Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale) - Southern Tier Brewing Company
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Reviews by kkipple:
4.53/5 rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4
Pours a magnificent polished copper-amber, with a good inch of white foam that falls to coat the surface of the beer, while leaving some lacing. The head sticks around forever, while the smell overflows from my glass .
and socks my nose with a one-two punch of fresh pine and citrus hops! The aroma in this beer is nothing short of sublime, a perfect blend of juicy grapefruit and rich toasted grains dripping with sugar and spruce notes. Even at 11%, the alcohol is subdued (somehow) and the luscious hops spring out of the glass, lively and vibrant. This is one of the best smelling DIPAs Ive ever had the pleasure to drink. I cant adequately describe it; youve just got to drink it for yourself.
The flavor doesnt disappoint either, Unearthly is a superb example of the double IPA style. Its bitter and strong, and the hops are certainly the star of the show, but its extremely well balanced with lots of sweet malt that is neither cloying nor syrupy. The sweetness isnt enough to stop you from drinking a lot of this, nor does it leave much of a calling card via aftertaste. One gets the impression that this beer was crafted over many batches, till the brewers were perfectly happy with the result.
The carbonation is flawless, and the mouthfeel is smooth without being syrupy or sticky. Unearthly is warming, it really hits my throat on the way down. Finishes damp and juicy with lots of grapefruit / citrus notes and a toasty brown sugar flavor that teases. The hop-sweet honey aftertaste finish is long and warm and comforting. I want some more!
Its been a while since Ive had an Unearthly, but thanks to Khiasmus. Ive been able to try this again. Id forgotten just how good this beer is. Massive respect to Southern Tier, achieving something like this isnt simple, nor is it common. If you like trying Double IPAs, this should be near the top of your list. Unearthly is fantastic.
Serving type: bottle
05-15-2007 03:53:33 | More by kkipple
More User Reviews:
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
4.1/5 rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 1/17/2014. Pours crystal clear bright orange amber color with a 2 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of huge tangerine, pineapple, mango, grapefruit, lemon zest, orange zest/rind, floral, grass, pine, caramel, bread, and floral/grass earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great complexity of bright citrus/tropical hops and moderate malt balance; with great strength. Taste of big tangerine, pineapple, grapefruit, orange zest/rind, lemon zest, light mango, floral, grass, pine, caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fair amount of floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, orange zest/rind, lemon zest, light mango, floral, grass, light pine, caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity of citrus/tropical hops with moderate malt flavors; and a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth and fairly slick/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent DIPA! All around great complexity of bright citrus/tropical hops and moderate malt sweetness; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.
Serving type: bottle
02-23-2014 04:11:35 | More by superspak
3.71/5 rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Had this one on-tap at Boat Works in St. Clair Shores, Michigan.
The pour is a really nice light orange sort of color with a decent amount of lacing. The smell is decidedly malty, actually, with a good hop prescence, but it's not a DIPA that's bursting from the seams with hops. The flavor is similar -- a crystal/pale malt flavor is pretty high, but alright, just not what I expected. A nice sweet hoppiness that's more fruity than piney. Kind of pale ale-esque, actually. Pretty good mouthfeel.
91 overall...? Eh. I think it's the malts used, but there's a flavor that I'm not huge on. A very nice, easy drinking beer that I'd surely have again, but it's not a GREAT brew. Alcohol is hidden flawlessly though, and it's quite drinkable. Nice one, but far from Southern Tier's finest.
Serving type: on-tap
02-22-2014 03:37:45 | More by Alextricity
Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 2,337 ratings.