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RATINGS: 24   MEAN: 3.8/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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When the weather warms and minds turn to summerís delights, true Americans celebrate our great nationís birth the best way we know how... drinkiní beers and blowin stuff up. In honor of this most hallowed of traditions we present Sam vs Unicorn, an Imperial Red ale brewed exclusively with American grown hops Weíre sure youíll find to be the perfect pairing for Life, Liberty and the pursuit of semi-controlled explosions.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
harrymel (1478) - Spokane, Washington, USA - NOV 1, 2013
Bottled: unk Pours a nice red rust color with a soapy sheet of light tans. Smells of sharp hops (reminds me of a butt load of columbus), some gingerbread dough folded with warm butter, some sugar, maybe a hint of booze. Flavor is like a tasty malty shake with some bitterness and a bit of vanilla. Iím surprised at the deviation from the nose that the flavor takes, but itís welcome. Thin bodied with lower carb and and off dry finish, this doesnít meet my expectations of a red - fuller with fleeting, sharp carb and a nice dry finish. Not a bad beer, some folks might hate to hear this, but with a litter Special B malt and some time, this has the potential to be really, really good beer. I like it.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtclockwork (7952) - , New Jersey, USA - OCT 21, 2013
Bottle. Pours reddish brown with off white head. Nose and taste of caramel malt, earthy resin, tree sap, maple, leaves and dank citrus peel. Medium body.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - OCT 5, 2013
22oz bomber bought for $10 at The Beer Temple in Chicago. Batch #161, bottled 7/2/13. Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint. Appearance: Pours a deep red/brown color that is hazy as hell (with a few random chunks) with tiny bubbles that form a creamy, two finger, tan head. Lacing is great. Smell: Tons of hops... really, a ton of them. I can also pick up on some sort of malt sweetness, but this definitely has a ton of hops. Thereís also a sort of citrus and citrus rind smell in this beer as well. Taste/feel: Some sort of peach and maybe mango flavors hit the tongue first, for me. After that, that distinctive, piney hop flavor comes through with a moment of cotton candy sweetness. On the finish, thereís a fairly large spicy hop and malt presence that I thought would be throughout each sip, given that itís supposedly an Amber/Red. Thereís a slight afterburn and warmth in the throat on the swallow to suggest the amount of alcohol, but itís not in the aroma or flavor at all. The feel is extremely silky, but almost too much so -- smooth as hell, and drinks like itís been nitroíd. I tend to only like my porters/stouts to have such a character, but it works pretty well here. I really enjoy this beer, but itís not *quite* what I was expecting. This drinks like a red IPA rather than an amber. I donít really mind that at all, but people should know that this is absolutely loaded with hops before going in. Very tasty. Iím impressed.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - SEP 29, 2013
22 oz. bottle served in a Pipeworks snifter. Batch #161. A: Pours dark cherry color with a thin white head forming on the pour. It recedes slowly to a bubbly ring that leaves stick sheets of lace down the glass. S: This is guy is generously hopped. Lots of pine needle and grapefruit with a mild citrus backing. Sweet bread malts balance it out. T: The malt is more forward in the taste. Light spice with some bready flavors. The hops are more bitter than the nose suggested, but still maintains the piney notes and light grapefruit zest. There is an underlying sweetness from the malts, but itís very light. As it warms the hops are a little more earthy as well. Slighlty boozy on the finish. M: Medium bodied with a nice medium carbonation. Little stick to this guy. O: Very solid imperial red. I would have liked a touch more caramel malt to give it a nice sweetness against the hops, but overall it was enjoyable. Serving type: bottle 07-05-2013

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rxeight (1216) - Illinois, USA - SEP 22, 2013
Bomber to glass. Kind of a hoppy red barleywineish double ipa. The hops are a bit old. Decent but not one of PW best efforts.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nsquishee (592) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - SEP 2, 2013
Deep, sweet, hoppiness and caramel, orange, and fruity hop flavors. Boozy, but super smooth and syrupy, sweet.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
olr1984 (1040) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 28, 2013
22oz bottle from capones chicago. pours a copper with white head. hop and sweet malt taste

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
andyhwcinc (1428) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 23, 2013
Purchased at Bottles & Cans in Chicago, IL; enjoyed at home on a nice day off after a hard work week while stressing out on homeownership. Overall, good stuff, a bit syrupy though. Appearance is a very dark nut brown with a rich and slightly bubbly off white head. Aroma is rich in spruced/herb hops, definite syrupy malt. Taste also goes down syrupy, someone stated this tastes like a thick barley wine and I agree with that. Not really my thing, but itís good.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dhasmonek (20) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 22, 2013
Excellent brew. It pours a beautiful deep copper color with a reasonable head. Good balance of hops to tastefully offset this malty brew.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jkwood04 (3785) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 21, 2013
22oz bottle in a tulip. Pours deep ruby/brown with lacy, off-white head. Aroma of a lot of caramel and toffee maltiness plus some bread/dough with a with some floral hops. Flavor the same. Average texture. A decent beer but not the best.


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