Morimoto Soba Ale | Rogue Ales

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Morimoto Soba AleMorimoto Soba Ale

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States

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.

30 IBU
75 AA
14º Lovibond

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-25-2007

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Reviews: 215 | Ratings: 513
Photo of JRed
3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Exceptional and unique, caramel colored with a strong scent of grains and asian spices. Delicate and for a refined taste, this brew isn't the norm but makes itself likable through its smooth taste and hard-to-place flavors. Welcome to the Grain Train, baby! Soba grains create a malty aftertaste that slides its flavors down the back of the palate. This is a beer that I can imagine going well with food (especially Asian and Indian cuisine). A slight touch of extra mojo could help bring the Morimoto to a whole 'nother level of beers. Maybe some spices to break up the monotony of grains that lasts.

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Photo of SeanRedd
4.07/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hello yellow. Someone at Rogue has Asian fever and I dig. Begins oily, cuts quick into crisp. A medium body is home to roasted cereal grain and almonds. Tang takes over toasty's shift. A very pleasant, dry finish. This one, though unconventional, stays within comfort limits. Who knew granola could be so refreshing? And with an unknown ABV...I'll pretend. Give me an excuse to call those massage girls in the back of the newspaper.

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Photo of fitzy84
4.28/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber. Great appearance: extremely creamy lacing on the sides and a thin head throughout. A clear, dark gold appearance in general, really excellent and staple appearance. Really clean aromas of hops, wheats, light bread, citrus, grains and fruits. All well balanced. Taste is nice and sweet with wheaty and hop hints. Mouthfeel is really good: crisp, clean, dry and well carbonated. Overall, one of the best I have had from Rogue.

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Photo of mikejk305
3.93/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a slightly hazy golden orange from the bottle, a small head that left some lacing.

Not a strong smell, I couldn't really find much to describe. Pleasant but nothing noteworthy.

A unique taste, hard to describe. Much like the smell there's not much I can pin down. I notice a bit of sweetness in the finish but I flat out can't find the words to describe this.

The mouthfeel is right in the middle. Perfect carbonation.

This beer is very drinkable. Perfect for spring or summer. I can imagine this going great with fish of all kinds. A great beer for a not too rich meal.

Overall I am pretty happy to be drinking this. it's a different beer that everyone should try.

P.S. I had some left in my 22oz bottle while I drank the first glass, and it went flat quick, never had that happen. Probably sat in the opened bottle 15 minutes and lost most of it's carbonation.

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Photo of cvstrickland
3.28/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Double-deuce bomber with some Japanese writing on it that must be the freshness date, because there's none otherwise evident, poured into my handy l'il Delerium Tremens snifter yields a clear amber body capped with a loose finger of pale white foam that retains at a broken sheet and leaves filmy lacing on the glass.

Smell is toasty with an unknown root vegetable note. Something tangy.

Taste is dry malty apple with a fine, lasting bitterness. Good, then...a sour note...a tannic, tangy, astringent, sour, redundant-word-for-sour note threatens to take the drink over. The softest toasty malt reveals itself late to help bring some balance to the drink.

Extremely light, dry, crisp and pretty drinkable. Would be very nice with sashimi or sushi.

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Photo of MusicaleMike
4.29/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had no idea what Soba was before reviewing this beer. According to the all knowing Wikipedia, soba is a Japanese noodle that is made from buckwheat flour. Who knows if they needed the buckwheat flour in noodle form in order to make this beer? I love to see brewers experimenting with ingredients. No freshness date on the 22oz. bottle. Served in a Carlsberg pint glass.

A: Soba ale pours a somewhat hazy deep golden color with very orange hues. There is a nice off-white head which leaves a very modest amount of lace on the side of the glass. The head drops down quickly. Some carbonation is visible through the haze.

S: There is a very unique smell to this beer. Soba? Hops aroma is a mild spicy smell, accompanied by a sweet malt smell. In fact there is a very sugary smell, reminiscent of rock candy, much like FFF Rabid Rabbit.

T: Light "zesty" flavor, like the bottle claims. I can definitely taste the soba, even though I have never tasted soba alone. Behind the soba flavor lies a very well-balanced ale. Sweet (caramel) malt and floral hops. "Wheat"-like flavor in the aftertaste.

M: Light bodied, with a spritzy carbonation. This beer is very crisp and dry. I think it works very well for this beer, which seems to be striving for a very drinkable, unique cuisine beer.

D: Like I said, one of this beer's main attractions id its drinkability. This is a delicious beer and is very much worth a second try, if not a position in the regular rotation.

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.18/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From notebook, dated 05.20.07.

Nice copper color / slightly hazy / mild carbonation / nice head.

Tart and crisp / sweet malt / floral hop.

Crisp fruit / lightly sweet / floral hops / malt is kind of nutty / finishes clean.

Light carbonation / moderately smooth.

Light refreshing drinker. Would pair well with a meal - generally speaking, any meal. I guess it tastes a little odd, that soba. Fun to try, but I won't be running out to find another soba beer, even if I thought I could.

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Photo of GRPunk
3.92/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bomber poured into an Imperial Pint glass.

A- It poured a hazy, golden orange with medium carbonation, and a 1-1/2 finger off-white head that eventually fell to a thick lace that left nice sticky rings.

S- It was definitely different from most beers with floral hops and vegetal aromas mixed with roasty caramel malts and a slight bubblegum (or maybe bandaid) scent.

T- It had a bubblegum flavor with slight caramel and some wheaty tones. It had a slightly lingering finish.

M- There was medium carbonation and a slightly chewy feel.

D- It's a good drinker. I could drink more than 1 on a warm, spring night.

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Photo of beernerd67
4.7/5  rDev +32.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

WOW just opened this tasty beverage that I purchased from my local beer man,"Otto", in Fort Smith.
appearance - golden orange
smell - citrus malt
taste - malty fruity (but I can't quite place it)
feel - soft like a woman's breast
drinkability - really pallate friendly. I wonder what the alcohol level is? Subtle finish, very smooth, I wish I bought more!

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Photo of zeff80
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
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 Gavage
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a cloudy orange color with a 1" head. Some light lacing develops.

Smell: buckwheat and grass are most dominant. Slight fruit in the background.

Taste: buckwheat, malt, grass, hint of lemon zest, a touch of spiciness, and mild bitterness makes up a mellow ale that is easy to drink.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp throughout. Dry at the finish. Aftertaste is dry and brief. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: easy to quaff this one. Light on the tastebuds. Worth giving this a try.

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Photo of avalon07
3.15/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: When poured from a bottle to a pint glass, this one had a lightish amber color and a cloudy consistency. Had a decent-sized, long-lasting head.

S: The aroma was very subtle. Some hops, malt and the titular soba. Doesn't blow you away, but is pleasant.

T: A bit on the thin side in this department. While you get a little bit of hops, malt and soba, it's mainly pretty watery. Very uneven at best.

M: This is a beer that could've used a shot of carbonation. It's just a little on the flat side.

D: This is a fairly average beer. It never really commits itself to its style. The taste is just too thin to love.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.13/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Yardhouse in Brea, on to the beer:

This beer is lighter copper in color, clear, filtered, and a good tight head. Lace rings are all over the glass as the beer is consumed. The aroma is made up of toasted malt, caramel, and a whisp of hops. The balance in this beer is very good, making this one a very easy drinker. Similar taste as exists in the nose, and somewhat clean. It's grainy upfront with a hint of peach, then it tastes like an APA. I had no idea this was suppose to be a fruit beer, so the style this is listed under was a surprise to me. Oh wait, it's brewed with buckwheat...that's a fruit?!?

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Photo of BeerImmediately
2.91/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Crap!! Meant to get the Morimoto Imperial Pilsner - went from psyched to bummed in one whiff.

Terrific look to this one... Deep, golden color and outrageous, half-glass worth of foamy head. Some lacing on the way down.

Smell is grassy, with wheat quality.

Flavor was too close for comfort to a macro lager. Lightly nutty, like a brown ale.

Mouthfeel was pretty bland. Hangs out on the middle of the tongue for a few seconds, then ... poof. Nada.

Easy drinking beer, for sure. Nothing offensive or harsh about it. If you enjoy the soft nature of this brew, you could definitely session it.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orange gold colour with nice head. The nose is hoppy with a slight biscuit tinge. The taste is pure pale ale with a nice nutty touch to the finish. This is a beer that would go great with Sushi or any fish dish. Nice beer from Rogue with some differect ingredients to give it a slightly different flavour profile.

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Photo of bruachan
3.97/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

nice poofy head up front that emits characteristic NW hop aromas: citrus, mint, juicyfruit. spicy and a touch nutty, as well

beer of indecisive color: not gold, not amber. good lacing, though

there lies an unfamiliar element within, which i attribute to the buckwheat; another kind of malt sweetness. it is complemented by hop flavor which is sweet it its own right. quite fruity

nice drink, actually. different, quaffable, controlled sweetness, moderate bitterness. i do find the mouthfeel to be a little meek at the end, fizzy

in the end, it would not be as nice a brew without the novelty of soba, methinks. an unusual element enhances what would otherwise be a solid (just solid) beverage

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Photo of cswhitehorse
3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Morimoto Soba Ale poured a semi clear orangish straw color with a good finger foam head and some nice sea wave lacing. There was no freshness date on the bottle.

The aroma was fruity, nutty and of a malt smell. The taste was malty up front with the light soba noodle taste on the finish. It was very delicate and left a nuttiness in the mouth. It had a nice hop bitterness as well. Overall a very enjoyable beer. For some reason or another I wasn't expecting much with this one but would definitely buy it again especially paring it with something light like chicken or fish.

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Photo of ndekke39
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Split a bomber of this with my good friend Karl. Decanted into a pint glass. Pours a mostly clear straw yellow with a small white head.

Aromas of toasted nuts, some herbal notes, and I can actually taste the roasted soba. Overall, a nice aroma, but not very strong.

Flavors are similar... toasted nuts and grains, roasted soba. Not much bitterness to off-set the sweeter flavors.

Pretty simple mouthfeel. Light carbonation, light-bodied.

I liked this beer better than I thought I would. None of the flavors or aromas are particularly bold, but the beer is light and freshing. Good a little colder - nice summer beer.

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Photo of JohnMeinhardt
4.08/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I need to disagree with people on the low ratings of this beer, with one caveat: this beer matched PERFECTLY with the food I was eating. I was visiting my parents and my dad was making homemade pasta from scratch (rolling the dough and pressing it, not from the dried box). It was a light Alfredo cream sauce with zucchini, green beans, and asparagus. My dad is much more a snobby wine guy than a beer guy, so I wanted to wow him with a good pairing. I picked up a bottle of Morimoto Soba ale thinking the soba and home made noodle might have pleasant interactions. I could not have made a better match. I poured my pop and me a glass and shared an incredible meal. He told me 3 or 4 times how much he appreciated the beer. It was effortlessly smooth with a mellow wheat flavor, but the mouthfeel of a thicker hefe. The slight floral notes added a lot to the creamy sauce.

When I drink beers with food, I usually take a broader approach to tasting, focusing more on how contented my mouth is rather than how WOWED my mouth is. I could see how a solitary and concentrated tasting of this brew could fall flat, but as a compliment to vegetarian fare, it is fantastic.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a golden orange color with about an inch white head. Head retention and lacing are both average. Aroma is bready malt, nuts, grain and orange/other citrus. However, the aroma is on the weak side. It tastes the same way it smells, but the taste is stronger than the aroma. The beer does have a nice orange and bitter hop finish. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium with above average carbonation. Drinkability is good, it goes down easy and it's refreshing. I think this is a decent beer. It's not great, but it's not bad either. I wouldn't make it a point to seek it out, but I would try it again in the future.

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Photo of Brad007
3.41/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Color: Pours a light amber/yellow color with a decent head of foam and a bit of lacing. I like the color.

Aroma: Smooth and malty upfront. Not much else to detect.

Taste: Malty and a bit sweet with a lot of breadiness. Smooth. A bit dry in the mouth. Faint hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Aftertaste is somewhat dry/sour. Not unusual though.

Verdict: Drinkable but at the same time, average. I don't see anything that stands out in an otherwise drinkable ale. I don't understand the soba part but regardless, it's a very drinkable ale.

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Photo of deepsouth
3.35/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

i actually drank this beer out of a morimoto glass i got for christmas.

the beer poured an orange-ish color with a thick thick thick creamy head that left lacing all down the glass.

the smell of the beer is of citrus fruits and a bit nutty.

the taste of this beer is a bit of citrus as well. the taste was a bit sour, but maybe it's supposed to be that way.

the mouthfeel of this beer isn't bad at all. it's a bit thicker than i expected.

i'm glad i got to try this one, but wouldn't seek it out. one of my least favorite rogue offerings. if the whole beer could have followed the smell and the appearance, it would have been a lot better.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a bright sunset orange with a fluffy white head. Visible carbonation was very high.

S: citrus and tart oranges.

T: For flavor there was a dry fruitiness, orange citrus, and pale malt.

M: fizzy with dry oranges and citrus with a slight creaminess.

D: Overall a fair drinking ale, kinda strange and unique which makes you await the next sip.

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Photo of Freshie
3.07/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a golden color. A bit cloudy. White one finger head.

The nose is grainy. Some sweet candy.

The taste is hoppy, and by that I mean a more grassy/floral hop bouquet. Some malt sweetness. Citrusy sweet.

Somewhat of a medicinal after taste. Very sour.

Light to medium body makes this one decently drinkable.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.11/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a slightly cloudy golden orange color with a white head that quickly fades. The aroma is pretty faint and it is hard to really pick up on much. The faint aroma is slightly nutty and fruity. The taste much like the aroma is hard to pick up some of the flavors. It is slightly toasty and nutty with a touch of hops in the finish. Overall, this beer is one of my least favorite in the Rogue family, but it is highly drinkable and refreshing. It is not something I would pick up again, but it was nice to try something a little different.

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Morimoto Soba Ale from Rogue Ales
3.54 out of 5 based on 513 ratings.
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