Samurai Ale | Great Divide Brewing Company

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Average: 3.53 | pDev: 15.3%

Reviews: 351 | Ratings: 643

American Blonde Ale | 5.10% ABV

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Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
greatdivide.com

Notes: Year-round availibility. Samurai is the perfect beer for your zen garden after battle, or your patio after a long day of work. The addition of rice gives a slightly fruity, crisp, refreshing element to this hazy unfiltered ale, creating a light, easy-going beer suitable for the peaceful warrior. This may be your first Samurai, but it certainly won’t be your last.
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80
Very Good
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Reviews: 351 | Ratings: 643
Reviews by Georgiabeer:
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I know a lot of people knock this beer, but I like it. I think it is an excellent summer quencher, a little different than most. I think what most people are knocking is the style, not the beer. That being said, I think the style is off too. I believe this is more an American version of a Happoshu than it is an American Blonde ale. Nor is this an American Macro Lager. The rice here is an equal player, not merely an adjunct. Pours a very slightly hazy pale golden with some head and even some lacing. The smell has some slightly sweet lager yeast and quite a bit of fruitiness, primarily apple. A whiff of rice as well- quite clean. The taste is dry with light apple, clean rice flavors, and a slight nuttiness. Reminiscent of a sake without the alcohol burn. Mouthfeel is clean, crisp,and light. A pleasure.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of jintalia
5/5  rDev +41.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Samurai was the best beer on the planet.

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Photo of ROGUE16
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of jonathaniler
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of hman43
2.89/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Look: It pours light yellow, not quite clear with a large white head. Head retention is moderate.

Smell: It has a heavy rice aroma with some sweet grainy malt. Very low non distinct malt aroma.

Taste: It is heavy is rice as far as taste goes with some barley in the background. The hops flavors are hard to pick up as the rice dominates the flavor. There is a bit of low fruit in the background.

Feel: It has a light feel with a very low bitter aftertaste.

Overall, this is a beer that tastes like rice with a few background elements.

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Photo of BeerSox
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap into pint glass. From notes.

Hazy orange hue with a light tan one finger frothy head that settles to a thin rim. Rings of lacing along the glass. Very light and crisp malt aromas with no hops to speak of. The malts in the flavor are lightly toasted and bready with some mild sweetness. Light bodied with a very clean finish. Recommended.

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Photo of jthreee
3.47/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I work part time at a wine/liquor store in downtown Boston with an excellent craft beer selection. I love wine but I'm more partial to beer and I love trying something new each week. I've decided to start reviewing beers, but I have a very simplified rating system. I found that in answering customer questions, very ornate and descriptive assessments really proved unhelpful. Also, given the selection of amazing beers on the shelf I found myself playing down beers that were perfectly fine on their own because they didn't measure up to the high bar that I had set for myself. I realized that this didn't help the consumer in any way. So, my rating system is simply would I, or would I not "buy it again". I realize this is somewhat of a departure from the norm on BA, but I really feel it is a true and honest assessment of the product.

Samurai Ale - Would not buy again

This beer is ok. Not bad in any sense, but just ok. Clean and crisp, highly carbonated, refreshing, a little different (I can definitely pick up a sake-ish note in the aroma) but not great.

Just one man's opinion

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

One of the lightest straw yellow colors you'll ever come across, this was seriously close to Nottenroth it was of such little malt impact in the appearance. Still made over an inch of head though, which is actually impressive.

Aroma was lemon and noble hops.

Taste was refreshing, super light tartness and lemony vibe. Sorachi ace seems to be involved.

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.17/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a cloudy blonde color with minimal foam. Not a fan of the bottle conditioning in this style of beer. Aroma is slightly off, a sour fruitiness mostly, maybe a little lemony.

First sip is unremarkable. There is a fruity, slightly effervescent, flavor, a bit of a yeast bite, and some mild sweet flavors. Nothing really to get excited about, and I'm not a particular fan of the fruitiness that this beer has in it.

It finishes dry enough, but there is a bit a harsh bite in the aftertaste, almost starchy or papery. All in all, not something I'd get again.

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Photo of suspect
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a Samuel Adams pint glass.

A: Very pale, yellow in color with a finger.5 head after a mildly aggressive pour.

S: Pretty bland. Not much depth to it. I don't pick up a lot of rice, mostly malt and wheat.

T: Solid. Nice flavor. Slightly sweet up front, followed by a mildly dry tartness. Pretty well balanced.

L: Light and airy. Crisp. Dry finish.

D: Very drinkable beer. At 5.10 I could easily bring a 12 or a case to a party and have it be the main beer for continual consumption.

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Photo of Martin194
3.09/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look: Cloudy, very light gold (sort of like lemonade) with a fluffy white head.

Smell: Hints of rice, hops, a bit bready, some citrus notes, floral.

Taste: Grains, bread dough, very light but refreshing, with a slightly (pleasantly) bitter aftertaste.

Feel: Crisp finish. Dry mouthfeel after swallowing, normal carbonation,

Overall: Very drinkable beer, nothing to write home about but not offensive by any means.

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Photo of kevgod
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of OldTime
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of saperez59
4.5/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Gmann
3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy straw color with a nice and fluffy pure white head which left some nice lacing as it dissipated. The smell is light with hints of honey and flowers. The taste is a sweet, honey like, malt, kind of funky but not bad. I'm not sure where the rice comes in, perhaps to tone down the already light malt. There is a trace of hops but they are a bit on the old side. The feel is moderate with soft carbonation, finishes well balanced and smooth. A good light brew with no real grainy or adjuncty taste. I look forward to trying a fresher sample.

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Photo of Naugros
3.72/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

There is sediment visible in the bottom of the bottle. It pours a murky (it IS unfiltered) orangish-yellow with a cap of white foam that becomes floaters pretty quickly. Not holding out hope for lacing, but it does leave behind thin rings.

Very light in the malt and grain category (expected) but pretty substantial in lemony citrus tones. I suspect Soriachi Ace may have been used as the hops.

Tastes much like it smells with very little bitterness, but there is still some lemon zest representing the hops. There is also a floral/fruity note given off by the rice, as advertised.

This does drink very easily, yet it could be a little crisper. The lemon lingers a little, but not long enough or clean enough to be overly enjoyable, but not bad.

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Photo of DraftyBrew
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tried on tap at Tajima Ramen House in San Diego. Poured ver light golden yellow with high carbonation. Smells of light citrus and mild hops. Taste was very crisp and smooth with a slight bitteryou happiness that lingers in the back of your mouth. The more you drink the more you get hints of bready malt. Overall a good lighter beer that compares to Japanese fixtures like Asahi or Sapporo. Great for summer and goes well with foods like ramen or sushi.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of bfree
3.71/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Yellow urine color with a thin head that remained on the sides of the glass

S: subtly sweet with some malts but mainly rice, smells pleasant

T: grainy flavor, as well as malts and rice...not complex but has a nice flavor to it

M: carbonated with a nice crisp finish

D: it is a decent beer with light flavor and a crisp finish...definitely could drink a lot of them in one sitting as the taste is not complex or overbearing and the beer is not filling

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Photo of D1noB
3.69/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A light and crisp beer with a citrus note, a good beer that is an easy drink.

Taste rating in words: it's the smooth cut of a sword through a watermelon. Shwing shwing.

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Photo of atsprings
3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cirsp, clear straw yellow with a thin head. Aroma is some weak pale malts. The taste was a crisp, dry blend of pale malts and some earthy hops. The beer is light, crisp and dry. This would make for a decent session beer on a hot Summer afternoon.

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Photo of Shrews629
3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - Light, hazy yellow color with brighter yellow highlights around the bottom. Bright, white, soapy, 2-finger head with better than average retention and better than average lacing.

Smell - The smell provided notes of citrus. Mostly bready and biscuit malts. They seem to be a bit stronger than the citrus. As it warmed, the citrus revealed lemon and orange. Maybe even a touch of spice in there.

Taste - In the taste I found light touches of lemon plus a bit of the rice. Small amounts of bitterness add some bite. Some wheat touches come through in the middle. Seems to be balanced fairly well, but it's just a bit weak.

Mouthfeel - Medium to thin mouthfeel. Crisp and refreshing. Somewhat dry. Leaves a good showing on the palate. Just enough to savor the flavor.

Drinkability - This brew isn't bad. I would be able to down several of these after doing some yard work during the Summer. Easily drinkable and refreshing. Just a tad tame with the flavor and aroma.

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Photo of blissfulNemo
3.1/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of metter98
3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear golden yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation along with particles floating in suspension. It poured with a thin white head that quickly died down, leaving lacing covering the surface and a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of grainy malts, rice and lemongrass in the nose. The initial smell isn’t that pleasant but it does get a bit better as the beer warms up.
T: The taste has flavors of grainy malts along with notes of biscuits and sweetness as well has hints of lemongrass. No hop bitterness is detectable.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied, clean and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is definitely unique for the style, but I’m not sure if I would want to have one of these again when there are better offerings available. It’s definitely a cut above other beers that use rice as adjunct malts.

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Photo of GrindFatherBob
2/5  rDev -43.3%

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