JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 7, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
umich03jm (3513) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - AUG 19, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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 IPA’s but this is more like a thick barley wine. Another really good Pipeworks beer. I think this would still taste good next year too.
drjay44 (3434) - Salida, Colorado, USA - JUN 30, 2016
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
651 ml. bottle. Pours a medium thick, well retained, tiny bubbled, ivory head, with slight lacing, over a slightly hazy copper (SRM 16) body.......nose is heavy American hops, with pine, resin, pineapple, citrus peel, dust, grass, light allium, mild toffee/caramel malts, balance to the hops.....taste is moderately sweet with light toffee/caramel tones from the malts, with heavy pine, resin, hints of citrus peel, light pineapple notes, mild grass, slight allium, becoming mildly to moderately bitter, the sweetness lingers through......mouth feel, medium sticky body, alcohol burn present, fizzy carbonation with light acid. This is a very hop dominated, especially in the aromas, beer. The malts are relatively simple and just barely balance the hops in flavor and additionally the bitterness is quite low. This is another illustration of evolution in the craft industry where pure hop bitterness seems to becoming anathema. BJCP 8/3/13/4/6
Damico (3144) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 1, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pous copper amber with a small light beige head. Aroma is sweet hoppy malts with some oranges and pine resin. Flavor brings delicious sweet and delicately zesty oranges with a smooth malty undertone they complements the hops so well on a full bit balanced body.
Bacterial (2871) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - AUG 1, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very nice. Dark red, slightly hazy pour, nice fluffy head, lots of white lacing. Big malt and big hops on this, very pine-forward.
Niko100 (2700) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 27, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rich amber/ruby color; Medium creamy body; Aroma of caramel malt, pine hops, & some fruit; Flavor of sweet malt, spicy hops, caramel/syrup, and fruit/citrus; Warm finish & slightly bitter; Pretty decent.
rxeight (2622) - Illinois, USA - SEP 22, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
AWISLguy (2589) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 3, 2014
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber from Binny’s in Buffalo Grove, batch #431-434, so about 2 months since batch date. Happy to have a Pipeworks - one of my favorite breweries, that I need to be down in CHI-town to find - with an American Strong - one of my favorite styles - be my 1200th rating. Pours orangey amber (ice tea look) with a very slight head leaving almost no lace. Nice head with some swirling. Aroma has heavy pine and citrus, with stone fruits and caramel. A nice solid hop-forward "American Strong" (aka, from Arrogant Bastard!) odor! Taste is of sweet fruits and malts, tangy pine, grapefruit, lemons, alcohol, some caramel, and some nuts. Medium bodied, syrupy, and quite sweet. Finishes sweet and bitter, with a lot of tangy-ness, and length. This became a bit cloying near the bottom of the bottle from the sweetness. The bitterness and fruitiness fought and fought, as they were strong, but the sweetness just overwhelmed. Makes one wonder if 6 months of aging would tamper the hops a bit and smooth it out ... or if the sweetness of the malts would still overtake the rest without the hops as involved. 14.4
TheHOFF43 (2044) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - AUG 1, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A and A are great
Taste is great, light nice and hops
Overall quite good
andyhwcinc (1853) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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 it’s good.