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Samurai Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Samurai AleSamurai Ale

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BA SCORE
78
okay

584 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 584
Reviews: 334
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 15.76%
Wants: 16
Gots: 17 | 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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Photo of OgreSanchez
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.

OgreSanchez, Oct 18, 2012
Photo of freduardo
1.5/5  rDev -57%

freduardo, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of Enola
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.

Enola, Jul 17, 2007
Photo of yuenglingfan101
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

yuenglingfan101, May 12, 2011
Photo of corby112
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.

corby112, Dec 01, 2008
Photo of pwoods
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.

pwoods, Jul 16, 2009
Photo of blknikon
2/5  rDev -42.7%

blknikon, May 08, 2013
Photo of hiphopj5
2/5  rDev -42.7%

hiphopj5, Jun 20, 2012
Photo of IdrinkGas
2/5  rDev -42.7%

IdrinkGas, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of mfield14
2/5  rDev -42.7%

mfield14, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of bkbergen
2/5  rDev -42.7%

bkbergen, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of GrindFatherBob
2/5  rDev -42.7%

GrindFatherBob, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of Pleepleus
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.

Pleepleus, Apr 07, 2010
Photo of Beaver13
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.

Beaver13, Oct 01, 2008
Photo of BEERchitect
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.

BEERchitect, Jan 09, 2009
Photo of midaszero
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

midaszero, Oct 26, 2008
Photo of Bitterbill
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.

Bitterbill, Aug 19, 2007
Photo of lvoutlawjlh
2.25/5  rDev -35.5%

lvoutlawjlh, Aug 09, 2012
Photo of drabmuh
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.

drabmuh, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of praufs01
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.

praufs01, Jul 19, 2009
Photo of Thorpe429
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.

Thorpe429, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of muttyd
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.

muttyd, Feb 02, 2011
Photo of jrallen34
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.

jrallen34, Jan 07, 2010
Photo of Infamous7100
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.

Infamous7100, Mar 07, 2009
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Samurai Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 584 ratings.