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

Oak Aged Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale)Oak Aged Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale)
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IPA - Imperial
4.1 | pDev: 12.44%
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Oak Aged Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale)Oak Aged Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale)
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sethmcconkey from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Sep 23, 2012
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mtbbaboon from Connecticut

4.7/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this before and love it. I picked up another bottle today. I poured some into a Duvel tulip glass (my go-to glass). The color is a dark, hazy orange. Not a huge head, but big enough and leaves a nice layer of suds after settling down. Decent lacing on the glass. The smell is nicely balanced. Plenty of hoppiness in the nose, and the hops are complemented well by sweet malt, pine and citrus. A nice complex aroma. The taste follows the nose, though the oakiness definitely comes through right away with the first sip. All sorts of nice musty oak character in the taste...I love it. The oak really goes well with the hops and citrus, and malty sweetness comes through as well. Not much bitterness to speak of. A beautifully balanced flavor. It's got a medium mouthfeel that leaves all sorts of stick behind. It goes down way too easy for an 11% beer.

I really like this beer. Well done, Southern Tier!

Oct 02, 2009
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John11486 from California

4/5  rDev -2.4%

Feb 16, 2012
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SickNukes from Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +22%

May 22, 2012
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Redwood21 from Virginia

4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: the beer has a medium amber color to it that you can see through and isn't hazy. it also has a perfectly white head thats foamy and delicious.

S: almost vanilla ice cream in the nose so to me that's a bit unpleasant or artificial smelling.

T: the main knock is that the oak aging gives it a semi artificial vanilla taste to it, like some one dropped their ice cream into my beer. that said it is a tasty brew or i would not have dropped a four on it, i just think it tries to do too many things. i will say i think the label on the bottle is awesome looking.

this is a good beer and it does a lot of interesting things. if you want to try something different, almost a milk stout except iipa not stoudt... god times are to be had here

May 11, 2009
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Florida9 from Illinois

3.05/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Thin copper in color. About and inch or so of nice foamy head which dissipates relatively quickly, but does leave some lacing in the process.

S: Malt, piney hops, maybe a little bit of citrus, followed by boozy smell of bourbon.

T: oh god, what is this? Liquified wood? Sure there are some malts and hops there, but they appear to have been beaten into submission by the unique flavor of furniture. please, someone give me a chaser.

M: Full bodied. Syrupy and medicinal. There was decent carbonation when I first popped the bottle, but the CO2 appears to have made a run for it as soon as the opportunity presented itself. Leaves a funky sawdust residue on the tongue.

D: No. Never again. My 22oz bomber was way too much. The only reason I'm even giving it a couple points here is because the folks at ST decided to put a lot of alcohol in this beer.

May 01, 2009
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XmnwildX12 from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Dec 13, 2013
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Houser from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Sep 29, 2013
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jar2574 from Missouri

4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tremendous head. Good lacing & retention. Copper color. Quite dense. A good looking beer.

Hops explode in the scent. Sweet smelling hops mostly, but there are some piney ones as well.

The taste is caramel sweetness, malts, and hops. Delicious. Caramel malts, or something else -perhaps the oak aging - is balancing out the load of hops in here. Hops still come through strong, but only about as strong as the malts. Good balance.

Watch out for the ABV, you won't notice it until it's too late - this goes down easily.

Great effort by Southern Tier. I'd previously had a variety pack of theirs and had been disappointed. The sweetness and the ABV could get to you after a while, but the drinkability here is still high.

Jun 05, 2011
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LiquidAmber from Washington

4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange amber, thin head and some lacing. Aroma of caramel hops, light citrus, earthy wood. Oak up front in the taste, followed by sweet caramel malt and hops; oaky hop finish. Nice flavor and different than other oaked IPAs. Hops are not dominant and could be a bit more aromatic. Despite that subdued hops, a pleasant, fun to drink oaked ale. Medium bodied.

Mar 21, 2012
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heysuz from Indiana

4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Intro: 64 oz. growler poured into a tulip glass. Shared with a friend.

Appearance: Poured a moderate two inch off-white head that remained through half the sample. Thin sparse lacing forms on side of glass. Color is deep amber with slight haziness.

Smell: Slight aroma of hops with a sweet note. The overall aroma is somewhat stronger than other brews in this class. The malts and sugars are more pronounced in this beer than some other DIPA's I've tried.

Taste: Good, rich, deep flavor that seems to smooth out some of the sharp hoppiness. It is dry but not as much as HopSlam or Dreadnaught. The malts stay in front of the hops throughout and provide a creamy flavor.

Mouthfeel: It has a creamy feel that coats the tongue but at same time is has a hoppy, resin aftertaste. The alcohol tends to leave your mouth dry.

Overall: At 11% ABV it's a quite drinkable beer. It's in the same league as HopSlam and 90min. IPA although I would prefer HopSlam if I had all three sitting in front of me and I could only drink one. I've had the 2XIPA also but prefer the taste of this. It just seems a little more complex and interesting.

Special notes: We did a side-by-side comparison with the regular Unearthly. Here are the comparison notes:
* Slightly (about 2 shades) darker in color.
* Slightly stronger aroma than the regular Unearthly. Just seemed to expand a little more.
* Slightly smoother than the regular Unearthly. The oak aging tends to knock off some of the sharp hoppiness and bring out the malts and sugars a little more.
* The regular Unearthly seemed drier and doesn't have the same creamy feel.
* Richer and more complex flavor than the regular Unearthly

Mar 27, 2011
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Casey3236 from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

May 10, 2013
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pinotboy007 from Virginia

3.87/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Bright, clear copper with a rich white cap that descends slowly with a touch of lace.

S - Intriguing. Buttered rum with leather, tea, and hops.

T/M - Oaky hopped goodness. Has a slight bourbon accent with a decent alcohol finish that doesn't burn. Very creamy with soft carbonation.

D - 11%ABV? C'mon! That said, this is a rich ale that would make for a nice after dinner swirl w/cigars or on its own.

Apr 04, 2009
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stakem from Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes taken on 4/21/10.

On tap at Al's of Hampden served in a stemmed tulip. Pours a clear amber color with a creamy tanned head about a finger strong. Constant bubbles of carbonation rise to the surface in support of the head which retains quite well with lace sticking about the glass in an almost solid curtain. Nose is full of spicey hops that are a bit herbal with a backing of malt aroma and subtle oaky notes. Taste is hoppy upfront but not as bitter as expected. The hops present themselves in a more flavorful way than just bitter. Hop flavors remind me of pine and herbs. Mild vanilla and oakiness comes through as it warms. Decent amount of malt sweetness is evident. Finishes with an herbal hop flavor that lingers with a bit of bitterness. Medium to heavy body with a moderate amount of carbonation. I think this is one of the first examples of any style that I prefer the plain version over the oak aged version.

May 23, 2010
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DCon from Missouri

4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on-tap @ The Bridge Tap House and Wine Bar in St. Louis, MO for $6.50. Tapped from the Stainless Steel Tap Handle w/ a Green Face stating "Oak Aged Unearthly" into a 12oz Pint Glass.

Aroma- Tons of mango, citrus, and fruit hit the nose hard. Then has a strong musty and oak aroma. Nice! Everything VERY strong like I've experienced before.

Appearance- Received with a 1 finger head that dies quickly. Has a reddish/copper colored body and is semi-clear. Leaves good lacing behind.

Flavor- Tons of American hops start this one off and a kettle corn type of taste. This has to be due to the malt flavor. Very nice! Light Bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Light-Medium Carbonation, Smooth, and hops pucker the mouth. Tons of fruit stay on the palate afterwards.

Overall Impression- Just like the unearthly but experienced a big time Kettle Corn taste the whole time. Would definitely recommend this one! I do like the original Unearthly better but still enjoyed the character and appreciate how different these two are. See for yourself!

Feb 07, 2012
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AntLeatherface from New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Jan 08, 2013
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Brad007 from Vermont

4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a mild amber color witha one-finger head into my glass. Nice color and presentation.

Aroma is full of citrusy hops with a slight hint of oak and mint. Certainly is oak-aged.

Taste is full of oak, which dominates the front of the palate with grassy, citrusy hops on the back of the palate. Hops feel kind of weak when compared to the oak. Just a tad hint of alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel is just right as it is not too carbonated. Goes down easy with nary a hint of alcohol warmth or overkill on the oak.

Deceptively drinkable but for me, the hops could be stronger. Best drank fresh in order to appreciate the hops that are in it. Very well done beer.

Apr 05, 2010
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leftstagebrew from North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

May 13, 2013
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shoky01 from Texas

4/5  rDev -2.4%

Nov 18, 2011
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mttdls from New York

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Sep 19, 2012
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gford217 from Georgia

3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle shared by the Emory boys at the Brick Store.

Pours a clear light amber with a small soapy white head that clings to the glass on its way down.

The aroma is big, with tons of stuff going on. There's the underlying hops that really dominate the nose in the regular version, but the oak is really intrusive with tons of wood and vanilla as it warms. No room for the malts to get through in the nose.

The taste is an assault on the senses as well, with plenty of hops up front, grapefruit, oranges, pine, etc. But as it warms up the oak really turns it on and the finish is nothing but vanilla and oak. The bready malts are actually detectable in the taste, unlike the nose.

The mouthfeel is on the fuller side of medium with soft carbonation and very smooth.

If ever a DIPA could be considered a sipper, this is the one. It's big in every way and this limits the drinkability to some degree. I prefer the non-oaked version slightly but they're both great beers.

May 14, 2009
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LordAdmNelson from Ohio

4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was really impressed with this one. I like the original Unearthly, but this one is great. Appearance is a very pretty rose-orange color with nice white head. Decent retention too. Smell is a barrage of hops--orange peel, candied fruit, a bit of pine, just a hint of oak there. Taste follows in it's hoppy goodness, but there's a bunch of malt to back it up. It's almost a barleywine, and I like it. The red wheat malt and the oak seem to give it a nice spiciness, masking the alcohol very well. This is a deeper, richer Unearthly--very good from ST. MF is medium to full, creamy. Drinkability is slowed by the intensity and the ABV, but all-around a great drink. I'm happy that the oak is a bit more balanced and the hops hadn't dropped out of it (like some other OA DIPAs I've had). Great stuff from ST.

May 04, 2010
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JRod1969 from New York

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Nov 14, 2011
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skaboom420 from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2.4%

Apr 18, 2013
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mltobin from Connecticut

3.73/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Aug 23, 2015
Oak Aged Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 1123 ratings