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

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Ratings: 1,104
Reviews: 565
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 62
Gots: 72 | 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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Photo of WhiteOak
4.8/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Dark honey-amber color, with a moderate tan head.

S- The Ruby Red grapefruit hops, citrus rind, toasted vanillin oak, and orange blossom honey aromas are enticing.

T- Sweet, rich caramel malt. The perfectly arranged marriage of hops and oaked malt offer a generous presentation of pina colada/pineapple/coconut, Concolor Fir bud resin, and grapefruit. Here, the hops are the perfect example of integration, balance, proportion, and restraint -- and thankfully were not administered in an overblown, extreme dose. The palate is bombed with a rich, sweet, oak-kissed malt, with a bright hoppy freshness. One of my favorite styles, all pleasure with no fatigue. Every sip is alluring and satisfying at once. The finish is long and lingering.

M- The decadent, creamy, viscous mouthfeel gives a hint of stickiness, but the perfect CO2 provides ideal balance.

D- Wonderfully drinkable, the 11% ABV is so well cloaked in rich, deeply layered structure that there isn't even an ethanol warmth to be found.

This is an IIPA brewed for pleasure, and it delivers. Outstanding!

Photo of ekardz
3.77/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz bomber to Sam Adams glass.

Appearance - no head, clear reddish amber, lots of carbonation. alive and inviting.

Smell - very sweet, oaky, very herbal, not much hops standing out in this IIPA. Fruity, smells like a wine.

Taste - grapes. Almost like grapejuice. Very earthy. Not as hoppy as I would've liked/expected. Well built with all other ingredients. Not very malty, and lightly oaked.

Mouthfeel - very light and smooth. not as heavily carbonated as it appears.

Drinkability - very easy to drink. Reminds me of an oaked midas touch. Will have again, but not when I am looking for a hoppy oaked beer.

Photo of Pahn
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a wine glass. Couldn't find a bottled on date.

Appearance: Moderate pour yields a half inch frothy white head that dissipates slowly and leaves big slopes of lacing (as does the beer). Color is semi-opaque, hazy amber.

Smell: Upon popping the cap, the bottle emits grapefruit and piny hop aromas, as well as some vanilla and a hint of bourbon (I love it already). In the glass, the smell is even bigger, with vanilla, booze, grassy/floral hops, and some nice caramel malt in the background. As the beer warms, there's still some fresh grassiness, but the sweetness from the oak and malt get more and more prominent.

Taste: First sip starts with nice, big notes from the oak, with some mild hops and malt sweetness. I've heard that Unearthly doesn't pick up much from the oak aging, but the taste tells the opposite story to me. Speaking of opposite stories, the bottle raves about the intense hops in this DIPA, but the bitterness is barely detectable and the flavor from the hops is very subdued. This is a malt bomb, almost more like an English barleywine than an American DIPA. The malt is toffee, caramel, brown sugar, and blends beautifully with the smoky vanilla notes coming in from the oak. Some mild licorice and cola notes come out near the end, and the faint citrus is dominated away long before the bottle is done.

The taste is definitely sweet, possibly too sweet for some drinkers. Personally, I think this beer is delicious, but as a DIPA... where's the hops? Also, reviewing to style aside, that first hit of hops, vanilla, and malt that wafted out of the bottle promised a beer that the taste didn't deliver. I like the flavor, but strong hops probably would have made it better.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and creamy. Mild, helpful carbonation.

Drinkability: Excellent. 11%? There's some noticeable alcohol, but it drinks like 7% ABV tops. It's almost too sweet, but a delicious oak aged beer that I wouldn't mind drinking again.

Is this beer worth mentioning in the same breath as other top IPAs/DIPAs? Not really... There's just not enough hops. Aged or not, I've had well-past-best-by-date DIPAs that were way more hop forward than this. Is it a beer that benefits from oak aging, or is that a gimmick? I'd say absolutely the former. There's delicious oak-induced notes throughout the already deep and luxurious flavor.

Photo of Daniellobo
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice oak revisit of a great DIPA. Picks up some additional character but not enough to make it remarkable, in fact it feels a bit short on the aroma. Most all else remains similar to the regular version.

Presentation: 22 OZ. bottle. Silver laced Southern Tier design marking the special edition brew, pivoting around silver shining crowned hops. Small paragraph narrative going over the excellence of the brewery and how they are offering a "divine and aggressive" liquid. No printed bottling date on side, does not note IBUs, but shows °Plato (23), and Alc. by Vol. (11.0%) alongside detailed list of ingredients, and recommended drinking temperature and glassware. Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Dark amber-orange presence with a generous foamy head that subdues slowly with nice touches of lacing.

S - Rather subdued sweet presence around touches of grapefruit, and a soft floral hoppiness.

T - Malty backbone fully surrounded by rich hoppiness, a very rich range of sweet flavors with a characteristic Southern Tier touch permeates the experience. As the beer warms and progresses there is a noticeable sweetness related to the oak, even a distant suggestion of vanilla.

M - Outstanding smoothness on a rather full body with fine carbonation for the style.

D - It´s rather drinkable for the style, maybe a bit too sweet at times.

Notes: It remains a great DIPA but for such a heralded oak version it feels a bit short of special, or memorable. I don´t know if is the overpowering DIPA recipe or that it needs longer aging with the oak, or even that I happened to reach a bit of an older bottle that has subdued some of the aromas and complexities, but feels like it needs a different take.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another damn good beer from Southern Tier.

Looks almost perfect. A subdued orange. Aroma, no alcohol, how they do that at 11% I dunno. Pleasant abundance of flowery hops, both in the nose and on the tongue. So many hop varieties at different stages, almost makes you feel you got a good deal @ $7 a 22oz. Massive amount of different varieties of hops make a great beer. Drink fresh though.

Mouthfeel, even better as it warms up at a tailgate party. Drinkable, but its pricey. Highly recommended.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - great looking orange amber, a touch of haze but displays clarity despite. A thin off-white head paints a mess of lace on the glass.

Aroma - syrupy pineapple, caramel, and a touch of oak. Very nice.

Taste - brief malts up front, good citrus following. Orangey, a little pine, the oak and bitterness hitting about the same time on the swallow. A nice twist on an IPA. A hint of the 11% but not much.

Mouthfeel - hoppy oiliness, IPA crispness, pretty good sized body. Right on track.

Drinkability - excellent beer for enjoying now or down the road.

Photo of quasimoto
3.28/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Woody oak and musty horse blanket are very prominent in the nose. Green grassy hops, pine aromas and some what citrus round out the back end. The oak is really making the aroma much more of an age issue. The hops transfer to the flavor along with the horse blanket. Sweet bread like malts, and Golden graham cereal are the flavors I get. The mouth feel is rather smooth and not overly carbonated. dates and the golden graham cereal finish off the palette an dleave a sticky dryness...if you can understand that.

Photo of Gehrig
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a bit maltier than the original, with an ample dose of caramel, with the requisite citrus, hoppy flavor--tangerine, orange peel. Smoother than the original but still with ample resiny grit, delicious, with a strong cask flavor to boot, Oak Aged Unearthly is the kind of great, bold, Imperial bomber that Southern Tier does about as well as any other US brewer. More and more, Southern Tier proves they belong in any conversation of the very best brewers around.

Wonderful.

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy orange body, topped by two fingers of white, very fine micro-micro bubbles. Good lacing.

Nose is a roller coaster of fleeting citrus - grapefruitr, orange, mango - and then vanilla oak takes over to finish.

Big sweet beginning, both malt and super juicy hops splattering everywhere. Bitterness takes over shortly before the swallow, and oaky vanilla dominates the aftertaste. Belly warming.

Nice thick chewy mouthfeel. Drinkable, though definitely a "take your time" beer.

Not something I'd load up on, but definitely a beer to try,

Photo of CHILLINDYLAN
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear Orange Copper with Golden Highlights. Creamy offwhite foamy head that becomes a chunky collar around a lake of oils. Nice organic splotchy waves of lace.

Pine and herbal up front, backed with juicy citrus fruit. Toasty caramel, sweet vanilla, woody oak, and a waft of booze.

Toasty caramel, sweet cookie dough, vanilla, earthy oak, hint of chocolate. Piney, herbal, medicinal, a hint of aspirin, juicy grapefruit and orange. Alcohol packs a big punch in flavor, complemented by the oak aging and loads of hops. Big bitter resinous grapefruit peel and piney herbal aftertaste that marries happily into the oak and booze.

Smooth as fuck, sticky, oily, dry, mellow, great silky body

Big bitter beast that has mellowed and smoothed awesomely. Oak and alcohol are highly enjoyable, very bitter, but highly drinkable and delicious. Complex, great use of oak on this brew. It will kick your ass, but in a good way!

Photo of RedBrewer83
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into tulip...

A: Golden yellow amber hue, nice three finger creamy head forms and falls ever so slowly, very thick leaving behind excellent lacing. Very sticky...and leaves nice pillows that hang on throughout the duration.

S: Piney, citrusy, sticky wet hops come forth with a huge presence backed up nicely by wood, vanilla and a little caramel malt. Very nice, well rounded and big!

T: Wow! This is hop nirvana....follows the nose, but so balanced for being so big, the malt isn't too heavy and just hints of wood and vanilla. The hops really come through, both floral and bitter making it a complete hop experience. This is very nice...especially for being so huge!

M: Heavy but with nice carbonation that only dances on the tongue rather than dominates the palate. Very smooth...no idea that it is 11%, this is kind of scary.

D: For an 11% imperial ipa this is dangerously drinkable. Careful folks.

Photo of billab914
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Portsmouth snifter glass. Pours a orange amber color with a small white covering on top. Nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma has Oak and vanilla with a decent amount of sweetness as well. The hops are there in the background but overshadowed by the flavors from the oak. The aroma the oak aging gave it though is very good.

The taste gets a lot of the oaky vanilla flavor from the wood as well, which is very good. The hops are more pronounced in the taste giving it a citrusy flavor. There is also a pretty strong sweet caramely malt backbone to it that is very good.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is very good for 11%, I was surprised when I read the abv on it.

Overall I really enjoyed this one, I'm not sure how old this was but I don't think they have made it lately so I presume the hops could be slightly faded. The flavors the oak gave it though were great, the fact that it was an IPA took a back seat to the oak aging.

Photo of sweemzander
2.73/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

22oz. bottle poured into a tulip. No bottled date.

(A)- Pours a clear orange amber color that looks just like apple juice. Produced a good white colored head, but dissipated immediately.

(S)- A very sweet yet boozy caramel & butterscotch

(T)- Sweet caramel & butterscotch with a bit of vanilla oakiness. Very boozy. Where are the hops? This reminds me more of an old ale at this point. Is this too old?

(M)- A good carbonation level, but way too hot & boozy. This feels like a huge 18%abv monster, but its only 11%. Rather sweet as well; almost candy-like.

(D)- Not a winner in my opinion. Way too boozy and sweet for what it should be like. Could this probably just be too old or a bad bottle? I see that everyone else who has rated this has given it rave reviews, but I just dont see it at least in the bottle I just tried. I will definitely try to find another one that is hopefully fresh. More breweries need bottled dates!

Photo of TerryW
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an interesting beer for its combination of flavours and aromas. Not for the faint of heart, though because its pretty in your face on the taste side.

Reall good looking beer that is a hazy apricot amber colour. Substantial head that settles to a heavy film and leaves behind lots of pretty lacing as you drink.

Nose is dominated by oaky vanilla over top of hops. Somewhat sweet as well.

A tasty brew with very pronounced flavours. Definitely not for anyone used to drinking factory beer. Woody and hoppy and lots of vanilla character. Quite sweet without being difficult about it. Soft mouthfeel. A very sensual beer, has an nice handcrafted feel to it. Lingering bitterness from hops with a nice oak edge.

If you're a drinker of Innis and Gunn you'll like this one and recognize that this is the IPA that i&G shoulda made.

Photo of Mora2000
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle provided by slasher007.

Pours an orange color with a white head. The smell is somewhat resiny with some hop bitterness and some flavors that I associate with barrel aging. The oaked aroma gets stronger as the beer warms. There is definitely some piney and citrus hop flavors but the oak aging takes the edge off of them, mellowing them out. You also get some oak character in the flavor. The beer has a medium mouthfeel and the oak aging makes it very drinkable. We tried this after drinking some other big IPAs and DIPAs and I would like to try it again when my palate was fresher.

Photo of radshoesbro
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Matt for splitting one of these! Poured into a pint glass.

Smells of hops with evidence of barrel aging. Very earthy and slightly musty.

Tastes of big bitter hops and wood. Faint hints of malt, but mostly a strong hop presence. Very nice!

A slightly creamy mouth leaves you craving more, but this is most certainly a sipper.

Photo of stewart124
4.7/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hazy orange in color with a small off-white head.

Very nice floral aroma with subtle grapefruit notes..

Mellow and smooth. The oak adds a complex character and takes quite the edge off of the hops. Some pine and quite a bit of fruitiness from esters and what seems like amarillo hops.

This has a huge body and leaves and earthy feel on the tongue. Pine and vanilla linger.

This goes down so easily that it is almost scary. The alcohol is so well hidden and the sharp finish adds in drinkability.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.94/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pulled from a rather chilly cellar and not given any more chill either. That's how I roll. Pours into the glass a darkened rusty orange without much head, although at this ABV level, nothing more was expected. Leaves only a few dots of lace. Bubbles move up through the liquid real patient like. Hmm...could be a thick mutha?

The aroma is entrancing; hypnotic; transcendent. It's not bad either. Serious, this thing awakes the nostrils in the best way. Ample tones of fresh-cut oak wood mingle with prickly rind tartness and citrus-sweet hops. Surprisingly the 11% alcohol only comes in as a supportive spicy warmth. Super earthy, these sensations (wood, hop, alcohol) blend in such a way they defy the more facile comparisons and take on a life of their own -- likely something many of us have never smelled, like seeing a new color or something. Am I getting too wacky here? Maybe, but when beer is this good, it's easy to get carried away. And I'm only reacting to the SMELL here...

While unexpected, a healthy gooey maltiness comes into the flavor and absolutely knocks this one over the edge into "legendary" territory. The balance of ultra-creamy caramel goo, controlled but colorful and resiny pine-laden hops, hits of orange and peach, vibrancy of clean fresh oak, soothing fresh-cream sweetness and expertly-balanced high alcohol makes this one bottle I never, ever want to see emptied. But that's the only way to keep experiencing the flavors of this thing over and over. This is amazing, and it doesn't even conk you over the head screaming "extreme!!" or "bitter!!" (it's not really bitter)...it is what it is, which is perfection.

Perfection is also present in the texture. A round, creamy, full body with light but caressing carbonation, it's hard to imagine a bitter and more appropriate mouthfeel for the main center stage of the flavor.

As with their Jahva (another transcendent work of art), Southern Tier are recommending drinking this at too low a temperature, in my opinion (they recommend 42 degrees). All a matter of personal taste, but I'm positive the flavors are going to impress deeper when this is a bit warmer, or less cold. Regardless, this is a masterpiece of a beer. Period.

Photo of jgasparine
4.44/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- An aggressive pour from the bottle yielded a 1/4" cream colored head, which quickly evaporated to just faint edge lacing. The body was a clear orange-brown color with some sluggish bubble trains chugging up the sides of the glass.

S- Sticky, resinous, earthy, piney and citrus hop aroma combines with some fruity oak notes in the nose. There is some restrained vinous and malty notes somewhere deep in the background there...

T- This comes across much more balanced than anticipated... the hops are more earthy than anything else, and the pale/crystal malt backbone comes to life on the palate. Some faint oakiness is present throughout the taste and into the finish, which is a lingering echo of all flavor components. Some orange pith flavor also begins to emerge in the finish as the beer warms.

M- A beautifully big creamy body, packed with unattenuated sugar, and complimented by a silky soft carbonation. Just wonderful.

D- This stuff goes down dangerously smooth, despite the high alcohol content (which remains well-hidden throughout the drink). Very easy to down this bomber on my own.

Photo of NCSUdo
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle

A: Medium to dark copper under a small white head. Good lace and OK retention.

S: Big hops, blend of a soft citrus and pine. Toasted malt, bit of grapefruit. Not overpowering.

T: Sweetness is there before the hop explosion. Citrus dominates, grapefruit, with a bit of pine. Oak is definitely there. Hint of caramel, bitterness is pretty bold and alcohol provides some warmth. Pretty good stuff.

M/D: Medium to full bodied, carbonation is a bit prickly, oily, slick. Drinkability is good, big beer but pretty tastey.

Photo of kzoobrew
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Radiant orange rather murky body. Head is full and creamy, impressive despite being rather short in stature. As the head recedes and seemingly melts away a clustered clingy lacing is left behind.

If one has had the original, the aroma is as expected. Succulent tropical fruit prevails over a smooth oak aroma. The malt while certainly pleasant does not leave a distinguishable aroma, or at least one which I can identify.

Balance seems to be the strong point here. While the hops take the lead a healthy dose of caramel malt and oak tend to keep tremendous balance in the brew. Sweet malt back and a suggestion of slightly grainy wheat. Citrus fruit hop elements provide a balancing bitterness keeping the sweetness in check. Woodiness and vanilla tend to bind the flavors together presenting a solid flavor as the nectar hits the tongue.

More than any other factors, I love the mouthfeel of either of the UnEarthly. Thicker than most DIPA's without being syrupy. Full bodied and rather chewy. Drinks very smoothly.

I freely admit I was skeptical regarding oak aged IPA's in general. This brew was a pleasant surprise. No noticeable booziness help the beer go down almost too easily. Very enjoyable. A tip of the hat to Southern Tier on another fantastic brew.

Photo of dpnelson1978
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle into champagne flute.

$6.99 / ea.

55°F

S: Piney hops over a caramel malt body and just a hint of citrus fruit, perhaps oranges, it is hard to discern. Very pleasant, very smooth, very nice.

A: Deep copper body with a small loose head that quickly dissipates with no lacing and a thin cover.

T: Not a hop bomb as many crave, but a very well balanced taste. Primarily piney hop flavor with just a hint of citrus. Noticeable sweet malt backbone and the slightest booze at the end. Oak and vanilla are subdued throughout, becoming more apparent as it approaches room temperature.

M: Medium body with low carbonation. Oily on the tongue with just a little bitter bite.

D: A bit strong for a night on the town, this beer should be experienced in moderation. That said, this is a supreme example of "extreme" beer capable of every day drinking.

O: This won't impress those looking for the rush of overpowering hops, but this beer is masterfully crafted and perfectly balanced. Great example of East Coast IIPA.

Photo of bonsreeb85
4.97/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Got to try this brew thanks to projectflam86. Can't thank you enough Kyle.

Poured into my New Belgium Snifter it appears as a slightly hazed bronze colored liquid with a decent foam-dome with some sticky-ass lacing. mmmm

Wow! this is one helluva nose! Rich caramel, lusicious toffee, vanilla beans, oak, cherries soaked in brandy and yellow cake with frosting and all.

The tast is every bit as complex and wonderful as the nose would let me to believe. It opens with a boozy and brandy-like flavor paired with a wallop of sweetness . The outstanding malt vertabrae supports the not-to-be outspoken bittering hops that add a tropical/citrus tone. This beer drinks more like an aged American Barleywine than a DIPA. Whatever you call it -a fantastic beer non-the-less.

The mouthfeel is full smooth and silky. perfection one might say.

Excellent drinkability especially for it's size. I easily killed 22 oz. and could go for more. Too bad I can't get this one localy.

Photo of scootny
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An interesting counterpart to the regular version. Slightly lighter in color than Unearthly with some faint cloudiness. That would make it a pale copper. A nice head with good retention and pretty lacing. No visible carbonation.

Smell is just great. Not better but different. Rich caramel sweetness and deep piney hops. A deep yeasty breadiness and tropical fruitiness. Faint oak dryness that tightens up what is otherwise a broad and expansive nose in its unoaked brother.

Taste is an extension of the oak driven dryness in the nose. The wonderful balance that is a hallmark of the Unearthly is still there but it is more west coasty in the reigning in of the huge caramel malt backbone. The oak is a subtle and wonderfully delicious component. The tropical mango and pineapple blend is still there. The hops are showcased a bit more in the grapefruit and bitterness which is a nice change. Feel is somewhat heavier. A very full weight to it that leads you to keep it on your tongue like a single malt scotch. Mild carbonation.

Drinkability is not quite like its brother. The heavier feel makes this one a candidate for smaller pours and savoring sips from the suggested fluted glass instead if the tulip tumbler I usually use for IPA/DIPAs.

A nice change-up. I prefer the more drinkable regular version but this one is nice for sipping with friends after a good meal instead of an RIS.

Photo of Jmoore50
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this in a great trade with Sparklepants.

The appearance is good, on the edge of great. It has a really hazy dark golden color that gives it a bit of a mark down. If it was not hazy I would of given it a perfect 5. It has a great head and the lacing on the glass is incredible!

The smell is of sweet fruity hops. Citrus and really sweet sugar, this reminds me a bit of an aged barleywine. It has a fruity pebble smell that I do not like usually.

The taste has the fruity pebble taste that I really do not care for in my IPA's. I like piney, bitter hops. Either way it did improve with some warmth on it. You can taste the oak notes on this one, they are very strong in the middle and end tastes.

The beer is perfectly carbonated, but the sweetness is overwhelming and hurts my teeth. The beer overall is very good but I do not like the combination of hops that produces the fruity pebble character.

J

Oak Aged Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,104 ratings.