295. Brooklyn Brewery Sorachi Ace

This is an interesting beer and it gets its name from the type of hop used to brew the beer (see description from brewer below).  I am not sure if any of the previous 294 beers I have reviewed use the Sorachi Ace hop variety but it certainly has a unique flavor  profile.

Appearance is a nice gold with slight white head, nothing spectacular but a nice looking beer. Smells like a saison should with a slightly earthy, spicy and you also get some of the lemon from the hops. Very pleasant and quite aromatic. Taste has quite a bit going on with a sweet lemon taste to start, some saison funk and a solid malt background. Overall well balanced and very unique. Finish is clean and quite refreshing.

Overall this is a unique and very good beer from Brooklyn Brewery, give it a try. 
Unique and flavorful
Alcohol Content: 7.6% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 34
Rating: ★★★★☆
Brewers Website: Brooklyn Brewery
Brewers Description: Most Brooklyn beers are made with a blend of hop varietals. As a chef does with spices, we look to get the best qualities of each hop and create a harmony of flavors and aromas. However, a few years ago, our brewmaster ran into a hop unique enough to deserve its own moment in the sun. A large Japanese brewery first developed the hop variety “Sorachi Ace” in 1988. A cross between the British “Brewer’s Gold” and the Czech “Saaz” varieties, it exhibited a quality that was unexpected – it smelled really lemony.

The unique flavor of Sorachi Ace was bypassed by the big brewers, but we thought it was pretty cool. So we made a special beer with it, and added the beer to our Brewmaster’s Reserve special draft beer program last year. Most Brewmaster’s Reserve beers are only available for a short time, and then they’re gone. But we liked this one so much, we decided to bring it back and give it the star treatment. Brooklyn Sorachi Ace is a classic saison, a cracklingly dry, hoppy unfiltered golden farmhouse ale, but made entirely with now-rare Sorachi Ace hops grown by a single farm in Washington. We ferment it with our special Belgian ale strain, and then add more Sorachi Ace hops post-fermentation. After the dry-hopping, the beer emerges with a bright spicy lemongrass / lemon zest aroma backed by a wonderfully clean malt flavor.

It tastes like sunshine in a glass, and that suits us just fine, especially with seafood dishes and fresh cheeses. It’s just the thing on nice summer days and beyond.

Malts: German two-row Pilsner Malt
Additions: Brewer’s white sugar
Hops: Washington-grown Sorachi Ace
Yeast: Our special Belgian strain (primary); Champagne yeast (secondary)
Original Gravity: 15.7° Plato
Calories: 208 (per 12oz)
Food Pairings: Pork buns, fish tacos, shrimp, smoked salmon, sushi, prosciutto, curries, salads, grilled meats and fresh goat cheese.
Availability: Year-round
Format: 750ml cork-finished bottles and (new in 2012) draft


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