Belgian amber ale with Sorachi Ace hops
The latest from your friendly neighborhood brewers, Aces High makes use of an unusual hop, Sorachi Ace. Originally grown in the Sorachi prefecture in Japan for the Sapporo Brewery, they are known for their unique aroma and flavor which features notes of lemony citrus and hints of dill.
We first used them in a collaborative brew in San Diego, with our friends from Stone Brewing Co. and Brewdog, when we brewed an imperial black pilsner called Juxtaposition in 2009. Dying to get our hands on some ever since, this time we loaded them into an amber ale with a base of Munich malt, and fermented with our house Belgian ale yeast for additional complexity of palate.
Its aroma is of complex citrus, herbs, and grass, with a clean maltiness. On the palate the interplay between rich maltiness, herbal hops, and spicy yeast character contribute a full body and nicely dry finish with lingering, I.P.A.-like bitterness.
The name? Well, we were planning on calling it The Ace of Spades, but Lemmy and Motorhead have already been covered by many a craft brewery. Instead, the nod went to Eddie and the boys from Iron Maiden, with their classic song of wartime drama and flying aces. Cheers!
Ascending and turning our spitfires to face them,
Heading straight for them I press down my guns.
Live to fly, fly to live.
Do or die, Aces high!
OG: 1.063/15.75*P FG: 1.012/3.0*P ABV: 6.75%