Brewery: Brooklyn Brewery
I’ve wanted to try this beer for quite some time but have had a hard time finding it until now. The interesting thing about this beer is that it features a rare Japanese-developed hop referred to as Sorachi Ace (hence the name of the beer). These hops are added after fermentation with a “special Belgian ale” yeast strain. Then bottle re-fermentation took place with the addition Champagne yeast.
The beer poured a rich unfiltered golden color with fine champagne-like bubbles. It produced a large, heavy white head that left lacing on the side of the glass as it receded slowly. The nose was filled with lemons (which is characteristic of the Sorachi Ace hop), spices and hops.
There was a bright mouthfeel that brought out malty flavors with a unique touch of hops that wasn’t too bitter. The alcohol (7.6% ABV) was detectable but did not overpower the other flavors. The fine bubbles tickle the tongue a bit as a gentle hoppy aftertaste followed.
Overall a fairly drinkable and flavorful beer. I wouldn’t say it’s sunshine in a glass (as the bottle tells me) but it’s still a very good bottle of beer. The fresh summer flavors in this beer would pair nicely with a swordfish and mango chutney.