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Samurai Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Samurai AleSamurai Ale

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586 Ratings

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Ratings: 586
Reviews: 334
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 15.52%
Wants: 19
Gots: 20 | 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.

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Photo of MarkSCCOT
2.81/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Great Divide is a favorite microbrewery of mine. They make big beers; Hercules, Titan, Yeti, etc. It was because of this that I jumped at the chance to pick-up a six pack of this beer when it showed up at a local store.

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

A. Yellow straw slight hazy color with a healthy white head. Some lacing.

S. Try as I might I could hardly smell anything. I was finally able to coax out some malt and lemony hops.

T. Much as it smelled. This is not a bold beer. It is watery and any taste is way in the background. Again malt and some light lemony hops.

M. Lots of carbonation and a clean finish.

D. Back in the days before I gravitated to big beers, this would have surpassed Bud as a session beer. It does remind me of Bud, bland and watery.

Not GD's best beer.

Photo of Phatz
3.81/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear pale gold (macro color) with a huge white head that overflowed my imperial pint glass. Spotty lace sporadically pasted on the glass.

Smell: Clean light aroma of grain and rice and a touch of lemon grass.

Taste: It has a sweet refreshing flavor of honey and yeast and bread. It finishes with some spice nip and a dry aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium light body that is soft in the mouth and sweet dry balance.

Drinkability: This is an approachable drinkable session beer. Simple. Refreshing.

Hope this is helpful.

Photo of
3.1/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle

Very clear for an unfiltered beer. Pale yellow...very pale! Medium sized, creamy, white head. No legs or lacing.

Scents of yeast and rice (could be the power of suggestion). Hint of citrus. Overall, very mild.

Tastes sweet (rice again?). Very sweet citrus -- sugared grapefruit. Not much bitter flavor. Almost an artificial taste to the sweetness, not entirely pleasant.

Light body. Medium carbonation. Refreshing.

Very easy to drink, but the artificial taste I noted above would be problematic with multiple beers. I probably won't be returning to this one unless it's handed to me at a picnic.

Photo of SargeC
4.28/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Brilliant yellow with hazy trails and flowing carbonation. The dense, dirty white head lingers.

Smell: Very clean aroma with hints of yeast and hops.

Taste: Unique. It has a light citrus flavor with a underlying biscuit-like flavor. The rice really mellows this beer out, without taking away from its character

Mouthfeel: Uncannily smooth. Crisp, light and refreshing. Maintains an ale-like quality through it all.

Drinkability: Easy to consume. I found this beer very refreshing and unique. It had many good things going on beneath the surface, while maintaining an outward simplicity.

Photo of tavernjef
4.45/5  rDev +27.9%
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!

Photo of wardough
3.66/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this beer into a pint glass. Served at 40 F.

A: Pours a hazy golden into the pint glass. The carbonation quickly climbs up and pushes a 1/2 '' head. In about 3 minutes, it dissipates into a thick white lace. Looks great and says "Wardo, drink me."

S: Very clean smell. You can get some of the malt coming through.

T: As I take a deep sip, the head dissipates, but coats the throat. You can slightly pick up the rice...Very, very clean flavor. I think that it's well balanced for this type.

M: Feels very light and creamy on the palate. The bubbles are very fine and not too coarse.

D: I could definitely drink another (If I had another). Goes down smooth.

Overall, a well built beer. I really like the unfiltered style on this ale. This is a good beer to have with a burger on a Saturday afternoon.

Photo of dreadnatty08
3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled "5th" week of July, presumably 07.
Pours a gorgeous slightly cloudy mellow straw color. Plumes of huge bubbly head is produced with lots of carbonation visible. Aromas are very estery, some slight wheat notes, lemon, candy sweetness, minor fusels; not unlike a light Belgian trippel. On the palate it is a very light bodied, highly carbonated brew. It is reminiscent of a BMC but with a rougher flavor profile, certainly earthier. Biscuit malts carry most of the malt profile while the hops are certainly quieted, perhaps to give the rice a shine? I can't pick out a rice like flavor as I'm not accustomed to it. Overall, it is quite balanced and would be a perfect match to a variety of light fare.

Photo of jasonjlewis
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Yellow color, clear, but a little murky. Decent initial head and very very good retention.

Aroma is of grain and rice. very clean, very very slight banana phenol. Rice comes out quite a bit. Smells macro lager ish. But I guess that's what it's going for, and the aroma is fairly strong.

Taste is clean. Tastes like simple pale grain with a hop bitterness is in the back, which is slight. Rice is also present. Slight citrusy flavor in the front with some dry tannins coming in the back with a rice taste on the finish. As the beer warms, a few dry tannins give an off flaovr on the after taste. Not incredibly off, but a little out of place.

Mouthfeel is crisp and finishes very dry.

This beer is ok, but not something I would want to make a session of. I could I suppose, but eh.

Photo of AMo
3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great Divide Samuri Ale pours a nice golden yellow with about a half an inch of head. Carbonation bubbles are very rapidly rising to start, but by the end of the beer they have all but stopped. The smell isn't strong, a bit of malts, but nothing that really stands out. The taste is mellow with an extreamly smooth mouthfeel. This makes it easy to drink and if not careful a six pack could disappear in a flash.

Photo of tugdriver7
4.05/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Loved the name and the package; and Great Divide does some fantastic ales, so I thought I'd give it a try (after checking BA of course). What a pleasant surprise. Very distinctive beer. Hazy light yellow in the glass, with a gorgeous white head that lasted through the first few sips and left a nice lacing on the glass. A wonderfully malty scent in the nose with a thin to moderate mouthfeel and refreshing carbonation. Taste was very different. Looks like a Hefe or a Belgian White in the glass, and I expected a lot of spice; but the flavor was mostly malt with a very light hops bite. Great beer. Something really different.

Photo of Gavage
3.21/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of andrewm190
3.22/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of sleazo
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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

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

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.

Photo of Bitterbill
2.28/5  rDev -34.5%
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.

Photo of zeff80
3.42/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Atlas1
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of udubdawg
2.89/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Winter
2.69/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of mentor
3.42/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of bditty187
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of billybob
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of sweethome
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Enola
1.55/5  rDev -55.5%
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.

Photo of wcudwight
2.64/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

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.

Samurai Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
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