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Looking for something a little different? Brewed with rice and barley malts, Samurai is an easy drinking, unfiltered ale that changes the status quo for unfiltered beers. The addition of rice gives Samurai a slightly fruity, crisp, refreshing and clean taste. This is definitely not your everyday unfiltered beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - JAN 2, 2006
this one caught my attention because the brewmaster kinda skipped over the tap as we sampled the hibernation, hercules, etc. this once is actually brewed with rice. which aint the norm for a micro or should i say a good micro. golden hazed appearance with white head. slight malt crunch nose. palate marks same territory with a crisp easy drinkn fresh beer. lemon zest and tinge of bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 17, 2005
GABF week. Pours very light color with an ok head. Light malt with some herbal hints and a slight fruitiness. Flavor is very light but clean and easy drinking wiht some light malt and a touch of bitterness. Ok overall, but not up to GDís standards.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
BrockLanders (774) - Panama City, Florida, USA - DEC 14, 2005
On tap at the brewery, GABF week. Light gold appearance on the pour....small white head. Fruity malts in the nose...very light. Taste is the same, dry, malty, doughy...not much for me to like. Maybe itís the rice...who knows. I tried it...thatís about it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 8, 2005
Very mild aroma is lightly sweet with some herbal hop notes apparent. Clear golden body with a low but lasting white head that recedes to ring with some lace. Light sweet flavour has some banana esters and a lingering musty honey sweetness. Lemony citrus note becomes more apparent as it warms. Light body with fair carbonation. Sampled on tap at Breckenridge.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - NOV 4, 2005
Pours a clear yellow w/creamy head. Light malt with no hops. Lite body with a fair amount of CO2. Flavor is light and fruity. No bitterness. Canít say Iíve ever had a rice ale before.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - OCT 22, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2005 Tap at brewery.
Pours a translucent gold with a faint honey aroma. Flavor is nice and light, with floral highlights and a slight hops finish. Palate is slick.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (10065) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - OCT 20, 2005
Draught at Breckenridge at the Ballpark. Pours cloudy yellow with a medium white head and lined lacing. Clove, lemon and banana aroma with hoppy citrus notes and malt, yeast. Lemon, clove, and mace flavor with a malty finish and grapefruit hop notes. Light bodied and crisp, refreshing palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - OCT 16, 2005
On draft at the brewery: Poured cloudy yellow with a full white head. Aroma is somewhat grainy and cereal-like. Mild sweetness in the flavor with more cereal notes and mild hops. A decent beer nevertheless.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 13, 2005
I had this on draft with willblak in my hotel bar during GABF.
pours a hazy golden with hues of copper.
To begin, the beer was way too cold. It took a good while to warm so I could get some flavor and aroma from somewhere. Now where those sensations came from is an entirely different storyÖ because there were not very charming! Rotting lemon and bruised orange peel, old decaying hay and wheatÖ. Cornflakes.. a little sweetness but that was drown out by the strange astringencyÖ. I canít say it was much worth manufacturing tap handles for this beer. Please donít bottle it!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 11, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2006 On draught at the brewery, 9/30/2005. Pours a light, yet unfiltered (basically a chill haze) and rather shiny golden-yellow, with an absolute perfect amount of white, foamy head. Retained all the way to the bottom of the glass with ample lacing. Probably speaks to how fresh this stuff is. Sparkling appearance, with large bubbles rising. Aroma has notes of dry, papery/grainy malted grains, dry rice-like notes and a bit of dry doughiness from the yeast, kind of like overboiled white rice. A hint of lemon-pepper from the hops. Flavor is dry, with a very light body, mostly water and rice, some light graininess and a moderately sharp finish, not altogether unlike some notes you get from sake. But thatís not surprising because I knew to look for the rice, being in abundance at 20% of the grain bill. Carbonation was a bit too stiff and sharp for my liking, but it wasnít unclean in my book. Light lemons and sponge cake as it warms, soft, almost nutty-like hops bitterness is light, with little to no hops flavor. Some honey rounds out the finish. Obviously, it could stand to have more malt flavor, more hops and less rice and high water to malt ratio, but for what itís shooting for, it does pretty well. Like a clean, well-made version of Coors Light. Really like the lack of filtration. Though it was too carbonated, it did have a good amount of substance to it, relative to style.

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