Samurai Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company
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Reviews by the Alström Bros:
4/5 rDev +14.6%
Beer review from BA Mag Sep 2007.
Taking a cue from American Wheat Ale, this unfiltered offering is brewed with rice and barley malts. As we pop the cap, we hear the sound of a thousand beer snobs shuddering at the thought of a craft brewer using rice.
The head retention is absolutely stunning, after a few sips the lace crowns the inside of the glass and rings the rest of the way down. We opted to swirl and pour in the sediment, so the pale-yellow brew gained a bit of haze. Mildly fruity aroma with dusty yeast, faint cooked rice and a clean grainy nose. Big crispness plays off of the moderate body nicely. Kiss of fruitiness resembling ripe cherries and strawberries up front; and by its side comes a sharp bitterness, which keeps things refreshing and balanced. The barley actually seems a bit more delicate as it meshes completely with the cooked rice flavor. A bit of nutty yeast in the drying finish wraps this beer up.
Pretty damn remarkable, Great Divide hit this one out of the park as it trounces pretty much every American Wheat Ale currently on the market. For a pairing, try some broiled mahi-mahi and twice baked sweet potato.
07-07-2010 00:04:39 | More by BeerAdvocate
More User Reviews:
3.6/5 rDev +3.2%
Poured into a standard pint a slight hazed light yellow almost lemonade like a thinner but well sustained white head atop,very muted aromas only light toastiness and a faint passing lemon whiff.Lightly toasted flavors with a tinge of lemon oil it is quite crisp like other have noted,its toastiness is very firm and stays through to the finish,the hops stay in tune with the beer giving a faint smack of citrus in the later stages.Hey it is what it is a easy drinking blonde ale its not a no brainer either I think would be a great summer brew wich seems a long way off right now.
12-01-2007 22:13:47 | More by oberon
2.2/5 rDev -37%
12 oz bottle. Pours a hazy yellow with big yeasties and a frothy white head that retains well and laces the glass.
The aroma is sweet musty soapy bready malts.
The flavor is pretty bland - a little sweet malt and a touch of fruits with a little grassy bitterness that leads to a dry finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and watery with some sharp carbonation.
Overall, a pretty bland offering from GD. There's nothing offensive, but nothing really appealing about it either.
10-01-2008 02:56:14 | More by Beaver13
3.2/5 rDev -8.3%
12 oz bottle pours a hazy straw body with a large white head that leaves some impressive chains and curtains of lacing on the glass. Aroma is muted, with only some spicy and floral hops and faint bready malt. Light body has a medium carbonation. Taste has a dominant floral hops bitterness balanced by a sweet maltiness that reminds me of Rice Krispies. Pretty decent for style but not one I would revisit anytime soon.
04-21-2008 14:19:14 | More by merlin48
3.18/5 rDev -8.9%
Appearance: one inch head, cloudy, high carbonation, yellowish brown
Smell: malt, grass, grain, and caramel
Taste: malt, grass, grain, and caramel
Mouthfeel: smooth, sweet, medium body and carbonation
Drinkability: It is interesting. However the taste is not strong enough to call it sessionable. I could have it again...I could just as easily not.
05-11-2009 16:52:31 | More by tigg924
3.78/5 rDev +8.3%
Bottled on 4/13/11
A-Hazy light pale yellow with a tight white foam that hangs on for a few drinks than rings the glass for the remainder.
S-Estery yeast is predominate, some pale malt also noticed
T-Fruity yeast hits you first, than the light malt character with some very light floral hops. Smooth finish. This beer reminds me of an unfiltered wheat...I don't get any rice flavor.
M-Lightly carbonated with a medium body thanks to the yeast and malt.
D-This is smooth, could drink a pile of these. Enjoyed my first of these on a hot summer day.
O-Reminds me an unfilted wheat beer such as Island wheat from Capital Brewery, or like many microbrewed wheats. This is an easy drinker, with not a ton of flavor but enough to keep you wanting more. Nice beer.
06-04-2011 23:53:06 | More by deebo
3.75/5 rDev +7.4%
Enjoyed on tap at the Great Divide brewery and taproom. Pours out one of the lightest colored straw yellows you will ever see. Very nice white head on the top of it, just under the 1" range, pillowy appearance. Mild fruit like aroma probably coming from a lager yeast and having nothing really to get in its way. Miniscule noble hop aroma.
Taste, refreshing, slight country twang to it, enjoyable, especially on this hot day in August that it was sampled. High carbonation, low malt and hops. Appreciable astringency that actually melds with the lemon and rice like qualities. If you've had Stone's 16th anniversary, this tastes like a small beer made from its wort runnings. Really good stuff to convert people who drink a lot of Coors Light. Its better, and a lot more flavorful. Will make you think of sunny days in the grass, with a wedge of lemon. The bitterness might be a little more than some can handle at first, but get beyond that, and you're in light beer heaven, relatively speaking.
10-15-2012 18:45:51 | More by Beerandraiderfan
3.65/5 rDev +4.6%
Appears a pale unfiltered golden with particles suspended from the rice and yeast additions. Head billows and forms a doughnut shaped dimpled layer of foam which is bright white in color with nice head retention. Lacing is fine and even on the sides of my glass with each sip.
Aromatics offer up a clean sensual experience blending pale biscuit malt fresh baked dough with a yeast rising deja' vu experience. A touch of balancing herbal hops but this is malt and rice focused. Really delicate but so pleasant at the same time, an evident layer of lemon lime dish soap in there as well without the off putting chemical solvency.
Flavor has nice full pale biscuit malt sweetness with a layer of fruity tartness blending nicely in, minimal hops but evident herbal twang gives me some earthy hop burps. Almost like a mushroom funk in the finish, sounds gross but it works.
Mouthfeel is fuller than I was expecting medium bodied good amount of girth compared to most rice adjunct brews that were used to, carbonation is lively but so naturally smooth. Really hits palate on the sides of with a semi sweet dryness.
Drinkability is pretty killer I could see this going over well as a macro crossover or a summer session lawnmower brew, take your pick. Probably a difficult brew to pull off there's no hiding your flaws with loads of hops and alcohol here, definitely a brew I would want with my American Dream roll next time I hit my local sushi joint up that's a specialty roll with Spicy Tuna, Salmon, and Yellowfin.
03-21-2009 02:56:48 | More by WVbeergeek
3.68/5 rDev +5.4%
Part of a mixed 12-pack from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.
Pours a cloudy lemon-yellow color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.
Smells of tart citrus - lemons and orange with hints of lime - with solid amounts of husky grain.
Tastes similar to how it smells. Citrus tartness up front that's that overly so. The flavors aren't very clear however, and are muddled with a robust grain backbone.
Mouthfeel is good. It has a decent thickness with solid carbonation.
Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing the bottle and could have a few more.
Overall this was an interesting beer and one that I enjoyed. Worth a shot.
08-20-2009 02:42:30 | More by glid02
3.63/5 rDev +4%
Serving: 12 oz bottle poured into a dogfish head ale glass. Bottled on November 2009.
A: Slightly hazy gold that, when held to the light, appears pale white and shows steady carbonation.
S: Not very strong, some fruity notes are present though the strongest scent is of steamed rice.
T: Interesting, starts with piny hops, then shifts to fruity, like fruity pebbles, before shifting back to a floral and piny finish.
M: Starts light, becomes a bit creamy, then finishes clean and light.
D: Hops are present, however, not to the extent that it over taxes the palate.
Overall: I was expecting more of the fruity aspects of the rice to be involved. Forgetting my expectations, the beer is decent. For fans of a pale ales, they would enjoy this beer. It has the hops, roughly, of a pale, yet, the fruity interlude adds depth and a break from hops.
03-11-2010 00:22:14 | More by ianjsullivan
2/5 rDev -42.7%
12oz. brown bottle, purchased at Party Source, poured into a pint.
A: Pours a banana peel yellow without a lot of clarity. Short pearly white head on the pour that only lasts a little bit. Just a bit of lacing.
S: Grainy malts with a bit of husky aroma. No hops. Clean but hardly anything there.
T/M: Very little flavor. It's a blonde, I know, but wow. Weak grainy malt bill with a little bit of sweetness and a faint sip of huskiness. No hops. I would assume the rice makes it taste like pretty much nothing. Body is light and crisp and finishes clean.
D: Easy to drink but why would I want to? I'd honestly rather get a 12 pack of Miller High Life, for cheaper, and down 'em straight from the bottle.
07-16-2009 01:05:36 | More by pwoods
3.6/5 rDev +3.2%
This one's got a great appearance. Either I overdo it on the pour or others are just not doing it properly. The pure-white head is tall and fluffy, sitting for quite a while at three fingers, leaving a patchy blanket of lacing initially as it recedes. When it does, a foamy island of thick foam remains. The color is a hazy golden-yellow, deeper and darker than straw but by no means amber.
A firm grains backbone is on the nose with a light lemon and very gentle hops aromas underneath. The aroma is less firm and complex than the flavor.
There's plenty of malt and grains in the flavor balanced by a stronger hops presence than I detected in the aroma. Lemon is underlying and on the first few sips there's a note of rice in the aftertaste. The subsides and the finish is just a bit dry, with hops lingering and a flash of the rice flavor appearing again.
The mouthfeel is a bit richer than I expected, with a decently robust medium body. There's a balance of creamy and crisp with moderate carbonation.
Overall, this is a nice beer and worthy of more recognition than it's garnered. Preconceptions or previous bias, perhaps?
09-17-2009 20:28:47 | More by Brenden
3.35/5 rDev -4%
12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass. Bottled date was July of 2009, seemed risky for a blonde ale, but thought what the heck, lets try this beer.
A- Pours a cloudy yellow with a creamy white head with visible sediment swimming about. What was interesting is that initially there was a thin, non-impressive head, but after a couple of minutes it transformed into a beautiful bone white creamy layer. Very nice and intriguing looking beer.
S- Basic aroma here, rather muted. Barely any hops very little malt, and can I actually smell rice?
T- Interesting, in a good way. Very approachable, light and crisp. As an avid hop head, this is obviously not my favorite beer, but I certainly wouldn't say it tastes bad. This would be a good beer to have with spicy foods.
M- Very pilsner like, great carbonation.
D- A decent beer all around, I will definitely try this again, but fresher. I'm sure the hops have faded over the past 7 months, so I will keep an eye out for a fresher one.
03-04-2010 13:45:45 | More by BetterDarker
2.9/5 rDev -16.9%
Pours a pale straw yellow color from a 12oz bottle. It has good head but it's gone quickly and leaves no lacing behind. Clarity is very good.
Aroma reminds me of corn and rice. It has a sweet grainy smell almost like kettle corn.
Flavor is mild and bordering on bland. It has a cereal graininess to it with just a bit of hops. Luckily that's all it needs to balance the mild malts. Good balance then but nothing to exciting about either side of the equation.
Mouthfeel is average, good carbonation.
Drinkability is good but only because of the mild flavor and low alcohol. It isn't something I would order twice. It might have been better on a hot summer day but it doesn't do much for me on a cool autumn-like night.
09-09-2008 02:10:03 | More by GilGarp
Samurai Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
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