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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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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.

4
Bacterial (2999) - 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.

4
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.

4
Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - OCT 5, 2013
22oz bomber bought for $10 at The Beer Temple in Chicago. Batch #161, bottled 7/2/13. Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint. Appearance: Pours a deep red/brown color that is hazy as hell (with a few random chunks) with tiny bubbles that form a creamy, two finger, tan head. Lacing is great. Smell: Tons of hops... really, a ton of them. I can also pick up on some sort of malt sweetness, but this definitely has a ton of hops. There’s also a sort of citrus and citrus rind smell in this beer as well. Taste/feel: Some sort of peach and maybe mango flavors hit the tongue first, for me. After that, that distinctive, piney hop flavor comes through with a moment of cotton candy sweetness. On the finish, there’s a fairly large spicy hop and malt presence that I thought would be throughout each sip, given that it’s supposedly an Amber/Red. There’s a slight afterburn and warmth in the throat on the swallow to suggest the amount of alcohol, but it’s not in the aroma or flavor at all. The feel is extremely silky, but almost too much so -- smooth as hell, and drinks like it’s been nitro’d. I tend to only like my porters/stouts to have such a character, but it works pretty well here. I really enjoy this beer, but it’s not *quite* what I was expecting. This drinks like a red IPA rather than an amber. I don’t really mind that at all, but people should know that this is absolutely loaded with hops before going in. Very tasty. I’m impressed.

4
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

4
ChiGuy68 (599) - Illinois, USA - JUL 11, 2017
Tasted from a bomber (thanks to my wife). It poured a reddish brown amber hue with a lasting frothy orange-ish head. A piney malt aroma with caramel and citrus notes. Sweet malt and bitter hops blend nicely on the taste buds in this well balanced brew. S vs. U goes down very easy for a 9.0% imperial.

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
BBB63 (6557) - 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.

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.

3.8
Niko100 (2914) - 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.


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