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

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Ratings: 1,090
Reviews: 565
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.78%
Wants: 55
Gots: 65 | 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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Photo of PorterLambic
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Arrives a clear, bright red color, not what I expected. Just a faint ring sitting on top.
Smell is sweet, hops, oak and a hint of citrus.
Taste is hops first with oak, light malt and a faint Froot Loops note. Interesting.
Alcohol is quite noticeable but not harsh. Full bodied and smoother than expected. Rich. Medium effervescence, lightly warming. A very good beer and I'm not a fan normally of IPAs. Imperial IPAs on the other hand are very good.

PorterLambic, May 31, 2012
Photo of TurdFurgison
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from a Southern Tier bomber, $8.99 in Columbus. This bottle is my first from Southern Tier with an actual label (not printed like Stone or Rogue). This is a great improvement as the ink on Southern Tier bottles never adhered well, the letters were constantly coming off.

The beer is clear, copper colored, with a wet spit-like head that laces dry onto the glass. The aromas are really good, centennial hops & chinook, sweet and juicy citrus-like. No oak in the smell, at least to my nose, but I can taste it for sure. This doesn't really taste like unearthly to me, I think the oak changes this a lot. I may have never tried an oak-aged IPA before, usually oak aging is reserved for strong ales, barleywines, and stouts. In this case it might take away more than it adds (not that this isn't a good beer or a great experiment). I just found myself wishing more for Unearthly or Gemini.

TurdFurgison, Mar 22, 2009
Photo of BrewCrew2010
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The appearance of this beer is a golden orange with red highlights. A frothy white/yellow head is somewhat mostly diminishing, yet what is there is very sticky. A very clear beer with some visable carbonation.

S: The first thought when smelling this beer is the how perfumy the bouquet is. Smells of flowers, grapefruit, and citrus hops are clearly there as well some some undertones of vanilla and maybe pine. There are also hints of booze, but it's quickly covered up with the other more pleasant aromas.

T: The flavor of this beer will not disappoint anyone who enjoyed the aroma. This beer is as sweet as it smells with very little bitterness. A sweet vanilla, citrus, and grapefruit are very balanced with the hoppy bitterness and also goes along well with the warmness from the booze. A dry beer, it does not have a long aftertaste making one want more.

M: The texture of this beer is very smooth and syrupy. A medium body, it has mild carbornation.

D: Definately enjoyed this beer and wish I bought 2 bottles. Very unique taste for an IPA.

BrewCrew2010, Aug 15, 2010
Photo of tmoneyba
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draft at the Dily Deli.

Poured clear copper color with a large creamy off-white head that was mostly lasting with excellent lacing. Heavy complex citrus hoppy aroma. Medium body with slick texture and soft carbonation. Heavy smooth bittersweet citrus flavor with a heavy bittersweet finish of long duration with a small alcohol burn as it warms.

This is a standout beer.

tmoneyba, Mar 14, 2009
Photo of mattsegall
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into standard pint glass.

A - pours a murky dark orange with no head. Minimal lacing.

S- Mainly barely and a bit or caramelized sugar. Not much hops on the nose.

T - Wow. So smooth for the abv. Definitely hops, but not as an extreme as most DIPAs ive had.

M - moderate carbonation. fairly standard

mattsegall, Oct 09, 2011
Photo of parris
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice copper color with lots of carbonation, about an inch of head in a curved 22 oz glass. The foam looks very creamy, and sticks around for a while.

I set the beer down next to a window to write about the appearance, and the draft gave me the rich malty aroma from about 3 feet away. Getting closer the smell is almost all malt, a bit toasty, and maybe a hint of tart citrus.

The thick mouthfeel is noticeable before the taste, but there is definitely a lot going on with the taste. First up is a mild dark chocolate and toffee flavor, followed by the typical sweet malty imperial IPA flavor, and ends with a bit of a light/medium oak flavor. The finish lingers on for a while with a bitter and astringent flavor.

The mouthfeel is oily and thick, which is expected for the style of beer. I'm knocking off a point for the papery flavor left on my tongue, but adding one back for how the taste hits all parts of my tongue. I think I can actually taste under my tongue, maybe I have abnormal taste buds placement.

I couldn't drink more than one of these in a night. It's a great beer, but a really really big beer. It doesn't go down as easy as a PBR, obviously, I've already got a bit of a buzz and I'm 8oz done. So, even though I couldn't drink a lot of this, I thoroughly enjoy every sip. The people at unearthly clearly put a lot of TLC into this.

parris, Apr 19, 2010
Photo of JRed
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

JRed, Jul 12, 2009
Photo of homebrewhawk
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber served in a Duvel Tulip. Poured a brilliant clear gold with two fingers of white head. Plenty of carbonation. Big piney, citrus hop aroma. The oak comes out in the aroma as it warms. Hop bitterness jumps right out at you. There is plenty of oak character as well, mostly woody vanilla type flavors. Lemony citrus from the hops. Very drying long hop finish. Alcohol is well hidden. There is some malt there, but this is mostly a hop-centric beer. A little on the pricey side at $12.95 for a bomber.

homebrewhawk, Mar 22, 2009
Photo of JizackFH
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This beer pours a beautiful clear copper color. It has a nice 2-finger off-white head, that has good retention. The head also leaves some nice lacing behind on the glass.

S - It smells very oaky and woody. There is a big caramel aroma here. Also, I am getting some notes of vanilla, bready malts, citrus, booze, and some fruitiness.

T - The taste has a lot of oak, wood, and vanilla flavors. There are some hops present, but they aren't very strong. There is quite a big caramel sweetness here. Also, I am getting some notes of citrus, booze, and pine. The finish is pretty clean, there is just a touch of lingering hop bitterness, and some booziness. For being 11% ABV, this hides its alcohol well.

M - This has a medium-full body and good carbonation. It goes down easy, and the flavor is good. There is some hop bitterness that tingles the mouth. Also, there is a bit of a chewy quality, and just a touch of alcohol warmth in the finish.

D - This has good drinkability. It goes down easy. The flavor is sweet, but not too sweet. I like what the oak barrels did to this, even though I think I prefer the regular version better. Overall I really like this beer, and I recommend trying it.

JizackFH, Mar 07, 2011
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear copper body with a tight bubbled light off white tan khaki head forming thick into my Unibrouse La Fin du Monde chalice. Fine even lacing spread thin but intricately around the edges of my glass. This one in particular is aged on some oak, it really comes off in the nose with a typically big hoppy barrage of hops this one is more concentrated in a nice earthy/oak wood aged caramel malt mixture. Also an air of sharp citrus/possibly grapefruit notes coming off strong amongst the rest of the nose. Flavor is actually quite balanced with a big rush of oak barrel aging hints of vanilla/caramel/charred oak with one of my favorite DIPAs standing up against the barrage of other flavors with citrus/grapefruit/herbal hops peaking through. The flavor is probably best enjoyed with a big woody cedar toned cigar, it just seems like they would get along. Mouthfeel is medium bodied slightly oily with hop resins standing strong alcohol robustness that doesn't overwhelm the palate but makes it's presence known with each soothing sip. Carbonation is quite mellow with a big sugary beast of a DIPA aged on oak flexing it's muscles take your diabetes meds kids this is super sweet with backing hops, alcohol, and oak barrel aging effects to create quite the experience.

WVbeergeek, May 15, 2011
Photo of nickthetick
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: a nice neutral cedar/golden color but not a lot of head. Not even enough to get a good color description or leave a bit of lacing. Poured into duvel tulip.

S: wood and pine right away with a hint of citrus backing. A slight malt hint that gives it a biscuit note in the end.

T: a lot of pine and resin flavor from the hops, a nice citrus note. There is a biscuit sweet malt quality that is not there as much in the nose. The alcohol is present but not overly so.

MF: thick body and extremely oily and viscous. The alcohol warms a bit and its only slightly effervescent.

D: its a good beer and a wonderful hop bomb with a lot of character but an unpleasant mouth feel cuts down on the drink ability as does the rareness and price. I would pick it up again if I saw it but I'm not going to be in any rush to go way out of my way in search of it.

nickthetick, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of rlee1390
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Translucent orange, some carbonation, two finger head that leaves behind some lacing.

S-Good deal of citrus, some grass and pine notes, not much oak

T-Mix of malt and citrus hops, grassy notes as well. As it warms more oak and vanilla come though. Decent bitterness.

M-Medium bodied, creamy for a DIPA, some carbonation.

O-The oak and vanilla come though making this a great beer. Although it is once a year it would be great to try both versions as once, blind.

rlee1390, Apr 21, 2012
Photo of kirkpjr
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A bomber to myself on my 1 year BA anniversary - poured into an imperial pint glass.

A: Maybe I got too aggressive on the pour here - three full fingers of pillow like head. Copper and mahogany highlights in the predominately clear amber color. Nice rings of lace develop.

S: Grapefruit right off the bat, with some caramel malt sweetness to follow. Also some pine and a hint of tropical hop characteristics. Maybe a very slight woodiness here, although I might be biased with the name.

T: Turns out that woody smell really is from the oak. Strong oak flavors come out in the taste. Layered under the woody flavors comes out a mellowed fruity hop flavor. Grapefruits are not as strong as the smell. A little mango here. Malts are almost syrupy in the taste - kinda like the way maple syrup tastes on top of pancakes. Very well balanced DIPA, but the oak might be a bit too pronounced.

M: Smooth and almost creamy with the oak characteristics. Moderate carbonation and medium body. Resinous hop flavor.

D: The balance of this beer makes it highly drinkable. Watch out with this one's ABV.

kirkpjr, Jul 15, 2010
Photo of WalterSobchak
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a ruby amber with a light one finger head, quickly dissipates, no lacing, no cap.
Big pine and floral/citrus notes, a licorice and alcohol
Spicy on the palate with a steady hops and big bitter punch on the back end. Sweet oak notes come through strong as a following flavor.
Complex and balanced, a bit too bitter but the sweet oak makes it worth it. I'm really liking this; complex flavors with a pleasant MF, nice alcohol kick....good stuff.

WalterSobchak, Mar 13, 2009
Photo of Murchmac
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Younger35 is not a menace to south central while drinking gin and/or juice.

Great pour, minimal head, beautiful sparkling copper, just really good looking, into my newly acquired budweiser goblet glass. I know it says fluted, I don't care, it's the king of beers man.

Smells, sweet, earthy, hoppy, candied, complex. As good as any DIPA i've smelled.

Lives up to it's name more than: "old milwaukee tastes as good as it's name" If your old enough to remember those ads. Alcohol is present, but not as a taste, but as a wave, it hits you....

Great ass beer. Thanks Gin and Juice man. I need to try the regular to compare, because this is fantastic.

Murchmac, Apr 18, 2009
Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared with Alucard4 BHOBS and MrVonzipper

Look: Reddish orange in color with 1/4 inch head and no retention

Smell: Oak characteristics right off the bat with the earthy hops in the background

Taste: Caramel malt in good balance with the hops. Hints of oak and vanilla

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium to high carbonation

Overall: Pretty good east coast DIPA. Very well balanced beer but still cannot compete with a west coast DIPA

DarthKostrizer, Jul 30, 2011
Photo of silverking
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It pours a wonderful Cloudy orange/amber color with an off white head. The head falls fast but leaves a consistent, thin coating of foam with very nice lacing. The aroma is very citrusy and woodsy. Vanilla, malt, and alcohol are defenitly present as well. On the palate, citrus fades to malt and vanilla and then to a dark chocolate/coffee bitter finish. I absolutely love that hoppy bitterness. Moderate/low carbonation and a nice medium/heavy mouthfeel. Do yourself a favor and pick one of these up.

silverking, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of Monkeyknife
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a bright clear amber orange with a thin off-white head.

Aroma of grapefruit, pineapple, pine, plenty of oak, and some booze.

A big blast of orange and lemon up front, with caramel malts, candy sugar, honey, and oak right behind. The 11% alcohol definitely shows it's teeth in this one.

Medium bodied, quite sticky, and moderately carbonated.

A big beer - kind of reminds me of a barleywine in look and taste. I like it but a bomber is really more than I care to handle in a sitting.

Monkeyknife, Mar 05, 2009
Photo of woodychandler
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of my local drinking buddies invited me over for an afternoon of tippling with him and his wife this past summer since she and I were both off work as teachers and he had a free afternoon. These are the results.

Jeff poured a beautiful one-and-a-half finger cap of medium-tan head that evidenced great retention. Nose was VERY caramel with an underlay of oakiness. Color was a deep-amber with NE-quality clarity. Mouthfeel was medium with notes of black pepper, caramel, wood, and charcoal. No hops?!? Zounds! Finish started with as much caramel flavor as a Sugar Daddy before giving 'way to an oaky-vanilla flavor. Whew.

woodychandler, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of grub
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle. Viggo shared one of these last weekend and we split a case from the local importer. thanks eric!

pours crystal clear orangey amber with a big off-white head. the head drops fairly quick but leaves plenty of lace behind.

aroma is good. light alcohol. orange peel, grapefruit, tangerine. vanilla and raw oak. bit of buttery character too. white bread. biscuit. bit of cracker. touch of toasty character too.

taste is good. just over medium bitterness level. light alcohol. vanilla and buttery oak coming through more here. grapefruit, tangerine, and orange peel - but definitely more tame than in the un-oaked unearthly. just a touch of pine. biscuit. lightly toasted wheat bread.

mouthfeel is good. the body feels bigger than unearthly, fairly full bodied actually. well integrated very fine medium carbonation.

drinkability is great. nicely balanced, leaning a little more toward a barleywine than an imperial ipa. the oak works pretty well here. the only aspect of it i don't really like is the buttery character - but that's likely because i can't stand butterscotch at all. overall, very tasty.

grub, Jun 11, 2009
Photo of aubuc1
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a tulip pint glass.

Pours a dark orange with a thick off white head.

Smell is billowing out from 18" away. Oily citrus of orange with a sweet malt in the back.

Taste is a really nice balance between fresh imperial ipa and sweet oak. I like this.

mouthfeel is good, but overall quite a good beer.

aubuc1, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of CuttDeez
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass/

A - A very very nice crimson amber body on this beer that is crystal clear with notes of orange and ruby hue - Almost autum in color. The head on this beer is white and peaky with a good amount of lace throughout the beer.
S - The nose on this beer is my favorite part. Such an awesome fruity citus hoppyness up front. So complex in the fruits which are both citrus and tropical - these open to a very balanced pine caramel sugar note. Then it is all brought around by the huge oak back end mixed with some vanilla and buttery woodsy notes that smooth out the hop bitterness in the nose.
T & M - Right off the bat you can tell this is oaked. The hops have been rendered mild but some sweet fruits and caramel malt sugars come through. Then it opens up to even more awesome oak but this is mixed with vanilla and pine. The end is slightly bitter yet smooth and soothing as well. The heat of the alchohol is only apparent on the back end (it was non existent in the nose). The beer is very smooth in terms of carbination and medium bodied as it coats the palate.
O - Awesome DIPA with great oaked characteristics. I would love this in any weather and it went awesome with my big peppery steak. Get one and enjoy.


CuttDeez, Apr 27, 2011
Photo of elgiacomo
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottled mid-March 2010. Label indicates 11% ABV. Over 4 months old so I'm expecting the hops to be a bit subdued.

First half pours clear copper/amber with a one finger light beige head. Second half is very hazy and produces a better head. Leaves some nice drippy rings of lacing and holds a moderate cap.

Aroma is quite strong and features oak and vanilla, some citrus, pine & resinous hops, and a fair amount of caramel and toffee malts. Very nice aroma especially being it is not as fresh as I would like for an IPA/DIPA.

Flavor is big and assertive, lotta malt...caramel in particular, some resinous and citrus rind hops with good bitterness, some pine & spruce, and a fair bit of oak and vanilla although not as much as I was getting on the nose. Alcohol is there but less brash than what I got from the regular Un*Earthly.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, soft, low to medium carbonation.

Definitely prefer this to the regular Un*Earthly which I found to be too boozy for my palate, but the alcohol is better integrated/hidden in this one. Would like to try a fresher sample someday...a task that would be easier if ST dated their bottles and not just the cases...

elgiacomo, Aug 09, 2010
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in a tulip glass, consumed on Earth Day '09.

L - slightly hazed copper color with a fluffy white head that in time thinned out to a very little ring, initial lacing goes away.

S - Aroma is full of hops, apricot, grapefruit and orange as well as a slightly subdued scent of oak.

T - strong oak flavor upfront before the bitter hop and sweet malt tastes comes through, finish is mildly bitter.

F - medium bodied with a smooth feel.

D - savour this one, it's quite enjoyable.

JoeyBeerBelly, Apr 23, 2009
Photo of ADZA
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It pours a deep orange,amber hue with nice carbonation that leaves behind a one finger head and a rim of lacing,the aroma is very nice with hints of sweet mandarin,oak,jarrah honey,caramel and pine needles,it has a nice semi sticky medium carbonated mouthfeel which coats the mouth with flavours of jarrah honey,honydew,floral nectar,bitter/sweet pine needles and finishes with a caramelized grapefruit bitterness and to be quite honest this brew is very nice and i find the oak really plays a part in that without really interacting with the taste i mean its definately there but i find it just balances this beer perfectly,well done guys i will buy this beer again.

ADZA, Dec 27, 2010
Oak Aged Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,090 ratings.