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

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1,100 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,100
Reviews: 566
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.78%
Wants: 57
Gots: 68 | 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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4/5  rDev -1.7%

tripledbrew, Dec 02, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

HumphreyLee, May 31, 2013
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5/5  rDev +22.9%

kkrez, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of NCSUdo
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle

A: Medium to dark copper under a small white head. Good lace and OK retention.

S: Big hops, blend of a soft citrus and pine. Toasted malt, bit of grapefruit. Not overpowering.

T: Sweetness is there before the hop explosion. Citrus dominates, grapefruit, with a bit of pine. Oak is definitely there. Hint of caramel, bitterness is pretty bold and alcohol provides some warmth. Pretty good stuff.

M/D: Medium to full bodied, carbonation is a bit prickly, oily, slick. Drinkability is good, big beer but pretty tastey.

NCSUdo, Nov 26, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

blknikon, Apr 30, 2013
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2/5  rDev -50.9%

JLapadura, Jul 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

ohtheguilt, Jan 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

OUJayhawk1799, Apr 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

-NESTO-, Aug 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

mrchrisray, Aug 29, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

KiMiRaiK, Apr 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

sammo, Jun 30, 2012
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5/5  rDev +22.9%

athomasPSU, Sep 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

seplo, May 21, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -38.6%

zenwatts, Jan 22, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

hinemk76, May 18, 2013
Photo of lochef81
3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This ale pours a deep copper color with a thick off white head which leads to a thin cream lacing throughout the pour. The aromas are sweet and malty; not what I'd expect from an imperial ipa. There are notes of hops but they are subtle. Lots of caramel and a little vanilla on the nose. The flavor is deep and rich, with hops up front followed by a sweet malty taste. Alot of oak and vanilla on the finish. The taste is rich and satisfying but subtle for an ipa. This is a pretty awesome beer just hard to view as an imperial ipa due to its sweetness and lack of hops. Not what I expected but damn good none the less. Can't wait to try the unaged version of this one.

lochef81, Feb 06, 2014
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4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very nice, clear amber, producing two fingers of light tan head. This slowly settles to a cap of lacing.

I smell citrus hops, sweet caramel malts, and oak. There is less of a hop presence than I would expect from a DIPA, likely due to the aging, and this leads to a very nicely balanced aroma.

The hops come through more clearly in the taste than the smell, but again there is a careful balancing act that plays out between the hops, the sweet, caramelly malts, and the oak. It opens bitter, then allows the malt and oak to come through. The finish is lingering caramel, with pine hops and touch of alcohol warmth. Good flavors overall, but a bit sweeter than I would like.

This is thick, and sticky on the tongue. Very smooth.

With almost no detectable alcohol, the only thing limiting drinkability here is the sweetness.

Pellinore1, Jan 24, 2011
Photo of beachbum1975
3.25/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

This is my first oak aged Double IPA. Shared with my buddy Dave today and reviewed on the fly. New shiny label with a hops cone wearing a crown.

Pours into my cab glass a clear amber with brassy edges. White creamy head which dissipates quickly leaving a chunky, bubbly halo and fine mist of surface foam.

Smells of big, piney hops and wood (ie, oak!) and light vanilla. The nose is big and potent on this one. Very interesting...

Medium bodied and medium to full flavored. Compared to their regular Unearthly, the hops are muted, but still there. The woodiness definitely places a role in this one. The woody aroma carries over into the mouth. Kinda reminds me of a hoppier version of their ST Cuvee #1 (which sadly, I wasn't a big fan of).

Ordinarily, I enjoy this beer for it's hops presence, and I'm not a big fan of this interpretation. Sorry!

beachbum1975, Mar 01, 2009
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4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle to tulip glass

I was a little skeptical of big, imperial IPA from the East Coast thrown into oak barrels for ripening, but this one decanted just fine. Surprisingly, and I guess fortunately, the oak aging didn't change the profile THAT much. My review here http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/3818/28577/?ba=rand perfectly covers the appearance and nose. Complexion as well. The main difference is the obvious addition of oak, especially at the margins, while the prominent pinapple tones are somewhat subdued. I guess I would have given this even bigger points if the wood-aging had somehow magically changed the brew into something completely unexpected, but barrel-aging ipa's is hit n miss, and the subtle twist on this fine brew is just enough to keep things interesting.

rand, Sep 24, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Ohiovania, Mar 23, 2012
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5/5  rDev +22.9%

Neffbeer, Nov 16, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

elec, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed regular Unearthly Hops, so I have been looking forward to the Oak Aged version. Poured into a sampler goblet, the ale was a copper color with a modest white head. The aroma was immediate, giving an impression of fruity hops with a some notes of vanilla. The initial taste was a moderate hop explosion, with notes of peach, mild grapefruit, and a degree of Earthiness. The vanilla smooths one the hops nicely. Sometimes vanilla and hops create a dreamsicle-like taste. In this case, the citric hops are allowed to shine above the vanilla without overwheming. The vanilla adds a pleasant dimension to the malt backbone. Nothing about this beer is overly sweet. Instead, it is actually well measured. The vanilla is smooth in the finish, ironing out the wrinkles in the tongue left by the hops.

JohnnyHopps, Sep 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

alexsergio, Feb 24, 2013
Oak Aged Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,100 ratings.