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

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Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale)Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale)

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Reviews: 1,201
Hads: 2,932
Avg: 4.07
pDev: 18.18%
Wants: 138
Gots: 368 | FT: 2
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Southern Tier Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: John on 02-24-2006

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Photo of RCStout
5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It pours like nectar from heaven. Thick and serious about itself. The nose was straight hop candy to me. Its the kind of hop aroma that turns people on to hop in the first place.
I could bathe in this, but the fact is that the taste is just wonderful. I've heard so many adjectives tossed around over this one that I prefer to see one slide across the bar to you and wait for the adoration. I try not to get more than I can drink in one sitting with this bad boy. So like 6?

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Photo of Mike32
5/5  rDev +22.9%

I've been introduced to the Southern Tier craft right at where it is all brewed in Lakewood, NY. Being a novice Beeradvocate, I will rate this beer at a 5 because it is the IPA that started it all for my new found palate!

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Photo of OlRasputin989
5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: 1 finger foam head sits atop a very hazy, mystifying, glowing orange ale. The head gently fades leaving lacing a couple of centimeters above the beer.

S: Sweet delicate aroma that tickles the nose hairs: probably a combo of the high ABV and IBUs. Hard to describe. Is that orange peel?

T: Such a great maltiness. This is a beer that leaves my tastebuds stunned as well. But I'm still getting some orange peel and the bitterness makes me think of grapefruits without the sourness.

M: For 152 IBUs, I was suprised my mouth wasn't left bitter and dry. The heavyness of the malts encourages you too sip what your tastebuds tell you to repeatedly enjoy

Overall, exceptional I2pa. This beer is currently one of my favorites of this style. All around a spectacular beer.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.97/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On-tap at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: It has a very intense hops & citrus aroma. There’s really much else to say about the smell except that it was excellent.

T: Very well-balanced blend of hops, citrus and caramelized malt. The hops flavor is certainly the most prevalent as you would expect, but it allows the fruit and malt in as a compliment rather than competing for dominance. The hops remain in a pleasant after-taste.

M: Very crisp, very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, excellent finish.

D: This one is very tasty and light for a 2IPA. This is now one of my favorites. Once you start drinking it, you’ll find it hard to switch to anything else.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.97/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I got this at Bauer Wines a few weeks ago, thanks Nick for the recommendation!

This hopfest pours a brassy orange color with an impenetrable head and a glass covering shield of lace. The nose is dominated by a confluence of too many fresh, juicy hop aromas to list. Ill try anyways, theres the prerequisite pine and grapefruit. Theres also herbal, melon, cedar, and earth notes. A morish malt profile hides in the background, yet is never relegated to invisibility.

The taste is nothing short of perfection. Bold, rich, leafy hop flavors almost overpower my senses. A grapefruity bitterness explodes from the start and lasts throughout. bubblegum and pineapple show in the middle. Toasty malt underlies the massive hop assault. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a smooth, soft carbonation. A juicy bitterness and tonnes of hop aroma make for a never ending finish. Alcohol? it is almost not noticeable. I have tasted 6% beers with more alcohol presence. Remarkable.

This is the best DIPA I have tried so far (havent been that many yet unfortunately). I beer like this proves amply that DIPA is just as complex and nuanced a style as a Belgian Quad or a Russian Imperial Stout. They arent just about high hop levels.

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Photo of kimbo33
4.97/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Perfect American Double, bursting with hop aroma and flavor. Perfect carbonation helps this high alcohol beer go down smoothly. Wish I got more than 2 bottles when i stopped there! Taste is a perfecct balance of malt, hops, and booze. Love it and you should seek it out!

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Photo of IIPA
4.97/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow, this beer is fantastic! Certainly an acquired taste though, if you don't like IPAs and strong beers, avoid this one!

currently drinking this masterpiece

A = thick golden colour with superb lacing and head

S = sweet and citrus, a bit of caramel, pine

T = resinous, sweet, bitter, perfect level of carbonation, hints of pine and citrus

M = medium to full, very smooth, perfectly balanced

D = at 11% abv, this is extremely drinkable. I've sampled alot of IIPAs, since its my favourite style, and the only one to approach this in awesomeness is the DFH 90 (at 9% abv), but this one is superior given my preference for the sweet / citrus flavour blend.

I paid $7 US for this, which seems like alot for a single 22oz beer... but it is absolutely worth it! I also bought a case of 12 for $85 US... a special occasion brew, but worth it.

Note than my 22 oz bottle was 11% abv, as opposed to the 10% listed.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.92/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This currently is one of my favorite brews in the world so I really wanted to try it on tap. It tastes the same, I think.

It is a sublime brew. A perfect blend of hops, malt, yeast and more hops. It smells amazing. I want to rub it all over me.

It looks nearly perfect. The head lasts a long time and leaves a lovely lace. It is clear and the perfect IPA color.

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Photo of YouSkeete
4.89/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: a semi-cloudy golden/orange hue. thick off-yellow foam head with lacing.

S: Buttery and very hoppy. Very sweet, while the hops and the malts balance each other out. Some notes of pineapples and, ironically, pine.

T: A true explosion of flavor and texture! Malty upfront with sweet fruits and toasted nuts. Hop flavor is exuberant, but not overwhelming. A good pair with the sweetness factor. Alcohol is well hidden but still distinguishable. Caramel/honey sweetness bursts in the aftertaste.

M: Milky and syrupy. Light to Medium carbonation, full body.

D: One of my fav's. Easy to drink, constantly delicious, and always classy. Yup.

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Photo of YankChef
4.87/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22 oz.bomber poured into an oversized wine glass

Appearance: hazy amber with peach hues. fluffy white head that just clings to the glass.

Smell: WOW strong pine with a lot of peach, apricot and rose water. You can almost taste the hops with just a quick whiff

Taste: the 150+ IBU's don't come across anywhere as bitter as i thought they would. This beer is still quite hoppy however. Hops clearly dominate the malt although still quite well balanced. A stone fruit sweetness is very prevelant. Flavors of apple, apricot and leche.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation and the alcohol is extremely well masked.

Overall: This is one of the best DIPA's out there, if not the best (that i have had anyway). One of the best American beers in general. Even if you are not much of a hop head seek this one out, drink it and enjoy this is beauty in a bottle.

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Photo of corby112
4.87/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice cloudy golden orange color with a thick foamy white head that settles into a lasting lacng. Aroma is dominated by earthy and citrus hops with hints of malt, pine and citus fruit. Very smooth drinking with a strong hoppy presence that lasts throughout. Hints of grapefruit and alcohol with a nice malty backbone. Excellent!.

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Photo of pjkelley82
4.85/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had this (along with other dipa's) at a East VS. West Dipa Head to Head Showdown I hosted on 8/27/13

Round 5 East Unearthly West RuinTEN

Wow.... this bastard is hot.... and hot.... god damn... but I absolutely love it... nothing for me that's "undrinkable" but enough to call it a sipper. This was now round 5 and I'm sure this beer put me over the edge... for me personally stone was cleaner and a hell of a lot smoother... but they were both malty but unearthly was a nice big malt bomb so to speak.. good hop profile in both but this came down to a split decision for me and the maltyness and that super hot burn left me with unearthly being the victor. I'm gonna buy another and sit on this bad boy a while....

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Photo of NickRivers
4.85/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A&S - Pours a vivid gold, kinda hop hazy, with tons of soapy off white head. Smells a lot of orange and pineapple, with hops and alcohol at the end.

T&M - Starts off sticky and sweet, lots of pineapple and citrus, gets crisper and crisper, nice hop transition towards the end with some slight alcohol notes on the finish of this wonderful medium bodied beer, how is this 9.5%?

O - Get yourself a designated driver, this stuff is dangerously good.

I've had this stuff in the fridge for 2 weeks and its a shame I didn't open it sooner. Its a magnificent beer, and dare I say it, competes with 90 Minute. Its unbelievable how deceptive this is, they should have named it "Really Hot Transvestite." Enough with the kid, go buy this stuff now, its unbelievable and really gets me thinking about the Brewery and its Oak Aged Unearthly. I gave the mouthfeel a 4.5 cause my first sip told me the malt was too much, don't let it do the same to you its very well balanced. Can't wait to get my hands on some of the highly anticipated Pumking. Enjoy this responsibly, and stay thirsty my friends!

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Photo of cindiwindi1025
4.85/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

another complex, big beer from Southern Tier

a- thick, cloudy amber color in appearance. slight small head quickly dissipated to a nice, lingering ring

s- hop forward smell with sweet, yeasty notes

t- sweet citrus right off the top, some caramel earthy malts, followed by a hop wash that leaves a lingering burn. the sweetness sticks on my lips

m- GOOD. this is a big beer with complex flavoring and high abv that cannot be detected in the mouthfeel. low to medium carbonation, hop burn that leaves a oily coating but overall a dry and very drinkable beer

o- an excellent beer, highly recommended for lovers of this style.

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Photo of dpgoblejr
4.85/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

22oz bottled poured into IPA glass and nice frothy head reduced down to a slight top layer offering up some minimal lacing as well. Pine and caramel are abundant in the aroma. Flavor is of pepper, some pine and the caramel malt sweetness is really working here for me. Very smooth to drink with just a moderate bite on the palate. Dated 5/01/14 and enjoyed 6/22/14. May not be fresh for and IPA but this was fantastic! In closing, never had seen or heard of this brew but always not really sure what to think of Southern Tier beers. Either I love them or they are just okay, for me alone. Unearthly is quite awesome. Glad I picked this one up; which I did just because it was an Imperial IPA and it did not disappoint!

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Photo of aaronh
4.85/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rich copper body with golden highlights. This beer almost glows. It's topped by a thick long-lasting head that has a nice yellow-cream color. Aroma is great, with nice hop florals and a hint of citrus and pine touched by malty alcohol sweetness. The flavor is also fabulous, with a restrained bitterness. The flavor focuses more on actual hop flavor than just over-the-top smack you in the kisser IBUs. Great tangerine, pineapple, and pine rosin flavors that are very well balanced with the malt profile. This beer also does not seem to be 11% ABV; it's very well crafted. Mouthfeel is solid, without the thickness of most big beers. Drinkability is fantastic. I've gotta get some more of this beer.

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Photo of mjc3151
4.84/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A - very clear, light brown/amber color

S - smells equally of hops and malts. nice combination

T - what is unique about this imperial IPA is that it has more of a focus on malts than most other imperial ipas. This is what i like about it. As you first taste it you can taste much sweetness, the sugary malts come out to play. After that you taste the hops and sense some bitterness. It is at that moment that you get reminded that it is an imperial IPA. You can definitely sense an alcohol presence but it is not overpowering.

M - medium carbonation, somewhat creamy

O - this....is....so...AMAZING

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Photo of jcdiflorio
4.83/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a flaried tulip glass from a sixtel from my draft system,tapped 3 days ago. Decided to review this one for my disciple status a great beer to get some beer in the mug with.

A hazy glowing reddish/orange color with a tall dense,creamy head with execellent retention leaving cottage cheese like chunks. Rings of sticky lace going down the glass with constiant streams of tiny bubbles tightly knitted together streaming from the center of the glass

A great strong hop aroma very citrusy,lots of grapefruit,pine,minty,perfumy,resiny. Clean,complex and very enticing makes you savor for a taste.

Lots of good grapefruity taste,piney the hop rush is followed by a calm clean feeling followed by a burnt toffee/carmell taste.Some juicy bozziness just enough to make you respect the 11%. Amazing balance finishes with a clean grapefruity/citrus rind bite and some sugary syrupyness.

Smooth and creamy mouthfeel, sticky,resinious, puckering to say the least.
The drinkability is amazing,hard to belive a beer this strong could go down this easy. This is a must try double or imperial IPA what every you want to call it this beer is the shit! Drink with caution.

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Photo of cjbinvt
4.82/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

OK - so this beer is kinda like a merger between the belgium style triple and a well hopped IPA. I tend to be a fan of the belgium styles, as well as IPA's, so this particular beer was a standout for me. In fact, it was the sole motivator for signing up on BeerAdvocate.

Hoppy Citrus aroma, light flavor, sudsy, very strong hops and not over sweet. Nice.

I have seen some comments about its drinkability - ok - so most belgium beers are too strong to be "drinkable". Your not going to sit back and knock off a sixer of these on a hot day - its just not that kind of beer. It is, however, a remarkable beer with few peers.

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Photo of cabsandking
4.82/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dark amber color an off white head dies to a moderate bubbly pool. Lots of nose activity with sweet floral hop notes in layers of dryness, citric acidity, and sour and some caramel malts and fruity esters. Right away you notice its wonderful balance. Roasted malts, caramel characters surrounded by extraordinarily tasty dry bitter hop characters. Alcohol is there but at eleven percent it does a great job of not making a dominant force. Fantastic mouthfeel that maintains crisp even carbonation to the end. Notes of toffee and buttery flavors get stronger as it warms. Again a tremendous hop addition and excellent balance makes this one a brew I will have to have again.

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Photo of bloberglawp
4.8/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Demcorhip sent me this one for CanBIF4, thanks man!

At 11% avb, its only problem (or solution) is that 3 pints will most likely send me to the land of slurring oblivion...

Pour a medium orange with a frothy white head, laces wonderfully and head retention is unbeleivable for a high avb ale.

Aroma of hops, citrus, floral and fruity. Very much like hop wallop and alfa king. Also some malt sweetness as well.

A very DIPA flavor of raw hops, wet fresh stiky hops and a solid malt backbone. Very little hop astringency, a pure hop nectar.

Sickning good, I think I'll have 4 pints.

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Photo of btorsdog
4.8/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: dingy gold in color,very clear with a smaller short lived head.
S: sweet scent with a carmel touch to it- nice
T: Outstanding~ well balanced smooth malty taste with semi bitter hops equaling it all out
M: very pleasant for an 11% brew all was good!
D: a real easy pounder,wish it came in 6ers!

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Photo of biker30x
4.8/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow. Pours into a pint a bright golden orange with only a little haze. A sticky head of dense off-white foam laces the glass throughout. The nose of intense citrus and floral hops rises pleasantly. The mouthfeel is thick and sticky with a viscous pine resin punch ably supported by a malty sweetness and grapefruit citrus structure. The alcohol is obviously present in a warm backing roll. It lingers long, leaving a spicy, oily, pine forest misted in a fog of citrus. As the mouth becomes familiar with the onslaught of hopspice, the backing sweetness of toasted malt becomes more apparent and hints of flowers suggest themselves. Tastes WAY too good and goes down WAY WAY too easy to weigh in at 11% abv. Afterwards, all that alcohol still numbs the mind less than one would think. This is what DIPAs ought to taste like.

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Photo of Sycodrummer
4.8/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the bomer into a tulip glass the beer was a dark penny colored copper with one finger of pure white fluffy head. Lots of carbonation bubbles streamed up the glass and some spotty lacing throughout the sample.

The nose was hops and associated bitterness. Not a citrus bomb, but certainly some orange, grapefruit and soft fruit aromas. Nothing too bold in the nose, but a clean and fresh scent with hints of pine needles.

The taste, like the nose, is not a grapefruit hop explosion (which I found pleasently refreshing compared to some chock-full-o-hops DIPA's) Rather, an innitial bitterness grabs the tounge with a medium body and soft fruit flavors come thru. Certainly some orange, apricot, and tangerine. Alcohol is readily apparent but balanced and delivers a slight warming to balance the crispness of the beer. Some pine/hop bite in the finish and all a ound well blended and balanced flavors.

Medium body with a high degree of carbonation and a crispness to the finish.

Very enjoyable and drinkable. Beer flavors balance out superbly with the alcohol there to remind you of its "double-ness." Despite the high ABV very drinkable and enjoyable. I'll look for this again soon.

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Photo of srobertson59
4.79/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a snifter:

A - Pours a crystal clear amber/orange with a very small head. Sheets of sticky lace form instantly.

S - Huge blast of citrusy hops to the point of smelling juicy! A small amount of dark fruit sweetness lingers after the hops.

T - Oh Wow! This has got to be one of the most balanced IIPAs that I've tasted. It's almost like listening to an exceptional sound recording where you can focus on whichever instrument you like, but the overall mix is never lost (sorry...being a musician, this makes sense to me). You can pick out every flavor point, but not be saturated by it.

M - Thinner than the flavor makes you think. Carbonation is only there to clean the tongue and never gets in the way.

D - This is right up there with my favorites. This is an extremely accessible IIPA since everything is so well blended. At an 11% ABV, this one can fool you. Alcohol is never detectable; even as the beer warms. Throw caution to the wind as this one could be over-imbedded easily!

Excellent IIPA. This one may overtake my 2nd place prize (currently given to Avery's Maharaja). I must have MORE!!!!

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