Brooklyn Sorachi Ace

750 mL corked & aged beer from Hop City, Atlanta, GA, USA.
Always very excited to try a new beer from Brooklyn, especially one in one of my favorite styles.
The pour has a beautifully rich, butterscotch, lemon yellow hue, but to be honest the head, lace and retention are not all that great.
The nose delivers the lemongrass aroma as advertised. Quite attractive.
The taste is where things start going a little awry for me. There is no doubt that the Sorachi Ace delivers an absolutely unique taste, but to be honest I don’t care for it much. There is a herbal and soapy quality to the beer that COULD be good, but unfortunately it fails for me. There is a distinct soap taste that some hops can deliver (I think of Courage beers from the UK from many years ago), but this LITERALLY delivers a soap taste which is not what I want. In addition, the herbal quality is not like that I’ve found in many other beers – it’s a little grating and just way too floral.
I’m a little disappointed in this beer. Lots of potential, exciting to try, but in the end it just doesn’t work for me. The Sorachi taste profile doesn’t sit well with me. A good idea that just doesn’t work with the taste buds.
Not a “bad” beer by any stretch of the imagination rather for me, it simply didn’t TASTE very good!

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06/20/2010
Format:
bottle
ABV: 7.6 %
Appearance: 3.5
Taste: 2.5
Mouthfeel: 3.5
Smell: 4
Overall: 3
Total: 3.05
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