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Samurai Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Samurai AleSamurai Ale

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576 Ratings

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Ratings: 576
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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Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

3.23/5  rDev -7.4%

Appearance: pours a clear pale yellow color. 1" head falls slowly, and some mild lacing develops.

Smell: no real aroma here except for some grassy tones that are really soft and barely detectable.

Taste: light malt profile with some grass and mild bitterness. A bit of corn flavors come through. This is a very mild flavored beer that a macro drinker would enjoy.

Mouthfeel: crisp from start to finish. Clean finish. Light in body.

Drinkability: if you want to quaff a six pack in short time, this is the beer to do it with. This is a bit boring and I expected a little more from Great Divide with this, but there is aplace in this world for mellow flavored beers.

09-23-2007 15:47:33 | More by Gavage
Photo of andrewm190

North Carolina

3.28/5  rDev -6%

Of the Great Divide beers I've tasted, this is the first one I haven't been really impressed with; still, its not a total loss, and I wouldn't dissuade someone from drinking it.

Pours a typical head, not much retention. Its not much to look at fairly light yellow/gold. This, combined with the smell, is where the beer loses the most points. When I smell it, I can't help think of the cheaper macro brews and be very much disappointed. You can get a slight hint of the different brewing that separates the beer from the micros, but its not real impressive.

Fortunately, the taste is a good bit better, a not overbearing crispness in taste regains some of the points lost. Not a horrible brew, worth a try, but don't expect the quality Great Divide often brings.

09-22-2007 20:20:30 | More by andrewm190
Photo of sleazo

New York

3.68/5  rDev +5.4%

A-Light golden. Slightly hazy with a real light fluffy head. Great lacing

S-light golden grains. Faint yeastiness. Vaugue hop bitterness

T-hits slightly yeasty with some funk. Perhaps toasted amber waves of grain. A vague bitterness provides a contrast to the underlying sweetness.

M-slightly rich for a blonde

D-decent beer. Not showy yet interesting enough to come back to. Nice on a hot sunny day

09-12-2007 03:16:18 | More by sleazo
Photo of geexploitation


3.95/5  rDev +13.2%

Pours a pretty, cloudy blonde with an eggshell white head that kicks up well initially and then settles into a collar and some dusting. The aroma is light but pleasant -- some adjuncts and sulphur are present, but the most prevalent element is earthy hops and some strawberryish fruits. On the palate, this beer is light and refreshing, with a significant, but restrained, hop bitterness and crisp malts. The flavors are well rounded and juicy. Mouthfeel is quite light and summery. Overall, this is an excellent blonde ale. Not my favorite style, but for a flavorful, light thirst quencher, this hits the spot.

09-07-2007 02:08:10 | More by geexploitation
Photo of Bitterbill


2.23/5  rDev -36.1%

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.

08-19-2007 16:32:13 | More by Bitterbill
Photo of zeff80


3.43/5  rDev -1.7%

A - Poured out a cloudy, golden yellow color with a white, fizzy, one-finger head. It left small traces of lace.

S - It smelled of yeast and sweet malt.

T - This was a very sweet and spicy beer. There is also a clove-like taste.

M - This is a crisp and sharp. A light-bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty good blonde ale. It has a great spicy character.

08-14-2007 19:03:11 | More by zeff80
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3.73/5  rDev +6.9%

So what we have here is an unfiltered ale brewed with rice. It's crazy enough that it just might work!

Pours a very pale straw color. Big ole fat two-finger white head on top that lingers ever so briefly before drifting off into foam heaven. It does, however, leave us some trace lace elements as a souvenir. Smells weak. Not bad, but weak. This is okay, because I wasn't expecting much in this department, but it is a very dull aroma. Light fruit esthers, malt, with maybe some mild spices for accent. But nothing exceptional here. The taste is pleasantly refreshing. Crisp and clean, it brings forth lemon, buttered popcorn, clove, lavender, some pepper, and hops. That's good enough for me. Mouthfeel is probably appropriate for an unfiltered rice beer - crisp, clean, refreshing, and dry.

Not a bad beer on the whole. I'd drink this again, mostly because it's nice and clean and a great summer brew. I don't care two bits that it's brewed with rice. It's actually good enough to forgive the folks at Great Divide for that little anomoly. That said, this beer won't be the catalyst for any socio-political revolutions anytime soon. But hopefully it'll be around after they occur.

08-03-2007 04:37:58 | More by Atlas1
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2.93/5  rDev -16%

12 oz bottle
pours a short-of-clear light yellow, with a sizeable cap of nearly white head, and persistent lines of bubbles throughout. Looks pretty good - I think it'd be more mouth-watering on this hot day if a little clearer and closer to golden, but what do I know.

Nose is my least favorite aspect. The rice is evident, the hops muted, some sweetness is hinted at, and it just doesn't come together for me.

Not a bad tasting beer, though the carbonation is a bit low. Aftertaste is a bit too sweet and the rice again makes itself known - annoyingly so, like a rice-chex residue in my mouth. Body isn't inappropriate for the style, but something this thin added to the low carbonation...it was a letdown.

Giving this a "4" on drinkability because of the light, relatively thirst-quenching nature, not because I think I'd want to drink several. I've got several other "lawnmower beers" I'd prefer. I've had a lot worse, but maybe not from this fantastic brewery.

08-01-2007 22:07:52 | More by udubdawg
Photo of Winter


2.73/5  rDev -21.8%

A- Pale yellow with a white head.

S - Use of rice is definitely noticeable in the aroma. Smells like wet rice water that just finished boiling in a pot. It also has an earthy scent to it. Disappointing feint wet cardboard also.

T- Light malt at first that has that unaccustomed flavor that rice adds. Here it seems a bit off. Flavor is buttery in the middle. Hops provide some bitterness toward the back, but nothing extraordinary.

MF - Medium in body and sharp.

D- Overall, this was a let down. I wasn't turned down by the rice addition, in fact, I was looking forward to it, but it doesn't work well here. Perhaps my bottle was old, but it didn't appear that way from the label. Nothing in the flavor stands out and if this is in fact an American Blonde Ale as the style listing suggest, I've yet to find one that I've really taken heart to liking.

07-29-2007 20:12:59 | More by Winter
Photo of mentor


3.45/5  rDev -1.1%

Never seen this before and it's from my local, Great Divide. Pours a strong two finger off-white head over a cloudy gross pale yellow liquid. Has a greenish tinge to it. Many streamers rise, this is likely highly conbonated. Head is clingy and settles slowly. Smells hallertauer hoppy with corn. Dash of rye musky, without the 'dark' character of rye.

Tastes like a cream ale with character. Decent wet sweet from malt with a corn character and a bit of a zing. The zing could come from a noble hop (hopped like a pils) or a dash of rye. Minimal grassy, but enough to be detected. This lingers into the aftertaste. Must be an ale, as there are some fruity esters. Pear and mild peach. Aftertaste is all hallertauer hops with an earthy musky drying character. Strong carbonation and light body.

07-28-2007 01:48:14 | More by mentor
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3.58/5  rDev +2.6%

Hazy, pale gold in hue, bright in like a Wit, nice color; white foam, at the apex the head was two fingers tall. Head retention was respectable; the bubbles were slow to fade to a skimpy, soapy cap. Subsequent lacing was respectable, unorganized but plentiful. Overall, the appearance is solid.

Clean nose… some grass, grain, lemon notes, bread with a kiss of flowers. Mild aromas, I’m neither impressed nor bored with the nose. It is quite simplistic but there is enough complexity (if that is the right word) to peek my curiosity. While not much of an endorsement I can’t really complain about the nose.

This is a hot weather beer. Simple as that. It is also an ale for people who fear “ales” because they’re too dark or bitter or whatever crap people think. Sweet, fairly malty like a Helles but with fruity notes, lemon zest, flowers, crackers… moderate bitterness near the dry finish. I do get a little tacky sweetness in the aftertaste along with a funky twang (like rice water? Funky… it’s odd, but not bad). I can’t really describe my overall impression; it is like a peculiar tasting Pilsner (in a good way). I can’t say I’ve tasted a beer like this. Tasty!

Medium-light in body, prickly carbonation; the mouthfeel fits this beer very well.

It is easy to drink; I could see this beer being very versatile with food. Baked fish to cold cut sandwiches to cheeses to fruit to whatever; I know this beer is new to bottles but, come on; this is really a summer seasonal! I’m glad I got a six-pack… as it might take a couple bottles to figure this “simple” beer out. Kudos to Great Divide for stepping outside the box. Purchased in Omaha.

07-28-2007 01:02:05 | More by bditty187
Photo of billybob


3.65/5  rDev +4.6%

pours a hazy light golden color good two finger white head that holds well along with some nice lacing. fruity aromas in the nose. taste is bready, grainy from the rice, with a slight fruityness to it. a very light mouthfeel and carbonation is good the rice makes it very light to drink, i would like to see a little more body to it but otherwise not bad.

07-25-2007 23:08:57 | More by billybob
Photo of sweethome


3.6/5  rDev +3.2%

For what it is, a really nice beer. This pours a hazy light-golden color. Nose is citrus with a hint of the rice as metioned on the label. Smooth entry, nice subtle malt flavors with a floral component.

Nice crisp bittering. A very easy drinking beer that would probably pair well with food. I had this sitting on the deck on a warm Chicago night - fit the scene perfectly. I generally don't waste much time on a blonde ale - either too sweet or too much of nothing - but this delivers nice flavor and refreshment.

07-25-2007 03:07:24 | More by sweethome
Photo of Enola

North Carolina

1.53/5  rDev -56.2%

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.

07-17-2007 02:17:34 | More by Enola
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North Carolina

2.63/5  rDev -24.6%

Crystal clear pale golden in color. 1/2" snow white head that has good retention and lot's of sticky white lacing.
Smell's like cooked rice.
Taste like a macro lager with a warm cooked white rice flavor. A lot of people seem to like this beer, so it's probably not a bad beer. It's more my taste as I don't like the added rice flavor.
Lot's of carbonation give this beer a sparkly mouthfeel.
I'm trying hard to finish my glass, but this beer may end up down the drain.

07-12-2007 01:23:34 | More by wcudwight
Photo of biking4beer


3.78/5  rDev +8.3%

Simple. That's all you really need to know.

Pours a hazy golden. the haze is a nice touch to a beer of this style. I got a 1 finger head from a standard put. Good looking beer.

Smells very very grain. Slight lemon. You can smell the rice that is used in this brew. As it warms it gets an almost flowery aroma.

Taste is simple and as well it should be. Slight tartness. Not quite that Belgian yeast, but a little funk. Definitely biscuity as mentioned in several other reviews.

Good crisp, high carbonation. Nice bite. Wholy moly, I can't wait to have this on a hot 4th of July. It should wash down the good ol' American hot dog very well. Pick this one up.

07-04-2007 03:23:56 | More by biking4beer
Photo of numenor1

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +20.3%

Pale yellow with a slight haze and a respectable white head. Some light citrus and spice on the nose backed by a light malt presence. On the palate very crisp, with definite citrus notes (lemon). Moderate hop bitterness and spicy hop flavor matching perhaps some spice flavor contributed by the rice? Very nice biscuity malt profile with vague nuttiness. Finishes light and drying. Fairly light bodied and extremely drinkable. Excellent summer beer.

07-02-2007 20:43:18 | More by numenor1
Photo of Domingo


3.8/5  rDev +8.9%

This was on tap at Pasquini's in Denver. This was on draft in a few locations downtown for years, but this is one of the first kegs of the major distribution.
Arrived a pale white-yellow color with a 1/4" of very creamy foam head. It's still unfiltered, which is nice. Looks a lot like a Wit.
Smells a little like a wheat beer, but with some tangy smells that remind me of a little of citrus zest.
Taste is actually surprisingly malty with a definite hop presence that doesn't overwhelm and really compliments the flavor. There are definitely some citrus notes in there, but they blend with the malt. You're going to drink this and expect something light, but it isn't. In some ways it has a biscuity malt flavor profile like a Fat Tire does.
It's thin, but that the intention of a beer like this. This is an amazing quencher, that I had 3 pints of and I could've ordered more. It's light (in texture), unoffensive, but still has a decent amount of flavor.
Did someone say BBQ beer?

(EDIT: While kind of unusual, I don't recommend letting this beer warm up. When served cool it's kind of spicy and refreshing. When it hits room temperature, the malty flavor becomes bitter and tough to drink. Maybe it's the rice? I've noticed Japanese lagers do this, too. It's great when served cool and comparable to a bad macro lager when served warmer)

07-01-2007 00:56:50 | More by Domingo
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North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +10.3%

Poured a foggy, glowing yellow color. An intense rush of carbonation produced a big, billowy white head that quickly surpassed the rim of the glass. Nice lacing. Smells light - dry maltiness and a gentle fruity note. Dry, crisp cracker-like malt flavor and a distinct sweetness surrounding it all. The dryness and aggressive carbonation along with a light body make it very crisp and refreshing. As it warms, there's an unexpected, yet delicious characteristic that reminds me of iced coffee. A surprisingly enjoyable summery beer. Don't drink it too cold.

06-29-2007 21:39:38 | More by wedge
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4.05/5  rDev +16%

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

06-28-2007 19:51:22 | More by russpowell
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4.15/5  rDev +18.9%

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.

06-20-2007 03:20:18 | More by ColoradoBobs
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3.98/5  rDev +14%

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.

06-19-2007 00:46:56 | More by rowew
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3.9/5  rDev +11.7%

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.

06-11-2007 21:20:40 | More by ArrogantB
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4.03/5  rDev +15.5%

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.

05-24-2007 17:52:33 | More by Oxymoron
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3.9/5  rDev +11.7%

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.

02-21-2007 23:18:21 | More by Mebuzzard
Samurai Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
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