overall
88
97
style
Brewed by Kiuchi Brewery (Hitachino)
Style: Specialty Grain
Konosu, Naka, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan
Serve in Shaker, Tumbler

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RATINGS: 193   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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4.7
Rciesla (5607) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - SEP 21, 2011
Holy fucking grail of lagers big up to Andy pants for the tip off. Holy fuck this is slamming. Beautiful transparant copper body with a light off white lace quickly diminishing. Aromatically a soft pear and floral tone. Hints of agave and fresh laundry sheet like freshness. A total pleassure to sip on. Very soft blanket of carbonation. Light apple crisps, pear tones very light hay and fruit puch notes quicky give way to a juicy soft spicy hop tone. Nice tongue tigling spice with a touch of lavender grass and spice. Astonushing in its freshness n glory. I think i’m in love.

4.5
puzzl (3264) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 21, 2011
One week old keg at the Ginger Man. Unfiltered. Fantastic spicy hop aroma, razor-sharp aged Italian cheese and garden fresh herbs. The flavor is just lovely, so fresh and quaffable. Incredible.

4.5
GoufCustom (2256) - HONG KONG - JUL 27, 2013


550 ml bottle bought at The Bottle Shop in Sai Kung.

Look: Translucent golden honey orange colour with flaky yeast sediments; Half finger head and white foam which lasts about 20 seconds; Small sticky lacing with small fizzy carbonation.

Aroma: Very fragrant and fruity, which can be smelt a feet away, inc. light fresh grapefruit, lemon, pineapple, jackfruit, light floral, light honey, and light malt.

Taste: Nice light sweet taste of mid to light malt, with strong dill, light grapefruit, light bread, citrus / lime and creeping grass.

Body: Medium body, quite thick and rich palate.

Mouth Feel: Slightly resembles Fuller’s English Strong Ales, with low key, light but tasty lager malt and some bready character. Like it already! Sorachi Ace also contributes expressive herbal dill, and some good low grapefruit in a soft carbonated, very relaxing feel.

Hoppiness: Sorachi Ace works like a T - damn refreshing and fleshy grapefruit plus assorted tropical fruits for nose, nice herbal dill, low-key grapefruit and moderate citrus for taste, and a slowly creeping bitterness which becomes prominent with further sips and ends with nice grassy finish.

After Taste: Slightly dry, very easy and refreshing to mouth.

Comments: This one has all the feel of a typically good Fuller’s ESAs, but it has all the nice features as advertised: Kaneko Golden malt is uniquely low key and tasty, and the Sorachi Ace’s fruitiness nose and nice dill taste is clearly expressed here. If anyone thinks Strong Pale / IPL are just crappy Euro macros, have a taste of this and you’ll find there are indeed greener pastures out there. Highly recommended!

4.5
Chapeau (30) - - APR 3, 2017
On tap @satellite, Lausanne. Smells Sorachi Ace, coconut and caramel. The perfect smell. It has a light amber color with nearly no foam. Tastes Sorachi Ace, caramel, hop and malt. Bitter finish that does not last very long. Creamy, medium to heavy body, low carbonation. Just an insane brew.

4.4
zdk (1917) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 21, 2011
Tap at Gingerman - YEs! this is what a lagers should be like. Week old keg obviously helps. Crystal clear malts, with a tiny grainy edge, balanced well by amazingly lemony sorachi ace hops. Plenty of floral and herbal character. Strikes the perfect balance between sweet, dry and bitter elements. Smooth bodied/ drinks like a dream. Too bad it was $10/12oz...


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