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

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Ratings: 1,101
Reviews: 566
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.78%
Wants: 59
Gots: 70 | 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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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!

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!

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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.

Photo of StJamesGate
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep glowing orange with creme brulee head that fades to a rim and rings. Vanilla almond oak nose over orange honey blossoms with boozy whiskey notes.
Orange mango jam with with naked oak chip, lots of vanilla, then big orange oil and tropical fruit mash with only slight hum from the dry hopping.
Whiskey and fruit hit (more mango) to finish and oily sandalwood linger. Medium, chewy, some stick, smooth.

Oak over hops - where are the IBUs? Lovely mellow wood tones, but hops are so conspicuously absent that I hesitate to call it an IPA. Didn't know about ST now dating on the bottom, so I don't know how old this was, but for all the hopback and dry hops, they shouldn't ever fade to leave a beer like this, nice though it is.

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4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into chalice. Had regular Unearthly last night, so figure it'd be a good comparison.

9.9% ABV....it's no longer 11%.

A: Same color as regular Unearthly. Medium amber and hazy. There is less head, though. I just have an island of white in the middle and a crown on the outside edges.

S: Smell is pretty sweet. I pick up primarily pineapple and mango. I sense a bit of alcohol, as well.

T: Uhh....what happened to the malt? I don't know how long they age this for, but the malt profile is significantly different than the regular Unearthly. I don't really pick up any of the cloying sweet caramel malt base that I did with the Unearthly. There is an underplayed wood and toffee taste going throughout the drink. The taste is a lot more tropical than the regular, as well. The mangoes and pineapples shine through really nicely. I pick up a bit of floral hops and bitterness at the end.

M: About the same as regular, but the less cloying malt base makes this a LOT easier to drink.

O: Oak aging this beer really transformed it. I like the taste a LOT more. It doesn't feel like there's a war going on in my mouth between colossal hops and gigantic malt. It's a couple bucks more expensive and more difficult to find than the regular Unearthly, but it's definitely worth it.

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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.

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Oak Aged Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,101 ratings.