A Dual Purpose hop

Sorachi Ace

United States
Sorachi Ace

aroma profile: Citrus, Herbal

Developed in Japan in 1984 for Sapporo Breweries, Ltd., Sorachi Ace is a cross between Brewer's Gold, Saaz and Beikei No. 2 male. It is available in limited quantities, however, it remains a popular variety among craft brewers for its unique citrus fruit, herbal and dill aromas.

Aroma: Specific aroma descriptors include lemon, lime and dill.

Brewing Values

Acid/Oil
Range
Low
High

Alpha Acid

0
20
11.5-14.5%

Beta Acid

0
15
6-7.5%

Total Oil

0
4
1.5-3 mL/100g
  • Alpha Acid
    11.5 - 14.5%
  • Beta Acid
    6 - 7.5%
  • Co-humulone
    25 - 28%
  • Total Oil
    1.5 - 3 mL/100g
  • B-Pinene
    0.5 - 0.8% of total oil
  • Myrcene
    45 - 55% of total oil
  • Linalool
    0.3 - 0.5% of total oil
  • Caryophyllene
    7 - 11% of total oil
  • Farnesene
    2 - 5% of total oil
  • Humulene
    20 - 26% of total oil
  • Geraniol
    0.1 - 0.5% of total oil

9 Brewer Reviews

5

I've used this in a variety of styles to stretch the dimensions of the hop profile. I've appreciated it for dry hopping and really fell for it's aromatic quality. It's use in bittering I've experimented less but has quit a lot of appeal in a spiced blonde I brewed last year

Tony Garcia | Jul 10th, 2016

A friend of mine told me about this calling it his favorite. Have brewed several batches with it including a lemon cream ale and it's a crowd favorite for sure. Out of a Belgian wit, white IPA and Citra ale, the hands down favorite was the blonde with Crystal and Sorachi Ace hops. Natural creaminess and smooth citrus flavor. Dry hopped for 5 days and it was perfect.

Brian | Jul 20th, 2016
1

If I could give this a zero I would. I brewed a series of SMASH beers with this, Mandarina Bavaria, Citra and a few others. Both myself and those who I have had sample it get nothing but a big dill pickle aroma and flavor. I don't know about you but pickle beer is not what I am after. I had heard it is lemon-shh... All I get is pickle and its a "dill breaker".

Bryan | Aug 25th, 2016
3

I bought Sorachi Ace hops based on loving some beers a local brewpub had done with them. They achieved a very lemony accent which was delicious.

Unfortunately, my results were not the same. I got much more of a heavy dill flavor that overpowered the lemon flavor.

I give this 3 stars because I've tasted how good they can be, but homebrewers should be careful with them. Could end up with either a big hit or a big miss.

Jerry Winner | Oct 10th, 2016
5

Bryan, if you're using Sorachi Ace and don't like it, you're doing it wrong. I've used this as a complete amateur with great results. If you're looking for a professional recommendation look no further than Weird Beard's 'Defacer'.

David | Dec 22nd, 2016

Very, very unique hop. However, I would never use this as my only flavoring hop because I find the dill too forward. For me, this hop should be used as an accent, not as the highlight.

Stephen | Aug 13th, 2017

Recently I brew a batch of SMaSH with Viena Malt and Sorachi Ace, 56 IBU, 13,3 Plato. It was very surprising beer. The dill flavour was there, also some lemno grass and florals, yet the beer conditioned greatly in bottle and last bottles were simply great (after 6-7 weeks it was gone) . Not like anything I was drinking, ever. Some of my friends loved it even better than my similar Waimea SMaSH. I will definetely brew another one. Just wonder what to combine it with. I just loved it standalone in the SMaSH.

Ivosh | Aug 18th, 2017

Amazing aroma and flavor... if used correctly!! Use in last additions and you will love it... use in beginning or middle of boil and you be "dill-dowed" or end up with a very sour beer... none of which are pleasant :-) I have experienced both! Trust me, last additions only & preferably at 80C (176F).

Michael.J | Aug 21st, 2017

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