Brooklyn Sorachi Ace | Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States | website

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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4.09
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Photo of MrKennedy
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle from Platinum Liquor, into a Lost Abbey Teku.

Really pretty hazy golden pour. Nice hiss as it comes out of the bottle and into the glass. Good white, tightly packed foam building on top before settling to a level just above film.

Smells of lemon and lemongrass. Makes HopBack Taiphoon seem tame. A little sweet at times, but the lemon definitely dominates any belgian yeast character that tries to get through.

Tastes of belgian yeast to begin. The lemon and lemon cleaner comes through in the middle. Some lemon sulphur gets through later and as this warms up. Probably the best experience i've had with Sorachi Ace hops. More lemon and lemongrass and less "in your face" sulphur.

ABV is higher, some vinous up front. But otherwise, pretty sessionable and drinkable given the specs and hop used. Body isn't too big at all.

Best use of Sorachi Ace hops i've come across. Nice showcase for it and it doesn't totally take over in the taste with the belgian yeast enough to work with it. Lovely beer and a lot of fun to drink. 750ml serving size is also about right, enough to drink on your own, but still a decent size to share.

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

Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle into a tulip glass. No dating info but this was just released in the market so should be fresh. Was a hazy golden color with massive carb streams. It had a massive fluffy white head that took forever to settle to a constant thick foam cap. Great lacing with lots sticking.

The aroma was lemongrass, spicy yeast, white pepper, sweet malt and dry. Good aroma. The taste was also very good and featured a big peppery bite mixed with lemon. Dry but not overly. Not my favorite saison but still pretty tasty. Mouthfeel was medium and creamy with massive carbonation. Lemony, dry after-taste.

Overall, my first try of the sorachi ace hop and quite interesting. I enjoyed it quite a bit but in the end the lemon builds up. Great peppery aspect though. High recommend if you can easily get. Available here in TX. Rotation - I like it but $13 and a big bottle limit it for me. If in 12oz format, I'd get a couple singles. For now, maybe one a year in big bottle and a glass or two on-tap. [O;Y]

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

This one pours a really, really nice honeycream gold in color with a two finger, billowing white poofy head. It looks great. The aromas are consist of citrus, lemon, grass/straw, yeast and spices. The flavors are very, very interesting. This is my first experience with Sorachi hops and I like the different aromas and flavors presented. The flavors are kind of funky. You get a lot of straw and tea leaves and it has a nice citrus, yeasty backbone. It's an interesting drink and pretty appealing. It drinks medium in body and has good carbonation. Overall it's a fine beer, an interesting one, and worth your while. I like this spin on a saison.

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

Served on tap at Cork City Pub in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a hazy dark golden yellow to golden orange in color. The beer has a three finger tall off-white head that slowly reduces to a thick film over the entire surface of the beer with some small thicker patches and a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of saison yeast spiciness with hay + earthiness. There is just a hint of lemon citrus.

T: Light to moderate amounts of lemon citrus sourness along with some earthy/hay hop bitterness. There is an underlying sweetness with some spicy yeast flavors.

M: Just heavier than light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth. Light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Very enjoyable and easy to drink - definitely one to have another time. Well balanced and the alcohol is well hidden.

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Photo of Vixie
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a straw yellow color with a hint of orange. Forms a huge white head that lingers, pour this one slowly.

Smell is a bit bread like, then gets sweet with a lot of lemon as well as fresh mown grass. The smell makes me think of the outdoors.

Kind of hard to pinpoint the exact flavors here, but what I am tasting works. It comes across as earthy, grassy and floral, with a hint of fruit. Finishes with a hop bitterness that is not overpowering, but lingers in a nice way.

Nice feel to this one, there is a good amount of carbonation, so you will feel this one going down. Still, it's smooth, and a bit lively.

This is an unusual beer, and in a good way. Hard to pinpoint any one thing about it, but the overall package works very well. Nice and complex, and goes down easy. I would happily have this one again, highly recommended.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Beer is clear golden in colour, with a massively large white head. Excellent retention, lots of lacing.

The Sorachi Ace (at least, what I assume that hop is doing) really sticks out. A very strong lemongrass scent, with lemon. Yeast below that.

Taste is good, but not up to the scent. The lemongrass is still very heavy, and is accompanied by a very creamy flavour. Quite malty. The yeast is there but less present, or at least not resulting in the flavours I associate with Belgian yeasts. Lemon is certainly strong, but not like the lemongrass. It is nice but there is something about it that doesn't work for me. Hard to put my finger on it.

Medium bodied, super creamy. Moderate carbonation level.

Overall, quite good, but as noted above, there is something that doesn't sit right for me. Wish I could identify it, but there is something about the hop flavours, particularly the lemongrass, that doesn't quite do it for me- despite loving lemongrass.

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

Another Brooklyn beer to be tried in Brazil. Thanks to my friend Alexandre for sharing the bottle at EAP in São Paulo. On to the beer:

We have here a blonde colored beer with a lovely bright hue and plenty of lacing around the glass. The nose brings some toasted sugar, pine, grass, and vague citrus aromas. Dry overall, but with a good flavor. Grass, lemon, and pine provide an attractive flavor, and with the dryness, gives it that saison-esque finish.

Very nice hoppy saison produced by Brooklyn. It´s unique without getting to weird.

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Photo of capeannbass36
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a slightly hazy yellow gold. Big, bone white head that never ends. Longest lasting head I have seen in quite some time. Light to medium lacing throughout.

S- Slightly sweet. Grass. Lemon.

T- Follows smell. Little bit of citrus and malt.

M- Somewhat dry. Medium carbonation. Smooth.

O- Very easy to drink. Nice and light. Refreshing. Could have a few. Delish!!

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

750ml bottle.

Pours hazy straw with a two inch-plus head of dense white. Shards of thick lacing and a solid coating on the surface for the duration.

Aromatics lead off with pears, cut grass, apples, cloves, and bubblegum. A hint of lemon pulp and mint follow through.

Light bodied with a crisp, pillowy mouthfeel.

Biscuity malt runs under spicy, clovey yeast with green apples and pears. Hints of peaches, wet hay, honey, and citrus follow through.

Finishes with a mild bitterness,and a dryness beyond a tropical, juicy fairwell.

Nice beer, would love to try this on a dry-hopped cask or a fresh keg.

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Photo of billab914
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Russian River tulip. Poured a hazy light golden color with a thick, dense, bright white head. The head faded after a minute or so but left some nice lacing as it did. It still managed to keep a small foamy layer covering the beer as I drank it.

The aroma has a lemony, zesty, citrusy, hop presence to it. It's very floral and has a nice herbal quality to it as well. A little yeast and bready malt round out the nose.

The taste shows the same lemony, zesty, citrusy flavor that was found in the nose. It had a bit of a coriander and orange peel flavor going on as well. It finishes with more of a bready, grainy, malt flavorand Belgian yeasty flavor. It showcases the lemony herbalness of the Sorachi Ace hops pretty nicely.

The mouthfeel is light and it's highly carbonated. Drinkability is good, it's light and refreshing with some good hoppy flavors. The beer really shows off the Sorachi Ace hops very nicely but also integrates them very well into the beer. I didn't find it outstanding in any particular category but it was very solid beer in all categories and very good overall.

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

A: Opaque and a dark hay color topped with a perfectly white fluffy, foamy head with generous lacing and carbonations bubbles just streaming to the surface. This beer looks great.

S: The best word I can come up with to describe how this smells is 'fresh'. It has this lemon zest sort of zip to it, and quite a funkiness too. The funk isn't your typical saison belgian funk, it reminds me of smelling a package of crayons. Crayons dressed with lemon zest, thats how this smells.

T: Right away you get this background lemon quality to the beer. It's not acidic, but you get that flavor profile. It's quite forward actually, and quite nice.

M: Heavily carbonated and a medium body make this beer very enjoyable. It feels just right.

D: I would share a bottle with a friend, 25.9oz may be too much in the future for me.

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Photo of tr4nc3d
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into my mug(only thing I had at the time)

Appearance is a light yellow with a bit of light orange. Good two and and a half inch white fizzy head with great head retention. Good amounts of lacing is left behind.

Surprisingly this smells a bit more like a Belgian Pale Ale to me. I get a decent lemon citrus smell with some orange coriander and a bit of grass/earthy herbal smell. Some yeast and bit of hay like smell as well.

Taste upfront is very crisp with a lemon citrus taste with a bit of orange coriander backing it up. Midway a bit of a grass/herbal taste shows up with some yeast and cracker like taste finishing it off.

Medium bodied with high carbonation. Very crisp and clean taste that is refreshing and drinks mellow for a Saison.

I thought this was a bit non-traditional like Saison flavor, yet I liked what they did. Overall I would drink this again and recommend it.

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Photo of damndirtyape
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Winking Lizard in Independence OH. Served in a Nonic pint glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy golden to darker straw yellow with an initial fluffy white head. Head died down to a thin film across the top and a ring at the edge. Some strands of persistent lacing noted.

Smell: Wow, this one is really interesting. Lemony and floral at first, later woody and herb-like with a swirl as it warmed up. It's going to sound weird here, but this beer strikes me as Japanese in its aroma. Complicated, delicate, and myriad all at the same time.

Taste: Lemon flavor up front, then moving into a crisp dry and bitter finish. Very clean malt hint at the back - almost wheat beer in style - a bit of a tangy flavor at the end there. The bitter finish takes on more lemon/pine/resin flavors at the end as the beer warms up.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and dry with just right carbonation to cleanse the palate and not linger.

Overall / Drinkability: Definitely quenches the thirst - and it's not quite like anything I've had before in a beer. Goes to the head quickly though, even with a meal, so it's either a slow sipper, or in this case, one and done for me per evening. The Japanese hops are the showcase for this beer, and I'm not sure how I feel about them. Interesting, unusual, and worth trying, but I think just one per night even if the ABV was lower. So a good experience, but not something I could have every night or something that I would go out of my way to have again. Something about that woody/herb/resiny flavor at the end doesn't quite do it for me. Still - a neat beer to try out for the reason of it being so unique in flavor.

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Photo of MNishCT77
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle from Wed., 12/31/2014 (Niciu 3rd Annual NYE Party) gifted from someone, unknown brewing/packaging dates, poured into plastic cup, drank over ~30 minutes

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Photo of GrittyMug345
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I tried this on tap at The Great Lost Bear in Portland, ME on 10/30/09. Poured into a 16oz shaker pint. A nice tight one finger head died down to leave behind an elegant, thin lacing above a bright yellow, slightly cloudy, nicely carbonated body. The nose is intense on this one, big lemon, spicy hops, a lot of floral notes, and the slightly funky, damp brett. The taste is very floral, rose hips, a little lemon, a bit of black pepper or coriander, some nice notes from the yeast, very nice bitterness. Light bodied with lots of cleansing carbonation, nice dry finish. I could probably drink a couple of these, not sure I would though, it's nice for what it is but a little too floral for my taste.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy goldenrod with piles of sudsy white head. Cream of wheat, peaches, some yeast, and lemon blossoms - deep and interesting.
Wholewheat cracker, more peach and pear, some medicinal yeast in there, then some surprisingly assertive lemon hops with a definite tinge of must.
Citrus oil and white pepper finish and numbing linger. Light creeping towards medium, crispy, fizzy, a bit of mineral.

All the elements are in the right place but something's missing. Saison is all about light and refreshing, but when the hops hit along with that iodine yeast and some tin, it's bracing to the point of aggressive. Astringency leaves it good but not great.

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Photo of Radome
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 750 ml bottle into a goblet.

A - The beer is a very pale yellow or straw color. It is milky but not what I'd call cloudy. The head is thick, active and fluffy and a bright, just off-white color. Lots of lacing. This resembles a Belgian wit more than anything, but looks appropriate for a saison as well.

S - Very interesting and unique aroma. I get mostly black pepper, but there are other indistinct spicy notes behind there that add complexity. There is some citrus at a low level. There is also a bit of grainy pilsner malt.

T - Grainy pilsner malt that is just about overwhelmed by black pepper and lemongrass flavors. Slightly sweet finish. No noticeable hops.

M - Medium to full body. Prickly, aggressive carbonation that is in line with the style. Moderate hops bitterness. Moderate alcohol burn.

O - This is a good saison with some unique flavors that I assume are from the sorachi ace hops. I find it just a bit too heavy in the body, but have no other critiques.

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Photo of jpro
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

New Year's Eve 2010 - this was my "champagne"... haha! Poured into a Duvel tulip -

A: Bright golden, cloudy, honey color with a two-finger, white head that recedes to a nice layer of foam that exhibits great retention; a lot of tiny bubbles rising to the surface.

S: Sweet grapefruit and citrus rind; hay; smells delicious!

T: Slight rustic flavor with plenty of lemon zest - leaves a nice citrusy aftertaste... crackingly refreshing.

M: High carbonation and medium-full bodied... very crisp!

D: I enjoyed this unique ale and would say, for me, its about mid-level in the drinkability department.

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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a transparent pale straw yellow color with a two and a half finger, dense and frothy head.

Smells like peaches, nectarines, freshly baked sugar cookies, zesty, lemony hop resin and oranges.

Upfront I get flavors of ripe bananas, mild bubblegum and juicy orange rind. There's a nice warming sensation from the alcohol. Midpalate notes of peaches, vanilla and demerara sugar shine through yet they're tame enough for the finish to remain crisp, but we're bordering on the very sweet side of the beer spectrum here.

Feel is slightly boozy but still somewhat crisp and refreshing. Still, I wouldn't want to drink more than one serving of this in a single sitting since it's quite sweet.

This is a great beer and it's totally worth a try but it's not exactly something I would want to drink all the time. Very interesting for a saison, and a beer I find myself coming back to every now and again, but not all too frequently.

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Photo of stompilator
4.01/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a snifter.

A - Poured a pale gold, thick, frothy head.

S - Citrus fruit, spice, and funk.

T - Yeast spice takes the lead here, providing a tart, spicy tang. Bitey yeast funk fades into juicy, fresh hoppiness. Low residual bitterness hangs in afterward.

M - Medium-light body, fairly bubbly carbonation.

O - Very solid saison with an interesting, hoppy twist.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.01/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle purchased at McKinnon's in Salem. Pours a hazy yellow-amber body with a good couple inches of white-ish head that persists for a while only to leave a fair bit of lacing on the glass. Citrus - particularly lemon and pith - rule the aroma, giving off a slightly cat pee like scent. Lemon, lemongrass, pith, with notes of orange and tangerine. Medium bodied with effervescent carbonation. Very drinkable - alcohol is well-hidden and one sip invites another for sure. Very good, though the Sorachi Ace hop flavor and aroma take some getting used to...

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Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: cloudy, yellow/orange in color, 1 inch head, high carbonation

Smell: funk, hay, light citrus hops, and lemon

Taste: lemon, wheat, citrus, coriander, funk, and a small touch of the malt that is common in Brooklyn beers.

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, light bodied, dry, funky sour tasting..slightly bitter

Drinkability: A nice hoppy and bitter saison. Certainly different from others I have had in the style. Taste wise a kind of a mix between Blue Moon, a hoppy pils, and a saison. A nice summery beer I could have a couple glasses of.

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

Sorachi Ace pours a light, pale gold color. It's a little hazy, and has a yellow-ish tint with backlighting. A very sturdy, foamy white head sits on top. It's easily three and a half fingers in depth, and is slow to dissipate. Lacing was lighter, but a little sticky.

The nose is good. It's earthy and grainy initially. The overall earthy scent is buttressed by a light, sweet malty scent. Citrus lemon is noted. Belgian yeast smells fairly prominent and is impressive. I love finding its presence in American releases. Brooklyn seems to have gotten this one right. There's a hint of peppery spice and floral hops. Alcohol is buried. Smells good to me.

The flavor is quite good, as well. It is earthy and grainy throughout. It has a slight herbal flavor that really works well. It's slightly sweet and malty. Citrus lemon adds some pizzazz. Hops are mostly floral, but have a strong impact on the overall flavor. They taste like some form of noble hops to me. Belgian yeast isn't quite as pronounced in flavor, but is noted and definitely adds something positive. Alcohol isn't noticeable at all. It finishes earthy and a little spicy.

Sorachi Ace has a medium body. Carbonation is active, but it goes down smooth and easy. It's not as plush as some authentic Belgian Saisons, but it's not bad at all. Drinkability is good. I'm really enjoying this one. I'll finish off this 750. No question.

In the past, I've found Brooklyn Brewing's Belgian releases a little less than impressive. Sorachi Ace is easily a couple of notches above what they've done in the past. This is a very well-rounded Saison. I might prefer a tad more Belgian yeast, but that's nitpicking it. It's impressive stuff. Grab a 750 if you seen one around.

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Photo of Ralphs66
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With the rampant availability of this in my area, I'm smacking myself in the head for not having tried this sooner. Picked up a bomber at the local Stop & Shop. It definitely needs to warm a bit before all the complexity comes out. First glass was a bit too cold and I found it good but not great. Second glass, I let sit for about 10 minutes and that's when this beer really shined. Very pleasant mild funk on the nose with grass and lemon interwoven. Poured out with a nice head that held on till I drained the glass. Kind of earthy taste, again with the grass and lemon. And it goes down quite easily. A very good beer which I will definitely buy again; and can find virtually anywhere.

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Brooklyn Sorachi Ace from Brooklyn Brewery
4.09 out of 5 based on 2,711 ratings.
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