Speaking of President Obama and taxes, tonight I'm drinking Unearthly, an imperial IPA brewed by Southern Tier Brewing Company in Lakewood, New York. Big 22 bottle has a nice bright green label, I guess they are growing hops. According to the label, "vigorously hopped beer is [Southern Tier's] standard and inspiration". This beer is their "most aggressive offering yet". Serve at 42 degrees F. I put it in the freezer for a few minutes just so I had a couple of extra below-42 minutes to read the label. The pressure!
Big caramel aroma with very faint floral and spicy aspects, too. Flavors start similarly, with lots of caramel, very malty. Not hoppy at all! Pine tar and a little spicy black pepper come next. Sweet and sticky, with a background fruity apple, watermelon and apple flavor trio. This was a mostly sweet beer, with no hops presence, but the 11% alcohol came in and cut up that sweetness just enough (while at the same time providing a warming sensation) to slightly balance a mostly unbalanced beer. (Re-read that a few times to figure out what the hell I'm talking about). The flavors were very nice, although I personally would have preferred an offering that was hoppier and more refreshing, a little less syrupy and oily chewy. Check it out if it's still on your store's shelves!
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