Brooklyn Brewery’s Sorachi Ace is a Saison or farmhouse ale. According to the Brooklyn Brewery website, the Sorachi Ace variety of hop was developed in Japan in 1988 and this unique hop has a distinctive lemony character. While the big brewers opted to by-pass this little fella Brooklyn sourced the now rare Sorachi, which is grown on a single farm in Oregon. Sorachi Ace comes in the big, perfect for sharing, 750ml bottles and has a 7.5% ABV. The beer pours straw gold in colour, is hazy in the glass and has a lingering creamy head that must be sampled to reach the ale below. This Saison is a bit unique due to a strong hop presence that cuts through the familiar ‘barnyard’ or earthy aroma typical of the style. The malt has an amazing sweet quality that balances the other elements perfectly giving the ale an almost sticky mouthfeel. But at the same time there is a real carbonation to this farmhand ale that keeps it crisp and dry to drink. Sorachi Ace pairs extremely well with a wide variety of foods and it might just become a go-to summer beer.
Overall I would give Sorachi Ace a 4.5 out of 5