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Rogue Morimoto Soba Ale

March 5, 2014

Rogue Ales has been around long enough that they’ve gotten bored making their own regular beers, that they have more than a few lines that are essentially what imprints like Vertigo and Ultimate are to DC and Marvel comics. They have beers that are brewed solely from their farms (Rogue Farms), ones made in pairing with Portland’s own Voodoo Donuts, the standard array of trumped of versions of their regular beers (the XS series), and for a little over a decade, beers designed in partnership with Masaharu Morimoto of Iron Chef fame. I’ve always respected Morimoto’s name in relation to products a little more than I have other celebrity chefs, since he seems less willing to plaster it over everything. Well, that and he never insulted an entire nation while being a bit of a whiny idiot.

Anyway, the Soba Ale, which is brewed quite obviously with soba (buckwheat) pours a cloudy golden color with a white head that makes it appear almost banal at first glance. The nose is the first hint of something excited, having a slightly spiced scent with hints of nuts at the very end. It’s body is fairly middle of the road, and it has a clean finish that makes for a beer that’s easy to drink and would be perfect for a warmer time of the year.

The beer opens with a distinctly spiced malt flavor that tickles your tongue in all the right ways. This is followed up by a nut taste that’s a little sweeter than average without going full hazelnut on you, and just like the nose it ends up working fairly well. The great part though is a distinctly lemon finish that helps cut the beer off cleanly and teases you with its hefeweizen heritage all at the same time.

Drinking this beer will help reaffirm your love of Rogue and Chef Morimoto while providing a wonderful drink on a warm spring or summer day.


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