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Mikkeller Hop Series Sorachi Ace

Formerly brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

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


on tap


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RATINGS: 271   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   IBU: 102   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kraddel (6373) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - FEB 26, 2013
UPDATED: APR 15, 2016 2/26/2013 From geers . Pours amber , nice foam ! Beautifull ! Smell is not intense , and not that hoppy . Get some nice exotic fruits however Bitter , high carbo Taste is just WWAAAAAAW sweet kiwis, mango , juicy , bitter , coconut . Daaaamn this is unexpected good ! Even great , maybe even better ! 4/15/2016 Drank side by side with the 19 other variants of the serie. I would like to note up front that - since these beerís are no longer in production, they were not fresh. this rating should thus be viewed with that in mind, and can shed a light on the íageingí differences between the variants. They were probably better fresh... Pours rather clear, dark amber, small white foam. Smell is yoghurty, very lactic. Taste is sharp, lactic, yoghurt, coconut and grass. Still one of the most unique hops, and itís differences remain very clear even after years. Fairly bitter, but way to lactic. As most of the oneís iíve had before had a difference in score of 0-0.4 , this one is a huge difference, as I curently gave this a 3.5. Which just comes to show, sorachi is one of the best hops out there, but ages the least , probably. As like the others, Original score remains since they are past BBD now.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dumontn (530) - St. Joseph, Michigan, 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ShelbyGrey (193) - Barcelona, SPAIN - OCT 3, 2011
The best ale Sorachi Ipa iíve tried and Iím a Sorachi Ace hop lover, Creamy palate and good balanced!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
drpimento (3184) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 13, 2012
Very good beer. Poured at a good temperature with a large, foamy, frothy, fluffy, off-white head that lasts a long time and lots of lace. Color is a clear dark amber with some bubble trails. Aroma is at first hops, then caramel, malt and hop, yeast, grain. Flavorís like nose, carbonic tang, sweet, and bitter all very well balanced and working together. Canít really tell what distinguishes this hop variety. Body and carbonation are excellent. Finish is very long and goes from bitter to a slight bittersweet with a little alcohol warmth.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
77ships (8211) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAY 19, 2011
bottle@home: copper/amber colour with small but persistent off-white head, smell is absolutely, utterly amazing, blue cheese & flowers, taste is very unusual but also sparked my memory since I have drank a beer with this amazing hop not that long ago and now I can pinpoint it, taste is earthly, fruity, hard cheese, melted plastic, autumn leaves, hint of grapefruit peel, & touch of pungent, lasting bitterness that coats the mouth, medium body & slightly dry finish

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BelgBeerGeek (1308) - 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 !!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 12, 2011
Bottle. Okay, this beer kicks ass, probably the best use of sorachi ace Iíve seen yet. This is one that Iím glad was brewed at de proof instead of brewdog. Pours an almost clear orange with a frothy white head. Great fragrant aroma, lemony, woody, lovely íoakí-like aroma, biscuity, bit floral/perfumey. Flavor follows, so interesting, dry and woody, faintly lemony and floral, bitterness is lightly chalky, clean finish. Could almost give it a 5 on app but closer to a 5 on palate, fine tingly tightly packed carbonation, the dryness is perfect, really just a fantastic beer here.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JorisPPattyn (9530) - Ursel, BELGIUM - AUG 12, 2011
Part of a third flight of five out of nineteen 4 days test. Very good dense, very yellow head, hazed copper-amber beer. Liqueurish, alcohol (!?), cypress, citrus aromas. Cheesy hops, cypress returning as flavour, blue running cheese, rich flavours with a finish hinting at orangezeste. Very complex palate, with all the above flavours vying and subtely supplanting each other at turns. Wow - another discovery. This is THE hop for impressive, complex layered barley wines, IMO.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ibrew2or3 (8207) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - OCT 10, 2011
330mL bottle generously sent across the pond by stobbe74. The bottle pours copper with gold edges and a bit hazy when the yeasty sediment is involved. The hop laden liquid supports a near white sort of head. The aroma has big notes of spicy hops, herbal like grass clippings and dusty black pepper too, wow! This has a nice big bold brash aroma and I wasnít expecting the light black pepperiness. It works very well. The taste is bold too with big herbal notes, spicy hops, resiny bitter grass clippings and some black pepper. This is straight up weird, odd and perfectly yummy.

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