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RATINGS: 532   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.85   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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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.


NICU's rating

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
NICU (12) - Oregon, USA - JUN 15, 2007
This beer brings to mind one of my favorite quotes from Kurosawa’s epic movie Yojimbo:

"I’m not dying yet. I’ve got many men to kill first." -Sanjuro the Samurai

Seriously though, this is a great summer beer. Comparing it to hopped-up, unfiltered "budweiser-style" beer would be unfair, but it fits well enough. I don’t mean it in a bad way, it’s actually quite good. Cloudy and flavorful enough to appease the average beer geek, but smooth enough to be enjoyed by the average Bud drinker. A great way to bridge the gap between Joe Sixpack and Mike Microbew. Hopefully they’ll make this a year-round brew.


2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
3fourths (8639) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 16, 2015
Draft at Hapa Boulder. Lightly hazed pale gold with a thin ring of a head. Aroma shows some pleasant noble hops notes of lemon, apricot, herbs and flowers, though malt (and presumably rice) comes across as saltine crackers and toasted cereals with faint notes of sake / rice hulls. Light bodied, crisp, coarse, a little silty, lightly sweet with medium-low bitterness. Watery and plain in the mouth, and while the nose doesn’t have depth, it’s mostly clean and shows the hops well.
Earlier Rating: 8/6/2007 Total Score: 2.5
12oz bottle
First impression is of a witbier, but there’s that unmistakable sweet rice scent that you pick up after a little though, because it almost pretends to be wheat and coriander. White grapes and pears round out the fruit-sweet nose. Sour up front, very salty and starchy, coarse and rough, the salitness is perhaps the most I’ve ever tasted in a beer. Very strange. Some lingering salted pear and lemon on the back try to get in, but I think it’s pretty much ruined on first sip... a salty mess.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
snoworsummer (3347) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 14, 2015
Draft at Urge. Pours clear gold with a thick, fizzy white head. Tastes like pale malts, dry cracker malt, corn, and very light citrus hops. Light body and low carbonation. Smells like pale malts, corn, light citrus hops, musky.

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
GreatDane1632 (1116) - Alabama, USA - MAY 8, 2015
Rated based on notes taken 7 Apr 2012 -- From the bottle at IFS in Pueblo. An interesting and pretty refreshing beer.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
DrunkSanta410 (657) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 8, 2014
Pours a pale yellow. Aroma is thin, bready, yeast. Taste is pretty plain, hints of grain, lemons, bananas and bread. Very mild and plain. Very light body, medium carbonation. Watery. Not my favorite.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
slowrunner77 (7284) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 2, 2014
"fruity and crisp as advertised. cloudy yellow tight carbonation. this would pass for a nice enough brew (especially in the sumer) for most breweries, but not great divide. probably my least favorite for this great brewer."

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
rumproasts (4189) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 24, 2014
bottle. golden with one finger head. very light body with some mild hops. very lacking in flavor. underwhelming.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
hotstuff (4413) - Indiana, USA - JAN 29, 2014
Rated on 12-09-2009 (Bottle) This beer pours a small white fizzy head with short retention, transparent/slightly hazy pale yellow body, fizzy carbonation, and one ring of lacing. The Aroma is rice, crisp and fruity. The Taste mimics the Aroma and it has a dry finish. The Palate is tingly and this beer is medium bodied. Overall, I did not enjoy the flavor of this beer as the rice just does not jive with the rest of the beer and thus this is a beer I will not seek out or recommend.

1.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
HuskerTan (983) - Kearney, Nebraska, USA - DEC 28, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2013 Bottle. A- Rice, cereal, grass. A- Pale orange color, hazy liquid, minimal head. T- Quite bitter, strong rice and grain tones. P- Medium body, average texture, average carbonation, crisp grainy finish. O- Strong tastes of rice and grain. Not as refreshing as I was hoping for.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
ads135 (3564) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - NOV 12, 2013
One of my least favorite Great Divide beers. I wanted to like it. I’m always excited to see great brewers experiment, especially when they go lighter. This beer, unfortunately, has an awkward palate, grainy with an overly mild character.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beergeek23322 (2602) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - SEP 4, 2013
July 2010. From bottle. Cloudy golden yellow with a white head. Fruit, malt and grassy aromas. Interesting ale, but not my kind.


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