscuits - very floral, with straight-up flowers - some light citrus - honey - some light spices and some light nuttiness - mild overall

Taste: Follows the aroma with some interesting flavors - pale malts, light bread, and some undercooked biscuits - some light citrus, just a hint of orange and lemon - very floral, flowery - some light spiciness and some light nuttiness - light sweetness, with some nice honey character - finishes nicely dry

Mouthfeel: Medium body, adequate carbonation, smooth, with a crisp, dry finish

Overall: I don't always buy beers on clearance, but when I do, I prefer $2 bombers

I paid $2 for this beer. I think that may have lowered my expectations. Ultimately, it tastes like a Rogue beer; the yeast is nothing short of obvious. This beer is pretty mild overall, but there are some nice floral and nutty notes, with some honey. I would buy this again (for $2).

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Photo of Brenden
3.81/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The color is a soft, hazy pale gold. There's an effervescence evident immediately, and it serves to keep up a soapy pillow of clean white head, which actually sits pretty impressively. It doesn't recede from just over a finger's height, and it leaves some good fluffy lacing, mostly in spotting but pretty dense.
The aroma gives off a whiff of light fruits at first, and I get impressions of mango and apricot, but jammier. Maybe it's just the way it comes out. Rogue says Soba is not a type of wheat but a member of the rhubarb family. That makes more sense. It's a nice, light aroma.
The flavor drops some of that sweetness for a bit of tobacco, a floral note, and an overlying soft nuttiness. I can see how this would pair well with a lot of different foods in different ways. There's a bit of grains, and it could be cleaner in the finish, but I like it.
The feel is fluffy and well-carbonated without being overly filling in a light but not shallow body.

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Photo of Murrhey
3.21/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bomber into a conic pint glass in high elevation Kalispell, Mont. Reviewed live.

A- Two and a half finger white head, thin and quickly eroding. Clear orange-amber color. Nice carbonation, but the head is kind of weak in appearance.

S- Graininess, a light nutty aroma and some subtle hops. Enjoyable aroma.

T- Sweet and nutty, toasted grains and nice rounded flavors. Watery, but not overly so.

M- Thin body with a clean, wet finish.

O- I actually rather enjoyed this. The reviews had me sort of worried, but this is nice.

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Photo of Converge
3.76/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dad bought this one for me at my birthday a while back. Don't really know what it is.. Not sure what to expect.. Poured into a 20oz tumbler.

A - Pours a golden-orange hue with a thick soapy head and big bubbles flowing up the glass. Looks relatively clean, with only a touch of have in it. Good head retention and lacing.

S - Smells pretty mild. Nutty malt upfront with some subtle fruit (peach or apricot) and mild grassy hops. Just a simple mild ale. Meh.

T - Follows the nose. The nutty malt is a nice touch, with some mild caramel and toffee notes as well. The hops are a little more pronounced than the nose implied, with a nice grassy finish that lingers. Simple, mild, balanced, but in the end uninspiring. As it warms I get an interesting creamy vanilla note that I quite like.

M - Light to medium body, with a lively carbonation. A touch sticky even. Decent enough in this department.

D - Overall a palatable and inoffensive brew, but also a little boring. Maybe I've become too caught up in all the hyped craft beer these days, and can't appreciate a simple well crafted ale, but I didn't find this exciting all things considered. Glad I tried it, but I'll pass next time.

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Photo of doktorhops
4.14/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Rogue Ales I've tried on one occasion before, I think it was the chocolate stout, anyway they are dastardly expensive in Australia so when I got the Soba Ale it was with great wallet-hesitation however I was rightfully expecting great things from this brew.

Poured from a 650ml bottle into a Pokal.

A: Pours a clear amber body with a 1cm chalk white head.

S: Has a distinct roasted nut aroma with a dry malt grain note and complimentary earthy hops in the background. Expect big nutty/earthy flavours and a lingering dry finish.

T: Very Japanese in its uniqueness. There are a smattering of flavours that make this interesting; the aforementioned nuttiness, which is more a roasted chestnut than a roasted peanut, earthy hops, dry finish, all of which were expected but here's where it makes a distinct Japanese turn; it has a soy sauce note with a hint of sweetness that you would find in Mirin sauce (along with that Sake taste).

M: Mid to light body with medium carbonation.

D: I was expecting great things and the Rogue Morimoto Soba Ale delivered. If you're looking for an ale with that weird Japanese flair then this is a great option. Personally I like the oddness of Japanese flavours in beer as it brings something new to the table and this beer exactly captures the essence of Japan in a beer so well that you would think it was brewed in Japan itself. Alternatively If you aren't looking for that quirkiness you might find yourself somewhat disappointed.

Food match: The choice of Japanese cuisine is obvious, in fact whilst drinking this I was craving some Edamame big time, but this would also go well with Asian cuisine from other nations like Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam (to name a few).

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Photo of Cavanaghty
2.68/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on tap in a pint glass.

Appearance: Amber color, with a thick white head. Heavy lacing on the glass.

Smell: No overpowering scents really. But I could smell some more floral type smell, grassy, corn, and malts.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Bitter taste, with a grainy grassy taste to it.

Overall: Glad I tried it but not one of my favorites by a long shot.

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Photo of Maltmaiden
4.6/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy orange. Small head that leaves a strong film.

S: Lightly toasted malts. Floral and citrus hops. Orange peel. Corn? Not a particular strong bouquet but a good-smelling one.

T: Lightly toasted malts. Corn and caramel. Some bittering hops. Very delicious.

M: Extremely smooth. Perfect carbonation. Fluffy.

O: I could drink this all day! Sessionable and refreshing.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.96/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a murky light yellow-orange with a super foamy off-white head that settles to a thick cap on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, and a fruity note. Taste is much the same with a grainy flavor on the finish. There is a mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a very high level of carbonation with an extremely crisp and prickly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer with a carbonation level that is not helping the aromas or flavors at all.

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Photo of Bitterbill
2.83/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$5.99 for the bottle.

24K gold colour, 1 finger head of foam, a bit of lacing.

Fruity aromas, some roasted smell(from Soba?), also weird bitter notes. Smells interesting.

The taste, I guess, translates what I smelled. Bitter almost burnt grain flavour, no hints, for me, of any malty goodness. Oh...soba=buckwheat. Well, this little rascal isn't doing much for me but is far from being a drain pour.

Thinnish body with medium carbonation, it's a good thing Soba's on the lower end of the abv scale or I probably would chuck it down the drain. One and done. For good.

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Morimoto Soba Ale from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 3.55 out of 5 with 523 ratings