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Sorachi Ace Single Hop IPA | Mikkeller ApS

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Sorachi Ace Single Hop IPASorachi Ace Single Hop IPA

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Mikkeller ApS

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Dope on 06-14-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep amber with a large, lasting head.
Nose shows the usual Sorachi Ace lemon custard and earthy herbal notes along with clean malt underneath.
Hop-focussed flavours, more lemon and herbal notes with accompanying sharp, spicy bitterness. Could use more malt.
Too much carbonation.

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Photo of mrfrancis
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy amber with a pillowy, lingering white head.

S: Strong aromas of pine, cedar, peach, and lemon are present on the nose. This probably has the best scent of any of the Mikkeller Single Hop IPAs.

T: Notes of pine, spruce, cedar, lemon, grapefruit, bitter orange, nectarine, mango, papaya, and peach mingle with malty caramel and biscuit flavors. The finish is initially tart and woody with cedar and pine notes at the fore, but mellows with a fade of peach, papaya, mango, and nectarine.

M: Medium bodied and very firm, but not nearly as dry as some of the other ales in this series. Actually, this one is rather resinous and sticky, though it's still fairly drinkable for the style.

O: I think this is easily one of the best of Mikkeller's single hop beers that I've tried to this point. At the very least, it's the most unique. I love the fact that it reminds me of some of the hoppy ales coming out in the U.S., Australia, and New Zealand at this time.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cap numbered 8271103! Served from bottle into Stone nonic. Poured yellow-orange with a four finger off-white head that subsided to two fingers slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, earth, subtle fruit, spices, earthy hop, and subtle spicy hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, wheat, grain, earth, and earthy hop. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this one wasn't too good, but it always wasn't too bad. The aroma on this one did not prepare me for the earthy assault my tongue was about to take from this brew. Probably the biggest earthy character on the flavor of any of the ones in this series by far. The aroma was not too bad though. Worth trying, but I would leave it at that...

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Photo of popery
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes 7/16/11. Because it has such a nice expression of Sorachi Ace, this is one of the most interesting beers that I’ve had in a long time. This hop variety throws me for a loop every time (only three or four, so far, unfortunately) I come across it, and this is the best use, so far. The aroma is a strange mix of toasted coconut, an almost artificially sweet grape note, lemongrass, spruce and a light vegetal flavor. It smells like some sort of strange dessert. The taste emphasizes these flavors and has a much appreciated bitterness - this hop variety probably would be a bit much in a sweet beer. Caramel maltiness props things up without getting in the way. Mouthfeel is appropriate. Medium carbonation. No booziness. Appearance is good. It’s a deep orangey amber with a big puffy off-white head that sticks around well. This is a well-made IPA that lets the Sorachi Ace hops speak for themselves.

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Photo of Dope
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A hazy amber pour that is almost red. Decent, fizzy white head that fades fast. Middle of the pack lacing.

S: Not a super strong aroma like some IPAs. It's barely there when it's cold and then when it warms up it starts coming out. Smells mostly like a little pine and lemons (kinda like pinesol but not in a bad way) and maybe a little bread from the malts.

T: Very unusual bite right up front. I'm having a hard time thinking of the words to describe it. It's a bit lemony and then after two seconds it transitions to ....mint? Almost like hard peppermint candy without the sweetness. Never had a beer like this. The bitterness is very apparent and sticks around in the aftertaste, almost like you just drank a sip of peppermint extract. It has a double bite, up front with the lemony citrus bite and then resurges on the backside with the mint.

M: Nice carbonation and a typical medium body. The mint flavor really sticks around on your tongue with a tingly sort of bitterness.

O: Overall not bad but the mint taste is very strange and I'm not used to it. I didn't rate this beer as low as I wanted to because this is the first time I've had Sorachi Ace hops and it may be par for the course. But it was almost hard to drink except for the fact that I was so confused and intrigued by such odd characteristics - I had to keep trying to try to make sense of it. I am interested to see more reviews and see what others make of this beer.

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Photo of gford217
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle alongside Bravo and Cluster versions.

Pour is very similar on all 3 with a clear orange body with uniform off-white heads and decent lacing.

This definitely has the most distinctive aroma with some light sweet fruits, candied pears comes to mind. It's definitely not as citrusy, wi even a little bit of grape and white wine character.

Taste has the same sweet fruit notes, with apricots this time maybe. Definitely finishes more vinous than any in the series.

The mouthfeel is consistent across the three with strong carbonation and a medium to light body. But this one is definitely drier than most of the others.

I enjoyed this one and I'd put this one up with the Bravo version though it's a much more unique beer than the Bravo. Good stuff.

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Photo of jsh420
2.44/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

pours semi hazy copper orange with a 2 finger fizzy foamy white head that faded to a small film and left some lacing

smells bready malts and that it - no hops?

taste - again very malty for the style - hops are only present in bittering the brew

mouthfeel - medium body good carbonation

overall - very boring overpriced beer - oh well thanks mikkeller for showing me how useless sorachi ace hops are or you for brewing a beer with them

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 fl oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. I recently stumbled upon a bunch of these beers lately, and this is going to be my second beer from the Mikkeller Single Hop series. I just drank Duvel Tripel Hop 2013 Sorachi Ace yesterday, so I figured I would try out this version to see if I notice any further similarities.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.

A - Pours three big fingers of creamy fluffy beige head. Body is a beautiful light brown / dark burnt sienna orange color with lots of sediment floating around the glass. Looks great. Some nice thin rings of lace.

S - Wow, beautiful aroma. Creamy smooth caramelized malt presence, Belgian yeast / funk, and lots of earthy wood / vanilla character, with an almost slight hint of bourbon barrel in there. Smells truly wonderful.

T - Taste follows the nose, smooth caramel malts, earthiness, leafy herbal hops, and a creamy twiggy vanilla / wood character reminiscent of some nice bourbon barrel aging. I am definitely enjoying this one.

M - Feel is smooth and creamy. A bit of sticky sweetness lingering on the palate, but an otherwise clean and easy finish. Perfect low carbonation.

Overall, I thought it was a more enjoyable beer than the other Mikkeller Single Hop beer I tried yesterday, Mikkeller Warrior, and definitely a wonderful way to showcase the beauty of Sorachi ace hops. WIthout question, this is a beer worth trying if you can get your hands on some.

Mikkeller Sorachi Ace ---4.5/5

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Photo of ADZA
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thought id try three of these back to back to really get a feel for the different tastes anyway this one pours a golden caramel hue with a three finger bubble laden head and lacing everywhere,now this smell is really different to the other two and definately one of the best smells of this hop used that ive smelt its lemon sherbet,flowers,fragrant washing powder,freshly cut limes and lemon leaves when ripped in half,the mouthfeel is light bodied like the Citra and could have more body to it and has tastes of lemon zest,lime juice,sherbet,wheatgrass,a touch of nectarines and finished with a lemony hop bitterness and overall even though that beautiful smell never carried over to the taste it still holds its own and one of the best uses of this hop ive tasted and also my fav of the Citra and Bravo when tasted back to back cheers.

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Photo of david18
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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 IronDjinn
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
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 rarbring
3.23/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazy light amber, an off-white rather small head, some lacing and some curtains.

Smelling of lemon drops, yellow jelly beans, dill and fudge.

Taste of white bread, toffee, dill, crayfish and nettles.

Medium carbonation, small bubbles, a good body, slightly dry.

Nope, Sorachi Ace is not my favorite hop, and especially not as single hop.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a perfect pint

A- pours a cloudy shade of amber with a crazy four finger offwhite head. The head is amazing. Lacing is awesome. Yep.

S- awesome smell of lemongrass coming strongly out of this one. Love it.

T- that spicy Mikkeller yeast is the dominating flavor. Finish is slightly sweet lemongrass. Not bad

M- bordering on syrupy, but it's not quite there. Thank god

O- I wish the yeast flavor wasn't so prominent, and I could taste more of the hops...seems like every Mikkeller single hop has the same base flavor

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Photo of Amalak
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A. Hazy copper color with a nice tan foamy head and lots of lacing. Bubbly.

S. It has almost a robotusm grape scent with wheat. Intense.

T. Similar to the scent, it has an odd taste. It has a rhubarb taste or something. Complex. Kind of like the soda Sprite.

M. Smooth with a weird aftertaste.

O. Very different than Brooklyn's Sorachi Ace. I like the way the Brooklyn employed the Sorachi Ace hops more. This is just a bit too all over the place. Not bad, it's interesting, but too mcuh.

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Photo of goblue3509
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy yellowish copper color with a nice one and a half finger head which retains and leaves nice lace rings. The aroma is of spiciness and citrus. The taste follows suit, it starts with a spiciness and gives way to an earthy hop taste before the lemony hop taste comes through at the end. The taste seems to grow in intensity from the front to the back. The mouthfeel is lowly to moderately carbonated. Overall a solid above average ipa. It has a unique mix of flavors. It isn't best in class but worth a try.

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4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Both on-tap & 330ml bottle.Tumbler glass.Enjoyed on jan´12. Orangish amber in color.Chill haze. Yellowish white froth.Lasting rocky & creamy crown.Resiny aroma,tropical fruit fragancies with piney hues. Sharp bitter upfront followed by mildy malty flavor,exotic fruit notes -guava,grapefruit & mango-.Velvet palate.Hoppy bitter & viscous finish, oils & resins too. Medium body,moderate carbonation.Woody & fruity on the aftertaste. One more,Please!!

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.41/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy sunburst orange with a tight, white head that leaves good sized chunks of lacing.

Smells of lemon and grassy notes.

Tastes of the hop notes upfront with a solid malt base. The lemon notes are prominent leading way to floral and grass notes. Decently bitter. Malts come in and add a little grainy sweetness along with bread notes. Fairly balanced overall.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is interesting, but not outstanding and definitely not worth the import surcharge.

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Photo of elgiacomo
3.08/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Growler. Served at around 40-45F.

Pours lightly hazy amber with a small off-white head that recedes to a wispy cap, leaving a few spots of lacing behind.

Aroma has some earthy notes, touch of lemon and caramel. Quite muted overall.

Flavor features lemon zest/peel, pine, earth, caramel, wood, some sweetness and decent bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, oily, low to moderate carbonation.

OK, but don’t see myself revisiting...

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Photo of beerdrifter
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
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 OBeerMeGreatOne
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright orange with slight hints of red. Huge two and a half inch head that lasts for quite a bit. Decent lacing.

The smell is slightly tropical and then almost lagerish (heavy lager if that makes any sense... which I'm sure it doesn't).

The taste is hard to describe. Very peppery to start. Some tropical fruit and a bittersweet hash taste. The malts are further in the background. High marks for interesting taste. Mouth is a tad thin and bubbly.

This and Galena have been the most fun so far in my single hop exploration.

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Photo of joecast
3.31/5  rDev -13.6%
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 fmccormi
4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straight pour from 11.2oz bottle (pry-off) with a freshness date I can't quite decode, but may mean a bottled-on of September 28, 2011 (“8271103”) printed on the cap. Served into 12oz Ommegang flute.

Appearance (5.0): Big, aggressive cream-colored head (anywhere from two to four fingers, throughout its lifespan—God bless bottle conditioning) that fades slowly and leaves some nice, spotty lace. The body is a glowing, moderately hazy, rich honey color. Leaves a thick crater in the middle of the head, as it continues to take its sweet-ass time collapsing. Ha, looks like a nipple. Gorgeous beer, actually.

Smell (4.0): Kind of like a decent Thai curry, there’s a sweetish lemongrass type of scent and a rich, semi-sweet body beneath it like coconut milk—that’d be yeast, I’m guessing.

Taste (4.0): A pretty strong hop bitterness hits first, dominated by a bitter, underripe citrus flavor like the pith of a yellow grapefruit, and it transitions rather slowly to a lasting, lemon-like bitterness. Finally some citrusy hop notes that are just bitter as hell, and not so sweet! (Not knocking citrusy American hops, love ’em in fact, but this is a nice contrast). Malt body is a nice balance between sweet and rich in that grainy kind of way, and not too dense, either—nice spicy richness underneath the hops. It’s balanced, and I suspect the hops have faded, but I wish they were more bitter nonetheless. Love the fact that there’s a rich yeast note in here—more German or Belgian in character, it’s an underappreciated variable in American styles. Nice flavor: bitter, balanced and subtly rich.

Mouthfeel (4.0): On the full side of medium, it’s got a very dry finish but has an active underlying carbonation that lifts it just enough. Slightly oily—enjoying this quite a bit!

Overall (4.0): Soooo preeeetty! Seriously though, this is a great beer and shows how unique these hop varieties can be: Sorachi Ace is certainly unique, and thoroughly enjoyable. The only other Sorachi-dominated beer I’ve had is Brooklyn Sorachi Ace, and Ithaca Thirteen uses it too, but alongside Citra. This is a very much worthwhile exploration into Sorachi territory, and I’d recommend it to anyone with an open mind and a hop-forward palate.

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Photo of Ego
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

on top of the cap: 8271103

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...

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)

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 Beerenauslese
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
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 StlHopHead77
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First of three Mikkeller Single Hop varieties I tried.I followed this with the Bravo and Simcoe.

A-Hazy,deep,rusted orange with a two inch creamy,solid,off-white crown that showed great endurance and left full sheets of lace.

S-Jammy and slightly vegetal.There was a faint hint of earthy,almost whiskey-like scents on the nose.There was also some tangy citrus and a slightly antiseptic note of pine resin.

T-Spicy and once again vegetal.I'm picking up flavors of white pepper,green onion and bitter greens,some pine,rough fresh hops and tart citrus.

M-Light to medium bodied.Slightly dy with an odd lasting tang and burn of what can only be likened to a bourbon and water.

O-Overall,this was an odd beer.Quirky even.I did,however,enjoy it and took it for what it was.Nice introduction to this hop.I could definitely see this being used as a foil for some sweeter hops.

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Sorachi Ace Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
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