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

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Ratings: 1,062
Reviews: 564
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 13.02%
Wants: 50
Gots: 58 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 01-09-2009)
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Ratings: 1,062 | Reviews: 564 | Display Reviews Only:
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bconsidine

Maryland

4/5  rDev -1.7%

04-23-2012 13:26:28 | More by bconsidine
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AnalogErik

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

11-19-2013 01:59:53 | More by AnalogErik
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jackorain

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear, amber, coppery colored liquid topped with an lightly off-white colored head that hung around for quite a while. When it did fall it left a nice tall color with no lace.

Smells of pine hops and candy apple sugar cooking on the stove. Some grapefruit comes in in the end.

There is an immediate hit of grapefruit and pine hops on the tongue. This is followed by sweet candy sugar. The middle brings some wood character and a touch of vanilla. Bitterness comes in late and linger after the swallow. There is definitely some alcohol here as well.

Medium body with a nice creamy carbonation.

The drinkability is not that high, the alcohol is not well hidden and kind of gets to me.

Thanks For Reading

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2009 01:40:31 | More by jackorain
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Anthony1

Colorado

4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A medium amber orange color with a thin half finger white head. I got minimal glass lacing.

S: Sweet caramel malt with oak and vanilla, a touch of citrus hops.

T: First taste is of hops, but it quickly is overtaken by the massive caramel malt sweetness coupled with the oak and vanilla. A slight hops bitterness stays with some citrus hops flavor but the huge oaky vanilla flavor wins out. Much less hops than I anticipated and much more sweetness. Alcohol is faintly tasted.

M: Full, coating, sweet, and a slight hint of alcohol.

D: Medium at best, the sweetness starts to wear on you.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2009 19:34:45 | More by Anthony1
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EROCK75

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

04-02-2012 15:29:53 | More by EROCK75
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OUJayhawk1799

Oklahoma

4/5  rDev -1.7%

04-28-2013 23:49:47 | More by OUJayhawk1799
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Rons35

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -14%

04-26-2014 23:05:59 | More by Rons35
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rootbeerman

Virginia

4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a duvel tulip

A: pours copper orange, with a very thin almost not present head. on pouring the beer seems thick.
S: sweet malt, a bit of vanilla and oak. hops seem a but mellow and lightly citrus and more earthy.
T: malt is sweet, a bit of bready biscuit, an obvious east coast IPA, vanilla and oak as well as a bit of alcohol
M: the sweetness and hops are coating on the tongue, carbonation is low.
D: somewhat of a high abv makes for more of a sipper, yet the bomber was easy to drink by myself. but the sweetness balances out.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2010 07:36:41 | More by rootbeerman
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rand

California

4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle to tulip glass

I was a little skeptical of big, imperial IPA from the East Coast thrown into oak barrels for ripening, but this one decanted just fine. Surprisingly, and I guess fortunately, the oak aging didn't change the profile THAT much. My review here http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/3818/28577/?ba=rand perfectly covers the appearance and nose. Complexion as well. The main difference is the obvious addition of oak, especially at the margins, while the prominent pinapple tones are somewhat subdued. I guess I would have given this even bigger points if the wood-aging had somehow magically changed the brew into something completely unexpected, but barrel-aging ipa's is hit n miss, and the subtle twist on this fine brew is just enough to keep things interesting.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2011 08:52:24 | More by rand
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pottergator

New York

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

06-09-2013 05:14:20 | More by pottergator
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Casey10

Maine

4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow great beer found on a trip back home at Florian's market in Auburn, ME in the beer cave.

A - Coopper apperance with a thin head nice and clean looking.

S - Definate malt reminds me of a barleywine beer in a lot of ways.

T - similar to smell malts and that sweet taste of barleywines similar in some ways but nice none the less.

M - lingers the oak while subtle is nice as well as the other feel that comes from the oak aging.

D - would have again really liked this and is a must have as well.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2010 04:03:04 | More by Casey10
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KFrank729

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

03-15-2014 19:59:37 | More by KFrank729
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saintwarrick

South Carolina

4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew is orangey, very pale amber with a foamy white IPA head, just like its non-aged brother. Aroma is pretty much identical, I don't really not any "oak" or "smokey" characteristics in the nose ... just straight up IPA, lots of citrus and grapefruit, a kiss of pine. On to the taste, where the oak shows up. Taste is woody, a little smoky, like something fresh off the grill, all of which mixes with the citrusy resins of the hoppiness of this big brew. The wood adds a little more body and heft to the brew (the original is very light for the style, but still tasty) and this one has more meat, so to speak. That said, the original is still superior, as it hides the alcohol very well and is not overwhelmed by one flavor.

This is an interesting and good brew, but there's not enough for me here to keep coming back to this brew over the original.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2009 05:09:18 | More by saintwarrick
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BeerNinja007

New Hampshire

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

Purchased a 22oz bomber from Beverage Warehouse in Winooski VT for $5.99. Served mostly chilled in a standard pint glass.

Deep clear copper color with an inch of off-white head builds slowly before reversing course and settling slowly to a thick wispy layer. Leaves spotty lacing behind throughout. Big nose of resiny pine and citrus hops, cocoanut, some earthy tones, and a hint of toffee on a background of candy sugar and loads of light malt. Taste is smooth light caramel and coconut first, followed by a big dose of mixed resiny hops, a bit of yeast, and intense bready malts. Really intense and well-rounded, they've packed a whole lot of ingredients into this bottle! Mouthfeel is thick and a bit sticky. Finish is lingering citrusy hops, vanilla, coconut, and a touch of alcohol. Goes down very smoothly and, at 11%, will surely be catching up with me in a bit.

Overall a pretty well-balanced brew, albeit very thick and maybe a bit syrupy. Prominence of coconut is unique but not out of place. No doubt there's a ton of hops in here, but the ton of malt also present brings it in check and keeps it from being a hop bomb. Very good, highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2010 00:57:48 | More by BeerNinja007
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CHILLINDYLAN

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear Orange Copper with Golden Highlights. Creamy offwhite foamy head that becomes a chunky collar around a lake of oils. Nice organic splotchy waves of lace.

Pine and herbal up front, backed with juicy citrus fruit. Toasty caramel, sweet vanilla, woody oak, and a waft of booze.

Toasty caramel, sweet cookie dough, vanilla, earthy oak, hint of chocolate. Piney, herbal, medicinal, a hint of aspirin, juicy grapefruit and orange. Alcohol packs a big punch in flavor, complemented by the oak aging and loads of hops. Big bitter resinous grapefruit peel and piney herbal aftertaste that marries happily into the oak and booze.

Smooth as fuck, sticky, oily, dry, mellow, great silky body

Big bitter beast that has mellowed and smoothed awesomely. Oak and alcohol are highly enjoyable, very bitter, but highly drinkable and delicious. Complex, great use of oak on this brew. It will kick your ass, but in a good way!

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2010 03:06:50 | More by CHILLINDYLAN
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csiewert

Oregon

4/5  rDev -1.7%

11-17-2011 18:36:10 | More by csiewert
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RandyKemka

New York

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

02-21-2014 23:14:44 | More by RandyKemka
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CCutch

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

07-03-2013 04:01:50 | More by CCutch
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mweso2000

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

05-14-2012 21:54:11 | More by mweso2000
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JohnnyHopps

Indiana

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
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mrchrisray

New York

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

08-29-2013 01:30:57 | More by mrchrisray
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WoodburyMN

Indiana

4/5  rDev -1.7%

11-09-2012 04:24:40 | More by WoodburyMN
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Evarigan

New York

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

08-13-2013 03:33:04 | More by Evarigan
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jgasparine

Maryland

4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- An aggressive pour from the bottle yielded a 1/4" cream colored head, which quickly evaporated to just faint edge lacing. The body was a clear orange-brown color with some sluggish bubble trains chugging up the sides of the glass.

S- Sticky, resinous, earthy, piney and citrus hop aroma combines with some fruity oak notes in the nose. There is some restrained vinous and malty notes somewhere deep in the background there...

T- This comes across much more balanced than anticipated... the hops are more earthy than anything else, and the pale/crystal malt backbone comes to life on the palate. Some faint oakiness is present throughout the taste and into the finish, which is a lingering echo of all flavor components. Some orange pith flavor also begins to emerge in the finish as the beer warms.

M- A beautifully big creamy body, packed with unattenuated sugar, and complimented by a silky soft carbonation. Just wonderful.

D- This stuff goes down dangerously smooth, despite the high alcohol content (which remains well-hidden throughout the drink). Very easy to down this bomber on my own.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2009 04:34:30 | More by jgasparine
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BarrelO

Virginia

2.85/5  rDev -30%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bomber poured into a snifter.

A: Amber body with a not too vigorous head that leaves little lacing.

S: Between the hops and the wood, it smells pretty much exactly like a pine tree.

T: Pretty big disappointment. I can't really detect any vanilla or caramel from the wood or grassiness or citrus from the hops. It's almost as if the two cancel each other out. All that's left is generic bitterness. On the plus side, alcohol is hardly detectable.

M: Heavy and syrupy.

D: After being blown away by Great Divide 15th Anniversary and liking the original Unearthly, I was expecting big things from this beer. But this didn't do anything for me. Back to the drawing board, ST.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2009 19:26:14 | More by BarrelO
Oak Aged Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,062 ratings.