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

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Oak Aged Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale)Oak Aged Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale)

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Ratings: 1,106
Reviews: 565
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 67
Gots: 72 | 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

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Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 01-09-2009

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Ratings: 1,106 | Reviews: 565
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.

Photo of loren01
3.2/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured into my Deschutes snifter a hazy orange color, decent sized head but not much lace down the glass
S: Slight spicy scent, caramel malt scent in there as well...also definate alcohol smell
T: Astringent hoppiness, alcohol and oak flavors
M: Full bodied beer, sticky and warming
D: Too thick any syrupy for my taste. This isnt a very drinkable beer.

Photo of ZimZamZoom
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber. Goblet.

Amber-orange. Nice tan head.

Smell is big on oak, with some mildly citrus hops and warm alcohol backing it up. Not a lot of malt. Oaky and warm.

Not a lot of hop flavor, some citrus but mostly oak and alcohol. Not complaining as it's a nice compliment and still very tasty.

A sipper. BIG bodied and HOT.

Not at all like the UE I know and love, but I do like this one as well. Sipped it for quite a while.

Photo of brentblack1
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of -NESTO-
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of maddogruss
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got a bottle of this from the Cloverleaf Tavern.

A: Pours a hazy, amber body with a small, white head with pretty good retention and lacing.

S: A sweet, malty smell with some earthy, hop notes. Seemed complimentary overall and true to the style.

T: A pretty sweet, malty taste to it with some biter, hop notes. Alcohol was evident in both the taste and aftertaste, but nothing too overwhelming. Became more evident as the beer warmed up.

M: A pretty smooth, medium-bodied mouthfeel was felt very nice on the palette.

D: A decent mouthfeel and taste combination made this beer pretty drinkable. Not really a hop bomb, but the hops and malts blend together to make a nice drinking beer overall. Alcohol became a bit overbearing as it became more evident, but it was still a nice beer, nonetheless.

Photo of jayhawk73
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a beautiful golden crimson color w/ a one finger off white head, which quickly goes to a sliver. This is one big, good looking ipa. Lacing and carbonation a little below average. Cloudy looking, and a really beautiful color- almost alive looking.

S- Fruit, oak, malt, caramel, wheat- very nice smelling. A little on the sweet side, but not too much so. The fruit and malt definitely lead the way in the nose, with the others being in the background. Nicely balanced.

T- Taste is a little more powerful than the nose, which is good. Definite Oak on the front side, while the sweetness is left to the aftertaste. Very nicely balanced, and nothing overpowers anything else. I was worried the Oak would be overdone, but it's not, it's just right. I'd like a little more bitterness from the hops, but maybe I got an older version. Still, it's solid.

M- This is the weak point of this beer for me. It's too one sided w/ the hops on the feel. The weird thing is that is doesn't translate to the actual taste. I'd like a little more smoothness to balance that out. Still, it's not a bad feel.

O- Overall this is a really solid brew. No alcohol taste at all, which at 9.9% is pretty amazing. I'd actually prefer a hint of that. Glad I got to try this one, and I would pick it up again for sure.

Photo of ltdantheman
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Photo of tripledbrew
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of rand
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Photo of Shilt
3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of mwbrady12
3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of hinemk76
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of PsilohsaiBiN
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!

Photo of zenwatts
2.5/5  rDev -38.6%

Photo of JamnesCameron
4.26/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Followed up an Unearthly with the Oak aged version. Poured into a snifter. Pours a clear, medium copper with a nice two fingered light tan head. Head is slow to drop, leaves a nice cap and lacing.

Aromas of raw oak, citrus and pine. Some malty sweetness hides deep, deep undercover.

Flavors of raw, fresh cut oak, woodsy astringency, really cuts down on the hop profile and malt sweetness of the unaged version. Some citrus and pine hop bitterness, but very subdued compared to the unaged version. Finish is much shorter, with a woodsy bitter astringency in the fade.

Mouthfeel is not as malty or bitter. Medium with some chewy malt. Mouthcoating bitterness and that woody drying effect.

Overall, an amazing comparison between the two beers. The unaged version is full of hop bitterness, flavor, and malty sweetness. The oak aged version has much less malt and hop flavor and the bitterness seems a little subdued. Very nice though.

Photo of EasyReader
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of blknikon
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of HumphreyLee
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of JLapadura
2/5  rDev -50.9%

Photo of kkrez
5/5  rDev +22.9%

Photo of athomasPSU
5/5  rDev +22.9%

Photo of NCSUdo
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Photo of ohtheguilt
4/5  rDev -1.7%

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