In the ongoing quest to create new beers and serve up new flavours, brewers are often on the lookout for an ingredient that can add something different. Late last year, a new hop variety arrived in Australia - the Sorachi Ace developed by Japanese brewery Sapporo. A couple of Victorian brewers played with it - each thinking they'd brewed the first commercial Sorachi Ace beer in Oz, only for Crafty to discover the guys at Feral in WA had beaten them to the punch.
Feral 983 was the beer in question and now Sorachi, a hop we've found adds a really interesting character to the beers in which it's appeared so far, returns in the Golden Ace. Described as "a crisp dry golden Belgian style ale with a refreshing lemon hop character", it is Feral's third bottled beer.