RATINGS: 39   MEAN: 3.7/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
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.

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.

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

j12601 (11831) - 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.

hopscotch (11101) - 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!

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.

drjay44 (3709) - 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

PhillyCraft (7225) - 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

anthony850 (472) - Andover, New Jersey, USA - NOV 17, 2015
A red ale with a bitter hop bite. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

FestDecBeet (412) - - JAN 10, 2015
Look: pours a dark Amber. Slightly cloudy. Off white head. Smell: hoppy. Sweet caramel. Pune. Taste: sweet caramel. Slight hop bitterness. Sweet fruitiness. Feel: dry on the back end. Sweet upfront. Makes you want another sip. Overall: great beer. Love the easy drinking style. Smooth up front with a dry finish. First drank: home 1/10/15 Vintage: 2014

ben4321 (6504) - 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.

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