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

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Oak Aged Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale)Oak Aged Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale)

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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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Southern Tier Brewing Company visit their website
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 oberon
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured with great clarity into a imperial nonic a deep burnt orange color with a frothy two finger slight off white head atop,a mix of vanilla/oak and big citric hop with the hops given the slight edge,a tinge of alcohol comes thru as well.The oak isnt to big wich is a good thing for me leaving the great complex hop profile that I love about the standard version to be the main component of the beer.Big citric piney hop with some herbalness,the oak flavors come in the finish.Everything seems to be getting oaked these days not sure if a DIPA should be oaked,this was still pretty damn good.

Photo of Lexluthor33
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Amber color with a good sized head and lace.
The aroma of hops,grapefruit,citrus and some malt.
The taste starts sweet with oak and grapefruit. A malt base with some alcohol hints.
The feel is medium body,syrupy and well carbonated. Some bitterness,but really balanced. Smooth and easy to drink. Oak notes abound.

Notes: This was a treat. Well balanced and smooth. Sticky yet not too sweet. A favorite.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear orange amber color with a white head that retains fairly well and leaves ok lacing.

Nose is definitely indicative of barrel aging. Kind of smells like a malt bomb, old IPAish, but this is not uncommon in OAIPA.

Taste is pretty good. The hops have faded significantly, but there is still a nice bitterness in there. Oak and slight vanilla make their presence known. The malt profile is big and bold, and the alcohol heat is pretty apparent, but not overwhelming.

Mouthfeel is nice and thick, just what i want in an OA beer, but throws it off a bit with the base style.

Drinkability is good, but it is slightly hot. The slightly cloying malt profile doesn't help either, but for a bigass beer, it goes down easy enough.

Overall I'd have to say this is yet another mediocre offering from ST. Not undrinkable, but not anything i will purchase again. Its tough to pull off an Oak Aged IPA, and this is certainly a decent attempt. Give it a shot.

Photo of tmitch75
4.57/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Haven't reviewed in a while and this seemed like as good a time as any to get back into it...

Pours a nice bright orange color with thick but soft white head. Smells like an IIPA should, with solid citrus and pine aromas and a touch of booze.

Tastes great, an unusual (to me anyway) combination of powerful citric hops and woodiness. The oaky notes remind me of some of the bourbon barrel stouts I have had, but they mesh quite well with the hoppiness here. There is a nice soft maltiness in the background too.

Mouthfeel is about what you'd expect for the style, full and smooth. Drinkability is excellent, especially considering all the things going on here. The 11% ABV is very well-hidden. Overall a damn fine beer at a pretty damn good price (22oz bottle).

Photo of bluejacket74
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle. Served in a Sam Adams BL glass, the beer pours an amber/orange color with about a half inch off-white head. Head retention is average, lacing is pretty good. Aroma is citrusy (grapefruit, orange peel) and pine hops, along with some oak. Taste is similar to the aroma. There's citrusy hops, caramel, oak, and some earthy/spicy hops noticable in the taste. Also has a nice lingering bitter hoppy finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's coating and a bit syrupy with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, it's very smooth and enjoyable to drink. However, the 11% ABV does catch up to you after a while. Overall I think it's another solid offering from Southern Tier.

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

A: pours a slightly cloudy orange with a small white head that fades to a decent lacing

S: pine and citrus hops, caramel sweetness, peaches, i don't get much oak, but if i remember correctly it's sweeter and caramel comes out more here than the regular unearthly

T: starts sweet but has a nice bitter finish, goes a long with the smell, still not much oak, but the age alone treats the beer well

M: slightly syrupy with a welcome tinge from carbonation, coats the mouth nicely

D: very little hindering the drinkability, still a sipper, but not overly sweet and the bitterness has been tamed down from the regular unearthly...but i should probably compare them side by side

Photo of ShogoKawada
3.52/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint. Nice, active head, good DIPA color.

S- grapefruit, lemons, oranges... fruity awesomeness.

T- The oak is here, adding a bit of depth to the nose. Works well with the caramel malts. Decent hop profile, not my favorite, but solid. Sweet, but I think the oak cuts down on it compared to the OG Unearthly.

M- Pretty good considering the ABV. Crisp... a bit too sweet but prob. just personal preference.

D- Moderate. A bit pricey, and not my favorite... a bit too hot and not as refined as I'd like, but a well-crafted brew that is to be respected. There's a bunch of other DIPAs I'll reach to before this, although I like it more than the non-oaked Unearthly for sure.

Photo of Shango42
4.59/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving type-bomber poured into pint glass.

A-Amber/orange body with smaller off-white head.

S-Wonderful Citrusy floral smell of grapefruit peels and oranges. Some woodiness, hoppy sweet.

T-Wow! Starts subtly smooth and just builds from there and crescendos to the tasty hops. There is a fair amount of citrusy seetness all the way through. Very little oak is noticeable but there is some vanilla and caramel. The hops is not overpowering. Very well balanced and, for me, a push with Hopslam.

M-Slightly syrupy mouthfeel which is surprising considering the alcohol. The Alcohol isn't overbearing. Light on the carbonation.

D-So easy going down and the shared bomber is gone too quick. Make no mistake, as tasty and easy to drink as it is, this big beer will creep up on you. Delicious!

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

This one pours a beautiful red copper color with one finger of white head. No lacing to speak of. Smells of citrus and candy. Tastes of citrus, mainly orange marmalade with a mild bitter finish. The flavor is a bit one-dimensional, but it's pleasant enough. Mouthfeel is a bit sticky, but it's a good citrusy feel for this style. Not a masterpiece--could have used some more complexity, but still a fine example of the style.

Photo of Kadonny
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a snifter glass.

A: A medium amber orange color with a thin half finger white head. I got minimal glass lacing.

S: Sweet caramel malt with oak and vanilla, a touch of citrus hops.

T: First taste is of hops, but it quickly is overtaken by the massive caramel malt sweetness coupled with the oak and vanilla. A slight hops bitterness stays with some citrus hops flavor but the huge oaky vanilla flavor wins out. Much less hops than I anticipated and much more sweetness. Alcohol is faintly tasted.

M: Full, coating, sweet, and a slight hint of alcohol.

D: Medium at best, the sweetness starts to wear on you.

A good sipping beer, but not one I would drink regularly. I just don't get the oak/vanilla coupled with an IPA, it just doesn't work for me. A well made beer that is definitely different, but different is not always better.

Photo of johnnnniee
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly cloudy orange/amber with a good sized fluffy white head that dissipates quickly but leaves some nice lace on the way down. Smells of citrus hops, grapefruit and a hint of lemon. Oak is very subtle as is the touch of alcohol in the nose. Taste is less bitter than I expected. Vanilla and caramel fight it out with the citrus and almost pull it off. Smoother and sweeter than I remember the un-oaked version, I am really digging this one! Slight alcohol in the finish, but mostly muted by the lingering almost sweet citrus in the finish. Medium body, syrupy mouth, medium carbonation. I loved this beer. A bit heavy for a 90 degree summer day, but the AC is on and life is good. Keep em coming ST!

Photo of ZimZamZoom
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber. Goblet.

Amber-orange. Nice tan head.

Smell is big on oak, with some mildly citrus hops and warm alcohol backing it up. Not a lot of malt. Oaky and warm.

Not a lot of hop flavor, some citrus but mostly oak and alcohol. Not complaining as it's a nice compliment and still very tasty.

A sipper. BIG bodied and HOT.

Not at all like the UE I know and love, but I do like this one as well. Sipped it for quite a while.

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

On draft at Olives at the Ludlow Garage.

Color is a slightly hazy orange copper with very little foam. The nose is big on citrusy Pacific northwest hops with only a bit of alcohol sweetness. It's medium heavy bodied with a pretty thick chewy mouthfeel. Furthermore, the beer is very pleasantly effervescent despite the lack of foam (which I believe is primarily attributable to the pour). The taste is wonderfully dry with tons of hops to balance all the alcohol. There's also just enough caramel to keep the whole thing balanced. I didn't really perceive the oak at first, but the more I drink, the more it comes through and really becomes a nice part of the beer. This is a wonderful double IPA and I'm so glad that I was able to have a pint on draft at one of my favorite establishments! (for $6!!!)

Photo of GregPearson33
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A fine cloudy dark golden color with a light, thin head that just covered the surface. Smells of hoppy citrus orange-peel but also with a bit of vanilla, or rather something sweet behind it? Feels like that might be the 'oak aged' facet to the brew coming out. Whatever it is, terrific taste! All the components of the smell were present, with an even spicier hop presence than was suggested. It has great drinkability with a medium-high level of carbonation, but a thinner mouthfeel than I'd anticipate in such a big' beer (11% ABV, of which the booze's presence was noticeable). Overall I'd say great brew, but nothing uber-special.

Photo of maddogruss
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got a bottle of this from the Cloverleaf Tavern.

A: Pours a hazy, amber body with a small, white head with pretty good retention and lacing.

S: A sweet, malty smell with some earthy, hop notes. Seemed complimentary overall and true to the style.

T: A pretty sweet, malty taste to it with some biter, hop notes. Alcohol was evident in both the taste and aftertaste, but nothing too overwhelming. Became more evident as the beer warmed up.

M: A pretty smooth, medium-bodied mouthfeel was felt very nice on the palette.

D: A decent mouthfeel and taste combination made this beer pretty drinkable. Not really a hop bomb, but the hops and malts blend together to make a nice drinking beer overall. Alcohol became a bit overbearing as it became more evident, but it was still a nice beer, nonetheless.

Photo of charlesw
3.77/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pale amber, very clear, minimal head (sigh). Smells really sweet and fruity - like it should. You know there are going to be citrus hops. You know it's going to have a big malty backbone. Count on some orange/fruit in the mouth. Oh. That's weird. So, yeah, it tastes like it smells only with the oak. Very weird. In the mouth the sweetness is OK but it would be a lot better with more carbonation. I'd like it more with more carbonation and more bitterness.

Photo of Docer
2.86/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bomber acquired in a trade..

- Dark copper amber color, somewhat clear, thin foam head.. white in color.. a slew of lacing....

- Smell is of the typical S. Tier malt profile which I can't say that I like much... and is a bit sweet and thick... bit of citrus and bitter hop.. some pine as well... great hop blend, but sweet...

- I hate to say it, but after a glass... I drain poured the bomber... my favorite style, and I just couldn't do this one, and thought the regular Unearthly was better... just a sweet caramel malt bomb with a bunch of different hop notes... not very well balanced at all...

- Sweet, dry... and chewy.. not a bad feel but the sweetness... sigh

- For me this wasn't drinkable at all, and I can't fore the life of me see why this is such a popular IIPA... way too sweet and rich... if I even tried to drink the bottle.. I would have puked...

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

Pours clear copper with a big white head and good lacing. Aroma is malty with assertive floral hops. The flavor is malty and strong, slightly syrupy with strong, overripe floral hops. Slight oak, but only slight. Mouthfeel is thick and clingy. Not bad, particularly considering the huge alcohol content. You'd never know it was that strong just from tasting it.

Photo of taez555
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a clear orange body with a pillowy white head.

Nose was an intense hop resin. Very little if any oakey notes, mostly just an extreme floral and citrus hop attack. Resin, Resin and more hop resin. For a DIPA it's very inviting.

Taste is surprisingly subtler than the nose. Loads of strong fruity sweet rich caramel malts. Lots of thick bread and sweet bread. The oak aging is present, but only to the extent that it gives a really nice rich balance to the malt. It's in no way shape or form an over the hop oak monster. It's as if they used the oak to just add what oak adds, a nice contrast. Very sweet piney hop flowers, citrus, grapefruit peel, orange, sweet tropical fruits. Ends with a long lingering tropical citric fruit flavor. Very nice.

What an exquisite beer. Loads of hops, loads of resin, a DIPA dream beer. I really can't tell much of a difference between this and the regular un-earthly, but... a damn good beer none the less.

Photo of UDbeernut
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

200th review

22 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass

a: dark orange/amber color, 1/2" foamy head with good retention, lacing rings the glass

s: earthly and citus hop aroma, also notes of caramaelized malt, and a slight hint of oak.

t: strong malt backbone of caramalized malt and breadyness. Earthly, Piney, and citrusy hops balance well. The Oak is light and pleasing... almost adds to the bitterness. Very well done.

m&d: medium bodied, slightly syrupy in mouth feel. 22 zo bomber tore me up, 1 at a time is recomended.


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

Pours dark orange, amber topped with large bubbly head. Plenty of aroma: malt biscuit, citrus, citrus rind, slight caramel note, some alcohol but not as aggressive as I was expecting from a 11% ABV. Thick viscous liquid with flavors of malt sweetness, citrus, slight oak/woodchips, hop leaf, hop resin, alcoholic booze, citrus rind in the aftertaste. Very flavorful and well balanced. The high ABV isn't offensive, it gets lost in the array of flavors. Definitely a must have for IPA lovers.

Photo of Vancer
4.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Now this is a freakin' DIPA ! Big ass beer with plenty of aroma, taste and mind-thumping booze! Now, THIS is a DIPA, at a darn fine price! A cross between a DIPA and a big-butt barleywine.

Hazy amber with an oily sticky sheet of ivory head in the Corsendonk tulip. That oily aspect kicks in the aroma, along with a healthy dose of oak. Excellent enhancement to the hoppy quaff of citrus and orange. It tries to alcohol burn, but it's put out with the oily firehouse of hops and malt.

Southern Tier - you can't go wrong with their brews, glad they made it to the mid-west!

Photo of Amalak
4.36/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at Harefield Road in Brooklyn. Orange in color, opaque with good head and lace and a very hoppy scent.

Very strong, full-bodied. Relatively dry with a sweet, vegetable (?) sweet taste afterward. Bitter in the beginning.

Very high quality beer and it totally comes through.

Photo of goblue3509
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orangish copper color with a decent head that disappears quickly. Smell is of floral aromas and hops. The taste is typical of an IPA however, its overaly hoppy. The taste was very smooth and mellow. There are hops and a hint of floral taste. The mouthfeel was slightly carbanated. The overall drinkability is very high. This is a very solid good tasting beer.

Photo of cokes
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear, darkened honey-gold with a short off-white head of minimal lace, but decent legs as a collar.
it noses of honey, oranges, wintergreen, pine, menthol, caramel, and slight traces of woody vanilla and sherry.
More honey, again, once it hits the tongue. Almost mead-like (or Lowlands Scotch) at first, with the dominant honey and heathery notes. Caramel is nodded at, but honey remains the malt's hallmark. Over time, citric peel fruitiness materializes, then bitters towards pine sap and mint. Oak is present throughout, but especially late, though it doesn't add any sort of vast array of flavors. Simply wood and vague vanilla, and general mellowness. Alcohol gains grip late, and there's a juniper-like Gin note on the swallow and inhale, but for an 11% brew, it's not out of line.
There is not much carbonation to speak of, but what's there sticks around and gives a tiny fluffiness to an otherwise still and heavy liquid.
Quite a bit different than the standard Unearthly, though it's not because the oak comes through volumnously taste-wise. The hops are big, but dank. Dimmed from aging, likely. Alcohol is heavy, but that was expected.
Actually, the oak-aging imparts the vanilla, cherry, sherry, caramel, and toast notes that I associate with a barleywine. Scored as such, I might boost it up a bit. But, as it is, it nulls the point of an Imperial IPA.
Here's a pleasant, huge, semi-brashly hopped ale. But I'm not sure I understand the point or the intent. Either focus on hop-overload or strive for balance. This is in that nether region between.

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