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

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2,828 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,828
Reviews: 1,190
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 129
Gots: 287 | FT: 2
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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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.

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

A: Pretty clear gold, with great lacing and wonderful retention. White head of 2-fingers.

S: Great hops in a sticky brown sugar malt. Grapefruit flavors are all over this one.

T: Grapefruit, solid hops, very piney, aftertaste is a little metallic, which is a shame. Alcohol kicks in a little after swallowing, but I didn't taste it before, and it's not at all annoying even at 11% ABV! Still, the alcohol kills the bitterness a little, so I have to knock some points for that. Smokey sugary malt comes through after swallow.

M: Really creamy and smooth - coats the mouth like it should. Carbonation is slightly low. Pretty non-astringent - just a little.

D: Drinks wonderfully for the ABV - very warming and smooth going down. Will buy again.

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

Presentation: 22 oz. (650 ml) brown bottle, no dating that I could find, poured into a Duvel Tulip glass.

Apearance: Pours a cloudy deep orange color, nothing visible inside. The head formed a thick, pillowy 2-3 fingers thick and had great retention.

Aroma: Citrus and piney hops with a nice caramel backbone.

Taste: Pine and citrus hops up front and thoughout. Some sweetness comes though in the middle, more than you'd expect from an imperial IPA but I thought it was welcomed. The finish was all hops, mostly pine, and lingered nicely.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied, thick and chewy. The carbonation was muted, and that fit well. The alcohol is hidden well, you'd never know it's 11% abv.

Overall: This one's been in my fridge for more than a few months now. In fact I honestly don't remember when I bought it, so this cellaring of sorts could've muted the hops. Even still, this is a great beer. Definitely worth seeking out if you're a hophead.

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

Double deucer bottle pours with a clear coppery amber hue topped with a settled khaki ring full of rising bubbles.

Scents are powerful with hoppy swee aroma wafting across to my nose from the table. A bubblegum and fruity hop aroma with a touch of Spree candy in the nose.

First swigs: Huge hop blast that reminds me of a Stone IPA or a FFF Alpha King. A shmorgasborg of hops in the kettle, hopback and dry hopping really shine. A Juicy Fruit gum and sweetness are killer here. Some lemony zest hops are poking around with a firey grapefruit peel to perk your pucker.

Feel is bone dry and sizzle sand rough. Instant bone dry aftertaste instantly results.

Last swigs: Almost reminds me of Avery Ten or Eleven. Tons of varied hops. I am digging it. 11% ABV is undetectable. Cascade really runs the hops show but the Chinook and Centenial manage to show up. This is darn near a barley wine but ya won't catch this idiot complaining.

Beer is good. Happy 2IPA-slash-barleywine beering.

Photo of Gyle41386
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tulip.

Pours a nice bronze color. Nice off-white head. Decent retention, good lacing.

Not quite as big of a hop nose as I would have expected, but it's still very nice...three of my favorite hops (Chinook, Cascade, Centennial) are present.

Huge hop flavors. Loads of fruity, citrusy hops. Orange, grapefruit, pineapple, and lemon. Delicious. There's also a very sturdy sweet malt base that does more than its fair share to balance this one out. Superb balance for a DIPA. Great resiny bitter finish.

Full body. Plush feel. One of my favorite things about these huge DIPA's is the immensely lush and smooth texture. There isn't a hint of alcohol in this one, despite claims of 11%. Very, very good stuff. Can't wait to taste my bottle of Oak Aged Unearthly.

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

A- Cloudy amber in color with a fingers worth of white head. Thin lacing on this one.

S- Immediately smelling the hops here. Then following the hops comes a malty booze filled blast. The hops are grassy and a bit pine like in scent.

T- Great tasting hops up front with some biscuity and grassy flavors. A rich malt is then experienced followed by the 11% demon.

M- Pretty thick for a DIPA but that was pretty enjoyable. Pretty good balance between the hops, malt, and booze.

D- Dangerously smooth for a brew of such high potency. Reasonably priced too at $4.99. A pretty good find

Photo of timbro81
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful clear copper with a good fluffy head. Fed by good carbonation. Smells of pungent pine and grapefruit. Foam settles to a nice little head. Slight malt candy sweetness similar to Avery's Maharaji (goosebumps) Silky mouth feel. Really well balanced, good caramel malts back up the onslaught of the hops that were previously mentioned. Great finish, tongue tingling hops. Hides the 11% very well. Highly recommended.

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

I had this on tap at Frisco Grille in Columbia, MD.

A: Light amber color with thin white foam head.

S: I detected a slight hop and sweet malt aroma, but it was fairly subdued.

T: Wow! A big hop flavor (very noticable hop resins), without being too bitter, which was surprising in a beer with this much ABV.

M: Not too fizzy with a nice, hoppy after-taste and a noticable, but not over-the-top alcoholic warmness.

D: For the amount of alcohol in this beer, a surprising drinkable and very enjoyable ale. Well done.

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

A - One finger of off-white head resting on top of a slightly hazy, amber-brown body. The foam settles relatively quickly but leaves nice lace.

S - Pine hops with lots of sweet malt. Bready notes as well as light caramel and big toffee notes that darken the hop character and bring out rummy spic-cake notes.

T - Equal parts sweet malt and resinous hops up front. Lots of toffee and caramel with a hint of molasses. The hop character is primarily grapefruit with notes of pine and orange that blend well with the malt. Finishes with big, sweet notes of malt as well as strong hop bitterness. Lingering toffee and brown sugar notes that combine with the hops to produce a plum and brandy/tobacco note that lingers on the palate.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - This is quite a nice beer with a good balance of thick, velvety malt and resinous hops, the only flaw I see is that it isn't a DIPA. Someone should really point out to Southern Tier that they have clearly created an American Barleywine in this beer; and a good one at that, The rich, sweet brown malt characteristics blend magnificently with the moderately powerful hop character and each aspect changes and enhances the other. This juxtaposition and mutual transformation is quite pleasant, though it clearly gives the beer more commonalities with great Barleywines than it has with high quality DIPAs. Seek it out, just be prepared to get something a bit different than what the name implies.

Photo of Lnedrive14
4.31/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Quite possibly the best looking DIPA I have seen. Big time head, strong lacing, deep amber with a bit of dusted garnet. A Rembrandt.

Taste and smell and all that fun stuff are of hops. This is a beer that knows what it does well, and doesnt hide it. It does hops well. Totally overwhelming, yet completely balanced (yes, i recognize the contradiction).

Quite thick for the style, which i actually think worked out quite nicely. Highly drinkable - all around, a great beer,

Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 2,828 ratings.