Hitachino Nipponia

I came upon this beer by chance in the beer store on the shelf. As soon as I saw that it had Sorachi Ace hops, I knew that it had to come home with me. After I had Brooklyn’s Sorachi Ace, I’ve had an ongoing obsession with that type of hop. Given that it’s a Japanese hop and this is a beer from Japan, it’s not surprising that the beer features it.

ABV: 6.5%

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Trivia: Here’s what I found regarding sorachi ace hops: “It was developed for Sapporo Breweries and used in their beers. The pedigree includes Brewer’s Gold and Saaz This hop has high yield potential.
Origin: Japan
Aroma/Flavor: Lemony – all sources stated it’s lemon aroma and taste.
Alpha Acid: 10.7 – 12.2%
Typical Usage: Bittering
Beer Styles: Probably any beer that would work with a lemon taste. Saison is one that comes to mind. Maybe an IPA with other hops that have citrusy tastes like grapefruit and orange.”

Random: I wish I bought more bottles of Brooklyn Sorachi Ace, which also uses sorachi ace hops. It was seriously yummy.

This brew poured with a two finger fluffy white head that left significant lacing on the glass. The body is a clear straw yellow color with minimal carbonation. Odd, I would have expected that it would have more carbonation. The head dissipated after a couple of minutes. There is definite lemongrass on the nose with some citrus notes as well. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, I love sorachi ace hops. There’s also a bit of a floral aroma on the nose. On first taste, the first thing that I think is that the brew is really good. The taste also has the hints of lemongrass, citrus and flowers that were apparent on the nose. This is a really pleasant beer. The body of the beer is also perfect. It’s not too light and not too heavy. The finish lingers with a little bit of bitterness. It’s a nice fresh beer that I would definitely have again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

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