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Mikkeller Hop Series Sorachi Ace

 (RETIRED)
overall
92
87
style
Mikkeller
Formerly brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
Copenhagen, Denmark
Serve in Shaker, Tulip

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 265   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   IBU: 102   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This beer is a part of a Single Hop IPA series by Mikkeller. We created this series to showcase hop varieties on their own. This gives the consumer the possibility of smelling and tasting the unique characteristics of each variety and hopefully helping to educate people about the wonderful world of hops. For each beer, the single hop variety was used in the same weight for bittering, aroma and flavor and for dry hopping. All 19 varieties of single hop beers in this series were brewed the same week and with malts from the same batches and the same yeast and fermentation temperatures. This is done to better compare the characteristics of the different hop varieties.


3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (10929) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 1, 2011
Bottle from Wine & Cheese in Clayton, MO. Pours orange amber with a creamy 3 finger near white head. Aroma is floral and citrus. Flavor is slightly earthy caramel with a lot of floral and citrus hop. It doesn’t start strongly bitter, but it quickly becomes very bitter in a smooth floral way. Delicious.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
vyvvy (3951) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUN 29, 2011
Pours clear golden amber with a good sized soapy beige head. The aroma is very flowery, lemon/lime, powdery and more on the sweet side that most in the series with an almost meringue like quality. The hops overtake the malt on the aroma. Medium body that’s lightly husky with mildly sharp carbonation. The taste is quite interesting an unique. It starts off with a balance of lightly toasted caramel malt, pseudo lemon, floral hops, spice and some odd funkiness that’s quite pronounced. The finish is resiny, funky, lemony and has some plastic traits. Interesting, unique and enjoyable.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (11450) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 29, 2011
Draft. Small beige head, crystal clear amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, grape/grapefruit, pine. Taste is moderately sweet, grapefruit, grape, some bread. medium body, light alcohol stickiness.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
grunx (367) - - JUN 28, 2011
De moment una de les Single Hop de Mikkeller que he trobat més interessants, sobretot en nas: Citrics amargs, fusta, vainilla, fum... Molt recomenable.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
omhper (19318) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JUN 27, 2011
Draught at Københavnske Øldage 2011. Cloudy pale amber, small head. Perfumy floral nose. Mid sweet with lean mouthfeel and medium body. Interesting buttery perfumy hops. Long bitter finish. Decidedly one of the better in the series.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BelgBeerGeek (1297) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - JUN 26, 2011
head: creamy, off-white
colour: amber, orange
smell: smokey, vanilla, oaky, subtle hop scent, malts, little sweet irony
taste: start is pretty hopy, bitter , oak/vanilla, orange (peels) little smoke, bitter maltsy, soapy,melony , end is dry with a bozy herby after, gorgeous !!

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
LordDrachen (116) - reggio emilia, ITALY - JUN 26, 2011
Hazy orange colored with average white head. Aroma have rounded fruitness (apricots, citrus) with some malty hints. Medium sweetness, long strong bitterness. The Sorachi Ace is intriguing but not so interesting alone.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Marthinus (276) - DENMARK - JUN 25, 2011
Amber color, Nice creamy off-white head. Hoppy aroma with strange double edged coconut aroma and taste. A bit caramelly, nice but strange double...

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 23, 2011
11.2oz bottle alongside Bravo and Cluster versions. Pour is very similar on all 3 with a clear orange body with uniform off-white heads and decent lacing. This definitely has the most distinctive aroma with some light sweet fruits, candied pears comes to mind. It’s definitely not as citrusy, wi even a little bit of grape and white wine character. Taste has the same sweet fruit notes, with apricots this time maybe. Definitely finishes more vinous than any in the series. The mouthfeel is consistent across the three with strong carbonation and a medium to light body. But this one is definitely drier than most of the others. I enjoyed this one and I’d put this one up with the Bravo version though it’s a much more unique beer than the Bravo. Good stuff.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DanielBrown (3781) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 23, 2011
On tap at the Cask and Kitchen, Pimlico. Creamy coconut taste. Jars the tastebuds with it’s milky nutty spice. Strange. Reminds me of thai green curry. Strangely pleasant, although I understand why this divides opinion.


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