Brooklyn Sorachi Ace | Brooklyn Brewery

BA SCORE
91
outstanding
2,840 Ratings
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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,840
Reviews:
711
Avg:
4.08
pDev:
11.03%
 
 
Wants:
242
Gots:
734
For Trade:
10
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 2,840 |  Reviews: 711
Photo of pjs234
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of SamuelTylerHam
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Hulk_Beer
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of KarlHungus
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of DrDemento456
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle number 2721 whatever that means. I was mostly looking at the bottle and it seemed like it had little sediment so it has to be less than a year old (I think) Regardless I pulled the trigger on this 10 dollar IPA since its been a long time tick of mine.

A - Boom! A full two inches of head! The beer itself is a very hazy bright yellow with tons of carbonation bubbles. Lacing is decent.
S - Smells like a Saison with Fruity yeasts, some lemon, a touch of grass, and the cirtus hops from the dry hopping. Smells great.
T - Slightly bitter, then fruity, then funky this beer is complex. I like how it has the hops but sticks to the style even providing some sour lemon and dry yeasts in the finish.
M - Could be the style but I don't really enjoy this level of carbonation. Too bubbly for an IPA but it not terrible. Light to medium bodied as a whole.

Overall quite a great mesh of styles you got your world class Saison with the bitterness of Sorachi Ace hops. Delivered what was promised.

 996 characters

Photo of rabiddawg
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Soxfan45
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of LoveStout
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of dmadsen
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of gtermi
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of CHickman
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Growler-pours hazy piss yellow color with a nice foamy 2 finger bright white head that was packed with bubbles and faded slowly and left great spotty lacing coating the sides and rings as it went down.

Smells of strong lemon followed by flowers and citrus like orange peel, grapefruit and citrus hops; notes of grains, yeast, wheat, coriander and other spices add some malty balance to the zesty lemon aroma that dominates. Funky and strange smelling, but interesting none the less.

Taste is zesty up front, like lemon juice and lemon peel shavings floating in the glass, followed by funky yeast, lightly roasted grains, grapefruit, coriander, herbs, spices like pepper and either cumin or cinnamon, grass, earthy notes, piney hops and dry floral hops or a mild potpourri essence. Unique in that the lemon is so strong but not a bitter overpowering distraction, this brew is almost in a class of its own: it's not quite a saison and it’s not and IPA or hefeweizen either. Each sip is a little different which makes this intriguing.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp, almost watery, with a light to medium body, light fizzy carbonation and a semi-dry finish that starts out malty, then shifts to funky and then morphs to lemon zest which fades slowly with herbal notes. Quite the drinking experience which completely hides the ABV and makes this dangerously easy to drink.

I've had this a number of times both on tap and from a bomber and this growler again proved that this is a winner. A great creation and experiment that showcases the art of craft brewing. A high recommendation, go drink this if you want a deviation from the norm.

 1,640 characters

Photo of Sturmthis
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of roger617
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured into tulip

A: 3.75 Lightly golden, very clear in color. Pours with 3 fingers of head that reduces within 1 minute.
S: 3.5 Most of what makes it through in the smell for me is pine, and a little bit of citrus.
T: 4.25 First is the pine, followed by a mellow citrus. A dry finish leaves a lingering sweetness.
M: 4.0 Very smooth and silky. Carb level is high, which is expected for being "100% bottle refermented ale".
O: 4.0 This beer doesn't have a lot of depth to it, but even being near 1 dimensional it is still very enjoyable. The forefront aroma and flavor of the pine characteristics linger for quite some time after finishing. I would definitely have this again.

 693 characters

Photo of CoryR
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of BarryBaker2013
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of bkrbdan
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of smellandsip37
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of pathman
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of WOLFGANG
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of doremite
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of Dizbro21
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of Achoo_Bacca
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of MtnDewd
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brooklyn Sorachi Ace from Brooklyn Brewery
4.08 out of 5 based on 2,840 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.