Pours clear but darker than expected compared to most IPAs. A single inch of tan, thick foam fills the glass to the top. Retention is about average with some sticky, sporadic lacing throughout.
Aroma is caramel and toffee malt sweetness on top of a bed of citrus and spice hops. Malt seemed to be more forward than the hops.
Taste is sweet up front from the malts. The middle seems to get a bit bready and a quick shot of spice hops that last through to the end. Citrus hops combine to bring a bitter zing that last a while. Sorachi definitely has a distinct style.
Medium on the mouth with a solid carbonation.
Definitely not my favorite rendition of the style. I don't think that Sorachi is my type of hop. The sweetness got to be a bit cloying by the end. Enjoy!