Morimoto Soba Ale | Rogue Ales

Morimoto Soba AleMorimoto Soba Ale
BA SCORE
3.53/5
516 Ratings
Morimoto Soba AleMorimoto Soba Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States
rogue.com

Style: Fruit / Vegetable 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.

12º PLATO
30 IBU
75 AA
14º Lovibond

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-25-2007

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#39,635
Reviews:
216
Ratings:
516
pDev:
15.58%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
17
Gots:
48
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 516 |  Reviews: 216
Photo of kylehay2004
3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.96/5  rDev -16.1%
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 GRG1313
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of spycow
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of Knapp85
3.03/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this one the same night I had the dark version of it. I found this one to be better but not by much. The beer poured out as a typical golden color. The head was decent and left some lacing. The smell of the beer had some herbal notes to it but not enough to overpower the malts and hops. The taste of the beer was a little strange to me but it wasn't as wierd as the Black one. Some different things going on in this brew, not sure how to describe. The mouhfeel of this beer is on the lighter side and is fairly drinkable. Overall I'm not missing this beer much since I had it. I can't probably pass this one up from now on.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Anybody know what soba is? Apparently it's good roasted and paired with harrington and metcalf (whatever the hell those are too). The lable tells me this much. And you can throw it in a beer.

The aromas sweet, spicy, pungent, fruity, and earthy. Notes of ginger, fresh tobacco, root beer, and weak colas are abundant. Maltiness takes the form of caramel while the yeast provide the classic Rogue fruitiness.

Flavors of the malt take the foreground with the expected caramel maltiness and raw barley taste. Fruitiness and shortbread tastes persist and provide a good springboard for the spicy ginger and raw tobacco taste. A lingering flat cola taste comes into the aftertaste and makes the beer less than clean.

An unusually dirty straw color shows moderate haze. Good head formaiton leads to good retention and a fair amount of lacing.

The malty character leads to a clean attenuation in the body- creamy and dry at the same time. Low on hop bitterness, the sweetness takes hold in the mouthfeel and later leaves a light residual sweetness on the tongue. A peppery sensation accompanies the earthy and spicy notes- typical of ginger.

It's interesting that this beer was chosen to distribute along side of other Rogue beers. The unique ginger and tobacco taste is odd and intriguing, but too unusual to be a 'go to' beer. All this is wrapped in that classic Rogue yeastiness. ...and what the hell is soba?

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Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle. Japanese ingredient sensibilities via the west coast, all the way now to lovely central Texas. I'll bite.

This beer pours a lightly hazy, medium golden amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, loosely bubbly dirty white head, which leaves some sparsely patterned streaks of randomly webbed lace around the glass as it genially recedes.

It smells of buttery, toasted wheat grain, some further crackery pale malt, a touch of corn and rice sweetness, and some tamely bitter earthy, leafy hoppiness. The taste is sweet buttered all-grain bread, more mundane husky rice and corn cereal grain, a touch of dry floral honey, ethereal oily nuts, and somewhat weirdly herbal spicy hops.

The carbonation is fairly low-key and sedate, the body a decent medium weight, and generally quite smooth. It finishes still strangely grainy, and yet clean and kind of crisp.

An interesting enough sideways glance at alternative brewing grains, but the strangeness of the buckwheat's manifestation here are limiting me to sharing this bottle, probably.

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Photo of brentk56
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%

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 SocalKicks
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of zeff80
3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

A - Poured out an golden orange color with a tan, foamy, two-finger head. It left some nice lace.

S - It smelled very floral and citrusy. Also, some wheat aromas.

T - This was fairly sweet and fruity. Some lemon and corriander flavors. The wheat taste was also noticeable.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is an okay beer. I expected more with the fancy labeling. But it certainly is drinkable.

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Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of chinchill
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1/2 of a 22oz bottle served in a pint glass.

A: Amber; slightly hazy; fine white head has excellent retention.

S: Has a very appealing aroma mainly from light toasted malt but also, I believe, from the soba (buckwheat).

T: follows aroma, with just hints of the earthiness and spiciness found in bolder Rogue brews. I thought the flavor profile was excellent for a beer designed to be consumed with Asian food.

M: Enough carbonation (medium) to be a little crisp and refreshing, especially with the surprisingly dry finish. Medium body.

O: Not enough complexity to be great, but a truly fine tasting beer that, as one might expect, was an excellent pairing with sushi. Highly drinkable. Seemed to be neither harmed nor helped by warming.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Rifugium
3.9/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Rogue, Portland, OR

Poured a slightly hazy orange-yellow with a wispy white head; minimal lacing. Aroma of grains, grass, light citrus, green tea. The green tea profile really followed through in the taste and in the texture. I really liked this. Also tastes of light herbal hops, grass, and lemony zest. Body was on the lighter side of medium, but man, for the style, this beer sure went down smooth and easy. Very enjoyable overall.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.44/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Opaque golden honey. ~1 finger of white head with about average lacing.

S - Fresh white peach, touch of toast, honey, hint of golden raisins.

T - Bring ricey grains, touch of sour malt, light grade honey. Alcohol says hello for a split second later in the profile. Porridge and cream in the aftertaste.

M - Soft texture and a medium body. Finishes slightly sweet.

D - Very drinkable. Mellow flavors and a great mouthfeel.

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Photo of atrocity
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of nathanmiller
3/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.72/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber - $4.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazed copper body with a frothy, foamy, white head.

Smell: Fragrant, delicate nose of fresh flowers, honey-dipped biscuits, fruit, as well as nuts and spice.

Taste: Lightly sweet clover honey stirred up with some crumbled dry biscuits. Curious touch of berry-like fruitiness amidst hints of dried lemon peel and coriander. Small hint of nuts. Floral, spicy hop character with a modest amount of imparted bitterness present. Finishes dry with some lasting honeyish and floral qualities.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Worth at least one try, I'd say. A subtle, pleasant brew simply eager to be paired with a meal of some sorts, say, a plate of trout almondine.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of mikesgroove
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one ws rather intresting. Poured a nice, buttad hazy light brown with a touch of amber to it. Nice two finger head of creamy off white lace formed on top and this was quickly settled down and replaced by a thin layer of lace ontop and adequate side glass lace. A very nice carbonation profile was visible. Smell was light. I picked up some rice, and what almost seemed like a blueberry aroma, although I could not really place exactly what it was. The tase was kinda odd to in that it was trying to be a light lager but came of a little sweet with a big rice flavor. Overall this was intresting although not my favorite roge I have tried it definitly wasnt bad. I would pick one up again in a pinch but wouldnt really seek one out.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

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Morimoto Soba Ale from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 3.53 out of 5 with 516 ratings
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