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Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale) - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,705
Reviews: 1,177
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 112
Gots: 231 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: John on 02-24-2006)
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Reviews by dougfur:
Photo of dougfur
3.81/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a really beautiful orange color, pretty clear, but with a little haze. Nice head. A very fine looking beer!
The smell is a real mix of hops, yeast and malt, not quite what I'd expect from a DIPA. The taste is also more balanced that one might expect. It's nice, but just too boozy for me. Mouthfeel was great. Overall, a nice beer if you like your DIPA's really strong and not all that hoppy...almost more of a strong ale. If you're checking out Southern Tier and like IPA's I'd stick with the 2x or the regular IPA.

dougfur, Jul 24, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.65/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a great rich clear bronze witha very well retained 1/2 finger head with a fine bead just a pleasure to look at I have to say.The aromas are quite citric alot grapefruit in there maybe a note of apricot over top of caramel malt a whif of alcohol shows thru more so as it warms.This is not an in your face DIPA although the hops do pack a good punch not to mention alot of complexities citrus and piney cascades and chinooks really show themselves I even get a little earthiness as it warms saying all that there is a big enough of juicy lightly sweet caramel malt backbone to almost hold up against the hop onslaught.Wow amazed at this beer the alcohol is so well hidden you would have no idea how big it was and the hops take the show,"an unhibited infusion of hops" per bottle that sums it up,kick ass!

oberon, Apr 11, 2006
Photo of RoyalT
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This was a glowing brown in color and very clear with a good, reputable head.

Smell – The big, citrus hops did this bouquet proud. They didn’t run away with the nose though, as this ale has a wonderful malty base and a good sense of alcohol.

Taste – The malts are huge at the taste, and the alcohol lightens up a bit making this a nicely balanced brew. The citrus hops are large and in charge. This is a flavor explosion.

Mouthfeel – This is a solid medium-bodied with a slick, almost greasy mouthfeel. It’s interesting, because the hops are huge but it’s not brutally bitter.

Drinkability – This is a good-drinking bigger beer that was the life of the party.

Comments – Thanks to BeerGuy for donating this monster bomber to skyhand’s Broken Fridge party.

RoyalT, Apr 24, 2006
Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very pretty IPA color. Bright orange copper with equal amounts of brown and red hues. Head is gigantic, creamy, and just off white. Lacing is sticky and lasting. Aroma is powerful and diverse. Malt is difficult to determine. There may be some caramel but it’s hard to get past the hops. Resinous aroma of pine and juicy aroma of grapefruit, orange, and pineapple. No hint of booze. Is this really 11%? 153 IBUs stated on the lable. Scary. Actually…it’s the taste that is scary. No hint of the ABV and oddly, this is a lot less unbalanced then I would have thought. The body is very full and warming is certainly happening. Flavors of citrus are juicy and rich, velvety and luscious. Seconds of toast and caramel fade in and out but are hard to focus on and are often overwhelemed by grapefruit. Still, they are present. Drinkability is not that great…until one takes into account the fact that this is 11% and 153 IBUs. With those facts taken under consideration, this beer is downright stellar.

Bottle purchased at La Cav du Vin, Cleveland.

DaPeculierDane, Jul 31, 2007
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4/5  rDev -2%

pbsmooth, Dec 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2%

beerhunter13, Apr 18, 2012
Photo of tectactoe
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a murky amber, copper color, highly opaque with an off-white, two finger head. Decent lacing is left along the sides of the glass nearly all the way down. Aroma is heavy on hops, of course, of the spicy variety, resinous and piney, backed by some caramel, toasted malts. Mouth is big and heavy, kind of sticky and thick - hops up front with a nice spicy character, white pepper, coriander, grapefruit rinds, oil and resin, and light pine needles. Lemon and orange zest are abundant, as is the powerful alcohol character, think PineSol. Malts are used liberally and do a fine job of clashing and balancing the heavy hop bill. Caramel malts, light toffee, molasses, high sweetness, and a touch of some medicinal and metallic flavors. Carbonation is a little lower than I was expecting; thick, almost syrupy body.

Solid DIPA, reminds me a little bit of Weyerbacher's Double Simcoe. Nice spicy hop profile and a good balance with plenty of caramel malts.

tectactoe, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of ExtraStout
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this beast (22oz bomber) up for under $7.00. All I can say is WOW. This is one of the greatest DIPAs ever. What a wonderful creation. Thank you Southern Tier.
A-Poured from 22 oz bomber into 12 oz snifter in two pours of course. Poured with about a finger width of head. Nice amber color.
S-Sweet with hops, faint pine, caramel smell
T-Exceptional flavor, bold hops with proper balance of sweetness. I like the sticky head at the beginning. Alcohol is present but is carried by flavor properly with a strong finish.
M-Hops slam your tounge with perfect bitterness followed by the sweet finish. Drinks a little thicker and finishes perfect not to dry.
D-Very good. With 10+% ABV you better take it easy.

ExtraStout, Apr 22, 2010
Photo of Zakk
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Zakk, Jun 03, 2012
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5/5  rDev +22.5%

Mac19872, Nov 17, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Tiernan, Apr 24, 2013
Photo of hopsleeroy
3.2/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Excited about this bottle that I received via trade.
A-Looking pretty good, golden beer with a decent white head that dissipated quickly.
S-Citrus and tropical fruit flavors, slight pine smell, sweet caramel malt
T-Very malt and fruit forward DIPA, some bread caramel flavors, slightly grain flavor, hop flavor not as prevelant at first but hit on the way back, citrus grapefruit presence there but has a backseat, alcohol flavors seem to sharpen the flavors rather than compliment them, Overly sweet, too much alcohol, and would have preferred more upfront hops
M-Good but not great, slightly grainy feel and alcohol flavor detracted, good carbonation tickle
D-Not a big fan of this one and didn't make it through the whole bottle. I find too much alcohol sweetness in Southern Tier beers that don't compliment the flavors underneath which are usually very good.

hopsleeroy, Feb 04, 2009
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4/5  rDev -2%

tbryan5, Aug 27, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

woodchipper, May 11, 2013
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2/5  rDev -51%

ricksrealm, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of sgoodship
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up for $6.99 at Binny's in the South Loop.

I like some humorous copy on a beer label but when it is all marketing and tells you nothing about the beer, I always feel like the label doesn't come directly from the brewers. Anyhow, I digress.

A: I could have done with pouring more vigorously. Slightly creamy yellow, fine frothy half a finger head. Medium hazy amber that becomes yellow gold toward the bottom. Nice lacing.

S: Like smelling hop resin - pretty intense. Big fresh fruity hops. Pine forest with lemon and tangerine. Some sweet maltiness in the background. The alcohol is there for sure but doesn't dominate.

T: On first taste it fills the mouth with a nice caramel maltiness and goes into a surprisingly sweet and lemony hop profile. Big hop but not big aggressive bite. Some sourness in the aftertaste. When it settled, it didn't do it for me in quite the same way. The fruit became more tart and the hop bite developed a big pine bite. When it warmed up, it became too soapy for me.

M: Feels like a nice medium body. Slick and smooth. Carbonation is low.

D: An impressive beer but the mix and focus was just not right for my personal taste. It goes down real easy. The trouble is that it is 11 ABV! An evening on this stuff would be a short evening indeed.

sgoodship, Dec 14, 2008
Photo of explosivebeer
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a nice light orange with a thin white head. The aroma is loaded with hops but balanced with some malty sweetness. It has a full body with solid bitterness to balance out the imperial maltiness. It finishes well and leaves you wanting more. Overall, a very good beer.

explosivebeer, Oct 01, 2008
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4/5  rDev -2%

JacobMutberg, Oct 09, 2012
Photo of steelerguy
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Nice bronze color, very clear, with a medium carbonation...very nice for this style. Pour into a chalice, small head, that faded to nothing pretty quick. A little surprised by that with the cara-pils they used.

S - Awesome smell, nice citrus and floral aromas with a little pine smell in there. Really pleasing smell.

T - Very good taste, no alcohol bite. Very nice citrus and floral hop flavors. Wasn't as bitter as I was expecting or would have liked, but I really like hops. Very balanced for a high IBU beer, not sure if I believe it is 135 as I have seen posted, but it does have a good malt backbone, so the balance my be fooling me.

M - It was good, not too dry, nice silky feel. About what I would expect in and Imperial IPA.

D - For such a high ABV beer I would say it is pretty drinkable. No problem with a 22 ounce bomber, but after that I am done. This is how I am with most high IBU beer, I love the assult on my senses for about 22-24 ounces worth of time, then it is time to relax.

Can't say I am blown away by this beer, but it is certainly very good and I am sure I will enjoy again in the future.

steelerguy, Jan 27, 2009
Photo of TuckerCarlson
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Aggressive pour from a bomber into a tulip glass.

Clear honey color with a fluffy, sticky, pale orange head that doesn't dissipate and leaves a noticeable ring. Very nice lacing down the glass.

Assertive and complex mix of herbal, floral, and citrus with some sweet, biscuity malt thrown in.

Very strong on the citrus and herbal flavors, with noticeable warming from the alcohol. Surprisingly high residual sugars that become overwhelming (along with the alcohol) if it warms up too much.

Nice balance of thick creaminess with moderate carbonation that satisfies without overwhelming for the style.

The bottle recommends 42 F, which sounds cold, but I wouldn't recommend drinking it any warmer. DIPAs seem to each have a unique balance point, and this one is definitely a bit better on the cooler side. Regardless, this beer demands food accompaniment. Not for the faint of heart of the empty-stomached.

TuckerCarlson, Jun 29, 2007
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Unearthly Imperial IPA arrives in an awesome silkscreened bomber, my eyes catch that this is dry hopped with cascade, centenial and chinook..oh yeah, bring it on! Pours from the bottle a wonderful reddish orange huge with exquisite clarity. A nice cap of off white head tops it off in fine style. Aromas hit with dank citric and fresh sap dripping piney hop goodness. Overflowing lupulin oils drench an underlying caramelly dough maltiness. Green, earthy and herbal are all words that also come to mind. Just the aroma I look for in a DIPA.

First sip brings a dense maltiness that brings to mind caramel covered hop cones. Citrusy and piney hop oils rush across the palate bringing a good dose of bitterness with them on the way down. A bit doughy/biscuity with an overall earthy, herbal element to it. Finishes with a lingering hoppy bitterness. Hoppy burps ensue, this is a darn tasty imperial IPA with a touch of spiciness and well hidden alcohol...well done!

Mouthfeel is rather big and chewy...this one really makes itself known with each sip. Mellower on the carbonation side, which is nice. I really enjoy the flavor here, but the 11% abv hinders the drinkability a bit for me, as this bomber is gonna get me plenty buzzed. Overall, a wonderfully hoppy brew that still maintains a sturdy malt backbone...this is a DIPA I hope to have the chance to come back to again sometime and another winner for Souther Tier. Thanks warriorsoul!

orbitalr0x, May 08, 2006
Photo of blitz134
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Been wanting to try this for a while, finally got a bottle from jjayejaye, thanks...

Pours a nice clear copper color with some carbonation bubbles rising to the surface to support an eighth inch of offwhite head. Nice tight lacing left on the glass too.

Aroma is sweet and hop laden. Lots of caramel and candy sugar, a little sweet bubble gum and cotton candy. Floral and citrus hops dominate, tangerine and orange peels.

Pretty nice flavor with a lot of stuff going on, fairly balanced overall. A solid caramel backbone works underneath a lot of different hops flavors. Has a grapefruity edge and some bitter citrus pith flavors. Some floral hints work well with the caramel malts, but the finish has a nice bitter edge and a touch of pine sap to round it out. Good stuff. Alcoholic edge though.

Pretty thick mouthfeel, a bit oily. Carbonation levels are right on. Coats the mouth like sticky syrup, which for me hurts the drinkability a bit.

Good drinkability overall, a bit too sweet for me to have much more than this bomber. I like a drier, more resin-like DIPA personally. Its good stuff though and worth a try.

blitz134, Mar 21, 2007
Photo of sabitu
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

sabitu, Jan 09, 2014
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 22oz bomber poured into a tulip glass. It was a clear amber color with a small head. Wonderful aroma: hop resin, pine, something sweet like honey. Flavor's great too. Hops up front, a subtle pine taste. The sweetness in the taste seemed to be more fruity. A substantial beer, one to sip and savor.

lordofthewiens, Jun 02, 2007
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Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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