Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale) - Southern Tier Brewing Company
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Reviews by jakester:
4.22/5 rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I bought this as a single at Union Jack's on the Manatawny. I drank it in a goblet. Bottle says to drink it at 42F, but I think I was probably @ 48 or so. It also tells you which hops were used, and when. Three different hops in the hopback? Wow!
Pours a bright dark amber with a one finger head of off-white foam. The head falls to islands and a ring, with no real lacing. Carbonation appears slow.
Aroma is wonderful juicy mangoes and grapefruit, over-ripe oranges, dark cherries, dark caramel, maybe some pine needles, and just a hint of alcohol. Smells rich and luxurious.
Flavor is a burst of caramelized tropical fruits like grapefruit, mangoes and ripe papaya, followed by a fairly intense measure of bitterness. The malts, however, balance this out nicely, with notes of caramel candy and light brown sugar. There is also some kind of pine or spruce flavor in there as well. Residual sugar is pretty high. Aftertaste is bitterness, citrus, and warmth from alcohol.
Mouthfeel is pleasingly thick and sticky, with a certain oiliness from hops. My lips are sticking to the rim of the glass! Carbonation is low to medium. Great burps! Finish is sticky, slick, and warm.
This certainly isn't a beer for all day pounding, but as DIPA's go, this one is right there. Great hop character, enough malt backbone for balance, and a good alcohol kick, which, let's face it, is part of the DIPA thing. Overall, a very nice job, and a good representation of the style. And at 11%, it will hurt you quick!
Serving type: bottle
04-22-2006 15:58:22 | More by jakester
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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 2,580 ratings.