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RATINGS: 32   MEAN: 3.78/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
When the weather warms and minds turn to summer’s delights, true Americans celebrate our great nation’s birth the best way we know how... drinkin’ 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 We’re sure you’ll find to be the perfect pairing for Life, Liberty and the pursuit of semi-controlled explosions.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (6507) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 6, 2013
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
anthony850 (401) - Andover, New Jersey, USA - NOV 17, 2015
A red ale with a bitter hop bite. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
FestDecBeet (412) - - JAN 10, 2015
Look: pours a dark Amber. Slightly cloudy. Off white head. Smell: hoppy. Sweet caramel. Pune. Taste: sweet caramel. Slight hop bitterness. Sweet fruitiness. Feel: dry on the back end. Sweet upfront. Makes you want another sip. Overall: great beer. Love the easy drinking style. Smooth up front with a dry finish. First drank: home 1/10/15 Vintage: 2014

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ben4321 (5053) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - AUG 21, 2014
Location: 22 oz bottle from Eataly - Chicago, 8/21/14

Aroma: The nose is resiny hops over sweet caramel/toffee malts, with grapefruit hop notes
Appearance: It pours a hazy reddish-orange/brown with a thick, frothy beige head and good lacing
Flavor: Tastes quite balanced, with the sweet malts bleeding seamlessly in the hop bitterness
Palate: The body is medium-full, very smooth and easy drinking, with a clean, dry finish
Overall Impression: This one poured beautifully into my boat beer glass. The frothy head rest nicely on top of the beer. A great first impression. The nose and flavor pick up right where the pour left off, with an excellent mix of sweet malt and bitter hop components. This is impressively balanced from a flavor profile perspective, and also incredibly easy drinking for a 9% beer. This is an excellent Imperial Red, right up there with some of my favorites in the "style," I would happily drink this again.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AWISLguy (1967) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 3, 2014
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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Damico (3000) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 1, 2014
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kaser (4569) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 31, 2014
Poured from 22oz bottle at club wakonda. Dark red pour with lacy bubbly white head. Malty grain aroma. The taste is fruity and hoppy like an IPA with red beer traits. Good beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Niko100 (2387) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 27, 2014
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
markducommun (535) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 23, 2014
Cloudy red brown, medium light tan head. Molasses, wet hay. Some bitter bite, mid taste sweetness. Very upfront alcohol, medium oily body. Fine. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
harrymel (1551) - 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. I’m surprised at the deviation from the nose that the flavor takes, but it’s welcome. Thin bodied with lower carb and and off dry finish, this doesn’t 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtclockwork (11783) - , 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.

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