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Samurai Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Samurai AleSamurai Ale

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BA SCORE
79
okay

572 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 572
Reviews: 333
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 15.76%
Wants: 15
Gots: 14 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ElGordo on 07-02-2006)
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Ratings: 572 | Reviews: 333 | Display Reviews Only:
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Greenblanketbrewing

Pennsylvania

1/5  rDev -71.3%

02-14-2013 03:04:43 | More by Greenblanketbrewing
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OgreSanchez

Texas

1/5  rDev -71.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This is easily one of the worst beer I've ever had. I usually love beers from Great Divide, but something about this beer just doesn't sit well me. I realize everyone has different tastes and preferences and I respect that. This is a fairly highly rated beer here on BA, so I'm assuming I'm merely an aberration. I'll have to revisit this beer later on, but in the meantime I'm down on this beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2012 03:21:52 | More by OgreSanchez
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freduardo

Alabama

1.5/5  rDev -57%

12-09-2011 20:20:52 | More by freduardo
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Enola

North Carolina

1.53/5  rDev -56.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

This brew did not impress me. Great Divide is capable of so much more. The beer was a cloudy yellow. The head looked like the foam that washes up on the beach. The smell was of corn mash. The taste was of molded corn and wheat. As far as mouthfeel, this beer actually gave me a sore throat. I will not try this beer again. Great Divide puts out some awesome brews, this just is not one of them. A drainpour.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2007 02:17:34 | More by Enola
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yuenglingfan101

Indiana

1.7/5  rDev -51.3%
look: 1 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Tried to poor into a glass from bottle. Should have drank straight from the bottle. Head is way too thick. More head than beer in the glass. very tacky. smells crisp. Tastes crisp of what isn;t head. Kinda strong scotch tasting mouthful. wouldn't recommend this beer

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2011 02:21:53 | More by yuenglingfan101
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corby112

Pennsylvania

1.93/5  rDev -44.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Pours a urine colored gold with small fizzy head. Armoa similar to an average macrobrew. Very similar to many american macrobrews because of the use of rice. Nothing special. i was very disappointed considering how much I enjoy the other Great Divide Brews.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2008 08:57:32 | More by corby112
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pwoods

Ohio

2/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2009 01:05:36 | More by pwoods
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blknikon

Massachusetts

2/5  rDev -42.7%

05-07-2013 23:46:49 | More by blknikon
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hiphopj5

Colorado

2/5  rDev -42.7%

06-20-2012 12:45:48 | More by hiphopj5
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IdrinkGas

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -42.7%

01-04-2012 01:09:10 | More by IdrinkGas
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mfield14

Colorado

2/5  rDev -42.7%

01-18-2013 04:25:49 | More by mfield14
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bkbergen

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -42.7%

01-15-2012 03:58:30 | More by bkbergen
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GrindFatherBob

New York

2/5  rDev -42.7%

12-24-2011 22:49:19 | More by GrindFatherBob
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Pleepleus

New York

2.15/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Had with Hyland from his Great Divide Sample pack. Poured a very light clear yellow until we noticed the bits at the end of the pour and spun them in giving it a slightly cloud with an inch of white head and a dense sheen. Had a light sweet smell, not alot there. Taste was extremely light with a mild fruity citrus taste. Was thin and easily drinkable if you like flavorless ale with no bite.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2010 21:45:49 | More by Pleepleus
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Beaver13

Colorado

2.2/5  rDev -37%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2008 02:56:14 | More by Beaver13
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

2.23/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Something new in Lexington. I have never had a beer that boasts so much about rice additions. I'd like to know how much rice / barley is used.

The pour delivers a brighter than expected straw color, especially since the lable explains its unfiltered character. Next to null head formation and only a trace of foam at the perimeter of the glass. Its appearance could easily be mistaken for Miller Lite.

Very, very grainy in the nose- far too much for a so called craft beer. Herbal, floral hop notes swirl around a citrusy, acidic note with a regretable undermalted nose.

Flavors are nearly as grainy as in the aroma but with a faint malt pilsner malt, cracker-like taste. Citrus hops join in the frey and accompany the acidic, baking-soda taste.

The body is where the beer suffers most. Though dry, crisp, and somewhat refreshing, the astringency from the grains make the beer tough to drink. If there were any roundness or fullness to buffer the pure grain husk flavor and feel, I would try to get on board with this one.

There is some promise with a weak pilsner malt base and assertion in the hops, but the beer is a mere shell of a craft beer... basically a pretender.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2009 02:51:35 | More by BEERchitect
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midaszero

Washington

2.23/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A - Cloudy straw body with two fingers of foamy head. Good lacing left behind

S - Pick up on some lemon zest

T - Chemical tasting lemon reminds me of artificial lemon flavoring

M - Light medium body with medium carbonation

D - I did not gag on it or drain pour it but wouldn't ever buy it again

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2008 19:51:37 | More by midaszero
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

2.23/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

I got this in a mixed 6Pack at Wilbur's in Ft Collins.

Pours from 12oz bottle(bottled last week in May 2007) a clear light gold with a large head of foam that shrinks to a solid layer and it has lots of lacing.

The smell is of caramel malt and slight citrus.

The taste has a strong sweetish malt presence on my first sip followed by some citrus hop bitterness and a slight sourness. Further sips in and the flavours are not meshing very well together at all and it leaves me wondering whether I'll be able to finish this bottle or not. The best word I can think of for putting the flavour of this Ale in the shortest term possible is....harsh. I favour it not and I won't buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2007 16:32:13 | More by Bitterbill
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lvoutlawjlh

Nebraska

2.25/5  rDev -35.5%

08-09-2012 22:09:22 | More by lvoutlawjlh
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drabmuh

Maryland

2.3/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle poured into a stange glass. Beer is yellow and completely hazy with a two finger white head of small and medium bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass.

Aroma is grainy and watery.

Beer is thin and harsh with a strong rice-y aftertaste with a harsh acidic twang at the back of the mouth. This beer is gross.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2011 13:51:01 | More by drabmuh
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praufs01

Pennsylvania

2.35/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Clear Yellow with a frothy white head.

Aroma - Very faint herbal aroma.

Taste - Very, very light on flavor with a tangy aftertaste.

Overall - The beer has a very strange flavor that I just can't place. It must be the rice... The beer is OK, but not great.

Serving type: on-tap

07-19-2009 18:53:36 | More by praufs01
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Thorpe429

Illinois

2.4/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Great Divide. Pours light. Fizzy head. Rice and dry. Slight bitterness. Not a big fan of this one. Not a fan at all.

Serving type: on-tap

01-09-2013 03:48:32 | More by Thorpe429
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muttyd

Massachusetts

2.42/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Clear golden yellow body with a thick soapy white head. Very clear brew. Aroma is grassy with some grainy malts. Orange peel also present in the aroma. Flavor is what I expected. Some bready/biscuity malts with a slightly grass/citrusy hop spice. Slightly off-putting sour/astringent finish. For the money, there are several other low abv beers I would rather go with. Not very impressed with this one from GD.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2011 02:07:40 | More by muttyd
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jrallen34

Illinois

2.45/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I drank this from a 12oz bottle into a Rochefort glass.

The beer pours a medium light murky gold with about a finger of white head that fades quickly. The lacing is light.

The aroma is very light with a light flowers and smidge of skunk.

The taste is horrible, its light and skunky and has a terrible aftertaste. Very disappointing.

The feel is light and watery.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2010 01:33:51 | More by jrallen34
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Infamous7100

Ohio

2.48/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had some high hopes for this beer. I'm a big fan of rice. I came away disappointed. It poured quite similarly to an unfilitered wheat, sans the sediment, a cloudy, golden hue. My first smell yielded a hint of fruit (not sure what kind) and a rather large whiff of rice. It almost smelled kind of "musty". The taste wasn't bad, but the aftertaste stuck around much longer than desired. The taste of rice wasn't as prevalent as the smell, but you could still pick up the rice/fruit flavor. I can't get away from the cloying effect and the hang. It's kind of bitter. All in all, I'm glad I tried it, but most likely won't be getting another.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2009 19:25:25 | More by Infamous7100
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Samurai Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 572 ratings.