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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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Ratings: 2,549
Reviews: 1,169
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 105
Gots: 158 | 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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3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I grabbed a grolwer of this from my local whole foods in Northern Virginia--I got the first tap off this keg..

A- It poured a deep amber color and was very clear. There was a creamy 1 inch head that quickly disappeared after the first sip.

S- A very sweet smell of pineapples, figs, and cream. There is a slight hint of syrup there as well.

T- As the beer hits the tongue there's a distinct flavor of fruity hops; it's a combination of pineapple, orange, and raisins. The beer then develops a syrupy, toffee-like sweetness not unlike a barleywine. It finishes with a subtle, bitterness of alcohol. For a beer this alcoholic, there is very little trace of the alcohol and what you do taste is rounded and not sharp or acidic.

M- Medium to heavy with a bit of sugariness left on the finish. There is a ripe wetness to the end of the beer.

O- This isn't the textbook DIPA, with a fairly weak hop profile, but it's a good beer. I almost think of this as a barleywine: it's sweet and bold and heavy with a very subtle bitterness on the finish. As an example of the style, I don't think I could recommend this, but for a big, bold, sweet beer that gets you hammered, it's worth the bomber (or growler if you can find it).

Serving type: growler

06-10-2012 01:07:28 | More by mrmkahn
Photo of ThickNStout


4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery. Served in a goblet. 

Pours clear orange tinged gold with a half finger pale head. Fine bits of lacing. 

Sweet grassy and citrus hops on the nose inviting me to drink up. 

Great sharp great pine and orangey hops. Nice sweet malt body with carmelized sugar and biscuits. A solid booze presence that enhances rather than distracts. Very well balanced between the butter hops and sweet malts. 

Slick oily, resinous, medium to full body. Well but not overly carbonated. Long dry hoppy bitter aftertaste. 

Since the first time I tried Unearthly in a bottle, I've wanted to try it fresh on tap. Here it is, straight from the source! A well balanced and delicious imperial IPA. Well worth a try. 

Serving type: on-tap

06-09-2012 23:15:56 | More by ThickNStout
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

06-09-2012 21:47:45 | More by xHopHeadx
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

06-09-2012 16:13:37 | More by shelby415
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South Carolina

4/5  rDev -2%

06-09-2012 06:43:54 | More by CarolinaKev
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Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2012 01:36:09 | More by andrenaline
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3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

06-08-2012 13:07:51 | More by etillett
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

06-06-2012 18:35:29 | More by timwardjr
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4/5  rDev -2%

06-06-2012 05:39:17 | More by ELECTRONICAnonymous
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

06-05-2012 01:23:28 | More by ccozzi
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

06-04-2012 17:02:53 | More by ShemRahBoo
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3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Honey amber color in the tall tulip with some pleasant sudsiness. Sharp on the tongue and moderately carbonated. Flowery and spicy aroma.

Really sweet, with nonstop butterscotch and Sugar Daddy malty intensity. Very malty with a perfumey flavor and an intense nose of flowery hops. Not all that bitter, considering the category.Tastes more like a Tripel mated with a Barleywine. In a way, it's the ideal DIPA for people like me who don't think more hops are always better. Rich and spicy, strong and sweet.

More than a little hot with alcohol, but the liqueur-like flavors go right along with the ABV. From the 22 oz bottle.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2012 03:27:12 | More by mactrail
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4/5  rDev -2%

06-04-2012 01:44:04 | More by klipper
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

06-02-2012 23:59:00 | More by Zakk
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4/5  rDev -2%

06-02-2012 20:39:52 | More by MaseFace
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2.5/5  rDev -38.7%

06-02-2012 15:19:03 | More by TheBigBoy
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

06-02-2012 14:57:15 | More by HEADYdb
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

06-02-2012 00:21:04 | More by TheRicker
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

05-31-2012 16:46:40 | More by bconsidine
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

05-30-2012 14:33:55 | More by KevinTK
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4/5  rDev -2%

05-30-2012 11:58:10 | More by gpblackgt


4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap. ½ Pint glass. Enjoyed on jan´12. Light copper color, crystal clear appearance. Yellowish white froth. Copious crown & collars. Caramel malt & resins to the nose. Gentle hoppy upfront. Gentle?, no way. Sharp oily resins explode all over. Flavorful & refreshing. Big beer, nice spot of the Imperial IPA style. Typical smartiness of Southern Tier products.

Serving type: on-tap

05-28-2012 22:27:15 | More by GONZALOYANNA
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New York

4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

05-28-2012 17:31:19 | More by rippedflesh89
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4/5  rDev -2%

05-28-2012 17:11:38 | More by Gabbyaboutipa
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Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on Jan 10, 2012. Consumed on Mar 2, 2012 into Unibroue glass.

Appearance: 4
Clear, golden copper body with 1-11/2 inch white head that slowly dissipates, leaving great lacing. What you would expect from IPA/DIPA.

Smell: 4.5
Initially, thick, juicy, sweet citrus aroma, particular grapefruit/tangerine. Also get the presence of piney hop notes and caramel malt with time as the beer settles and warms. With agitation, the citrus aroma perks up again. Definitely a great, above average smelling beer, esp give that this bottle had a bit of age at 6+ weeks old.

Taste: 4
Initially a touch of sweet citrus and malt is detectable and then almost immediately a huge blast of high-to-extremely high blast of bitterness explodes on the palate. A true hopbomb IMO. At this point, the bitterness is mainly an astringent mild piney-ness, with a faint notes of citrus.

Though this beer is mostly one-dimensional, there is mild amount of caramel malt detectable throughout the flavour profile. This offers a bit of balance against the very high hops presence. In the end, I feel this is just enough malt to contrast what is extremely hoppy beer, though a touch more malt sweetness could offer some improvement.

Mouthfeel: 4
Mild-moderate thickness and carbonation. A very strong astringent bitterness of hops; borderline enamel-stripping levels.

Overall: 4.5
Hopbomb with great aroma. Can see this being a bit much for some, and a little one-dimensional, but definitely satisfies a hop craving. I would seek this out again, and imagine a even more prominent aroma with a slightly fresher bottle.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2012 13:06:36 | More by EnemyWithin
Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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