Oak Aged Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale) - Southern Tier Brewing Company
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Reviews by jdoncbus:
4.47/5 rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Picked up yesterday at Kenny Rd. Market. Poured into La Fin Du Monde fluted tulip, color is a darker burnt orange, sparse carbonation, finger sized head that reduces quickly and leves some polka dots on the glass.
Aroma is a nice whiff of oak, not overpowering, with pine and mild citrus. Sweet toasted grain accompanied by some peppery spice, quite balanced and surprisingly, I smell little alcohol (11% - yow!).
Velvety smooth as the beer hits the palate; so nice. The caramel malt appears with a touch of honey and oaked goodness. The pine takes over along with some citrus hop flavors, a definite hop explosion. My throat is left a bit numb from the hop presence and the espophagus stands at attention with a boozy warmth. I am not left as dry as many DIPAs but with a slight, filmy glaze.
Another reason to have a man-crush on Southern Tier, this beer is fantastic. The more oak aged (sans the bourbon) brews I have, the more I like. The bomber ran $8.99, I guess I better grab a couple before they disappear. Hopheads, grab this one and at 11%...be careful!
Serving type: bottle
02-27-2009 22:11:31 | More by jdoncbus
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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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