Samurai Gazebo
3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Style:
Japanese Rice Lager
ABV:
4.8%
Score:
86
Avg:
3.98 | pDev: 12.31%
Reviews:
18
Ratings:
76
From:
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
 
Indiana, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  6
Gots
  0
SCORE
86
Very Good
Notes: In a Zen-like state
The Samurai wets his blade
Then wets his palate
Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 76
Reviews by emerge077:
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4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.44/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Arrives a dark amber/golden color. Good head and creamy. Drops to a film in 2 minutes. Great lace.
Smell is hops, resiny, sweet orange, maybe some malt.
Taste is sweet, orange, hops, malt.
A medium-full body, effervescent up front (tip of tongue). A hoppy orange aftertaste mellows some. Really good and only at the pub.

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Photo of thydarkprevails
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at three floyds. Served in an imperial pint. Pours a hazy yellow gold orange. Thick white head lingers a while and leaves nice lacing. Aroma is bread, lime, light grapefruit, and a sweet chalky candy. Flavor is bread, chalk, citrus, and something I can’t identify but it goes along with that sweet chalk candy aroma. Light mouthfeel. I like this lager a lot and it’s good paired with their short rib burger.

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Photo of mynie
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brewed with some kind of mysterious Japanese hops, so it's experimental. At DLD it was described to me as a refreshing lawnmower ale, a great kind of beer to start off a long, hot day of hard and heavy drinking. At the brewpub the menu just focused on its foreignness.

The imperial pint pours like a hazy APA, more red than gold with a very nice, fluffy white head.

Smells very sweet and grainy, the same basic kind of "pound one and go 'ahhh'" sweetness you get from soda pop, but without any soda poppish nodes that would detract from the beeriness. As the beer warms up a little and I grow more accustomed to it, I realized that most of this refreshingness is from the strange fruitiness of the Sorachi hops.

The first sip, the Sorachi is pleasantly overwhelming. This isn't because it's super strong; just that I'm really unaccustomed to it. Remember the first time you drank a stout or an APA, how strong it tasted? This kind of like that only not as pronounced. Once I gain my traction I realize what a well-brewed, delicate beer this is, with dry, crackerish barley mellowing out the refreshing fruit of the hops.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very good hot weather refresher with a light barley crispness, soft maltiness, and spicy hop finish.

Samurai Gazebo begins with a color that straddles golden and copper. White foam forms a head that lasts longer than the average for the style. Light lacing and crystal clear. Looks much like most Maibocks.

Aromas of sweet grains mix with bready and cracker-like malts. Probably a bit more of a 2-row malt character than pilsner but the beer ends up very crisp, clean, and pleasantly dry. Hop spiciness is high for a softer malt base but is very characterful and balanced without hanging up with the sharp bitterness in the back of the throat. Very light fruitiness might be an ester note, but might be a floral hop character attribute.

The body of the beer begins with an airy froathiness. But that quickly fades away, starting with a soft and powdery mid palate, and then to a crisp, clean, and dry hop finish.

Samurai Gazebo is a nice sessionable beer that seems to be similar to their Gumballhead, only without the wheat and with a different hop variety.

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Photo of GbVDave
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in an imperial pint at FFF 4/5/10. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Served a rich, golden copper color capped by a thick and creamy, bright-white head. Very sticky lace was left behind.

S: Distinct white grape aroma, along with toasted grain, and mild citrus.

T: See above. Excellent.

M: Pretty smooth with a nice peppery/spicy bite at the finish.

D: Satisfying and refreshing. An awesome summer session lager.

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Photo of thewimperoo
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of HopHead84
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

4/13/2012

Cask at Real Ale. Described as a West Coast Lager.

A: Hazy dark orange with a massive white head.

S: Loads of citrus flesh with a light sweetness. Orange, tangerine, grapefruit. Touch of white grape and earth. I get some mango as well.

T: Piney and herbal with an upper moderate bitterness. Lots of orange and tangerine flesh. Lightly sweet.

M: Okay on cask. Bubbles would be nice but it still works. Medium body.

Overall: A nice hoppy lager.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ the Three Floyds Brewpub (Munster, IN) on 4/24/10 during Dark Lord Day. Served in an imperial pint.

Pours a nice clear golden copper, topped with a 1/2 finger of creamy bright-white foam. Retains with a thin foamy layer, which stays rich, and leaves heavy swathes of sticky lacing behind. The aroma is fairly hoppy, being earthy, citric, grassy, and spicy, with some robust smelling green fruits being present as well. Caramel and bread from the malts add a sticky and malty tang to the nose underneath. Solid.

The sweetness of the malts are a little more forward here, with a good bit of tight grainy breads and caramel flavors being wrapped up in the earthy, fruity, and lightly spicy character of those Sorachi Ace hops. Just great balance here for a Lager, while still allowing the hops to show off some of their assertiveness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, being sharp, crisp, and smooth all at once and helping give this a great easy drinking and sessionable feel. Tasty and thirst quenching.

I starting to get to know this new Sorachi Ace hop varietal a little better and while I'm not convinced that it could quite carry an IPA by itself, this seemed just perfect for the hopping of a Lager. Great stuff that I would gladly have had more of if there hadn't been so many other great beers on tap.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at 3 Floyds. Served in an imperial pint glass.

A - Voluminous white foam settles to a thick cap, leaving tons of glass-coating lace. The body is an unfiltered, hazy, dark yellow body - looks a bit like there is some rice protein left behind in there.

S - Massive Sorachi Ace presence - lots of lemon, honey, peach, orange creamsicle, and a touch of earthiness in the periphery.

T - The taste isn't quite as excellent as the aroma, although it's still very good. Less fruit flavor and more of the bread malt backbone showing through. The moderate bitterness reminds you that Sorachi Ace hops have fairly high alpha acid content.

M - Medium body that is surprisingly hefty for only 4.8%. Slightly gritty body, with moderate carbonation, and some resinous hop oils that lingering into the finish.

D - This stuff was super refreshing after waiting in the big ticket line. Supremely drinkable, and a superb session offering at only 4.8%. Definitely my favorite lager from 3 Floyds and one that sincerely wish they'd sell in six-packs alongside Zombie Dust.

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Photo of Jaycase
4/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of hooliganlife
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at DLD

pour was a bright and electric like murky golden brown

very floral, lots of tropical fruit, bright

taste was similar to nose only with a spicy zest. floral and citrus hops combined with a refreshing zest.

moderate carbonation, light and easy

overall, this was a giant surprise, i would love to have this again

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3/5  rDev -24.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of paco1029384756
3.48/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden orange color with one and a half fingers of creamy white head.

Scent of hops dominate with hints of citrus and bread. One of the better smelling Pale Lagers I have come across.

Taste of sweet beady malts, grassy, and juicy hops. The sweetness of the malts works pretty well with the hops. Nothing great, but an easy drinking inoffensive beer.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with strong carbonation.

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of fear025
4.36/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Aroma:The nose is subtle on this beer. There is mild fruitiness, maybe apple and apricot. There is also some mild hop bitterness.

Appearance:Clear golden color with medium head retention.

Taste:The beer is pleasantly fruity, with apricot and exotic hops.

Mouthfeel:A pleasant creaminess stays with you through the mid and aftertaste.

Drinkability:A great sessionable beer, that's not at all typical of Three Floyds.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of alleykatking
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap during DLD this past weekend. Review from notes....

A- Pours a clear copper color with some light golden highlights in it. One finger bright white head comes up and dies down fairly quickly leaving a small cap on the top of the beer. Nice sticky ringing lacing as I drank down.

S- Hops come out first in this beer. More earthy and light citrus brightness in the front. Grassy sweet (caramel) bready malts in the rest of the beer balance this out a little more.

T- The malts are the firs tthing to come out in the flavor profile. Sweet caramel malts rush to the palate with hints of a bready yeast. The malts come in and balance this out with a little earthy kick which I find to be very pleasant on the palate.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Crisp flavors overall and very well balanced...very very well balanced. Light bready malts left on the palate with some hop bite in the aftertaste. Very clean tasting!

D- This beer is a perfect session lager. I'm glad to see 3 Floyds branching out and doing their own thing with this style. A perfect summertime beer and I can't wait to get back to the pub to enjoy a couple more pints of this!

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Samurai Gazebo from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 76 ratings