Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale) - Southern Tier Brewing Company
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Reviews by ABCJiugui:
3.63/5 rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
bomber poured into snifter, no freshness date
A- even pale beige head recedes very quickly, wispy retention at best. Thin lacing that dissipates easily. Orangey, shiny amber liquid that is crystal clear.
S- enjoyable citric/piney hops very present, very little aroma on exhale, sniffs of alcoholic strength becomes more apparent only as it warms.
T- Malt? sweetness (or at least some kind of sweetness- hops come in too quick to be sure) present and pleasant upon first taste, giving way immediately to citric, piney hop bitterness up front, but doesn't linger on the tongue. Doesn't linger as strongly as one might expect on the tongue from 2xIPA but it does linger nonetheless in other areas of the mouth. Quick burning alcoholic finish and flavors become more pronounced as it warms.
M- surprisingly light in the mouth. Very smooth, medium body as best- amazing since ABV is listed at 11, which is simply shocking considering the lightness. Carbonation is very mild/minimal, contributing to the smoothness.
D- Overall, I was surprisingly disappointed. I didn't know this was a double IPA until I started drinking it and re-read the label. For a double, imo, it's actually weaker than I like in terms of hop bitterness and overall flavor- for my double ipas I prefer much sharper/whip crack bitterness from the hops, lingering far after the initial flavor, which this didn't do. While very smooth and likely to be drinkable with many foods, it didn't strike me as a double IPA that I'll return to just to drink on its own. The alcohol doesn't show thru, which I suppose is a plus, but overall, that doesn't lift the beer to great heights.
Serving type: bottle
02-08-2008 15:25:15 | More by ABCJiugui
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4.01/5 rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
I loved the oaked version of this ale so I thought I'd try its originator. This one pours a beautiful hazy copper color with a thick off white head that gives way to a nice film and lacing. The nose is malty with a slight hoppy bitterness. This bottle was born more than a year ago so the hop notes have subsided and left a rich malty beer almost reminiscent of a scotch ale more than an ipa. The flavor further confirms this opinion. Id love to try a fresh bottle of this ale because even an older one is impressive.
Serving type: bottle
02-27-2014 05:27:04 | More by lochef81
Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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