unclebleen (620) - California, USA - OCT 30, 2003
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Morimoto Soba Bottle: Pours a cloudy light orange color with no head or lacing. Aroma smells like cheese (maybe it was a bad bottle?) and some light citrus hops. Flavor is sour and hoppy all at the same time. Not exactly offensive but not something I would ever purchase again. That is all.
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 29, 2003
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy reddish orange color. Mine had hardly any head even with a vigorous pour. Plenty of carbonation, though. The aroma has a wheaty quality to it, not much else. The flavor has a hoppy start with a dry grainy finish. The generous carbonation makes for a lively palate. I think this beer isn't worth drinking by itself, but it did go nicely with some spaghetti. Still pissed about the renaming, too.
Frank (3841) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 28, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pale, hazy orange with a thin ring of head. The nose is very interesting--citrus mixed with an earthy not-quite-skunky note. A very slightly sour bite up front wanes to sweetness and finally bitter, piney hops in the finish. Slightly watery flavor with a stinging sensation from the carbonation. There's also a sort of unusual earthy overtone throughout which I'm forced to assume is the buckwheat. Worth trying if you want to know what buckwheat adds to an ale.
clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - OCT 28, 2003
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
This sounded interesting - but they didn't write on the outside that it is the same as their Buckwheat offering. But soba? Anyway. It pours a golden color with a nice head that sticks around and leaves a little lacing on the glass. The aroma was a soft wheat smell with quite a bit of hops. The taste is mostly sweet with hints of wheat, but it has a really odd flavor on the back of the tongue - maybe this is what Soba is. Whatever it is, it did not appeal to my tastebuds. Had a hard time drinking this one because of the strange taste.
Silphium (3191) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 21, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I knew Rogue was a conjurer of cheap tricks, but, alas, I fell for their game and excitedly picked up a bottle of "Morimoto Soba Signature Ale," only to find I had a bottle of their damned buckwheat product. Oh well, the buckwheat sounded interesting too. Poured a fairly clear burnt orange, with a creamy kolsch-like white head that dissipated to a ring of bubbles around the glass edges. Some toast and a floral accent on the nose. Flavor is likewise a bit toasty, a bit biscuity, with plenty of hops bitterness. Leaves a tingle on the tongue. Ahh, I detect that "Rogue" flavor I find in most of their beers, but have a hard time pinpointing. Must be their yeast. I detect apples too- perhaps apple butter? Creamy. A nice offering.
adwoan99 (244) - Ft. Worth, Texas, USA - OCT 19, 2003
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a light murky-brown, with practically no head. Fairly hoppy, with aroma and taste of apples. I don't know why they call it a "buckwheat" ale - it has no detectable buckwheatness in it at all.
JCW (1278) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 16, 2003
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
I bought this as a Morimoto sobo, not following that it was really Buckwheat Ale. I hoped for the best, which didn't happen. I think buckwheat pancakes suck, soo I wasn't anxious to try a beer made from them. Golden, slightly hazy, with a pearl bead of head that rims the glass. Aroma of malt almost like a hickory nut. Flavor is bitter, but not in a way I fond of, again sort of like a hickory nut. Finish is dry. Momma told me not to drink one, she said, buckwheat not the way to make one.
FezMonkey (268) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - SEP 26, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Lightly cloudy orange beer with nice head. It fruity taste with a very light bitter aftertaste. A really good beer
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - SEP 26, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma is very malty with a floral hop background. Flavor is hoppy with a pancake malt taste. Finishes slightly bitter but fresh with toasty malt. A pretty tasty brew on the session side of the spectrum and very drinkable.
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 26, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Morimoto Soba: Pours a cloudy orange with almost no head. Nose has some wheat and citrus hops. Fruit and malt flavors, with a bitter finish. Nice and mellow.