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RATINGS: 40   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   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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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 (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.

3.8
andyhwcinc (1886) - 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 (2995) - Chicago, New York, 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.

3.8
AWISLguy (3327) - 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

3.7
ddemmingjr (890) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - AUG 13, 2013
Bottle with Medici: pours clear reddish copper, thick cream head that recedes. Nose is musty caramel malts, pine, herbal dank hops. Fairly chewy body. Big red caramel malt sweetness that dries out with herbal hop bitterness. Solid offering ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
kaser (6382) - 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

3.6
zebra (2314) - 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!

3.6
jtclockwork (17284) - , 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.

3.6
j12601 (13123) - 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.


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