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

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

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Ratings: 1041
Reviews: 563
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 13.02%

Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 01-09-2009)
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Photo of PsilohsaiBiN

New York

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!

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2012 03:39:22 | More by PsilohsaiBiN
Photo of tryemdad


4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Golden copper pour into my Long Trail "Plant a Tree" pint glass. Smell of slightly burnt sugar, with deep citrus notes.

Drinks smooth, faint booze. Lot's of vanilla...maybe sugar cookie. Thick and rich....really excellent. Much more mellow than the non-aged Unearthly - which remains one of my favs. I don't remember liking this as much the last time I had it - maybe a year ago. Highly recommend it if available...I'll be picking up more!

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2012 02:21:45 | More by tryemdad
Photo of MDDMD


3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-slightly hazy orange amber color with a nice white head and good lacing

S-biscuit, orange, caramel, hints of oak

T-malt, caramel, orange peel, slight floral, oak, a bit of alcohol coming through

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth and creamy mouthfeel

O-a little too sweet and malty for my taste, but otherwise well done and interesting oak-aged DIPA

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2012 23:49:43 | More by MDDMD
Photo of Beerenauslese


3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fresh bottle. Poured into a tulip glass.

Body is hazy, orange gold topped by a half inch head of off-white foam. Good retention and lacing.

Smells of sweet biscuity malt, orange peel, vanilla, brown sugar, and a touch of floral shampoo.

Tastes of sweet biscuit malt and a lot of malt sugar. There's some orange peel, toffee, vanilla, and wood tannin in the finish to balance out. This is a very malty DIPA--in the DFH 120 vein. This would be more appealing if there were more fresh citrus hop flavor; seems to me that most of the IBUs are in the bitter dimension and this presents more like a barleywine. The taste comes across more harsh than balanced. Since I have a few bottles, it might lay one or two down in the cellar--maybe some of the harshness will resolve.

Carbonation is light and medium body. Kind of a pasty mouthfeel.

Overall, this is a malty DIPA that seems more like a barleywine. The alcohol is noticeable, but could be more complex and balanced.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2012 02:39:00 | More by Beerenauslese
Photo of ummswimmin

New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was surprised to read that I have not reviewed this beer until today. I like trying all of the great beers by Southern Tier. This one has been in my beer fridge for about two months now.

I poured this beer into by Kane beer glass (larger tulip style for IPA's), and I got about two fingers of foam from this one. Unearthly is orange with a decent amount of haze.

The nose smells like older tangerines. The mix of citrus and oak is an interesting mix. The flavor, however, has quite a bit more oakiness to it. The flavor is very strong on this one. I also get a lot of alcohol presence. There is no surprise to find 9% ABV.

Overall a pretty good beer. It is interesting to oak age an IPA, but it does work for this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2012 19:22:10 | More by ummswimmin
Photo of stephens101


4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy reddish-orange with a lively and fluffy tan head. Eventually a few thin streaks of lace are left.

Has an earthy hop nose with some caramel malts and booze mixed in. Peaches, vanilla and wood work into play later on.

Tastes of more caramel malts and earthy hops with the added complexity of characters including vanilla, apples, peaches, taffy and oak with a boozy ending.

Medium to heavy bodied with a soft middle and dry edges.

Barrel aging doesn't always mean a beer will be better than it's non-aged sibling, but this one gets so many things right on so many levels. Gimme another.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2012 22:07:27 | More by stephens101
Photo of IronLover


3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep copper orange in color with excellent clarity. Poured with a very brief white foam that reducex to a wispy cap. Earthy oak and caramel malt aromas are dominant with ripe citrus and pine hop aromas in the background. Medium bodied with a smooth oily feel. Earthy oak, vanilla, and caramel malt backbone supports the ripe citrus hop flavors up front and through the middle. Finishes with smooth, sweet boozy, vanilla and pine hop flavor.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2012 20:14:19 | More by IronLover
Photo of JohnnyHopps


4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed regular Unearthly Hops, so I have been looking forward to the Oak Aged version. Poured into a sampler goblet, the ale was a copper color with a modest white head. The aroma was immediate, giving an impression of fruity hops with a some notes of vanilla. The initial taste was a moderate hop explosion, with notes of peach, mild grapefruit, and a degree of Earthiness. The vanilla smooths one the hops nicely. Sometimes vanilla and hops create a dreamsicle-like taste. In this case, the citric hops are allowed to shine above the vanilla without overwheming. The vanilla adds a pleasant dimension to the malt backbone. Nothing about this beer is overly sweet. Instead, it is actually well measured. The vanilla is smooth in the finish, ironing out the wrinkles in the tongue left by the hops.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2012 15:44:08 | More by JohnnyHopps
Photo of BuckyFresh


3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy peachy orange with a creamy off-white one-finger head. Retention is not stupendous, but there are some large bubble clusters that hang around long after the head has subsided. Little carbonation is visible through the haze. Lacing is spotty and even dispersed throughout the glass.

Smell: Very hoppy and a lot of malt in opposition. Almost smells like a woody, hoppy barley wine. Alcohol presence is right up front and stings the nostrils with each inhalation.

Taste: Sweet, boozy, and woody. Some astringency from the oak, but overall very caramel heavy. Some pine/citrus is discernible, but is lost a bit in the sweetness of this one.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, syrupy, and boozy. Finish is sweet, but you do get a little oak bite at the very end.

Overall: A decent beer, but a touch out of balance. I think my IPAs a bit on the sweet side, but this one may have taken it a bit too far.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2012 13:46:55 | More by BuckyFresh
Photo of nimrod979


4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Orange/amber color with some blush highlights when held to the lighjt. Creamy one finger off white head. With excellent retention. Beautiful sticky lacing.

Aroma: Huge maple, oak, and vanilla aromas blend well with gentle floral hops and sweet fruity notes floating around.

Taste: Sweet maple, oak, caramel, vanilla flavors. All things associated with a typical oak-aged beer. What I like is how it works well with the hops. Subtle and florl but always taking the backseat to the malts and oaky flavors. Even some bourbon bozziness.

Mouthfeel: medium. soft body. alcohol prevalent in the finish. A sipper. probably wasnt expecting this to be this big

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2012 01:00:37 | More by nimrod979
Photo of tlazaroff


4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Moderate hop aroma of fresh flowers and ripe citrus slip through quietly. Let this beer open up for a few minutes and you get massive burbon, maple, and oak that come through too. Simply a wonderful beer to bouquet the room.

Unearthly pours a beautifully clear orange-ruby with a slightly off-white bubbly head that just laces perfectly onto the glass.

I am very impressed that the hops hold up to the oak strength in this beer. I can taste them equally as well and not one over-powers the next. Vanilla, lime, whisky, oak, tangerine, and caramel are all working harmoniously to create a unique but solid flavor.

Moderate body and carbonation with a slightly sweeter finish and a gentle warmth of alcohol bring this beer to a nice close. Here's a sipping beer for sure, anywhere, anytime.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2012 02:20:55 | More by tlazaroff
Photo of stampfler07


4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a golden amber with two fingers of foamy white head

S- Sweet strong malt and fruity tones, almost reminiscent of cranberry or cherry, some hop

T- Sweet malt initially in tandem with medium alcohol, transition to hop begins in the middle and malt mellows to a nutty flavor, noticeable oak on the finish with some mild lingering alcohol warmth

M- Mild alcohol warmth and feel, low carbonation with medium body makes for a smooth drink

O- Pretty solid in all categories, might be worth of aging some more and trying again later to see what happens, definitely worth a try though

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2012 02:53:05 | More by stampfler07
Photo of stephenjmoore


4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Amber colored body with a bubbly tan head. Beer is very transparent.

S- Very oaky right up front, even a hint of vanilla. Hops are faintly there along with some malt presence.

T- Oak is very noticeable and does not try to hide. Somewhere behind the oak is a balanced IPA that is not a hopbomb. Taste reminds me of an old ale.

M- Smooth, a sipper, but very drinkable.

O- Great beer. Oak is in the forefront which is a nice change of pace from many hoppy IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2012 22:06:19 | More by stephenjmoore
Photo of facundoCNB

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a clean amber/copper with a tiny amount of head, decent amount of lacing. smells mainly of vanilla, caramel.. getting some very faint floral hop notes in the background.

a very vanilla bourbon taste to this one. a hint of bitterness towards the very end, lots of banana taste... nothing like what i was expecting - it's mainly just very booze flavored.

medium bodied, creamy yet sparkly on the palate thanks to the nice amount of carbonation. has an overall warmth from the alcohol content, yet the barrel aging seems to tone it down to a nice subtle volume.

this is a nice barrel aged ale, just not as hoppy as i was expecting for an imperial ipa (which from reading the bottle, was brewed with 3 hops, then dry hopped with 3 more..). i guess with the aging process, it lost a lot of the hop profile now that i think of it, makes sense. i'll have to try the regular unearthly and see how much i like that one!

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2012 06:58:31 | More by facundoCNB
Photo of CHickman

New York

3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy copper orange color with a 2 finger light off white head that faded slowly, leaving very good spotty lacing clinging to the sides.

Smells of sweet hops and oaky up front, with toffee, caramel, grapefruit, orange peel, citrus hops, sweet malt, light grains, flowers, vanilla and booze like a very rich merlot or brandy; no real spices, but the earthy oak notes that resemble alcohol or wine add nice balance to the citrus hops, but I expected more hops from a DIPA so this is lacking in that regard.

Tastes as smooth as it smells, with dark fruit, caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, toffee, grapefruit, orange peel, citrus hops, graham cracker, butter, herbs, piney hops, vanilla, grass and dark fruit like plum or a sour apple; a boozy flavor kicks in about halfway with oaky merlot or even bourbon notes, followed by floral hops, peat moss, cinnamon and coriander. This seems more like a strong ale than a DIPA, as the hops are juicy and sweet, but some tamed by the earthy and oak flavor that this is more barrel aged than IPA. The ABV is not well hidden, but there is still a complex enough flavor that is very enjoyable if you can handle the sweet boozy essence.

Mouthfeel is creamy and oily slick, with a pretty heavy body, very mild carbonation, some mild bitterness and lots of booze; relatively smooth for an 11% ABV beer, and overall enjoyable but it just seems off base a little bit as the hops, oak and malts don’t combine for an IPA experience. With that being said, it was tasty and a good strong ale, especially if you like oaky or smoked notes.

A beer that got better and more potent as it warmed, this was not what I expected and not what a DIPA is or should be since the hops were just complimentary to the oak and vanilla, but it was a very tasty oak aged beer – just not sure where this went off course as a DIPA, as this does not represent a DIPA well at all and misses the mark in that category. A good beer, but I’d take a regular Un-Earthly over it any day; this is just too sweet and not hoppy enough to seem like the regular Un-Earthly Imperial IPA’s sibling; it’s worth a try, but I suggest splitting the bomber with someone.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2012 03:47:32 | More by CHickman
Photo of AlCaponeJunior


4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great looking, coppery to light brown, mostly clear, rising bubbles, good head and lace.

Smell: Hoppy as hell. Oaky. Some malt character.

A complex array of vanilla, fruits, hop oils, and perhaps bourbon comes through on the taste. There's plenty of malts but there is also a lot going on here, so they're a bit more subtle than you'd think.

A relatively full bodied beer with an oily hoppy, woody finish, and some alcohol warming.

This beer really is amazing. I picked it up not realizing it was oak aged, and boy was I surprised! Awesome job on a great beer from a great brewery!

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2012 20:40:38 | More by AlCaponeJunior
Photo of kylehay2004


4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: two finger thick head on a clear amber with crimson hues body.

S: oak, vanilla, earthy/citrus hops and a little booze.

T: the addition of the oak makes the malts in this one stand out even more verging on the candied fruit and breadiness of a barleywine. The hops are down played more in this one due to the woody presence but still contribute nicely.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation. smoother than I expected.

Overall: The oak/wood is fairly strong and this one takes a few sips to get used too. The barleywine-like flavors also make the booze stronger affecting drinkability but it is still a nice one to try.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2012 18:37:41 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of CloudStrife

New York

4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a pumking goblet. Bottled 2/24/12.

A: Pours a slightly hazy light brownish copper. 1 finger head is quickly settled leaving a little lacing. Small amount of visible carbonation.

S: With the obvious hops up front the oak really gets through. Dark fruits, vanilla and hints of bourbon. Almost more malt than hop as it warms up.

T: Fairly well balanced for in imperial IPA. Doesn't slap you in the face with hops but still has the flavor. Oak really evens it out and almost hides the alcohol. The dark fruity malts really compliment the earthy hop. Bourbon-esque alcohol asserts itself at the end.

M: Pretty full bodied, nice creamy mouthfeel. Very warming and certainly a sipper.

Overall a nice twist on the original unearthly. Oak keeps the beer mellow and more of an after dinner drink. Would recommend to anyone who enjoys oak aged beers.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2012 22:34:29 | More by CloudStrife
Photo of thedoubler55

New Jersey

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

Poured into a Dogfish pint glass

A: Nice simple amber color, with almost no head at all at the top, and barely leaves any lacing around the glass as you drink.

S: Smell of honey, caramel, some strong hops and some oak comes through the nose as well as this one but nothing to potent.

T: This beer taste great, lots of oak notes, with caramel and sweet malts and hops, greating tasting.

M: Medium carbonation, medium bodied, perfect balance

O: Great brew, warms the bones on the first sip, thoroughly enjoyed this beer, Southern Tier never dissappoints!

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2012 16:08:35 | More by thedoubler55
Photo of warnerry


3.18/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 3/1/12, poured into a tulip

A - Pours a beautiful clear copper with one and a half fingers of tan head. Head doesn't last that long. Only small spots of lacing left behind.

S - Oak is very prominent in the aroma. Otherwise big sweet malty aroma with some piney hops.

T - Initially sticky sweet (seems to be a common theme with Southern Tier) and malt heavy. Eventually, some hop bitterness comes through and the oak really starts to ramp up. The bitterness is no match for the sweetness. There seems to be some IPAs that have a smell/taste that reminds me of bolonga, and this is one of them (granted, I've been vegetarian for almost 20 years, but I ate a lot of the stuff as a kid, so take that with a grain of salt). Not necessarily good or bad, but a bit distracting. Stays sweet throughout. The hops and oak are no match for the sweetness. Decent, but not really what I look for in a DIPA.

M - Full, sticky sweet mouthfeel with some bitterness on the finish.

O - Can't help but wonder how I would review this if were listed as an American Strong Ale. As a DIPA, it is too thick and sweet, with a less than assertive hop presence. Doesn't taste too bad though.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2012 02:17:33 | More by warnerry
Photo of AleWatcher


2.3/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

Got this bomber in the Disc Golf 2 BIF.
Served in a nonic pint.
DOB- 03/24/12

Dark orange body, almost wanna call it "burnt orange."
Two fingers of sticky, creamy, beige head has pretty good retention and lacing.
Smells syrupy-- like malty and piney combined in such a way I can only describe as syrupy. Malts are roasted and sweet while the hops provide a bitterness and a piney, slightly citrus/floral backdrop. The oaking helps to dry it out at the finish, but not enough.
Feels syrupy... Something about this beer-- the first word I think of, and the one that keeps recurring is "syrupy." Residual sugary and oily feel. Coats my teeth and makes me feel like brushing.

Overall-- meh. I've had this beer before and I seem to remember deciding not to review it because at the time I didn't want to score beers too far below average due to my newness at the time... Now, 4 years later, I know I wasn't wrong with my first impressions... Very unimpressed.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2012 18:30:52 | More by AleWatcher
Photo of BMMillsy


3.45/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Oak aging can work, but it didn't here. Pours brownish amber with no head. Strong vanilla and oak nose, a little pine and grapefruits. Taste follows with very little hop flavor, a little flat, with some very dry oak and maybe a little vanilla. Oakiness just overpowers everything. A mild almost otherwise flavorless brew. Very sweet and almost no bitterness. Most of these just don't work out for me...unless you talk about CCB's Humidor and White Oak Jai Alai...

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2012 13:50:56 | More by BMMillsy
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2012 02:17:34 | More by rlee1390
Photo of Jimmys


3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bomber into my hardywood park chalice. bottled on date: 03/01/2012.

A: crystal clear dark amber colored brew. head is a dark off-white color and foamy. retention is more of a rim and the lacing isnt much more impressive.

S: initial notes of oak, vanilla, and alcohol. a quick sniff after the pour showcases some tropical fruit hop aromas as well. just as detectable is the malt sweetness as it combines with the oak to provide a very inviting nose.

T: wow, right off the bat you can really taste the oaky flavors. vanilla is definitely in there from the wood. the bitterness from the Unearthly is on the palate throughout w/ the maltiness/body giving enough backbone to stand up to the powerful oak flavors.

M: mouth is mild to average carbonation on a full bodied beer.

D: interesting take on their double ipa that is oh-so-good. it certainly works fine, but i must say that i am more of a fan of the un-oak aged unearthly. or even more of a fan of their blended gemini. both worth seeking over this example in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2012 02:26:29 | More by Jimmys
Photo of Bendurgin


2.85/5  rDev -30%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a tulip. This one pours a deep copper color with about an inch of creamy white head. A little bit of thin lace is left behind.

The aroma has bit of a malty backbone to it with hints of vanilla and some citrus hops. A little more hops in the aroma would be nice but this is pleasant. The pallet has a mellow hop flavor with hints of caramel and vanilla in the background. Very soft citrus hop flavor.

A little heavy on the body and sticky. Soft carbonation on this. Overall this one is a bit of a letdown. The hops don't show up like I would want them to.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2012 03:28:42 | More by Bendurgin
Oak Aged Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,041 ratings.