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Samurai Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Samurai AleSamurai Ale

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BA SCORE
80
good

585 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 585
Reviews: 334
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 15.76%
Wants: 16
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ElGordo on 07-02-2006)
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4.75/5  rDev +36.1%

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stpaulsipper07, Jul 30, 2012
Photo of Bizquithead
4.65/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my new favorite beer. It is hard to find rice beers. It has exceptional drinkability. The flavor is smooth & sweet. The alcohol content is good enough. It isn't super filling. So again it is hard to find but well worth the 11$u.s.
I first had Samurai at a beer tasting. It was my favorite one of all that I tasted. This rice beer blows away anything budweiser can do.

Bizquithead, Jan 12, 2011
Photo of Bouleboubier
4.6/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is almost something from another beer dimension - at least from the looks and whiffs of it. A cottony-white, super-expansive, whipped-frozen-drink froth billows up from the pour, taking its lazy sweet time to nearly fade away.

First impressions of the smell - Pepperidge Farm lemon-iced lemon cake with coconut shavings and another cake: urinal. Love it. Unique.

With the aroma nuances nestled into the flavor, I found a light, fluffy malt flavor and body supporting. The character of the malt IS bready/doughy, but in a light, flaky French pastry fashion. I want to say I detected some subtle spice flavors in there as well - maybe some clove, vanilla, and/or coriander - but just a faint essence. I don't how they did it, but the taste is pretty awesome. Not significantly fruity aside from the lemon zest. I'd suggest this drinks like no other than a liquid delicate, hors d'œuvre-size puff pastry, down to featuring from a little past the mid-point, dropping off shortly after the finish, an almost butter-kissed flaky-dough quality/texture. The rice addition, however much it is, must be the key ingredient here in establishing that extra-fine edge in lightness to the feel. It's soft, but not so much crisp.

What Great Divide did here, I feel, is create the definitive American Blonde Ale. Of the handful of examples I've had in this "style", this is truly a standout beverage. Different, for most palates. An inspired recipe.

Bouleboubier, Feb 26, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +28.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +28.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +28.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +28.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +28.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +28.9%

EddieJoe, Mar 09, 2012
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4.47/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dullishly pale and lighter toned lemony whitened yellow. Chill hazed body to start then clears up a bit. Grows an all encompassing bright, starchy white head as its poured. Settles slowly to a decent pinky high crunch of floppy foam. Tons of lacing in thick patches and strings coat the glass like sticky rice.

Mild yet complexingly sweet and breadish aroma of pale malt, grain, and very dull lemon/melon candy-like hints. Nice bready sweetness to it and Munich Helles-like tone.

Taste is quite nice and rounded with a fine and fluffy mildly complex bready sweetness. The taste itself is quite simple really, it’s just got this overwhelming cleanness and a great length of tone and body to it; it’s incredibly hard to put down. I just keep drinking it! It’s not over powering and it’s not light either. Its dead on with a swift, clean kesa cut of pale malt sweetness, a bit pretzely, and grainy fluffed texture. It’s the length of tone and flavor that really stands out for me on this one.

Body is clean and wholesome with a semi fluffy texture of breads and grains. About medium bodied if not a bit more due to its caring and lengthy tone and character. It’s slightly sweet and yet paled down with a terrific profile of high crafted goodness.

Much like a well-forged katana, this stuff will cut right through you.
Damn easy to drink; and as if there ever was a doubt Great Divide could do something like this to a style that always lacks. Solid as the stance of a Samurai and lengthy as a cut from the blade of their wielding katana. This stuff is surprisingly beneficial and honorable. Osu!

tavernjef, Oct 30, 2007
Photo of Seru1
4.43/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle to Pint glass.

Appearance- Pale hazy yellow with a thick pure white head, thick lacing and nice carbonation. It is quite enticing on a hot summer day.

Smell- Notes of grain and yeast with a zing of lemon, nothing to special here.

Taste- the bitterness of the hops is mellowed by the rice perfectly. Very cleansing to the pallete. Note of lemon peel, Orange and dry rye bread in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- thin but refreshing with a decent aftertaste and bit of pop on the tongue.

Drinkability- Very refreshing, During the summer or late spring I could put away quite a few indeed!

I'm a fan of sapporo and kirin, and I think you'll enjoy samurai. I took a chance on it and I'm sure glad I did.

Besides the new packaging is just cool.

Seru1, Jun 26, 2009
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4.4/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Well, apparently the unfiltered claims were true; this beer pours milky white. To my disappointment , the first thought to mind was the image of the American Pie scene, where a man's climax is deposited into a Ubiquitous Red Cup. This unpleasant imagery is my first impression of my first rice ale.

Not a good start.

Anyways, as stated, the beer is a milky white with adjunct backdrop colored. Resembles a hefeweizen, but with noticeably large chunks of what looks like cracked rice bits suspended in the liquid. The head is minimal, is bone white and thin.

S- Sweet malty smells of white bread, lemons, creamy tartness. Like a hefeweizen, but with a much stronger malt background, more bready, grainy and solid in size.

T- Starts off dry and grainy, then the malt flexes up and becomes the prominent taste with, again, white bread flavors. Next the hops come cascading in in waves, providing a bitter counterpoint to the rice grain, eventually mellowing out to a more balanced finish, the yeast leaving a pleasantly slight sweet tartness edge to the fading hops bitterness and the still present sweeter rice grain base.

This is one really unique beer. A whole 'nother level of flavors. What an interesting and charming ale! Wide spectrum of tastes, from sweet, bready, tart, dry and bitter. A great example of this breweries inventiveness and brewing skill! Just a fascinating beer to drink.

M- Medium bodied with full carbonation. Lively and busy. The perfect body structure for a summer beer.

D- Very high, IMO. Just such a damn creative beer that really works on nearly every level. It's great, perfectly drinkable. I'm dying for another one already, as I only bought one for a sixer-mixer.

Will most definitely be keeping this beer as a staple from now on.

SamN, Aug 19, 2010
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4.38/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this is a good solid wheat beer. It says on the bottle "rice ale" but I don't think rice is the main grain... The bottle says it was added. All that nonsense aside this is a really solid beer with great flavor and a good drinkablity. I really enjoyed this. It looks like a typical wheat beer. Light yellow with a slight cloudyness. The taste however is above average. Theres a slight bite but it finishes with a smoothness.

mattkoon, Feb 12, 2011
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4.35/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap

App- Thick hazy straw pour with a fluffy white head ringed by sediment. Reminiscent of the great Belgian Saisons.

Sm- Slightly fruity with a uncooked rice dust smell hanging around. A little but of musty mushrooms.

Ta- Crisp malt character that is played off of by the dry rice character. Very delicate with nice yeast phenols lingering. No noticeable hops.

Ov- Who would have thought a rice beer coudl be this good. i swear this beer has made Budweiser more drinkable.

gueuzer, Sep 22, 2011
Photo of iSip
4.33/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great Divide Samurai Rice Ale: Wow, this one you have to try. The head has a mix of large sparkling bubbles and more durable foam, and surprisingly a powerful and complex aroma. The beer is golden in color, but as it is unfiltered, and I gave it a good swirl, ended up translucent. What a unique flavor! Very complex, with lots of flavors coming and going. Fruity (but in a good way up) front and followed by a subtle hoppy bitter is a summary that does not do justice to the experience. I was not too keen on trying a rice beer, even from a great brewer such as Great Divide, but it was work the risk. Unique beer very much worth a try.

iSip, Jul 18, 2011
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Samurai Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 585 ratings.