Sorachi Ace Hops Going in the Ground!

They Finally arrived! We now have two 900 foot rows of Sorachi Ace hops. I am already dreaming of delicious Sessions and Wheats with this Lemony Hop!


Named after its developers, Sorachi Subprefecture, Sorachi is the product of combining Brewer’s Gold and Saaz hops. Originally made for Sapporo Breweries in the late 1970s, the hop was grown in Japan and China for many years, becoming commercially available in 1984. In the early 2000s, US hop grower, Darren Gamache of Virgil Gamache Farms, picked Sorachi Ace out of the USDA Hop Cultivar Collection and started to cultivate it, making it commercially available in the US in 2006.


Sorachi Ace hops are mainly used as a bittering hop, but with their intense lemon flavor and aroma, as well as light dill, tea, and coriander notes, some brewers use them for flavor. These hops are great in saisons, IPAs and wheats, although the extreme lemon makes them ideal for any summer beer.

Vital Statistics

Typical Use: Bittering

Alpha Acid: 10.7-12.2%

Country: Japan

Flavors: Lemon, Dill, White Flowers

Styles: Saison, IPA, Wheat Beers