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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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2,841 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,841
Reviews: 1,194
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 130
Gots: 300 | 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:
Beer added by: John on 02-24-2006

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Ratings: 2,841 | Reviews: 1,194
Photo of wvsabbath
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Dark burnt orange/tan, looks like grapefruit juice. Creamy 1/2 head that lasted a long time. Tons of lacing

Smell - Hops, malts, sugars and spices. Carmael, alcohol, and more hops!

Taste - Ive had this beer many times, finally sitting down and drinking it and reviewing. Starts off very malty and hoppy. Sweet citrus and plenty of booze. Carmael malts add a thick boldness, and some spice. I get some hop juice in there also. Intense.

Mouthfeel - A monster, a wrecker, and dominator. Mouth gets sweetned, bittered then warmed. Everything you could ask for in a beer.

Drinkabilty - High but be careful its 11%. Strong hop and malt heavy, a great balance for a double ipa. A real treat, not something to drink daily but once a month i tend to go un-earthy. World class.

Photo of JDizzle
4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Got a Growler from Party Town in Florence, Ky.

A: Darker than I thought it would be with an amber, copper color with good head/decent lacing.
S: very malty, nice hop explosion, and sweet!!
T: This is a VERY good DIPA that does not destroy your palate with only hops. It has a nice malt backbone and is also sweeet. I like the sweetness, so some may be put off by jsut how sweet this beer is. So good!!
D: The drinkability factor on this one is high, esp. for 11% ABV. I would recomend this to any hophead.

BTW-Oak Aged Un*Earthly is ever better!

Photo of goblue3509
4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper orange color with a little head. The smell is very strong of hops, citrus, and some caramel malts to it. The taste is of big hop flavor, citrusy hops and some other citrus notes. There is also some caramel malt included to balance out the bitterness of the hops. The mouthfeel is smooth and dry, lightly carbonated. Overall this is a very good IPA especially for the high alcohol content.

Photo of Jwale73
4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in my DT tulip. Poured a translucent copper with copious tiny bubbles present in solution. Quarter in foamy head quickly dissipated into a bubbly/soapy skim. Virtually no lacing on this one. Nose is piney, caramel and sweet. Some citrus character, but subdued; no grapefruit here. Taste follows nose - malt is picked up in the mouth, followed by sweet and culminating in a slightly bitter/astringent finish. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and slightly viscous, with a light carbonation burn detectable towards the back. Really easy drinking and tastey. I have to say that I'm not generally a fan of IPAs, but I am really starting to fall in love with DIPAs.

Photo of bigdeuce
4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Holy hops!! What a beer this is. Grassy smell and taste, grapefruit galore. Only problem is, too much alcohol. A person can only drink a couple of these, if they are in a 12 oz. bottle, cause it waxes you!!! But it has nice malt character on the front end, followed by some outrageous hops. Great divide IPA is probably the closest to this terrific beer. Highly recommended, just don't drink too many.

Photo of ultralarry2006
4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle. Leaves a two finger tan head that has decent retention, and leaves some decent lacing, but both retention and lacing are not quite as much as would be expected for the style. Body is an orange amber with copper highlights.

Smell - the nose is filled with the aromas of pine resin, citrus, and there is a hint of caramel and toasty malt biscuits in the background.

Taste - pine reisn bitterness and citrus flood the tongue with hops flavor. The malt backbone shows up with faint tastes of toasty malt biscuits, caramel, and a small amount of some creamy wheat. This ale finishes out with a flood of pine resin, and some medicinal alcohol.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, with some hop oil slickness. This ale is semi-dry at times, both from the hop oils and the high abv.

Drinkability - this is a very good ale, and I like the subtle wheat taste in an already very subtle malt backbone. Only the high abv limits the sessionability.

Photo of billab914
4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a perfect pint glass. Pours a havy bright orange color with a white foam that quickly disappears.

Aroma is citrusy and floral with some sweetness. Taste is citrusy but also very sweet and caramely.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good.

I've had this beer many times and I really enjoy it. This is one of my favorite East Coast DIPA's that I get whenever I see it released. Probably not as good as the best of the west coast ones but still very good.

Photo of zjungleist
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Redish orange in color, quite clear, with a pale white-orange head. The smell has a peculiar fruit aroma along with the blast of hops, on top of the malty sweetness. Sour pineapple/mango in the hops, with bitterness and resinous notes. The sweetness and the booziness were nicely in check, most likely drowned out by hops. Mouthfeel was fairly crisp and bubbly, despite its size. Drinkability has to be low, given it's size and commanding hop profile.

Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I’ve got high expectations for this one. 22 oz. bomber purchased at Ryan and Casey for $6.00. Very informative bottle literature. Seems loaded from the start. First pour is vigorous and lively, loaded with candied fruit, particularly bananas and cherries. Nose is very fresh, and unrelenting. At first sip I can tell this is a serious beer. Absolutely loaded with hops and bitters. Slightly dry finish.

A good DIPA. I think I may be tiring of this style, I just feel the alcohol is too prominent, not a bad thing, but it tends to lead the style streamlined.

Photo of Mtoogs
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of Brent
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This ranks among the best examples of an Imperial IPA - big, bold with (obviously) a boatload of hops and a sturdy malt platform on which to sally forth. Hops profile is both citric and called to mind Bell's Two Hearted Ale, with a touch of Founder's Centennial. ABV is well integrated in the profile, and the lively hopping keeps the flavor interesting throughout.

Photo of LutherBrau
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of trep
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle with a plethora of information about the beer on the silk-screened label. Very classy looking bottle.

Truely the definition of amber colored body. Off-white head slowly settles to leave scattered bubbles and a bit of lacing.

Very pleasing aroma of citrus, pine, and floral hops followed by a dash of sweet honey. Definitely a good bit of malt sweetness as well which keeps the nose from being dominated by hops. Not that I would be complaining.

Stinging piney hop bitterness initially then it suddenly fades to let the citrus and floral hops through. Ton of malt in this one and a nice fruity finish that tastes like canteloupe or honeydew. Sweet malts keep this one fairly balanced. Not as bitter as I was expecting it to be, but definitely a top notch beer.

Not super thick, but definitely not thin...or even medium. Nice carbonation and it's pretty balanced. Mind-blowingly easy drinking for 11%. Anytime something 11% goes down this easy I just have to give it a high number.

Photo of nlmartin
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was served in a imperial nonic.

Appearance: The beer has a clear copper coloration. The beer has a very thick honey white head. The beer leaves major lacing behind on the glass.

Smell: The beer delivers a massive hoppy pine resin and grapefruit smells. The beer has a big caramel maltyness.

Taste: The beer gives a great delivery on hops. The beer gives out a major load of grapefruit and pine resin hoppyness. The beer has a good spicy alcohol accompliment. The beer has a majorly big caramel maltyness.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer has a majorly big body. The alcohol compliments the beer providing spicyness without heat. This beer is very drinkable. The beer is a party in a bottle for one or two people.

Photo of Suds
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Another great beer from this brewery. It's an amber colored, transparent liquid. An off-white head sits on top, long lived and lace-producing. Resin and pepper hop aroma. Some herb and sweet malt in the scent. The real pleasure is int the taste...sweet, a hint of toast, honey-topped bread, and flowery, mildly bitter hops. Lots of alcohol warmth, and a 'big-beer' feel. Thick, sweet, bitter in the finish. A bitterness that keeps coming in the aftertaste...wave on wave. Full, thick, and luxurious in body. Full-on high abv IPA.

Photo of ER527
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of david131
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- A perfectly clear golden and coppery beverage. A nice white head that leads to a thin coving over the entire top. Leaves some good lacing.

S- Grassy, piney, and citrusy. A nice strong caramely malt backing. No alcohol really in the smell.

T- Sweet caramel up front. A little peppery. Grass, pine, and citrus. Just a little warming alcohol, but not harsh at all. Very impressive for an 11% DIPA.

M- A little drying, but sweet, warming, and crisp. Good carbonation.

D- For an 11% DIPA this is damn tasty and really took care of business last night.

Photo of andrenaline
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes... Part of the spring LCBO release.

A – Slightly hazy golden copper colour, two fingers of off-white head, solid retention and sporadic lacing.

S – Peppery citrus hops, loads of pine and cedar, sweet alcohol, oily resin.

T – Pineapple hops off the top, super citrus notes, cedar and pine with and earthy hop finish. The caramel and toffee come through nicely to complement the hop bomb.

M – Medium bodied, smooth and surprisingly wet.

O – Incredibly tasty, loaded with flavour. These guys nailed it, what a super DIPA. I will grab another bottle or two to enjoy before they’re all gone!

Photo of John
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber. Deep, crystal clear filtered amber. The head rises to 2/3" or so before settling to a steady layer leaving intricate lace. Hop notes immediately pull you in for an intense piney and perfumey assault on the senses. A sturdy multi-grain character balances with some bready notes in the nose. Floral and perfumey hops once again are predominate in the taste followed by piney and citrus elements. The caramel sweetness lent to the brew by the hefty grains is countered nicely by a reassuring warming by the alcohol. This brew is quite comfortable subbing for a fine cognac with it's intense aromatics and warming effect. I'm kickin back like the ladies man Leon Phelps with this bad boy. But there it goes again petitioning me to drink again...and again...I of course oblige, possessing little restraint. The body however welcomes consumption in this manner as it is moderate/medium sans the syrupy thick mouthfeel of other similar brews. It seems to shift at will from satisfying big ass sippin' IIPA, to a very drinkable but potent brew concealing the 11% abv quite well. Cheers to Southern Tier for a fine brew.

Photo of NEhophead
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 pt. 6 fl oz brown bottle.

153 IBUs?...I can't wait!

Clean auburn, light maple in color. Dense, off-white head that attacks the sides of the snifter. Thin and spotted lacing, most of which clings well.

Citric aromas and tropical fruit: pineapple, lime, lemongrass. Oily hop resin, but not overpowering at all. Underlying semi-sweet caramel creaminess.

Semi-sweet, toasted caramel maltiness initially; yeast-filled, creamy biscuit. The hops are aggressive, but well rounded: the alcohol presence boosts up the oiliness of the hop resins. Matured pine, bubblegum, and light citrus notes. A big juicy hop bite makes for an oily, gaseous-like bitterness.

A light, medium in body; gaseously creamy and pretty smooth for the style.

A pleasantly flavored Double IPA with a deceptive alcohol presence. I don't care if this is 11% abv, fill me up a growler!

Photo of alpinebryant
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass

Golden two row pour - decent head with some lacing down my glass

Smells very aromatic of pine and citrus

Strong grapefruit pine and citrus tastes. Tastes sweet and not too bitter as compared to other DIPAs - no dryness at all and in fact actually makes my mouth water very fast. An amazingly well balanced very drinkable DIPA

Just enough carbonation - not too thick or syrupy, but provides a very nice mouthfeel that will be sure to lure me to buying this bottle again. Only thing is next time I will be buying a few of these instead of just one.

Photo of beersheppard
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: orange, slightly cloudy, nice white head, good lacing.

Smell: malts and hops

Taste: piney, citrus, not overly hoppy, sweet with hop finish. The 11% alcohol is not overpowering, but present.

Mouthfeel: substantial, decent tingle.

Drinkability: very tastey IPA with a great malt back bone.

Photo of spointon
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this one from a brown 22oz bomber bottle into my Gulden Draak snifter. Cool screened label bottle which notes all nine ingredients!

A= This brew poured a DEEP orange color, bordering on the color of dark copper. The clarity was very high and carbonation was relatively low. With an aggressive pour I was able to coax out a 3/4 inch of dusty off-white head. The head quickly reduced to just a skim w/decent lacing down the glass.

S= The aromas of this beer were full of alcohol, sweet malts, and piney hops (in that order).

T= This brew tasted of pale and caramel malts, wheat, and slight notes of sour citrus, cloying honey sweetness, and hop resins. For an Imperial IPA, the hops were surprisingly balanced (they're there, but they're not the first thing that bowls you over).

MF= Just on the heavy side of medium bodied. Low carbonation makes this one roll right down, despite the huge abv.

D= For an IPA with barleywine strength, this is a dangerously drinkable beer. I would have liked the alcohol aromas toned down a bit and the hop aromas amped up a bit, but this is still an outstanding beer that I will certainly have again!

Photo of chefhatt
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this beer into a pint glass from a 22oz bottle. It has a nice bright orange color body with very little head that layed down to a nice thin lace. The smell is of citrus and floral hops. The taste has a nice hop flavor that pops when it hits your taste buds. It has a nice bitter finish to it. The mouth feel is great and overall a darn good ipa.

Photo of keanex
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

A: Clear reddish amber body with a tan 1 finger head.

S: Heavy on the hops, very fresh smelling. Some other hints, but hops takes the cake.

T: Hops and alcohol cover the palate here, though it's very smooth. Slightly piney tastes, but the hops erupt brilliantly here.

M: Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Goes down easy.

O: An excellent IPA. Very well balanced despite being very high in hops.

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