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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: 1,104
Reviews: 565
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 62
Gots: 72 | 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 JizackFH
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This beer pours a beautiful clear copper color. It has a nice 2-finger off-white head, that has good retention. The head also leaves some nice lacing behind on the glass.

S - It smells very oaky and woody. There is a big caramel aroma here. Also, I am getting some notes of vanilla, bready malts, citrus, booze, and some fruitiness.

T - The taste has a lot of oak, wood, and vanilla flavors. There are some hops present, but they aren't very strong. There is quite a big caramel sweetness here. Also, I am getting some notes of citrus, booze, and pine. The finish is pretty clean, there is just a touch of lingering hop bitterness, and some booziness. For being 11% ABV, this hides its alcohol well.

M - This has a medium-full body and good carbonation. It goes down easy, and the flavor is good. There is some hop bitterness that tingles the mouth. Also, there is a bit of a chewy quality, and just a touch of alcohol warmth in the finish.

D - This has good drinkability. It goes down easy. The flavor is sweet, but not too sweet. I like what the oak barrels did to this, even though I think I prefer the regular version better. Overall I really like this beer, and I recommend trying it.

Photo of HosP
4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got in BIF from stageseven. Poured 22oz. into pint glass.

A- Pours slight, slight hazy deep amber, copper color. Nice white head on top with lots of lace left on the glass.

S- Starts with burst of piney, citrus hops. Very quickly malts come to the forefront. Woody, earthy aroma through till the end.

T- Follows the nose. Piney hops at the start to the drink. Bitterness follows closely. However it is cut short from the malt taste. It's masked with a earthy flavor pretty much throughout though. Interesting flavors and how they go together.

M- Medium body, but almost feel of a full body. Moderate carbonation. A little dry in the mouth.

O- Like I said, interesting DIPA. I'm more of a hop heavy DIPA, but this one makes you want to keep drinking. The oak aged gives it a different angle along the malts. Very nicely done!

Photo of Gyle41386
4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tulip.

Pours a clear amber color. Small white head. Bubbles rising throughout.

Very nice aroma. The woody oak character and big hop bill play off each other quite nicely. Loads of citrus, and some sweet vanilla from the oak.

Very, very nice balance here. Unearthly was hugely bitter, a true hop bomb. The oak has mellowed it out nicely. I think I still like regular Unearthly better, but I can definitely appreciate the balance here. The oak and malt shine, but the hops still give a nice kick, and leave a nice bittering finish.

Full bodied, appropriate carbonation. Really nice texture. Super smooth drinker.

Photo of VaTechHopHead
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Unfiltered, glowing orange/apricot puree colored, some very small carbonation, and almost no head.

S - Not nearly as hoppy as I would expect for a DIPA but there is a very pleasant oak aroma that makes up for the lack of hops. What hop smell is there is very citrusy. There's a sweet residual sugar/grain alcohol aroma in the background.

T - Again, not as nearly hoppy as most DIPAs but definitely have a presence in this beer. I'm assuming the oak aging took away from some of the hop intensity? The hops are very juicy and, again, have more citrus flavors than anything. There is a wonderful sweet sugar and oak flavor right in the middle that pairs extremely well with the hops. Since the hops don't completely dominate the grains can come forward a little and have a nice bready dryness to them.

M/D - Medium to heavy body that is thicker than a traditional DIPA. Semi-sweet on the palate while drinking but the bitter hop acids and residues are left on the tongue in the aftertaste along with a toasted oak flavor. Combination of sweet and bitter flavors with just enough hop bit make it very easy to drink.

A very non-traditional DIPA because of the oak aging and although it's not as intense as this style usually is the combination works superbly.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper color, with a white foam and some lacing. More than a little lacing, leaves a whole sheet of lace. Smells of grapefruit and tropical hops. Tastes like grapefruit and a small dry oak. Piney, resinous bitterness. Full bodied, well carbonated, fairly dry from the oak. Citrusy, oaky, boozy, what you would expect. A seasoned beer for seasoned beer drinker. I like this beer, and if you like IPAs you will like this too.

Photo of bhalter8
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bomber to my trusty Arrogant Bastard stemmed big boy glass. Nice clarity (second pour from the bomber produced a slight haze) and a perfect copper color with a huge 2 finger eggshell colored head. As I sip the beer there is superb lacing left around the glass. Hops could have faded a bit in this one, as the aroma is nice, but none too strong. I get a decent hop aroma, a mix of both lemon citrus and pine, potentially muted by the oak background, which is there, but faint. An upfront citrus hop taste to begin with, but quickly followed by a sweet malt. The hop to malt balance is superb, it tastes like a sweet citrus candy. There is an oak texture to it all, that somewhat mutes the flavor as you drink it. An alcohol warmth comes along afterwards, as well. The oak aging must make it so muted as it rests dense in your mouth. Also, must be the most deceptive 11% beer I have ever had.
I must admit, I have yet to try the regular Unearthly, I live in GA, so I get what I get. As a huge DIPA fan, I am thinking I would like it just a tad more, since I love an even stronger hop character. Definitely a very well built beer, though.

Photo of tmoneyba
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draft at the Dily Deli.

Poured clear copper color with a large creamy off-white head that was mostly lasting with excellent lacing. Heavy complex citrus hoppy aroma. Medium body with slick texture and soft carbonation. Heavy smooth bittersweet citrus flavor with a heavy bittersweet finish of long duration with a small alcohol burn as it warms.

This is a standout beer.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear copper body with a tight bubbled light off white tan khaki head forming thick into my Unibrouse La Fin du Monde chalice. Fine even lacing spread thin but intricately around the edges of my glass. This one in particular is aged on some oak, it really comes off in the nose with a typically big hoppy barrage of hops this one is more concentrated in a nice earthy/oak wood aged caramel malt mixture. Also an air of sharp citrus/possibly grapefruit notes coming off strong amongst the rest of the nose. Flavor is actually quite balanced with a big rush of oak barrel aging hints of vanilla/caramel/charred oak with one of my favorite DIPAs standing up against the barrage of other flavors with citrus/grapefruit/herbal hops peaking through. The flavor is probably best enjoyed with a big woody cedar toned cigar, it just seems like they would get along. Mouthfeel is medium bodied slightly oily with hop resins standing strong alcohol robustness that doesn't overwhelm the palate but makes it's presence known with each soothing sip. Carbonation is quite mellow with a big sugary beast of a DIPA aged on oak flexing it's muscles take your diabetes meds kids this is super sweet with backing hops, alcohol, and oak barrel aging effects to create quite the experience.

Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared with Alucard4 BHOBS and MrVonzipper

Look: Reddish orange in color with 1/4 inch head and no retention

Smell: Oak characteristics right off the bat with the earthy hops in the background

Taste: Caramel malt in good balance with the hops. Hints of oak and vanilla

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium to high carbonation

Overall: Pretty good east coast DIPA. Very well balanced beer but still cannot compete with a west coast DIPA

Photo of Monkeyknife
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a bright clear amber orange with a thin off-white head.

Aroma of grapefruit, pineapple, pine, plenty of oak, and some booze.

A big blast of orange and lemon up front, with caramel malts, candy sugar, honey, and oak right behind. The 11% alcohol definitely shows it's teeth in this one.

Medium bodied, quite sticky, and moderately carbonated.

A big beer - kind of reminds me of a barleywine in look and taste. I like it but a bomber is really more than I care to handle in a sitting.

Photo of BMoney575
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on 4-17-09

Pours slightly hazy golden color, with a thin and reasonably clean white head.

Smell is lots of earthy and citrus hops, the oak and hops combine to form a distinct and very strong lime aroma.

Taste is very good, the citrus and woody flavors make a great combo, very subtle and easy-going. The finish is on the bitter side, with lots of lime.

Mouthfeel is good, thinner but syrupy to complment the hops.

Drinkability is also good, the alcohol adds only a warming at the end, and the flavors are well matched.

Overall, impressive. Oak and IPA are a great combination that isn't utilized by enough breweries.

Photo of aubuc1
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a tulip pint glass.

Pours a dark orange with a thick off white head.

Smell is billowing out from 18" away. Oily citrus of orange with a sweet malt in the back.

Taste is a really nice balance between fresh imperial ipa and sweet oak. I like this.

mouthfeel is good, but overall quite a good beer.

Photo of CuttDeez
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass/

A - A very very nice crimson amber body on this beer that is crystal clear with notes of orange and ruby hue - Almost autum in color. The head on this beer is white and peaky with a good amount of lace throughout the beer.
S - The nose on this beer is my favorite part. Such an awesome fruity citus hoppyness up front. So complex in the fruits which are both citrus and tropical - these open to a very balanced pine caramel sugar note. Then it is all brought around by the huge oak back end mixed with some vanilla and buttery woodsy notes that smooth out the hop bitterness in the nose.
T & M - Right off the bat you can tell this is oaked. The hops have been rendered mild but some sweet fruits and caramel malt sugars come through. Then it opens up to even more awesome oak but this is mixed with vanilla and pine. The end is slightly bitter yet smooth and soothing as well. The heat of the alchohol is only apparent on the back end (it was non existent in the nose). The beer is very smooth in terms of carbination and medium bodied as it coats the palate.
O - Awesome DIPA with great oaked characteristics. I would love this in any weather and it went awesome with my big peppery steak. Get one and enjoy.


Photo of elgiacomo
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottled mid-March 2010. Label indicates 11% ABV. Over 4 months old so I'm expecting the hops to be a bit subdued.

First half pours clear copper/amber with a one finger light beige head. Second half is very hazy and produces a better head. Leaves some nice drippy rings of lacing and holds a moderate cap.

Aroma is quite strong and features oak and vanilla, some citrus, pine & resinous hops, and a fair amount of caramel and toffee malts. Very nice aroma especially being it is not as fresh as I would like for an IPA/DIPA.

Flavor is big and assertive, lotta malt...caramel in particular, some resinous and citrus rind hops with good bitterness, some pine & spruce, and a fair bit of oak and vanilla although not as much as I was getting on the nose. Alcohol is there but less brash than what I got from the regular Un*Earthly.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, soft, low to medium carbonation.

Definitely prefer this to the regular Un*Earthly which I found to be too boozy for my palate, but the alcohol is better integrated/hidden in this one. Would like to try a fresher sample someday...a task that would be easier if ST dated their bottles and not just the cases...

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in a tulip glass, consumed on Earth Day '09.

L - slightly hazed copper color with a fluffy white head that in time thinned out to a very little ring, initial lacing goes away.

S - Aroma is full of hops, apricot, grapefruit and orange as well as a slightly subdued scent of oak.

T - strong oak flavor upfront before the bitter hop and sweet malt tastes comes through, finish is mildly bitter.

F - medium bodied with a smooth feel.

D - savour this one, it's quite enjoyable.

Photo of OakedCanuck
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured into cervoise. from notes

This beer pours a dark yellow with a slightly off-white head. Decently sticky lacing that clung to the sides of the glass. The smell is bitter citrus and pine. The taste is much the same as the nose, large citric fruits (grapefruit and pineapple) with a grassy finish. The malt backbone was present but wasn't overly sweet. Dry and medium mouth, nothing outstanding but good. I like this beer, will definitely grab one if I can.

Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22-ounce bottle into a pint glass.

A: Deep, orange amber with a bubbly head of carbonation which faded to a resinous slick but left nice lace behind, including legs that parallel a wine of fine liquor. Clarity is muddled a bit and carbonation is sparse.

S: Bourbon barrel and oak smack the nose first, followed by a spicy and citrusy hop aroma. A nice hoppy, spicy, tobacco and wood compound in this brew.

T: Sweet, chewy caramel malt up front followed by flashes of alcohol and hop heat, ending some citrus fruits and herbal, wet tobacco leaf flavors before the smoky, wood-aged finish settles in, leaving behind a lingering, sweet bitterness.

M: Full-bodied, a bit resinous and chewy, but as it warms, the brew sips just fine.

D: A nice DIPA to split with a fellow IPA fan. Not the best "oaked" brew I've ever had, but the flavor combination here cannot be denied. At 11% ABV, it packs a slightly heavier punch than it's nephew Unearthly, but DIPA and oak-aged beer fans alike will find a home in this brew.

Photo of PorterLambic
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Arrives a clear, bright red color, not what I expected. Just a faint ring sitting on top.
Smell is sweet, hops, oak and a hint of citrus.
Taste is hops first with oak, light malt and a faint Froot Loops note. Interesting.
Alcohol is quite noticeable but not harsh. Full bodied and smoother than expected. Rich. Medium effervescence, lightly warming. A very good beer and I'm not a fan normally of IPAs. Imperial IPAs on the other hand are very good.

Photo of everetends
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle I received from westvirginastyle. Been looking forward to this and pretty much any OA IPA/DIPA lately. Served up in my shaped Dogfish Head glass.

A: Pours a somewhat dark orange, coppery color. Held to the light you get some more a dark golden yellow with some light coppery hues. Had about two fingers of nice and foamy white head. That head has some pretty good retention other than the fact that the foam is so sticky and all over this glass in all this sticky foam on the glass. The body is pretty damn clear and shows a pretty slow and sporadic carbonation movement. Not bad at all.

S: This is absolutely where the IPA qualities are in this brew. As soon as I popped the cap, I got some hoppy goodness. There is a serious pine hops presence coming out. Has a really nice pine resin qualiy coming across with a touch of harsh hops presence. Behind that is the oak aged goodness. You get the woodiness along with a nice creamy, vanilla aroma. Maybe a touch of caramel malt coming across, but it comes back to the pine hops and maybe some floral hops as well. Very nice and very appetizing.

T: Not as big on the hoppy craziness as most people would probably want from a DIPA, but I like it. This thing starts off with a lot of nice oak and that sweet vanilla flavor that comes out. Pretty nice and lightly sweet caramel malt pushing forth as well. There is a bit of a butteriness here but it helps, does not hinder. Then come the hops, but they are more of a supporting attribute rather than the star of the show. Once again, it is absolutely pine hops in here that has a touch of bite. That bite that is produced is easily neutralized by all that oak and malty goodness though. I like it, but then again I really like oak aged IPAs/DIPAs.

M: I would weigh this one in at a nice and solid medium bodied brew. Has a very nice and pleasant creaminess in here. Oh so creamy and delightful. Carbonation is a bit lighter than I would expect and I can't really decide if this is a good thing or bad thing. Slight alcohol heat coming across in the throat, but I don't get a big and boozy beer at all. I think its pretty light in the alcohol realm considering the 11% that is here. Aftertaste is oak, carmel and that butteriness.

D: I am having absolutely no problem with this whatsoever. The oak really tames the hops and keeps this brew slightly sweet and very creamy. It doesn't kill you like some DIPAs can. It really gives both worlds that this beer is trying to showcase. I feel that maybe instead of just oak, maybe a little whiskey or bourbon aging would have been a better match and brought forth more flavors a bit more bite. I dig it for sure and will enjoy it to the last drop. Another fine beer by Southern Tier and its not a crazy dessert beer!!!

Photo of brendan13
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slightly hazy dark orange with 3cm off white head that slowly falls away and leaves a bit of lace.
S - Piney, grapefruit hops up front with some vanillin oak underneath. Cracker and subtle caramel malt aromas.
T - Resinous pine hops also in the taste with the fruitiness playing a bit part. Quite a sweet bready and light caramel maltiness but never cloying.
M - Medium bodied, lower side of medium carbonation. Bitterness is there but quite well balanced.
D - Very tasty balanced DIPA, almost too balanced. The Oak adds another dimension but it's a subtle touch. Not something to drink heaps of but could be a regular.

Photo of cooler4life
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a two finger fluffy head that settles to a thin white cap. Little to no lacing around the glass. Retention is strong. Color is a really deep, vibrant hazy orange. One of the most appealing colors I have seen in an DIPA.

S: Wow. I uncapped the bottle on this one and the caramel, vanilla, oaky sweetness assaulted me from across the room. Underneath the sweetness, I can smell the hops clawing their way out. Boozy and volatile.

T: Trifecta. Citrus and lemon grass in the first wave. Vanilla and oak in the second, and piney hops in the third. I don't detect the ABV.

M: Very crisp and clean. The smoothness is fantastic, soft carbonation. Leaves you with a twinge of bitterness from the hops. Still not picking up on the 9.9% ABV...

O: I really like the dimension the oak aging gave this DIPA. Smooth sippin' is the name of the game for this one.

Photo of silverking
4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It pours a wonderful Cloudy orange/amber color with an off white head. The head falls fast but leaves a consistent, thin coating of foam with very nice lacing. The aroma is very citrusy and woodsy. Vanilla, malt, and alcohol are defenitly present as well. On the palate, citrus fades to malt and vanilla and then to a dark chocolate/coffee bitter finish. I absolutely love that hoppy bitterness. Moderate/low carbonation and a nice medium/heavy mouthfeel. Do yourself a favor and pick one of these up.

Photo of yonitan05
4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An excellent light copper color in the glass with a very thin white head. The aroma has a lot going on but is very subtle. Not like other imperial ipa's that jump out and grab your nostrels. A smooth almost sweet introduction is followed by a burst of flavors on the palette and a wonderful earthy hop finish. The linger is just enough to keep me wanting more.

Photo of rlee1390
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Translucent orange, some carbonation, two finger head that leaves behind some lacing.

S-Good deal of citrus, some grass and pine notes, not much oak

T-Mix of malt and citrus hops, grassy notes as well. As it warms more oak and vanilla come though. Decent bitterness.

M-Medium bodied, creamy for a DIPA, some carbonation.

O-The oak and vanilla come though making this a great beer. Although it is once a year it would be great to try both versions as once, blind.

Photo of kirkpjr
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A bomber to myself on my 1 year BA anniversary - poured into an imperial pint glass.

A: Maybe I got too aggressive on the pour here - three full fingers of pillow like head. Copper and mahogany highlights in the predominately clear amber color. Nice rings of lace develop.

S: Grapefruit right off the bat, with some caramel malt sweetness to follow. Also some pine and a hint of tropical hop characteristics. Maybe a very slight woodiness here, although I might be biased with the name.

T: Turns out that woody smell really is from the oak. Strong oak flavors come out in the taste. Layered under the woody flavors comes out a mellowed fruity hop flavor. Grapefruits are not as strong as the smell. A little mango here. Malts are almost syrupy in the taste - kinda like the way maple syrup tastes on top of pancakes. Very well balanced DIPA, but the oak might be a bit too pronounced.

M: Smooth and almost creamy with the oak characteristics. Moderate carbonation and medium body. Resinous hop flavor.

D: The balance of this beer makes it highly drinkable. Watch out with this one's ABV.

Oak Aged Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,104 ratings.