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Samurai Gazebo - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Samurai Gazebo
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75 Ratings
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Ratings: 75
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 12.31%
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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Ratings: 75 | Reviews: 18
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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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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brewed with some kind of mysterious Japanese hops, so it's experimental. At DLD it was described to me as a refreshing lawnmower ale, a great kind of beer to start off a long, hot day of hard and heavy drinking. At the brewpub the menu just focused on its foreignness.

The imperial pint pours like a hazy APA, more red than gold with a very nice, fluffy white head.

Smells very sweet and grainy, the same basic kind of "pound one and go 'ahhh'" sweetness you get from soda pop, but without any soda poppish nodes that would detract from the beeriness. As the beer warms up a little and I grow more accustomed to it, I realized that most of this refreshingness is from the strange fruitiness of the Sorachi hops.

The first sip, the Sorachi is pleasantly overwhelming. This isn't because it's super strong; just that I'm really unaccustomed to it. Remember the first time you drank a stout or an APA, how strong it tasted? This kind of like that only not as pronounced. Once I gain my traction I realize what a well-brewed, delicate beer this is, with dry, crackerish barley mellowing out the refreshing fruit of the hops.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

At the brewpub

Pours a murky brownish yellow color with an inch of white head. The spotted lace clings all around the glass.

The nose smells like sweet rice and develops into some citrus and grassy hop notes.

Thw flavor profile is much the same with the sweet nice and a fairly balanced bittering hop profile. The citrus notes linger underneath the light sweetness.

The mouthfeel is light and crisp with a good amount of carbonation.

Overall, this was pretty awesome. The rice shows with a tasty sweetness along with that Floyd hoppiness.

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look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Aroma:The nose is subtle on this beer. There is mild fruitiness, maybe apple and apricot. There is also some mild hop bitterness.

Appearance:Clear golden color with medium head retention.

Taste:The beer is pleasantly fruity, with apricot and exotic hops.

Mouthfeel:A pleasant creaminess stays with you through the mid and aftertaste.

Drinkability:A great sessionable beer, that's not at all typical of Three Floyds.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at 3 Floyds. Served in an imperial pint glass.

A - Voluminous white foam settles to a thick cap, leaving tons of glass-coating lace. The body is an unfiltered, hazy, dark yellow body - looks a bit like there is some rice protein left behind in there.

S - Massive Sorachi Ace presence - lots of lemon, honey, peach, orange creamsicle, and a touch of earthiness in the periphery.

T - The taste isn't quite as excellent as the aroma, although it's still very good. Less fruit flavor and more of the bread malt backbone showing through. The moderate bitterness reminds you that Sorachi Ace hops have fairly high alpha acid content.

M - Medium body that is surprisingly hefty for only 4.8%. Slightly gritty body, with moderate carbonation, and some resinous hop oils that lingering into the finish.

D - This stuff was super refreshing after waiting in the big ticket line. Supremely drinkable, and a superb session offering at only 4.8%. Definitely my favorite lager from 3 Floyds and one that sincerely wish they'd sell in six-packs alongside Zombie Dust.

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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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Samurai Gazebo from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.