RATINGS: 36   MEAN: 3.68/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
When the weather warms and minds turn to summers delights, true Americans celebrate our great nations 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 Were sure youll find to be the perfect pairing for Life, Liberty and the pursuit of semi-controlled explosions.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hopscotch (11018) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 1, 2016
Bottle... Cloudy burnt-orange pour with a brief white head. The aroma is a malty, estery and fruity mlange of caramel, fruitcake and marmalade. Full-bodied and a touch astringent with soft carbonation. The flavor is fruity and sweet accompanied by a modest amount of late-onset bitterness. Finishes bittersweet, warming, tangy, and then dry. Bottle courtesy of BBB63!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jc1762 (1303) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 18, 2016
Tap into a shaker showing well filtered malt brown with half a finger of clean white foam. The nose shows a malt forwardness of tea and biscuits. The palate is light bodied and medium carbonated. Flavors of a light malt forwardness and light zestiness on the finish. Finishes with a somewhat dull IPA bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
drjay44 (3644) - Salida, Colorado, USA - JUN 30, 2016
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

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
PhillyCraft (6957) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2015
This one is in the lead, pours red color with small white head. Notes are astringent and aggressive rubning alcohol. Offensive in all categories. Pure ash fire bomb

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
anthony850 (470) - 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 (6228) - 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 (2929) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 3, 2014
Bomber from Binnys 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 (3146) - 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 (6141) - 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

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