Hop: Sorachi Ace


Sorachi Ace was bred by Dr. Yoshitada Mori, in the 1970s and released in 1984, while working for Sapporo Breweries with a goal of producing a hop similar to Saaz.

Bred from Saaz and Brewer's Gold, with that offspring then crossed with a Japanese male (BeiKei No. 2).

Sorachi Ace, brewed by Brooklyn Brewing Company, brought this hop some fame. Those hops were from U.S. hop farms. Sorachi Ace is small time and, currently, only grown in the United States.

NOTE: the hop grows differently in the U.S. than Japan: less yield, lower alpha acid, etc).

Note: No single hop can duplicate due to distinct flavor/aroma.

General Information

Profile Lemon, grass, spice (coriander, tea and/or spearmint), dill.
Country Japan
Substitutes Glacier, Motueka, Simcoe®, Southern Cross, Warrior®
Pairs with Citra®, Nelson Sauvin
Purpose Dual: Aroma and Bittering
Yield 1200 - 1500 lbs/acre
Storage Fair to good
Beer Styles Saison, Wheat Ale, India Pale Ale
Resistant Downy mildew, powdery mildew, wilt, and botrytis


Alpha Acid 11.5 - 16.0%
Beta Acid 6.0 - 7.5%
Cohumulone 23.0 - 28.0%


Total Oil 1.5 - 3.0 ml/100g
Myrcene 44.0 - 55.0%
Humulene 20.0 - 26.0%
Caryophyllene 7.0 - 11.0%
Farnesene 2.0 - 5.0%
Linalool 0.3 - 0.5%
B-Pinene 0.5 - 0.8%
Geraniol 0.1 - 0.5%

Additional Characteristics

Growth Rate Vigorous
Maturity Middle to late

Sorachi Ace Aroma/Flavor Profile

Fact Sheet(s)

Last Updated
  • 2020-11-24 17:32:58 (Added: 2020-11-24 17:32:58)

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