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
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Photo of dd43
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is an amazing food pairing beer. Great lemon citrus notes, banana flavor from the Belgian yeast, champagne mouth feel and appearance, and it just gets more complex as it warms up. Would be an excellent wine replacement for a special restaurant night or dinner party.

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Photo of 3sheets2wind
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Perfect smelling beer. Very dry crisp flavor. Not much fruit. Biscuit and grassy flavor. Not very bitter, not big enough flavor. Thick white foamy head. Solid lacing. Pretty good beer. This is the type of beer that you want to drink right after a round of golf or mowing your lawn. Great summer thirst-quencher

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

ST: 750ml poured into an oversized wine glass.

A: Hazy orange with a thick billowy white head. The head has nice retention and leaves large swaths of lacing. It has a lot of carbonation.

S: Great aroma that seeps out of the glass: lemon, dusty earth, sour pear, spice, and biscuit.

T: Starts out with biscuit and spice then crisp tart lemon, sour apple. gritty mineral earth. Nice bitter hops show at the end along with earthy qualities which balance the sweetness level.

M: Medium and semi-dry.

O: This is a fantastic beer and, more to the point, a fantastic saison. The wonderful complex aroma (which is noticeable as one pours the beer into a glass) matches a nice flavor profile of spicy fruit and earth. The great carbonation keeps the beer fresh and crisp. However, the finish could perhaps have a bit less bitterness since citrus is already the star of the the beers flavor. I would also have liked it to be a bit more on the sour side. Slight negatives aside, this is an excellent beer well suited for the summer, and (really) it is good enough to be enjoyed year round.

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

750ml bottle, with an easy to open cork, gotta love that, just a quick pop, and everything's, ya know, coming up aces!

This beer pours a rather hazy, medium golden straw colour, with three fat fingers of puffy, thinly foamy, and burbling off-white head, which leaves an image of rocky land-bridge lace around the glass in its funeral dirge wake.

It smells of mildly boozy lemongrass, grainy and gritty pale malt, a touch of barnyard funk, and further leafy, earthy hops - very inviting in its unusual nature. The taste is softly grainy, kind of sugary pale malt, tart lemon meringue pie, a bit of nonassignable woodiness, more isolated musty funk, and zesty, grassy hops.

The carbonation is a mite bit strong up front, but settles to a dull frothy roar soon enough, with a tiny rising bubbles Champagne sort of charm. Amidst all this, a solid medium-weight body presents, though struggling (successfully) to be smooth amongst that Vietnamese takeout citrus onslaught. It finishes off-dry, clean, zesty, and still a bit tart - oh yeah.

Wow - a saison with some game reformulating New World cojones, and a zingy fruitiness that just wouldn't let me stop tipping that glass back, not to mention its superb masking of a respectably hefty 7.6% ABV, at that. A splendid display of a heretofore unknown hop to this humble Joe, and seriously worthy of seeking out.

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Photo of Krisp09
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into tulip, lemon yellow color with small rim of head, nice citrus aroma mixed with funk of yeast aroma, nice crisp mouth feel with predominant lemon flavor with some herbal notes mixed in. Really good, refreshing summer beer

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Photo of Reaper16
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle served into a tulip glass

Pours a sunshiney pale yellow color. Moderately hazy, but not so much that you can't see carbonation screaming to the top of the glass. I mean screaming; there's lots of head on a fairly gentle pour, more than two fingers worth. Small, delicate white bubbles of remarkable consistency. It laces like a dream, too: spindly, web-like. It reminds me of a Boulevard saison, and that's high praise.

The aroma is sort of like Saison Dupont, only with more lemon. By which I mean to say that this aroma is definitely cut from a classical cloth. Dry maltiness meets an abundance of medicinal phenols upfront. There is a very significant hop character here -- this beer is named after the Sorachi Ace hops that the beer was brewed with -- and its decidedly lemony. Lemongrass and Country Time lemonade and even some lemon ice; all the lemon that you can handle. That citric component matches beautifully with the bitter green secondary hop aromas. There's a touch of Belgian funk on the back end of the aroma -- a small wave of cheese rind and a gentle kiss of armpit -- but it is a minor player in comparison to the hop profile and the phenols. This beer smells at once traditional and unique.

Strangely, what comes across as deeply complex on the nose is much more focused and singular on the palate. The dominant flavor is a Band-Aids-meets-lemongrass component, with some pils malt flavors backing them up. There isn't any funkiness to the taste, though you can definitely pick up on the champagne yeast that this beer was finished on. The finish is like Country Time lemonade made with too much powder: a bit musty and dry (and I say that in the positive sense, given the style).

Brooklyn Sorachi Ace is sufficiently dry like [most] great Saisons should be. I do take some issue with the mouthfeel though, in that it feels too thin. Or wet. I'm not quite sure what I mean. The carbonation, despite making such a show, doesn't translate to the tongue. Instead of feeling effervescent, this beer feels slick. It's gone a step past smooth and into insubstantial. EDIT: well, this problem only occurs once the beer has been in the glass for a couple of minutes. Right out of the pour, it feels very much like it stylistically should. This beer loses a lot of carbonation quickly, it seems.

Overall, this is a good American Saison. It's got a wonderfully unique aroma that I could smell for days and days. Seriously, Febreze? Glade? Y'all need to make products that smell like this beer. I wish I could get this beer in my distribution area.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got a bottle of this courtesy of a generous BA (millah- thanks man!) Poured into Darkness goblet.

A: pours a translucent hazy yellow/ orange. Dense white head with considerable lacing and good retention.

S: the front features some funky farmhouse notes along with notes of grass and a huge lemon character. The citrus melds nicely with the funky saison character.

T: the front of the palate features some fruity sweetness, cereal grains, followed by big notes of lemon zest, slightly tart. The Sorachi Ace lends a very unique hop profile which works well with the style.

MF: thin body, high carbonation, effervescent

D: this is a nice refreshing Saison, it almost reminds me of a Berliner Weisse with it's acidity and refreshing qualities. Very nice.

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

Bottle from Potsdam IGA.

A - Slightly hazy golden colour. Very effervescent. Two finger fluffy, rocky white head. Cool chunks of lace and a half finger of retention.

S - Lemony, grassy hop, grain, some booze. Really nice lemon and grassy combo. Strong aroma of that grass and lemon.

T - More lemon, some intereting boozy orange or lemon notes, a little grassy. A neat little sorta funk. A lovely combo. Slightly subdued compared to the aroma but still very nice.

M - A really nice strong carbonation with a medium body and a lemony finish.

O/D - A nice Saison. American take with extra hops and a little a grassy note. Nice and very drinkable. Really solid. Pleasure to have had this.

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

Brooklyn Sorachi Ace

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

A - Pours a nice pale golden color with a slight haze to it. There is a huge and very retentive pure white head that is about 3 inches tall and has very dense bubbles. (4.0)

S - Aroma starts off with some nice fluffy grain and some slight bready notes. Very delicious clove notes and some slight spices to it. There is some good yeast funk as well and the grain notes are quite earthy and slightly grassy. There is some mild hop character as well. (4.5)

T & M - Beer starts light and fluffy start with clean flavors. There is some nice earthy and grainy malt notes to start. These are mixed in well with some slight yeasty chalky notes. There is some nice funk and some slight phenols that are balanced well with the grain notes. There is some great spice to the bear as well as some slight lemony freshness. The hop profile is quite nice and dry with some nice bitterness and some slight citrus to it. The freshness and cleanness of the beer is what really makes it. Great overall flavors that make the beer very enjoyable are well crafted and delicious. (4.0)(4.0)

D - A very drinkable beer that has some delicious flavors that meld very well together but are very well crafted. The ABV is not too crazy either. (4.5)

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml cage-corked bottle into an oversized wine glass.

A: Cloudy, golden yellow color with a three-finger head of bubbly, white carbonation with adequate carbonation and a bit of sticky lace.

S: Super herbal, lemongrass hop aroma with a lot of mowed lawn and skunky, sweet citrus scents.

T: Spicy, effervescent and light Belgian sugar flavor up front followed by a citrus and bitter alcoholic taste that leads into a minty, ginger, yeast and wheat malt finish with lingering, grassy, herbal and flowery hop bitterness.

M: Light to medium bodied, bubbly and effervescent on the tongue; perfect to lift away the fats of a dish and compliment acidic notes.

D: A light, flavorful saison accentuated by the grassy, herbal, lemony notes of the Sorachi Ace hop varietal. With flavors bordering on a Belgian Tripel, this near 8% ABV saison has a lot of character and rare street cred to boot. The Sorachi Ace hop is used well here as the arm candy to the lemony, spicy, light flavors of this well-crafted saison.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beautiful golden orange hazy with a huge white foamy head.
Smells lemons and hop.
Tastes a lemon grass hop with that Belgian dank finish. The hop and lemon blen quite well.
Feel- this stuff goes down well. Very refreshing and crisp with that little bite.
O- Great beer. A very unique beer. Could drink several of these. Refreshing.

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

A: Came to me a nice looking hazy golden color with a finger and a half of white head. Nice lacing.

S: The hops are right up front and it is interesting. Quite a bit of citrus with lemon more detectable than anything else. Little saison funk with some pepper and ginger

T: The hops were enjoyable and different which is why I think this beer has as high reviews as it does. Quite a bit of pepper and some phenols as well.

M: Nice mouthfeel. Light and refreshing. Quite dry in the finish.

D: I liked this beer but it is not really a saison as the bartender pointed out. Somewhere betweeen a tripel and a Belgian IPA. Still a decent beer.

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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 plaid75
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at The Waterfront, Brooklyn.

Poured a hazy light straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and very good lacing.

The smell featured a sweet lemon and robust yeast esters.

The taste consisted of a zesty lemon, light grainy malt and spicy yeast esters.

The mouthfeel was light and refreshing.

Overall a very nice summer saison. This beer should be made in bigger batches, bottled and promoted for summer.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours cloudy golden with lasting cap of off-white. Aroma is very lemon/lime citrus rind. Much of this comes through in the flavor as well, though balanced with a dose of crackery malt and some almost melon-like flavors. A bit of peppery spice rounds things out and finishes rather clean and somewhat dry. Different, and nice.

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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a single bottle at Four Firkins in Minneapolis. The best by date suggests it's good for another two months. Poured right from the fridge into my tulip glass.

L: Pours a hazy golden straw/light apricot color with about two inches of white head that sticks around for a good bit and leaves nice lacing on the glass. Quite a bit of visible carbonation where it can easily be seen at the edges.

S: It's got the traditional yeasty banana/orange/clove funk that's to be expected in this style. Nice, bright notes in the aroma, with orange and clove a bit more forward than banana. Just a bit of grape must and some cracker malts underneath it all. Nice nose.

T: Cracker malts at the very front, with a prompt introduction of some serious tartness. The clove notes are present very quickly, along with orange, (subtle) banana, and a bit of a peppery quality. The middle sees the tart continue to build, and there the hop notes begin to surface--predominantly citrus rind. This one seems to get spicier as the flavor develops. The back end has more of the citrus rind and more of the bitter, with some of those lingering spice notes of clover and cracked pepper.

F: Lighter-bodied, this one stills manages to feel substantial due to nice carbonation and creaminess. Creamy, tart, bright, and bitter in turns, this one has a very engaging consistency.

O: I'm not a huge fan of farmhouse ales, but this one is very enjoyable. I really like the flavors it's able to bring forth and still keep balanced, and the smell and feel are also excellent. This one would be fun to pair with a variety of foods, as well. I definitely recommend.

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Photo of KFBR392
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Solid straw golden color. Very cloudy body. Pours with a head of about a finger and a half of bubbly head which subsided but was present the entire time while drinking. Low active carbonation in the glass while drinking.

Smell: The front is a unique soapy, heavy straw aroma that really carries throughout the aroma. Bready yeast and biting hops are also present.

Taste: The sorachi ace hops make themselves known right away. I love the peppercorn, herbal, ginger, and leafy greens flavors. The earthy yeast characteristics mix very well with what the sorachi ace hops are bringing. There is also a nice fruity body to this beer filled with pears and apricots. The finish is a mild amount of straw and prairie grass with lingering pepper accents.

Mouthfeel: Mild carbonation especially for a saison. Lots going on in this beer but everything mixes well.

Overall: Sorachi Ace seems like a perfect fit for a saison. Herbal/wild tones of the hops play along well with the strong yeast saison background.

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

Beautiful 12 oz pour in the tall glass. Light amber color with long-lasting suds. Great mouthfeel-- both creamy and prickly. Medium body. Flavor is totally unique. Tastes like green peppers, black pepper, green apples, and jicama. Most interesting an likable flavors, however indescribable.

This is fairly malty at first, not really bitter even after the hop flavors emerge, but rather tart in the vein of many Saisons. The aftertaste touches on more bitterness. A thoroughly interesting brew I'm glad to have encountered. On tap at Pizza Paradiso in Georgetown. [transcribed from notes ; 06/10/2012 visit]

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

Pours a light gold color with haze. White head forms up quickly and has great retention and lacing in my Brooklyn tulip.

Aroma is of wet leaves and hops with a touch of saison yeast fruitiness. The hops add a grass, basil, and lemon grass character. I'm not getting a ton of lemon or lemon cleaner aromas as suggested, but that may be because of the age.

Up front on the palate is a crackery malt flavor that shifts into a snappy, dry finish of hops and peppery yeast. There is a great hop flavor all the way through, with grass, leaf, and spice notes. Mouthfeel is light, bubbly and refreshing. I could easily go for more of this. I wish the price was a little lower, but if they make another fresh batch of this, I'll probably splurge.

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Photo of Siriusfisherman
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a deep, hazy gold with a huge, frothy head that dissipates quickly. Good lacing.

Smell: The aroma is of sweet estery fruit and phenols with a good helping of lemony hops. Some light breadiness and spicier yeast character as well.

Taste: Clean bitterness up front with a very pleasing zesty-lemon hop flavor through the finish. The esters are prevelant but light in nature and the peppery yeast character blends perfectly with the light maltiness and hops.

Mouthfeel: Very thin, but slightly creamy. There is the huge carbonation kick that is characteristic of the style, gives a crisp and refreshing effect.

Overall: A delicious Saison, I love this style and I love this beer. A great showcase of the Sorachi Ace hop for any of you homebrewers out there.

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

Beer pours like a traditional Belgian with a large frothy head of tiny bubbles. The beer itself is a nice golden yellow hue and a bit cloudy.

It smells very spicy and distinct. It almost smells 'hot' like spicy food. It's a thin smell, that makes you think it's going to be a bitter beer.

It has a malty upfront taste followed by a bitter peppery taste.

It's delicious and refreshing with a warming alcohol taste at the end and a dry mouthfinish.

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Photo of cjacobsen
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A hazy yellow with a decent white foamy head on it.

Smelled like orange and lemon peel.

The taste is citrus and hops all the way. There's a decent hit of flavor but there is no lingering aftertaste that develops. Its very simple and to the point.

The carbonation is present but doesn't kill. Kind of a citrus prick to the tongue as well.

This beer is good, quite refreshing and simple and I think that's why I like it so much.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottles with cork and cage. Served fairly cold into a pint glass. Purchased from LCBO for $10 CDN. Best before may 2017.

Appearance - slightly hazy pale golden color. Four fingers of white head with great retention. Lots of bubbles and great sticky lacing left inside of the glass.

Smell - light airy with plenty of lemon and a few subtle spices. Aromatic yet light and delicate. Just a faint fruity aroma.

Taste - delicious amount of lemon, lemon zest, lemon peel. Awesome. Theres some subtle spices going on here too, but the lemon is the star. Alcohol is imperceptible. Very fresh tasting, a hint of dill in there too which was interesting to say the least.

Mouthfeel - incredibly light, somewhat juicy yet even keeled mouthfeel. Phenomenal. Spritzy carbonation throughout.

Overall - a great saison, one of the best of the style with a lemon based feel and a great lightness. A great beer year round, but I can imagine this being even better on a hot summers evening.

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Photo of a0lbudman
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-slightly hazy golden color with a large with head that leave a lace
S-wild like hop and yeast smell
T-Smooth like taste with a bitter hop aftertaste that goes to a smooth finish
M-light body and high carbonation
O- did have some of a funky taste but not as much as most. I enjoyed this one

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