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

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Ratings: 1,082
Reviews: 564
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.78%
Wants: 53
Gots: 65 | 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 ckeegan04
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Clear reddish-orange with a light brown foamy head. Head quickly fades to a thin cap on top of the beer. Moderately active carbonation bubbles rising to the top.

S - Earthy and citrusy hops mixed with a little wood. Some grpaefruit and a little lemon zest. Also some piney notes as the beer warms. Alcohol is also noticeable in the nose.

T - CItrusy hops with a nice backing of oak are the intitial flavors. A stronger sweetness of sweet bread and vanilla come in mid drink. Remains sweet through the finish with a light bitter backing. The oak aging really comes through on this one with mellowed hoppiness and a big sweetness.

M/D - Medium to full bodied and very sticky. The sweetness lingers with you. Moderate carbonation. Alcohol provides a light warming but is pretty well masked.

ckeegan04, Jun 28, 2009
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.


Jmoore50, Nov 07, 2009
Photo of kiddynamite920
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: 22 oz bottle into a tulip. Love the head retention that Southern Tier creates in all of their beers. Pours a dark copper, nearing red. Hints of brown. Sure looks oak aged.

S: Has a nice fruity, malty aroma. Begins to resemble a barleywine. Oak is very nice and smooth and the hops are on the back end. No alcohol aroma, which is very nice. Smells like a big malty DIPA with a smooth character of oak throughout.

T: Outstanding. Has a malty, barleywine flavor just as the nose had the aroma. Also has good crispness and bite from the hops. Again, no bite from the alcohol. Great yeasty flavor though, I could see this one aging nicely. Similar to Burton Baton in a way.

M: Kind of reverse of what a DIPA should be as far as mouthfeel. Has the feel of an English Barleywine, too malty and not enough bite from the hops. Certainly a different take on the style but it lacks that punch that an imperial IPA should have as far as hops go.

D: Drinks very smooth, as most ST beers do in my opinion. They all tend to have a great creaminess. Drinks like a barleywine, and I know this style is often considered as such but...way too malty.

kiddynamite920, Aug 26, 2010
Photo of KYBrewgrass
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- 4.5 Hazy but slightly transparent burnt orange color; attractive. There's a fluffy, 1.5 finger sticky off-white head on the pour. Micro-fine bubbles dance beneath the surface.

S- 4 Sweet, almost candied tangerine-like citrus hits me first, followed by a little pine similar to the style and a little oak from the barrel it was aged in. Inviting. Just a bit of hoppiness; less than I'd expect from a big IPA.

T- 4 There's a big caramel, malt sweetness right up front that's followed by a citrusy hop that brings it back in. Honey comes to mind... It is different from other IIPAs I've had in taste. I do like it, although it is a tad sweet. I don't really get the oak here.

M- 4.5 Great feel; light medium body that's crisp and smooth, and a good carbonation level to provide a touch of creaminess. A very slight dryness on the finish.

D- 4 This is a nice brew, and a good variation on the style. Its sweetness was a different approach and not my favorite, but it is pretty drinkable regardless. Smooth, good flavor, and not heavy - a bomber is not a problem. Maybe a couple on a good night!

KYBrewgrass, May 05, 2011
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.

kzoobrew, Nov 26, 2009
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
Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22-ounce bottle into a pint glass.

A: Deep, orange amber with a bubbly head of carbonation which faded to a resinous slick but left nice lace behind, including legs that parallel a wine of fine liquor. Clarity is muddled a bit and carbonation is sparse.

S: Bourbon barrel and oak smack the nose first, followed by a spicy and citrusy hop aroma. A nice hoppy, spicy, tobacco and wood compound in this brew.

T: Sweet, chewy caramel malt up front followed by flashes of alcohol and hop heat, ending some citrus fruits and herbal, wet tobacco leaf flavors before the smoky, wood-aged finish settles in, leaving behind a lingering, sweet bitterness.

M: Full-bodied, a bit resinous and chewy, but as it warms, the brew sips just fine.

D: A nice DIPA to split with a fellow IPA fan. Not the best "oaked" brew I've ever had, but the flavor combination here cannot be denied. At 11% ABV, it packs a slightly heavier punch than it's nephew Unearthly, but DIPA and oak-aged beer fans alike will find a home in this brew.

Gambrinus1184, Dec 26, 2010
Photo of everetends
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle I received from westvirginastyle. Been looking forward to this and pretty much any OA IPA/DIPA lately. Served up in my shaped Dogfish Head glass.

A: Pours a somewhat dark orange, coppery color. Held to the light you get some more a dark golden yellow with some light coppery hues. Had about two fingers of nice and foamy white head. That head has some pretty good retention other than the fact that the foam is so sticky and all over this glass in all this sticky foam on the glass. The body is pretty damn clear and shows a pretty slow and sporadic carbonation movement. Not bad at all.

S: This is absolutely where the IPA qualities are in this brew. As soon as I popped the cap, I got some hoppy goodness. There is a serious pine hops presence coming out. Has a really nice pine resin qualiy coming across with a touch of harsh hops presence. Behind that is the oak aged goodness. You get the woodiness along with a nice creamy, vanilla aroma. Maybe a touch of caramel malt coming across, but it comes back to the pine hops and maybe some floral hops as well. Very nice and very appetizing.

T: Not as big on the hoppy craziness as most people would probably want from a DIPA, but I like it. This thing starts off with a lot of nice oak and that sweet vanilla flavor that comes out. Pretty nice and lightly sweet caramel malt pushing forth as well. There is a bit of a butteriness here but it helps, does not hinder. Then come the hops, but they are more of a supporting attribute rather than the star of the show. Once again, it is absolutely pine hops in here that has a touch of bite. That bite that is produced is easily neutralized by all that oak and malty goodness though. I like it, but then again I really like oak aged IPAs/DIPAs.

M: I would weigh this one in at a nice and solid medium bodied brew. Has a very nice and pleasant creaminess in here. Oh so creamy and delightful. Carbonation is a bit lighter than I would expect and I can't really decide if this is a good thing or bad thing. Slight alcohol heat coming across in the throat, but I don't get a big and boozy beer at all. I think its pretty light in the alcohol realm considering the 11% that is here. Aftertaste is oak, carmel and that butteriness.

D: I am having absolutely no problem with this whatsoever. The oak really tames the hops and keeps this brew slightly sweet and very creamy. It doesn't kill you like some DIPAs can. It really gives both worlds that this beer is trying to showcase. I feel that maybe instead of just oak, maybe a little whiskey or bourbon aging would have been a better match and brought forth more flavors a bit more bite. I dig it for sure and will enjoy it to the last drop. Another fine beer by Southern Tier and its not a crazy dessert beer!!!

everetends, Jun 02, 2009
Photo of woosterbill
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bomber into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a nice, deep, slightly hazy orange body, topped with barely a quarter inch of pale tan foam that dissipates almost instantly, leaving some fine lacing; almost no carbonation rising through the body. Great color, but not as much effervescence as I'd like (and yes, I realize that a beer this high in ABV is expected to be a little flatter - but this goes too far).

S: No real surprises here: an oaked DIPA smells like hops (mainly citrus, with some floral undertones) and wood (almost sawdust). There's a certain attribute to the oak aroma that I'm having trouble pinning down...tannin? I'm definitely getting some reminders of dark fortified wine. Interesting.

T: Some hops up front, followed by lots of chewy oak. The vanilla from the wood goes nicely with the tiny bit of malt sweetness that shows through, and everything teams up for a rich bitter finish. The vinous character is still there, but more subdued than it was in the nose. A surprising (and welcome) balance is struck among all the major flavors, with the substantial ABV only making itself known at the finish. Quite complex and enjoyable.

M: Medium-bodied and, due to the low carbonation, a bit on the syrupy side. This could definitely use a little more life. I suppose an 11% DIPA isn't exactly supposed to explode into a huge head, but this is dangerously close to flat.

D: While this is obviously worlds away from a session beer, it's actually quite drinkable for its style. Any brewer who can make beer that combines huge, disparate flavors; an insane ABV; and this much balance and drinkability is to be commended.

Notes: I'm a huge fan of Unearthly, and was very excited to try its big brother. Overall, I wasn't disappointed, but in the future I'll probably stick with the original. Since both are balanced, I don't really need the assertive oak further distracting from the hop profile. Much like the Great Divide 15th, I felt that this beer let the oak play a bit to dominant of a role, taking away from the real heart and soul of the style. For oak complexity that doesn't distract from a beer, give me Burton Baton any day.


woosterbill, Sep 10, 2009
Photo of brendan13
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slightly hazy dark orange with 3cm off white head that slowly falls away and leaves a bit of lace.
S - Piney, grapefruit hops up front with some vanillin oak underneath. Cracker and subtle caramel malt aromas.
T - Resinous pine hops also in the taste with the fruitiness playing a bit part. Quite a sweet bready and light caramel maltiness but never cloying.
M - Medium bodied, lower side of medium carbonation. Bitterness is there but quite well balanced.
D - Very tasty balanced DIPA, almost too balanced. The Oak adds another dimension but it's a subtle touch. Not something to drink heaps of but could be a regular.

brendan13, Mar 14, 2011
Oak Aged Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,082 ratings.