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RATINGS: 39   MEAN: 3.7/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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rubbishystuff (2538) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 5, 2017
From the corner store. Prominent hops balance a lot of malt, and the malt mellows the hops, Nice. Serving: Bottle

3.6
zebra (2136) - Illinois, USA - JUL 23, 2013
bomber quick-chilled in salt water @ local option. batch 161 = bottled 7.2.13. a semi-controlled hop explosion. sam knocks out unicorn!

3.9
TheHOFF43 (2052) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - AUG 1, 2013
A and A are great
Taste is great, light nice and hops
Overall quite good

3.8
andyhwcinc (1884) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 23, 2013
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 it’s good.

3.5
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.

2.7
olr1984 (1500) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 28, 2013
22oz bottle from capones chicago. pours a copper with white head. hop and sweet malt taste

3.5
ryecatcher (1436) - Bridgeport, Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 14, 2013
Bomber (Thanks Alex!). Pours a kinda murky tarnished-copper color, minimal head that didn’t wait around long. Nose is pine and citrus, some tropical fruit, some malt hidden in there as well. Mouth is sticky and medium-bitter up front, fruity hops and some malt, orange zest, apricot, hint of caramel and slightly astringent on the back end. Blew off my fireworks almost 2 weeks ago, but this was still good with potato salad and some beef jerky. Solid brew from P-Dubs as always.

3.2
jc1762 (1435) - 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.

3.3
markducommun (1108) - 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

3.5
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - SEP 29, 2013
22 oz. bottle served in a Pipeworks snifter. Batch #161. A: Pours dark cherry color with a thin white head forming on the pour. It recedes slowly to a bubbly ring that leaves stick sheets of lace down the glass. S: This is guy is generously hopped. Lots of pine needle and grapefruit with a mild citrus backing. Sweet bread malts balance it out. T: The malt is more forward in the taste. Light spice with some bready flavors. The hops are more bitter than the nose suggested, but still maintains the piney notes and light grapefruit zest. There is an underlying sweetness from the malts, but it’s very light. As it warms the hops are a little more earthy as well. Slighlty boozy on the finish. M: Medium bodied with a nice medium carbonation. Little stick to this guy. O: Very solid imperial red. I would have liked a touch more caramel malt to give it a nice sweetness against the hops, but overall it was enjoyable. Serving type: bottle 07-05-2013


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