Samurai Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company
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3.45/5 rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
It pours a very clear neon lemon yellow. A finger of thin white head disperses quickly to patches of surface froth. Krimpets of lacing crumple along the inside of the glass.
The aroma is notably scrawny with mere wisps of grain, indeterminate and maybe sweet, or not. A vague spiciness indicated the possibility of hops. But it is in no way offensive.
Upon tasting, a brief and shallow grain sweetness drops away to a clean, sweeping crispness that overcomes and semblance of hops, assuming they're present. A bit more grain visits, then the hops remove doubt by laying a broad blanket of bitterness that turns into a crisp and dry, but rather listless, finish. At least the rice didn't come off as a placeless adjunct.
Light bodied, it has a measure of substance that flows smoothly and glows fetchingly along the way.
A quaint name and interesting premise just can't recover what the brew itself fails to deliver to the palate and nose. I'm not disappointed, but rather, not impressed at all. Now, the clean, crisp character scrubs the mouth with each sip, so it is drinkable in its way. Still, the big picture is fuzzy and unfocused. I'll finish the six and consider it a lesson learned.
Serving type: bottle
11-20-2008 16:49:09 | More by Foxman
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