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RATINGS: 962   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17/5   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
The delicate flavor of our roasted Soba brings a nutty finish to this light and refreshing ale. A perfect accompaniment to lighter cuisine. 8 Ingredients: Malts: Roasted Soba, Harrington, Metcalf, Munich & C-15. Hops: Crystal. Yeast & Water: Rogue’s Pacman Yeast & Free Range Coas tal Water. Specs: 12º PLATO 30 IBU 75 AA 14º Lovibond

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - NOV 26, 2003
I'm not really sure what this is supposed to be. I purchased it under the name "Morimoto." It has a Japanese man and some Japanese characters on the painted label. I guess that soba is buckwheat then. It is a decent ale, sort of Japanese in its essence. It has a clean, clear water effect to it - maybe from the soba or from the "free range coastal waters." But it probably would be nice to have this at a Japanese steakhouse. I wonder if they would let me bring my own in there.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CapFlu (5101) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 25, 2003
(Draught) Sampled at the GBAF 2003. Light almond head and golden body. Hops nose. Flavour of bitter hops - so that is what Crystal hops taste like? Bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
jgb9348 (5676) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - NOV 17, 2003
Sampled as the Morimoto Soba Ale. Pours a crystal clear amber colour with a dense medium-sized tan head. Aroma of coriander seed, yeast, malt, hops and a bit of sweetness. Light to Medium-bodied; Light flavour of malt, some bittering toastiness and some sweet flavours. Aftertaste very mild and showcasing a few of the malt characteristics and a bit of the hop profile. Overall, a decent beer..but i'm not impressed with this offering from Rogue (pretty much how I feel about all of their beers-even their re-labeled and then re-re-labeled ones). I bought this 65 cL bottle at Wegman's in Pittsford, New York.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Darkover (1535) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 16, 2003
Light cloudy amber color with a small white head. Weak aroma of wheat and hops. Flavor is sweet and tart almost like lemmonade.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Libeerian (209) - Garner, North Carolina, USA - NOV 2, 2003
Morimoto labelled: Dark straw color with hoppy aroma. Soba is said to bring "hearty flavor and crispness." Body is medium-light. I've had Buckwheat Ale and thought it was OK. This wasn't very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jzzbassman (1587) - Arlington, Texas, USA - NOV 2, 2003
This is so different from anything else I've tried, I don't really know how to rate. I like the hazy orange look and compact white head, although the aroma is nothing to write home about, not ofensive either. Had a toasty flavor that almost reminded me of Cheerios cereal on the front end, balanced nicely by the hops bite. Good body, and unusual enough that I will definitely try again.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - OCT 30, 2003
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 29, 2003
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Frank (4007) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 28, 2003
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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - OCT 28, 2003
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.

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