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

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Ratings: 1,088
Reviews: 565
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.78%
Wants: 55
Gots: 64 | 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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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
Photo of Gurrett
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
Photo of TFrankMac2140
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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

DaveONan, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of andrewborstein
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
Photo of djtomain
4/5  rDev -1.7%

djtomain, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of stoutlover1978
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
Photo of mcorwin
4/5  rDev -1.7%

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

redfacedshooter, Feb 22, 2012
Photo of ltdantheman
4/5  rDev -1.7%

ltdantheman, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of ninjaberg
4/5  rDev -1.7%

ninjaberg, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of chrispoint
1.5/5  rDev -63.1%

chrispoint, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of cld253
3.5/5  rDev -14%

cld253, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of John11486
4/5  rDev -1.7%

John11486, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of sharpski
3/5  rDev -26.3%

sharpski, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of DarthGuitarHero
4/5  rDev -1.7%

DarthGuitarHero, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of Tyrawlings
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Tyrawlings, Feb 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Beertracker, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured unto a wellington beer glass (my favorite beer glass).

Appearance: Amber, comes off clear with very slight bubbles through out the body. White head is maybe 1/3" off the body and turn to nada after the first taste.

Smell: Listen the smell is rich but comes off bland if that makes sense, vanilla, caramel and a feel of slight rum aroma. Smells real good but not that rich.

Taste: Two beers with almost the same name, taste is f'n great. Sometimes "oak-aged" and "barrell-aged" beers sometimes distort taste buds this beer is rich in caramel and malty at the same time.

Mouth: Medium carbonation, feels light at times but take it for what it is....Smooth!

Overall: This is the "Unearthly Remix", and a extremely good one at that. Do not hesitate to buy this if you're an IPA or looking to stimulate your taste buds. Salud!

BlurryVisi0n, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of DCon
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on-tap @ The Bridge Tap House and Wine Bar in St. Louis, MO for $6.50. Tapped from the Stainless Steel Tap Handle w/ a Green Face stating "Oak Aged Unearthly" into a 12oz Pint Glass.

Aroma- Tons of mango, citrus, and fruit hit the nose hard. Then has a strong musty and oak aroma. Nice! Everything VERY strong like I've experienced before.

Appearance- Received with a 1 finger head that dies quickly. Has a reddish/copper colored body and is semi-clear. Leaves good lacing behind.

Flavor- Tons of American hops start this one off and a kettle corn type of taste. This has to be due to the malt flavor. Very nice! Light Bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Light-Medium Carbonation, Smooth, and hops pucker the mouth. Tons of fruit stay on the palate afterwards.

Overall Impression- Just like the unearthly but experienced a big time Kettle Corn taste the whole time. Would definitely recommend this one! I do like the original Unearthly better but still enjoyed the character and appreciate how different these two are. See for yourself!

DCon, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of SLeffler27
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appears dark, almost orange amber, with a light haze and lots of carbonation under a light beige frothy head that turns creamy, never actually dissipating as it coats a IIPA pint glass with lacing.
A mix of orange and grapefruit with some mint up front. There is caramel as it warms, possibly even the oak as advertised.

Strong flavorful hops are combined with bitterness. However, this is balanced for an IIPA. Oak is present as is black tea. There is some honey in a lingering finish.

The alcohol is well controlled in this full bodied beer with a velvety texture, lively carbonation, and drying finish.

This is a thirst quenching compliment to almost any occasion and is probably best with mild foods.

SLeffler27, Feb 07, 2012
Oak Aged Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,088 ratings.