Morimoto Soba Ale | Rogue Ales

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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
Ratings:
513
Reviews:
215
Avg:
3.54
pDev:
15.54%
 
 
Wants:
18
Gots:
44
For Trade:
2
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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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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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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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Morimoto Soba Ale from Rogue Ales
3.54 out of 5 based on 513 ratings.
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