RATINGS: 40   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   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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jtclockwork (17604) - , 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.

crossovert (14128) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 1, 2013
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.

j12601 (13297) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUN 8, 2017
On tap at Underground. Pours a hazed crimson tinged amber with a medium sized white head. Soft malt, a bit of citrus, a hint of sweetness. Medium bodied, soft and warm, a bit of warmth, malt, soft bitterness. Slow toast and warming alcohol into the finish. Boozy.

deyholla (12582) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 28, 2013
Bottle. Pours a clear deep amber with a tan head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a good amount of resin and pine with a strong backbone of caramel and toffee. Flavor starts smooth with sweet grain and caramel and has a resinous pine finish.

hopscotch (11409) - 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 mélange 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!

bytemesis (9464) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUL 30, 2013
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.

PhillyCraft (8192) - 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

wlajwl (7198) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - AUG 16, 2017
Aroma is pine, spices and sweet citrus. The flavor is grapefruit, pine needles, malts, mild citrus, spicy hops and a bitter/mild heat/warming alcoholic finish.

ben4321 (6827) - 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.

BBB63 (6567) - 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.

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