kaser (6360) - 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 jkwood04 (5463) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 21, 2013
22oz bottle in a tulip. Pours deep ruby/brown with lacy, off-white head. Aroma of a lot of caramel and toffee maltiness plus some bread/dough with a with some floral hops. Flavor the same. Average texture. A decent beer but not the best. HonkeyBra (4044) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - JUL 18, 2013
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.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 7, 2013
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. drjay44 (3801) - 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
umich03jm (3513) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - AUG 19, 2013
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. AWISLguy (3288) - 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 rxeight (3225) - Illinois, USA - SEP 22, 2013
Bomber to glass. Kind of a hoppy red barleywineish double ipa. The hops are a bit old. Decent but not one of PW best efforts. Damico (3147) - 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. Bacterial (3040) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - AUG 1, 2013
Very nice. Dark red, slightly hazy pour, nice fluffy head, lots of white lacing. Big malt and big hops on this, very pine-forward.