Oak Aged Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale) - Southern Tier Brewing Company
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Reviews by Kuaff:
4.69/5 rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
This is the only oak-aged IPA I've heard of, and probably the only one I'll come across for a long time. I'm always excited to experience new twists on standard styles... Drinking at cellar temperature and in my tulip glass.
A full and fluffly three-finger, creamy-looking off-white head formed no matter how slowly I poured. The body's a fairly dark, golden amber-orange with radiant transluscence. A pleasing appearance.
It smells juicy in a tropical fruit kinda way. Hoppy, too. The interesting and unique thing I'm getting is a blend of wood and sweet vanilla. I can really TELL that it's oak-aged, and I really like it.
This beauty hit me with a magnifiscent flavor profile. It has the juicy-sweet hops of regular Unearthly, but the finish has the distinctive combination of woodiness, vanilla, and caramel that I've found in other oak-aged brews. But the thing is, up till now I've only experienced this character in oak-aged stouts and barleywines. To me, this beer has a little bit of Arctic Devil's caramelly vanilla oakiness and untamed bourbon, but not as intense, and balanced with the already well-balanced flavors of the already fantastic standard Unearthly. Sublime.
The feel is just as incredibly smooth and inconspicuous as the original Unearthly's. Somehow syrupy without being "thick." I don't know how that's possible, but that's how I would describe it. It's beyond my power to sensibly describe.
This is a special DIPA. Why aren't there more oak-aged ones out there...? After trying this, I'd say it's a treatment that could enhance DIPAs just as much or more than it does the maltier stuff. The vanilla and oak are AWESOME counterpoints to intense, bitter hops. I recommend this to all who love to have their beer horizons gloriously expanded.
Serving type: bottle
10-17-2013 16:47:16 | More by Kuaff
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3.7/5 rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
Holy oak taste, Batman!
Forget aged in oak. This tastes like I'm just drinking right out of the barrel. Oak, brown, tannins. That's what this beer tastes like. Also some hops and malt... but mostly just oak.
No real good aromas to speak of.
What am I drinking? Sigh. Drinkable and unique, but wouldn't have it again
Serving type: on-tap
07-08-2014 21:10:13 | More by tkdchampxi
Oak Aged Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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