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

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1,100 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,100
Reviews: 566
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.78%
Wants: 57
Gots: 68 | 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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5/5  rDev +22.9%

csustar001, Mar 31, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

seanpackage, Mar 30, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

AlCzerik, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of kayrex
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

kayrex, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of sevenarts
2.55/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Slightly reddish orange, modest carbonation, small off-white head and just a little lacing.

S: Really distinctive and unexpected. Strong caramel, some wood, a little spicy. Some pine and earthy smells and a whisper of citrus from the hops. There's something odd and almost medicinal about it though, with so many different aromas competing it feels slightly off.

T/M: As with the smell, this is a pile-up of all sorts of jarring flavors. Lots and lots of caramel and vanilla sweetness over everything, mixing with some woody flavors, a bit of spiciness, and in the aftertaste the hops finally make their presence known a little bit with just a touch of bitterness going down. Hides the alcohol well.

O: This beer is kind of a mess and I can't really decide if I hate it or if I appreciate its distinctiveness. It's definitely original, but in the end it's too syrupy sweet and the flavors never really blend well, with the caramel being very overpowering and everything else fighting against that dominant flavor.

sevenarts, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of jwat
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

jwat, Mar 28, 2012
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5/5  rDev +22.9%

Brutesling57, Mar 27, 2012
Photo of BeerLover99
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: dirty orange body, trace white head,
good lacing

S: grassy, pine, oak, malt

T: lemon/lem. grass, big malt, huge OAK,
boozy, sticky/oily long bitter finish

M: med/heavy body, big oily/sticky mouth

O: Well done. Southern Tier continues
to deliver fine bombers. Will get again
and recommend.

QUITE NICE, WORTH GRABBING!

BeerLover99, Mar 27, 2012
Photo of DonFrap
2/5  rDev -50.9%

DonFrap, Mar 27, 2012
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5/5  rDev +22.9%

Abe_Froman, Mar 24, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

ConorThomas, Mar 23, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Ohiovania, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of barczar
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper color with a half inch dense cream head that leaves a thick ring of foam on the glass.

Oak and grapefruit lead the aroma with caramel and bready malt supporting a hint of pine and mint.

Mellow citrus opens the flavor profile and becomes more dominant throughout the sip, with grapefruit pith emerging and overtaking a somewhat light sweet caramel malt backbone. The finish is fairly bitter, with pepper and mint kicking in. The oak contributes a bit more complexity at the finish as it warms, but is overwhelmed by the bitterness.

Body is fairly syrupy, with moderately light carbonation. There is a significant alcohol warmth and a hint of harsh astringency.

Overall, a decent dipa, but not my favorite by far. A bigger malt backbone would help the complexity of flavors shine and ease the bitter dominance.

barczar, Mar 22, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Gurrett, Mar 21, 2012
Photo of LiquidAmber
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange amber, thin head and some lacing. Aroma of caramel hops, light citrus, earthy wood. Oak up front in the taste, followed by sweet caramel malt and hops; oaky hop finish. Nice flavor and different than other oaked IPAs. Hops are not dominant and could be a bit more aromatic. Despite that subdued hops, a pleasant, fun to drink oaked ale. Medium bodied.

LiquidAmber, Mar 21, 2012
Photo of syrupjoe
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber into snifter. Abv says 11%. Pours a medium honey-amber with a one finger almost white head.

Nose: Sweet, strawberry, toffee, golden graham, fig, slight hints of tropical fruit. Light hop zing.

Taste: Caramel, toffee, super fruity with notes of browned apple, overripe mango, orange citrus, slight pineyness.

Moderate to low carbonation. Sweet but clean finish. Lingering fruit flavors. The most unique IIPA I've ever had, and one of the more unique bottled beers I've ever had. Would drink again.

syrupjoe, Mar 21, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

TFrankMac2140, Mar 19, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

DaveONan, Mar 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

andrewborstein, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of jrenihan
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is caramel in colour. A vigorous pour results in a good-sized off-white head. Head slowly dissipates leaving a fair bit of lacing.

Oak scents are strong and dominant. They are accompanied by caramel malt and tropical fruit- pineapple, orange.

Surprise, surprise, the taste is like regular unearthly with added oak flavours. It is a combination that I think works well. Oak and vanilla mix with citrus and tropical fruit, all over a caramel malt base.

Full bodied, moderate carbonation. Slightly oily.

Overall, a very nice beer and, in my view, slightly superior to the regular unearthly, which I also like. Yum!

jrenihan, Mar 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

djtomain, Feb 29, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

stoutlover1978, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of cyclonece09
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a snifter. Pours a dark copper color with a one finger white head that dissipates semi-quickly but leaves nice lacing. Smells of a heavy syrupy hops and a little bit of a woody smell, probably from the oak aging. Tastes of hops and a little bit of a heavy almost syrupy malt, but not offensive, but it is actually quite good. Beer is on the heavy side, but for a beer this big, it is pretty good. Carbonation is good and beer goes down really easy for one with over 9% ABV. Overall, an excellent beer. One that I wish was available in 12 oz bottles for a more general consumption.

cyclonece09, Feb 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

mcorwin, Feb 24, 2012
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3/5  rDev -26.3%

redfacedshooter, Feb 22, 2012
Oak Aged Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,100 ratings.