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

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Ratings: 1,067
Reviews: 564
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.78%
Wants: 50
Gots: 60 | 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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Ratings: 1,067 | Reviews: 564 | Display Reviews Only:
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1.7%

12-12-2011 20:40:45 | More by djrn2
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doof116

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -1.7%

12-11-2011 03:07:30 | More by doof116
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cooler4life

Quebec (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a two finger fluffy head that settles to a thin white cap. Little to no lacing around the glass. Retention is strong. Color is a really deep, vibrant hazy orange. One of the most appealing colors I have seen in an DIPA.

S: Wow. I uncapped the bottle on this one and the caramel, vanilla, oaky sweetness assaulted me from across the room. Underneath the sweetness, I can smell the hops clawing their way out. Boozy and volatile.

T: Trifecta. Citrus and lemon grass in the first wave. Vanilla and oak in the second, and piney hops in the third. I don't detect the ABV.

M: Very crisp and clean. The smoothness is fantastic, soft carbonation. Leaves you with a twinge of bitterness from the hops. Still not picking up on the 9.9% ABV...

O: I really like the dimension the oak aging gave this DIPA. Smooth sippin' is the name of the game for this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 21:30:43 | More by cooler4life
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bigdaddypolite

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +22.9%

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

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +22.9%

12-09-2011 04:06:13 | More by groetman
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rab53

Washington

5/5  rDev +22.9%

12-09-2011 04:02:56 | More by rab53
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Marti403

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

12-07-2011 22:23:13 | More by Marti403
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fergster75

Illinois

5/5  rDev +22.9%

12-07-2011 02:05:51 | More by fergster75
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KAP1356

Pennsylvania

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

Reviewed from notes. 22 oz bottle poured into a DFH signature glass. I remember falling in love with this one the first time I had it waaaay back before I knew about craft beer. Lets see what I think now...

A - Pours a slightly hazy, golden-amberish color that reminds me of sweet tea. A small half a finger, frothy, eggshell white head forms and recedes to a collar.

S - Oak wood and vanilla out front with a punch of earthy and citrusy hops. Caramel and toasted malts come through as well. Really earthy character to this aroma that I like.

T - Oak really seems to dominate the flavor profile here. Lots of toasted wood, vanilla, and a cake like flavor. The hops are earthy and citrusy with some orange and pine coming through the most. The malts come through as caramel and toffe like. Nice mix, although the oak really does stand out the most.

M - Medium-heavy bodied beer with a slightly sticky and dry finish to it. Carbonation is on the moderate to low end.

O - I still really enjoy this one, although not quite as much as I did when had it for the first time. Definitely one that I will go back to again.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2011 15:53:28 | More by KAP1356
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ROGUE16

Delaware

5/5  rDev +22.9%

12-06-2011 13:49:59 | More by ROGUE16
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1.7%

12-06-2011 01:35:06 | More by xnicknj
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JohneHoodlum

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

12-06-2011 00:45:53 | More by JohneHoodlum
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THECPJ

Delaware

4/5  rDev -1.7%

12-05-2011 16:01:28 | More by THECPJ
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twelveinches

Washington

4/5  rDev -1.7%

12-05-2011 06:47:05 | More by twelveinches
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FreshmanPour77

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +22.9%

12-03-2011 19:46:30 | More by FreshmanPour77
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UnderPressure

South Carolina

3.43/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An orangey copper color (really nice color). Pretty hazy. Barely any head (maybe a 1/2 inch). But this beer is pretty cold.

It has that double IPA malt smell (which I'm not absolutely crazy about). Some hops with some funky woodyness from the oak.

I'm getting a lot of the oak in the flavor. A lot of hops, too, but I'm used to the hops. The oak thing is kind of new to me. The oak thing pairs pretty well with the hop bitterness. They remain two separate flavor components, but they linger together. It brings a flavor (not surprisingly) like wet wood. Pretty interesting. Of course, I'm tasting significant malty flavors, too, but nothing out of the ordinary with this style.

The thick mouthfeel hit me right away. A really heavy bodied brew.

It seems like all the imperial IPAs I've had lately all have the same basic flavor with some subtle variations. This one is no different. But, it's one of the more interesting of the bunch.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2011 19:10:39 | More by UnderPressure
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tripledbrew

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -1.7%

12-02-2011 06:03:44 | More by tripledbrew
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jegross2

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2011 vintage bottle served in a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, dark sunset orange with two and a half fingers of foamy head that settles into a quarter finger. Excellent lacing. 4.5/5

Smell: Lots of floral citrus aromas. Lemony fresh tart and orange-sweet citrus. A little oak and vanilla. Some rich soil (not in a bad way) too. 4.5/5

Taste: Very complex floral and citrus flavors. Some zesty orange and lemon, grapefruit...maybe a little apple. A very smooth vanilla twist. A tad bit sour, some maltiness. Touche of caramel-sugariness. Very earthy hop bitterness too. The malty and earthy characteristics also really builds up on the midpalate and finish as the flavor layers. Not detecting a lot of oak in the front or midpalate, but it is subtle in the finish. Slight alcohol warmth, but nothing distracting. 3.5/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, light carbonation. Finish is bitter and too crisp. 3.5/5

Overall: A very solid brew, but the oak aged version lacks some of the bitter hop kick of the original brew. The added complexities from oak aging are nice, but too subtle to compensate for the lost hops-elements. Turns a little too boozy as it warms up.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2011 01:49:25 | More by jegross2
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Kevlee722

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -14%

12-01-2011 18:24:29 | More by Kevlee722
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CardShark

Ohio

4/5  rDev -1.7%

12-01-2011 00:02:42 | More by CardShark
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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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patrickcmcd

Massachusetts

3.1/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I asked a friend to purchase me an IPA bomber. He came back with this. Friend is now best friend. JUST KIDDING. Anyway, i wasn't expecting a DIPA so i let this thing rattle around in my car for about a week.

After a long jog, decided to forgo water and crack this thing open instead. Poured nicely, sorta a caramel/grapefruit color. No head, which left me scratching MY head. I guess "balance" is what Southern Tier was going for.

It literally smelled like a hot candied apple. Sweet, mostly. Malts (OAK?) at the forefront. Hops in the back. Wish it tickled my nose more. I prefer the floral scent.

The taste was pleasant but syrupy. Balanced and consistent from the front of my tongue to the rear. You can tell its oak aged at the very "end". Gives it a cedar taste, not oak. The alcohol taste was disappointing but at 11% I know what I'm getting into.

For the DIPA style, it was solid. Craving an DIPA and don't already have a favorite? Don't be afraid to pluck this from the shelf. If you haven't dabbled in the genre, its a decent gateway. Would have preferred more HOPS and less oak, though.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2011 01:41:48 | More by patrickcmcd
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joemcg22

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +22.9%

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

Oklahoma

4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

11-28-2011 18:55:00 | More by Amp
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -1.7%

11-27-2011 21:58:54 | More by JAHMUR
Oak Aged Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,067 ratings.