Description: This beer is one of Mikkeler’s Single Hop collection, a special lineup of India Pale Ales bittered with only a single variety of hops. Brewed at their plant in D’Proef, Belgium, the Sorachi Ace IPA uses only this Japanese variety of hops and combines it will a rich, pale malt base.
Tasting Notes: This is only the second time I’ve sampled a Mikkeler beer, and the first time I’ve reviewed one. And naturally, I’m wondering why I’ve held back this long. Without a doubt, it’s one of the better beers I’ve had this year, and definitely takes precedence over the only other beer I’ve had that used Sorachi hops (P49’s Crane Kick). Not only does the beer excel in the way it isolates the complex, lemony notes of Sorachi, a lovely, unfiltered pale malt base provides some fruitiness and a robust backing that really makes for a winning combination.
Appearance: Deep ruby/amber, cloudy, good foam retention and carbonation
Nose: Rich malt, strong notes of lemon, hint of pine, fruity esters
Taste: Crisp malt, dry, robust fruit, yeast, hint of sour cherry, oak, lemon, hop bitterness
Aftertaste: Lingering lemon, yeast, oakiness, hop bitterness