LinusStick (2990) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 23, 2012
1.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 4/20
Yuck! I acknowledge the fact that I bought the beers in this series older than optimal (they were dusty bottles sitting on a shelf), but this one is WAAAY worse than the rest so far. Aroma was weak. Caramel malt was all that was detected and it was a lot lighter than the rest. Pour was a nice enough murky dark orange with a one finger off white head. Taste was pretty nasty. Burnt caramel, sour toffee and buttered popcorn were the main flavors. The finish left a butterscotch flavor behind followed by a lemon sourness. Decent carbonation couldn’t help this beer.
Tomy63 (198) - Clermont-Ferrand, FRANCE - DEC 22, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
couleur entre or et ambrée, nez très expressif, sur des fruits très mûrs (mangue et pamplemousse), du caramel, du sucre brun. La bouche présente une bonne amertume et une belle texture, mais malheureusement le caramel trop présent rend la bière un peu écoeurante, on a l’impression d’une bière un peu trop mûre. Bonne longueur, bien amère.
SinH4 (926) - SWITZERLAND - NOV 28, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
As goes for all the Hop Series beers I’ve tasted: the bottles were probably quite old, best before of April/May 2015, so some of the hop characteristics might have already gone away. Nice orange color with big head (darkness varied a bit). Sorachi Ace has very much dill in there :D Caramely, bitter. Taste is of dill. A bit lemony. Good finish. A highlight, that dill taste...
slowrunner77 (6916) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 29, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
"i dig the sorachi ace hop for it’s unique lemony earthy soap-like qualities, and so this one will probably end up on of my favorites. easy drinking yet a standout."
ickmund (28) - SPAIN - SEP 28, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled, and probably quite old. Hazy amber color. Decent head, mediocre retetion. This one is coming off very strong from the get go. Earthy, malty, bready. Distinct coconut, had not expected that! Sorachi is supposedly quite bitter, but I’m not getting that. Not sure if the aromas overtake it or if tasting too many from this series at once has dulled the senses.
alexsdad06 (6876) - Ohio, USA - SEP 27, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Ei8ht Ball. Pours a hazy amber color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have grapefruit citrus, pine resin, moderate sweet bread, light earthy notes. Medium bodied. Finishes with more pine, earth, brown bread, moderate bitterness. Hops seem faded a bit.These always seem to hit too late in the game.
rondphoto (2771) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - SEP 22, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
on tap @ Ei8ht Ball / Bellvue KY --- Nearly clear medium amber with a thin off-white head cover, dots and specks of lace. Taste is crisp edgy malt with a solid, though slightly understated, hop presence. Both sides are well-balanced, moving smoothly to a long finish. Good stuff.
HammerTroll (795) - Pula / Zagreb, CROATIA - AUG 21, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy brown color with crumbs floating. Big white head. Strong bitter kick. Aroma of coconut, caramel and herbs. Long bitter finish. Thin to medium body, a bit watery, soft carbonation. I was thrilled about coconut part.
(Za Popen’t 0,33l bottle)
azzie (438) - - AUG 21, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cloudy ocher liquid with crumbs. Big head. Medium body, light to medium carbonation, some sourness, heavy bitterness, bitter aftertaste. Aroma of grapefruit and pomelo.
veceo (816) - CROATIA - AUG 18, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cloudyish brown color, big off white head. Considerable amount of residue. Very strong coconut aroma, herbs, citrus, malt. Medium to full body, soft carbonation. Medium sweet, light bitter taste. Excellent single hop IPA.
rumproasts (4008) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - AUG 9, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle. Deep amber with small head and quite a bit of sediment. I know this bottle has got to be past prime, but I couldn’t pass it up when I saw it. I love Sorachi Ace hops. Here they’re a bit faded, but it’s still got plenty of solid flavor.