Wednesday, May 06, 2009

A Lil' Taste of Japan

Uinta/Four+ Brewing is debuting a new summer beer in the coming weeks that's got a little sumthin' different than the traditional summer beers.

Sum'r is made with variety of hops known Sorachi Ace. Sorachi hops were previously grown by Sapporo for use in their beers, but has since apparently dumped them for more recent varieties available in Japan. This has opened up the world market to these hops and apparently Uinta has bought-up a shload of them.

Now don't confuse this with a Japanese Lager, such as Sapporo 'cause it ain't.
The unique qualities that set Sorachi Ace apart from other hop varieties is the strong Lemony profile that they posses, which is different from the usual grapefruit or pine character of American hops.

Sum'r is described as a light Organic Pale Ale with with a moderate malt backbone and a Lemony/citrusy finish.

I'm a Hop-Head, but my experience with this variety is limited. So I'm anxious to check this one out. Apparently Uinta is the only brewery in the area to have them. Sum'r should be in grocery stores in the next week or two. Cheers!

13 comments:

Douglas said...

Very nice. Do we know the ABV on this? I'm hoping this is quite hoppy. Four+ is doing some cool stuff.

Mikey said...

Since it's in the grocery stores 4.0%abv. is a solid guess.

Douglas said...

Oops I missed that connection. I can't function well without beer (and perhaps with it). Also, it looks like the Mirror Pond Pale Ale and the Black Butte should be in town soon, they are both on the DABC list.

Mikey said...

I noticed that today also. Hopefully very soon.

Anonymous said...

Hopefully the beer is better than the label!

Anonymous said...

Hopefully, you stop sounding like you're jealous you dont have any labels!

Andrew said...

I've homebrewed with sorachi ace a few times and it's an interesting hop. Can't wait to try the Sum'r.

hybrid rental car said...

is this out yet? Where can I get it? Looked at the Draper store and didn't see it yet...

Douglas said...

Yeah I looked at Smiths and a no go yet. It should be in grocery stores only. Maybe at Albertsons?

Mikey said...

I was at Uinta Yesterday, It's being bottled as I write this. It's supposed to be in the stores in about a week and a half. Cheers!

hybrid rental car said...

Drinking a sum'r now (5/24). It reminds me of a lighter Kirin. It is very refreshing but will probably disappoint you hop-heads.

Douglas said...

Where is this available at?

Douglas said...

I'll answer my own question: at Albertson's.