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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Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.90%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by ClockworkOrange on 01-09-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of AdamBear
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours heavily, you gotta pour it quite directly to get a nice creamy colored head. dark orange. some lacing

S-smells very citrusy and hoppy with a good fresh oak tint added to it. possibly some vanilla extract in there as well.

T-comes in with hops and the oak, and leaves with a strong orange taste accompanied with some booze and bitterness. the after-taste is of oak and orange. the tastes are strong and seem to be of high quality, though i feel the orange is a tad bit too strong.

M-low carbonation with a good smooth finish

D-i was a bit let down, but this is a great DIPA. overall, i think i enjoyed the regular unearthly a tad more. this is a fun beer to drink and it hides the ABV quite well.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from a Southern Tier bomber, $8.99 in Columbus. This bottle is my first from Southern Tier with an actual label (not printed like Stone or Rogue). This is a great improvement as the ink on Southern Tier bottles never adhered well, the letters were constantly coming off.

The beer is clear, copper colored, with a wet spit-like head that laces dry onto the glass. The aromas are really good, centennial hops & chinook, sweet and juicy citrus-like. No oak in the smell, at least to my nose, but I can taste it for sure. This doesn't really taste like unearthly to me, I think the oak changes this a lot. I may have never tried an oak-aged IPA before, usually oak aging is reserved for strong ales, barleywines, and stouts. In this case it might take away more than it adds (not that this isn't a good beer or a great experiment). I just found myself wishing more for Unearthly or Gemini.

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Photo of BrewCrew2010
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The appearance of this beer is a golden orange with red highlights. A frothy white/yellow head is somewhat mostly diminishing, yet what is there is very sticky. A very clear beer with some visable carbonation.

S: The first thought when smelling this beer is the how perfumy the bouquet is. Smells of flowers, grapefruit, and citrus hops are clearly there as well some some undertones of vanilla and maybe pine. There are also hints of booze, but it's quickly covered up with the other more pleasant aromas.

T: The flavor of this beer will not disappoint anyone who enjoyed the aroma. This beer is as sweet as it smells with very little bitterness. A sweet vanilla, citrus, and grapefruit are very balanced with the hoppy bitterness and also goes along well with the warmness from the booze. A dry beer, it does not have a long aftertaste making one want more.

M: The texture of this beer is very smooth and syrupy. A medium body, it has mild carbornation.

D: Definately enjoyed this beer and wish I bought 2 bottles. Very unique taste for an IPA.

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Photo of parris
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice copper color with lots of carbonation, about an inch of head in a curved 22 oz glass. The foam looks very creamy, and sticks around for a while.

I set the beer down next to a window to write about the appearance, and the draft gave me the rich malty aroma from about 3 feet away. Getting closer the smell is almost all malt, a bit toasty, and maybe a hint of tart citrus.

The thick mouthfeel is noticeable before the taste, but there is definitely a lot going on with the taste. First up is a mild dark chocolate and toffee flavor, followed by the typical sweet malty imperial IPA flavor, and ends with a bit of a light/medium oak flavor. The finish lingers on for a while with a bitter and astringent flavor.

The mouthfeel is oily and thick, which is expected for the style of beer. I'm knocking off a point for the papery flavor left on my tongue, but adding one back for how the taste hits all parts of my tongue. I think I can actually taste under my tongue, maybe I have abnormal taste buds placement.

I couldn't drink more than one of these in a night. It's a great beer, but a really really big beer. It doesn't go down as easy as a PBR, obviously, I've already got a bit of a buzz and I'm 8oz done. So, even though I couldn't drink a lot of this, I thoroughly enjoy every sip. The people at unearthly clearly put a lot of TLC into this.

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Photo of JRed
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark orange, amber topped with large bubbly head. Plenty of aroma: malt biscuit, citrus, citrus rind, slight caramel note, some alcohol but not as aggressive as I was expecting from a 11% ABV. Thick viscous liquid with flavors of malt sweetness, citrus, slight oak/woodchips, hop leaf, hop resin, alcoholic booze, citrus rind in the aftertaste. Very flavorful and well balanced. The high ABV isn't offensive, it gets lost in the array of flavors. Definitely a must have for IPA lovers.

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Photo of homebrewhawk
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber served in a Duvel Tulip. Poured a brilliant clear gold with two fingers of white head. Plenty of carbonation. Big piney, citrus hop aroma. The oak comes out in the aroma as it warms. Hop bitterness jumps right out at you. There is plenty of oak character as well, mostly woody vanilla type flavors. Lemony citrus from the hops. Very drying long hop finish. Alcohol is well hidden. There is some malt there, but this is mostly a hop-centric beer. A little on the pricey side at $12.95 for a bomber.

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Photo of JizackFH
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This beer pours a beautiful clear copper color. It has a nice 2-finger off-white head, that has good retention. The head also leaves some nice lacing behind on the glass.

S - It smells very oaky and woody. There is a big caramel aroma here. Also, I am getting some notes of vanilla, bready malts, citrus, booze, and some fruitiness.

T - The taste has a lot of oak, wood, and vanilla flavors. There are some hops present, but they aren't very strong. There is quite a big caramel sweetness here. Also, I am getting some notes of citrus, booze, and pine. The finish is pretty clean, there is just a touch of lingering hop bitterness, and some booziness. For being 11% ABV, this hides its alcohol well.

M - This has a medium-full body and good carbonation. It goes down easy, and the flavor is good. There is some hop bitterness that tingles the mouth. Also, there is a bit of a chewy quality, and just a touch of alcohol warmth in the finish.

D - This has good drinkability. It goes down easy. The flavor is sweet, but not too sweet. I like what the oak barrels did to this, even though I think I prefer the regular version better. Overall I really like this beer, and I recommend trying it.

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Photo of HosP
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got in BIF from stageseven. Poured 22oz. into pint glass.

A- Pours slight, slight hazy deep amber, copper color. Nice white head on top with lots of lace left on the glass.

S- Starts with burst of piney, citrus hops. Very quickly malts come to the forefront. Woody, earthy aroma through till the end.

T- Follows the nose. Piney hops at the start to the drink. Bitterness follows closely. However it is cut short from the malt taste. It's masked with a earthy flavor pretty much throughout though. Interesting flavors and how they go together.

M- Medium body, but almost feel of a full body. Moderate carbonation. A little dry in the mouth.

O- Like I said, interesting DIPA. I'm more of a hop heavy DIPA, but this one makes you want to keep drinking. The oak aged gives it a different angle along the malts. Very nicely done!

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Photo of Gyle41386
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tulip.

Pours a clear amber color. Small white head. Bubbles rising throughout.

Very nice aroma. The woody oak character and big hop bill play off each other quite nicely. Loads of citrus, and some sweet vanilla from the oak.

Very, very nice balance here. Unearthly was hugely bitter, a true hop bomb. The oak has mellowed it out nicely. I think I still like regular Unearthly better, but I can definitely appreciate the balance here. The oak and malt shine, but the hops still give a nice kick, and leave a nice bittering finish.

Full bodied, appropriate carbonation. Really nice texture. Super smooth drinker.

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Photo of VaTechHopHead
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Unfiltered, glowing orange/apricot puree colored, some very small carbonation, and almost no head.

S - Not nearly as hoppy as I would expect for a DIPA but there is a very pleasant oak aroma that makes up for the lack of hops. What hop smell is there is very citrusy. There's a sweet residual sugar/grain alcohol aroma in the background.

T - Again, not as nearly hoppy as most DIPAs but definitely have a presence in this beer. I'm assuming the oak aging took away from some of the hop intensity? The hops are very juicy and, again, have more citrus flavors than anything. There is a wonderful sweet sugar and oak flavor right in the middle that pairs extremely well with the hops. Since the hops don't completely dominate the grains can come forward a little and have a nice bready dryness to them.

M/D - Medium to heavy body that is thicker than a traditional DIPA. Semi-sweet on the palate while drinking but the bitter hop acids and residues are left on the tongue in the aftertaste along with a toasted oak flavor. Combination of sweet and bitter flavors with just enough hop bit make it very easy to drink.

A very non-traditional DIPA because of the oak aging and although it's not as intense as this style usually is the combination works superbly.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper color, with a white foam and some lacing. More than a little lacing, leaves a whole sheet of lace. Smells of grapefruit and tropical hops. Tastes like grapefruit and a small dry oak. Piney, resinous bitterness. Full bodied, well carbonated, fairly dry from the oak. Citrusy, oaky, boozy, what you would expect. A seasoned beer for seasoned beer drinker. I like this beer, and if you like IPAs you will like this too.

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Photo of bhalter8
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bomber to my trusty Arrogant Bastard stemmed big boy glass. Nice clarity (second pour from the bomber produced a slight haze) and a perfect copper color with a huge 2 finger eggshell colored head. As I sip the beer there is superb lacing left around the glass. Hops could have faded a bit in this one, as the aroma is nice, but none too strong. I get a decent hop aroma, a mix of both lemon citrus and pine, potentially muted by the oak background, which is there, but faint. An upfront citrus hop taste to begin with, but quickly followed by a sweet malt. The hop to malt balance is superb, it tastes like a sweet citrus candy. There is an oak texture to it all, that somewhat mutes the flavor as you drink it. An alcohol warmth comes along afterwards, as well. The oak aging must make it so muted as it rests dense in your mouth. Also, must be the most deceptive 11% beer I have ever had.
I must admit, I have yet to try the regular Unearthly, I live in GA, so I get what I get. As a huge DIPA fan, I am thinking I would like it just a tad more, since I love an even stronger hop character. Definitely a very well built beer, though.

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Photo of tmoneyba
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draft at the Dily Deli.

Poured clear copper color with a large creamy off-white head that was mostly lasting with excellent lacing. Heavy complex citrus hoppy aroma. Medium body with slick texture and soft carbonation. Heavy smooth bittersweet citrus flavor with a heavy bittersweet finish of long duration with a small alcohol burn as it warms.

This is a standout beer.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
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

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Those orange color liquids, they always clean up well in the appearance category, this one is no different. Aroma was very nice, a good mix of both oak and hops, this was the first beer I came across able to accomplish the feat.

Taste and aroma did well hiding the 11%abv. This has loads of hops in all different stages, many different varieties. You get almost all the hop flavors except for tropical. Pine, floral, green, bitter, citrus, fruity. I'm not a fan of the bomber format, but this was a decently priced option at an abv that made sense to have a share kind of format.

Probably my favorite hoppy ST offering. Where I'm gonna be, ST, where I wanna be, ST.

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Photo of BMoney575
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on 4-17-09

Pours slightly hazy golden color, with a thin and reasonably clean white head.

Smell is lots of earthy and citrus hops, the oak and hops combine to form a distinct and very strong lime aroma.

Taste is very good, the citrus and woody flavors make a great combo, very subtle and easy-going. The finish is on the bitter side, with lots of lime.

Mouthfeel is good, thinner but syrupy to complment the hops.

Drinkability is also good, the alcohol adds only a warming at the end, and the flavors are well matched.

Overall, impressive. Oak and IPA are a great combination that isn't utilized by enough breweries.

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Photo of aubuc1
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of CuttDeez
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
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.


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Photo of elgiacomo
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
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...

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of OakedCanuck
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured into cervoise. from notes

This beer pours a dark yellow with a slightly off-white head. Decently sticky lacing that clung to the sides of the glass. The smell is bitter citrus and pine. The taste is much the same as the nose, large citric fruits (grapefruit and pineapple) with a grassy finish. The malt backbone was present but wasn't overly sweet. Dry and medium mouth, nothing outstanding but good. I like this beer, will definitely grab one if I can.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Oak Aged Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
4.05 out of 5 based on 1,122 ratings.
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