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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by ElGordo on 07-02-2006

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Photo of numenor1
4.2/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pale yellow with a slight haze and a respectable white head. Some light citrus and spice on the nose backed by a light malt presence. On the palate very crisp, with definite citrus notes (lemon). Moderate hop bitterness and spicy hop flavor matching perhaps some spice flavor contributed by the rice? Very nice biscuity malt profile with vague nuttiness. Finishes light and drying. Fairly light bodied and extremely drinkable. Excellent summer beer.

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Photo of Domingo
3.81/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was on tap at Pasquini's in Denver. This was on draft in a few locations downtown for years, but this is one of the first kegs of the major distribution.
Arrived a pale white-yellow color with a 1/4" of very creamy foam head. It's still unfiltered, which is nice. Looks a lot like a Wit.
Smells a little like a wheat beer, but with some tangy smells that remind me of a little of citrus zest.
Taste is actually surprisingly malty with a definite hop presence that doesn't overwhelm and really compliments the flavor. There are definitely some citrus notes in there, but they blend with the malt. You're going to drink this and expect something light, but it isn't. In some ways it has a biscuity malt flavor profile like a Fat Tire does.
It's thin, but that the intention of a beer like this. This is an amazing quencher, that I had 3 pints of and I could've ordered more. It's light (in texture), unoffensive, but still has a decent amount of flavor.
Did someone say BBQ beer?

(EDIT: While kind of unusual, I don't recommend letting this beer warm up. When served cool it's kind of spicy and refreshing. When it hits room temperature, the malty flavor becomes bitter and tough to drink. Maybe it's the rice? I've noticed Japanese lagers do this, too. It's great when served cool and comparable to a bad macro lager when served warmer)

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Photo of wedge
3.81/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a foggy, glowing yellow color. An intense rush of carbonation produced a big, billowy white head that quickly surpassed the rim of the glass. Nice lacing. Smells light - dry maltiness and a gentle fruity note. Dry, crisp cracker-like malt flavor and a distinct sweetness surrounding it all. The dryness and aggressive carbonation along with a light body make it very crisp and refreshing. As it warms, there's an unexpected, yet delicious characteristic that reminds me of iced coffee. A surprisingly enjoyable summery beer. Don't drink it too cold.

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Photo of russpowell
4.04/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 5th week of may

Pours an effervescent & slightly hazed straw/golden with 3 fingers of fluffed up eggshell-white head. Crazy lacing 7 head retention

S: Lemon & grassy notes

T: Rich honey malt, a little lemon & white pepper. Breadyness + dryness comes through as this warms. plus a hint of grapefruit. Finishes crisp, citrussy & with just a hint of pepper & coriander

MF: Medium-bodied with excellent carbonation & balance

Drinks too easy, not overly complicated, but a nice blonde, none the less. A great choice for hot weather fun

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Photo of ColoradoBobs
4.15/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Moderate pour into a chalice yields a hazy light yellow-amber unfiltered lovely under a large fluffy white head that fades fairly quickly to a solid thin lid. I love the looks of unfiltered beer: it says "body" to me.

Smell is pretty intensely sweet-sour-cracker-malt with floral hops. Nice. Smells like a good beer.

Taste is crisp metallic hops on the front end, sweet-sour buttered cracker malt in the middle, citrus-floral-pine in the finish. Very CRISP.

Mouthfeel is nice and round, far richer than the ABV might indicate. Fascinating combination of crisp and rich.

Drinkability is excellent. Plenty of complexity to keep the taste and palate interested, with a low enough ABV to make this quite sessionable.

Interesting that this is a micro brewed with RICE! But it's an interesting addition to the usual depth and complexity of Great Divide's brews. I highly recommend it.

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Photo of rowew
3.95/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz longneck, first time I have seen this bottled. Picked up a 6 pack at Liquor Max in Loveland. Short bottle description describes it as "not your everyday unfiltered beer." Month and date bottled notched on the side.

Appearance: Pours hazy gold - much less haze and sediment than the draft version. Nice head fades to a bit of lacing.

Smell: Clean, mellow aroma - just a bit of graininess, a bit off of the usual grain smell.

Taste: Medium mouthfeel, somehow the dominant flavor is a bit of citrus at the start. Definitely tastes like a wheat beer, but there is a bit of the rice flavor I associate with many japanese lagers.

Overall impression: Highly drinkable, and a bit different than your average session.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was a strange one. I had a sample of this at the tap room at Great Divide. They also had bottles of it so it should be in stores soon. It was a light yellow in color and cloudy. The taste reminded me of a wheat beer. It did seem like a good beer for a hot day, possibly a barbecue.

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Photo of Oxymoron
4.02/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled this on location and I wonder if they will bottle this sometime later. An experiment with a rice beer, the pour is a hazy yellow to golden color. Good head and surprisingly good retention.

The nose was malty and had a noticeable steamed rice aroma. Some lighter hop notes are in the background with some spice and peppery aromas.

The taste was good with an easy drinking feel. A nice malty taste with a generic adjunct taste to it. Sure you can pick out the rice but some other flavors come out like corn, oats and some sugary sweetness. Similar to the nose the hops come out nicely with some earthy undertones and the yeast leaves a smooth taste but some lighter peppery notes as well.

The body light and easy to drink. Overall a good beer and interesting for a rice beer to compare with Japanese Lagers or other such beers. I would like to see this bottled at some point.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tour of the GD brewery. This is a rice beer with a light coppor body and big foaming head. Looks like a nice replacement for Bud or Miller, as far as rice beers go.
Smells of a bit of spice and malt. The grain is soft in the nose and invites imbibery (?)
Crips taste. Not as malty as I thought it would be. A crisp finish and bolder flavor knocks out Bud and other macro lagers. Could be a very nice summer brew. Will try it again later on.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.77/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had never seen this one before, but the cool Samurai sword tap handle caught my eye last night at Produce Row. The bartender said it's a golden ale brewed with rice (hence the Japanese title, I guess), so I figured I'd give it a try.
Pours a coppery color with golden highlights, topped by a small, creamy white head. Nose is light caramel malt, some adjunct malt, and a hint of light, fruity hops. Palate is mellow caramel malt, with a bit of zing from the hops and a touch of lemon zest. The rice comes through in the creamy, light palate, making this an easy-drinking summer beer. Definitely worth a try.

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Samurai Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
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