Oak Aged Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale) - Southern Tier Brewing Company
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3.8/5 rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A : pours a deep golden with rimes of orange from a bomber. There is a tiny tip of white head that very quickly turns to nothing at all. There are legs running down the neck of the bomber, seriously!
S : smells a bit weak. Faint aromas of oak and a hint of vanilla bean. After a few more tries there is some dusty smelling hop that seems to cover the entire profile of the beer. A hint of orange peel and tangerine in the tail end.
T : Starts sweet with a honey malt with a hint of wood. followed by a good strong hop bitterness. The wood blends with a vanilla flavor and helps carry all the sweetness through until you hit the brick wall of hop bitterness. The hop is powerful, and bitter enough to overwhelm the subtle citrus hop flavors that linger beneath.
M : silky smooth and easy up front, strong hop bitterness to round it out. The hop cuts the flavor, which would linger otherwise.
Overall a really nice beer. I was actually expecting less but this one didn't disappoint. The oak and whiskey flavors are sweet and strong but are broken up really well by the hop. This is a much easier beer to drink than any 11% I've had because of the conflicting flavors that cause a welcomed break. excellent stuff
Serving type: bottle
04-04-2011 19:46:13 | More by Thads324
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3.94/5 rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
This ale pours a deep copper color with a thick off white head which leads to a thin cream lacing throughout the pour. The aromas are sweet and malty; not what I'd expect from an imperial ipa. There are notes of hops but they are subtle. Lots of caramel and a little vanilla on the nose. The flavor is deep and rich, with hops up front followed by a sweet malty taste. Alot of oak and vanilla on the finish. The taste is rich and satisfying but subtle for an ipa. This is a pretty awesome beer just hard to view as an imperial ipa due to its sweetness and lack of hops. Not what I expected but damn good none the less. Can't wait to try the unaged version of this one.
Serving type: bottle
02-06-2014 04:48:48 | More by lochef81
Oak Aged Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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