Sunday, 24 April 2016

Brooklyn Sorachi Ace

When a known beer geek hosts friends for dinner, he or she can often expect to receive a couple of bottles from their guests. Recently, my partner and I hosted one of our favourite couples for some vegan burritos, and they showed up bearing beer, including a beautiful corked 750mL bottle of Brooklyn Sorachi Ace. Ace is a farmhouse ale brewed by the Brooklyn Brewery out of Brooklyn, NY. It's a bright and fizzy high alcohol brew--sunny gold, hazy, and 7.6%--that pours with a bushy white head.

The Ace doesn't actually have much of an aroma--it smells faintly yeast and with a peppering of dry hops, but that's about it. The flavour is considerably richer, with a delicate, floral body, Belgian-inspired yeastiness, a hint of spice, and a Saharan-dry finish. There is a nice hops drive, particularly out back.

On the down side of the ledger, this ale tastes a lot less robust than I wanted it too. While it is much more flavourful than it smells, there is still a paucity of flavour that I found a bit disappointing. On the strong side, there is a lovely mouthfeel--champagne-like effervescence--and a tremendously dry, interestingly hopped back end.

Rating: 8.0 out of 10.

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