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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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2,586 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,586
Reviews: 1,170
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 107
Gots: 179 | FT: 3
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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Newenglandcraftbrew

Maine

2/5  rDev -51%

07-31-2013 03:53:20 | More by Newenglandcraftbrew
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jam354

New Jersey

2/5  rDev -51%

12-14-2011 14:56:33 | More by jam354
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JG-90

New Jersey

2.05/5  rDev -49.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bottle into glass

A - Clear copper color that pours a small off white head. leaves moderate lacing

S - Strange smell, malty and an over-the-top sweet/floral, does not smell like any beer ive had

T - Sickly sweet. Tastes mostly like overly ripe (or perhaps rotted) fruit. Also has a large caramel malt presense.

M - Medium body with average carbonation. Sweetness leaves a coating on your mouth

O - Extremely dissapointed. I am a big fan of Southern Tier's IPA and 2XIPA. This is one of the most unpleasant beers I have ever drank. The extreme sweetness hides the ABV, at least.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2013 21:49:55 | More by JG-90
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n2185

North Carolina

2.15/5  rDev -47.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Pours a clear, dark orange/honey color with about a finger of white head. The head quickly vanishes into a thin ring with little to no lacing.

S: Lots of caramel malt up front followed by a sweet peach/nectarine smell. There is a bit of piny hop aroma there as well.

T: Caramel malt up front followed by a bit of the same sweet peach flavor. Then come the hops, adding a piny flavor to the middle. There is some bitterness in the finish, but the malt rears its head again as well, leaving an odd mixture of bitter and sweet aftertaste. There's a bit of a metallic aftertaste as well.

M: Medium body with medium carbonation. There's a bit of an oily feel to it as well.

D: With as malty as it is and with the hops playing such a minor role, this isn't a very drinkable beer.

Edit; after having this beer on tap, I have to say it's not much improved. Slighly hoppier, but still way too sweet. Maybe a D+ instead of a D.

Overall, I suspect the bottle I got may have been a bit too old. However, if they're not going to bother bottle dating their beer, I should not be bothered with continuing to buy it in hopes that I get a fresh one. Most 10+% DIPAs can stand a bit of age as well before falling off.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2011 21:02:06 | More by n2185
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

2.15/5  rDev -47.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

On Tap at TJ'S EVERYDAY in Paoli, PA.

Unearthly boasts a persimmon orange with some dark golden spots around the edges. A nice amount of loose melted sugar colored foam uptop that left after some time, minor sticks on the glass.

Smell is very off putting for me. There is some underlining citrus and earthy appeal, yet Unearthly smells like Elmers Glue. Enamel stripping type stuff, chemicals. Super sweet smelling as well with candi.

Trying to get past the smell, this has some nice heady hop qualitys bringing slight mango and other citrus, tropic like. Im sure it could be better if it was not for the super sweet malt profile that comes with alot of ST offerings for me. Are they trying to kill people?

Feel is a strong medium with a syrup consistency, it's not all that easy to get down the hatch. The carb is low enough to hardly be noticed. Alcohol coats the mouth. This is not looking good.

I had this once when I was first getting into IPA's/DIPA's years ago and I was indifferent on it then, going towards the MEH pile. Now after having it again years later, this is in the FUCK NO pile.

Serving type: on-tap

01-03-2012 02:53:13 | More by BARFLYB
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RBassSFHOPit2ME

California

2.25/5  rDev -44.9%

06-04-2013 04:57:34 | More by RBassSFHOPit2ME
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Chinon01

Pennsylvania

2.25/5  rDev -44.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Apperance is a lovely hazy deep copper-gold. Dense sustained foamy head. Spotty lacing. Nose is strong and unpleasant to me. Murky dark stewed fruits like prunes, raisins, mangos, apricots and some hops but generous to a fault. This is unrestrained deep malt flavor that rests on the tongue. Taste is similar with a really bad band aid phenolic taste to boot. Finish is ashy tasting and feeling also unpleasant. Mouthfeel is nice while drinkability is low due to taste and aroma. I did not enjoy this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

02-22-2010 02:48:39 | More by Chinon01
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BGsWo22

New York

2.25/5  rDev -44.9%

03-20-2013 23:50:40 | More by BGsWo22
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ibbjamin

California

2.25/5  rDev -44.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Paid $5.99 for a bomber from Discount Liquor in Milwaukee, WI. Poured into a large snifter.

Pours moderately thick for a DIPA leaving a rather fizzy half inch white head that dissipates quite quickly leaving minimal retention. Rather transparent light amber color with some carbonation visually present. Almost no lacing.

A well balanced DIPA. The hoppiness is balanced well with a grainy malt aroma. Rather mild on the nose.

Again, the goal with this one must have been to make a well balanced DIPA.

The mouth is somewhat creamy but has a somewhat watery, crisp finish. Aftertaste does not last much. Good carbonation.

Not what I'm looking for in a DIPA and even for what it's worth, I'm not really sure this brew was a success. Quite overrated. So much so, it makes me wonder if this is a bad batch or something?

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2009 03:10:03 | More by ibbjamin
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powpig2002

Florida

2.25/5  rDev -44.9%

06-22-2012 23:36:38 | More by powpig2002
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

2.25/5  rDev -44.9%

01-10-2013 19:03:16 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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Kochka


2.25/5  rDev -44.9%

11-17-2012 03:43:38 | More by Kochka
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Patrick999

Florida

2.42/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Here I am giving Unearthly another chance. I must be a glutton for punishment. OK, let's do it right this time. Poured into a snifter, it looks a fiery orange-red. Typical thin strong-ale head.

It smells good, better than the last time I tried it. Hops hit the nose first, then a strong undercurrent of honeycomb takes over, peaches, apricots, alcohol.

After a brief hit of peach-vodka sweetness, this has a rough, coarse dirt-like bitterness I really don't think I find too enjoyable. High in alcohol in an all too obvious way. Coarse, thick feel - coats my tongue in a weird way.

I still don't like it. It's way too alcoholic, with high levels of not pleasurable bitterness. It's one of the most difficult-to-drink beers I've ever tried. Somehow, other DIPAs or barleywines at or near this strength manage to be tasty and drinkable, yet this in my mind fails. I think 11% is much too much for this, I still maintain it should be closer to 9 - in fact I think all of ST's big IPAs should be scaled down in alcohol a notch or two.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2010 00:49:58 | More by Patrick999
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jamisonspitzer

Maryland

2.5/5  rDev -38.7%

02-19-2013 13:52:37 | More by jamisonspitzer
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atlbravsrno1

Tennessee

2.5/5  rDev -38.7%

01-02-2014 19:21:26 | More by atlbravsrno1
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ScaryEd

New Hampshire

2.5/5  rDev -38.7%

11-10-2012 14:09:44 | More by ScaryEd
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maryd837

Ohio

2.5/5  rDev -38.7%

02-07-2012 07:16:18 | More by maryd837
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chrispoint

Connecticut

2.5/5  rDev -38.7%

02-18-2012 17:33:26 | More by chrispoint
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TheBigBoy

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -38.7%

06-02-2012 15:19:03 | More by TheBigBoy
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Vinylboy20

New York

2.5/5  rDev -38.7%

12-29-2013 05:18:27 | More by Vinylboy20
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BVukelich

Washington

2.5/5  rDev -38.7%

03-31-2014 00:25:06 | More by BVukelich
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durlta

Iowa

2.5/5  rDev -38.7%

07-22-2012 23:32:36 | More by durlta
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ajs4bd

Missouri

2.5/5  rDev -38.7%

08-20-2012 14:35:19 | More by ajs4bd
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sdmvd6

Oklahoma

2.53/5  rDev -38%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Deep orange with almost no head. What little there is disappears instantly and leaves behind no lacing.

S - Malt-forward. Caramel malt and that's mostly it. Some searching yields some tropical fruit hop presence but not much. Where's the hop-forward nose on this imperial IPA?

T - Same as the smell. Mostly malt from the beginning with some fruitiness from the hops. Hardly any bitterness is present. This beer doesn't taste bad, but I expect an imperial IPA to be a heck of a lot more bitter and hop-dominant.

M - Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation and a slight alcohol tinge in the finish. A little too much sweetness from the malt.

O - This is not a bad-tasting beer, but it is a poor representation of an imperial IPA IMO. The bitterness is very subtle for the style, and the hops are in way too good of balance with the malt. I don't drink an imperial IPA for perfect balance between malt and hops, I drink it for a pronounced hop character.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2011 22:40:42 | More by sdmvd6
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brunop

Massachusetts

2.55/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

i really wanted to like this. everyone was always going on about it and all. so i was stoked when i got a bottle and chilled it good and got out my favorite glass and poured it.

what a let down. maybe i was too stoked. i don't know.

i was all set for a hop blast. wasn't happenin' at all. maybe i got a bad bottle, i don't know.

a great disappointment. hardly any hop flavor at all. and there was even a sweet undercurrent.

i may try their other beers, but i am skeptical.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2009 19:53:22 | More by brunop
Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 2,586 ratings.