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

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Oak Aged Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale)Oak Aged Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale)

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Ratings: 1,106
Reviews: 565
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 67
Gots: 72 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 1,106 | Reviews: 565
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5/5  rDev +22.9%
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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5/5  rDev +22.9%
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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5/5  rDev +22.9%

Photo of bonsreeb85
4.97/5  rDev +22.1%
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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4.95/5  rDev +21.6%
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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4.94/5  rDev +21.4%
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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Oak Aged Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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