Sorachi Ace in an IPA? - Home Brew Forums
Register Now For Free!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Recipes/Ingredients > Sorachi Ace in an IPA?

Thread Tools
Old 07-27-2009, 08:43 PM   #1
the bunnay
the bunnay's Avatar
Jun 2007
providence, RI
Posts: 388
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

After being exposed to Sorachi Ace hops in an AHS seasonal (South by Southwheat), I decided I really dug the lemon pepper notes. We've used it to great effect in wheat beers and a lighter saison, but I'm wondering about incorporating it into a hoppier style as they have a good alpha acid potential (13-16%). Has anyone used them in an IPA? I'm thinking they might be a little unbalanced for a single hop beast but was considering that in combination with Cascade and Amarillo, say, it might bring something excellent to the glass. Am I just building myself up for disappointment?
the girlier half of team bunnchiro; behold the brewlog.

Reply With Quote
Old 07-27-2009, 09:30 PM   #2
cellardoor's Avatar
Mar 2008
Brookfield IL
Posts: 381
Liked 4 Times on 4 Posts

I'm currently drinking a Sorachi Ace/ 2-row SMaSH right now and I'm really liking the flavors as well. The IBU's are only in the low 40's so it's not quite IPA territory but I really like the overall bittering/flavor the lone hop gives. I'm not sure if increasing the bitterness would make it unbalanced or not as I have heard this particular hop isn't great as a single hop beer. Just giving my experience with this hop.
Cellar Door Brewery

Primary: Smoked Porter
Secondary: Flanders Red 2010
Kegged: 10.10.10, Robust Porter, American IPA

"Without algae, there would be no life on earth, the seas would be sterile and the land would be uncolonized."
-Sir David Attenborough

Reply With Quote
Old 07-28-2009, 02:03 PM   #3
Look under the recliner
pjj2ba's Avatar
Jul 2006
State College, Pennsylvania
Posts: 3,379
Liked 208 Times on 168 Posts

I think it would be fine, but I'd skip any caramel/crystal malts and use aromatic/bicuit instead - or just base malt. To me caramel and lemon is not an ideal combo.

I've got a Belgian Pale ale fermenting now that used Sorachi Ace for bittering.
On Tap: Doppelbock O'fest, Pale Ale, cider
Kegged and Aging/Lagering: CAP, Ger. Pils, OKZ (std Amer. lager), CZ Pils, Amer. Wheat, Rye IPA, Saison
Primary: Ger Pils, CAP
Brewing soon: Pale lager, Amer. wheat
Recently kicked : (
Pilsner Urquell Master Homebrewer
(1st NYC 2011, 2nd NYC 2012)
P U crowns winners in its inaugural master HB competition

Reply With Quote
Old 07-28-2009, 02:08 PM   #4
Yuri_Rage's Avatar
Jul 2006
Posts: 14,299
Liked 816 Times on 515 Posts

When trying to extract maximum flavor in a brew using all high AA hops, wait until the last 20 minutes before adding any hops at all. Then, go nuts!
Homebrewed Blog..........YouTube Channel .......... Shirts, posters, etc

Reply With Quote
Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Sorachi Ace Bsquared Recipes/Ingredients 17 06-12-2010 05:33 AM
Sorachi Ace in APA? sub-zero Recipes/Ingredients 30 10-12-2009 07:00 PM
Sorachi Ace Red? Mr. Nice Guy Recipes/Ingredients 10 06-26-2009 12:01 PM
New hop--SORACHI ACE? Dude Recipes/Ingredients 95 05-23-2009 05:19 PM
Witbier Sorachi Wit jds Homebrew Ale Recipes 1 07-06-2008 07:12 PM

Forum Jump