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

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Ratings: 1,060
Reviews: 564
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 13.02%
Wants: 50
Gots: 57 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 01-09-2009)
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longbongsilver

Missouri

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

Never seen an oaked IPA before. Curiosity caught my tongue, so here I is.

Dingy amber-to-brown fills the mug, head is roughly an inch and white, last couple mm are practically permanent. Citrus primarily suggestive of orange and pineapple tosses off immediately -- as in, before I even finish pouring. Normally aging mellows things, but this is the closest the citrusy tones of typical IPA hops have come to reaching out to smack me in the face, especially the fruity cascade.

Lift up and somehow I smell the bitterness. That usually isn't a nose thing, so I'm intrigued. Now, where was I? Oh yeah, actually drinking this...

Additional characteristic reminiscent of pear joins the prior notes hinted at by smell upon taste. Also, here's where the aging apparently comes in: despite the scent suggesting a bitterness arms race, this isn't remotely close to puckering, even to single-IPA standard. It comes off as if a double IPA went to a Halloween party dressed as a Tripel: the juiciness typical among the hop character gone for is there, but bitter this ain't. Mouth is akin to lightly carbonated orange juice, and the lacing is rings-of-saturn prominent as I drink it.

This is probably the only beer people who love hop-bomb IPAs and people who hate bitterness arms races can agree on. Like how long cooking times mellow out chile peppers, the aging mellows out the hops, revealing the bouquet normally not noticed in such big beers. Were it not for the fact that doing so would result in getting absolutely hammered, I would gladly have another one.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 09:49:10 | More by longbongsilver
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BenWool

Missouri

5/5  rDev +22.9%

02-04-2012 23:29:02 | More by BenWool
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bigbeers84

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

02-02-2012 08:47:57 | More by bigbeers84
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zonalax

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1.7%

01-29-2012 19:13:38 | More by zonalax
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3/5  rDev -26.3%

01-29-2012 02:57:57 | More by ygtbsm94
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zenwatts

Minnesota

2.5/5  rDev -38.6%

01-22-2012 16:59:11 | More by zenwatts
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hopsandstouts

Virginia

4/5  rDev -1.7%

01-22-2012 11:47:27 | More by hopsandstouts
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wrwhite174

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

01-20-2012 20:41:52 | More by wrwhite174
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xenjoiii

New York

4/5  rDev -1.7%

01-19-2012 15:18:00 | More by xenjoiii
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PrimScrewhead

Rhode Island

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

01-18-2012 23:34:30 | More by PrimScrewhead
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DSlim71

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1.7%

01-18-2012 14:31:39 | More by DSlim71
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greenhorn

Arizona

1/5  rDev -75.4%

01-18-2012 00:03:49 | More by greenhorn
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Immortale25

North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Budweiser pint glass. No freshness date.

A- Pours a copper color with a full inch of white head that stays a bit and eventually rests at 1/4 inch. Excellent webs of lacing are left as the glass empties.

S- The signature ST malt sweetness is apparent as well as a grassy, citrusy hop aroma. Grapefruit notes.

T- Sharp hop bite upfront that mellows with the sweet malt follow-up. The bitterness outlasts the malts and lingers on the palate a good while but retains balance enough to keep the alcohol beautifully well-hidden.

M- Moist initially with a drying finish. Medium-high carbonation. A bit of an alcohol snap when I swish.

O- Although it could use more oak flavor, it's a very nice variation on Unearthly

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2012 02:03:47 | More by Immortale25
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MeisterSmudge

Indiana

4/5  rDev -1.7%

01-16-2012 11:06:55 | More by MeisterSmudge
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btesta

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

01-14-2012 22:10:26 | More by btesta
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BHopp12

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1.7%

01-11-2012 20:49:13 | More by BHopp12
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mattyrubes

New York

3.5/5  rDev -14%

01-10-2012 01:44:32 | More by mattyrubes
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KarlSpackler

Indiana

4/5  rDev -1.7%

01-08-2012 03:38:55 | More by KarlSpackler
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towlea25

Washington

2/5  rDev -50.9%

01-08-2012 02:43:33 | More by towlea25
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desaironak

Georgia

4/5  rDev -1.7%

01-07-2012 23:44:18 | More by desaironak
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tdm168

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright hazy orangish amber with half an inch of dense, thick, off white head that has great retention. The nose is sweet, bready, biscuity with faint citrusy hop aromas. The flavor is heavy malt up front with notes of birthday cake and bread followed by some pineapple notes and finishes with a mildly citrusy, bitter hop character. It has a medium to full body that is very smooth and well carbonated.

This is an awesome beer. For an IPA it's definitely on the malty side but the hops are there and their solid. This is good but there is, in my opinion, little difference from the original.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 18:32:08 | More by tdm168
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Duff27

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -14%

01-07-2012 05:40:38 | More by Duff27
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Massbmx

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +22.9%

01-06-2012 16:41:15 | More by Massbmx
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Faina

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -14%

01-05-2012 04:10:29 | More by Faina
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ohtheguilt

Georgia

4/5  rDev -1.7%

01-04-2012 14:01:19 | More by ohtheguilt
Oak Aged Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,060 ratings.