Samurai Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company
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Reviews by TheIronHammer:
3.48/5 rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5
*I do not believe the carbonation that this bottle had is usual for this beer. However, it did not affect any area besides mouthfeel for me so I've decided to go ahead and write my review of this beer.
Poured from the bottle to a beer glass.
A: When I first opened this a stream of carbonation poured out, enough to fill an entire beer glass on its own before it subsided. About 85% of the beer still remained even after the overflow. I was very gentle with the bottle so I am not sure what happened.
Once the initial carbonation subsided I poured it slowly into the beer glass at a 45 degree angle and a white head five fingers in depth formed. After about five minutes it subsided to about 1/8 inch, so not much retention. There is fantastic lacing. The beer itself is a very cloudy golden yellow. Carbonation issues aside, the beer has an inviting appearance.
S: There is a very deep malty aroma. There is also some yeast and light peach aromas. The nose is pleasant. Once it warmed up there was also a slight buttery essence.
T: A malty taste and feel. Heavier than other rice beers I've tasted, which I like. There is a yeast presence. There is a fruit taste, but it's more of a vague fruit sweetness unlike the peach aroma I got from the nose. I like the tastes. They were stronger than I was expecting from this type of beer.
Mf: The body is medium and substantial for the style. There is too much carbonation, but given the rest of the profile I think something just went wrong with this bottle, so I'm not going to judge too harshly on this issue.
Overall: Carbonation issues aside, this was a pretty good beer. I really liked the nose, and it had a enjoyable taste as well. It is the best rice ale I've had so far. I will purchase this again.
Serving type: bottle
09-29-2011 01:30:03 | More by TheIronHammer
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