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Oak Aged Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale) - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Reviews: 567
Hads: 1,117
Avg: 4.05
pDev: 17.78%
Wants: 66
Gots: 74 | FT: 0
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Southern Tier Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 01-09-2009

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Photo of dellert2332
5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Awesome beer to enjoy on Lake Chatauqua! Purchased a 1/4 Keg for the weekend at the lake and several to take back to PSU! If you are looking to get hammered and play a rough game of pond hockey this is the beer for you. The keg was killed in a few hours and kept me loose for the game. Hoppy, citrus-filled deliciousness in a bottle, growler, or keg.


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Photo of billzav
5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

As great as the original Unearthly is, this DIPA takes it to the next level. It pours a deep amber color and the nose has big notes of piny hops and oakiness. Both are reflected in the taste as well, balanced by sweet caramel and a woody bourbon backbone. Oak Aged Unearthly is silky smooth for a beer of its potency, and you’ll want to savor it slowly to truly appreciate this ale.

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Photo of Chris_Cali_2o9
5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bomber to a sam adams cup

A- Amber body, 1/2" off white head

S- Caramel, vanilla, cream, apricot, orange, holiday spices, pine

T- Vanilla, caramel, butterscotch, cola, piney hops, alcohol

M- Creamy... oh so creamy, average carbonation, alcohol heat

O- I just tried Enjoy by IPA, in hopes of blowing my mind. I was awesome, but not mind blowing. I cracked this brew, not expecting too much. As i poured this, the smell instantly caught me off guard, and then i sipped it... Mind = Blown! It smells of a piny orange and vanilla cream ice cream. It tastes the same, but with butterscotch and a nice warming booze. I finally understand what Bourbon BA fans describe when they talk of vanilla, oak, and cream, except there is no bourbon booze to overwhelm the senses, leaving me numb to the hops and malts. On the contrary, the alcohol melds with them, as a supporting actor and leaves a nice warming feeling threw out the body. This is officially, my favorite IIPA, and the only brew k have reviewed to get a 5/5.

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Photo of PsilohsaiBiN
5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The perfect beer, if you're not a malt/oak hater. There's plenty of hops here, but they're balanced by the aforementioned ingredients. I couldn't find one thing to dislike about this beer, aside from the fact that it merely comes in a bomber. Sweet, Perfect, NECTAR! Yes, those caps weren't necessary, but were applied anyhow. I like Blue Point, but Southern Tier is the pride of NY!

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Photo of bonsreeb85
4.97/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Got to try this brew thanks to projectflam86. Can't thank you enough Kyle.

Poured into my New Belgium Snifter it appears as a slightly hazed bronze colored liquid with a decent foam-dome with some sticky-ass lacing. mmmm

Wow! this is one helluva nose! Rich caramel, lusicious toffee, vanilla beans, oak, cherries soaked in brandy and yellow cake with frosting and all.

The tast is every bit as complex and wonderful as the nose would let me to believe. It opens with a boozy and brandy-like flavor paired with a wallop of sweetness . The outstanding malt vertabrae supports the not-to-be outspoken bittering hops that add a tropical/citrus tone. This beer drinks more like an aged American Barleywine than a DIPA. Whatever you call it -a fantastic beer non-the-less.

The mouthfeel is full smooth and silky. perfection one might say.

Excellent drinkability especially for it's size. I easily killed 22 oz. and could go for more. Too bad I can't get this one localy.

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Photo of LauraAlberts
4.95/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Amber/Burnt Orange
Smell: Smells characteristic of an IPA. This one has a lingering Peach & Citrus aroma.

Taste: WOW! A lot of taste crammed in this one. It starts our bitter and evolves into a malty flavor. Toasty, Orange Zest, Peach. Kind of sweet finish - with bitter undertones of pine and citrus. For 11.00% Alcohol - no alcohol slap in the face. Very balanced and enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Balanced with the malt throughout. Enjoy by the glass or growler.

Overall: I'm very intrigued by what the oak has done for this beer. I had the un-oaked several days before tasting this and found it to be much more typical of the style. The oak has lifted the curtain of "unpenitrable" citrus/bitterness and invited my tastebuds in for the "oak party" where peach and malt refresh my mouth asking for another sip.

Enjoy by the glass or growler. A sure crowd pleaser.

Serving type: On-Tap

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.94/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pulled from a rather chilly cellar and not given any more chill either. That's how I roll. Pours into the glass a darkened rusty orange without much head, although at this ABV level, nothing more was expected. Leaves only a few dots of lace. Bubbles move up through the liquid real patient like. Hmm...could be a thick mutha?

The aroma is entrancing; hypnotic; transcendent. It's not bad either. Serious, this thing awakes the nostrils in the best way. Ample tones of fresh-cut oak wood mingle with prickly rind tartness and citrus-sweet hops. Surprisingly the 11% alcohol only comes in as a supportive spicy warmth. Super earthy, these sensations (wood, hop, alcohol) blend in such a way they defy the more facile comparisons and take on a life of their own -- likely something many of us have never smelled, like seeing a new color or something. Am I getting too wacky here? Maybe, but when beer is this good, it's easy to get carried away. And I'm only reacting to the SMELL here...

While unexpected, a healthy gooey maltiness comes into the flavor and absolutely knocks this one over the edge into "legendary" territory. The balance of ultra-creamy caramel goo, controlled but colorful and resiny pine-laden hops, hits of orange and peach, vibrancy of clean fresh oak, soothing fresh-cream sweetness and expertly-balanced high alcohol makes this one bottle I never, ever want to see emptied. But that's the only way to keep experiencing the flavors of this thing over and over. This is amazing, and it doesn't even conk you over the head screaming "extreme!!" or "bitter!!" (it's not really bitter)...it is what it is, which is perfection.

Perfection is also present in the texture. A round, creamy, full body with light but caressing carbonation, it's hard to imagine a bitter and more appropriate mouthfeel for the main center stage of the flavor.

As with their Jahva (another transcendent work of art), Southern Tier are recommending drinking this at too low a temperature, in my opinion (they recommend 42 degrees). All a matter of personal taste, but I'm positive the flavors are going to impress deeper when this is a bit warmer, or less cold. Regardless, this is a masterpiece of a beer. Period.

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Photo of watsonmd
4.93/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pleasing amber/dark pour. Foamy head, but short lived. Lacing, faint amount lasted throughout the bomber...

S: Hoppy, lives up to IPA style. Oak hints

T: Orange, caramel, toffe, oak, vanilla... yummy!

M: Smooth, velvety, creamy. pleasing

O: Very nice change from the BA stouts I have been liking, but moving back to the IPA I love. A blend of BA and IPA.

Bought an extra to age for a while...

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Photo of mazdarx
4.87/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer was first brought to my attention at a party for which i was already a tad drunk. It made such an impression on me that i went out the next day and picked up a bomber of this fine ale so I could see if it was as good as it was the night before...and it was even better!!

A: Nice clean amber/honey tone with a 1/2 in head and beautiful lace.

S: This is one of my favorite smelling beers. The pine and oak mixed with the citrus from the hops was beautiful. For me, this is a perfect smell to accompany the taste to follow.

T: I love the way this beer tastes. I really enjoy the woody and piney tones that accompany the citrus on the pallet.

M: Nice dry sticky feeling leaving me wanting more.

D: MORE MORE MORE. I wish this wasn't a limited run beer. Is it?

I will probably run up and get another bottle to enjoy before they run out from my local spot.

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Photo of Celt44
4.84/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance - A light golden clear amber. Head is nice but thin. Lacing lasts throughout but very thin.

Aroma - Incredibly unique. Very oakey and hoppy upfront - a touch of malt at the end.

Taste - Absolutely unique and delicious. Piney upfront with a citrusy/spice kick. Hints of Oak. Perfect.

Mouthfeel is smooth with a touch of alcohol burn. Very light for 11% !

Overall another EXCEPTIONAL beer from ST. Possibly the most flavorful selection from them if not my all time favorite. This seems to happen often when I review a new ST product!

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Photo of turnstile
4.84/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a snifter; served at the suggested temperature.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful hazy, bright orange-golden with a head barely forming. Carbonation presents itself as a swirling film on the surface and a ring of bubbles. No lacing.

Smell: Aggressively hoppy with a complex sweet bouquet. Floral hops dominate along with an powerful peach and orange note reminiscent of marmalade. Aromas of honey, caramel malt, lemon and oak round out the nose.

Taste: Citrus hops dominate the palate with a mellow hint of peach and vanilla appearing. Strong fresh-brewed black tea note and hop bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Delicately carbonated, chewy and full-bodied. Very smooth and leaves nothing clinging to the back of the tongue.

Drinkability: Incredibly drinkable; plenty of familiar, sweet notes without becoming overly cloying (thanks to a generous dose of hops).

Without a doubt, this is the best beer I've had in the past year.

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Photo of huhl23
4.82/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark amber color with a two-finger head that quickly dissipates. Very little lacing. Nose you can smell the oak from the barrels. Taste was sweet. Little taken aback by this. Not what I expected from this but with it being aged I guess I should know it would taste different than the regular unearthly. Overall a very good beer.

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Photo of WhiteOak
4.8/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Dark honey-amber color, with a moderate tan head.

S- The Ruby Red grapefruit hops, citrus rind, toasted vanillin oak, and orange blossom honey aromas are enticing.

T- Sweet, rich caramel malt. The perfectly arranged marriage of hops and oaked malt offer a generous presentation of pina colada/pineapple/coconut, Concolor Fir bud resin, and grapefruit. Here, the hops are the perfect example of integration, balance, proportion, and restraint -- and thankfully were not administered in an overblown, extreme dose. The palate is bombed with a rich, sweet, oak-kissed malt, with a bright hoppy freshness. One of my favorite styles, all pleasure with no fatigue. Every sip is alluring and satisfying at once. The finish is long and lingering.

M- The decadent, creamy, viscous mouthfeel gives a hint of stickiness, but the perfect CO2 provides ideal balance.

D- Wonderfully drinkable, the 11% ABV is so well cloaked in rich, deeply layered structure that there isn't even an ethanol warmth to be found.

This is an IIPA brewed for pleasure, and it delivers. Outstanding!

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Photo of YouSkeete
4.8/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Nice deep copper/yellow texture. Bubbly white head with weak retention. Moderate lacing.

S: Fresh dry hops, caramel malts, and candied fruits. Hints of wood and oak, along with apples and some oranges. Nice earthy pine aroma as well.

T: Caramel, honey and candied fruit upfront. Fruits consist of apples, oranges, prunes and some grapefruit. Earthy dry hops and thick malts are big in the flavor. Sweet burn of alcohol lingers. Oak, wood and some hints of bourbon make their way through the flavor, but the oak isn't as prominent as i had hoped. Great flavor though. Honey, caramel and fruity aftertaste.

M: Dry, smooth, boozy. Heavy on the hop flavor. Medium to full body with medium to high carbonation.

D: I wouldn't change a thing.

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Photo of Angrygerman
4.79/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours this orange-copper color with a slight haze. Instantly the smell hits you. Of course you get the citrus of the hops but also i detect something else, maybe barrel is the best way to describe it. The taste is awesome! Hops, lemon, grapefruit, and maybe a slight touch of earth all round out with a smoothness that i believe is the barrel. In the finsh there is also a little alcoholic warming but all in good taste. Overall a GREAT beer.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.77/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nice glowing orange body. Small bubbly ivory white head. Lacing is spotty in both nature and quantity. Nice blend of IPA smells and oak on the nose. It's like spilling a bigass IPA onto a freshly cut oak 2X4, letting it soak in for a few minutes and then taking a whiff. Good stuff. First sip tells me this is damn good. DAMN good. Bold flavors is an understatement. I haven't had many (if any?) oak aged DIPAs. This is a marriage that works very well, at least in this sample. The hop attributes are greasy and thick and resiny. Hop oils come to mind and to a lesser degree, pine oils. The oak is subtle, but definitely distinguishable. It adds depth. Malt base seems biscuity in nature. The alcohol is hidden very nicely in the context of this beer. In looking at the big picture here, this one has been designed and constructed very well.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.77/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - very carbonated, with a thin pale tan head, a dark amber in color

S - rich, earthy hops with a delectable sweetness, the hop notes (floral, citrine and pine) are deeper and richer than most DIPA's

T - wow, it really starts like a typical DIPA, hops rich with some malt support, then im tsunmai-ed by oak, woody, resiny, sweetness, one of the most oak-affected brews i can remember, this oakiness lasts until long after the sip has disappeared

M&D - Well Done Southern Tier! this beer is near perfect for its style, hops bitterness, malt support, and an amazing flavor lent from its oak aging, the mouthfeel is as smooth as could be wanted, with a more than decent hop kick, you dont need to be a hophead to enjoy this, i will pick some of this up and keep it for some time, if you cant get this beer, trade for it

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Photo of ken2cart1
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- amber, messy, sticky head

S-alcohol, sweet like caramel, oaky, piny hops

T- upfront a sweet malty caramel taste, followed by bourbon,oak, piny hops, with a lingering bitterness and sweet oak taste, at first i couldn't put my figure on it but there is definitely a subtle vanilla taste that I quite enjoyed...alcohol almost completely masked

M-creamy, malty

overall: very complex, highly recommended, i do not really consider it an ipa though...more malty than hoppy...delicious

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.72/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright orange/amber color with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is full of floral hops and complimented nicely by fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts with a very strong burst of grassy hops. Then sweet flavors of caramel and citrus come in along with the notable flavor effect of the oak aging which brings a little bit of a bite to it. The malt character is hearty and the high ABV is well-masked. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Very tasty and flavorful, goes down dangerously easily, not too filling, strong kick, excellent representation of style, while I think this is an excellent beer that is good to drink for an entire evening, the original Unearthly is one of the Top 5 beers that I've ever had and there wasn't much room for improvement. I don't think the oak aging made the beer better, but it did add a twist to it.

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Photo of generalnotsew
4.71/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very clean and clear mahogany brown with a decent head that fades quickly. But wow does it smell devine! Very tropical fruit hoppiness. Kind reminds me of Hopslam. Really juicy hops fill the tastebuds. Think of an Imperial Torpedo. The oak aging has not affected the hop bitterness at all. They are still very strong even after again. Not really getting a great deal of the oak in it. Very outstanding DIPA.

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Photo of mtbbaboon
4.7/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this before and love it. I picked up another bottle today. I poured some into a Duvel tulip glass (my go-to glass). The color is a dark, hazy orange. Not a huge head, but big enough and leaves a nice layer of suds after settling down. Decent lacing on the glass. The smell is nicely balanced. Plenty of hoppiness in the nose, and the hops are complemented well by sweet malt, pine and citrus. A nice complex aroma. The taste follows the nose, though the oakiness definitely comes through right away with the first sip. All sorts of nice musty oak character in the taste...I love it. The oak really goes well with the hops and citrus, and malty sweetness comes through as well. Not much bitterness to speak of. A beautifully balanced flavor. It's got a medium mouthfeel that leaves all sorts of stick behind. It goes down way too easy for an 11% beer.

I really like this beer. Well done, Southern Tier!

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Photo of josefnewsong
4.7/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - pours a standard orangey ipa color with 1.5 fingers of offwhite head that leaves very little lace
S - sweet maltiness, oak, slight vinegar hints, hints of floral and citrus hops, and a slight sour/wet tobacco sort of scent
T - big malt flavor, nice and sweet...then hops wait until you swallow to hit you, which they do quite nicely. well-balanced but a bit on the malty side, atypical for the style and refreshingly enjoyable. Oak comes out in a big way as it warms...really nice. Tastes like red wine was once in those barrels...this is beautiful
M - thick, chewy, on the heavy side of medium bodied, borderline full body - definitely full for the style. sticky on the palette. mmm
D - as drinkable as a DIPA can get in my opinion. this is a big beer that I could have 4 of...at least.

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Photo of Siggy125
4.7/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got in a trade from Shaggy, thanks man.

Appearance: Golden copper in color, very clear and non-opaque. Small off white head with good ammounts of lacing.

Smell: Not as much hop presence as I expected. Good whiffs of caramel malty sweetness much like a Scottish ale. Very balanced hop profile and faint oak on the nose.

Taste: I like this alot. I get caramel, vanilla and some Xmas beer spices on the front end and mild balanced hops and slight oakiness on the back end. The more it warms, I get more baking spices setting in. At 9.9 abv, the alcohol does not make much of an appearance.

I wish I had more of this. Anyone can hop the crap out of beer. But when hoppiness and all of these other flavors can be balanced like this, it's impressive. Nice job Sothern Tier.

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Photo of stewart124
4.7/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hazy orange in color with a small off-white head.

Very nice floral aroma with subtle grapefruit notes..

Mellow and smooth. The oak adds a complex character and takes quite the edge off of the hops. Some pine and quite a bit of fruitiness from esters and what seems like amarillo hops.

This has a huge body and leaves and earthy feel on the tongue. Pine and vanilla linger.

This goes down so easily that it is almost scary. The alcohol is so well hidden and the sharp finish adds in drinkability.

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Photo of cindiwindi1025
4.7/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

another great southern tier beer...affordable and just downright good

a- clear light copper, produced no head, has a tiny, sticky lacing that lingers

s- hops and citrus

t- hops are not as forward as they are on the nose. there is a sweet citrus and creamy sweet vanilla tastes that linger in the aftertaste. very well balanced. not sure where the alcohol is in this because i do not taste it at all. very refreshing tasting.

m - exceptional. light carbonation and the pleasant aftertaste make this very creamy and smooth mouthfeel. very high drinkability.

o - not as hop forward as typical imperial ipas, the hops are present but subtle which works very well. very drinkable and with the affordable pricing overall this is an excellent beer. will most definitely be enjoying this one as often as possible.

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Oak Aged Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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