Samurai Ale | Great Divide Brewing Company

BA SCORE
80
good
612 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
Ratings:
612
Reviews:
340
Avg:
3.5
pDev:
15.43%
 
 
Wants:
20
Gots:
29
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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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

Photo of madelf66
3.46/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 22Blue
3.69/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zach136
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of andrewh995
3.54/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale golden color with some haze and a large head that dissipates quickly. Tastes of lightly toasted grains, rice, and some floral notes. Very crisp, refreshing, and easy to drink beer.

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Photo of brocktune
3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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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Photo of dmorgan310
3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Aisha
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mdfb79
3.37/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Honeybourne
3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jeff1973
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Parmesan
3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L: Hazy light straw gold color with a creamy head that dissipates really quickly, very little lacing on the glass.

S: Toasted grain and rice, a slight floral hop note in the background. Some sweet cereal malt in the background.

T: Toasted grain and rice, a slight floral hop note, some sweet malt sneaks in, there is a slightly harsh grainy bitterness in the finish.

F: Light crisp and easy drinking.

O: Nothing special but a nice easy drinking summer beer.

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Photo of dwagner003
3.22/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Tlloyd417
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DraftyBrew
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
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 Taologic
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Samurai Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
3.5 out of 5 based on 612 ratings.
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