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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
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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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mrfrancis

Kentucky

4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear golden amber with a thick, creamy white head that leaves a considerable amount of lacing as it slowly settles.

S: Soft, muted aromas of caramel, biscuit, grass, herbs, oak, lemon, lime, and orange are present on the nose.

T: Notes of caramel, biscuit, cream, oak, herbs, grass, lemon, lime, kumquat, bitter orange, and pine coat the palate. The finish is bitter and sappy with grass, herb, lemon, and pine notes underscored by faint traces of oak, caramel, and peppery, prickly alcohol.

M: Medium-to-full in body and relatively sappy, but the oak does dry it out a bit. Carbonation is firm and intense. Alcohol is a bit prickly, but is mostly mellow. Easy to sip.

O: Awesome DIPA. One has to wonder why more brewers have not tried oak-aging this style because this beer proves that it works. Though this ale presents a mostly clean bitterness, there is a lot going on here in terms of texture and flavor.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2013 15:01:04 | More by mrfrancis
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TubaDan

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -1.7%

12-28-2013 18:13:05 | More by TubaDan
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Grogers

Michigan

4/5  rDev -1.7%

12-19-2013 17:30:59 | More by Grogers
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mattvandyk

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -14%

12-18-2013 23:46:54 | More by mattvandyk
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BillRoth

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

12-15-2013 15:15:56 | More by BillRoth
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

12-13-2013 02:45:13 | More by XmnwildX12
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muskiesman

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

11-29-2013 02:05:15 | More by muskiesman
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mendvicdog

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

11-26-2013 21:51:02 | More by mendvicdog
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Brasso

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

11-21-2013 03:32:45 | More by Brasso
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AnalogErik

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

11-19-2013 01:59:53 | More by AnalogErik
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rmargeson

New York

2.65/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This poured well and looked great. I was enhanced by the description and stated ABV but I did not expect a sickenly sweet taste that both of us noted. At first I thought it was great but with each sip it seemed to be sweeter - not what I usually want from a beer.. I won't try it again - but I won't give up on Southern Tier Brewing...

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2013 00:45:25 | More by rmargeson
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delta490

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -14%

11-10-2013 18:31:48 | More by delta490
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northstar23

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

11-09-2013 04:13:17 | More by northstar23
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hogansct

Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

11-07-2013 23:54:25 | More by hogansct
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zestar

California

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

11-02-2013 04:45:30 | More by zestar
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BeerNDoggerel

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

10-23-2013 03:31:27 | More by BeerNDoggerel
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Kruja5

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

10-20-2013 10:28:16 | More by Kruja5
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Kuaff

Alaska

4.69/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is the only oak-aged IPA I've heard of, and probably the only one I'll come across for a long time. I'm always excited to experience new twists on standard styles... Drinking at cellar temperature and in my tulip glass.

A full and fluffly three-finger, creamy-looking off-white head formed no matter how slowly I poured. The body's a fairly dark, golden amber-orange with radiant transluscence. A pleasing appearance.

It smells juicy in a tropical fruit kinda way. Hoppy, too. The interesting and unique thing I'm getting is a blend of wood and sweet vanilla. I can really TELL that it's oak-aged, and I really like it.

This beauty hit me with a magnifiscent flavor profile. It has the juicy-sweet hops of regular Unearthly, but the finish has the distinctive combination of woodiness, vanilla, and caramel that I've found in other oak-aged brews. But the thing is, up till now I've only experienced this character in oak-aged stouts and barleywines. To me, this beer has a little bit of Arctic Devil's caramelly vanilla oakiness and untamed bourbon, but not as intense, and balanced with the already well-balanced flavors of the already fantastic standard Unearthly. Sublime.

The feel is just as incredibly smooth and inconspicuous as the original Unearthly's. Somehow syrupy without being "thick." I don't know how that's possible, but that's how I would describe it. It's beyond my power to sensibly describe.

This is a special DIPA. Why aren't there more oak-aged ones out there...? After trying this, I'd say it's a treatment that could enhance DIPAs just as much or more than it does the maltier stuff. The vanilla and oak are AWESOME counterpoints to intense, bitter hops. I recommend this to all who love to have their beer horizons gloriously expanded.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2013 16:47:16 | More by Kuaff
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kell50

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

10-16-2013 01:30:42 | More by kell50
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BeezNeezy22D

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -14%

10-12-2013 23:01:59 | More by BeezNeezy22D
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DeJayPe

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -1.7%

10-11-2013 12:55:35 | More by DeJayPe
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BYOFB

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

10-07-2013 02:34:33 | More by BYOFB
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Stum-pub

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

10-01-2013 02:09:29 | More by Stum-pub
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Greywulfken

New York

4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: golden amber, perhaps slightly less than clear; ivory head a few fingers high; crept down to a floating coaster; some lacing left behind

S: sweet apple orchard, bitter, piney hops; caramel and resin

T: rich and sweet wheat bread dough, caramel and honey-sweet malts; orchard fruit and citrus; bitter hop resinous bite; back to sweet wet close... chewy malt.

M: medium-to-full bodied, ample carbonation brisk above a dense palate crunching hop and sugar barrage; lighter, airy wood notes dry the finish.

O: look, it's a barrel-aged DIPA - exactly what you're expecting - sweet and dense malt and abv, but "regal-ized" through the use of oak-barrel-aging.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2013 17:51:16 | More by Greywulfken
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Houser

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

09-29-2013 02:19:38 | More by Houser
Oak Aged Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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