Brooklyn Sorachi Ace | Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Sorachi AceBrooklyn Sorachi Ace
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States
brooklynbrewery.com

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This is a saison featuring the rare Japanese-developed hop Sorachi Ace. The Sorachi Ace hop varietal is noted for its unique lemon zest/lemongrass aroma.

Added by rtepiak on 07-29-2009

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693
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2,781
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
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Photo of biegaman
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Brooklyn Sorachi Ace comes in a fairly grand bottle and, sure enough, has the swanky appearance to match: resplendent golden in colour, with vivacious bubbles and an ultra-plush head, this looks like it costs twice what it actually does (and it's certainly not cheap!) Pour in the last couple ounces, however, and it looks like a glass of oatmeal.

Corked and caged and re-fermented in the bottle like Champagne, Sorachi Ace also has a bouquet that lightly mimics and definitely rivals the vintage bubbly of a good house. Use of the same yeast has resulted in a hint of wet earth, strong breadiness and the usual orchard fruit notes, though hops have imparted plenty of bright citrus and green herb qualities.

Sorachi Ace has a character that is in many ways reminiscent of a Chardonnay left on lees. There are remarkably similar lemon and apple flavours and it has the full, creamy texture to boot. Seriously, I'd guess this was barrel-aged if I didn't know any better - there's even hints of vanilla and cedar that accompany citrus peel in the finish.

It's impressive that the beer can feel so rich in spite of such ultra-zippy, high-octane carbonation. Champagne bubbles tend to make for a lighter, sharper mouthfeel - which this largely does have - but there's still plenty of weight to this sucker. The hops also provide some uniquely savory notes in the form of dill and lemon verbena.

Sorachi Ace is exactly the kind of distinctive, high-quality offering you'd expect from a producer with the illustrious reputation of Brooklyn Brewery. It delivers good value and rolls tasty malts and exceptionally vibrant hoppiness into a very unique drinking experience. Nevermind trying to box this into 'Saison' or 'Belgian IPA' categories - this is it's own beer. And it's definitely worth grabbing.

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Photo of Nickls
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(From notes)

A - Bright yellow clear gold color; pure white frothy head that stayed around a while; good lacing

S - Light citrus at first, more lemony than anything; fruity; yeasty

T - Lemony fruitiness at first then you catch a more hop driven bite; biscuity and yeasty; definitely interesting stuff

M - Medium MF and a little slick; very soft carbonation

D - Really refreshing and interesting = easily drinkable. Lovely here

Overall, quite enjoyed the Sorachi hop flavors in this and very fun beer to drink. Recommended.

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Photo of Lagerhouserules
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%

Very, very dry. Great carbonation tingles the young. Mouthfeel not quite as nice as Hennepin. Very original taste - probably from the Sorachi, that makes this stand out from other Saisons. Pretty damn good.

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Photo of Gehrig
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Before he visited me, I told me good friend and fellow beer connoisseur Frank that I had never tried anything from Brookleyn Brewery and, since he was in NY, if he could get something, I would be most appreciative. He grabbed Sorachi, primarily because he liked the name, and we split this one fine evening.

A hazy orange-gold body with a thick finger of white foam; nice lacing despite modest duration in the Ommegang glass. Good, fruity aromas, plenty of citrus (grapefruit, orange peel, some lemon) with pepper and clove, and some tell-tale farmhouse funk; good smell, no doubt.

The taste is very impressive--very spicy and fruity, blended very well, and light on the palate. After a hearty meal, this was a nice, light accompaniment that was most welcome; very flavorful. Light on the palate, and creamy smooth, Sorachi is a delight, easy-going on an unusually warm Fall day.

I am just thrilled that my first foray into Brooklyn's wares proved so fruitful, pardon the pun. Delicious, delicate, and accessible, I'd be remiss if I passed on the chance to enjoy Sorachi--or anything--from Brooklyn again.

Very good, and certainly recommended.

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Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It is such a shame this beer is a limited edition brew. Mainly because this is the perfect accompaniment to Asian food. The Sorachi Ace hop has a lot of lemongrass tastes. This one tastes more like lemongrass as it warms.

It is also quite dry.

If Brooklyn doesn't make this again, I hope someone else fills the gap.

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Photo of Kinsman
4.31/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml bottle into chalice

Pours a hazy golden yellow body with a rocking white head. Ample retention about a finger thick of head well after the pour.

Greets the nose with lots of spice and citrus. Definitely more lemony than most saisons but not quite as sweet.

The obvious lemon in the nose seems to be a bit hidden by other flavors on the palate. Up front the malts and hop bitterness are reminiscent of some pilsners. Slowly, some spice notes come through and give it a more familiar flavor.

Really dry and crisp mouthfeel with a pretty light body. Overall a quite enjoyable and unique saison.

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Photo of richj1970
4.31/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 750 ml bottle into Founder's Bolt Cutter glass.

A: Poured pale golden almost lemon color with nice three finger fluffy white head with large bubbles. Nice lacing.

S: Lots of lemon, oranges and citrus mixed with a grassy note that is really enjoyable.

T: More citrus flavors mixed with nice hops and spice. Reminds me of some nice champagnes in some respects.

M: Dry and nicely carbonated. Refreshing to drink.

O: I like this one quite a bit. I just wish they carried it locally. Nearest place to get it retail is about an hour and a half from the house.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
4.31/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

1 pint 9.4 oz bottle; Back of bottle "0083"

The beer poured a hazy orange color that produced a huge white head that was very well retained and faded into a thin cap. Carbonation was streaming to the top of the glass. The beer gave off a very good Belgian yeast aroma and slight citrus, lemon maybe. The taster was excellent, just what you would expect, but with a dry aftertaste. The beer follows the nose perfectly. The beer had a medium body, good carbonation, and it was extremely drinkable and smooth. Overall, very high quality.

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Photo of bruachan
4.31/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

opulent, persistent merengue head. pale amber with sharp copper highlights. this head is epic (and that's the proper use of epic; not the bastardized synonym for "awesome" thrown around by the hipsters)

lemony aroma as promised, yes. but also kinda solventy: smells like lemon-scent windex

...and tastes like i would expect lemon-scent windex to taste. well...not really, but you get the idea (actually not even close, but you still get the idea). i will say that it dovetails stupendously with saison yeast. cardamom, coriander and perhaps some clove

big for a saison

my girlfriend is a big fan

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Photo of brentk56
4.31/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Matches up with the great Belgians by pouring a clear golden color with a massive head; terrific stickage and plenty of lace

Smell: Very floral, with the lemongrass character of the Sorachi Ace hops coming through against the spicy, yeasty background

Taste: The malt is a little on the sweet, biscuity side as it provides a backdrop for the lemongrass, floral jasmine and white pepper spices of the hops and yeast; after the swallow, the sweetness becomes a bit more apparent though it is far from cloying; despite the sweetness, the finish is still herbaceous and bitter

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Drinkability: I really like this beer; perhaps I would prefer it to be just a tad dryer but that is only a quibble

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Photo of SlothB77
4.31/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 25.4 oz bomber into glass.

A: A cumulonimbus cloud of three fingers of white foam on top of a clear body. Very light shadings of gold and yellow in the color. Very clear.

S: Nose has melon, pine, herbs, mint, blossom.

T: Flavors of pineapple, grapefruit, lemon, cut grass. I can taste the ginger the prior reviewer mentioned and definitely a peppery spice kick as well. Slightly bitter finish, no charring.

M: medium-bodied, lots of carbonation and acidity.

O: As expected for a saison, lots of fruit and florals. Very sweet. The sugary sweet citrus hits first, but the pine/ mint/ grassy flavor hits almost immediately after and the two mix for a very nice flavor definitely stronger on the mint/ pine/ grassy side.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes.

A: The beer pours a light yellow, slightly hazy. A very large, foamy, white head forms on top with good retention and nice lacing.

S: Extremely grassy and floral. Light fruit of pear and lemon with some faint spices - mostly coriander and a bit of pepper.

T: Nice and fruity with lemon, a bit of green apple, and some pear. Lightly spiced with pepper and coriander, and extremely floral and grassy - presumably from the sorachi hops.

M: Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Slightly dry finish and slightly bitter.

O: Quite enjoyable. I was expecting to like it, but was surprised at how much. Really enjoyed what the sorachi adds to the saison. Very drinkable.

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Photo of MCDuhamel
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a corked and caged 750 ml bottle into a tulip. Very white, large soapy head forms quickly, and never goes away. Moderate lacing. Beer is pale orange or dark straw, with lots of tiny bubbles, slightly hazy. The nose shows banana, mango, clove, and a little vanilla. Those flavors dominate up front too, especially the mango and tropical fruit, with a wheat-like graininess coming in, followed by a semi-dry finish with a bit of a citrus impression. They yeast characteristic shows predominantly in the nose, and less so in the taste. It's a light, spritzy beer, but it has some backbone to it. Styled as a saison, I'd also believe it as a non-traditional wit in flavor profile. Perhaps unusual at first, but it insinuates itself quickly. Really very good, and a beer I'd definitely seek out.

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Photo of Crazyale
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into Tulip.

A: Pours a pale golden color with a big four finger head that leaves nice dabs of irregular lacing on the glass. Almost crystal clear, with some nice effervescence.

S: Almost an overwhelming hit on the nose, it's hard to even articulate anything the smell is so big at first. Belgian yeast, soft fruits, spice, lemon zest, a bit of alcohol burn. Complex and interesting aroma.

T: Very strong peach taste at first, along with some sort of vague creaminess. It's sweet at first, but this is followed by some biterness on the back of the tongue, some of the lemon as well. There is a pleasant alcohol burn in the throat, not too strong. Much better as it warms.

M: Drinks like champagne, very good for the style. I feel like it's a bit thin, but again, that's probably on purpose.

Another great beer from Brooklyn. I'm actually glad that this comes in bombers, as it takes a while to fully appreciate this. It's a complex beer that doesn't reveal itself in just a small tasting.

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Photo of domtronzero
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Slightly hazy yellow orange with a big, fluffy, long lasting white head. Very little lacing.

S - Citrusy lemon, crisp and sweet pils malts, tropical fruit aromas that reminds me of pineapple and mango. Light hoppy spiciness.

F/M - Sweet candy-like pilsner malts, fruity tropical esters (again, reminiscent of pineapples and mangos). Very citrusy and lightly spicy hops. Big lemony flavor with a moderately firm bitterness. Clean and very dry finish, medium light bodied, with moderately high carbonation. Not much lingering too far into the aftertaste; maybe a little pils malts and lemony flavors.

D - This is a pretty damn good beer. Dry, clean, crisp and very tasty. Brooklyn has been doing a good job of reversing my attitudes towards American breweries attempting Belgian styles, and this beer is further proof that they can brew a damn fine Belgian style ale.

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Photo of TheStove
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into goblet from a bomber that I aged for nearly two years.

Pours a slightly hazy dull golden yellow with lingering head. Smells deeply of citrus in a number of dimensions, both hops and lemon/lemon candy. Even subtle hints of vanilla and honey come through.

Has a robust almost slightly creamy first sip exploding with flavors of citrus, yeast and honey. A champagne like snap occurs on the tongue and it starts to mellow and give way to a slight bitterness and eventually dryness.

The champagne yeast is an interesting take on this one. It "brightens" up your traditional saison in a sense without getting into anything too fruity. Definitely tastes like summer in a glass or in some sense maybe even late summer since the bitter cold is usually around the corner.

I'm probably too ebullient in my review but Brooklyn seriously nails it on their large format bottles.

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Photo of AaronHomoya
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paired with a simple fish at Black Market dinner with Garrett Oliver.

I think this is the perfect use of this hop. The lemon with the spiciness of the saison was great. Mostly lemon in smell, with some dill flavor as well. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall a nice twist to a standard saison. Very balanced and drinkable.

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Newcastle chalice

A: hazy lemon yellow with a white 2 finger head with staying power. Thick lacing

S: Wow! Citrus, lemony, Belgian yeast. I could smell this one all day.

T: Citrus flows through with a passion. Floral, herbal, spicy. Slightly sour. Semi-dry finish. Very smooth.

M: medium with medium to heavy carbonation. Bubbles do a dance on my tongue.

O: This is an outstanding saison. I think those Sorachi Ace hops and I will get along nicely. I'll definitely be buying more.

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Photo of fmccormi
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Straight pour from 750ml C&C bottle to an oversized wineglass (HF stemware). Bottling date of January 24, 2012 printed in black ink in a little square above and to the left of the barcode on the back label (“0242”).

Appearance (4.5): Pretty aggressive head on this beer, rising to 3-4 fingers of bone-white foam composed of very fine bubbles, and fading eventually to a haze on the surface of the body and a wide, sticky ring around the glass at the edges. The body is a perfectly hazy honey-gold, not murky but definitely not clear—perfect body appearance! I’d just like some more lacing, but that’s all I can complain about.

Smell (4.0): Classic saison yeast in the nose: some earthy, hay-like characteristics, a little musty but not in a “funky” way—just lightly earthy and spicy, with the scent of straw. This is pretty aromatic, actually, and there is just a subtle hint of snappy lemon in the nose, like lemonade very light on the sugar.

Taste (4.5): And then there’s the lemon. Bright, snappy, bitter in a citrus-sour kind of way, and slightly grassy—but the distinctly fruity side of lemon comes through here, fruity in the way lemon-flavored icing can be. But there’s a definite citrus pith bitterness to this, too, helping to cut through the (mild) sweetness of the hops and the earthy, slightly spicy malt body. Speaking of which, the malts are downplayed, and rightfully so: biscuity but very light, like fresh white bread, but it’s easily lost in the back-and-forth between the lemony hops and the slightly spicy, earthy yeast note. A bit of coriander and clove, just a bit of white pepper, but mainly subtle and earthy. No alcohol detectable.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Surprisingly understated here, it’s lush and well-carbonated but not prickly at any point—just smooth, foamy, and slightly numbing. Light-bodied but not watery, but the dry finish makes this feel very quenching . . . damn.

Overall (4.5): The more I think about it, the more I realize how well-rounded this beer is. My only personal complaints are that I could always go for more lacing and I’m a fan of moderate, musty funk—this is pretty traditional, in terms of the yeast character. Though, it’s clear they picked a pretty refined strain for this, given the surprisingly nuanced mouthfeel and unique but not overpowering yeast note on the palate. And then the hops. This is a very unique, VERY successful pairing of hops and beer style, and to be honest I’m amazed at how long they’ve held on. Great job, Brooklyn! Now if I could just get this and Local 1 in a slightly smaller package . . . :-)

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Photo of KevSal
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

been looking forward to this guy for a while, thanks poonamibaxter for getting this guy to me.

so the profile says this is brewed once, might of had some time to develop in the bottle, this should be interesting.

750ml into a mini pilsner

firstly this label rocks

a- big pop when i opnened it, looks awesome, huge 3 inch head, hazy yellow hue. big bubbles slowly pop the head down to a thin layer of bubbles.

s- strong citrus hits the nose. slight slight sweetness faitnly in the back as well. lots of lemon.

t- WOw so this is the ace, it packs lots of flavor, differnt than the saisons ive had in the past, must be that unique japanese hop, it taste good. smooth citrus in the front, a bit of bitterness in the end. crispy, slight hoppy finish. yummy

m- very thick for the style, but on the money for me. medium bodied great carbonation.

o- very well done, i am impressed. this guy is a winner. definitly try him out, if its available to you. if you a fan of the style, id say its a must. very flavorful, and complex.

didnt like brooklyn all that much in the past hgowever they really impressed me with this guy, maybe i was wrong about them.

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Photo of portia99
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a Brooklyn snifter.

A - Pours a pale, translucent golden straw color with a thick 2 fingers of fluffy, whipped cream like head. Tons of lacing left behind on the glass.

S - Green, sweet, spicy, fruity - especially citrusy with oranges and lemons standing out. Nice black pepper, cinnamon. Very good smelling saison - can't wait to take the first sip.

T - Flavor diverges from the aroma a bit. I don't really get any malt in the aroma behind all of the fruity and spicy smells, but in the flavor there is a solid base of breadlike malt. A very crisp hop bitterness which is more up front (and somewhat unique - no doubt due to the Sorachi Ace hops) than the aroma would indicate gives a nice 2nd layer on top of the malt. Over both of these is spiciness and fruitiness that really rounds things out - tons of lemony flavors, some oranges, a bit of tropical fruit. From the aroma, I expected this to be a bit on the sweet side, but this is really pretty dry overall. Classic saison with a bit of a twist.

M - Fairly thin in body, but in no way is this watery. Quite high carbonation level with a bit of a foamy, yet smooth feel. Feels alive on the tongue with flavors exploding on the tongue. Dry, citrusy and very crisp.

D - Very enjoyable saison. Full of character in the aroma and the flavor with a great appearance...who could ask for more? The hoppiness is a bit high for my tastes in a saison, but this is really being nitpicky trying to find something wrong. Definitely a must try for anyone who enjoys this style of beer.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

207th review on BA
bottle to tulip

App- A very light colored orange with some soft yellow highlights. Three finger amazing pillowy head. A little bit of lacing as drink goes down.

Smell- Soft banana esters with some funk, some lemon(grass) and some nice earthiness.

Taste- A very nice dry saison. Not as upfront with some of the flavors as other saisons but this was quite good. Has an understated balance between the hops and the yeasty earthy tones.

Mouth- An expected champagne like dryness per the bottle. A nice palatable dry feel with a high carb level as bubbles dance across the tastebuds.

Drink- 3 for 3 with Brooklyn and the big champagne size bottles I have had. Local 1 & 2 were both great beers and Sorachi Ace keeps that going.

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Photo of beergod1
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big ol' bottle split with a friend, poured into a Duvel Tulip glass. Hazy Yellow, with a thick white everlasting head, with some lacing. smell is a little spicy and characteristics of the nose are the lemony citrus and grain. It tastes so refreshing on another 90 degree day in Ohio. . Very mild malt backing to this brew but at times it does come across a bit spicey and mildly sweet. The spice has to be from this Japanese hop. Sweet, carbonated (in a good way), and when it warms a bit, I taste a hint of Anise. A very unique beer, that needs to be sold in 6ers....or what the hell...get me a Keg.

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Photo of engisch
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been waiting to get my hands on a bottle of this. Very hard to find. I believe I've had it on tap before I got the bottle, but it was mislabeled as a Brooklyn bock. Anyways....

It pours a nice straw color with a puffy white lacey head, much as should be expected from a saison. Slightly hazy.

The aroma is.... Wow! Woah... fresh squeezed lemon and a spiciness from the yeast (typical of a saison). Lemongrass with a sting of alcohol gives a mild pine-sol tinge if you want to be critical, but still the overall smell is wonderfully spicy and lemony.

Flavor is spicy and dry with a bit of farmhouse funk. Oh and how could I forget the citrusy lemon! Very flavorful and complex beer for as "light" as it is.

Mouthfeel is full of carbonation (smooth, not prickly), and leaves your mouth feeling very dry in the back. Bubbly like a delicate champagne.

I got this beer mainly to evaluate the hops, and I will be sure to make homebrew with this hops, perhaps a saison! I'll definitely be getting more of this brew. Very well done! Go Brooklyn, and make more!!

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Photo of elniko
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750 into tulip glass.

A: Light glowing amber with nice frothy head and heavy lacing. Nice looking brew.

S: Lemon, zesty notes coming from the nose. I pick up pepper tones as well.

T & M: Light bodied, quite nice throughout the experience. The notes from the nose come through in the taste. Nicely balanced, sweetness up front with a dry finish.

D: Quite drinkable, my first experience with the sirachi hop and an enjoyable one. Looking forward to having another bottle of this fine brew.

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Brooklyn Sorachi Ace from Brooklyn Brewery
4.09 out of 5 based on 2,781 ratings.
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