Pours a clear copper color with a thin white head that settles out quickly and leaves a thin layer of foam resting on top.
The aroma is a blend of light sweet malts, bread and citrus hops with a light floral and tropical fruit type scents. A very nice inviting aroma.
The flavor starts with light malts and moves into the hops toward the middle. The hops add a nice citrus and slightly earthy flavor with a slight spice that last into the finish with a slight bitterness in the aftertaste.
Light body with medium carbonation. Watery and smooth mouth feel.
Overall a very nice pale ale from new Belgian. Nicely balanced and very drinkable. The beer has a very refreshing hop profile that you could drink all day! Try one!
Look. Classic pale ale. Clean, light lace, no true head.
Aroma: Nelson Sauvvin forward, though the label says it's 'next'. I do not get the lemon element. I've brewed dozens of times with Sorachi and I do not get the Sorachi. I suspect it was used as a bittering hop and is not forward in the beer, but perhaps in the world of light beer drinkers any Sorachi would be 'forward.'
Taste: Passion fruit, which is the Nelson- followed by a light but clean Casade. This is a great combo, but I don't get the Sorachi.
Malt profile is clean, easy to drink- that "New Belgium" earthy (yeast?) profile lingers in the background. That either sells it or kills it for you. I like it.
We've been talking about how this is solid, but it's a New Belgium and it might get knocked because it's 'barely' a craft brew. I brought to the tasting because I like Sorachi. Had no opinions on it, just wanted to try a Sorachi beer. As far as it goes, I like it. I wouldn't give it as a Sorachi forward beer. But it's a great session/spring beer. I like New Belgium and I like this beer.