Brewed by Kiuchi Brewery
Style: Pilsener
Ibaraki, Japan


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RATINGS: 127   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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Special bottom-fermented lager brewed exclusively for the US market

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rastacouere (6137) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 22, 2012
Veiled golden pour topped by a creamy and sticky white head. It makes for an attractive appearance. On the nose, a herbal (sage, dill?), tea-like hop character with a zesty lemon connotation that is both forward and well integrated to the ensemble. Entering the mouth, a fairly simple, yet impressive malt impression hits the palate, akin to the best 100% pils malt lagers or pure Marris Otter English ales. That special Japan barley, whether I’m swallowed by marketing or genuinely touched, impresses me with its delicate tannic qualities, pure barley flavours and soft cerealic chewiness. Hay-like and raw cookie dough impressions accompany this stunner nicely as this lager shows bready flavours that remind of high-fermented Belgian yeast strains. Good dosage between sugars and dryness permits a creamy, unagressive carbonation full of soft large bubbles. The hop are never stealing the show here, just adding the required refreshment in that mountain of barley. That’s a neat beer, never feeling as strong as 6.5% with very well extracted flavours that never try to reach extremes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DanielBrown (3927) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 20, 2012
Bottle from Stirchley Wines, Birmingham, via the_bish. Probably the best use of Sorachi Ace yet sampled. Sweet, gentle coconut flavour, with some herbs also. Stylistically mysterious: it’s like a Belgian Ale, crossed with a strong UK ale, but comes out as an Imperial Pils. Light, easy drinking, but compelling taste. Pale yellow, with lacing. Thanks Bish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beersiveknown (3268) - NORTHERN IRELAND - JUN 28, 2012
Bottle shared at GBBF 2011 Dark amber with characteristic hay and bubblegum aroma of sorachi ace. Interesting chewy malt, lemongrass, biscuit and full mouthfeel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
The_Bish (1125) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 19, 2012
Never had a beer like it. Herb... I guess lemongrass and maybe some coconut. Seriously delicious, wish I could get more and it was cheaper.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beermack (676) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAY 9, 2012
Draught at Izakaya, Dublin. Hazy golden pour with thin white head. Aroma full of lemongrass, lemon peel, fresh herbs,very light and sweet biscuity malt. Taste is full of the Sorachi Ace hop flavours - that zingy, herby lemon note is unmistakable; a tasty light biscuity malt profile really does let the hop do its work, and a Belgian-like yeast complexity comes through near the finish, ending with a satisfyingly bitter, but very dry, citrus bite. A lovely beer, haven't had many like it, and that 7% ABV does sneak up on you after a few for sure!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DiarmaidBHK (3579) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 1, 2012
Draft at Isaac Newton’s. Pours honey with very little head. A bit of citrus on the nose. Grapefruit and floral notes on the tongue. I get a bit of earthiness on the finish kind of a woodsy thing. this is a beer that kicks you right in the bollocks. Fantastic!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mR_fr0g (4000) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 22, 2012
Bottle at home. Mid yellow / straw colour with a thin white head and a little lacing. The initial aromas are reminisent of a beligian yeast and slighlty floral similar to Triple Karmeliet. The first flavour is lemon citrus and lovely Sorachi ace character with cocunut in the finish. Highly carbonated and slightly thin on the palete.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rune (8497) - Tromsø, NORWAY - APR 22, 2012
One-third pint, 6.4% abv., from the draft menu of guest ales at BrewDog Glasgow. Nicely served with a golden body and thin layer in a BrewDog glass. Taste of dry fruity hops assisted by mild lemon. Fresh and smooth fruity flavour with mango and herbal hops. Rounded fruit bitterness to the ending. Subdued oily palate. Medium bodied. Unusual taste profile, not easy to describe. Likable, 10.04.2012.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MadIndian (2435) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 18, 2012
Draft. WOW! Nice fruit, bread, spice and floral notes. A solid full body that finishes sweet and bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KyotoLefty (6739) - Kyoto, JAPAN - APR 9, 2012
Gravity at JCBF 2012. Bright honey gold with no head or bubbles. Lemony Sorachi Ace nose with light malts. Sweet honey lemon flavor, buttery and rich malt and Sorachi. Smooth, flat, full body. Very nice.

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