Thursday, 11 May 2017

Somerset Craft Beer Review: Sorachi from Cotleigh

Somerset Craft Beer Review: Sorachi from Cotleigh real ale pump clip
Welcome to the Shed. I am even-star and this is The Beer in Review. Today's Somerset craft beer review is for Sorachi from Cotleigh.

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Sorachi from Cotleigh is a light brown or amber bitter. No pronounced aromas. First mouthful is a pleasant bitter apple fruity flavour. Some interesting flavours in there it's hard to put my finger on. Tangy, floral, tart, and a bit metallic but overall a fresh green bitter tending towards dill and fennel but not. At the end something sweeter like vanilla.

In case you were wondering, Sorachi refers to the hops used in this beer: Sorachi Ace. This is a Japanese variety of hops that was trendy a couple of years ago. Presumably because it was new to European beer makers. The flavour profile above is pretty consistent across Sorachi Ace beers (which are typically single hopped) in that it has a fresh apple sort of flavour. Some can also be slightly numbing.

If I were designing a pump clip for a Sorachi Ace beer I would have gone with a less aggressive symbol of Japan culture because the hops are very subtle. Probably why they don't use other varieties in the beer with them. So something like a branch of cherry blossoms or a pretty lady in a flowy kimono would be more appropriate. The sumo wrestler would imply that you are going to get an overwhelming flavour packed beer while it was actually fairly laid back and quaffable.

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