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Mikkeller Hop Series Sorachi Ace

 (RETIRED)
overall
92
86
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: 260   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5   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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fonefan (34232) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAY 10, 2011

Bottle 330ml.

Clear medium orange colour with a small to average, frothy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, toasted, moderate to light heavy hoppy, orange - citrus, fruity, acrid hop oil. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a average to long duration, spicy, candy, acrid hop oil, peppery. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. This is not my kind of hops ! [20110503]

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (30722) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAY 4, 2011
33 cL bottle. Pours cloudy orange with huge white head. Aroma is citrusy and grapefruity. Peachy, grapefruity and citric. Solid bitter and grapefruity. Bonedry and bitter finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ungstrup (29119) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAY 4, 2011
Bottled. A hazy amber beer with a huge yellowish head. The aroma has notes of straw, lemon, and malt. the flavor is sweet with notes of malt, citrus fruits, and hay, leading to a lightly bitter finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Papsoe (25090) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 4, 2011
Bottle 33 cl. Courtesy of Ungstrup. Pours a clear golden with a lacing off-white head. Lovely, amazing coconut aroma - Sorachi Ace is so distinct. Medium body, some fruitiness but the amazingly complex Sorachi Ace overpowers everything and leaves a tough biterness. I can’t help it, but I’m totally in love with this hop. 040511

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (20569) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 17, 2011
Draught at Mikkeller Bar. Cloudy orange coloured with a small off-white head. Fruity aroma of citrus, hops and cat urine. Fruity flavour of citrus, hops and pine needles with notes of vanilla. Hoppy finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (20238) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUN 13, 2011
Draught@CPH BF 2011. Amber colour, small beige head. Aroma is fruits, caramel, some toffee and mild earthyness. Flavour is fruity and spicy with some mild maltyness as well.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
omhper (19216) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (16394) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 23, 2011
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy orange color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty spicy hoppy citrus aroma. Fruity malty hoppy bitter citrus flavor. Has a fruity malty hoppy bitter citrus finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (14442) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 14, 2013
2nd July 2011
Hazy amber beer, good pale cream coloured head. Semi soft and semi dry palate. Minerals. Lactose and lemon citrus. More cream towards the finish which has a minerally carbonated bite. Slight bitter aftertaste. Nice IPA!

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
fiulijn (14328) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 19, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2012
2012-05-14, draught at Mikkeller Bar, Copenhagen, 8-5-7-3-15=38
Hazy amber color, creamy head. Nice Sorachi Ace aroma, more delicate than usual, just a bit soapy and lemony, not pungent; wait some time, because it develops an intriguing floral edge along with the fruits (8 to 9 points). The body seems slimmer than when had it from the bottle, with strong caramel flavor and a touch of darker (but not burnt) malts, that give a bit more dryness in the end; luckily the roasted malts help hiding the typical soap character of Sorachi Ace; there is a light lemony touch, and a lot of hop resins.
Too much caramel for a Single Hop, but a very pleasant beer indeed.

2011-06-11, bottle at På Besök, Malmö, 6-4-7-4-13=34
Amber color, hazy; medium sized creamy head. The aroma is initially cheesy; a bit flowery, sweat, maybe fruity. Good caramel flavor, with toffee accent, not too dry (sweeter than earlier Single Hop versions?); good bitterness, but quite a chaos of resins and ripe fruits, not the freshness I would expect from Sorachi Ace; some grapefruit indeed is there. Long final. Good but below expectations, almost unfresh (it’s probably ~3 months old).


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