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Oak aged Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale) by Southern Tier Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial IPA
11.00 % ABV


 
Review by everetends on 06/22/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 10 17 4 8 2010
Old Review
22 oz bottle I received from westvirginastyle. Been looking forward to this and pretty much any OA IPA/DIPA lately. Served up in my shaped Dogfish Head glass.

A: Pours a somewhat dark orange, coppery color. Held to the light you get some more a dark golden yellow with some light coppery hues. Had about two fingers of nice and foamy white head. That head has some pretty good retention other than the fact that the foam is so sticky and all over this glass in all this sticky foam on the glass. The body is pretty damn clear and shows a pretty slow and sporadic carbonation movement. Not bad at all.

S: This is absolutely where the IPA qualities are in this brew. As soon as I popped the cap, I got some hoppy goodness. There is a serious pine hops presence coming out. Has a really nice pine resin qualiy coming across with a touch of harsh hops presence. Behind that is the oak aged goodness. You get the woodiness along with a nice creamy, vanilla aroma. Maybe a touch of caramel malt coming across, but it comes back to the pine hops and maybe some floral hops as well. Very nice and very appetizing.

T: Not as big on the hoppy craziness as most people would probably want from a DIPA, but I like it. This thing starts off with a lot of nice oak and that sweet vanilla flavor that comes out. Pretty nice and lightly sweet caramel malt pushing forth as well. There is a bit of a butteriness here but it helps, does not hinder. Then come the hops, but they are more of a supporting attribute rather than the star of the show. Once again, it is absolutely pine hops in here that has a touch of bite. That bite that is produced is easily neutralized by all that oak and malty goodness though. I like it, but then again I really like oak aged IPAs/DIPAs.

M: I would weigh this one in at a nice and solid medium bodied brew. Has a very nice and pleasant creaminess in here. Oh so creamy and delightful. Carbonation is a bit lighter than I would expect and I can't really decide if this is a good thing or bad thing. Slight alcohol heat coming across in the throat, but I don't get a big and boozy beer at all. I think its pretty light in the alcohol realm considering the 11% that is here. Aftertaste is oak, carmel and that butteriness.

D: I am having absolutely no problem with this whatsoever. The oak really tames the hops and keeps this brew slightly sweet and very creamy. It doesn't kill you like some DIPAs can. It really gives both worlds that this beer is trying to showcase. I feel that maybe instead of just oak, maybe a little whiskey or bourbon aging would have been a better match and brought forth more flavors a bit more bite. I dig it for sure and will enjoy it to the last drop. Another fine beer by Southern Tier and its not a crazy dessert beer!!!

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 06-02-2009 06:18:06

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by tavernjef on 04/06/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
92 3 10 18 5 10 2009
A solidly clear ambery golden hue of perfect tone with a puffy large and in charge slighty yellowed foam that lasts only briefly before setting its hold on top in a slight skim and lots of fluff left around the edge. Big and tiny blobby things and spots of lace are flung across the glass and stick well.

Aroma is straight up mango juice with a nice twist of paled orange, tangerine, and strawberry. Highly tropical and lofty with a fresh juicyness.

Taste is immaculately driven in a firm balance of tropical juiceyness and whiskey sweetness. Full on mango juice marked with touches mixed in of manderine orange, tangerine, and sweet red grape. The oaky balance is super nice to behold and is well balanced with slight vanilla-esk whiskey warmth and sweetness playing off the juicy mango stuff. Its got enough beeryness to its juicy character to give it an impeccable dominion of pleasure and warmth, like somekind of super spiked tropical drink only found in the far reaching foggy foothills of Costa Rica.

Feel is fairly beefy, smoothly warm, and bold with a firm stint of a heavier mediumish body. Long, healthy, and tropically set in warmth and tender, juicy, hoppy tone and balance the whole way through.

Insanely drinkable and wholesomely yummalishious with a tropically set tone and warmth thats sure to quickly make you weary and slurry with its very well hidden 11%! Another keeper by Southern Tier! Yum!

Price: $14.00 Served In: Flute Glass

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