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Samurai Gazebo - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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18 Reviews
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Reviews: 18
Hads: 75
Avg: 3.99
pDev: 12.28%
Wants: 6
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co. visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Japanese Rice Lager |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: thedrewski86 on 03-20-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

In a Zen-like state
The Samurai wets his blade
Then wets his palate
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Reviews: 18 | Hads: 75
Reviews by thedrewski86:
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3.11/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Just got this at Three Floyds yesterday. Served in an Imperial pint glass, nice deep golden color, white head with chunky lacing. The menu says this was brewed as an "experimental lager" with sorachi ace hops. These are interesting hops as they give this beer a distinctly tart smell and taste. It mellows out a little as the beer goes down, but I really can't get past the sweet tartness. I would say give it a try, but this isn't really for everyone. Who knows, as this beer ages I may really grow to appreciate it.

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4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at DLD

pour was a bright and electric like murky golden brown

very floral, lots of tropical fruit, bright

taste was similar to nose only with a spicy zest. floral and citrus hops combined with a refreshing zest.

moderate carbonation, light and easy

overall, this was a giant surprise, i would love to have this again

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Photo of Kegatron
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ the Three Floyds Brewpub (Munster, IN) on 4/24/10 during Dark Lord Day. Served in an imperial pint.

Pours a nice clear golden copper, topped with a 1/2 finger of creamy bright-white foam. Retains with a thin foamy layer, which stays rich, and leaves heavy swathes of sticky lacing behind. The aroma is fairly hoppy, being earthy, citric, grassy, and spicy, with some robust smelling green fruits being present as well. Caramel and bread from the malts add a sticky and malty tang to the nose underneath. Solid.

The sweetness of the malts are a little more forward here, with a good bit of tight grainy breads and caramel flavors being wrapped up in the earthy, fruity, and lightly spicy character of those Sorachi Ace hops. Just great balance here for a Lager, while still allowing the hops to show off some of their assertiveness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, being sharp, crisp, and smooth all at once and helping give this a great easy drinking and sessionable feel. Tasty and thirst quenching.

I starting to get to know this new Sorachi Ace hop varietal a little better and while I'm not convinced that it could quite carry an IPA by itself, this seemed just perfect for the hopping of a Lager. Great stuff that I would gladly have had more of if there hadn't been so many other great beers on tap.

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4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap during DLD this past weekend. Review from notes....

A- Pours a clear copper color with some light golden highlights in it. One finger bright white head comes up and dies down fairly quickly leaving a small cap on the top of the beer. Nice sticky ringing lacing as I drank down.

S- Hops come out first in this beer. More earthy and light citrus brightness in the front. Grassy sweet (caramel) bready malts in the rest of the beer balance this out a little more.

T- The malts are the firs tthing to come out in the flavor profile. Sweet caramel malts rush to the palate with hints of a bready yeast. The malts come in and balance this out with a little earthy kick which I find to be very pleasant on the palate.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Crisp flavors overall and very well balanced...very very well balanced. Light bready malts left on the palate with some hop bite in the aftertaste. Very clean tasting!

D- This beer is a perfect session lager. I'm glad to see 3 Floyds branching out and doing their own thing with this style. A perfect summertime beer and I can't wait to get back to the pub to enjoy a couple more pints of this!

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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4.75/5  rDev +19%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in an imperial pint at FFF 4/5/10. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Served a rich, golden copper color capped by a thick and creamy, bright-white head. Very sticky lace was left behind.

S: Distinct white grape aroma, along with toasted grain, and mild citrus.

T: See above. Excellent.

M: Pretty smooth with a nice peppery/spicy bite at the finish.

D: Satisfying and refreshing. An awesome summer session lager.

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap the day after Dark Lord Day.

This beer is a light bodied light bronze in color with a one finger creamy head. The nose is subtly sweet with plenty of sweet rice characteristic, spice, rosemary, and mint. The flavors are light, herbal, and minty. It's really interesting. I like it. It's like a sweeter, minty version of Sapporo. It's extremely light and sessionable and a different take on this style. It's a nice beer overall.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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5/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of thydarkprevails
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at three floyds. Served in an imperial pint. Pours a hazy yellow gold orange. Thick white head lingers a while and leaves nice lacing. Aroma is bread, lime, light grapefruit, and a sweet chalky candy. Flavor is bread, chalk, citrus, and something I can’t identify but it goes along with that sweet chalk candy aroma. Light mouthfeel. I like this lager a lot and it’s good paired with their short rib burger.

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4.94/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am not sure how this tick didn't immediately get posted; I was so totally INSANE over this beer when I had it at Sheffield's in Chicago. Review from backlog.


Big thanks to Alex for pointing this one out to me; though it is a FFF one-off, APL is not always the style du jour for me. Put Sorachi Ace in the mix, well, we have a different story now...

A - The brew pours pale and translucent. I cannot honestly say what color these pints are, as it is too dark in this bar. The brew is capped with a decently pillowy head, given the style, and deposits some lace too.

S - The nose is comprised of a pristine pale malt base, suggesting minerals and spring water; this provides the optimal springboard for which to launch the intensely delectable Sorachi Ace notes. The floral aromas of confederate jasmine blooming during a sultry Southern night (I know this aroma well...) as well as my beloved white gardenia in full bloom are beautifully intense, but do not cross over into being perfume-y, which seems easy given the specific notes involved. There are some fruity kiwi-like notes as I get deep, deep, deep into the pint. There could be no more pleasurable floral note than this one, and this may be my favorite hop bouquet of all-time.

T - The flavor is just awesomeness liquidly quantified. Floral notes of gardenia, jasmine and rose are so sublimely delectable, vanilla and kiwi-centric tropical-citric notes are also suggested, and the paleness is just so pristine. This beer is almost sensual, as ridiculous as it sounds, in its sensory qualities.

M - Having a beer this delicious merely touch your mouth qualifies as an exceptional feel. Drinking several pints is far beyond that.

O - The brewers at Three Floyds have just blown my mind with this beer. This is one of the most masterful creations I've had. Furthermore, it blows the rest of the style out of the water. Additionally still, it is a combo of flavor so awesomely pleasurable, and yet these flavors are virtually unknown to my fairly experienced palate; it begs the question: why isn't every beer like this?

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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Samurai Gazebo from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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