Oak Aged Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale) - Southern Tier Brewing Company
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Reviews by heysuz:
4.33/5 rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Intro: 64 oz. growler poured into a tulip glass. Shared with a friend.
Appearance: Poured a moderate two inch off-white head that remained through half the sample. Thin sparse lacing forms on side of glass. Color is deep amber with slight haziness.
Smell: Slight aroma of hops with a sweet note. The overall aroma is somewhat stronger than other brews in this class. The malts and sugars are more pronounced in this beer than some other DIPA's I've tried.
Taste: Good, rich, deep flavor that seems to smooth out some of the sharp hoppiness. It is dry but not as much as HopSlam or Dreadnaught. The malts stay in front of the hops throughout and provide a creamy flavor.
Mouthfeel: It has a creamy feel that coats the tongue but at same time is has a hoppy, resin aftertaste. The alcohol tends to leave your mouth dry.
Overall: At 11% ABV it's a quite drinkable beer. It's in the same league as HopSlam and 90min. IPA although I would prefer HopSlam if I had all three sitting in front of me and I could only drink one. I've had the 2XIPA also but prefer the taste of this. It just seems a little more complex and interesting.
Special notes: We did a side-by-side comparison with the regular Unearthly. Here are the comparison notes:
* Slightly (about 2 shades) darker in color.
* Slightly stronger aroma than the regular Unearthly. Just seemed to expand a little more.
* Slightly smoother than the regular Unearthly. The oak aging tends to knock off some of the sharp hoppiness and bring out the malts and sugars a little more.
* The regular Unearthly seemed drier and doesn't have the same creamy feel.
* Richer and more complex flavor than the regular Unearthly
Serving type: on-tap
03-27-2011 16:27:57 | More by heysuz
More User Reviews:
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
4.05/5 rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
A: Pours a clear golden amber with a thick, creamy white head that leaves a considerable amount of lacing as it slowly settles.
S: Soft, muted aromas of caramel, biscuit, grass, herbs, oak, lemon, lime, and orange are present on the nose.
T: Notes of caramel, biscuit, cream, oak, herbs, grass, lemon, lime, kumquat, bitter orange, and pine coat the palate. The finish is bitter and sappy with grass, herb, lemon, and pine notes underscored by faint traces of oak, caramel, and peppery, prickly alcohol.
M: Medium-to-full in body and relatively sappy, but the oak does dry it out a bit. Carbonation is firm and intense. Alcohol is a bit prickly, but is mostly mellow. Easy to sip.
O: Awesome DIPA. One has to wonder why more brewers have not tried oak-aging this style because this beer proves that it works. Though this ale presents a mostly clean bitterness, there is a lot going on here in terms of texture and flavor.
Serving type: bottle
12-30-2013 15:01:04 | More by mrfrancis
Oak Aged Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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