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)
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

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Added by ClockworkOrange on 01-09-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,122
Reviews:
568
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
12.59%
 
 
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67
Gots:
76
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Photo of watsonmd
4.93/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pleasing amber/dark pour. Foamy head, but short lived. Lacing, faint amount lasted throughout the bomber...

S: Hoppy, lives up to IPA style. Oak hints

T: Orange, caramel, toffe, oak, vanilla... yummy!

M: Smooth, velvety, creamy. pleasing

O: Very nice change from the BA stouts I have been liking, but moving back to the IPA I love. A blend of BA and IPA.

Bought an extra to age for a while...

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Photo of mazdarx
4.87/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer was first brought to my attention at a party for which i was already a tad drunk. It made such an impression on me that i went out the next day and picked up a bomber of this fine ale so I could see if it was as good as it was the night before...and it was even better!!

A: Nice clean amber/honey tone with a 1/2 in head and beautiful lace.

S: This is one of my favorite smelling beers. The pine and oak mixed with the citrus from the hops was beautiful. For me, this is a perfect smell to accompany the taste to follow.

T: I love the way this beer tastes. I really enjoy the woody and piney tones that accompany the citrus on the pallet.

M: Nice dry sticky feeling leaving me wanting more.

D: MORE MORE MORE. I wish this wasn't a limited run beer. Is it?

I will probably run up and get another bottle to enjoy before they run out from my local spot.

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Photo of Celt44
4.84/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance - A light golden clear amber. Head is nice but thin. Lacing lasts throughout but very thin.

Aroma - Incredibly unique. Very oakey and hoppy upfront - a touch of malt at the end.

Taste - Absolutely unique and delicious. Piney upfront with a citrusy/spice kick. Hints of Oak. Perfect.

Mouthfeel is smooth with a touch of alcohol burn. Very light for 11% !

Overall another EXCEPTIONAL beer from ST. Possibly the most flavorful selection from them if not my all time favorite. This seems to happen often when I review a new ST product!

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Photo of turnstile
4.84/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a snifter; served at the suggested temperature.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful hazy, bright orange-golden with a head barely forming. Carbonation presents itself as a swirling film on the surface and a ring of bubbles. No lacing.

Smell: Aggressively hoppy with a complex sweet bouquet. Floral hops dominate along with an powerful peach and orange note reminiscent of marmalade. Aromas of honey, caramel malt, lemon and oak round out the nose.

Taste: Citrus hops dominate the palate with a mellow hint of peach and vanilla appearing. Strong fresh-brewed black tea note and hop bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Delicately carbonated, chewy and full-bodied. Very smooth and leaves nothing clinging to the back of the tongue.

Drinkability: Incredibly drinkable; plenty of familiar, sweet notes without becoming overly cloying (thanks to a generous dose of hops).

Without a doubt, this is the best beer I've had in the past year.

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Photo of huhl23
4.82/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark amber color with a two-finger head that quickly dissipates. Very little lacing. Nose you can smell the oak from the barrels. Taste was sweet. Little taken aback by this. Not what I expected from this but with it being aged I guess I should know it would taste different than the regular unearthly. Overall a very good beer.

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Photo of WhiteOak
4.8/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Dark honey-amber color, with a moderate tan head.

S- The Ruby Red grapefruit hops, citrus rind, toasted vanillin oak, and orange blossom honey aromas are enticing.

T- Sweet, rich caramel malt. The perfectly arranged marriage of hops and oaked malt offer a generous presentation of pina colada/pineapple/coconut, Concolor Fir bud resin, and grapefruit. Here, the hops are the perfect example of integration, balance, proportion, and restraint -- and thankfully were not administered in an overblown, extreme dose. The palate is bombed with a rich, sweet, oak-kissed malt, with a bright hoppy freshness. One of my favorite styles, all pleasure with no fatigue. Every sip is alluring and satisfying at once. The finish is long and lingering.

M- The decadent, creamy, viscous mouthfeel gives a hint of stickiness, but the perfect CO2 provides ideal balance.

D- Wonderfully drinkable, the 11% ABV is so well cloaked in rich, deeply layered structure that there isn't even an ethanol warmth to be found.

This is an IIPA brewed for pleasure, and it delivers. Outstanding!

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Photo of YouSkeete
4.8/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Nice deep copper/yellow texture. Bubbly white head with weak retention. Moderate lacing.

S: Fresh dry hops, caramel malts, and candied fruits. Hints of wood and oak, along with apples and some oranges. Nice earthy pine aroma as well.

T: Caramel, honey and candied fruit upfront. Fruits consist of apples, oranges, prunes and some grapefruit. Earthy dry hops and thick malts are big in the flavor. Sweet burn of alcohol lingers. Oak, wood and some hints of bourbon make their way through the flavor, but the oak isn't as prominent as i had hoped. Great flavor though. Honey, caramel and fruity aftertaste.

M: Dry, smooth, boozy. Heavy on the hop flavor. Medium to full body with medium to high carbonation.

D: I wouldn't change a thing.

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Photo of Angrygerman
4.79/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours this orange-copper color with a slight haze. Instantly the smell hits you. Of course you get the citrus of the hops but also i detect something else, maybe barrel is the best way to describe it. The taste is awesome! Hops, lemon, grapefruit, and maybe a slight touch of earth all round out with a smoothness that i believe is the barrel. In the finsh there is also a little alcoholic warming but all in good taste. Overall a GREAT beer.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.77/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nice glowing orange body. Small bubbly ivory white head. Lacing is spotty in both nature and quantity. Nice blend of IPA smells and oak on the nose. It's like spilling a bigass IPA onto a freshly cut oak 2X4, letting it soak in for a few minutes and then taking a whiff. Good stuff. First sip tells me this is damn good. DAMN good. Bold flavors is an understatement. I haven't had many (if any?) oak aged DIPAs. This is a marriage that works very well, at least in this sample. The hop attributes are greasy and thick and resiny. Hop oils come to mind and to a lesser degree, pine oils. The oak is subtle, but definitely distinguishable. It adds depth. Malt base seems biscuity in nature. The alcohol is hidden very nicely in the context of this beer. In looking at the big picture here, this one has been designed and constructed very well.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.77/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - very carbonated, with a thin pale tan head, a dark amber in color

S - rich, earthy hops with a delectable sweetness, the hop notes (floral, citrine and pine) are deeper and richer than most DIPA's

T - wow, it really starts like a typical DIPA, hops rich with some malt support, then im tsunmai-ed by oak, woody, resiny, sweetness, one of the most oak-affected brews i can remember, this oakiness lasts until long after the sip has disappeared

M&D - Well Done Southern Tier! this beer is near perfect for its style, hops bitterness, malt support, and an amazing flavor lent from its oak aging, the mouthfeel is as smooth as could be wanted, with a more than decent hop kick, you dont need to be a hophead to enjoy this, i will pick some of this up and keep it for some time, if you cant get this beer, trade for it

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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of Thrifty101091
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Served on cask at WoB

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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

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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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