Great Divide – Samurai

Tasting: June 10, 2011
Style: Ale (Rice Ale)

Admittedly, this one has been in the back of my fridge for some time. I bought it as part of a Great Divide variety 12 pack in January. It’s 5.1% ABV and unfiltered — so watch for the yeast colony at the bottom of the bottle. The first beer that comes to my mind when thinking of beers using rice as a featured ingredient is Budweiser. However, in my humble opinion, Japanese beers like Asahi have been being using rice a bit more effectively. Rice beers (in general) lend a crisp dry finish and they tend to have an understated hop signature. A good one can really hit the spot on a hot summer day.

This pour is a bright sunny yellow and doesn’t offer much in the way of carbonation or head. The nose is easily identifiable as a yeasty ethers of bread and banana. I’m expecting to pick up some nutty flavors from the rice, but I’m not getting much there at all. This is primarily yeasty, subtly influenced by demure malt and lemongrass hop. It does deliver on the crisp and dry finish, but not enough to want to have another. I’ll give this 73 points.

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