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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: 1043
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 silverking


4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2013 00:15:52 | More by silverking
Photo of nUgZ

North Carolina

4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bomber poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a hazy dark amber color with a half finger head and some lacing.

S: Citrus hops, sweet malts, bread, vanilla, and oak.

T: Bready, caramel malts along with vanilla, oak, faint hops, and a touch of alcohol.

M: Medium bodied with mild to moderate carbonation.

O: This is a great example of what an Oak Aged IPA can be. The hops are subdued, but that's because of the amazing balance with the rest of the ingredients. They mesh very well together. Super smooth, easy to drink, and extremely tasty. I love it!

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2012 21:38:07 | More by nUgZ
Photo of Gobzilla


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

A: poured an orangish amber in color with yellow highlights and a half finger of head that left a little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: mostly malty sweetness upfront in the aroma with hints of oakiness, slightly citrusy, bready notes, maybe vanilla but no real hop character though.

T: caramel character was the leading the way on the palate alongside bready malty sweetness, very little citrus notes, some oaky accents, a touch of vanilla but once again almost no hop presence in the flavor either

M: the brew was medium to light in body with a fair amount of carbonation which had a sweet, semi oaky, citrusy and crisp finish.

O: I was a little dissapointed on the flavor cause I was expecting more of a hop bite, oh well I guess I have to stick to these west coast hop bombs.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2012 23:36:36 | More by Gobzilla
Photo of Chris_Cali_2o9

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2012 02:14:29 | More by Chris_Cali_2o9
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Tieman for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a clear dark orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, alcohol, herbal hops, and a slight wood aroma. Taste is much the same with an alcohol kick and a mild hop bitterness with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2012 08:57:56 | More by UCLABrewN84
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 Atricapilla


3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is a copper orange with very small thin head. Head is a dirty white in color. Very little carbonation. Aroma has slight hints of sweetness and toffee. Hard to notice any trace of hops in the aroma. Taste is burnt caramel with strong oak and an alcohol finish. Has a slightly astringent mouthfeel. Overall very different for an IPA, parts of it seem reminiscent of an old ale.

Serving type: on-tap

07-06-2012 22:24:39 | More by Atricapilla
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 PorterLambic


4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-31-2012 19:38:08 | More by PorterLambic
Photo of drpimento


4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fabulous beer; the very esscence of an IIPA. Served at a good temperature with a thick, cream-colored, foamy head that slowly settles and lots of coating lace. Color is a clear orange copper amber with some bubble trails. Aroma is a great blend of volatile malt, hop, caramel, toffee, nougat, vanilla, nutmeats. Flavor is similar to nose with great bitter -sweet - carbonic tang that are all forward and yet balanced. Body is full but slight occassional slight clashes between bitter and tang. Good carbonation. Finish is like flavor, tapers slow, almost no alcohol character. Truely great beer!

Serving type: on-tap

05-21-2012 22:52:30 | More by drpimento
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
Oak Aged Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,043 ratings.