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Samurai Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Samurai AleSamurai Ale

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332 Reviews

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Reviews: 332
Hads: 587
Avg: 3.48
pDev: 15.8%
Wants: 19
Gots: 24 | 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:
Beer added by: ElGordo on 07-02-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Photo of russpowell
4.04/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 5th week of may

Pours an effervescent & slightly hazed straw/golden with 3 fingers of fluffed up eggshell-white head. Crazy lacing 7 head retention

S: Lemon & grassy notes

T: Rich honey malt, a little lemon & white pepper. Breadyness + dryness comes through as this warms. plus a hint of grapefruit. Finishes crisp, citrussy & with just a hint of pepper & coriander

MF: Medium-bodied with excellent carbonation & balance

Drinks too easy, not overly complicated, but a nice blonde, none the less. A great choice for hot weather fun

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Photo of ColoradoBobs
4.15/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Moderate pour into a chalice yields a hazy light yellow-amber unfiltered lovely under a large fluffy white head that fades fairly quickly to a solid thin lid. I love the looks of unfiltered beer: it says "body" to me.

Smell is pretty intensely sweet-sour-cracker-malt with floral hops. Nice. Smells like a good beer.

Taste is crisp metallic hops on the front end, sweet-sour buttered cracker malt in the middle, citrus-floral-pine in the finish. Very CRISP.

Mouthfeel is nice and round, far richer than the ABV might indicate. Fascinating combination of crisp and rich.

Drinkability is excellent. Plenty of complexity to keep the taste and palate interested, with a low enough ABV to make this quite sessionable.

Interesting that this is a micro brewed with RICE! But it's an interesting addition to the usual depth and complexity of Great Divide's brews. I highly recommend it.

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Photo of rowew
3.95/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz longneck, first time I have seen this bottled. Picked up a 6 pack at Liquor Max in Loveland. Short bottle description describes it as "not your everyday unfiltered beer." Month and date bottled notched on the side.

Appearance: Pours hazy gold - much less haze and sediment than the draft version. Nice head fades to a bit of lacing.

Smell: Clean, mellow aroma - just a bit of graininess, a bit off of the usual grain smell.

Taste: Medium mouthfeel, somehow the dominant flavor is a bit of citrus at the start. Definitely tastes like a wheat beer, but there is a bit of the rice flavor I associate with many japanese lagers.

Overall impression: Highly drinkable, and a bit different than your average session.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.88/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was a strange one. I had a sample of this at the tap room at Great Divide. They also had bottles of it so it should be in stores soon. It was a light yellow in color and cloudy. The taste reminded me of a wheat beer. It did seem like a good beer for a hot day, possibly a barbecue.

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Photo of Oxymoron
4.02/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled this on location and I wonder if they will bottle this sometime later. An experiment with a rice beer, the pour is a hazy yellow to golden color. Good head and surprisingly good retention.

The nose was malty and had a noticeable steamed rice aroma. Some lighter hop notes are in the background with some spice and peppery aromas.

The taste was good with an easy drinking feel. A nice malty taste with a generic adjunct taste to it. Sure you can pick out the rice but some other flavors come out like corn, oats and some sugary sweetness. Similar to the nose the hops come out nicely with some earthy undertones and the yeast leaves a smooth taste but some lighter peppery notes as well.

The body light and easy to drink. Overall a good beer and interesting for a rice beer to compare with Japanese Lagers or other such beers. I would like to see this bottled at some point.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.88/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tour of the GD brewery. This is a rice beer with a light coppor body and big foaming head. Looks like a nice replacement for Bud or Miller, as far as rice beers go.
Smells of a bit of spice and malt. The grain is soft in the nose and invites imbibery (?)
Crips taste. Not as malty as I thought it would be. A crisp finish and bolder flavor knocks out Bud and other macro lagers. Could be a very nice summer brew. Will try it again later on.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.77/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had never seen this one before, but the cool Samurai sword tap handle caught my eye last night at Produce Row. The bartender said it's a golden ale brewed with rice (hence the Japanese title, I guess), so I figured I'd give it a try.
Pours a coppery color with golden highlights, topped by a small, creamy white head. Nose is light caramel malt, some adjunct malt, and a hint of light, fruity hops. Palate is mellow caramel malt, with a bit of zing from the hops and a touch of lemon zest. The rice comes through in the creamy, light palate, making this an easy-drinking summer beer. Definitely worth a try.

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Samurai Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
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