Hopsclation (89) - Chicago, - JUL 30, 2013
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow, i didnt know anything about this beer but I was blown away. I even considered giving it my first perfect rating, but couldnt quite bring myself to do it. Mouth watering complex tart bitterness, oh baby! Carmel green apple, iced tea, and loads of dark tropical fruit. Mouthfeel is creamy but not heavy and the abv is nonexistent. Its sold as a "4th of july beer" but to me it seems like a perfect "get drunk trying to do a corn maze on a crisp fall day" kind of beer. I couldnt give it a perfect rating because its perhaps a bit too sour, with a slight sulphur in the aftertaste...
bytemesis (3020) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUL 30, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice fresh bottle thanks to Adam! Pours hazy reddish amber with a medium tan head and nice lacing. Aroma is rich heavy caramel, toffee, butter, with notes of pine and citrus mixed in. Flavor is the same, actually quite sweet and light plus bitter. Full body, creamy and oily mouthfeel. This one grows on you with drinking, and by the end I was really digging it! Up there with some of the good hoppy barleywines, or Drakes Exxpedition.
jduker000 (18) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 27, 2013
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a deep, hazy maroon with an off white head that settles nicely. The nose is absolutely beautiful. So rich with notes raspberry (sorbet?), cherry, malt, and all American hops. Seriously one of the best aromas I?ve smelled. The taste lives up to the nose. Very rich and complex. Booze is hidden well, dangerous. I poured the sediment in because it doesn?t bother me. Palate is slightly sticky with hints of alcohol. Pretty clean overall. Very delicious beer!
umich03jm (1865) - 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.
crossovert (7018) - Illinois, USA - JUL 1, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Murky reddish-brown pour. Smell is a mix of toasted grains and citrusy hops. Teh flavor has an ample bitterness with a touch of leveling sweetness. All-American brew.
dhasmonek (21) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 22, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Excellent brew. It pours a beautiful deep copper color with a reasonable head. Good balance of hops to tastefully offset this malty brew.
nsquishee (594) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - SEP 2, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep, sweet, hoppiness and caramel, orange, and fruity hop flavors. Boozy, but super smooth and syrupy, sweet.
HonkeyBra (3280) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - JUL 18, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottle. Deep red pour with a small off white head. Aroma of tons of grapefruit, pine, resin, and rich sweet malt notes. Flavor has a medium bitterness with a stunning amount of hop flavor. Lots of orange and grapefruit, citrus rind, pine and resin notes. Medium bodied, nice carbonation, delicious. Finishes nice and bitter. This is delicious.
Bacterial (1416) - 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.
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.