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Old 07-27-2009, 08:43 PM   #1
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Default Sorachi Ace in an IPA?

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?

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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.

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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.

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