We are going to into a special brew from Southern Tier Brewery in this beer blog. It is their Oak Aged Imperial India Pale Ale Unearthly. If you read my earlier beer blog posts on their beers, you know the history of this craft brewery. If you have not, please, read them to get to know this east coast craft brewery. Let us get into this IPA.
It has a clear copper color with a white constant head. The aroma has an earthly to piney notes along with oak notes. The taste has a vanilla, sweet malty, and earthy hop notes. The aftertaste has a sweet malty finish. It is pretty drinkable beer.
Here is a description from the beer bottle:
At the Southern Tier Brewing Company, vigorously hopped beer is our standard and inspiration.
Oak Aged & Unearthly Union
Here, we take our unparalleled Unearthly IPA and age it with oak for a harmonious fusion of rich malts, grassy hops, and savory oak. Oak Aged Unearthly is a manifestation of the brewer’s craft; skillfully balancing art and the focus of nature to produce a divine liquid. pour a taste of this oak aged brew into a fluted glass. Smell the enchanting aromas of hops as your first sip divulges this beer’s fervent soul. To underestimate Oak Aged Unearthly is to trifle with the mysteries of the universe, so please consume wisely.
Here is a description from their website (www.stbcbeer.com):
At the Southern Tier Brewing Company, vigorously hopped beer is our standard and inspiration. We continue a commitment to innovation with our most aggressive offering yet. Unearthly is a manifestation of the brewer’s craft; skillfully balancing art and the forces of nature to produce a divine liquid. Delicately pour a taste into a fluted glass. Smell the enchanting aromas of the hops waft forward as your first sip divulges this beer’s fervent soul. To underestimate Unearthly is to trifle with the mysteries of the universe, so please consume
Here is their website and twitter addresses:
In the end, I saw this beer on the shelf and I did not know how I felt towards it at first. India Pale Ale in the Oak barrel is something that I did not think it would work very well. I know that most craft breweries do have some standards at least the ones that have been in business for ten years plus. There is some younger craft breweries that do not have standards. This is not a good thing for the craft beer. It has a nice balance from Oaked age and hop bitter notes. I love it. This beer was well designed and thoughtfully put together. I was wrong on IPA in barrel. It did work. I recommend this beer. Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
Bill DJ Weiser