Name: Morimoto Soba Ale
Brewery: Rogue (Newport, OR, U.S.A)
Style: Soba Ale
Source: The Beer Store
The sun is out in Auckland!
And as we all know, the first glimpses of summer (no matter how fleeting and misleading) call for beer to be drunk in the middle of the day. This is not something to be debated, it’s simply a ritual I learned at university and have honoured ever since.
Olivia came over for lunch and we split this Soba Ale. I’d had this at Hashigo Zake nearly 3 years ago and had always remembered it fondly for it’s uniqueness – presumably owing to the fact that it’s made using soba (also known as buckwheat). Fun fact: buckwheat is not a wheat, but a member of the rhubarb family. Fancy that!
As you can see it pours a rather lovely colour – golden and slightly hazy. I think the aroma is the best thing about this beer: it’s unusual and yet somehow really familiar… I smelled marmalade, appletiser, and grass (although the neighbour was mowing the lawn), and we both thought it reminded us of something from our childhood – a summer holiday maybe. As is often the way though, we drank it all before we nailed it on the head.
The taste is quite light, nutty, and not at all sweet, nor overly bitter. It has a light mouthfeel and quite a quick dry finish. It was really nice and refreshing, I think I wanted just a little bit more from it. I guess that might be a sign of a newbie craft beer taster, always wanting BIG flavours so that we can jump up and down and use exclamation marks when we write about them!
I’m nearly 3 weeks into this blog now, and it’s funny how the things I thought would be hard are easy and vice versa. For example: thinking of things to say about each beer = easy. Forcing myself to shut up = hard. Finding a different beer to drink each day = easy. Sticking to just one = very hard.
I was a bit greedy yesterday and drank four different beers. As well as the 8 Wired Big Smoke I had a Mac’s Sassy Red, a Moa Five Hop Winter Ale, and an Emerson’s Taiere George. They were all worth breaking the rules for!