Samurai Ale | Great Divide Brewing Company

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Samurai AleSamurai Ale
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3.5/5
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628 Ratings
Samurai AleSamurai Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
greatdivide.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#42,587
Reviews:
347
Ratings:
628
pDev:
15.14%
Bros Score:
4
 
 
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20
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Ratings: 628 |  Reviews: 347
Photo of BWED
3.59/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can poured into shaker pint.

A- Hazy straw. Head is white and foamy. Retention is good. Little lacing.

S- Light, grassy, grainy. Hop aroma is earthy, a bit floral, and mildly fruity.

T- Light but decently flavorful. Slightly sweet and some light toast.

M- Body is light, with a crisp finish.

O- Mild, crisp. Though decent flavor.

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Photo of hman43
2.89/5  rDev -17.4%
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 mrcraft
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of D1noB
3.69/5  rDev +5.4%
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 spoony
3.59/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GreyGooseStout
2.77/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Scott17Taylor
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy straw color with a fluffy white head.
The nose hits immediately with sweet rice aromas with a slight earthy hop.
The flavor hits with an adjunct sweetness before finishing with a pronounced bitterness on the finish.
The mouthfeel is light and refreshing.
Overall, I'd compare this to an adjunct lager with a very nicely done hop character. Will I seek it out again? No, but it's honestly not bad.

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Photo of DrMullet
3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy pale straw yellow with a medium head resolving to thin lacing.
Smell is a slightly sweet malt with a bit of grain.
Taste is sweet and grassy with an odd lemony/fruity finish.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.03/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice white head that dissipates moderately. The beer itself is a hazy medium gold color that looks really given the style.

The smell and taste are really good especially considering that the beer is purposely made with an adjunct (rice). The rice note is definitely noticeable as it gives a good grain note and mixes well with a fruitiness along with a light but good lemon note. The taste has a slight stronger hop note to it and leans more into the rice than the smell does.

The feel is good. It has a smooth and light body that has an interesting amount of heft to it.

Overall, this is a pretty good beer made with an ingredient that is often cursed by the community. It's an unusual ale but its use of the rice makes it a good beer after a long day.

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Photo of wjbent
3.44/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WDJersey
3.69/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Erik-P
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KTCamm
3.93/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

7/1/17...pours yellow, hazy, like dirty gold. White layer of foam, thin, clingy. Very mellow nose, some citrus. Very light clean mouthfeel. Fast finish. Rice taste. Very clean tasty beer. Creative.

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Photo of Gkruszewski
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 afinepilsner
3.46/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tpeters
3.91/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of jzlyo
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is rice/malts, fruit and grainy. The flavor is rice/grains/malts, fruit and a mix of tart, mild sweetness and a slight hint of funk in the finish.

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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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Photo of JamFuel
3.13/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear light orange, fine, soft foam.

Smell is malty with a hint of gasoline and some potato peel.

Taste is fairly malty, with some sidetracks of potato peel and some sort of starch. Soft bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medum, well carbonated.

Overall, a decent beer, but the gasoline and potato peel tones pull it down a bit.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.69/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

-can. to spiegelau ipa glass.

A: Hazy and brassy colored gold body has a feverish and lively tempo of effervesce. Off white head is firm and creamy, dense, with a one inch rising capping, with a sturdy rate of retention. Single full band lacing adores the vessel afterwards.

S: Soft lemon grind aroma, fresh grains peek through with a crisp nature, light in awareness.

T: The flavor was crisp with lemony tones, wet and juicy with a touch of fruitiness. Dry flowery citrus lemon bite comes on aggressive late on the finish with a lingering quality.

M: Crisp carbonation and sharp bite on the mouthful, light body and dry.

O: A nice rice ale, full of lemony hops and crisp palate from the rice. A perfect lawnmower, backyard quencher on a hot summer day, crisp and bold, light in body and won't fill you up. Refreshing and high repeat factor for continual casual consumption.

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Photo of bigred89
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jcarriglio
3.54/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JLaw55
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of saperez59
4.5/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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Samurai Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.5 out of 5 with 628 ratings