Samurai Ale | Great Divide Brewing Company

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Samurai AleSamurai Ale

Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by ElGordo on 07-02-2006

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Ratings: 629 |  Reviews: 347
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5/5  rDev +42.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Samurai was the best beer on the planet.

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Photo of cacophonyofroaring
4.96/5  rDev +41.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Literally everything I want in a beer- practically free of hops and the bitterness of said hops. Malty, refreshing and delicious.

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Photo of Urk1127
4.8/5  rDev +37.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy straw color. Head lasts throughout. Smell of rice cakes, dough, toasted rice. Honey. Hay. Tastes like a rice cake. Slight sweetness toasty cereal grains. A bit of dryness. Subtle herbalness from the hops. Feel is light yet creamy.

This was outstanding. But the sweetness toward the end made me think I couldn't put these away back to back. But amazing beer. Impressive use of rice.

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4.75/5  rDev +35.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +35.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +35.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +35.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +35.7%

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4.65/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my new favorite beer. It is hard to find rice beers. It has exceptional drinkability. The flavor is smooth & sweet. The alcohol content is good enough. It isn't super filling. So again it is hard to find but well worth the 11$u.s.
I first had Samurai at a beer tasting. It was my favorite one of all that I tasted. This rice beer blows away anything budweiser can do.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.62/5  rDev +32%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is almost something from another beer dimension - at least from the looks and whiffs of it. A cottony-white, super-expansive, whipped-frozen-drink froth billows up from the pour, taking its lazy sweet time to nearly fade away.

First impressions of the smell - Pepperidge Farm lemon-iced lemon cake with coconut shavings and another cake: urinal. Love it. Unique.

With the aroma nuances nestled into the flavor, I found a light, fluffy malt flavor and body supporting. The character of the malt IS bready/doughy, but in a light, flaky French pastry fashion. I want to say I detected some subtle spice flavors in there as well - maybe some clove, vanilla, and/or coriander - but just a faint essence. I don't how they did it, but the taste is pretty awesome. Not significantly fruity aside from the lemon zest. I'd suggest this drinks like no other than a liquid delicate, hors d'œuvre-size puff pastry, down to featuring from a little past the mid-point, dropping off shortly after the finish, an almost butter-kissed flaky-dough quality/texture. The rice addition, however much it is, must be the key ingredient here in establishing that extra-fine edge in lightness to the feel. It's soft, but not so much crisp.

What Great Divide did here, I feel, is create the definitive American Blonde Ale. Of the handful of examples I've had in this "style", this is truly a standout beverage. Different, for most palates. An inspired recipe.

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4.5/5  rDev +28.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +28.6%

Photo of williamphelps
4.5/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy with beautiful long lasting head and lacing. Aroma of rice, peanuts, light caramel. Palate of roasty rice, peanuts into more sweet light toffee. Long nutty finish. Creamy yet quite light. Subtle, balanced, simple and easy drinking. 88/100.

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4.5/5  rDev +28.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +28.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +28.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +28.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +28.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +28.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +28.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +28.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +28.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +28.6%

Photo of tavernjef
4.45/5  rDev +27.1%
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!

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Samurai Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.5 out of 5 with 629 ratings