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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: 214 | Ratings: 507
Photo of hreb
3.16/5  rDev -10.7%
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 -2.8%
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 +7.6%
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 -9.3%
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 +6.2%
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 +16.9%
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 -24.3%
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 +29.9%
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 -16.4%
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 -20.1%
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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Photo of mountdew1
3.33/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Pour was a darker golden color, 1/4 inch head, that thinned down to just a small layer quickly. Constant streams of carbonation rose from the bottom in several places, but not fast enough thinned out fast, small amounts of carbonation rose from bottom. Aroma was a mix of a sweet grain, with a bit of sweet alcohol. Flavor was subtle, a small hint of pepper accompanying a nutty sweetness. Felt very thin in the mouth. No real coating, with a bit of a carbonation kick on the tongue towards the end. Not a bad pour, but nothing really outstanding beyond the different malts used.

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

A-Pours a golden hue. Light white head leaves speckles of lacing. Body is mostly clear but there is a very mild haze.

S-Nose is light but pleasant. Flowery and grainy (perhaps from the soba). Light cracker maltiness. Also a moderate amount of grassiness and a very mellow spice tickle.

T-Sweetness is fairly pronounced. Honey graham cracker, combined with a smooth florality. Simple spice and graininess. A bit of pale fleshed fruit too. Finishes with a reserved grassy hop flavor.

M-Oily at some points. Carbonation is soft and doesn't jump all over you. Body is quite light. Easy to imbibe.

O/D-A bit better than expected; a little more to dissect. The flavors aren't sturdy enough for me to denote very high grades, but this is an ale that deserves a passing grade in my book.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had Morimoto Soba ale in a shaker pint.

Appearance- One finger of white and puffy foam. There are a bunch of bubbles in the lid. The body has a good amount of carbonation and is copper colored.

Smell- The nuttiness is certainly forward on the nose. It reminds me of hazelnuts and toasted walnuts. There is a little wheat underneath too, maybe even some vanilla.

Taste- The front of the drink is sweeter and has the vanilla and hazelnut quality. It also develops an earthy quality and the nuttiness pervades the length of the drink. By the finish, there is a grassy quality.

Mouth feel- I like the creaminess of this beer. It thins out a little on the back end, and I can't say the best flavors make up the aftertaste.

Overall- This beer is good, and I like the nuttiness of it. However, after that, the beer is a little bland and a little heavy to be a nice low alcohol quaffer.

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Photo of N3rdM3t4l
3.2/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

bomber into beer flute served cold at Izumi Sushi and Grill in Eugene.

A: No head, good clarity, honey colored. A very thing white ring around the glass. Refilled my glass after I finished it, this time more aggressive pour got 2 fingers of white head. The second half of the bottle was much cloudier also.

S: grainy, the soba is present as well a little bit of a yeast smell. Not much hops.

T: bready with just a hint of hops. The buckwheat flavor is there kind of like actually eating soba noodles. A little nutty from the toasted soba, no sweetness, and enough hops to balance but not really shine.

M: medium-light body slightly drying. A little fizz but not much. Good for a lighter drink (when you don't want something really heavy.)

O: Paired well with all the sushi I was eating. Can't say it was worth the $12 I paid for it but I only ever see this beer at Japanese restaurants for about $12 so I would have ended up paying that anyway. Good beer though, want to try the other two soba offerings in the Morimoto line from Rogue.

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Photo of ThomasMetal75
3.47/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Effervescent apple juice, but cloudier. Nice foamy head forms, but quickly dissipated. I could see sediment floating around in the glass, but it was tiny particles.

S- Sweet, some kind of apricot or grapefruit aroma as well. Malty as well in the nose. You can smell the alcohol, but it's not overpowering the nose at all.

T- Tastes like a cross between a Killians Red and a malt liquor. Not much of the 4.8% ABV comes out in the taste. The beer had the malt liquor sweetness and grainy taste with the malty/almost toasted flavor of the Killians. There is a small floral note from the hops that balances the finish. This would probably go really well with brats and sauerkraut!

M- Medium to full bodied. It drinks like a heavier pilsner. It's an easy drinking beer, but the wrong kind for a really hot day.

Overall, I will not be seeking out this beer again. I appreciate that it didn't taste boozy, but the sweet macro lager/malt liquor taste with the red ale taste is just something that wasn't making me hunger for more, nor did it leave a lasting impression on me.

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Photo of chinchill
4/5  rDev +13%
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 onewetpaw
3.79/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Some slight orange and and earthy spice notes.

A- Deep golden with a light haze. Thin white head that persists for a while and leaves a little lace on the tulip glass.

F- Some earthy and spicy hop is present along with a light crispness that reminds me of japanese lagers, but without the thinness I get from Ichiban. The label states that it has a nutty finish. I can taste what they are getting at, but I don't think I'd pick it out as nutty. It has that somewhat protein rich flavor of a Soba noodle.

M- Brisk carbonation. The body is rather full and almost silky considering the OG and light nature of the beer. I wonder if the soba is adding to this like oats do?

O- A nicely drinkable beer. It's like what a japanese lager should be. I'd love to have this with japanese food.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
4.1/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a slightly hazy light golden amber with a frothy, white 2-finger head that hangs around for a good few minutes. It takes a good few minutes before the head gives way to a fine, sticky lacing.

Smell - Lots of fruit in the smell - sweet orange, a bit of apple or peach, a bit of grain, faint caramel. Wonderful aromatic qualities in this beer.

Taste - Wonderfully floral to start, giving way to a slight fruity (berry, apple?) tartness, then a lightly roasted nut and grain dry finish. The fruity tartness tends to linger in the dry finish, giving the aftertaste an almost cranberry like quality.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied, and goes down silky smooth. Too smooth. More carbonation might give this beer a bigger bite, which I feel it would benefit from.

Overall - Iron Chef Morimoto knows his stuff, eh? This beer is light, but has an almost romantic flavor and beautiful balance. I'd certainly buy this beer more often if it weren't for the fairly hefty price tag combined with the fairly low ABV.

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Photo of caryt
3.44/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One this brew in a raffle..YAY!

A: Light amber with a very slight white lacing on the glass. Slightly hazy. Looks nice!

S: Smells like a lager, rice and not much else. Leaves you hoping that this beer will taste like anything.

T: Tastes like rice and chocolate with high carbonation

M: Crisp and refreshing but don't keep it on your tongue long. Not a sipper.

O: Not my style, not enough complexity. Might be well done for the style but I won'y be drinking this one again. I'm glad I didn't pay for it.

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Photo of Swim424
3.67/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bomber into my anchor bar pint glass

A-I would describe this as a cloudy mango orange. Looks really nice when put up to the light. not much head. Some carbonation bubble rising.

S-mango, tangerine, and some other citrus fruit. very pleasant aroma actually. a bit weak though.

T-pretty much same as the smell. citrusy, sort of mango and tangerine mix. pretty good. getting a bit of the yeast also.

MF-pretty light. very smooth. nice texture.

O-I recommend. very nice lighter beer. not to much alcohol.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.98/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a pale golden color with a small white head and awesome lacing down the glass.

S- clean grassy hops, with a nutty, caramel malt backbone.

T- clean floral hops with a bit of citrus tea, slightly nutty with a bit of butterscotch at the end. Very complex compared to most beers of this style.

M- medium body with medium carbonation, goes down easy.

O- this is a good beer, one of the better that I have had of the style. Complex tastes yet very easy to drink. Recommended!

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

A: A clear gold color with a thick white head that laces the glass.

S: Sweet bready malt and grassy hop.

T: There is a sweet malt flovr that is combined with a faint grassy hop flavor and fruity esters. There is a saltiness to the beer that is pretty good and some bitterness in the finish to balance out the sweetness.

M: Light body with good carbonation.

O: Actually a pretty good beer here. I would recommend picking it up.

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Photo of
3.87/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - golden copper and bright with a thin, but persistent, white head. Leaves some lacing as it recedes.

Smell - A rich malt aroma belies the light colour of this beer. It smells of cereal flakes and toasted nuts, and is reminiscent of a Hovis bisuit. Delicate floral hops and fruity yeast esters round out the aroma.

Taste and Mouthfeel - The texture is creamy and mouthfilling, but definitely on the light and refreshing end of things. Yeast and bread dough flavours upfront, followed by a touch of honey and a lingering nuttiness. Lightly spicy hops on the finish with a lingering minerality.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
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 parris
4.11/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Smell - Like saki as the head is still popping, but more sweet and roasty after.

Appearance - golden to copper, perfect carbonation and good head retention. Thick lacing as the glass gets emptier

Taste - Very crisp, and decently bitter, hint of sweetness. I could be convinced this was a German pilsner

Mouthfeel - Crisp, somewhat soapy.

Overall very tasty, great light bodied beer, I could see myself drinking it all the time if it had bigger distribution.

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Morimoto Soba Ale from Rogue Ales
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