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 wesley14
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of One2Remeber
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Copper/amber body, crystal clear. Slightly off white head, thin film stays around.

S: Oak with vanilla notes, tropical fruit, sugary sweet malts. Smells like the sea, salty, clean.

T/M: Yummy:) Fluffy vanilla frosting on a graham cracker made of oak. Hint of tropical nature, like coconut. No boozy alcohol presence at all. Warm and inviting mouth feel with a great balance of full frontal flavor with a smooth oak backbone.

O: Not many oak IPAs compare to this beast. One to experience and savor. A must try for any avid IPA fan.

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Photo of TheRuss9585
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of ixodus
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a brilliantly clear amber in color with a small off-white head that fizzes out quickly into a small ring. Small legs on the sides of the glass.

S: Orange nectar, pine resin, caramel, honey, with a touch of vanilla, and alcohol.

T: Big sweet caramel malt hits the palate first quickly taken by biting citrus hops and pine resin, all while being complemented vanilla-esque oak. Finish dry and slightly oily. After taste of citrus and caramel lingers for a short while.

M: Full bodied, moderate carbonation, oily with a dry finish. Alcohol is beautifully hidden.

O: Overall a very delicious oak aged IPA. I look forward to this beer every year. Super impressed on how they hide the alcohol on this one, it's definitely dangerous.

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Photo of 6demonbag
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of bstave
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into New Belgium snifter.

A- Burnt orange with a one finger head after aggressive pour leaving slight lacing.

S- Muted hops and malt with big vanilla-oak.

T- Taste is big vanilla-oak up front with some citrus hops in the middle. Leaves a slight pine bitterness on the back end.

M- Mouthfeel is very nice. Smooth creamy carbonation. The oak gives it a slight bourbon note that is a bit hot near the end.

O- I like this beer a lot. I am getting a lot of oak on this. Not as hoppy as many DIPAs. You could call this a barleywine and I would believe it. Very smooth and very enjoyable. Seek it out.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of HalfFull
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a large wine glass from a 22 oz. bomber. Pours a clear orange copper with a half inch of whitish foam. Average retention but does offer decent lace and keeps a light cap.

Nose of muted hops and a bit of sweet malt pretty well melded with oaken aromas. Oak and rich muddled citrus is prevalent and slowly segues as the pour warms to offer more of the hops from the base beer. Notably different than the unoaked version but quite intriguing in its own way.

Flavor also holds a well muddled and moderate citric sweetness accompanied by a lightly oily and oaky finish. Bit of piney bitterness on the finish yet lacking the big bitterness present in the standard version, and offering a bit more citric caramel as the hops are less evident. Carbonation also seems a bit lighter but this works quite well with the oak character, remaining spritzy nonetheless. Further warming makes the underlying hop character even more evident. Better than the original I would say, as it is really both. Solid.

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Photo of tedho21
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Rifugium
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
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 Rizalini
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recieved in a trade from StlThrash. Thanks Todd for sending some Southern Tier love west! Poured from a bomber into my Stone tulip.

A - Pours a clear ruby/mahogany color with a minimal 1/2 finger light tan head. Leaving a ring as the head fades.

S - Oakey and bready. Has a very prodominant yeasty bread aroma, followed by a light vanilla oakey smell. Smells really good, but where's the hops?

T/M - The oak is definately in the forefront on this one, and I do get a mild hop flavor on the back end. The hop profile is more peppery and earthy than citrusy. Does warm you up as the alcohol is very present in this one. Mouthfeel is medium almost syrupy. Slightly tongue coating.

O - A really good oak aged IPA. My only complaint is that I think the hops do get a little lost with the over abundance of the oak in this one. Not that it's not there, but it does kinda take a back seat. Still a good brew tho. Thanks Todd!

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Photo of RandyBoBandy
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of Kromes
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A hazy copper color with a thin off-white head and lacing down the glass.

S: Oak, vanilla, toasted malt and citrus hops.

T: The oak and vanilla flavors are very strong up front. They add an almost butterscotch flavor to the beer when mixed with the toasted caramel malt. The finish is oak, caramel, alcohol, and mellow citrus hop.

M: A bit on the heavy side, oily and syrupy. Carbonation is light.

O: A good oak aged IPA. The oak gives it a unique flavor, but I would much rather have the hop overpower the oak.

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Photo of DrGonzoDDS
5/5  rDev +23.5%

Photo of ThickNStout
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle from Michael's Package (Marietta, GA). 7.99. Bottled 3/1/12. Served in a Southern Tier snifter. 

Pours clear copper with 2 fingers dense off white head that leaves a nice consistant lacing all the way down. 

Big citrus hop aromas with biscuit and wood undertones. 

Taste is a nice combination of sticky citrus hops and woody oak/ vanilla. Drinks smooth with the 9.5% booze only occasionally peeking through. 

Medium, lightly carbonated feel. Slightly hop-oily sticky. 

A well made oaked imperial IPA. The wood is present but allows the hops to maintain the dominant role. I think I still prefer the original Unearthly but this is definately worth a go. 

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Photo of EROCK75
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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5/5  rDev +23.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of gunclubchris
3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of csustar001
5/5  rDev +23.5%

Photo of seanpackage
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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