Beer Reviews · ipa

#3 Brooklyn Sorachi Ace – A most elegant Farmhouse Saison

Developed by Sapporo brewers in Japan back in the 1970’s, the Sorachi Ace is a hybrid produced from Brewer’s Gold and Saaz hops, producing a high alpha acid content somewhere in the region of 10-12%, however, there is much more to this hop than just bittering, as it produces wonderful citrus and floral aromas and delicate flavours of lemongrass and herbal notes on the palate.  And what Brooklyn have done with it, in my humble opinion, has perfectly accentuated the characteristics of this beautiful hop.

In the past few years, we’ve witnessed a trend – brewers competing in the ‘IBU race’, that is, who can produce the ‘hoppiest’ beers known to man.  Now, I love my double and triple IPAs as much as the next hop-head, but I can’t help but think, we’re missing out on what certain hops have to offer as our taste buds are suffocated by a blanket of alpha acids…Brooklyn on the other hand, have done the complete opposite.

You don’t need to approach this beer with caution, nor do you need to prepare your palate to have seven kinds of shite knocked out of it.  There isn’t a ludicrous IBU claim, it doesn’t boast an off the scale alcohol content, it is just a well rounded, elegant beer, and quite frankly, I think it’s a masterpiece.

Now, This bottle is available in a 750ml corked bottle and your standard 330ml bottle.  Personally, since this has been re-fermented in the bottle with Champagne yeast, I prefer to go for the former to get ‘Champagne of the beer world’ experience.

It’s heavily carbonated, producing a light effervescing foam which disperses quickly, dark straw in colour with a slight cloudiness.  One the nose, aromas of lemon zest, lilies and freshly cut grass.  On the palate, an initial honey sweetness followed by pungent flavours of lemongrass and delicate herbal notes.  Finish, a very easy to drink expression from Brooklyn.  A true example of how simplicity can expose the true complexity of a beer’s constituents.


If you wish to experience the Sorachi Ace hop, unadulterated, in a form which shows off its characteristics in magnificent fashion, then look no further than the Brooklyn Sorachi Ace.




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