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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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
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76
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Ratings: 1,122 |  Reviews: 568
Photo of imbibehour
2.29/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. No visible bottling date is present from what I can see.

A very even solid amber if cloudy body, with an extremely off yellow and creamy looking head. Head has lots of staying power and retention.

Nose is buttery mostly, but not total diacetyl, but no particularly hop forward.

Maple syrup sugar. Ridiculously sweet. Granular white sugar texture I feel like there should be granuals in my teeth I could pick them out. I can't even talk about any of the other supposed flavors here cause its a syrupy sugar overpowering sensation.

Overall a sugar bomb mess. I would want to say something about the malt presence or god forbid..maybe HOPS?? but this is just like drinking maple syrup. What's the point unless you are diabetic...

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Photo of rab53
5/5  rDev +23.5%

Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

$8.99 for the bomber from Deciccio's Ardsley, NY. No freshness info to be had. Pours pretty clear, medium apricot infused amber, slight and off white head and not leaving fine, splattered lacing upon a medium swirl. I get some wood and citrussy hops in the nose. Love the style, typically love the ST offering, so this one was a cinch to please my palate. Big, hoppy and bold. Hops, oak and a malty underblanket to smooth things out. Simply lovely stuff and well worth seeking out and enjoying.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an almost clear orange amber. Nose is perfume and floral tones. Flavor is real tangy. Way too much so IMO. Seems like overkill. Cotton like and stuffed full of too much something. Besides that there is a nice hoppy and citrus tone with firm resin in there as well. Feel is thick and soft. Carbonation is lower. This doesn't do it for me. The imperial has gotten too much so. I don't think this oak aging has had any positive benefit on the original Unearthly. It seems to have clogged it up in trying to be even more than it already is.

Wondering if I had a poor sample. I am willing to try again and adjust my opinion if needed.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of jwc215
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours copper amber with a thin head that leaves dotted lacing.

The smell is of pine, citrus (lemon/orange) and peppery spicing. There is some (musty) oak.

The taste is of pine, resin and orange. Sweet with alcohol on the agressive side. It has a perfumy/herbal touch, as well. A nice, interesting hop touch (as was the case with the un-oaked version, with a firm sweet maltiness. The oak lends even more sweetness, with a vanilla character.

The feel is thick and syrupy sweet sticky, though there is some carbonation to help it along.

I have to say, that this was interesting, but found it less drinkable as it progressed. I did enjoy the Unearthly more. The thickness is almost too much, and the oak gives even more sweetness, throwing off the balance of the hops a bit too much. Something "different" for sure, and enjoyable to a degree, but I, personally, prefer the original, as I said.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.67/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from a bomber into a pint glass, the beer pours a deep auburn-copper coloring with no head. Good amount of carbonation throughout. The smell is rich, sweet molasses, with woody notes and a slight dry hoppiness. Leaves a good lacing on the glass while you drink. Bittersweet toffee and caramel, with hints of pineapple and creamy vanilla at the end. The body is supersmooth and creamy. Slight bite on the finish, with a fruity sweet aftertaste.

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

Pours a hazy, golden/copper color. 1/4 inch head of a pale tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of hops, sweet malt, alcohol, citrus (apricot), and an earthy aroma. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and thick with a low carbonation level. Tastes of hops, sweet malt, alcohol, citrus, earthy sweetness, and oak/liquor flavor. Overall, a strong brew that is very good.

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Photo of malfunxion
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Duff27
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of VeganUndead
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear, amber/apricottish hue, lovley white head, if small. Poured into a Maredsous tulip glass.

Aroma: bittersweet, lightly malty, pine and fresh citrus fruit...ripe orange & tangerine, splash of pineapple.

Taste: here's where the oak comes in, from the first sip...Big, wet, & woody. Lean body, long, oaky finish. Blankets the hops a bit, smothers them, even, and lets the malt stand guard. The regular Unearthly is a bitch-slap of bitterness. Oak-aging masks the spanks of the hops, tenderly covers it, and all is smooth and mellow.
Alcohol shows eventually, as it does with all of these ST Imperials.

There's no mistaking the oak in this, but I wouldn't have recognized it as Unearthly. A uniquely beautiful ale.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.41/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle purchased from Wegmans.

Poured into a pint glass. A dark, murky orange pours leads to a 1 inch head that drops down into a very oily film on top of the beer. Decent lacing.

Smells very sweet, some caramel and vanilla, with herbal hops, almost smells like marijuana.

Tastes incredible. Lots of those dank, herbal hops- grass, marijuana, grapefruit juice, pine, with additional tastes of oak, vanilla, and caramel most likely from the oak aging.

Full, syrupy body. Medium carbonation.

A great experiment in aging IPAs by Southern Tier. Unearthly is an incredibly sweet beer, and oak-aging it calms it down a bit.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle in Michigan while at the KBS release. Served in a Hopleaf tulip glass for New Beer Sunday : The Return!

A - Two and a half fingers of off-white foam that has solid retention and leaves nice rings of lacing. Transparent copper orange color that is a little more yellow at the edges of the glass.

S - Lots of balance to this one. There's the obligatory hoppiness, but also a fair bit of malt and woodiness to it. There's some skunky weed flavor to the hops - amarillo? - as well as some citrus. Not super strong in the nose.

T - Surprisingly high malt character - lots of caramel and breadiness to this one, with a fair bit of woodiness. The hops are more understated in the taste. The wood contributes a slight sourness that builds as I go through the glass.

M - Solid residual stickiness, medium body, and fairly moderate carbonation that causes a nice tingle at the top of the mouth.

D - While the wood flavors are interesting it gets a little tiring, and the high ABV definitely sneaks up on you. I don't think I'd want much more than a 12oz pour of this, but it's a solid brew nonetheless.

I haven't had regular Unearthly in a while, but I don't think this is a huge improvement.

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Photo of Cynic-ale
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of GClarkage
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of IPAchris
5/5  rDev +23.5%

Photo of aasher
3.81/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass. It poured smoothly and is a rich mahogany in color. There was a slight, dissipating cream colored head that eventually rimmed the glass. It doesn't smell overly strong, hoppy, or oaky. Kind of smells like a watered down IPA, not what I expected. It tastes great. It's a smooth hoppy that actually doesn't have any oak taste present, which surprised me. The mouthfeel is excellent. It's lightly carbonated and very, very smooth. This bottle is almost six months old but drinks like it was well aged. It drinks very well. You'd never know that it's 11.0% abv. I'd recommend this one but it's not quite like the original Unearthly. It doesn't boast as much flavor or boldness as the original, and isn't as crisp.

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Photo of a77cj7
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of sendbeer
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.21/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to jwc215 for this one.

Pours a nice clean/clear dark golden yellow color, some carbonation, little fizzy off-white head, with some oil slicks left behind. The nose is malty, with some nice hop notes, oak, and some citrus. The taste is hoppy, malty, sweet, with some nice oak notes, and slight citrus. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a tasty brew.

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Photo of Gavage
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a clear orange color with a 1" head that falls apart quickly. Some mild lacing develops.

Smell: some pine, grapefruit, vanilla, and earthiness comes through easily to the nose.

Taste: caramel, pine, grapefruit, golden apples, and a hearty bitterness is wrapped in a earthy woodiness. Some vanilla arrives late. Alcohol is warming.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp to start and a bit smoother late. Aftertaste is warrming and long.

Drinkability: smooth drinking beer here with a big flavor profile. The bomber bottle is enough in one session. Pick this interesting beer up if you see it.

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Photo of drabmuh
2.42/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

No date on bottle, poured into a snifter. Beer appears thick. Clear, orange and forms a thin diffuse head of small white bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass. Carbonation is criminally low. Seriously low.

Boozy aroma, hops and lots of sweet malt. There is some hint of woods, not much though.

Big body, spicy, lots of hop flavor and malt sweetness, lots. Its kind of like drinking syrup with this undercurrent of woodiness. Its not as good as the unearthly, I'm not sure what the wood aging did to it. I guess its making it close to undrinkable. I hate this beer.

There is a tendency to age a portion of a beer in barrels or on wood and tell everyone that its a new beer and people's general reaction is that its better, but especially with a hoppy beer there are reasons not to do it. Not all beer benefits from contact with wood, air, and time. Its just a waste of hops. Never again.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: poured an orangish amber in color with yellow highlights and a half finger of head that left a little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: mostly malty sweetness upfront in the aroma with hints of oakiness, slightly citrusy, bready notes, maybe vanilla but no real hop character though.

T: caramel character was the leading the way on the palate alongside bready malty sweetness, very little citrus notes, some oaky accents, a touch of vanilla but once again almost no hop presence in the flavor either

M: the brew was medium to light in body with a fair amount of carbonation which had a sweet, semi oaky, citrusy and crisp finish.

O: I was a little dissapointed on the flavor cause I was expecting more of a hop bite, oh well I guess I have to stick to these west coast hop bombs.

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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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