Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale) - Southern Tier Brewing Company
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4.1/5 rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Aroma is, at first, rather floral with heavy notes of pine. However, as it opens up, a sticky malt base shows up with a spiciness as well.
Pours somewhat orange and cloudy in the glass with a small head that doesn't last too long.
Good hit of bitterness immediately upon taking a drink. Pine notes, a little tropical perhaps. This goes into a sticky sweet toffee and caramel maltiness pretty quickly though, that I would say defines this beer more than hops do. There is a small resinous bitterness that finishes the beer off, but it isn't much and doesn't take much away from just how malty it is. It's definitely thick...you can tell this is a boozy one. That isn't to say it isn't hoppy, as it has a pretty good bitterness upfront especially and in the finish, it's just that this beer has a very heavy malt inclusion.
This one won't please hopheads, I know that. However, as a person who does enjoy malty DIPA's, I found this a very easy drinker although it was so sweet for style that it could get cloying. The ABV is really high, so that's something to watch out for.
Serving type: bottle
05-01-2011 01:09:15 | More by NODAK
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4.56/5 rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured undated 12 oz bottle into pint glass. This is excellent beer. It brings to mind "Pliney the Elder". The flavor profile is very similar. Pours a clear golden-yellow with a tinge of orange, with a thin white head and minimal lacing. Not a huge aroma, but its clean, floral and slightly dank, with some pineapple and peach. The taste is wonderful and just gets better the more you drink it. It's somewhat fruity and buttery with a perfect balance of sweet maltiness and huge hops but low bitterness. Mouthfeel is full and smooth with low carbonation, but still refreshing with well concealed alchohol. Overall, I'd say this is world class...a really great Imperial IPA.
Serving type: bottle
07-23-2014 23:30:50 | More by FFreak
Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 2,579 ratings.