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

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Ratings: 2,582
Reviews: 1,170
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 107
Gots: 176 | 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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4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I just picked this up at RSVP in Portland, ME. It's my first Southern Tier purchase since they began distribution in Maine. The bottle was warm, so I chilled it in the fridge for about 20-30 minutes before pouring it into my Smuttynose Big Beer Series goblet. The beer pours out with a big tan foam head. Some carbonation is rising in the liquid, which is translucent and has a beautiful rusty orange hue. Swirling the beer leaves a decent amount of lacework. This is a very pretty beer; nearly perfect for the style. The aroma is magnificent. Big, bready hops fill my nose. There is also some pine and malt sweetness. This smells like a hearty beer. The flavor begins with some light grassy hops as soon as the beer touches my lips. Big, artisanal bread malts make up the backbone of the beer; they appear next. On top of the malts are chunky, bitter hops. When I swallow, I can pick up a bit of the alcohol and a lot of bitterness. It is hot, sharp, and in your face. I like it a lot. There is hardly any sweetness, which is equally surprising and impressive. This is pretty full-bodied beer. It leaves a noticeable coat, but not as much as many beers that use the "Imperial" qualifier. There is average carbonation and some stickiness on my lips. The bitter oils can really be felt on my tongue. For a strong, hoppy beer, this is pretty drinkable. I wouldn't order round after round of Unearthly, but I certainly won't have any problems finishing all 22 ounces by myself. I'm really enjoying this brew. I think it offers great evidence that top DIPAs do not have to come from the Pacific time zone--us folks back east can work our hop magic as well. I'll certainly purchase this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2010 21:08:18 | More by ToasterChef
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New Mexico

4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear copper, with traces of carbonation rising to a soapy ecru froth, which is not too big since I poured it into a fluted glass as per the bottle's instruction. Aroma is piney, piney, piney! Subsequent sniffs reveal a sugary candied citrus peel scent, but man is this one about the hops and nothing else! The taste, fortunately, does not follow the nose. I say fortunately, because that aroma led me to expect something obscenely over-the-top pine juice phenomenon. Instead I get a much more subdued and subtle citrusy pine flavor with a sweet caramel malt follow-through. I do think there are some reasonable limits as to the outrageousness of the hops in a DIPA, and hence, I believe that a certain "balance" is feasible and appropriate to expect. Southern Tier achieves such balance with Unearthly. As it warms, more malt emerges, and the flavors become rounder, softer, and fuller. Something of a mineral twinge at the finish. Hop bitterness lingers. Lacing is webby, but head retention is minimal -- 11% abv will do that to a beer, I suppose. Medium bodied and juicy. Not my favorite DIPA -- meaning there are others I'd pick up instead on a more regular basis --, but this is absolutely stunning as a foray into "Big Beer" territory.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2006 05:33:25 | More by orfeu
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4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Excellent beer...one finger of foam never fully disappears. Deep copper color and my-oh-my tons of hops. Especially noticeable floral aroma of cascade hops. Medium to slightly heavy mouthfeel with loads of bittering hops. Amazingly, the 11% ABV is pretty successfully masked, that is, until you take that last sip! I'll definitely want to find another bottle of this!

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2006 15:04:55 | More by mayamike
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4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yet another ST brew in my quest to try their full line up. How many beers do they have anyway? And how many are amazing like this one? It seems they all are

The appearance is pretty average as far as double IPAs go. Nice clarity, decent head, but not much lacing and retention. Can't complain about it though.

Smell is straight up hop bomb with an emphasis on cascade. Deeper whiffs reveal layers of sweet almost honey-like malt.

Taste- The taste is well... unearthly. You would never guess this was 11%. Maybe 8 or 9, but not 11. I could see this being off the charts if there was a slight vanilla/oak taste to it. It's actually got a decent malt and hop balance.

I can't say anything bad about the mouthfeel and this is yet another outstandingly drinkable beer from Southern Tier. My only question is when can we expect to see distribution in VT? We're not too far away!

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2008 02:52:54 | More by lpayette
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4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep orange and clear, this was topped by a thick eggshell coloured head. Superb retention and clumpy lacing was left behind right down to the bottom of the glass. Intense pine aroma with orange and grapefruit taking a bit of a back seat. Alcohol was very faint. Solid sweetness up front that became milder later on, with a solid, balanced bitterness. Some caramel and mostly piney hops. Alcohol appeared in the end and lingered in the finish (along with hops and bitterness). Full body, low carbonation and slightly sticky. A well-balanced combination of hops, malt and alcohol.

Serving type: on-tap

05-20-2006 02:08:00 | More by DrJay
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4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: clear, deep amber color, thinly veiled head
S: full nose, very nice oak-aged qualities dominate on juicy malt
T: well-balanced and extremely enjoyable beer, not overpowering with hops but definitely there, oak makes it creamier, EtOH not that noticeable
M: creamy, full, nice oak qualities

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2013 16:46:57 | More by wisrarebeer
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4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours an amber gold with a white head, not a bad looking beer, but not particuarly striking.
Smell is grapefuit with some sweetness mixed in. The taste is where this really stands out. It is so well balanced for a IIPA, not a hop bomb by any means. I love me some hop bombs, but it is fun to appreciate the other features of an IIPA as well. This beer allows you to do that. A stellar addition to the line-up at the Trion Tavern in New Haven.

Serving type: on-tap

05-07-2009 16:01:07 | More by SwiftyMcBeer
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Rhode Island

4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass from a bottle.

Appearance; amber with a nice head and thick lacing

Smell; hops, hops and more hops, strong pine and citrus

Taste; big hop kick, pine then citrus, a little sweet then the bitterness kicks in wow.

Mouth feel; thick and syrupy

Drink ability; can only have one at a sitting

This was a hop monster of a beer, blown away by this one. Big taste throughout. Recommend this one to only seasoned, big time, over the top hop monster heads.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2007 19:28:13 | More by Burt
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North Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the glass crystal clear amber copper with an off-white and frothy head which rose tall and fell slowly to lace the glass.

The aroma was malty with a strong citrusy impression and a resinous hop presence. That hops were also piney and the malt was caramel with a subtle sweetness.

The flavor was nicely balanced with a resinous but never overpowering hop contribution in both bittering and flavor. The malt was no slouch either with caramel and a lightly toasty character. Hops were citrusy and more earthy that in the aroma but still with a bit of a piney and resinous punctuation.

The finish was dry, but not overly so, with lasting malt impressions and strong hop bittering and flavor components well into the aftertaste and beyond. The body was almost full but had a creamy mouthfeel which was a wonderful touch. A great beer, only light alcohol warming in the beer which was nice in an 11% beer. Tread lightly, this one packs a punch!

22 ounce bottle. Thanks BeerBeing!

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2006 22:06:42 | More by GCBrewingCo
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4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a nice brew this is! Southern Tier (weird name for a New York Brewery!) came from nowhere here in Maryland, and are now on tap and in stores all over the place. I've tried a few of their brews, this one is by far my favorite.

A - No head, dangerously close in color to the beer that can't be named. Completely filtered as well. I was fearing a generic IPA with all the life sucked out of it...

S - A hope of salvation. A sweet, sticky hop smell, just a bit of pine, and backed by a full-on nose of caramel. Unexpected!

T - Superbly balanced. The Carmel maltiness and hoppy flavors just melt together in this beer. Really well built! Just a hit of zip to it...

M - This beer is it's own pallet cleanser. I mean that in a good way. You can actually taste each sip, your tounge isn't beaten into submission after the first wave.

D - This sucker almost drinks like a pale ale! The hops, malt and alcohol are all there if you look for them, but if you ignore them they don't bludgeon you for attention.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2007 23:54:11 | More by sideshowrob
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District of Columbia

4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – 22 oz silk-screen bomber from The Wine Gallery. Hopefully this will be better than the Jav-ah I tried last week. Darker than I was expecting red-amber color, clear with lots of bubbles. At cellar temp this pours with a two finger eggshell-white head that lasts and lasts leavings a solid wall of lacing.

Smell – Huge pine and orange nose emanates from the bottle upon opening the bottle, it only intensifies as I pour. Slight caramel aroma plays in the background. Not sure if my nose just got used to it, but after awhile I lost my ability to smell much coming from the glass.

Taste – Solid bitterness, but with enough malt to balance it out. The hops are big and juicy, but not over the top allowing some caramel malt character to slip by as well. The bottle mentions Styrian Goldings, but the citrus and pine of the American hops really is the primary flavor here. While the body is ample, the beer is not overly sweet or cloying as some huge IPAs can be. Despite the 11% alcohol, I never detected even a hint of it.

Mouthfeel – Medium body for the style, with medium carbonation, just what it should be.

Drinkability & Notes – Great beer, more like a double red along the lines of Nugget Nectar than a traditional double IPA, did I really just say traditional DIPA? The malt character is much more evident than is standard for the style, but the hops are still huge, fresh and clean. By far the best beer I've had from Southern Tier, time to grab a couple more bottles of this.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2006 21:16:19 | More by OldSock
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New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I'm not a hophead my any means but the aroma and taste of this beer definatley opened up my palate. Aromas of citrus and rich hops follow through upon tastign with flavors of mango, pineapple, and an earthy bitterness that reminds me of a belgium saison. The best part of this beer is that it is incredibly drinkable. Overall, an amazing DIPA that is complex and delectable at the same time.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2009 06:38:43 | More by bebopkola
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North Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Amber red pour into a snifter. Froth 2-finger head with thin retention. Excellent lace.

Nose is very earthy. Lots of malt here with a floral hop backing. Slightly understated.

Thick creamy taste. An incredible amount of malt body here. Deep rich hop profile with slight herbal feel. More flowery though. No e hop burn in the finish without overpowering.

Excellent sipper.

Serving type: on-tap

09-28-2010 00:13:49 | More by beer2day
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4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Got a 22 oz bottle for 6$.
Appearance: cloudy golden unfiltered look , poured a nice 3/4" head that faded to a thin layer.
Smell, not overpowering, you can smell the hops with a bit of bready sweetness.
Taste: very similar to their 2XIPA, the hops and malt character hit you both at the same time smooth and rich with a faint alchol taste finishes dry.
Mouthfeel: this is a mouth pleaser! rich flavorful and full , big beer taste.
Overall: another great S.T. brew if you like ST you will love this IPA.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2011 19:51:54 | More by edfish
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New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright shiny copper, crystal clear body, with scattered carbonation streams. Topped by a thick slab of levle white froth. Good lacing.

The aroma hits the nose from a foot-and-a-half away, and holds up when sampled up close. Pine trees abound, and somewhere within lurks several fruit groves, including grapefruits and oranges.

Taste kicks off with a rich deep caramel/toffee with hints of dark chocolate foundation. Fruity juicy hops rise on the foundation with bits of orange, mango, tangerine, and grapefruit, and construct a skyscraper on the tongue, with is then cleaned with a sandblasting burst of a hop bite at the swallow. Gentle blanket of warming (but not biting) alcohol in the aftertaste.

Medium, maybe medium-plus mouthfeel. Not one to chug the bomber in one pull, but don't baby it either.

A very well composed IIPA, well integrated, tasty, drinkable. Highly recommended. Southern Tier is not second tier.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2007 00:26:36 | More by RonfromJersey
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4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Polished bronze-like orange. Not quite brown enough to be titian, nor red enough to be terra cotta. Whatever color it is, this is a beautiful shade for a DIPA. The large head is a masterpiece, as expected. Heavily creamy to start, it melts into a milkshake-like puddle atop the beer and deposits a respectable amount of soon-to-be-crusty lace.

The nose isn't quite as hop resin explosive as I had hoped, but it's still damn good. UIIPA has a classic DIPA aroma of brown sugared grapefruit, thanks to a hop bill that includes Chinook, Cascade, Centennial and Styrian Goldings. Great hops, each and every one.

Believe it or not, this sucker is balanced for the style. Since the impressive silk-screened label states that the beer contains 'an uninhibited infusion of hops' and has a stratospheric 153 IBUs, I can only conclude that the brewers include a few fields worth of barley in each batch. The malt is dark honey sweet and lays down a rock-ribbed foundation that any amount of hops would have a hard time overwhelming.

The flavor is akin to liquified brown sugar and caramel-coated white grapefruit and orange sections. This is delicious beer that I'll try not to penalize for falling a fraction short of my preferred DIPA profile of dazzlingly bright citric top notes that threaten to scrub the top few layers off the tongue. Unearthly is one of those versions that edges into the gray zone between DIPA and barleywine, while staying firmly on the side of the former.

As a rule, I don't drink DIPAs out of a fluted glass, as the label recommends, but this is one case where that might not be such a bad idea. This is a supremely civilized, sippable beer that would look and taste great out of such a vessel. Even though I've never had the pleasure of meeting them, I like the folks at Southern Tier because they brew some of the best beer on the planet. That won't stop me from calling them out on the stated ABV. All kidding aside, this is one of the most perfectly masked 11%'ers in the history of beer.

When I take the time to reflect on the mouthfeel, which I've been doing off and on since the very first sip, the words that enter my mind are plush, lush, crushed velvety, buttery and heavily silky smooth. If this beer was a car, it'd be a Rolls Royce (and if it was a liquor, it'd be a well-aged, single barrel bourbon). I don't remember a DIPA with a mouthfeel any more full or any more impressive than this.

Unearthly (adj.): concerned with or affecting the spirit or soul. Southern Tier's foray into the world of DIPAs with Unearthly Imperial IPA is an unqualified success. Although it may not 'wow' me the way some versions do, it's definitely a beer that is long on spirit and soul. It's worth getting to know over the course of a slowly sipped bomber. A big thank you to Calico for the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2006 22:16:37 | More by BuckeyeNation
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New York

4.46/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer comes in a beautiful deep rich ruby/orange color that is clear.

The aroma is great. Big juicy pine and grapefruit and sweet honey and malt.

The flavor follows, with the pine, citrus, floral notes, but the sweetness does really stand out. It reminds me almost of Nugget Nectar because of the crystal malt sweetness, but this does it with so much better of a mouthfeel and complete flavor. The hoppiness is quite leafy green and.

It's so darn drinkable because of the decent malt bill along with the clean flavors.

Serving type: on-tap

05-26-2013 22:51:19 | More by dar482
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4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Purchased off the shelf at Top Foods in Bellevue. A surprise. I don't remember seeing Southern Tier anything available around here before but that could just be me. I'm not very observant sometimes. Just ask my wife.
So, reading the label :
"Kettle hops: chinook and cascade
Hop back: syrian golding
Dry hopped: cascade centennial & chinook"
Along with the 11% abv (not the 10% stated) I'm expecting some sort of hop bomb.
Nothing of the sort.
Very smooth. "Delicately balanced" as stated and enjoyable.
It deserves high marks for achieving its objective. If you want a hop bomb, look elsewhere. If you enjoy a very good hop forward beer that is totally drinkable, you've found it in un*earthly.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2011 22:21:29 | More by NWer
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New Jersey

4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ahhh the Double IPA. This beer is a reminder of how far the limits of extreme beer can be stretched. Excellent job by Southern Tier on this one.

A- Burnt orange/brown/golden color with a decent sized head. Tons of spiderweb lacing on this one, coated the entire glass.

S- Smell was malty and sweet with a zesty and earthy hop hint.

T- Lots going on here. I particularly enjoyed the natural essence of the citrusy/grassy hops combined with the bready and biscuity malty flavors. This was a little less hoppy than I expected, but it was still a damn hoppy beer.

M- Sticky thick and rich. This is how a double ipa should feel!

D- Amazingly scary that a beer with an 11.0 abv could be this drinkable. Spectacular.

Great beer and for a 5.99 price tag, how could you go wrong. Seek this one out.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2008 00:10:17 | More by DavidSeanNJ
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4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured In: Tulip Glass
Purchased From: The Coffee Grounds (Eau Claire, WI)

Appearance: Poured a nice orange color. Very little head, although this bottle is a few months old. Lacing is going from head to toe on the tulip glass.

Smell: I imagine the hop aroma would be much stronger if this were fresh. Unfortunately I didn't get a chance to sip on this until a few months after I purchased it. I remember having this on tap in Minneapolis and it had a very strong hop aroma, a nice citrus and floral smell. Now I am mostly getting sweeter caramel malt from it.

Taste: Going hand in hand with the name of the beer, I am mostly tasting earthy hops. I am usually a big fan of the grapefruit citrusy India Pale Ales, but this one is really nice. The next flavor that makes an appearance is the caramel malt, followed by a very light, but pleasant citrus aftertaste. With the ABV coming in at 11%, the alcohol makes its appearance while drinking, but it's not overwhelming by any means.

Mouthfeel: Spot on. Goes down quite easily, and the carbonation is just right.

Drinkability: I'd definitely pick this up again. I don't know that you want two of these in an evening, but one hit the spot. It's a great sipping beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2009 02:20:26 | More by Ek0nomik
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4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got in a trade with johnnnniee - many thanks!. Poured from a 650ml bottle with no dating info into a pint glass. It was a slightly hazy orange color. It had a good head that settled into a thin, broken film. Decent carb and good lacing. The aroma was hoppy, piney and grapefruit - the usual ADIPA smell but slightly muted compared to others in the class which worked in this case. The taste was really good. It starts off strong with a good hop bite and finishes with just the right amount of hop bitter aftertaste. Not sure of the age of this one so it may be older and more mellow than normal but I really enjoyed it. It gives the great hop taste without shredding your tongue to oblivion. Great mouthfeel. Overall, a great ADIPA that I highly recommend. Worth the top 100 ranking. (4.5, RR, T, Y)

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2007 02:38:28 | More by TexIndy
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4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Not sure what the last reviewer was drinking, but it certainly wasn't the same beer as me....

While I will agree that the nose leaves a lot to be desired (this is true of all Southern Tier brews; not sure why), the flavor is exploding with hops (lots of citrus flavor, which I wasn't expecting from a northern US IPA) and the mouthfeel is slightly bitter, but incredibly well-balanced with a subtle malt, creating high drinkability despite the high alcohol content.

The lack of an aroma to match the huge taste is disappointing, but not enough to keep this from being one of my new favorites. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2009 02:48:54 | More by spittingoutteeth
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4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber, this 11%, 153 IBU beauty looks the part of a double IPA. Minimal carbonation. A thin sticky head that gloms to my Leffe snifter. Very clean, transparent copper color. Nice start.

The nose is herbal, floral, somewhat fruity with a kiss of cherry and apricot sweetness and yet piney. Complex and fasinating.

Sweet and floral but Double IPA-like muted hop bitterness. Piney and herbal. Nicely balanced and complex. The 153 IBU's are no where to be found.

The mouthfeel is flavorful and full but passes down the hatch like quicksilver.

Its high abv makes this a sipper. Still, assuming you're not driving, one you could enjoy for a good three rounds. Personally, it is one of the top 3-4 IPA's of any interpretation I've every had and one I will actively revisit.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2008 12:49:32 | More by jim102864
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4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled through the efforts of Secret Halloween '07 BIF and jaxon53.

Chill hazed deep amber colored ale the color of tarnished copper. Good off-white colored head with a distinct yellowish tinge.

The smell is mostly strong pine and woody hops. Quite sweet smelling with one of the strongest pineapple aroma I have ever smelled in a beer. Lots of hops and aromas of pine and pineapple, orange, limoncello, tea, oak and menthol.

The taste starts out sweet and fruity with a pineapple and tea flavor. Interesting this tastes more fruity than hoppy and compares very well with top of the line IIPAs. Pine and grapefruit hop flavors are very much tamed to allow the fruit and tea flavors to come out fully in this beer. Peach and pineapple are the strongest fruit flavors but not the only ones.

Mouthfeel is quite thick.

Incredibly easy to drink and dangerous too at 11%. A beer you would love to drink all day it is that good. This beer compares favorably with Dreadnaught and the two Pliny's and is right up there with those three beers. Highly recommended for all hopheads.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2007 06:39:09 | More by Zorro
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4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into fluted glass, as recommended on bottle:

Pours a vibrant amber with a thin head that lasts. Some lacing sticks to glass.

The smell is citric, piney, floral, resiny. Some tobacco leafiness in the back. Caramel, with a touch of honey underneath.

The taste is of chewy hops from the start - citrus/grapefruit with resiny pine. Floral and tobacco leaf notes weave in and out. Resin grows as it warns. This is a hop monster, and yet it has a caramelish malty backing that lends a firm support and gives it quite a bit of balance, while allowing the hops to give a smack-down on the palate. Alcohol amazingly masked, though some warmth shows up in the aftertaste. Resiny finish.

Medium-to-full bodied, it has a great texture - very coating and smooth.

This is one hell-of-a DIPA! Incredible smoothness and drinkability for the style/abv. 153 IBU's show through with a great hop profile, yet with some balance to it. A must-try for hop fans!

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2007 13:07:21 | More by jwc215
Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 2,582 ratings.