Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale) - Southern Tier Brewing Company
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Reviews by mjtiernan:
3.6/5 rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
12oz bottle poured into a NB globe. No bottle dating but it’s part of a recently released Super Pack so I have reason to believe that it’s quite fresh.
A: Poured silky smooth. A white, 1 1/2 finger head sits on top of a very clear reddish brown body. Head settles to a decent cap that provides a nice creaminess to every sip. Decent lacing and alcohol legs throughout. It's a great looking beer.
S: Just tons of sweet bready malt, pineapple and citrus. Also some earthy vegetal components. I’m more familiar with the oak-aged version of this, so I almost can’t help associate this aroma with some wood notes as well.
T: Sweet, sweet, sweet...and what isn’t sweet is tongue-assaulting bitterness and alcohol. As I mentioned when describing the aroma, there’s something earthy about this that is putting me off. Quite a bit of alcohol burn shows up mid-palate and drives on through to the finish.
M: Body is between medium and full and the texture is somewhat oily. Carb is fine for the style. Drinkability is relatively low. This is a big DIPA, but the mouthfeel is not what I prefer and the alcohol isn’t hidden very well.
O: I love most of Southern Tier’s beers, but this is not my cup of tea. The best DIPAs showcase hops, complement with malt and sneak in some alcohol. This is mostly malt and alcohol. I’m glad I waited until this was available in 12oz bottles because 22oz of this would be way more than I would want in an evening. Just too cloying, alcoholic and ...I don’t know...just not for me.
Serving type: bottle
08-27-2012 03:25:23 | More by mjtiernan
More User Reviews:
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
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