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: 630 |  Reviews: 347
Photo of freduardo
1.5/5  rDev -57.1%

Photo of Enola
1.55/5  rDev -55.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

This brew did not impress me. Great Divide is capable of so much more. The beer was a cloudy yellow. The head looked like the foam that washes up on the beach. The smell was of corn mash. The taste was of molded corn and wheat. As far as mouthfeel, this beer actually gave me a sore throat. I will not try this beer again. Great Divide puts out some awesome brews, this just is not one of them. A drainpour.

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Photo of yuenglingfan101
1.82/5  rDev -48%
look: 1 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Tried to poor into a glass from bottle. Should have drank straight from the bottle. Head is way too thick. More head than beer in the glass. very tacky. smells crisp. Tastes crisp of what isn;t head. Kinda strong scotch tasting mouthful. wouldn't recommend this beer

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Photo of corby112
1.88/5  rDev -46.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Pours a urine colored gold with small fizzy head. Armoa similar to an average macrobrew. Very similar to many american macrobrews because of the use of rice. Nothing special. i was very disappointed considering how much I enjoy the other Great Divide Brews.

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Photo of Chilmer
1.88/5  rDev -46.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Photo of blknikon
2/5  rDev -42.9%

Photo of hiphopj5
2/5  rDev -42.9%

Photo of IdrinkGas
2/5  rDev -42.9%

Photo of mfield14
2/5  rDev -42.9%

Photo of bkbergen
2/5  rDev -42.9%

Photo of GrindFatherBob
2/5  rDev -42.9%

Photo of pwoods
2.06/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz. brown bottle, purchased at Party Source, poured into a pint.

A: Pours a banana peel yellow without a lot of clarity. Short pearly white head on the pour that only lasts a little bit. Just a bit of lacing.

S: Grainy malts with a bit of husky aroma. No hops. Clean but hardly anything there.

T/M: Very little flavor. It's a blonde, I know, but wow. Weak grainy malt bill with a little bit of sweetness and a faint sip of huskiness. No hops. I would assume the rice makes it taste like pretty much nothing. Body is light and crisp and finishes clean.

D: Easy to drink but why would I want to? I'd honestly rather get a 12 pack of Miller High Life, for cheaper, and down 'em straight from the bottle.

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Photo of Pleepleus
2.15/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Had with Hyland from his Great Divide Sample pack. Poured a very light clear yellow until we noticed the bits at the end of the pour and spun them in giving it a slightly cloud with an inch of white head and a dense sheen. Had a light sweet smell, not alot there. Taste was extremely light with a mild fruity citrus taste. Was thin and easily drinkable if you like flavorless ale with no bite.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.22/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle. Pours a hazy yellow with big yeasties and a frothy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet musty soapy bready malts.

The flavor is pretty bland - a little sweet malt and a touch of fruits with a little grassy bitterness that leads to a dry finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and watery with some sharp carbonation.

Overall, a pretty bland offering from GD. There's nothing offensive, but nothing really appealing about it either.

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2.25/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Something new in Lexington. I have never had a beer that boasts so much about rice additions. I'd like to know how much rice / barley is used.

The pour delivers a brighter than expected straw color, especially since the lable explains its unfiltered character. Next to null head formation and only a trace of foam at the perimeter of the glass. Its appearance could easily be mistaken for Miller Lite.

Very, very grainy in the nose- far too much for a so called craft beer. Herbal, floral hop notes swirl around a citrusy, acidic note with a regretable undermalted nose.

Flavors are nearly as grainy as in the aroma but with a faint malt pilsner malt, cracker-like taste. Citrus hops join in the frey and accompany the acidic, baking-soda taste.

The body is where the beer suffers most. Though dry, crisp, and somewhat refreshing, the astringency from the grains make the beer tough to drink. If there were any roundness or fullness to buffer the pure grain husk flavor and feel, I would try to get on board with this one.

There is some promise with a weak pilsner malt base and assertion in the hops, but the beer is a mere shell of a craft beer... basically a pretender.

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Photo of lvoutlawjlh
2.25/5  rDev -35.7%

Photo of Bitterbill
2.28/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

I got this in a mixed 6Pack at Wilbur's in Ft Collins.

Pours from 12oz bottle(bottled last week in May 2007) a clear light gold with a large head of foam that shrinks to a solid layer and it has lots of lacing.

The smell is of caramel malt and slight citrus.

The taste has a strong sweetish malt presence on my first sip followed by some citrus hop bitterness and a slight sourness. Further sips in and the flavours are not meshing very well together at all and it leaves me wondering whether I'll be able to finish this bottle or not. The best word I can think of for putting the flavour of this Ale in the shortest term possible is....harsh. I favour it not and I won't buy it again.

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Photo of midaszero
2.31/5  rDev -34%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A - Cloudy straw body with two fingers of foamy head. Good lacing left behind

S - Pick up on some lemon zest

T - Chemical tasting lemon reminds me of artificial lemon flavoring

M - Light medium body with medium carbonation

D - I did not gag on it or drain pour it but wouldn't ever buy it again

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Photo of drabmuh
2.34/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle poured into a stange glass. Beer is yellow and completely hazy with a two finger white head of small and medium bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass.

Aroma is grainy and watery.

Beer is thin and harsh with a strong rice-y aftertaste with a harsh acidic twang at the back of the mouth. This beer is gross.

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Photo of praufs01
2.36/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Clear Yellow with a frothy white head.

Aroma - Very faint herbal aroma.

Taste - Very, very light on flavor with a tangy aftertaste.

Overall - The beer has a very strange flavor that I just can't place. It must be the rice... The beer is OK, but not great.

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Photo of muttyd
2.43/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Clear golden yellow body with a thick soapy white head. Very clear brew. Aroma is grassy with some grainy malts. Orange peel also present in the aroma. Flavor is what I expected. Some bready/biscuity malts with a slightly grass/citrusy hop spice. Slightly off-putting sour/astringent finish. For the money, there are several other low abv beers I would rather go with. Not very impressed with this one from GD.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.44/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Great Divide. Pours light. Fizzy head. Rice and dry. Slight bitterness. Not a big fan of this one. Not a fan at all.

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Photo of Doomcifer
2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of bv74550p
2.5/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this the other day in a bottle at the Savannah Craftbrew Fest. I love Great Divide, however Samurai Ale seems like an awkward attempt for a craft brewery to mimic an anhauser-busch or miller. I'm not here to trash the beer, but its not for me.

Probably rice was used in the brewing process, which doesn't appeal to me.

Taste was very plain with a bitter aftertaste.

The name of the beer is cool, however the beer is not that great.

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Samurai Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.5 out of 5 with 630 ratings