When I pulled the cork, there was a nice little “pop.” I made the mistake of pouring a bit too fast, which resulted in a huge head. After allowing it to collapse enough to pour more beer, I settled down to drink and eat. Here are my tasting notes:
Color: deep amber.
Head: big, creamy, long-lasting.
Aroma: citrusy, hoppy, with floral overtones.
Taste: rich, not overly bitter, toasty, suggestion of apricots in the finish. After I wrote those tasting notes, I did a web search for “sorachi ace hops” and got this. While the article stresses a lemony quality of the hops, the comment by Ben (scroll down) refers to ” a really creamy, cloying, buttery element” that seems to agree with my “rich” and “toasty.”
Bottom line: an interesting, well made beer that stands up to flavorful food like BBQ pork. It would also be good to savor on its own.