Monday, October 19, 2009
Southern Tier Brewing - Oak Aged Unearthly Imperial IPA
My woman is playing nurse at a girlfriend's house who was in recent car accident and she called to say it would be a little longer so I figured I would take the baby for a beer run in her wagon. I just can't wait another hour to start drinking. I found this New York oak-aged IPA, oddly named Southern Tier, and I just happened to notice it was 11% ABV. I had to make this beer mine. Doubtful that a New York brewery could successfully execute an imperial IPA, I remained skeptical. After my first sip, however, I was blown away. It hits your lips with spicy grapefruit hops which undergoes an incredibly smooth transition to oakey malts. What an unbelievable beer. I would even venture to say that this is one of the best imperial IPAs I have ever had. Great job, Southern Tier, even if your name doesn't make any sense. 5 out of 5. Drink it.