HonkeyBra (4018) - 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 (2764) - 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.
Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - OCT 5, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
TheHOFF43 (2014) - 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
BBB63 (6526) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 6, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle and served in my PW snifter: Mine actually poured pretty clean reddish brown with a fading frothy off white head and good lace. The aroma has notes of grapefruit, crabapple, nectarines, pine, resin, light dankness, caramel, bread, aromatics and some pepper clove hop spice combination. Well still more bitter than balanced it is not a hop bomb either. The taste is moderately fruity, somewhat spicy and has more than a share of sweet and bready malts. There is somewhat a dank note but is is much more a background player as is the tea-baggy astringent undertone. The mouth feel is lightly sticky, not all that aggressive and drink more akin to a barleywine than a DIPA. Overall I like this but really think I should be sharing it for methinks the 2nd half of the bottle could kick my arse.
andyhwcinc (1803) - 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 itís good.
Niko100 (2595) - 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.
AWISLguy (2320) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 3, 2014
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber from Binnyís 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
ddemmingjr (795) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - AUG 13, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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
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