Beer Review: Oak Aged Unearthly IPA

the beer

name: Oak Aged Unearthly IPA
style: American IPA
brewery: Southern Tier Brewing, Lakewood, NY
sample type: 22oz bomber

the review

This guy did me in for the evening. It’s big, it’s hoppy, it’s chock full of alcohol.

Oak Aged? Really couldn’t tell (although it appears other people notice it).

A nice amber color, with a slight haze when cold, but clears up after a couple minutes in the glass. The aroma seemed a bit distant on this one. Didn’t really get a big whiff of hops like I was expecting from a west coast IPA, but the hops are there, just wait for the first sip.

Syrupy (maple-ish, perhaps from the wood?) up front with hints of grape.

Then come the hops. Wicked bitterness coats the tongue just in time for the slight heat of the alcohol to say hello.

So even with a lacking aroma, and no noticeable oak character, this is an enjoyable IPA that will knock you down if not handled with respect.

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