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

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1,122 Ratings
Oak Aged Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale)Oak Aged Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States
southerntierbrewing.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by ClockworkOrange on 01-09-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
568
Ratings:
1,122
pDev:
12.53%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
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Gots:
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Ratings: 1,122 |  Reviews: 568
Photo of vfgccp
4.54/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A – Orange maple with a nice white head. Great retention and lace.

S – Soft orange, pine, cedar, and fresh sap. Soft molasses and hazelnut sweetness. Beautiful balance.

T – Fantastic. Opens with orange maple syrup without being overly sweet. Bright dry oak mid with a soft pine character. Delicious campari and brown sugar backend.

M – Delicious agave, oak and pine finish. Medium body. Nice carbonation

O – A treat of a beer. Complex and well balanced.

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Photo of billab914
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Portsmouth snifter glass. Pours a orange amber color with a small white covering on top. Nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma has Oak and vanilla with a decent amount of sweetness as well. The hops are there in the background but overshadowed by the flavors from the oak. The aroma the oak aging gave it though is very good.

The taste gets a lot of the oaky vanilla flavor from the wood as well, which is very good. The hops are more pronounced in the taste giving it a citrusy flavor. There is also a pretty strong sweet caramely malt backbone to it that is very good.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is very good for 11%, I was surprised when I read the abv on it.

Overall I really enjoyed this one, I'm not sure how old this was but I don't think they have made it lately so I presume the hops could be slightly faded. The flavors the oak gave it though were great, the fact that it was an IPA took a back seat to the oak aging.

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

First had: on tap at Iron Abbey, Horsham, PA

Clear amber liquid with a small, bubbly, white head; moderate retention and lacing. Aroma is almost straight-up oak, probably the most pronounced wood scent I've ever gotten from a beer, with grassy hops also detectable. Taste followed the aroma, lots of oak astringency, grassy and floral hops, lesser hints of citrus and pine, and a bready caramel malt base peeking through from the background. Light-medium body, pretty crisp and drinkable though it might through the unexpecting off a bit.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -26.3%

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Decent, above normal, head. Good lace. Neutral amber color with a slight amount of haze.

Fresh, aromatic hop nose.

More malt than expected; of course, there is a strong bittering hop component. Still, this is a well balanced beer. Light alcohol in the background, which given its ABV would mean trouble in the drinkability department. It's too easy to finish off. If anything, it is under-hopped for the style.

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Photo of XmnwildX12
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of woodychandler
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of my local drinking buddies invited me over for an afternoon of tippling with him and his wife this past summer since she and I were both off work as teachers and he had a free afternoon. These are the results.

Jeff poured a beautiful one-and-a-half finger cap of medium-tan head that evidenced great retention. Nose was VERY caramel with an underlay of oakiness. Color was a deep-amber with NE-quality clarity. Mouthfeel was medium with notes of black pepper, caramel, wood, and charcoal. No hops?!? Zounds! Finish started with as much caramel flavor as a Sugar Daddy before giving 'way to an oaky-vanilla flavor. Whew.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.62/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle - $6.99 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, amber-hued body with an initially lively, but fastly dissipating, white head.

Smell: Floral, fruity, citrusy and notably oaky with a dry inclusion of caramel, and some drops of nostril-clearing spruce oil and alcohol.

Taste: Sweet malty doses upfront tasting of caramel candy and honey, sugary guardians forever countering an everpresent, but not quite grading tannic oak astringency and a noted (though not overwhelming) alcohol presence. Grapefruits and oh-so juicy clementines leisurely soaked in SoCo follow. Robustly bitter. Handful of spruce tips. Fruity, oaken finish with a lingering tannic astringency and touch of booze.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-low carbonation, leaving the mouthfeel somewhat soft.

Overall: How does it compare to the non-oaked version? No clue, to be honest with you! I haven't had that in ages and I am far, far too much of a lazybones to click on over to that review. Let's just enjoy what we have here, a lightly carbonated, oaken ale.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

"Every oak tree started out as a couple of nuts who decided to stand their ground."

--Anonymous

Pristine persimmon with a gorgeous glow when backlit with bright morning sunshine. The creamy crown of sandstone colored foam is big beer beautiful. It has tremendous texture and looks to be melting in super-slow motion. A thick sheet of BB-shot lace is the cherry on top of this extraordinary looking DIPA.

As far as I know, Oak Aged Unearthly is simply Unearthly that has been oak aged. What better way to end up with great beer than to start with great beer? The aroma is exactly as expected given the ingredients list. There's plenty of tropical fruity hops, with just the right amount of background oakiness. This should be some treat.

Even though I slightly prefer the unadulterated Unearthly, this version is still top-notch. When it comes to IPAs/DIPAs, it's best when nothing gets in the way of the hops. Things like caramel malt and oak are fine in small doses. Even when they're present in moderate doses (as is the case here) it can still work. The reason this brew is so good is that it's a minor departure from the original rather than a major departure.

The malt structure is as rock-ribbed as they come, providing flavors of caramel-iced sugar cookies and well-toasted wheat bread. The hops are still able to punch through the malt sugars with ease, delivering plenty of bitterness, as well as generous shavings of orange peel and grapefruit pith. A glimmer of unmasked alcohol is to be expected given the ABV.

The original brew earned the highest mouthfeel score available and I see no reason why this ale shouldn't as well. It's impressively lush and silky... becoming even more so as it gains a few degrees. I can't imagine how it could be improved.

Southern Tier does big beer the way big beer should be done. Oak Aged Unearthly is yet one more example. Even though the standard Unearthly is slightly better, this is a more than worthy addition to the brewery's lineup. Thanks a million to prototypic for his incredible generosity.

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Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 3/31/10 notes. Had on tap at Galaxy Hut in Arlington, Va.

a - Pours an amber color with an inch of white head. Looks the same as normal Unearthly.

s - Smells of citrus hops, sweet malts, and piney hops. Not getting any oak or wood, so I would say smells the same.

t - Tastes of citrus and pine hops, caramel malts, and hints of oak. The oak definitely is not too prominent in this one.

m - Very smooth. Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - It is a pretty good beer but to be honest, not much different than the normal version of Unearthly. I liked it a lot, and if you've never have Unearthly, I would reccomend trying it. If you've had the normal version though, it is not worth going out of your to try as a subtle oak aftertaste is all your'e missing.

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Photo of Zaphog
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was thrilled to see these on the shelf at whole foods yesterday, so you just know I had to pick one up. Served out of the fridge and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 04/07/2009.

The pour was very nice. Rich amber in color with a nice clarity to it. Head of white foam rose up to about three inches and then sttled down with lots of sticky lace. Rich aroma of piney hops and sweet oak like notes. Really well done here with a very nice balance. Nice notes of vanilla as it warms. The first taste sealed the deal for me. Lots of orange and pine, nice balance with hints of vanilla and woody essence coming through loud and clear. Smooth, medium body with a mellow carbonation and a all but hidden huge ABV profile. I could have drank this one all night, though i started to catch up with me by the end of the bottle.

Overall I was really impressed with this one, One of the best beers I have had from ST and something I will be going back for again and again

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Photo of jgunther71
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of orangesol
3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of TMoney2591
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

My man down at Whole Foods in...I think they consider it the Tyson's Corner location, though it may or may not actually be in Falls Church. I dunno, the geography out here is still something of a mystery to me. Things are much simpler back home in the IL... Wow, I think my thoughts cut into that sentence there. As I was saying, my man at Whole Foods recommended this to me, and, though I haven't historically been that into IPAs and whatnot, I figured "What the hell" and took the shot. From the bottle, this thing figures to be anything but simple (see how I looped back around there?), so expectations are running frighteningly high. Here goes:
A clear, rosy amber replaces the empty clarity of the snifter. The head is not very pronounced, and whatever is there dies off faster than public interest in lasting governmental reform (zing!). For whatever reason, I was expecting to snort hops as though they were arranged in lines with my diamond-encrusted razorblade (don't ask how I was able to purchase such an extravagance), but this was contrary to reality. Instead, a charge of toffee, especially sweet, flanked by a healthy dose of background floral radiation. Kinda like a tac-nuke, there's a relatively minimal amount of immediate physical damage but a resounding level of malingering effects (at least within the blast radius)...or such is my understanding of current nuclear weapons technology...I could be wrong. The hops make their first real appearance on the tongue, though they are still not as powerful as in my expectations. A sharp twang of citrus, a lingering soft pummeling of bitterness, but nothing really painful. What does stand out is the oak, which stands steadfastly in the background like a massive forest, wood, greenery, and all. Some caramel is there as well, not as sweet as the toffee in the nose, but rather a tad nuttier, bordering on a bland peanut brittle. The resulting olio does not overdo on any level, but maintains great strength at each one. The only thing precluding perfection here is a metallic bite slicing through the rearguard; a bitter Roland ensures that the rest of the troops do not become engulfed by the Saratin horde. (...Damn, that went from intellectually inspired to obviously forced...) Because the flavors are not intense, the medium body does minimal damage on its way down, allowing for deeper sips than would be possible elsewhere. I gotta say, my man did right by me again. Now, though, I feel as though I should try the non-aged version...

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly cloudy orange/amber with a good sized fluffy white head that dissipates quickly but leaves some nice lace on the way down. Smells of citrus hops, grapefruit and a hint of lemon. Oak is very subtle as is the touch of alcohol in the nose. Taste is less bitter than I expected. Vanilla and caramel fight it out with the citrus and almost pull it off. Smoother and sweeter than I remember the un-oaked version, I am really digging this one! Slight alcohol in the finish, but mostly muted by the lingering almost sweet citrus in the finish. Medium body, syrupy mouth, medium carbonation. I loved this beer. A bit heavy for a 90 degree summer day, but the AC is on and life is good. Keep em coming ST!

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Photo of tdm168
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright hazy orangish amber with half an inch of dense, thick, off white head that has great retention. The nose is sweet, bready, biscuity with faint citrusy hop aromas. The flavor is heavy malt up front with notes of birthday cake and bread followed by some pineapple notes and finishes with a mildly citrusy, bitter hop character. It has a medium to full body that is very smooth and well carbonated.

This is an awesome beer. For an IPA it's definitely on the malty side but the hops are there and their solid. This is good but there is, in my opinion, little difference from the original.

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Photo of stakem
4.03/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
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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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of rab53
5/5  rDev +22.9%

Oak Aged Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 1,122 ratings
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