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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692
Ratings:
2,773
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
11%
 
 
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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very nice; brilliant golden translucent with a generous swath of white foam that recedes to a scant cap, sans lace.

S - Sorachi Ace is the most amazing hop variety, wow. Between this and FFF Samurai Gazebo, consider me a Sorachi addict. Great floral aromatics abound; huge notes of gardenia, jasmine, and vanilla dominate the nose.

T - The nose is restated, adding a gingery, grapefruit-rind, dry-bitter-astringency that results from the thrice cohesive and compounding character of malt, hop and yeast. In other words, all of the constituents' flavor profiles tend to by pleasantly dry and/or astringent.

M - As stated, quite dry. It manages to be quite refreshing, though.

D - This is a very pleasant take on the style.

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Photo of CASK1
4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Medium gold and slightly hazy. Huge, beautiful, frothy light head that lasts to the bottom of the glass.

S- Lemony, with a strong yeast spiciness that builds as the beer warms. Clove and pepper, with a light vanilla note. Subtle grainy aroma in the background.

T- Complex yeast spiciness mixed with light grainy sweetness. Medium hop bitterness, with a lemony, zesty character. Makes me want to keep going back for another taste.

M- Light and dry, with a long, bitter, hoppy finish. High carbonation gives a mouth-filling blast of flavors.

O- One of my new favorite Saisons, a style near the top of my list. Excellent balance of what makes a Saison a Saison.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"A Smith and Wesson always beats 4 aces."

--anonymous

Summer sunshine haystack gold with a massive crown of alabaster colored froth that filled at least 80% of the glass on the pour. Fine bubbles are plentiful, which leads to plenty of persistence. This is lovely looking beer.

Sorachi Ace hops result in fragrant clouds of freshly zested lemon and lemongrass. This hop is essentially a more lemon zesty and less grassy version of Saaz (from which it was developed). Belgian yeast adds an intriguing aromatic spiciness. This has a chance to be one of my favorites from Brooklyn Brewery.

The flavor doesn't quite keep pace with the outstanding aroma, but SA is still a wonderful farmhouse ale of the crisp, dry, and dangerously drinkable sort. This would make a great picnic beer, or a summertime table beer if that's more your thing.

The flavor profile is simplicity itself, which isn't a negative, but a huge positive. The only malt is German pilsner and the only hops are reflected in the name. The result is a crisp and cracker-like bottom end and a bright lemon zesty, meadow grassy, clove and white pepper spicy top end. The next highest taste score is tempting.

Even though it doesn't put a scare into the best Belgian saisons, the body/mouthfeel does exactly what it needs to do. It's light-medium and has the kind of energetic and sparkly bubbles that match the flavor profile like hand-in-glove.

Brooklyn beer hasn't always pleased me in the past... with a few notable exceptions. Sorachi Ace is an inspired creation, though, and is one of the best American-brewed saisons that I've had in many a moon.

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Photo of Liverpool08
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy lemon yellow with a big sticky white head. Aroma is ok, a little lemon, little funk from the new hops I think. The taste follows but more amped up. Nice clean lemony/citrus flavor which follows with a almost sake flavored finish. Its very unique and very good. Very refreshing and easy to drink. This Sorachi hops might not be for everyone, but I think its a great addition for this style.

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Photo of BeerNemesis
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brooklyn Sorachi Ace | 750 ml. | 7.6% ABV | 2010

Brewer: Brooklyn Brewery
Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale
Glass: Tulip

Limited:
"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."

Presentation:
I really like the playing-card shaped label. It adds visual flair.

Appearance:
Hazy straw and a wispy, white head.

Aroma:
A spirited nose, streaked with lemon peel, a touch of basil, floral notes, lychee, and pilsner malts.

Taste:
Pils malts upfront followed by a tangy lemon zest and honeyed sweetness. Floral notes dance in the background, where black pepper, cloves, and other garden herbs lurk. Dry and funky finish.

Mouthfeel:
Medium-bodied and well carbonated, though not remarkable in any way.

Harmony:
Complex, good alcohol balance, and a profusion of funky flavors. Not for everyone, but a delightfully unique brew.

Would I get it again?:
Maybe. For once I might be satisfied with only one shot at a one-off.

Served: June 2010 @ Ginger Man

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.51/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

750mL brown glass cork and cage finished bottle. No date.

Appearance: A hazy yellow with lots of sudsy fluffy bone-white head that stands up tall like meringue.

Nose: Lemon zest and violets. Smells like a field of wild flowers with some citrus raining down over it.

Palate: Crisp with some tart acidity. The hops are somewhat out of balance with the body. There's lots of bitter lemon zest and chive flavors. Herbal and floral too. Body is sharp and snappy to start but then gets fat and flabby like lemon balm.

Notes: Starting to think that I don't care much for this hop. A decent brew, but out of balance.

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Photo of fear025
3.82/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma:Lemongrass, apple, spicy phenols, white pepper, sage.

Appearance:Yellow in color, amazing head with ok retention, fair lacing.

Taste:This beer is rather subtle. There's a fair amount of white pepper flavor in the foretaste, along with mild lemon. The hops in this beer are a little spicy, and less bitter. Subtle malt flavors. There is a dry finish on the aftertaste, with minty notes.

Mouthfeel:Light body, low alcohol heat. Very high carbonation.

Drinkability:This is a refreshing, medium spicy ale with a lot of complexity. I really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750ml bottle

A- Poured into a Duvel tulip glass. Pours a golden yellow color with a large white head with good retention and lacing.

S- The aroma is really nice. Lemon grass, lemon zest, spices and yeast make up the nose.

T- The taste has some lemon grass up front with some sweetness, along with some spices and a yeasty finish.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, Soriachi Ace is a winner in my book. It is another solid beer from Brooklyn Brewery.

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Photo of shageman331
3.76/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml was about $13. Poured into my Allagash glass.

Appearance- slightly hazy straw lemon color with a large rocky white head... maybe four fingers from a moderate pour

Smell- more muted than I expected but I get hints of lemon-ish and a very slight mustyness fitting a saison

Taste- probably poured too cold.... definitely opened up as it warmed. Lemongrass is there up front (I'm assuming the sorachi hops)... interestingly enough I get a little bit of a hefeweizen taste on the back end (banana, cloves). Finishes nice and dry.... a solid saison

Mouthfeel- carbonation is lively and crisp... on par with what I have had with other saisons

Overall - I think this is quite a solid brew. Not quite as interesting as I was hoping, but solid nonetheless. As a side note, this paired quite well with greek yogurt.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thrown in as an extra by Jwiss22 - what a nice guy!

Appearance -- Pours a golden straw, mild haze, with two fingers of tight lily-white head.

Smell -- bright lemon, cut grass, spring flowers, saison yeastiness, bready malt.

Taste -- Sorachi Ace hops right up front with bright lemon and floral notes, delicate saison yeast notes, under-ripened banana, faint clove, bready malt. Floral hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-light in body with mild carbonation. Could use more carbonation, but otherwise good.

Drinkability -- I was waiting for this for quite a while and it exceeded all of my hopes. Not incredibly complex, but the flavors that are present really sing. One of the better saisons I've had in a while. Keep this one in rotation, Brooklyn!

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Photo of HosP
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to erikkoppin for hooking me up on a trade!

A- Poured hazy, yellow. Large fluffy head that left lots of lacing on the glass.

S- Lots of lemony, citrus up front. Some spice towards the end. Very inviting beer from the nose.

T- Citrus taste at the front of the drink. Some spice and tartness towards the end. Lots of flavors in the middle do seem to make it complex. Flavors are very balanced and make you want to keep drinking trying to figure them all out.

M- Lighter body with good carbonation. Some bitterness towards the end with a little dry finish.

D- Very tasty beer. I could have easily drank another one, maybe two tonight. Every drink made me want another. Very solid beer, wouldn't hesitate to buy another if I saw one.

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Photo of nickhiller
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served this in a tulip. I was excited to try this one, Pete Brown said he had this with Garrett Oliver's cheese pairing suggestion (goats cheese) and that it was one of the best cheese and beer pairings he had ever had. Needless to say I had to try this with herb covered goats cheese...

A: pale golden, hazy, solid head and lacing

S: hops and vanilla, a little oak

T: Belgian yeast, mild hops, vanilla, butterscotch, apples and spice

M: more akin to sparkling wine and champagne than beer.

D: it's definitely drinkable, in the same way that a nice cold Sapporo or a light lager is on occasion, but it didn't have much in the way of stand out attributes I would expect from Garrett. Certainly not worth the price of admission. Also I found the cheese pairing Pete raved about pretty uninspired and dull.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Straw hazy yellow with a thick white head

S - Lemongrass with black pepper, fruity, grainy, herbal, tart apple, pear. Slightly vinous.

T - Lemongrass and lemon rinds, spicy pepper, slightly sweet but with a good dose of hop bitterness also. Soft cookie like malt with a rough herbal finish.

M - Very light with high carbonation. Dry, chalky finish.

D - Complex and refreshing. A bit messy in the taste.

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Photo of Pencible
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a somewhat hazy straw with fluffy white head.
S: It smelled like strong citrus and pine with sour yeast, and a little apricot and spices such as coriander.
T: It tasted like grapefruit and lemon zest and dry apricot, with some pine and coriander and sour yeast. The aftertaste was dry and tart.
M: It was oily with moderate carbonation.
D: This had a bright and crisp taste with nice smooth body. The alcohol was well hidden too, so it was easy to drink. It seemed like an IPA blended with a saison, which to me is an improvement over a standard saison. Quality brew!

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Photo of crossovert
4.64/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Elegantly packaged 750 ml corked and caged brown bottle.

It pours an elegant clear yellow/gold with a billowing bright white head. It looks clean for the style, but it does look magnificent.

The smell is a bouquet of springy fruit flavors. The hops give a huge lemony scent off to go along with the peachy, apricoty, spicy saison yeast. It has a touch of sugar in there too, smells like a summer breeze.

This one has such a fruity flavor. Apricot, orange, lemon, maybe some melon, it is pure light fruity goodness. The malts here are also dynamite, they accent the yeast to perfection. There is a subtle bitterness but not overpowering that make sit even more of a refresher. With more tastes I'm getting some candied mango int eh flavor. The yeasty spice complements the fruit flavors, especially the peach exceptionally.

They did this one right. It seems like American craft brewers have learned to perfect the Saison, I was enthralled by Sofie, this one takes my enthrallment to a whole new level.

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Photo of Kendo
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle was a bit pricey - I think I paid $14.99 at either Olivers or Westmere Beverage.

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip from the 750 ml - caged and corked and a nice presentation (gold foil-type label with maroon accents). Slight gunsmoke after the "pop!" Body is light golden with a 3-finger white head that retains well, fading eventually to a rocky foam. Lots of visible carbonation, as bubbles gusher forth and rise throughout the glass. Some foamy lace sticks to the side of the glass.

S: Somewhat bready, somewhat lemony. Not terribly strong in the nose, but what's there is pleasant. And clean (if that makes sense). A bit of spice noted as it warms.

T: Interesting. A touch of lemony bitterness is noted right away, but the bitterness is nicely balanced with - or offset by - both a sweetness and a faint bit of drying. There's also a touch of spice in there too - some sort of exotic basil, perhaps? Whatever it is, it adds to the experience rather than make you wonder, "WTF is THAT doing in my beer?" I get a tiny bit of heat from the alcohol in the belly, but it took a few sips (half the glass, actually) for that to appear. Becoming somewhat vinuous as it warms. . . .

M: Lighter side of medium in heft. Active, but soft, carbonation.

D: Excellent drinkability. Balanced but light, active-but-subtle carbonation make this one a winner. I wish I had the proper cheese to go with this (not sure what that would be -- someone ask Garrett Oliver -- but I'm pretty sure this would go very well with the right cheese). I have a feeling this would go nicely with a variety of lighter foods - maybe certain Thai, seafood, or even a lighter chicken or pasta dish with a cream sauce.

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Photo of begforme4484
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Fun to pop the cork.. pop!

Pours a very light yellow, somewhat hazy with a lot of carbonation coming up the glass. A lot of foamy white head for a crown.

Smells light. Has a disctinct lemon zesty smell to it. A little spicy also.

Tastes citrusy and slightly bitter. Very slight malt notes. But a very clean taste.

Plenty of carbonation and smooth.

Drinkability? I don't think I'll drink much more than this bottle.

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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 jlindros
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Holy mother of pearl, I didn't even have to pull the cork out. As soon as i got the wire partially opened the cork FLEW off and hit the ceiling with eruption following. When I finally got to pour it had a huge fluffy head with bubbles and fades quickly leaving a messy lacing. Its semi hazy wheat golden orange color.

N: Nice light hops, fruity with lots of citrus and lemon, some wheat and light malts, a little sweetness. Some effervescence too.

T: Start with some wheat and malts, light sweetness, light spicy hop flavor, some bitterness with a citrus lemony light almost astringent but not quite. some hints of yeast, Belgian like, and bottle conditioning.

M: Medium body with tons of carbonation.

F: Finishes lighter with some lingering wheat and light malts, some light pale hops win a little faded astringency with citrus and lemon zest. A slight dryness.

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Photo of philbe311
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A mammoth light and creamy pure white head comprised of big chunky bubbles... Excellent retention... Mildly hazed bright and vibrant golden orange color... Very sparse and very sluggish carbonation...

S - No shocker that the lemon scent is predominant, but I am very pleasantly surprised that it in perfect proportion and strength... My largest feat is that this would either be too solventy or to faux sweet... Also present is a lively yeast, fresh cut grass, and some notes of wheat... Very pleasing to the nose...

T - Again, the lemon dominates but isn't as pure... The lemon component runs the gammet starting pure, then turning sweet first before later turning solvently and finely finishing pure again... Slightly soapy... Slightly yeasty... With distinctive kick of Sorachi Ace hops... Interest and complex...

M - Medium bodied... Lightly carbonated... Lively... Fresh... Slightly lush... Crisp... Refreshing...

D - A very interesting offering and great example of the Sorachi Ace hop... Not sure this is something I would drink on a regular basis, but it was easy enough to work through and I would gladly welcome again in the future...

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Photo of beerthulhu
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A pale lemon pour produced a monstrous flat white head that was rocky, incredibly retaining (6+ min) and left a ton of intricate foamy lacing. Visible effervesce was light to medium with several steady streams of closely knitted bubbles rising lazily to the surface.

S: The sorachi hops are pleasantly aromatic of freshly sliced lemons with some grapefruit juice highlights of medium strength. On the trail was some flowery grapefruit and a bit of tart oranges.

T: Spicy citric oranges and fresh wet lemon-lime flavors gets things off to a good start. Crisp, with a bit of fresh greenery and herbaceous notes along with spicy pine and lemon peels really work well together to deliver a smooth tartness of citrus on the finish. I like the addition of sorachi hops, but somehow have trouble associating this as a farmhouse/saison, missing was a bit of farmhouse funk and tart fruintess I've come to expect. The sorachi definitely brings a spicy zing to the flavor but perhaps takes away from some of the other subtle farmhouse qualities. Overall was spicy with a distinct dry hopping ending with a bit of grassiness on the fade.

M: Medium bodied, exceptionally smooth with a light reference to effervesce. Spicy citric with a light alcohol presence gently warms upon the swallow.

D: A good dry citric summertime quencher, though as previously mentioned maybe not as much as a farmhouse/saison as I would like. Light and easy enough to manage with just the right amount of citric bitterness. Hardly feels like a 7.6%.

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Photo of STEG
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mandarin orange color with a fluffy four finger head from a pour into a mikasa tulip. Smell has a definite lemongrass/lemon lime presence with some yeast showing through. Taste is very peppery and spicy with a cilantro/parsley presence lemon rind and lemongrass are present as well, interesting stuff. Mouthfeel is slightly viscous and very dry at the end. I'm fine with one bottle at a time and there are far more saisons i'd rather have, but it was worth a try.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle - $12.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a hazed, pale yellow body with a large, rising, airy white head.

Smell: A delightfully spirited nose, replete with vivid notes of Meyer lemons, budding Springtime flowers, lychee fruit, fresh basil, pilsner malts, and lighter hints of alcohol and a background funkiness.

Taste: Pils malts with a little tanginess and a soft, honeyed sweetness washed down with a gulp of white wine. Hint of biscuit dough. Vibrant florals. Distinct taste of fresh lemon juice. In amongst the stronger tastes is just a faint hint of funk. Moist garden-grown herbs seasoned with white pepper and cracked cloves, with more emphasis on the pepper. Medium-light bitterness. A veritable round table of all the various tastes on the dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Well carbonated.

Drinkability: An eminently quaffable, soundly complex saison, with, thankfully, not a drop more alcohol than is needed. I really enjoyed this one, Brooklyn.

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Photo of kels
4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours a great golden yellow, moderately hazy, with light carbonation running throughout. The initial 1 1/2 finger thick fluffy white head fades and retains very well at a soft skim. Lots of lace blankets the sides of the glass.

Smell is pretty subdued. There's a bit of light malt that's dry and almost nutty. There's a bright hop that is clearly unfamiliar to me, and it comes across as a cross between floral and citrusy, very reminiscent of herbal tea.

What a really unique and complex beer. It actually took me much longer to review than usual because the Sorachi Ace hop is nothing like I've ever tasted before. It really has dimensions of other hop profiles I've typically seen as opposing, like the citrus of Centennials with the dankness of Simcoes. It doesn't actually taste like either, but I'm doing my best to describe the contradiction. Okay, so what's in here...lemony tart bitterness, light herbal tea, toasted grains, a little bit of coriander and some white pepper. The yeast gives a nice punchy finish. It is bright and zingy while at the same time possessing this underlying earthy foundation. The alcohol whispers through the backdrop. Really bright carbonation, sweet subtlety, and nice smooth, dry finish.

Drinks all day, very softly, very cleanly.

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Photo of GrizzlyBrew
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pale Golden, head resides to thin, but consistent film throughout tasting.

S - Grassy, Herbal Spicy, a little the cousin, mild citrus, some pepper

T - Herbal, spicy, very little malt character, grassy again...

M - good weight balanced nicely by high carbonation, very low tannins maybe (something building on my palate

D - Very! Grassy/herbal notes may cause some fatigue after extended consumption, but residual sweetness and mouthfeel make this exteremely palatable

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Brooklyn Sorachi Ace from Brooklyn Brewery
4.09 out of 5 based on 2,773 ratings.
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