Sorachi Ace Single Hop IPA | Mikkeller ApS

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Sorachi Ace Single Hop IPASorachi Ace Single Hop IPA
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3.84/5
Very Good
Sorachi Ace Single Hop IPASorachi Ace Single Hop IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS
Denmark
mikkeller.dk

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
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Reviews:
59
Ratings:
141
pDev:
12.24%
 
 
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Reviews: 59 | Ratings: 141
Reviews by beermanbrian:
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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Photo of oberon
3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a lighter amber with a 1/2 finger white head atop,herbal and grassy aromas with light biscuit dough underneath.Flavors were herbal and medicinal wich I wasnt a fan of,it seemed a bit raw.Not a bad beer but I wasnt a big fan of the medicinal hop flavors.

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Photo of stcules
2.38/5  rDev -38%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Parallel with the Willamette.
Loight orange color.
In the smell, some sweet royal jelly, grassy touches. Some butter, and chives notes.
This one covers the maltiness more than the Willamette.
Frankly, not a great taste.
Some harsh hop in the aftertaste.

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Photo of IronDjinn
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 330 ml brown bottle, abv. listed as 6.9%. Pours out a cloudy amber hue, with a tall creamy off-white head that retains incredibly well.

Lemon, lemon rind and lemon grass on the nose, floral and perfumey notes. Some hay and earthy notes.

A big belt of lemon, lemon rind, and grass up front, some toasty grainy malt manages to make an appearance in the middle, finishing rather clean with a dry lemon pith character.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side, slippery texture with a low level of carbonation.

What can I say, I love Sorachi Ace hops, so subjectively for me this is basically beer porn candy. Based on that a very enjoyable selection from this single hop series.

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Photo of joecast
3.31/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Grabbed two to compare. Starting here with Sorachi Ace.

Not the most impressive thing poured into a glass. Lots of floating sediment which I normally don't mind. This however is a bit much. Otherwise it looks ok. Bright copper (though incredibly cloudy) with a decent foamy white head.

Lemon lime citrusy hops aroma. Pretty enjoyable really. Would seem to suit a nice light APA in small amounts.

Smooth bitterness and hop flavor. Light lime tinge to it. A bit of malt in the background but generally nice and dry.

Yeah, it's an ok IPA. A bit one dimensional but guess that's expected from a single hop beer. I like the hops though, just might be better suited to a different beer. Well done to the brewer(s) for putting it out there.

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Photo of John_M
3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Against my best instincts, I went ahead and ordered a glass of this at Max's.

The beer pours a copper amber color with fairly good head retention and OK lacing. The nose is just weird, and really not very attactive. I get some light malt, dust, and a hint of dry citrus. On the palate, this is very much a sweet malty IPA, with not nearly enough hoppyh bitterness in the finish to counter it. There's some baked fruit flavors as well from the malt, as well as something of a cardboard flavor. The finish has some bitterness, but it's just not nearly enough to counter the sweet malt and noticeable alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a fairly long, somewhat alcoholic finish.

I'm done with these Mikkeller IPA's, so a couple of thoughts. While certainly not awful, there's really nothing to distinguish them either. Also, while maybe one can discern the differences in aroma and flavor in these different IPA's, my impression is that's rezlly only the case with very fresh beer, using very fresh ingredients. I can't speak for the ingredients, but the beer I had today at Max's really didn't show all that well, and I attribute that to the one or two weeks it's been on tap now. Whatever. All I know is that I won't be buying any more of these overpriced, nor very impressive IPA's from Mikkeller.

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Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fresh bottle. Pleasant aroma, not very hoppy. Pours foamy cloudy golden body that leaves thick lace. Tasty stuff! perhaps the best use of the hop that I remember, with an understated lemon hop taste. Very good drinkability.Average mouthfeel.Well worth seeking out.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow! There was actually an IPA mixed into this bunch of low hopped ales. Sorachi ace IPA with 102 IBUs.

Beer is red to orange and clear with low carbonation and a thin head that leaves a little lacing on the glass.

Aroma is lemony and grassy and bright / sweet. Very nice.

Beer is medium to light in body and dryer than the rest of them. There is an odd, earthiness to this beer that I don't get with the others, there is also almost the taste of coconut in there. Most complex one to date and perhaps my favorite of the night even if I don't like that coconut flavor.

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Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives with a modest head capping the cloudy amber liquid; some nice streakage laces the glass

Smell: Brown sugar and lemongrass

Taste: Lemongrass leads off, with brown sugar underneath; the sweet malts linger, almost like a Bock, but there is plenty of pithy bitterness that balances out the sweeter flavors throughout

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I'm not so crazy about the malt flavor but I did enjoy the lemongrass imparted by the Sorachi Ace hops

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Photo of drpimento
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very good beer. Poured at a good temperature with a large, foamy, frothy, fluffy, off-white head that lasts a long time and lots of lace. Color is a clear dark amber with some bubble trails. Aroma is at first hops, then caramel, malt and hop, yeast, grain. Flavor's like nose, carbonic tang, sweet, and bitter all very well balanced and working together. Can't really tell what distinguishes this hop variety. Body and carbonation are excellent. Finish is very long and goes from bitter to a slight bittersweet with a little alcohol warmth.

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Photo of Ego
3.61/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

on top of the cap: 8271103

eyes...
big but not over zealous head stacks up on itself like snow in boston...
about 2 fingers of mixed bubbles (smaller on the bottom, craggy soap dwellers on top), a little audible sizzle but not too much as this absolutely is filled with bubbles in a frenzy on the audobon of light orange, the forecast calls for just a slight haze but it should not impact my review...
this is a nice looking brew, lacing, consistent color, lovely head...

nose...
caramel malts with a "brown" earthy hop aroma, the aroma of lemons left lying around (like the thing at the bar where lemons languish longingly for libations), interesting but not awe inducing (nor habit forming)

taste etc...
mellow, everything is mellow, almost drinks like a more punched up (carbonation wise) ESB, good mouthfeel and proper weight, the earthy brown flavor is very present with some mild bitterness (very much in balance with the malt). some warming is apparent from the ABV. a nice drinker but nothing sparkles (and yet nothing sucks either)

verdict?
APA? not sure on this one, to me an APA is a hopped up PA... not to say this is bad, it certainly is tasty but perhaps just a euro pale ale really to be fair. This is interesting and worth a try, I suspect some people might enjoy the balance here rather than the over the top hop carnage.

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Photo of beerdrifter
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up all 19 of the Mikkeller Single Hop Series beers at my favorite beer store in Belgium, Dranken Geers. Slightly cloudy yellow-amber pour with two finger head, great retention, and crazy lacing. Very unique and hard to describe nose. It's kind of a perfumey lemon zest aroma with hints of pine and just a touch of caramel. I swear I've cleaned my shower with this stuff. This unusual smell comes through in the taste as well. Very bitter and herbal with hints of fresh spruce, lemongrass, tangerines, grapes, and just a touch of white pepper. The sweet caramel malt eventually emerges, but is no match for these very unique hops. Nice resiny, oily mouthfeel with a huge tangy, bitter finish from the 102 IBU's. This is the kind of beer that really highlights the whole idea behind the single hop series. You really get to experience the unique characteristics of this very unusual hop.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The hop education continues as Mikkeller employs the Japan-influenced of Sorachi Ace. Not to be confused with soracha, this relatively new hop variety demonstrates a fragrant wood and lemony note that reminds me of sassafras.

But before the beer gets to the nose or taste buds, it opens with an uncharacteristic dark rusty hue. Though much darker than common IPA, the beer's firm maltiness and proper hop proteins build a rich lather atop the beer. High rates of retention and lace create the classy look that affirms IPA character.

Sharp aromas of freshly shaven wood, perhaps sawdust, lemon peel and cracked peppercorn leap out above a malt foundation of bread crust, overcooked caramel, and cashews. Although the aromas remain hop-centric, the malty scent offers more of a rebuttal than is common in the style.

Similarly, the flavors favor the Sorachi Ace hop but only slightly. The sharp taste of sandalwood, verbena, sassafras, lemon zest, and an almost riesling-like acidity play off the tongue with an immediate bitter pang. The acids, peppery notes, and tannin-like bitterness assists the smoother bitterness and seem to be in stark contrast to the sweeter malts underneath. The rich taste of bread crust, slightly burnt caramel, and starch not only balances the hops too much, they also detract from the more subtle hop flavors. (Not the best recipe for an IPA that's supposed to celebrate any hop variety in all their glory.)

Medium bodied, yet the beer carries a richer overtone from the heavy creaminess from carbonation and malt. As the carbonation waivers and takes the malt textures with it, the woody hop bitterness is accompanied by tannin-striped astringencies of lemongrass, boiled tea leaves, and solvents. Late dryness is mildly powdery, warming, and steers toward a gin-like aftertaste.

The intelligence behind the single hop series is incredible. But I still contend that the malts interfere with the hops way too much in every beer of the series. This example teaches me that the Sorachi Ace hops are designed for Belgian beer styles like saison, and not the best choice for American style beers like IPA.

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Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on-tap, local option Chicago

from notes

appearance: served in a tulip, clear copper body, light white lace

smell: coconut, lemongrass, light toasted malt

taste: the sorachi ace is a really interesting hop - flavors remind of traditional thai dishes...coconut milk, lemongrass, lime. Really quite interesting - would like to see more of this hop in circulation

mouthfeel: medium side of light

overall: good

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is quite a good beer. A bright yet dull copper pour. Nice 1 finger head, sticky lacing.

Smells like copper. Soft pine and citrus zest. Light caramel in the back. Soft biscuit underneath.

This IPA is hop forward. Malt hangs in there for a while, and comes in at the end with some sweet biscuit. But for most of the beer, the hops claim dominance. Pine is up front and on the sides, but more like a dried out pine than fresh. Not that this beer doesn't taste fresh. The citrus zest and rind flavors give it that fresh snap. A bit grassy on the end.

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Photo of russpowell
4.11/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed amber with 2+ finger of sand colored head. Great head retention & good lacing

S: Herbal & woody hops, some breadyness, fades as this warms

T: Grapefruit & pineapple, some piney notes as well up front. Some woody dryness as this warms, orchard fruits, pineapple & grapefruit are all there. Finishes with grapefruit, orange peel, woody & dry & a touch of pineapple & passion fruit

MF: Medium bodied, low carbonation, nice balance

This is a good AIPA, but too pricey...

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Photo of david18
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I went to Rattle N Hum in Midtown Manhattan and was pleasantly surprised to learn that they were running a Mikkeller special featuring a number single hop ipa's I have loved these beers when I've had, i believe, all of them at one time or another in bottles. On draft, in a flight of multiple single hops, comparing them side by side demonstrates why some hops are better for bitterness and others for aroma and flavor. At this event, there were a number of british and european hops which made it all the more interesting. I recently had a flight of Tettnanger, Cluster, Soriachi Ace and Bravo.

Tettnanger: This one was a little less like and IPA than a Pale Ale. Very interesting aroma and a bit on the sweet side but overall very good.

Cluster: Again, not so much an IPA as it should be but also very good. A bit bready on the aroma and flavor. Some bitterness that is a little more on the piney side than the fruity side.

Soriachi Ace: I think the best of the bunch and a little more like an IPA than the rest (more like the earlier single hop versions released by Mikkeller). Good citrus and pine aroma and good bitterness on the flavor.

Bravo: The Bravo was the least ipa like of the bunch although not a bad beer. Nice balance, nice aroma and nice flavor...just not what you expect when you ask for an IPA.

Any of these is worthing getting if you see them in bottles or on tap.

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Beerenauslese
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Body and head typical of the series. Dissipates to a ring with some lacing.

There is a bit of lemongrass on the nose, but it is delicate. I am thinking the malt bill for the single hop series is too strong for this hop.

There is some lemon fruit, especially in the fore palate, but the fruit seems muted. Also a soda water element. Back palate has some caramel sweetness from the malt. Bitter greens and grapefruit skin in the finish.

Body is medium and carbonation is crisp.

I think the malt bill gets in the way of appreciating the Sorachi Ace in this one. While the bitterness is there, the fruitiness may have faded. In that case, the fault could be on my end: I probably needed to drink this one sooner.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love the idea of this series- nothing else educates the palate like isolating flavor components, in this case hops. Also, I think Sorachi Ace is just a neat hop. Really interesting flavors, and much different in profile than any other hop. Depending how its used, you tend to get a lot of lemon, and sometimes lemongrass notes. What's a revelation here (for me) is the wonderful notes of coconut milk that are revealed. Creamy and nutty, with a slick milky flavor that I just love. There are some spice and lemongrass notes, and some bitterness up front, buts it's the coconut in the midpalate that really does it for me. A fairly long bitter finish, with more nuttiness wrapped around the bitter core. A hop I'd like to see more of. Nice.

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Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy yellowish copper in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high frothy off white head that has good retention properties. It left thick lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of citrusy hops in the nose.
T: The initial taste has flavors of lemony hops and transitions into the typical flavors of an IPA with hints of caramel and a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly crisp on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This a solid IPA, but lemony flavors of the Sorachi Ace are not pronounced.

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Photo of sneaks2210
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of mikesgroove
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

deep amber, copper, w/ a one finger head wich settled nicely, fine lacing throughout. Smell and taste both lived up to the name! Smell came through strong piney, with citrus overtones, very fresh smelling. Tatsed AWESOME.. Grabbed you right away with the fesh pine taste and lingered for a good bit, almost begging you back for more. Very smooth and highly drinkable

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Photo of timmy2b
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of Jenray
3/5  rDev -21.9%

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Sorachi Ace Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 141 ratings