Samurai Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company
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4/5 rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
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.
Serving type: bottle
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Samurai Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
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