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RATINGS: 31   MEAN: 3.83/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   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 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 (1581) - 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 (620) - 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 (1163) - 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 (1539) - 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 (28) - 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 (4255) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
umich03jm (2234) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - AUG 19, 2013
Bomber, thanks Brett! Batch 160, bottled 7/1/13. Pours a cloudy dark ruby red (almost purple) color with a very nice, small, dense, creamy head that just sits there. Awesome appearance. Aroma is a mix of rich caramel candy with tropical fruits, grass, and light pine. The taste starts with dense creamy caramel with a only a light sweetness. Moderate bitterness builds into the big hoppy tropical fruit finish. Thick body, very creamy and chewy mouthfeel. A somewhat unique take on an imperial red and very good. Most imperial reds are basically Red IPAís but this is more like a thick barley wine. Another really good Pipeworks beer. I think this would still taste good next year too.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ddemmingjr (730) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - AUG 13, 2013
Bottle with Medici: pours clear reddish copper, thick cream head that recedes. Nose is musty caramel malts, pine, herbal dank hops. Fairly chewy body. Big red caramel malt sweetness that dries out with herbal hop bitterness. Solid offering ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 7, 2013
Bomber from West Lakeview Liquors, Chicago. Big, lustrous copper pour with moderate dustiness here and there but mostly deep and bright. Thick creamy head and plenty retention. Nose is akin to that superb hopsicle thing I got from the other Unicorn beers, huge tropical fruits, just enough candy to entice (not the usual malt backing, something altogether fruitier), and big resinous hops. Full mouthfeel, very lively, just a touch of slickness to accentuate the sweeter dimensions. Loads of bitter hops in the taste, more prominent than in the aroma, contrasting nicely with the substantial malts and sweet/floral flavors everywhere. Really excellent brew.


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