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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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Reviews: 567
Hads: 1,117
Avg: 4.05
pDev: 12.59%
Wants: 67
Gots: 75 | FT: 0
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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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Reviews: 567 | Hads: 1,117
Photo of jdp11284
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A tasty barrel-aged imperial IPA. If you like aged beers, this one will not let you down. Well balanced with lots of oak/vanilla/caramel notes. Lovely viscosity that is often not found in the IPA class. At 9.9%, I can't believe the complexity of flavors, nor can I believe that I can coherently type this review after a personal bottle. For $6.95, you can't beat it!

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Photo of 57md
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a brownish copper with more than a finger of head that sticks around for awhile and then leaves nice lacing on the glass in its wake. The scent of oak melds nicely with the hop and grapefruit notes. The malt and hop flavors are well balanced, but there is no real hint of oak character. If anything, it appears that the oak may have had a muting effect on the hop profile. For an offering that clocks in at nearly 10% abv, there is no real hint of alcohol. That makes this both drinkable AND dangerous.

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Photo of cnbrown313
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap, served in a standard pint glass

A - Pours orangish / blonde in color with a generous 2 finger head. Leaves plenty of lacing on the glass as I take my first sip...

S - A little bit of citrus (grapefruit and orange) but all in all the aroma is very mild for a big IPA

T - A little bit of citrus and a biscuit / grainy taste up front, but a very smooth tasting and almost creamy aftertaste. I was expecting a little bit more hop punch for an imperial IPA, but while this beer lacks that really big hop flavor, it makes up for it by being an extremely balanced and easy to drink double IPA.

M - Medium bodied for a double IPA and it has a creamy texture (I would assume, due to the barrel aging)

O - Overall, this isn't my absolute favorite double IPA, or my favorite Southern Tier brew, but it was different and surprisingly easy to drink, even at a 9.9% ABV.

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Photo of watsonmd
4.93/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pleasing amber/dark pour. Foamy head, but short lived. Lacing, faint amount lasted throughout the bomber...

S: Hoppy, lives up to IPA style. Oak hints

T: Orange, caramel, toffe, oak, vanilla... yummy!

M: Smooth, velvety, creamy. pleasing

O: Very nice change from the BA stouts I have been liking, but moving back to the IPA I love. A blend of BA and IPA.

Bought an extra to age for a while...

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Photo of DanH83
4.56/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This might be my favorite Oakes imperial. The nose is a little on the softer side, but the rest of this beer is smooth as butter.

It pours a darker amber with a thin, quickly dissipating head. No lacing. Carbonation is smooth and just right. The buttery, caramel flavors are perfect. The hops are balanced with the oak notes just perfectly. The abv make drinking a bomber alone on a work night easy.

This was great, I'll be going back for more.

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Photo of silverking
4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of nUgZ
4.62/5  rDev +14.1%
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!

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

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Photo of Chris_Cali_2o9
5/5  rDev +23.5%
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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of PsilohsaiBiN
5/5  rDev +23.5%
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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Photo of tryemdad
4.05/5  rDev 0%
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!

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Photo of MDDMD
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
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

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Photo of Beerenauslese
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

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Photo of ummswimmin
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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Photo of stephens101
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of IronLover
3.97/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of BuckyFresh
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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Photo of nimrod979
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
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

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Photo of tlazaroff
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of stampfler07
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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

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Photo of Atricapilla
3.83/5  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.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.55/5  rDev -12.3%
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!

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Oak Aged Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 567 ratings.