I’ll readily admit that it has taken me a couple of years to warm up to Sorachi Ace hops. I found them a bit too harsh in their lemony woodiness. They reminded me of Lemon Pledge, to be honest. But warm up to them I have and Brooklyn’s Sorachi Ace is a wonderful showcase to this unique hop. And it is now available year-round.
The pairing – the beer is a bright contrast to the rather delicate nature of the ravioli. There is bitterness from the broccoli rabe & the parsnip sauce is creamy but not overwhelmingly rich and the pumpkin seeds are contrasting in their nutty earthiness. The Sorachi Ace is the lemon spritz to this dish. Yum.