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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
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 271   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.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thornecb (4541) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 10, 2011
Pours clear deep amber into a Sam glass. Off-white head with medium retention recedes leaving soapy lacing to coat surface. Sweet roasted nuts, caramel and sourdough bread aromas. Medium bodied with sweet caramel and toast front to back. Does not taste like an IPA, more like an Irish red.

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dumontn (529) - CHICAGO, Illinois, USA - JUL 9, 2011
Tap at Local Option pours pale amber and extremely heady with unreal retention. Seriously, the head did not noticeably come down for over two minutes. Aroma is herbal and woody. Tastes like itís barrel aged (but it isnít), buttery, herbal, caramelly, and dry. Body is medium heavy with soft carbonation and a buttery herbal finish. Incredible. Sorachi Ace is really something special! Wish this brew was both readily available and fairly priced, but I have no qualms about paying for greatness such as this.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 8, 2011
Draft at Bangers & Lace. Pours like the others, deep gold with a sticky white head. Very faint lemon citrus notes in the background, spicy hop aromatics and caramel. Fairly uninspired. On taste, sweet notes that are balanced by a firm bitterness. More of the citrusy lemongrass notes that donít really work too well for me. Okay.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
robertjm (776) - Albany, California, USA - JUL 6, 2011
Solano Cellars sampler 5 - One of the most unique arimas I have smelled. Cannot describe it but I like it!! Flavors of rosemary and oregano. Supposed to be from Sapporo brewing. Really intriguing. Almist gives it a barrel aged flavor without the barrell!!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mansquito (3572) - Nueva York, New York, USA - JUL 6, 2011
Pizzeria Paradiso Dupont, DC 12oz tap ($4.50hh): Pours a pretty similar look to other single hop series beers: brownish amber with a white head although in honestly the bartenders maximized the liquid in the pours. Aroma is of the sorachi ace weirdness, so there is that weird butterscotch lemon ambiguous citrus smell to it. Taste is actually pretty much in the same exact line. As this is a showcase for sorachi ace, a hop varietal that I had only once or twice before this, it does the job, but man this beer be weird.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beernbourbon (1326) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUL 3, 2011
Bottle. Pour is slightly lighter in color and slightly more cloudy than the rest. Aroma Aroma is really spicy with hints of juniper, distant pine, cinnamon, and light floral notes. This flavor is true to nose and I like this

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (11528) - 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 doesnít 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 (4135) - 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 thatís 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 thatís 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 (11645) - 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 mťs interessants, sobretot en nas: Citrics amargs, fusta, vainilla, fum... Molt recomenable.


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