Monday, July 4, 2011

Brooklyn Brewery - Sorachi Ace

7.6% ABV

"Every two months Brewmaster Garrett Oliver and company turn out a new and inventive beer. We call these draft-only releases our Brewmaster's Reserve. The latest batch goes by the name of Sorachi Ace. Here's what Garrett has to say about it: 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, we 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 think it's pretty cool. 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 Oregon. 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 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. Time to get your summer on, people."

The Pour

Pours a yellow straw like colour. Some slight haze. Fluffy white peaks form two fingers of head that just doesn't leave. Beautiful lacing down the glass. Wonderful streams of carbonation flowing from the glass.

Aroma

Powerful hints of lemon peel, lemongrass and slight lime. Floral notes and hints of cumin fill out this incredible smelling beer.

Taste

The lemon and citrus flavours are front and centre with gentle hints of a slight spiciness. Nice and light and refreshing.

Overall Impression

An incredibly refreshing beer. Light, lemony and delicious. With a higher ABV than a traditional Saison, you can't taste the Alcohol at all. This is the perfect beer to go with a hot summer day. The lemon tones are a wonderful natural taste, not a processed added lime-like flavour. The Janpanese Sorachi Ace hops add light citrusy notes that are just so pleasing. These really are the perfect compliment to a saison. This beer is a solid A.

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