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

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Ratings: 2,655
Reviews: 1,172
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 108
Gots: 210 | FT: 3
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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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: John on 02-24-2006)
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Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%

22oz. Bomber $6.49

A-Deep burnished copper body with wonderful clarity. Nice steady carbonation with a pillowy white head. Head doesn't last all that long, but a solid film and ring maintains the entire glass.

S-Big shot of raw hops and explosive malt presence. A nice vienna malt aroma is a nice welcome to compliment the hops. What I really love is that you can tell that there is a balance as opposed to other IIPAs that focus soley on hop presence.

T-Much like the aroma, the hops come out big in the beginning, but make way for the malt. A wonderful sweet citric and raw honey flavor make this extremely refreshing. Great flavor all around with an extrodinary balance that is not hidden by the hops. This could easily step into the Barleywine category.

M-The hops give it nice gritty raw beginning, but smooths out in the finish as the caramel malts come through. Thick and full body with depths of flavor. The 11% abv is an absolute mystery as it is no where to be found.

D-As most hop bombs focus on frying your taste buds, this is a marvelously crafted brew with attention paid to both the hops and the malt. Clearly with 11% abv it isn't your every night beer, but it is a fine example of the, often overdone, style.

ALESwhatCURESya, Jun 22, 2008
Photo of BEERMILER12
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%

Finally picked this up because of the bottling dates. This one has a DOB of 09/13/11

A: Pours a nice amber/copper color with a fingers worth of head that fades quickly into a layer of bubbles. Leaves some pretty lacing even with the lack of head

S: First thing out of the gate are the hops. Nice and citrusy with pine and some earthy notes. Backed up by some malt, but the hops dominate the nose

T: Again, nice and hoppy. Citrus, pine, and earthy notes all come out. Towards the middle is the alcohol, but blended nicely. Some sweetness towards the end, but this is quickly rounded off by the bitterness of the hops

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Lacking hop oils, but I can't complain with the actual hoppiness that is present in the nose and taste

O: Wow. Definitely was expecting a sweeter version of 2XIPA or something, but instead got this. I like it. A lot. Especially at just over a month old. See what dating your bottles can do, ST? I'll definitely be buying more of this. And 2XIPA, while I'm at it. Back on track though, this is a great IIPA to sip on that is full of hoppy goodness without the usual sweetness of, say, the Black Water Series. Pick up a fresh bottle if you haven't yet! You won't regret it

BEERMILER12, Oct 26, 2011
Photo of brewcrew76
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%

A - Pours a deep orange slightly copper with a thin off white head.

S - Sweet caramel and bready malt with a big juicy grapefruit hoppiness mixed in with a slightly earthy hoppiness.

T - Big sweet caramel malt balanced out with a juicy grapefruit hoppiness. It reminds me of Hercules by Great Divide without the piney hops. Very well balanced.

M - Full body due to lack of carbonation and a the syrupy coating of the mouth. Not a real bitter finish so it doesn't leave the dryness on the tongue that most DIPA's do. Alcohol has a warming presence but it not noticed in taste.

D - The alcohol is well hidden making this one very drinkable. The ABV will sneak up on you with this one.

brewcrew76, Oct 16, 2006
Photo of khiasmus
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%

A- Dark amber with a beautiful white head that is dense but has large bubbles as well. leaves a bit of lacing.

S- mmm. Deep malt and hops balanced, with some pine, some caramel, some fruit, banana esters, sugar, alcohol.

T- Malty and sweet, with a strong amount of hops to balance... almost perfectly balanced for an imperial IPA- both very malty and very hoppy. Like listening to music with all of the midrange frequency dropped to 0... and the bass and treble turned up to max. And since imperial means metal in beerspeak, this works perfectly.

M- Silky, smooth, long finish that eventually fades to dry.

D- Sigh. I could have a couple of bottles... but then would need a cab home and someone to cover my mouth so i didn't yell enough idiocy to get arrested.

khiasmus, May 15, 2007
Photo of Fatherskull
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%

Growler into a tulip glass. Growler filled at a local growler store I've reviewed.

A: Amber color and a clean clear appearance. Small off white head with a heavy yellow lacing.

S: Vanilla, floral, and citrus aromas. Full nose.

T: There's a lot of flavor in this. Aged, floral hops, vanilla malts, and a grapefruit finish. Not very forward alcohol content.

M: Medium body with good carbonation. Very nice feel.

O: Very nice refreshing and complex taste with a well hidden high alcohol content. Very happy that this is lacking the Southern Tier 'show off our alcohol content' standard that has turned me away from a few of their other selections.

Fatherskull, Jun 04, 2011
Photo of rsawyer
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%

I got this in a trade from orcasteve! Thanks!!!!

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass with a slightly aggressive pour.

a- About 1 inch head formed. The beer is a dark copper and is very clear. The head is an off white. Carbonation is not visibly evident.

s- Nice floral hops, with an earthy hoppy smell in there too... I am getting hints of citrus from the hops too. Roasted barely scents are evident as well, giving a biscuity hint.

t- Wow! What a wonderful balance of aggressive hops and smooth roasted barley. The hops are strong- The malt background balances the hops. The alcohol is eveident, but not overpowering. Very nice.

m- Medium to full body lets you know that you have a serious brew in your glass! Carbonation is felt.

d- great beer, but being 11% this is one brew that I have to pace myself on. Its a very nice treat.

rsawyer, Jul 25, 2008
Photo of VonSteinhoist
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%

More and more I'm tasting the supremacy of the US recipe for IPA. Unearthly Imperial is no exception. This exceptionally well hopped brew is balanced with a hint of sweetness and a citrus fruit aroma that is quite drinkable until the surreptitious 11% ABV catches up with you. Still, this brew is another positive note in the world of high-hop selections available in our land and, because of it's limited availability, could be the reason why we're at war.

Taste well!

VonSteinhoist, Jun 14, 2008
Photo of Intimidtor
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%

Picked this beast (22oz bomber) up at Simmones Beverage in Lakewood Ohio for about $7.00. All I can say is WOW. This is one of the greatest DIPAs ever. I would have to call this Great Divide-Hercules on Steroids. What a wonderful creation. That you Southern Tier.
A-Poured from 22 oz bomber into 12 oz snifter in two pours of course. Poured with about a finger width of head. Nice amber color.
S-Sweet with hops, faint pine, caramel smell
T-Exceptional flavor, bold hops with proper balance of sweetness. I like the sticky head at the beginning. Alcohol is present but is carried by flavor properly with a strong finish.
M-Hops slam your tounge with perfect bitterness followed by the sweet finish. Drinks a little thicker and finishes perfect not to dry.
D-Very good. With 11% ABV you better take it easy. One bomber and I was feeling good.

Intimidtor, Nov 17, 2009
Photo of isubsmith
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%

Another one I've enjoyed in bottles and then decided to have on tap at home. Thanks to Mike at Andy's for getting this.

Appearance: Nice rich amber color. Good head - light beige that quickly retreats. A lot of lacing.

Smell: The first few glasses from the keg were incredible. Lots of fresh piney citrus and grass. Grapefruit as well.

Taste: More grapefruit upfront, but the citrus hops is there. Very good. Minimally bitter. Surprisingly non-bitter actually.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly light. Very smooth. Good carbonation

Drinkability: Dangerous. You can't tell this is an 11%er until you have too many and try to find your own bathroom. I really liked it. I prefer citrus hops IPAs over overly bitter hops IPA.

isubsmith, Jul 06, 2009
Photo of bbeane
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%

A- Poured into a snifter... Starts with very little head that sits on top of a brilliant orange/red beer... very little activity

S- Smells a bit hoppy, but much more sweetness... malts, fruits, caramel, bit of honey maybe... also get a hint of bread/doughy aroma

T- A very balanced brew... starts out with a malty sweetness that eventually turns to a well pronounced hoppiness that lingers in your mouth well after the swallow

M- Very smooth with little carbonation... and a light to medium body

D- Very tasty and easy to drink, with no apparent presence of the 11% abv. Another great beer in the southern tier imperial series IMO


bbeane, Dec 08, 2009
Photo of GitcheGumee
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%

Poured from a bomber bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: This beer looks really nice. It has a deep dark amber color. The head is about a fingers worth after an aggressive pour. Minimal legging on the glass.

Smell: Heavy smells of hops and malt. I can sense a little alcohol when smelling the beer. Also smell some sweet fruit.

Taste: The first thing I noticed was the incredible hops taste. This one lets you know it means business. There is also a very prominent malt taste that appears. With that comes a thick sweet syrupy taste.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is pretty good with this beer. It feels very thick, but that comes with the territory The sweetness is a little too pronounced for me but it's nothing that would keep me from buying it again.

Drinkability: This is a very aggresive beer so having more than one in a session would be unlikely. With that in mind I was impressed with this beer. I would prefer a little less malt and sweetness but that's really my only minimal complaint.

GitcheGumee, Jan 06, 2010
Photo of HopBacchus
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%

Drank a pint on draft

A: Copper orange hue a nice fomay white head and impressive lacing

S: Hoppy with citrus notes

T: Extremely hoppy and pleasent its very diffuclt to detect any alchohol citrus notes and faint maltiness come through

M: surprisingly creamy with medium carbonation finishes a bit drier

D: for a hop bomb this goes down extremely smoothly i couldn't even tell that this thing was 11% wow i could get smashed on this

for someone who is really into malt bombs this is a great way to get into hoppy brews this beer was excellent

HopBacchus, Oct 12, 2009
Photo of delta490
4.41/5  rDev +8.1%

A- a hazy orange copper. Big foamy eggshell head has great retention and leaves big lacing. Carbonation slowly trickles up.

S- big pine buttressed with caramel/malt

T- the taste closely mirrors the aroma but there is a wonderful balance between the two and neither overwhelms the other

M- pleasing fullness and quite smooth. A slight bite from hops on the finish

O- a delicious big flavored and well balanced IIPA.

delta490, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%

The Unearthly Imperial IPA arrives in an awesome silkscreened bomber, my eyes catch that this is dry hopped with cascade, centenial and chinook..oh yeah, bring it on! Pours from the bottle a wonderful reddish orange huge with exquisite clarity. A nice cap of off white head tops it off in fine style. Aromas hit with dank citric and fresh sap dripping piney hop goodness. Overflowing lupulin oils drench an underlying caramelly dough maltiness. Green, earthy and herbal are all words that also come to mind. Just the aroma I look for in a DIPA.

First sip brings a dense maltiness that brings to mind caramel covered hop cones. Citrusy and piney hop oils rush across the palate bringing a good dose of bitterness with them on the way down. A bit doughy/biscuity with an overall earthy, herbal element to it. Finishes with a lingering hoppy bitterness. Hoppy burps ensue, this is a darn tasty imperial IPA with a touch of spiciness and well hidden alcohol...well done!

Mouthfeel is rather big and chewy...this one really makes itself known with each sip. Mellower on the carbonation side, which is nice. I really enjoy the flavor here, but the 11% abv hinders the drinkability a bit for me, as this bomber is gonna get me plenty buzzed. Overall, a wonderfully hoppy brew that still maintains a sturdy malt backbone...this is a DIPA I hope to have the chance to come back to again sometime and another winner for Souther Tier. Thanks warriorsoul!

orbitalr0x, May 08, 2006
Photo of Billolick
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%

Bomber, without freshness or vintage dating. This stunner pours a bright copper shade of amber, clear and glistening. Supports a long lasting, creamy tan head, and leaves thick, sticky and long lasting stringy lacing after a swirl.. Aroma is of goey, oily hops. Lots of grapefruit, and oily hop crunch in the flavor profile here. Full bodied and full flavor DIPA. Smooth and heady brew, alcohol clearly present, but its layered and dovetailed nicely into and within the layers of hops/malty base. Complex, strong, bold and highly recommended creation. Fine sipper/nightcapper

Billolick, Jun 11, 2006
Photo of tdm168
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%

Pours a nice amber color with a quarter inch of head, and little retention. The nose is very malty with a citrus hops aroma and slight alcohol esters. Taste is rich malts with piny, floral hops. The alcohol is noticeable as the beer warms. Medium bodied with nice alcohol warmth and moderate carbonation.

I really liked this one. A little malty, but it helps balance the hops and alcohol. Really enjoyable!

tdm168, Aug 08, 2011
Photo of ebby82
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%

Many thanks to the wine seller in Williamsburg for having this on tap.

Pours a hazy amber color into a pint glass. A nice head which dissipates quickly.

The aroma is very hoppy, a bit resiny perhaps. There is also a sweet, almost caramel note in the aroma.

The taste is fantastic. Straight up hops, with a lingering bitterness. There is also a slightly smoky flavor in the aftertaste. Really, really tasty.

Mouthfeel is average, a bit sticky and a little syrupy.

Very drinkable, although dangerous because it hides the alcohol well.

I would highly recommend this, and I'm glad I had the opportunity to pick up a growler.

ebby82, Mar 05, 2011
Photo of JohnL9013
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%

An exceptional beer from Southern Tier and a different take on "DIPA" than I expected.

A: Hazy, glowing pale orange with a big head and good lacing.

S: An unimpressive smell, surprisingly. I really had to stick my nose in this one to tell that it was a DIPA.

T: Once I took a sip of this stuff, all was forgiven. This is a superb DIPA that's extremely smooth. It's sweet, almost like a good whiskey that's been aged in wooden barrels. In fact, my overall impression of this beer is that it tastes like a whiskey combined with a DIPA. A very complex beer for sure, and, like I said, sweet and smooth. I have a hard time believing this isn't oaked, honestly.

M: Very, very smooth. Can't even tell it's an 11%. Low carbonation. Superb, but not quite dry enough.

D: Can't take too much of this stuff, but it is really smooth.

This certainly isn't your typical DIPA. It definitely lives up to its name. Worth the $8 I paid for it for sure.

JohnL9013, Nov 01, 2009
Photo of Celt44
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%

Appearance is a clear, light, amber - nice head. Doesn't last long for a DIPA. Not much lacing.
Aroma is delicious. Grapefruit, hops, and malt combo - almost perfect for a DIPA.
Taste - Alcohol is minimal. Malty, hop balance is incredible. Hints of citrus. Very tasty.
Mouthfeel is very smooth. A little alcohol burn but not overwhelming.
Overall an excellent DIPA. Much different than Southern Tier's IPA. More malt and hops character. Definitely one of my favorite DIPA's - especially on-tap.

Celt44, Dec 02, 2007
Photo of baiser
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%

Poured from a 22oz bomber. Colour is bronze/orange, with a thin head. Nice piney nose, hoppy, grapefruit, sugary and alcoholic. I was expecting a hop monster, but this is a very drinkable DIPA. It's got a strong malt character. Overall, the taste is pretty intense. It's an assault on your tongue. After the alcohol kicks in, you're just having a good time drinking this beer.. awesome stuff

baiser, Nov 24, 2007
Photo of joezak5
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%

A: Dark and just a little cloudy brownish orange. Fairly average off white head, good lacing.

S: Honey sweet, oily hops. Beautiful... not just a hop rush, very well balanced.

M: Medium body and carbonation, puckeringly bitter.

T: Caramel and honey soaked hops, spicy at first on the lips but really smooth after.

D: Well balanced and almost non-detectable alcohol level. Easily enjoyed 22oz bomber.

joezak5, Mar 29, 2008
Photo of zachariaIPA
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%

Pours a beautiful copper with an inch of off-white resiny head. Intense hop aromas..even more intense hop taste..floral, citrus, spicy, piney, bitter yet balanced with a substantial amount of sweet malt. You can definitely taste how strong this beer is. Hop resins seep from your pores after drinking one of these.

zachariaIPA, May 08, 2011
Photo of jsapunor
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%

From the bottle into a snifter, not the usual glassware for a DIPA but let's trust the brewers.

A nice orange/amber color with a well formed head.

The nose is overflowing with caramel and honey with promises of sweetness in the flavor. Hops are surely here too.

Malty, hoppy, sweet are all combined in the taste. How can a beer with such a high IBU rating tate so balanced? A huge, let me say that again, huge presence. And where is the alcohol? While it is noticeable in the drinking in the taste, it is disguised to a remarkable degree. This is an excellent DIPA. Immense taste and great balance. I keep commenting on the balance but that's the most remarkable characteristic of this beer. It's not at all well mannered like a Pliny the Elder but it succeeds as a full on palate assault. I've got to get another.

jsapunor, Feb 26, 2010
Photo of PaulfromNoVa
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%

Second experience with this one. No date, but as others have pointed out, a very informative bottle: 11.0 % ABV (not 10: fix that), 23 degrees plato, 2-row pale malt, cara-pils malt, red wheat, kettle hops: chinook & cascade, hop-back: syrian golding, dry hopped, cascade, centenial, & chinook. "serve in a fluted glass."

Sorry, Southern Tier: don't got no fluted glass. Poured instead into a standard pub pint, from which the Imperial IPA produces a thick, densely foamy orange creamsicle head (that looked like I could have shaved with it), with fair retention. Body a rusted deep copper (I know: copper doesn't rust, but it was almost like a red ale - and there IS that red wheat, for what that's worth), with good whisps of carbonation initially but completely still now - on my third pour from the 22 oz bomber. (But the IIPA is tasting better and better.)

Lovely hoppy fruity fragrance with undertones of malt. Balanced in the mouth - this doesn't taste like 11% ABV. Flavor runs through a kind of hops-malt-hops spectrum as it slides though, with a lingering, slightly bitter finish.

Nice foamy mouthful. Like this one a lot. Grandly drinkable, which means it's going to knock a lot of people on their asses - downing a bomber is very close to drinking a bottle of wine solo. On most nights, I'll be dozing off with a book on my lap.

Left a series of slender lace garters at half-inch sipping intervals. (Or is half inch closer to a gulp?) Pretty.

Loved this one for its balanced drinkability. And it's a good value in these parts at $5.00 or so for the bomber.

(Hey, Southern Tier! What's that Mogen David in the "Un*Earthly"?)

PaulfromNoVa, Jan 06, 2011
Photo of Imstillthegman
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%

Thanks to Brewfan for this bomber.

Crystal clear copper with a nice white head that is leaving nice waves of lacing down my glass.

Spicy citrus hops with a little bit pine as well. Smells strong and zesty. Slightest hint of caramel malts fight for recognition...but they should just give up.

This thing is a hop bomb. I believe them when they say 153 IBUs. Sure, most people may not be able to detect that high a level of IBUs, but I know I am experiencing most of that. Zesty citrus and pine rip the palate to shreds and it's worth every minute of it. I don't notice any malts even thought I know they are there. Yummmy.

Full body DIPA with a good amount of carbonation. 11% abv and you don't even notice it. Well, until after you finish the whole bottle anyway. Dry? Yup. Bitter? Absolutely. Should you run out and get some? You bet. Damn fine brew. Thanks, Jim. I gotta go get some more of this one.

Imstillthegman, Jan 23, 2007
Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 2,655 ratings.