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

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Ratings: 1,066
Reviews: 564
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.78%
Wants: 49
Gots: 60 | 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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Chris_Cali_2o9


5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bomber to a sam adams cup

A- Amber body, 1/2" off white head

S- Caramel, vanilla, cream, apricot, orange, holiday spices, pine

T- Vanilla, caramel, butterscotch, cola, piney hops, alcohol

M- Creamy... oh so creamy, average carbonation, alcohol heat

O- I just tried Enjoy by IPA, in hopes of blowing my mind. I was awesome, but not mind blowing. I cracked this brew, not expecting too much. As i poured this, the smell instantly caught me off guard, and then i sipped it... Mind = Blown! It smells of a piny orange and vanilla cream ice cream. It tastes the same, but with butterscotch and a nice warming booze. I finally understand what Bourbon BA fans describe when they talk of vanilla, oak, and cream, except there is no bourbon booze to overwhelm the senses, leaving me numb to the hops and malts. On the contrary, the alcohol melds with them, as a supporting actor and leaves a nice warming feeling threw out the body. This is officially, my favorite IIPA, and the only brew k have reviewed to get a 5/5.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2012 02:14:29 | More by Chris_Cali_2o9
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Abe_Froman

Texas

5/5  rDev +22.9%

03-24-2012 04:06:45 | More by Abe_Froman
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bluntedboywonder

New York

5/5  rDev +22.9%

11-30-2011 21:44:52 | More by bluntedboywonder
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JMBSH

Colorado

5/5  rDev +22.9%

11-20-2011 04:28:29 | More by JMBSH
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bigdaddypolite

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +22.9%

12-10-2011 04:03:52 | More by bigdaddypolite
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Lucid13

Rhode Island

5/5  rDev +22.9%

11-15-2011 17:24:18 | More by Lucid13
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PsilohsaiBiN

New York

5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The perfect beer, if you're not a malt/oak hater. There's plenty of hops here, but they're balanced by the aforementioned ingredients. I couldn't find one thing to dislike about this beer, aside from the fact that it merely comes in a bomber. Sweet, Perfect, NECTAR! Yes, those caps weren't necessary, but were applied anyhow. I like Blue Point, but Southern Tier is the pride of NY!

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2012 03:39:22 | More by PsilohsaiBiN
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CasanovaCummins

Nevada

5/5  rDev +22.9%

03-23-2013 04:15:41 | More by CasanovaCummins
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ElGallo

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +22.9%

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amstelcat

Ohio

5/5  rDev +22.9%

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zircote

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +22.9%

12-14-2011 16:18:49 | More by zircote
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MikeDATL

Georgia

5/5  rDev +22.9%

12-31-2011 16:14:52 | More by MikeDATL
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Deltrus

Illinois

5/5  rDev +22.9%

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Brutesling57

Ohio

5/5  rDev +22.9%

03-27-2012 21:30:28 | More by Brutesling57
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SteelCityHops89

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +22.9%

12-15-2011 04:39:37 | More by SteelCityHops89
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joemcg22

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +22.9%

11-29-2011 03:20:20 | More by joemcg22
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +22.9%

11-21-2011 00:39:21 | More by Rochefort10nh
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rab53

Washington

5/5  rDev +22.9%

12-09-2011 04:02:56 | More by rab53
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callmeishmALE

Kentucky

5/5  rDev +22.9%

11-15-2011 18:27:32 | More by callmeishmALE
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chcfan

California

5/5  rDev +22.9%

11-17-2011 13:44:43 | More by chcfan
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athomasPSU

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +22.9%

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whallgren

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +22.9%

11-19-2011 19:34:04 | More by whallgren
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bonsreeb85

Colorado

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2009 02:15:04 | More by bonsreeb85
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

4.95/5  rDev +21.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2009 23:17:55 | More by Metalmonk
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LauraAlberts

South Carolina

4.95/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Amber/Burnt Orange
Smell: Smells characteristic of an IPA. This one has a lingering Peach & Citrus aroma.

Taste: WOW! A lot of taste crammed in this one. It starts our bitter and evolves into a malty flavor. Toasty, Orange Zest, Peach. Kind of sweet finish - with bitter undertones of pine and citrus. For 11.00% Alcohol - no alcohol slap in the face. Very balanced and enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Balanced with the malt throughout. Enjoy by the glass or growler.

Overall: I'm very intrigued by what the oak has done for this beer. I had the un-oaked several days before tasting this and found it to be much more typical of the style. The oak has lifted the curtain of "unpenitrable" citrus/bitterness and invited my tastebuds in for the "oak party" where peach and malt refresh my mouth asking for another sip.

Enjoy by the glass or growler. A sure crowd pleaser.

Serving type: On-Tap

Serving type: on-tap

03-31-2009 19:49:20 | More by LauraAlberts
Oak Aged Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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