wood oaked india pale ale

New Beer Blog Southern Tier Unearthly Imperial IPA


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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:

Website:  www.stbcbeer.com

Twitter:  @stbcbeer

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/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser16@gmail.com

Twitter:  @djweiser

Instagram:  @djweiser13

New Beer Blog Round Barn Brewery Wood Oaked India Pale Ale


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Starting a new tab, we are going to sample out a first on this blog.  It is a brewery that is also a winery.  I am talking about Round Barn Brewery from the west part of Michigan.  It is their Wood Oaked India Pale Ale.  There is not much history on this brewery on their website and other sources.  I know they brew several different beer styles.  Let us get into the beer.

It has a cloudy golden color with a white head on this IPA.  The smell has wooden, earthly, and notes of citrus. The taste has notes of citrus and wooden with a slight vanilla and oak aftertaste.  It is a pretty drinkable beer.

Here is a description from the beer bottle:

From the first taste of this IPA you will pick up the fresh oak character and cascade hop bitterness that gives this beer a balanced finish. Pairs well with Asian or Mexican dishes, grilled meats and of course, IPA’s classic mate, Indian curry.

Here is a description from their website (www.roundbarnwinery.com):

Wood Oaked IPA

From the first taste of this IPA you will pick up the fresh oak character and Cascade hop bitterness that gives this beer a balanced finish. Pairs well with Asian or Mexican dishes, grilled meats and of course, IPA’s classic mate, Indian curry. (ABV 6.75%)

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.roundbarnwinery.com

Twitter:  @RoundBarnWinery

Closing out my tab, I have to say I was pretty interested when I saw this brew on the shelf.  I was wondering how it would turn out.  I have to say I was pretty impressed.  It is pretty good but not good at the same time.  It was a pretty average beer.  I will give them credit on doing some original.  I am happy to see them not do the normal old India Pale Ale.  I do not mind those either.  I recommend you trying this brew because it is unique.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser13@comcast.net

Twitter:  @djweiser