Samurai Gazebo - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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87
very good

18 Reviews
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Reviews: 18
Hads: 75
rAvg: 4
pDev: 5%
Wants: 6
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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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
Photo of mynie
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
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. (1,125 characters)

Photo of GbVDave
4/5  rDev 0%
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. (429 characters)

Photo of alleykatking
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
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! (1,183 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (1,320 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very good hot weather refresher with a light barley crispness, soft maltiness, and spicy hop finish.

Samurai Gazebo begins with a color that straddles golden and copper. White foam forms a head that lasts longer than the average for the style. Light lacing and crystal clear. Looks much like most Maibocks.

Aromas of sweet grains mix with bready and cracker-like malts. Probably a bit more of a 2-row malt character than pilsner but the beer ends up very crisp, clean, and pleasantly dry. Hop spiciness is high for a softer malt base but is very characterful and balanced without hanging up with the sharp bitterness in the back of the throat. Very light fruitiness might be an ester note, but might be a floral hop character attribute.

The body of the beer begins with an airy froathiness. But that quickly fades away, starting with a soft and powdery mid palate, and then to a crisp, clean, and dry hop finish.

Samurai Gazebo is a nice sessionable beer that seems to be similar to their Gumballhead, only without the wheat and with a different hop variety. (1,064 characters)

Photo of PorterLambic
3.44/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Arrives a dark amber/golden color. Good head and creamy. Drops to a film in 2 minutes. Great lace.
Smell is hops, resiny, sweet orange, maybe some malt.
Taste is sweet, orange, hops, malt.
A medium-full body, effervescent up front (tip of tongue). A hoppy orange aftertaste mellows some. Really good and only at the pub. (320 characters)

Photo of paco1029384756
3.48/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden orange color with one and a half fingers of creamy white head.

Scent of hops dominate with hints of citrus and bread. One of the better smelling Pale Lagers I have come across.

Taste of sweet beady malts, grassy, and juicy hops. The sweetness of the malts works pretty well with the hops. Nothing great, but an easy drinking inoffensive beer.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with strong carbonation. (418 characters)

Photo of thedrewski86
3.11/5  rDev -22.3%
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. (517 characters)

Samurai Gazebo from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.